A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend
We learned this weekend about positive cases of COVID-19 in our MES learning community. While this is the first direct experience with positive cases at MES, this is not new for the LSUU team and we have strong partnerships with the Vermont Department of Health. We have been able to stop this illness in its tracks on several occasions before and we are confident that we can contain this situation and keep everyone safe and learning on track again!
Here is what you need to know:
- For the coming week, two classrooms will be fully remote. Families of students in these classrooms have been notified and provided instructions on quarantine and testing by email. We have also asked that siblings stay home from all school activities for the week. If you have not been contacted by email, your student is not impacted by the current cases.
- We are sure that some may be wondering about activities where there may have been student and/or adult interactions, such as recess, bus rides, morning screening and more, and we want to assure you that we have reviewed these scenarios carefully and determined that there have been no close contacts outside of the specific classroom settings.
- Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and practice good prevention strategies. You can also get tested often and as indicated in Vermont’s guidance for all.
- We encourage everyone eligible for vaccination to get it as soon as possible.
- With the arrival of new variants and increasing case rates, it is very important that everyone follow Vermont’s guidelines for safety and health. The Department of Health asked us to remind you that is very important for everyone to:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands
- Keep your social circle small
- Stay at least 6 feet apart
- Wear a mask
- Vermont guidelines recommend that we not travel. If you do, please continue to follow Vermont’s guidelines for safety and health, and please get tested within 3 days of return to Vermont. We ask that families help keep school open for in-person learning and stay home from school after travel, until they receive negative COVID-29 test results.
As always, please respect the privacy of families and extend support and caring thoughts for all impacted by COVID-19.
We know that this news may be upsetting; however, we want to assure you that our shared diligence regarding safety practices has prevented in-school transmission of COVID-19 every time the illness has emerged in our school community. Together we can continue to play and learn safely.