Health and Safety Procedures Update

A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

It was such a joy to see students back in school and students were equally happy to be back with their teachers and friends. One middle school student may have said it best when they commented, “I’ll never complain about having to go to school again!”

Our first week allowed us to test our plans, and I am pleased to tell you that our health and safety procedures are working well. While we have NO positive cases of COVID-19 in students or employees to date, we are aware of positive cases in our communities.  We ask that anyone exposed to someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 not come to school for 14 days or 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test.  

If someone learns they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or develops symptoms while in school, we will isolate the individual and refer them to their healthcare provider. Our facilities teams promptly disinfect school spaces as needed and thorough handwashing and sanitizing are reinforced for all students and employees. We ask that all:

  • monitor for symptoms and stay home if sick;

  • frequently and thoroughly wash hands;

  • wash and replace masks daily;

  • avoid non-essential gatherings outside of school; and

  • if you’ve had close contact with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, do not come to school for 14 days or 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test.  

In the event of a possible case of COVID-19 in our schools or school community, schools of LSUU may be closed for in-person instruction. Decisions about school closure will be made by the Superintendent in consultation with officials from the Vermont Department of Health on a case-by-case basis. Decisions will be based on epidemiological data, including indicators based on symptoms, cases, and our ability to implement mitigation strategies.  You can read more about considerations for closing schools here.

Any time a school closure is needed, LSUU will communicate with employees, families and the community via our emergency notification system (including email, text, and/or phone), our News and Announcements (available on our website and via email by subscription), and through a press release if applicable

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools.  Together we can keep our schools open for in-person instruction.

Best,
Tracy

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