October 23, 2020
Happy Friday! It looks like the weather is going to change significantly this weekend, and I hope you take the opportunity to get some much-deserved rest. As our district team has done our fall visits this month, it is evident that although some educators and support staff are tired and a bit anxious, they are grateful to be working with students and associating with colleagues and parents. Our circumstances are challenging, but I continue to hear positive accounts of student joy and parent appreciation from our teachers, support staff and administrators. Of course, we will continue to work through the challenges and changes required by the pandemic circumstances, but when all is said and done, I believe that all of the hard work and effort in behalf of our kids will benefit us all and allow us to have experiences that will strengthen in ways we may not yet understand.
In regards to the current data surrounding COVID-19 in the Iron County School District, here’s where we are. We so appreciate our school nurses and their staff for all of their hard work in our behalf.
- Total positive cases since school started – 21
- Positive student cases (none associated with school or school related activities) – 16
- Positive employee cases (none associated with school or school related activities) – 5
- Number of active cases – 4
- Number of recovered cases – 16
- Number of currently quarantined students and faculty – 79
- Number of students quarantined since the first day of school – 202
- Number of employees quarantined since the first day of school – 18
Our numbers are still remaining fairly small, and we are grateful. Our continued and collective diligence in wearing masks and face coverings, as well as distancing whenever possible, will help us and our students to remain in school, which also supports our families and community. I shared the following quote with our district team a few days ago, and I believe it is appropriate to us all: especially given our current circumstances.
And once the storm is over,
you won’t remember how you made it through,
how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure,
Whether the storm is really over.
But one thing is certain.
When you come out of the storm,
You won’t be the same person who walked in.
With much appreciation for EVERYTHING you are doing,