Arlington ISD Food Services Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Swift Elementary School is closed for cleaning and disinfecting

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An Arlington ISD elementary school that was one of the district's meal pickup sites will close for cleaning after an employee tested positive for the new coronavirus, the district says.

The employee, who was preparing meals at Swift Elementary School, started to exhibit symptoms Friday and tested positive Sunday, Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos told NBC 5.

The employee who tested positive prepared meals in the kitchen and did not come in contact with families picking up meals curbside.

Cavazos said experts from the health department looked at the manner in which food is handled in the cafeteria, and where the employee worked in that process and considered the risk to students to be very low.

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Arlington ISD is looking at ramping up their safety measures during food distribution. Monday, they began testing putting meals in trunks rather than hand to hand transfer.

The district said it would also consider temperature taking for employees like some other districts are doing.

Swift Elementary will be closed for disinfecting and cleaning, and families who picked up meals there can find another location by clicking here.

The district said other employees who worked at the school were notified of their potential exposure to the virus.

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