A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
I am writing to update you regarding the COVID-19 context in the schools of LSUU.
Since Friday, additional members of the Stowe High School community have tested positive for COVID-19. While there is no evidence of transmission in the school setting, it appears that there are extensive webs of close contacts outside of school. Contact tracing is continuing as new cases emerge. All individuals who are close contacts related to the new cases have been contacted at this time. If you have not heard from a school official or the Vermont Department of Health your student is not a close contact.
As a result of these new developments, SHS will remain closed for in-person instruction through Tuesday, March 23. We will provide an update on school operations for SHS on Wednesday. All other schools, including SMS, will continue operating normally.
Regardless of the school your student attends, if your student has any symptoms or there is information that suggests a family member may have been a close contact, we strongly encourage that you get tested and contact your healthcare provider or Jordan Myerson, Director of Nursing Services, at 802-585-4087 if you have any questions.
I’d like to thank the students and families who are communicating in a timely fashion with the Department of Health and school officials during this difficult time. It is essential that all members of our community ensure that it is safe for everyone to identify when they have symptoms or get a positive test result, and to participate fully in contact tracing. More than ever, the health and safety of all is on the line, and bullying and negativity towards those affected is unacceptable.
I also want to ask again that everyone limit the number of non-essential interactions, even those allowed per Vermont guidelines, as much as possible. Even though you may mix in school or at other allowed activities, gatherings within social pods outside of school are not consistent with Vermont’s safety guidelines. Additionally, multiple allowable interactions, such as participating in multiple recreational youth activities also can have a widespread impact.
We have successfully stopped the spread of COVID-19 several times in the LSUU community. We can do it again with positivity, peer support, and persistence. Let’s do it!