A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

On December 3, we learned about a positive case of COVID-19 in our learning community. Based on information and data from the Department of Health, as well as from the CDC, we know that this virus spreads quickly without any warning signs. However, we have been able to stop this illness in its tracks on several occasions before. Let’s do it again!

Due to the specific circumstances in this case, Stowe Elementary, Stowe Middle, and Stowe High School will be closed for in-person instruction at least through Friday, December 11.  LSUU recommends that all individuals who have attended school in Stowe for in-person learning on November 30 and/or December 1 carefully follow VDH health and safety guidelines. This includes all Stowe school employees and students. We recommend that all:

  1. Exercise the utmost care in following all health and safety guidance from the Vermont Department of Health, and
  • Do not gather except for essential purposes.  Stay home when sick.  Wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and ensure physical distancing with others. Consider how best to follow these guidelines in your home without compromising social-emotional well-being. 
  • Contact your primary care provider if you have questions about your or your student’s health, or if anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Contact Jordan Myerson (802-585-4087) if your student or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19 or received a positive COVID-19 test result.  Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.

For the purpose of school attendance or work in other schools within LSUU, we ask that all household members of Stowe students and employees also stay home from school through December 11. This means that some who attend school or work at MES, PAML, PA, and Elmore should also stay home and follow health and safety guidelines. Please follow attendance procedures for your situation and contact your student’s school or your supervisor to notify them of your COVID-19 related absence. 

You can read more about the symptoms of COVID-19 in LSUU’s Family Health Handbook For COVID-19 or the Vermont Department of Health’s website.  

Per VDH guidelines, a LSUU employee will be following up with individuals who are considered close contacts and provide specific instructions regarding next steps. Close contacts will receive this information via email from LSUU and also be contacted by phone. Those who are identified as a “close contact” are directed to stay home for 14 days or 7 days and a PCR COVID-19 test. The last date of possible school exposure is Tuesday, December 1. Read more about what it means to quarantine here.  Read more about the definition of close contact here.

We will continue to provide as much specific information as we can in a timely fashion, including information on the timeline for a return to in-person learning after December 11. Updates will be posted on the website and sent via email to website subscribers. We will also communicate via our emergency notification system. In every case, the protection of our student and school community health information and maintaining confidentiality is of the utmost importance to LSUU. As an educational institution and the associated school health service department, we are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and strict availability of privileged student/patient information, and we must maintain compliance with the privacy and security requirements under Federal and State law.

Additionally, during remote learning lunch pick up will continue to be available.  Information regarding lunch services will be provided shortly.

Best,
Tracy

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