Holiday Traveling

Holiday Traveling
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From the Superintendent...

In the last two weeks, we have experienced an increase in COVID cases in the school district and in the county. The majority of the spread of COVID among students and staff has been traced to community and personal activities outside of school.

These increases led to the closure of McGregor High School this week. One of our concerns with closing campuses or programs lies in the fact that we have no way to limit social situations and implement effective safety protocols. Looking ahead, we will continue to implement safety practices that promote the well-being of our students and staff while maintaining an academic focus. We will continue to monitor every case and to re-evaluate and consult with healthcare professionals in decision-making, keeping safety as our number one priority.

With COVID cases increasing and the onset of flu season, I beg you to follow recommended safety measures when outside of school; wear masks when around those outside your immediate household and maintaining physical-distance whenever possible. I ask the same as you prepare for the upcoming holiday breaks...make the safety of your loved ones a priority.

The CDC recommends the safest approach to the holiday season is to not gather with those who are not in your immediate household. This will be difficult for many of us, so if you do have plans to gather, please do all that you can to reduce the risks associated with gathering. You may consider some of these suggestions:

Limiting Exposure

  • Limit numbers of visits
  • Limit numbers of people gathering
  • Limit lengths of visits
  • Consider virtual gatherings instead of in-person gatherings
  • Avoid overnight stays in each others’ homes
  • Distance chairs and/or make small groupings for household members

Sanitize surfaces and enhance air quality

  • Stay outside as much as possible
  • Open windows and doors for fresh air
  • Upgrade the filters in your home air-conditioning system
  • Adjust your A/C settings to use more outdoor air rather than recirculated air
  • Sanitize high-touch surfaces often
  • Sanitize bathrooms and eating areas often

Personal protection, health & knowledge

  • Support your immune system with hydration, rest, vitamins, exercise, vaccinations, and good healthcare
  • Wash your hands well and often
  • Wear cloth face coverings
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Communicate with family members or friends about how you feel regarding safety, and ask questions if they are following protocols in their daily routines, are they exposed at work, do they wear masks, have they been around anyone with COVID, are they active socially, are they supposed to be in quarantine, etc.
  • Consider free community testing for yourself and others (Be aware that tests are snapshots in time, not a guarantee that you remain COVID-free)
  • Talk to your doctor if you have unique medical needs or need specific guidance about your exposure
  • Review the CDC’s COVID guidance during the holidays

We all want a return to normalcy. I know that the recommendations above can put us in uncomfortable situations due to family dynamics. Nevertheless, please consider making plans to be as safe as possible for yourself and your loved ones.

Working together we can stay safe and keep our schools open!

Hoping we can all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season,

James Lenamon, Superintendent