November 6, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Due to the increasing numbers of COVID-related exposure events at Valley High School and the need to place additional teachers into quarantine status, it is necessary to halt all In-School learning activities at Valley High School until November 17th for Hybrid A and November 18th for Hybrid B. This means that there will be no In-School learning activities at Valley High School during the week of November 10th through November 13th. All after school activities that are currently scheduled will still be conducted.
We sincerely regret having to take this action but it is no longer possible to offer a safe and secure environment with the remaining instructional staff. This will allow our families to monitor their children for symptoms, our teachers to self-monitor, and our facilities personnel to clean and disinfect VHS so that we may resume In-School activities on Tuesday, October 17, 2020.
Each case of COVID-19 is interviewed by public health. As part of this public health investigation:
The person diagnosed is being kept home from school until they are no longer infectious.
The person’s mask use, social distancing, and activities while infectious were assessed.
The people who were close contacts of the person with COVID-19 are instructed to stay home from school for 14 days after the exposure. This is called quarantine.
If your child develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
Follow these isolation instructions.
Have your child tested.
Continue to keep your child home from school and avoid other activities around other people.
Notify the school.
Seek medical care and testing for COVID-19, calling your doctor before you show up.
Public Health may recommend or you may choose to have your child tested for COVID-19 a week after they were around the person with COVID-19, even if your child does not have symptoms. A negative test result does not mean that your child will not develop symptoms or become sick after the test. A negative test result means that your child did not have COVID-19 detected at the time of testing. A negative test will not allow your child to come back to school or attend other activities sooner. Medical insurance may not cover the cost of testing for people without symptoms.
If you have further questions, please contact Corinne Gabel, School Nurse, or your local public health agency.
Mr. Rich Dalgliesh, Principal
Valley High School