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Friday Update from Superintendent Dulaney, January 22, 2021

By January 23, 2021No Comments

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the weekend. This has been a full day, I know, for all of us. This update is coming a little later in the day (some of you may not read it until Monday). There is much going on with the beginning of the legislative session, and I will know better to put the information together earlier this coming week. Anyway, thanks for your patience and your continued support. It is felt and appreciated.

A special thanks this week to our parents and families for all YOU are doing, in partnership with our educators and support staff, to ensure learning continues in an environment of safety, security, compassion and care. Your support is much-needed and appreciated by all involved in keeping our students in school. The following are this week’s COVID data:

Total positive cases since school started, August 25th – 424
Total student positive cases since August 25th – 306
Total employee positive cases since August 25th – 117
Number of current active cases – 56
Number of recovered cases – 369
Number of positive student cases related to school attendance – 19
Number of positive employee cases related to school attendance – 10
Number of students and faculty currently quarantined – 209
Number of students quarantined since August 25th – 2006
Number of employees quarantined since August 25th – 164

A good friend shared the following account that describes a valuable teaching and learning opportunity: a lesson in taking the time to step outside of ourselves and consider others. I believe this is happening in our schools and our community every day!

A professor gave a balloon to every student, who had to inflate it, write their name on it and throw it in the hallway. The teacher then mixed all the balloons. The students were given five minutes to find their own balloon. Despite a hectic search, no one found their balloon. At that point the teacher told the students to take the first balloon that they found and hand it to the person whose name was written on it, Within five minutes everyone had their own balloon. The teacher said to the students: “These balloons are like happiness. We will never find it if everyone is looking for their own. But if we care about other people’s happiness, we’ll find ours too.”

With much love and appreciation,

Shannon

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