We wanted to share a COVID update with the community as we have had some activity reported to us a short while ago. We have one individual who has tested positive at Randolph Union High School. The district team has completed its contact tracing and has reached out to all close contacts. The exposure level was very small, and because many of those exposed were vaccinated, only a few folks have been asked to quarantine. All classes and programs at RUHS will run normally tomorrow.
As you may remember, a fourth-grade class at Randolph Elementary was transitioned to remote learning last week when the surveillance testing indicated exposure due to an asymptomatic individual. Most of the students in that class have now cleared quarantine and will transition back to in-person programming tomorrow (Friday). Unfortunately, an individual in the remaining quarantine group has recently tested positive, but because they were not in school during their contagious period, there is no further impact on RES. That said, I ask to the community to keep those who are currently struggling with the virus to keep them in your thoughts and wishes.
As I close this message, I think it’s important to recognize that our weekly surveillance testing has helped the district avoid what could have been a much larger outbreak. Much like our mitigation protocols, surveillance testing is simply a tool that keeps our students both safe and in school as much as possible. Like any tool, it can only provide its best benefits when we choose to use it to its fullest capacity. Right now, only about 1/3 of our school community has opted to participate in this program. I again urge all members of our school community to opt into the program – the more people who participate, the less likely we are to have an outbreak, and should an outbreak occur, the less likely it will be severe.
The Orange Southwest School District has opted to participate in a state funded program that provides weekly (Tuesday’s) COVID testing for students and staff at school. This is an opt-in program; only those who have opted-in by signing-up and consenting online can participate – the sign-up link is at the top of the website under 2021 Covid Operating Plan - this is a gentle self-administered test – a swab just inside the nose.
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The Orange Southwest School District serves students and families in the towns of Randolph, Braintree, and Brookfield, Vermont. Our three elementary schools provide services to students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Randolph Union High School serves students from grades seven through twelve; and the Randolph Technical Career Center provides technical education services for juniors and seniors from communities throughout Central Vermont.
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