CCS Weekly COVID Update - January 14, 2021
I hope everyone is having a nice week. I would like to ask everyone to take a moment to read though my weekly update. Please don't miss my public service announcement at the end of this message!
We brought students back on campuses this week through our Hybrid plan and are really happy to have them here! My intent is to continue providing face-to-face instruction through this model as long as we are operationally able to do so. As I have mentioned in the past, I am confident in our transmission mitigation strategies of social distancing, masking, and disinfecting.
Group B students attended school this Wednesday. Group A will be in the buildings for school next Wednesday.
Parents, I took the time last week to remind our staff to remain vigilant as they interacted with others in the community while the transmission rate is high. I reminded them of the importance of our mitigation strategies and asked them to refrain from sit-down restaurants and frequenting other establishments where six-foot distancing protocols were violated or in which they may interact with others not wearing masks. I strongly encourage take-out and drive-through patronage at this time. This is our effort to be as safe as we can be and to also avoid the need for quarantines, which will hinder the smooth running of our operation.
In order to help protect our school environment, I would like to ask parents to consider the same circumstances, but even more importantly, please remember that if your child exhibits any COVID symptoms, DO NOT send that child to school! As defined by the CDC..... people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Current COVID Numbers:
According to the KY DPH’s website, Campbell County’s incidence rate is 79.8 per 100,000 people. Unfortunately, our local numbers have increased quite a bit this week. The current state incident rate is 80.5, as indicated below.
Fresh off the presses!!!! I have been in conversations with St. Elizabeth Healthcare the past two days and am pleased to announce that Campbell County School Employees have been scheduled to receive the first round of COVID vaccinations on Saturday, January 30th and Sunday, January 31st. Keep in mind that details are subject to change, but through our initial planning conversations, we expect the vaccinations to be administered in the Campbell County High School gymnasium and cafeteria that weekend. The vaccinations will be provided for all certified and classified staff, club sponsors, coaches, including our youth program, and any substitute who has worked during the 2019-20 or 2020-21 school years. Our employee rosters have been provided to St. Elizabeth and everyone will be asked to register with St. E. to receive their vaccination. Further details and registration processes will be shared via email as they become available. For coaches, sponsors and subs whose emails may be out of date, please contact Tracy O'Keefe in Human Resources to update (859-635-2173). Be advised that folks will be asked for personally-identifying information to validate an email address change.
Kindergarten University and Movie Screening of "No Small Matter"
I would like to draw everyone's attention to this flyer published by our district this week, and invite individuals of young children to participate in our Kindergarten University program!!! Please join Myssi Turner to learn information about the importance of Early Childhood Development, and gain insight into developmentally appropriate ways to ensure our community's children are ready for, and successful in Kindergarten! I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE anyone who has an infant, toddler or pre-school aged child to check out this flyer and register for these sessions, which will be conducted virtually. An UNBELIEVALBLY POWERFUL movie called No Small Matter will be screened on January 27th. Please see its trailer which may be found via this link. You can watch this with us from the comfort of your own home! This movie has GREATLY influenced my personal and professional opinion of the irrefutable need for us to expand early childhood, pre-school and kindergarten education! I would like to ask folks in our community to share, share, share this information with anyone who has young children and encourage them to register and participate. The movie and supporting programming will change lives. I guarantee it!
Have a great week!!