Hello and welcome back from Winter Break,
I hope you had a relaxing and restorative break with your friends and family. STEM has at least three staff members who live in close proximity to the Marshall Fire and it is with great relief they are safe and spared from the devastation. Our hearts go out to families who suffered the loss of their homes as well as the tragedy of the loss of life.
STEM has been closely monitoring the latest updates for the Omnicron variant. Governor Polis issued a public health announcement last week that was shared with the STEM administration and STEM board outlining the following:
- Reduced quarantine or COVID positive student(s) to five days with continued mask wearing for an additional five days when back at school.
- If the student does not want to wear a mask in school after the five-day isolation period, they will need to remain in quarantine for an additional five days and access their learning remotely.
- Click here to access the updated CDC guidelines.
I want to extend a big Thank You to School Nurse Mallory Jimenez, RN, for her daily updates, advising parents of COVID-positive students, keeping administration informed and remaining responsive over our Winter Break.
STEM shares the same staffing issues that all schools in the United States are managing, as well as other sectors such as healthcare and travel. It will be a daily challenge to make sure STEM is staffed to adequate levels to ensure safety in an emergency. I want to ask all families in our community to please do what you can to help us remain open for in-person learning for our students’ success.
Here are some ways you can help us:
- Keep your students home if they are experiencing ANY symptoms
- Encourage handwashing and good hygiene practices while in school
All of this will not only help other students stay healthy but also our staff. While we will do everything we can to make sure we have enough staff on hand to maintain in-person learning, we want to prepare all families that if we are unable to find substitute teachers in-house or from our substitute company, we may have to ask a class, or even a grade-level to go remote.
We are so excited to have your students back in school this Tuesday, ready for a great Spring Semester.
P.J. Eucker PhD