Carbon1 Superintendent Hamel - COVID19 Update Letter 03/16/20

Providing students a safe learning environment for students, staff, and community is our number one priority at Carbon County School District One.  The following is an update as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 virus:

Carbon County School District One, in consultation with local and state health officials,  has followed the recommendations of Wyoming Governor, Mark Gordon, and Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jillian Balow, to close schools until at least April 6th, 2020.  This closure includes all-district, public, and private use of district buildings and facilities. All extracurricular activities and athletics, including practices, are suspended until further notice.  This is a rapidly evolving situation, our leadership team will continue to monitor events and consult with medical experts in determining any necessary additional steps to further protect our students, staff, and community.  

The most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  Currently, there is no known vaccine to prevent coronavirus. Closing our school is not the only precaution.  Daily decisions we make as individuals and as a community may help slow the spread of the virus and minimize or eliminate future events.  We encourage all students, parents, staff, and community members to take these practical precautionary steps to minimize potential exposure:

1. Avoid contact with people who are sick

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

3. Wash your hands on a regular basis

4. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, then throw the 

tissue in the trash

5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe

6. Use hand sanitizers when available

7. Stay home and keep children home who are ill or have a fever

8. Stay home and keep children home who show symptoms

9. Stay home if immediate family members show any symptoms

 

People should remain at home and contact their local healthcare provider if they are ill or show symptoms of COVID-19.

Carbon County School District One is committed to continuing to provide two essential services to our students, instruction and nutrition.  Teachers are currently in buildings planning and designing meaningful learning activities. The learning activities will be made available in an online format or possibly as learning packets.  Teachers will be available to communicate with students and provide support and feedback to students. Teachers may be contacted by email, through chat options available with online platforms such as Google Classroom or by calling the school.   Parents and guardians, we are asking you to encourage your child or children to take advantage of these learning opportunities and not simply discard the opportunities provided for the next two weeks to further their education. As a reminder, our scheduled spring break is March 30th - April 3rd.  Learning opportunities will not be made available during spring break. Hopefully, school will resume following spring break on Monday, April 6th.  

 

Carbon County School District One will be providing meals to students.  Beginning Tuesday, March 17th meals will be delivered to any students needing or wanting a meal at no cost to the student or family.  Our transportation department will be delivering a combination breakfast/lunch meal each morning. A bus schedule though March 27th with food delivery times and locations is attached and is posted on our district website crb1.net and on our district Facebook page.  Delivery of meals, breakfast and lunch combo, will begin at 8:00 each day.

Please see this link:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UH90VrdR-JA-teRsIyfxoY7H2KkvtoNUO-ByrVnsY04/edit#gid=822729534

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  We would like to thank students, staff, parents, and the community for their patience and help in responding to this situation.  We will provide more information as soon as it is available.  

 

Below are links to additional COVID-19 information:

 

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-landing-page.html?WT.ac=p-ra

https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-child.html

https://medicine.yale.edu/news-article/22996/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

https://www.childrenscolorado.org/about/news/2020/march-2020/coronavirus/

 

Please be Safe,



Mike Hamel

Superintendent 

Carbon County School District One