We want to thank parents who gave permission for COVID screenings by Wild Health today and for all the support our families have shown us as we had to make the difficult decision to move to NTI learning last week. This time away has helped us lower our positive numbers. We tested 148 students and staff today at both of our schools and only had 1 positive test at the elementary school. The incidence rate for Lee County on the state wide map has also decreased significantly and today we are at 84.9. We believe this is a very good result and is truly because of a commitment from our families. We appreciate you notifying us of positive cases in the home so we can assist in quarantines and monitor the case count in our schools and community. Tomorrow we only have 2 staff positives, 2 staff quarantines, 12 student positives and 35 students in quarantine district wide.
If your child is age 12 or older and hasn’t been vaccinated, please speak to your family doctor and see if it is right for your child. We are finding those vaccinated are not contracting COVID at the same rate as those who were not vaccinated and if they do, their symptoms are not as harsh. Persons who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine when they come in contact with a positive COVID case unless they experience symptoms. Vaccinations are a key element to being able to keep our schools and activities open during this pandemic. Because vaccinations are not available for our elementary students, we believe that screenings will be a key to staying in school. The more students we can test on Wild Health screenings the better we will be able to determine where we stand. If you would like to give permission for your child to be screened on the next screening day, please print a consent form from the Superintendent Message page of our webpage, email me requesting a form, or ask your child to bring home a permission slip that you can sign.