September 22, 2021
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members:
We have recently been notified that a staff member at the elementary has tested positive for COVID-19. While we must protect the privacy of the staff member involved, we believe it is best to communicate transparently with you so you can make well-informed decisions for your family. We are a small school and share small spaces therefore you should consider every person with a positive test in our school a contact with your student(s).
There is nothing more important to the district than the safety and health of our students, our staff, and their families. We are working with county health officials to address this situation. The health department stated that staff and students are allowed back to school 10 days after initial symptoms begin as long as they feel well enough to attend and do not have a fever. We will continue to closely monitor the health of our students and staff and take appropriate actions as needed. You can help us by keeping your child home if they are ill and report positive tests. We will continue to follow COVID-related safety procedures.
COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and through the exchange of respiratory droplets. As more cases are being confirmed across the state, including in our community, we must be vigilant. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider or health department for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure.
The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Practice social distancing, leaving at least three feet between
you and other people.
- Wear a cloth mask in public when you cannot social distance.
Our greatest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community members. It is important to remember that children are greatly influenced by the reactions of adults when facing difficult circumstances. I encourage everyone to remain calm and to be empathic and respectful to those affected. Riggins Elementary will remain open unless circumstances keep us from doing so safely or we cannot cover classrooms.
Trisha Simonson Riggins Elementary Principal