March 20, 2021 3:00 PM
Dear HUUSD Community:
On March 20, we learned of another (second) positive student in our learning community with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Harwood Union High School. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms. Our contact tracing has begun. If you do not receive a call within 24 hours from Harwood Union High School, you are not likely a close contact. We are continuing to monitor the number of close contacts. We are still expecting to operate on our regular schedule Monday. If additional circumstances change over the weekend, I will communicate with an update again.
The most important things you can do:
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 Harwood Union High School or the Health Department will notify you and will provide information and guidance on quarantine and other recommendations. If the Health Department calls, make sure to answer the phone or call them back.
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 well being 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:
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 will clean and disinfect the school per the Health Department guidance.
Sick employees and children will not return to work until they are healthy.
Learn about the Health Department’s response when someone tests positive for COVID-19.
Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.
We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.
Brigid Nease, Superintendent