Superintendent's Message to the Community 9-13-2021

Superintendent's Message to the Community 9-13-2021

Good Afternoon, and welcome to the Monday Update. I’m Jeff Harris, Superintendent of Schools for Del Norte County.
 
As many of you already know, we have had an increase in COVID cases across the county over the last 2 months, and we have begun to see some of these community cases making their way into the schools. As of last Tuesday, there were 31 active cases of students with COVID-19, and since modified quarantine is currently unavailable for students, many classes across the district were forced to close. As of last Thursday, the number of positive cases had increased to 58.
 
It is more important than ever that parents and guardians screen their children for COVID-like symptoms and keep them home until symptoms clear without medication or until they are cleared by a physician. We want to be able to keep students in school in person because we know how important it is for their overall growth and well-being. In order to keep students in school, if your child has any symptoms or if you think your child may be positive and you are waiting for test results, please do not send them to school. One child with COVID-19 can cause the closure of multiple classrooms. You can find the COVID-19 checklist for families at dnusd.org/familyresources. We encourage families to print this out and hang it where you can see it as a reminder to screen your child every morning for symptoms prior to attending school. We appreciate your help. We know how inconvenient this is, but please know that the health and well-being of our students is and will always be a top priority, so do your neighbor a favor and keep children with symptoms home.
 
I want to let you know, too, that we are making great progress on our ability to test our unvaccinated staff and students who have been identified as close contacts. We currently have 10 staff fully trained in administering the rapid antigen Binax test and are in process of training approximately 30 more staff. We will let all families know before we begin offering testing so that you are aware of this opportunity.
 
To get the most recent information and metrics by school site on COVID-19 positive cases, visit dnusd.org/familyresources and click the “COVID-19 Dashboard.” Likewise, to see our county data, you can visit covid19.dnco.org.
 
As for sports, our volleyball, golf, soccer, football, and girls tennis teams all have games this week. Remember that we have made it possible for you to enjoy most of our sports live in your own home. Due to the continuing high number of positive COVID cases in our county, we ask that you support our students by watching from the best seat in the house- your own living room. Home games will be live streaming on the Del Norte High Facebook page. For more information on all our upcoming games, times, and locations, please visit dnusd.org/sports.
 
Finally, our monthly newsletter, the Del Norte Educator, is back in production. If you would like to see some of the great things happening at our schools, or be kept up to date on all the important news surrounding school, we encourage you to take a look. The Educator can be found on the front page of dnusd.org.
 
Well, that's it for this week’s update, we hope you have a great day and we will see you next week.
Thank you