The number one question of the day for me was, “what are you doing over the winter break?” My answer was pretty clear, “as much as I want to travel, I have to stay local.” I would bet that most everyone has a similar response and am thankful for that. I am thankful that school has been in session since day 1 and we continue to provide instruction to all of our students. We should all be commended for our efforts to create and maintain a healthy school environment. This is no small task and takes a community to make it happen, thank you! As we close out another successful week I would like to share excerpts of an email that our assistant superintendent, Ms. Robin Steiner, sent out to the staff…
We are two days away from break, and we have not had a positive COVID-19 case in our schools since the beginning of December! Thanks to the work of our students, staff and parents we have been in school for almost 100 days. There are not many districts that have been able to accomplish such a feat.
There is positive news related to the overall COVID front as well. New cases in the US have declined by 36%, new deaths have declined by 22%, and hospitalizations have decreased by 27% over the past 14 days, while 10% of the population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine. Closer to home, in VT, cases have decreased by 13% over the past 14 days. Unfortunately deaths and hospitalizations have increased. In NH cases have decreased by 39%, deaths have declined by 29% and hospitalizations have decreased by 23% over the past 14 days. Grafton county remains in the very high risk category with 88 active cases.
Although we are seeing a decline in cases, it is important that we remain vigilant over the break and follow the safety guidelines for each of our states. In NH, residents may not travel for leisure outside of the New England states. In Vermont, one may not travel outside the state. If one does choose to travel for leisure over the break, one must self quarantine for 10 days.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable, peaceful, and healthy winter break!