Dear SES Families,

We learned this weekend about a positive case of COVID-19 in our SES learning community.  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, one SES classroom will be fully remote.  Families of students in this classroom have been notified and provided instructions on quarantine and testing by email.  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 setting.
  • 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; and
    • wear a mask.
  • If you travel, please continue to follow Vermont’s guidelines for safety and health, and please get tested within three days of return to Vermont.  

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.

Best,
Nina Slade, SES Principal
Jordan Myerson, Director of Nursing Services
Tracy Wrend, Superintendent of Schools

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