Good afternoon Rocket Families,
I hope this email finds you well and ready for a nice and quiet weekend. What a wild week of weather we had! I personally am looking forward to what appears to be more seasonable temperatures the next few weeks.
This update comes with some good news for our students and staff. This week I was given permission by the health department to modify our quarantining rules for those identified as close contacts outside of the classroom.
Previously, if you were identified as a close contact outside of the school setting (i.e. in athletics, a positive family member, at church, etc) you were required to quarantine for 14 days and could return to school and activities after 14 symptom free days.
Under new guidelines, we have now been given permission for a close contact to return from quarantine after the seventh day (return on day 8) IF these two conditions are met:
- The quarantined person has a negative covid test on or after day five (the district must see the negative test result) AND
- The quarantined person has no symptoms.
If a person does not take a COVID test on or after day five, they can now return from quarantine after day 10. Again, this is for close contacts who were exposed outside of the classroom.
The guidance for close contacts exposed within the classroom setting has been slightly modified as well. If a student or staff member is exposed within the classroom setting (or on a school bus), they must quarantine while at home for ten days but may still attend school and participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.
The previous guidelines required a 14 day quarantine period. These two changes are good for both our students and staff members because it will get them back to school much sooner. This is great news!
I would also like to update you on our plans to return to five days of instruction for all students in grades K-8 as soon as our state testing is concluded.
We are hopeful that our students in these grades will be able to finish the month of May in school every day. I know many of us have been anxiously waiting for this to happen. Please expect a formal announcement of this for grades K-8 in the coming days.
It appears that COVID numbers have somewhat plateaued this week after a four week spike in cases, but please remember that we still need to practice all of our safety measures in order to keep our students and staff safe.
While vaccinations are a personal choice, the safety protocols we have all been practicing for months are critical for a return to normalcy next year. Please stay diligent!
I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend and has the opportunity to enjoy the nice weather that is upon us.
R. Michael Daulbaugh