Thank you all for your understanding with the events of this week. We have worked really hard to provide in-person instruction five days a week safely for all of our students and staff and we recognize that it is challenging for students and parents when we have to convert to all eLearning. Please know that we never make these decisions lightly or quickly. We try to weigh the various aspects of each situation and try to make the best decision possible given the specific circumstances. We continue to do our very best to navigate through these ever-changing times.
We appreciate the trust that you have placed in our staff and administration to make these tough decisions and to do our best to keep everyone safe and healthy. We have worked hard to establish good protocols and are consistently reminding the students of the importance of following these rules. In turn, we trust that you are all following the guidelines set forth by the CDC for activities outside of school as we cannot control them but they do impact our safety as a school community. With this in mind, we ask that you follow the information from Nurse Bliven below regarding travel during our upcoming Easter break. We trust that if you are traveling that you will keep your children home to eLearn accordingly. We are so blessed to be Stronger Together!
In light of our recent Covid cases, and the lengthy investigation still being conducted, we have decided it would be best to have students in grades K - 8 eLearn asynchronously next week. We do not want to risk anyone's health and are not confident that the investigation will be concluded by then. We want to make sure everyone is properly evaluated and cleared as necessary. We believe it is prudent to take this extra time to prepare to return after spring break in the safest manner possible and avoid unnecessary risks so close to Easter break. In addition, the staff will use this time to meet and discuss our protocols and procedures to make any necessary improvements. Given this schedule change, we have decided that the teachers will send out work to be completed asynchronously next week to try to make things a little more flexible and manageable for you all at home. Teachers will be sending out information on their assignments and due dates very soon and we appreciate your understanding and patience. No book or material pickup will happen and the teachers will work with individual issues as needed. Preschool students will be following their normal schedule through next Thursday as the cases have not impacted them.
Finally, we appreciate those who responded that they may be interested in pursuing ECAP for the remainder of this year if offered. We have decided that it is not worth the additional potential risk of mixing grade levels at this point, especially given our recent circumstances. We look forward to bringing back a new and improved ECAP program in the upcoming school year.
We will be rescheduling the Out of Uniform Day to purchase the soccer goals after spring break. Please read through Nurse Bliven's announcement below and as always, if you have any questions please let us know.
Adrianne Jewett, Principal
Announcement from Nurse Bliven: We rely on the open and honest transparent communication of families with our administrative team concerning travel whether it is for family emergencies or planned vacations. If you have questions or concerns about your specific travel plans, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We at OLGC continue to support CDC recommendations for travel found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html which are the same for both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
Get Tested and Stay Home After Travel
- Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected (and notify the school)
- If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not (this includes elderly, the very young, immunocompromised, and those who work in jobs that place them at high-risk of community transmission)
- Please note there are many within our school community who are high-risk for severe illness which is why we have always advocated the 14-day e-learning especially after international travel or to places with high community spread.
- Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
Take these actions after you return from travel to protect others from getting COVID-19:
- Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It is important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- If there are people in the household who did not travel with you, wear a mask and ask everyone in the household to wear masks in shared spaces inside your home for 14 days after travel.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness.
- Watch your health: Look for symptoms of COVID-19.
Dates to Remember:
March 27 CANCELLED-Used Uniform Sale
March 29 - April 1 Asynchronous Learning Days
April 2 Good Friday, No School
April 5-9 Easter Vacation
April 12 School Resumes (Summer uniform permitted)
April 16 Deadline for entries to PTO 8th Gr Essay Contest