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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Dear Sunset Students,
Welcome to Sunset High School, a student-centered high school based on mutual respect that supports our pupils’ educational needs, fosters high expectations, and promotes academic achievement. This is seen through the following avenues:
*Smaller, direct instruction classes;
*Opportunities for hands-on learning;
*Participation in school-wide programs such as our Experiential Learning Adventures, which includes an on-campus Redwood interpretative trail, hosting 3rd and 5th graders from around Del Norte County to discover our local wonders.
At Sunset High School, we teach students, NOT SUBJECTS. Student learning is our main focus. We ask our students, “what are you learning?”, not “what are you doing?” It is our priority to provide students with skills and resources that will enable you to continue your education through life, college, trade schools, or the armed services.
Sunset High School is fully accredited from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Our Motto is “Pride in School---Pride in Self”, and we have only 3 rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. All of our actions and conduct, both for students and staff, can be addressed by those 3 rules. Sunset High School has an incredible reputation for having pride and passion for our unique school, but more importantly, pride and passion for the people and relationships that are built here. There is one very important factor that is essential to your whole outlook on education and life, and that one factor is YOU!
One of the most important lessons that you will take away from here is that you are responsible for all of your decisions, actions, and behaviors. Your true character emerges when you’re faced with adversity. When we acknowledge that we must not point fingers, or blame others for our misfortune, but realize that our life, our decisions, and our future direction is influenced from our own initiative; only then will we have grown. We encourage on-going communication between our students, teachers, principal, and parents regarding any decisions and actions that will affect student achievement at Sunset High School.
At Sunset High School, each student, every day will have opportunities to develop personal abilities, skills, potential, and a foundation for what is expected for future success in college, career, or when beginning a family of your own.
On behalf of the staff at Sunset High School, we welcome you and hope you accept the accountability to contribute for a successful and rewarding year for yourself, and our school.
Tony Fabricius, Principal
Sunset High School