NOVEMBER 20, 2020 UPDATE
Good afternoon, Saber Family!
I wanted to make sure to get our attendance numbers out to you today. You’ll see those below as well as in a pdf I have attached. I decided to send you the past two weeks of information so you can see more of history of where we’ve been and where we are now. The great news you’ll see is that our students in isolation district-wide has gone from 15 to 4 students. The Clinton County 14-Day Positivity Rate has inched down this week, and it’s great to see that it’s going in the right direction. Our total students in quarantine has gone down from 165 to 144 students. Our staff in both quarantine and isolation have also gone down in the past week. By no means am I trying to “put lipstick on a pig” here. None of us like any of these numbers, other than where you see a 0 listed. It’s just good to see some of these numbers decreasing rather than continuing to go up.
I also want to let you know that there’s going to be a change in how we’re communicating as we move forward. Since we began this fall, we have been notifying families every time one of their children was identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive, even if both were wearing a mask and the only action needed by the family was to monitor for symptoms. As we continue, under the advice of Clinton County Public Health, we will only be contacting families of close contacts if the students were not wearing masks and their child will be required to quarantine for 14 days. So if there is someone in the school with a positive test, we will contact parents of students who were in close contact when one or both weren’t wearing a mask, such as students eating lunch next to each other, for example. We will no longer be contacting parents when both individuals in close contact were wearing a mask. Given the rate of community spread, we are asking that all families be monitoring their children for symptoms at all times and please keep them home if they are displaying any symptoms.
Lastly, our staff has been working very hard to prepare for our two days of remote learning on Monday and Tuesday. It is crucial that all of our students follow the instructions that have been sent out for this to be a positive experience. This will also help us understand what works well and what needs to be changed if we use remote instruction in the future. We will be able to begin processing those things when our students and staff return on December 2.
My next message regarding students attendance will not be until Friday, December 4. As always, please contact us if you have questions, comments, or concerns. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!
Dr. Dan Peterson, Superintendent