November 10, 2020
Dear Smith River School Families,
I want to start by saying that the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
Yesterday, we had to place four of our student cohorts in distance learning due to the fact that they had come in close contact with a student or staff member that tested positive for COVID-19. We have already contacted these families and will continue to update them as new information becomes available. Smith River is a small community and a close family, which we all care about. In order to be transparent with our school community it is important for everyone to know that many of our students at Smith River School may have had close contact with students from those four cohorts that have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID 19. At this time, none of these students are currently known to be infected.
DNC Public Health has been notified and is taking further steps. In accordance with DNC Public Health guidance, all other classroom cohorts at Smith River School will continue to operate. The individual and their immediate family/household members are monitoring symptoms and are working with their healthcare provider for additional steps including testing if advised.
We will update you with any additional pertinent information when we receive it. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms and stay home if you are experiencing influenza-like illness. Please contact your healthcare provider if you have any additional questions or concerns about your child health. However, if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education please feel free to contact me at 707-464-0370.
10 de Noviembre de 2020
Estimadas familias de la escuela Smith River:
Quiero comenzar diciendo que la salud y seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal es nuestra máxima prioridad. Ayer, tuvimos que colocar cuatro de nuestros grupos de estudiantes en educación a distancia debido al hecho de que habían estado en contacto cercano con un estudiante o miembro del personal que dio positivo por COVID-19. Ya nos hemos puesto en contacto con estas familias y continuaremos actualizando con nueva información disponible. Smith River es una pequeña comunidad y una familia unida, que nos importa a todos. Para ser transparentes con nuestra comunidad escolar, es importante que todos sepan que muchos de nuestros estudiantes en la escuela de Smith River pueden haber tenido un contacto cercano con estudiantes de esas cuatro cohortes que han estado en contacto cercano con una persona que dio positivo en COVID 19. En este momento, no se sabe que ninguno de estos estudiantes esté infectado.
Salud Pública de DNC ha sido notificado y está tomando medidas adicionales. De acuerdo con la guía de Salud Pública de DNC, todas las demás cohortes de aulas de la Escuela de Smith River seguirán funcionando. El individuo y su familia inmediata / miembros del hogar están monitoreando los síntomas y están trabajando con su proveedor de atención médica para obtener pasos adicionales, incluido tomar una prueba, si se recomienda.
Lo actualizaremos con cualquier información adicional pertinente cuando la recibamos. Continúe monitoreando a su hijo para detectar síntomas y quédese en casa si tiene una enfermedad similar a la influenza. Comuníquese con su proveedor de atención médica si tiene preguntas o inquietudes adicionales sobre la salud de su hijo. Sin embargo, si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la educación de su hijo, no dude en comunicarse conmigo al 707-464-0370.
Escuela de Smith River
Dear Del Norte Unified Families and County Residents,
Del Norte Public Health and the Del Norte Unified School District were notified today of two positive cases of students with COVID-19, one at Crescent Elk Middle School and one at Smith River School, both in the Monday/Wednesday cohorts. In both cases, we had been previously notified of close contacts, and the two students were quarantined at that time to avoid any further exposure to other students or staff.
In neither case did the students contract COVID-19 at school.
The occurrence of positive cases means that the following steps will be put into place immediately:
Public Health, with cooperation of the District, will begin contact tracing.
-All affected students and staff, in the two cohorts only, will be placed on quarantine for 14 calendar days. Schools will notify those families regarding how to access school by distance learning.
-The District will work with the schools to clean and disinfect the classrooms, per California Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines, and in accordance with the District Epidemic/Pandemic Safety Plan.
-Based on contact tracing by Public Health, any other students or staff who were in close contact with the positive cases may be quarantined.
-COVID-19 testing will most likely be recommended for all quarantined students and staff, and they should contact their local healthcare provider or follow directions from Public Health when contacted.
At this time, no school closures are recommended. Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, in consultation with our county Public Health department. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school.
Public Health and the District have been and will continue to work closely together to help our schools and community remain healthy and safe. Please remember that this is why our schools are implementing cohorts and why the wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand washing or sanitizing are so important.
As Dr. Rehwaldt has stated many times, we will not be able to stop the virus or ensure that no one contracts it, but we can minimize exposure, slow the spread, and continue to take a slow, methodical, and thoughtful approach to students returning to school.
Thank you for helping to ensure the health and wellness of everyone in our community.
Warren Rehwaldt, MD, Public Health Officer
Jeff Harris, Superintendent
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Reading Certificate B.A. Liberal Studies w/Minor in ESL M.S. Ed. Educational Leadership
Mrs. Nicole Cochran
Welcome, Bienvenido, Daa-naa∼-yash to Smith River Elementary School,
First, I would like to say that it is a privilege to be the principal of this school. I am currently in my 14th year as an educator in Del Norte Schools. I have appreciatively worked as a teacher and administrator at Smith River Elementary School and at Crescent Elk Middle School. Before my career in education, I proudly served 10 years in the Armed Forces. I am a mother of three children; one of whom graduated 8th grade from Smith River. Therefore, I can truly say that this school is filled with amazing staff, students, and family members, who work hard to support student learning through excitement, curiosity, exploration, and growth.
The Smith River community is truly a special place to raise a child. We welcome parent involvement in educating their children. Children are more successful if parents and the school work as a team to support student learning. We offer a variety of ways for you to be involved in your child’s education. Please come in to find out how you can become a volunteer at Smith River.
As a staff, we are warm and welcoming to all and provide children with the love and respect that you would give your own children. I look forward to getting to know all of you and if ever you need help with your child’s education; I want to remind you that I am here to serve you and I have an open-door policy when needed.
Smith River Elementary