A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
I am pleased to tell you that as of today we are on track to resume in-person instruction in all Stowe schools on Monday, December 14. The systems that both the State and LSUU have put in place to manage potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been working and are limiting the spread of the disease.
Our ability to quickly put remote learning in place played a huge role in the success of limiting the further spread of COVID-19. I understand that the quick switch to remote was hard and inconvenient for many of you, and all of us here at LSUU greatly appreciate your flexibility and understanding. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the faculty in Stowe schools for their planning and preparation, which was key for keeping learning on track.
We have received information about COVID-19 test results for close contacts of the case identified last Thursday and with the exception of one close contact, all have been negative so far. Thankfully, we have already been able to get test results for close contacts associated with the second case and are thrilled to report that, so far, all of those have been negative as well.
I would be remiss not to mention that there have also been several positive cases in the broader community which have impacted students and staff across the district. The Department of Health takes the lead on contact tracing for these cases, and as of now none of these cases will impact our return to in-person instruction next week. We expect a number of students and staff to remain in quarantine in the coming week pending negative COVID-19 test results. Please contact your student’s school or your supervisor if you have been notified that you are a close contact and will be quarantining, if you haven’t already done so. For the purpose of school attendance, we ask that all household members of a close contact stay home from school pending negative results.
As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times and for adhering to the State’s recommended health and safety practices.