October 9, 2020

October 9, 2020

Happy Friday everyone! Along with the weekend, the end of first quarter has arrived and I continue to be impressed with the exemplary work being done within our schools to keep our students in school as well as provide them with valuable academic, extra-curricular, co-curricular and social activities: all of which contribute to meeting the needs of the whole child. I continue to appreciate the social media posts of educators, support staff, and parents showing and/or telling about student engagement in all of these activities, and I am grateful for our school and community’s collective efforts. Thank you!

All of this continues to happen because of your efforts to follow the needed requirements to keep our students, employees and community safe while we deal with COVID-19. As of today, we have had a total of 16 positive cases of the virus: 12 students (none related to school attendance or school-related activities) and four (4) employees (none related to work or work/school activities). Of these 16 there are currently seven (7) active cases and nine (9) that have recovered. As of the first day of school, August 25th, we have had 56 students and 9 employees quarantined for 14 days because of stated contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

This quarantine process has now been modified by the State Health Department and is supported by Dr. Blodgett and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. An announcement was made yesterday that this modification will reduce quarantine time, and the following three (3) criteria must be met to qualify for the reduction: 1) quarantined individual goes (7) days without any symptoms, 2) quarantined individual was wearing a mask when he/she was in contact with a positive case, and the individual who tested positive was also wearing a mask, 3) quarantined individual has a COVID-19 test that comes back negative. We are grateful that these processes are being regularly examined and modified to help us better serve our students and employees.

Finally, I continue to see examples of exemplary teaching and professionalism within our District. A visit to Parowan High School and Marta Mitchell’s art class gave me a much-needed reminder of this. Each student was engaged in the day’s project: value and perspective were employed and the results were impressive. Thank you Marta for taking time and sharing your class with me! One of my favorite quotes from C.S. Lewis states, “Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work.” Everyone serving as a part of the educational process chooses to be engaged in this work daily in partnership with parents and caregivers. Thank you for this service! I consider it a privilege to be counted among you!

With deep gratitude,

Shannon