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COVID Update 1/19/2022 – Letters From Mr. Thielman

January 19, 2022

Dear Alsea Parents and Community,

As many of you are aware, we are experiencing a regional peak of Omicron Covid Cases in Benton, Lincoln, Lane and Linn Counties.  So far, we have been able to staff our school adequately in spite of the increased number of required absences.  The dedication of our combined staff is second to none, and everybody has stepped up to fill the gaps and keep our kids learning.  Go Wolverines!!!
As staffing pressures mount, I have decided to Close School for IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2022.  Staff will report to work and will have time to prepare for the semester transition beginning next week.  
This one day closure for in-person instruction is strategic and will relieve pressure on staffing demands while maximizing available staff for semester transition tasks that have been delayed due to this recent Omicron COVID surge.  I apologize for any inconvenience this decision will have on our valued students, parents and families, but balance of stress and the need for semester preparation are paramount.  This reality, coupled with the benefits of a longer weekend break will help to provide much needed balance.
Recent Question:
I have been fielding several questions around the changing COVID Guidance in relation to the decision of the Alsea School Board to forge ahead with our established practice of driving good policy, in support of student/staff safety, balanced with good science/data and consideration of the negative impacts of COVID mitigations on student learning.  I will be sending out a detailed letter tomorrow highlighting the implementation of new layered COVID mitigations that will incorporate the latest scientific data, health department recommendations, and new and more flexible masking options for students, staff and families.
Rumor Control:
I want to be very clear that the Alsea School Board is not “ending all masking/COVID requirements.”  On the contrary, the Board’s resolution directive sets a new course for our layered mitigation protocols that are tailored to fit with the changing indices of the new Omicron COVID virus.  Change has become the only constant during this pandemic, but clearly the light is shining at the end of the tunnel as more than one European Nation has ended all mandates, including England’s announcement today. I look forward to sending out more detailed information on the new plan tomorrow with implementation scheduled for Monday, January 24th, 2022.  Go Wolverines!!!!
As always, if you have any questions about this notice please feel free to email me directly at or text or call me at 509-220-5313.

Marc Thielman

Alsea Superintendent
541-487-4305 Ext. 201