We are receiving reports of a slight rise in coronavirus infections within our community. While there are still many unknowns about COVID-19, we do know that it is very contagious and can spread very quickly. It is time to become diligent to slow or stop the spread of coronavirus infections even during our nice spring weather. There a number of things that we all must do to keep our kids safe in school and activities as we head toward the end of the year.
Guiding principles to keep in mind to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Stay home when appropriate as the virus seems to spread very quickly. Whenever you are in groups inside wear facial coverings and keep a distance of six feet from students and staff. Please remember that if two people are wearing their facial covering properly but closer than six feet they would only need to self-monitor.
- Stay home when you have symptoms or someone in your home has symptoms. Symptoms may include fever (100.4 or higher), fatigue, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or loss of taste/smell. Please seek medical attention. Get tested!
- Public Health and our school districts’ COVID-19 team will continue to follow quarantine rules for close contacts and positives test results.
- People are considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of their second in a 2-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
- Practice hygiene including washing your hands with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds and properly cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Keep your hands away from your eyes, mouth and nose. Keep all surfaces including desktops, tables, door handles, etc., properly sanitized. Respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze mostly spreads COVID-19.
We know that this time has been challenging, and even frustration time for our staff, students, parents, and school community. Our mitigating practices of wearing facial coverings, physical distancing and washing hands must continue in order for us to stay in school and participate in activities. If you have health concerns, please contact your private health provider. Vaccinations are now being offered to all adults ages 16 and up. Check with public health or your private health provider if you would like to be vaccinated.
We appreciate your patience as we work with DPI, NDHSAA, and public health for further guidance. My goal will always be to keep our school communities continuously updated as our situation could change quickly. We are hoping that by graduation that our school and community can get back to some sense of normal. If you have specific questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Dr. Steven L. Johnson, Superintendent of Schools