Letter from WPS Superintendent provides COVID update in District
Hello to all Wahoo parents, patrons, students, and staff.
In an effort to keep everyone informed and represent transparency on behalf of the school district, I would like to provide you with another update about happenings at school from the past week. We had two individuals in the middle school, one student and one staff member, present positive COVID test results this week. We were again able to minimize the impact on those around the individuals, through the use of masks and social distancing, and limit the number of others who had to quarantine as a result. When it comes to the protocols and procedures we have in place, those are local decisions made by the school district. When considering isolations, quarantines and timelines, those are directives handed down by Three Rivers Health Department that we must follow. We do not have the ability to negotiate or make our own decisions when it comes to isolations, quarantines, and/or the timelines associated.
We understand that the Health Department has now placed Saunders County in “orange” on the risk dial. As was shared previously, our return-to-learn document is guidance for how we will address education throughout the year. The risk dial is one of the factors we consider, but not the final call as to what type of attendance or remote learning we will be conducting as a district. At this time, we will continue operating as we have been, with continued safety measures and precautions in place. Should that change, you will receive a message directly from the district regarding any variance from our current course.
In addition to the measures taken during the school day, we are now requiring the use of masks at our extra-curricular activities for all attendees. Three Rivers is giving “credit” for the use of masks in terms of being more lenient with those potentially impacted by a positive exposure. Our ultimate goal is to keep as many students and staff members in school as possible, and keep the doors to our buildings open for the educational process. The use of masks, even by parents and spectators at events, helps ensure that we can continue to operate with students in attendance for live instruction.
Finally, if your child is ill, please keep them home. If your child is exhibiting any COVID-related symptoms, please keep them home. If your child has a pending COVID test, please keep them home. While we recognize the inconvenience it creates for the family and the continuity of education for the child, it keeps everyone at school safe and our buildings accessible. I hope this helps clear some of the misinformation, though if you have further questions, I am always available to help. We appreciate the support and understanding of everyone as a member of our school district, and remember, it’s always a great day to be a Warrior!
Brandon J Lavaley, Superintendent
Wahoo Public Schools