Carmel Clay teacher puts self in 14-day quarantine after trip to Italy

Smoky Row Elementary School, 900 W. 136th St., Carmel, Indiana, is shown in October 2017. (Photo Provided/Google Street View)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — A teacher from Smoky Row Elementary has volunteered to go into quarantine after returning from a trip to Italy, where coronavirus has claimed 34 lives.

In a note to parents, Carmel Clay Schools said the educator returned from Italy on Friday after a personal trip. The nation has recorded more than 1,600 coronavirus cases.

The note added that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local health officials have not required people who have traveled to Italy to quarantine themselves. “However, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our students and staff, the teacher has met with administrators and has volunteered to self-quarantine for 14 days. This staff member has not been diagnosed with the virus and there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools.”

Smoky Row Elementary has more than 700 students in prekindergarten and grades K-5.

In light of the coronavirus, Carmel Clay and other Hamilton County school districts have announced that they are performing extra sanitizing of high-traffic areas and commonly used surfaces including doorknobs, toilets, keyboards, light switches and phones.