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COVID Status Update 12-2-2020

December 2, 2020

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

I would like to take this opportunity to provide a brief summary of the status of our schools as it relates to the ongoing pandemic crisis and increases in positive COVID-19 cases throughout the county and the state.  This week we did receive information on a few additional positive cases. 

One case was a high school student, another is a staff member at M.T.E.S. and one is a staff member at Whiting Elementary School. None of the  individuals were in the district after November 20th due to the holiday and the district being on remote only instruction. As a result there have been no identified close contacts within the schools.  

We also received a report of a district staff member who was not present in the school buildings but who tested positive on Wednesday, December 1. Close contacts have been identified in this case and have been contacted. Therefore, there is nothing you need to do at this time and this letter is to provide you with the most accurate information.  

Ridgeway Elementary School is on schedule to return to in-person instruction on Monday, December 7 after being on remote instruction for this week.  There have been no new cases reported from Ridgeway and staff who are currently out are able to come back on Monday.  

Our transportation department, office staff and paraprofessionals did an outstanding job delivering items from Chromebooks to books and learning packets.  Everyone has what they need at this point. Meals were available on Monday and Thursday for any families that wanted them. 

I want to continue to stress to our staff, students and families the importance of continuing to follow the health and safety guidelines, particularly at this time as the number of positive cases continue to increase throughout the county and Manchester. We continue to follow these safety guidelines in all of our schools but staying safe must be a cooperative effort between our schools, our families and our community.   

As a reminder, please continue to follow the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended safeguards such as: 

  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Practicing social distancing (staying at least six feet apart)
  • Wearing face coverings in school

Also please continue to monitor your health and complete the health forms each day when attending school.  As always we appreciate the cooperation of our community and staff.  If you have any questions regarding this or any other situations related to COVID-19, please contact your child’s school nurse.                                     

Despite the growing number of positive cases, the district was able to honor the commitment to families who wanted to switch from remote only learning to a hybrid schedule while still maintaining the safety protocols.  At the same time several families opted to move to remote only instruction and those requests were also accommodated.  

Lastly, our staff, students and community are working on our Kevin’s Kids program to provide for some of our neediest families.  This year has been very difficult for many of our families and we are working hard at meeting these challenges. I would like to thank our staff, students and community members who volunteer their time as well as making contributions to this outstanding tradition.  This is another reason why Manchester is a very special place. 

As always, thank you for your support and cooperation with our school district. 

Respectfully,

David Trethaway
Superintendent of Schools