This afternoon we received a call from the Greene County Health Director, Melissa Howell. She shared some concerns regarding the current levels of the virus in the Jamestown community. As a school district we have limited the number of positive cases inside of our buildings and the health department was complementary of the work we are doing inside of our buildings. This is a credit to the hard work and cooperation of our staff and students. Many of our current quarantines and current positive cases originated outside of the school building with family members first becoming sick and then it spreads to the staff or student in the building.
The Health Department is concerned by the current levels of the virus in our community. They have communicated that the virus is spreading rapidly in our zip code. As a result the health department has made the decision that we must change our current school delivery model. We believe it is important to continue to have access to our students so we will be moving to a hybrid learning model. We want to give parents enough time to plan for this shift so we will continue in school the next two days and will begin the hybrid plan on Thursday. We will remain in hybrid until Christmas break. We have updated our website with the hybrid schedule under the COVID-19 drop down menu.
We have also added several new links outlining a key change from the CDC. The length of quarantines has been reduced. Quarantined individuals can now return after 7 days if they have proof of a negative test. Parents must bring their students on the first day back following a negative test and they must present evidence of a negative test before going to class. Without the negative test, students can return after 10 days of quarantine as long as they are not presenting symptoms.
Due to the fact that this shift in learning plan is not related to our current caseloads inside the buildings, we will continue to offer our extra curricular activities. Please continue to make good decisions when it comes to your health and do not come to school if you are not feeling well. Several of our recent cases reported cold-like or minor sinus symptoms prior to testing positive. It is important that we continue to be vigilant to protect each other so please stay home from school or activities if you are not feeling well.
Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Any ONE of the following symptoms:
- New loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Any TWO of the following symptoms:
- Fever or Chills
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting