Dear Parents and Community,
After a great week of staff in-service and training, a successful outdoor parent welcome dinner, and activity event, I have never been more excited about the start of a new school year. We are truly blessed to be here in service to our valued students, parents and families!
Unfortunately, the start of the school year will have to wait due to my being informed that one of our elementary staff members tested positive for COVID today. Under the updated exposure rules, all staff that were within six feet of the affected employee for 15 min. or more must isolate and test. Because our awesome staff was in training, the number of potential exposures for staff is sizable enough to force a delay to the start of the school year. We simply do not have enough certified and classified substitutes to cover for the exposed staff members.
NOTICE: The Alsea School District will be moving the first day of the 2021-2022 school year from Monday August, 23rd to Monday, August 30th, 2021. MS/HS Sports practices will continue on the same summer schedule next week.
This delay will allow enough time for all those exposed to get tested and get results back, and if positive, for us to do the necessary contact tracing needed to help keep students and staff safe.
I realize that this delay will be very inconvenient for many families and for that I am truly sorry. This new Delta-COVID strain is creating new challenges, but I am very confident that Alsea is up for the challenge. The silver lining to this situation is that we did not have all our students in the building prior to this positive case:)
Delaying our school year one week will serve to slow the spread of this virus and help remind all of us that the Pandemic is still very real. Please work with your student(s) on refreshing their COVID protocols and continue to monitor your kiddo’s for symptoms. Prevention is the first line of defense and we all have the opportunity to do our part.
Again, we truly value all our students, parents, staff and families here in the Alsea School District. If you have any questions or need more information please feel free to contact me on my cell at 509-220-5313 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and families are our best allies in this battle to keep our school open and all our students and staff safe. Go Wolverines!!!