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A Greenfield-Central Junior High School student has tested positive for the coronavirus after the first day of class, according to an email sent to families Thursday evening.

The student attended part of the first day of classes, which began for Greenfield-Central Community Schools Thursday. It was the first time students had been back in the school buildings since the coronavirus closed schools statewide in March.

The district told families that its “Positive COVID-19 Test Protocol” was enacted as soon the school was alerted by the Hancock County Health Department about the positive test. The student was immediately isolated and all close contacts were determined.

Families of students considered a close contact — someone who spent more than 15 minutes within six feet of an infected person — were contacted Thursday night.

The district said that all areas of all schools are disinfected every night after school and special attention will be given to classrooms in which the infected student was present.

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Indiana’s public schools are among the first in the country to start their academic years after the pandemic interrupted education nationwide in the spring. All around the country, a debate is raging about whether or not its appropriate or safe to bring students back into schools for in-person instruction.

Some area schools, including Indianapolis Public Schools and several of Marion County’s township districts, have decided to restart the year virtually.

Call IndyStar education reporter Arika Herron at 317-201-5620 or email her at Arika.Herron@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter: @ArikaHerron.

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