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COVID Center Week One Update

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Thank you for working alongside the Elizabethtown Area School District as we seek to provide the safest and healthiest learning environments for our students and staff. Our focus remains on being vigilant in our layered approach to mitigation to keep our students in our schools for in-person instruction AND continuing to grow our Etown Cyber options for a robust virtual learning environment. Additionally, building administration continues to review and make adjustments to the mitigation efforts at their respective schools.

As we close out the first week of school, we want to offer our families a few updates and words of encouragement.

FACE COVERINGS
Per our board-approved health and safety plan, face coverings remain optional inside our school buildings and outside on our school campuses but are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all students and staff while indoors. Additionally, staff and students (regardless of vaccination status) must wear a face covering on all school buses/vans in alignment with a federal mandate that is still in place.

CONTACT TRACING AND QUARANTINING
We are monitoring case counts and have published our first weekly COVID Case Count Dashboard. The Dashboard reflects new confirmed positive cases and new presumptive positive cases for the current week broken down by building. We will publish a new Dashboard each Friday. You can access the Dashboard by clicking HERE.

HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN AT-A-GLANCE
We have updated our Health and Safety Plan At-A-Glance document. A revision was made to the exceptions for close contacts. In addition, a School Closures category was added. I encourage you to review this document often, as the best way to keep our schools open is for all of us to stay informed about what we can do to mitigate the spread of COVID in our schools and community. CLICK HERE for the revised Health & Safety Plan At-a-Glance.

SCHOOL SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Numerous mitigation efforts are taking place in our schools, including, but not limited to, safe physical distancing to the greatest extent possible; increased cleaning, electrostatic spraying, and building ventilation; and the use of hand sanitizing and water bottle filling stations in all our schools.

PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Parents and Guardians also play a role in mitigating the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools. Therefore, please DO NOT send children to school if they are sick and are presenting one or more of the major symptoms or two or more of the secondary symptoms listed below:

Major:

  • Fever (100.4 or greater).
  • Cough.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Chills, fatigue, and muscle or body aches

Secondary symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In closing, the District recognizes opinions vary on many facets of the pandemic and our mitigation efforts. The District built its plan in consultation with our school physician, using available information from the CDC and the Department of Health. The tone and tenor with which we ALL approach these contrasts will go a long way to ensuring our students are not placed in the middle of the varying opinions. It will take the collective actions of all of us to keep our number of cases and quarantines low enough to provide all our educational models, especially in-person instruction.