Good afternoon Rocket Families,
Happy Friday to everyone. We made it through another week; although this week brought us our first exposure to COVID-19. As you probably know, we have now had two cases of COVID-19 in the district which did result in the quarantining of some students and teachers.
We knew this was bound to happen sooner or later, but the good news is that we do not believe that the cases were caused by school exposure. Rather, it is likely exposure occurred outside of our schools.
While this is good news, I would like to remind everyone that we must stay vigilant in our fight against this virus. The past three days have marked the highest number of cases since March when Ohio started collecting data.
Today on a call with local superintendents and the health department, we were told that state health officials believe there is increased spread due in large part to citizen fatigue. Frankly, people are just tired of wearing masks and are not practicing social distancing and are meeting in large groups.
Schools have been mostly immune across Ohio because our students and staff are following the protocols put into place to keep everyone safe.
Please regroup and help encourage everyone to flatten the curve by wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. If we do this together, we can keep our kids in school and our athletes competing!
It is important to note the health of the district using the COVID Dashboard on our website. This week, the only data point that remains positive is the student attendance.
We are keeping a close eye on all of these data points and if the local data and district data suggests we need to move to a hybrid or digital model, we will do so.
This could happen at a moment’s notice. I encourage everyone to make plans accordingly now and be prepared for this possibility.
However, I am still hopeful we can keep our students and staff safely in school if we all work together to do so.
Finally, I want to thank our local emergency responders and transportation team for their quick response when a student experienced an emergency on the bus. The team responded quickly and kept everyone safe while doing so. Well done!
Continue to wash your hands, wear your masks and have a great weekend!
R. Michael Daulbaugh
Streetsboro City Schools