November 13, 2020
Good morning Friends!
Welcome to the day before the weekend. I know we are all now celebrating and looking forward to our Saturdays and Sundays, so I hope you have plans and please be safe. As you know, the circumstances around schools’ standards for remaining open continue to be in flux. Currently, several districts in Utah have needed to close schools because of higher numbers of COVID cases; we have been fortunate in this regard. Our numbers remain lower, and I believe it is because of our vigilant efforts with wearing masks, distancing and increased sanitation efforts. Thank you to you all!
An important part of this vigilance is that we remain cautious, and when we are sick we need to stay home. When our children are sick, we need to keep them home. I understand that we are all committed to our kids, our colleagues and the work we do each day, but during our current circumstances we need to take care of each other, and a part of that care is to stay home when we not feeling well. By following this direction, we can ensure our continued ability to keep our schools open. Below are our current ICSD statistics regarding the virus. Thanks again to our wonderful nursing team for their diligent tracking!
Total positive cases since school started (August 25th) – 42
Positive student cases (none related to school attendance) – 31
Positive employee cases (none related to school attendance) – 11
Number of active cases – 11
Number of recovered cases – 31
Number of students and faculty currently quarantined – 161
Number of students quarantined since the first day of school – 467
Number of employees quarantined since the first day of school – 42
I have learned and many times been amazed by the strength and resiliency of the human spirit: by the powerful influences on that spirit for good, and realization always leads to hope. Below is a link to a short video that was shared with me this last week. It depicts former Prima Ballerina, Marta Gonzalez, who now is in the advanced stages of Alzheimers, listening to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. She immediately is able to recall and connect to this beautiful piece… such a lovely and touching tribute to the human spirit as well as the power of music, dance, and the arts! Thank you to all within our schools who have continued to help our students remain engaged in the arts under our current challenging circumstances.
With much appreciation,