Shelton's Omicron Variant of COVID

Omicron Variant of COVID

Update to Families: Omicron variant of COVID
Posted on 01/12/2022
Update to Families: Omicron variant of COVIDShelton School District Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back from a much-deserved break that hopefully brought you some joyful moments with family and friends. Reflecting over the break, I felt tremendous gratitude for all the lifting both families and staff are doing to support healthy, in-person learning. From cooperating with us on the health and safety measures established in our schools, to wearing masks and staying home when you are sick, you are what makes the Shelton School District feel like a family and has allowed us to continue educating our students the best we can, through in-person learning.

As we kick off 2022, we are already called upon to adapt due to the Omicron variant of COVID. Our goal for this school year is to uphold in-person services. We’ve witnessed the profound difference in-person learning offers our students. Our classrooms and schools offer the basics like shelter and food in addition to a social and academic learning environment. As we look ahead, we must thoughtfully address Omicron.

The Omicron variant is already making its way through Mason County. We can combat the negative consequence of high rates of COVID cases this month by doubling down on our mitigation strategies. First, if your student is wearing a cloth mask to school, please double up by wearing a surgical mask with it, or replace the cloth mask with a surgical mask. Our schools are equipped with extra masks for those who need them. Now is an excellent time to reexamine social distancing and hand sanitation procedures. We will continue to consistently instruct and positively reinforce students for following the health and safety practices. Lastly, vaccinations are important to both cutting the transmission rates and severity of COVID cases. We are working closely with Mason Health and will advertise any future vaccine clinics, or you can also reach out to your health provider for more information on vaccinations.

If we can suppress the quick spread of COVID, it will help keep our community safer and uphold the full range of critical services we provide our students each and every day. The district continually re-examines mitigation strategies with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and we will communicate any changes that may affect our schools with you as necessary. Thank you for looking out for your health and the health of others. By working together, we know we will get through this difficult time and look forward to a bright future!

Regards,
Wyeth Jessee
Superintendent

 
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