October 8, 2020
Dear Lisbon SD Parent/Guardian and Staff:
On October 1, and October 7, 2020, Governor Doug Burgum released new guidance for quarantine, mask use and turned our county risk level of COVID-19 from Green down to Blue.
The Lisbon School board reviewed these changes during their regular school board meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Please be advised that although Ransom County risk level of COVID-19 has been downgraded from Green down to Blue, the school board has kept the school district under the Green color within our K-12 Smart Restart guidance for now. That means we will stay with our Distance Learning Fridays until the school board makes changes to our Smart Restart plan. Governor Burgum has made it very clear that decisions of the COVID- 19 guidance are to be made locally.
Please take some time to read the guidance for quarantine and mask use provided by the North Dakota Health department. Evidence is showing that masking can be highly effective in reducing the risk of virus transmission from an infected individual (the source) to their close contacts. We encourage our staff, students, and parents to help our kids stay in school and activities. Properly wear a face covering, keep physical distancing, and practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently.
The Lisbon Public Schools knows how quickly this virus can spread as we had up to a 34% of our staff and students missing due to COVID-19 in just our high school during September and early October. It is not a good time to let our guard down as winter is coming. The virus is more easily transmitted indoors. Our activities will need to move indoors with winter sports starting in November.
I know that this has been a challenging, and even frustrating time for our staff, students, parents and school community. I appreciate your patience. I will update you as soon as possible if the school board makes a change to our Smart Restart plan. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Steven L. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools