November 17, 2021
Dear HUUSD Families,
On Wednesday, November 17, we learned about three persons in our learning community with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The affected schools are Harwood Union High School and Brookside Primary School. Elementary bus 8 is also impacted. We are beginning the process of contact tracing. All identified close contacts who are fully vaccinated will be notified via email; close contacts for whom we do not have a record of COVID-19 vaccination will be notified by phone. Families at HUHS and BPS will be notified once the calls have been completed. We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if your child is not experiencing symptoms.
People who may have been exposed will be notified:
Anyone who is not fully vaccinated and 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.
Anyone who is fully vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19 within the past 3 months and was in close contact with the person who tested positive does not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.
If you are identified as someone who may have been exposed, someone from either HUUSD or the Health Department will notify you and will provide information and guidance on quarantine and other recommendations. Again, identified close contacts who are fully vaccinated will be notified by email (for students, this email will be sent to parents/guardians). If the Health Department calls, make sure to answer the phone or call them back.
Supporting our learning 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.
We are working with the Health Department to keep our community safe.
Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.
The following testing times are available this week at the Waterbury Ambulance Service located at 1727 Guptil Rd.
Free meals to all students 18 and under are available during quarantine and/or closure. Please find more information and sign up for meal pick up in our HUUSD Food & Nutrition website food.huusd.org.
We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you.
Kaiya Korb, Building-Based COVID Administrator