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School System Update

November 13, 2020

As we enter into the busy holiday season typically filled with family and social gatherings, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is still present in our community and country. We are experiencing an increase in positive cases across our country, in our state, and in the parish. When there are positive cases in the community, it ultimately affects our schools. While almost every positive case we have been notified of is tied to non-school related (community) transmission, our schools and buildings are still impacted. Any time a positive case is reported, it has a negative impact on our ability to operate our schools and on all of us. More students and employees may need to isolate as a result of close contact.

We ask our students and employees to please continue helping us keep the virus outside of our buildings by practicing social distancing while in the community, wearing a face covering especially while gathering outside of school, washing hands frequently, and staying home when sick. Remember, there are a wide-range of symptoms associated with COVID-19 including sinus symptoms. Please do not send your child to school or come to work when exhibiting mild symptoms such as a headache or stomach ache. When in doubt, go to your nearest health care facility and get a COVID-19 test.

The CDC has changed its definition of “close contact.” Therefore, the Family Reopening Guide has been updated and is available on our website. As a reminder, any person who is positive or identified as a close contact should remain at home and avoid social, community, and/or family gatherings.

Please know the safety of our students and employees is our top priority. While we have navigated these past three months without any COVID-19 related school closures, we must continue to be prepared for possible changes at any time. Our schools are prepared if the situation arises due to the prevalence of the virus in our state, community, and/or schools.

Thank you again for your continued patience, support, and understanding. We appreciate your assistance as we continue to serve our students during these unprecedented times.  

Dr. Ken Oertling
St. Charles Parish Public Schools