January 23, 2021
Dear HUUSD Community:
Today, January 23rd, we learned about two students who tested positive with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on the 5/ 6 team at the Waitsfield Elementary School. Our contact tracing has begun. If you do not receive a call within 24 hours from Principal Korb or Nurse Wetzel, you are not likely a close contact. Due to the number of staff who will be out, because they are close contacts or will be in quarantine along with their child who is, Waitsfield Elementary School will be in remote only mode Monday and Tuesday (Jan. 25 and 26) along with our regularly scheduled remote Wednesday. We expect to be back to our in person schedule on Thursday, Jan. 28th. Stay tuned for further developments. The students testing positive did not ride the bus. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms.
The most important things you can do:
Make sure your child is wearing a mask.
Make sure your child is washing their hands.
Keep your child home if they are sick.
Call your primary care provider if you or your child has symptoms of COVID-19.
People who may have been exposed will be notified:
Anyone who was in close contact with the person who tested positive may have been exposed to the virus and will be asked to quarantine, which means staying home and away from other people for up to 14 days. Read more about what it means to quarantine here.
If you are identified as someone who may have been exposed, someone from either Waitsfield School or the Health Department will notify you and will provide information and guidance on quarantine and other recommendations. Learn more about what happens when there is a case in a school.
Supporting our School Community
In order to maintain everyone’s privacy, we cannot disclose who in our community has tested positive. Remember that we are all at risk of getting this virus. These “COVID-19 cases” are our friends and family, and we need to be understanding and supportive. People with COVID-19 often experience uncomfortable symptoms and emotional stress. Instead of participating in speculation or gossip, offer to help community members who are affected by quarantine. With creative action from all of us, we will get through this period of anxiety and disruption. We thank you for your investment in the health and wellbeing of our school community.
What is COVID-19?
A new coronavirus causes COVID-19, which is an illness that was discovered in 2019. Coronaviruses are a type of virus that are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are many kinds of coronaviruses including some that cause respiratory illnesses, like the common cold. The specific symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads mainly from having close contact with someone who has a COVID-19 infection. The virus is thought to spread by droplets from person to person when they speak, cough, or sneeze. Droplets travel less than 6 feet. When droplets from another person get in your mouth or nose you can inhale into your lungs. This virus can be spread by people without symptoms.
How can parents and guardians help prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
If your child is sick, keep them home.
Make sure members of your household wash their hands often using soap and water for 20 seconds.
Make sure every member of your household covers their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their elbow, and then washes their hands afterwards.
Wear a mask in public when you cannot stay 6 feet apart from other people.
We are working with the Health Department to keep our community safe.
We continue to follow the Health Department’s guidance for a Strong and Healthy Start.
We cleaned and disinfected the school per the Health Department guidance.
Sick employees and children will not return to work until they are healthy.
Learn more about getting tested in Vermont. The following options are available in our community early in the week of January 24.
Waitsfield: Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (use the Old County Rd entrance)
Waterbury 1727 Guptil Rd (ambulance station)
Monday & Tuesday 9-4:30
Berlin 3336 Airport Rd (rear of building)
Monday & Tuesday 9:00-2:00
Brigid Nease, Superintendent