Letters from the Superintendent » 2021 - January

2021 - January

 
 
                                                                                Jan. 28, 2021,  12:05 PM
 
Dear Milford Families:
 
We just received word that we have another positive Covid-19 case at the Jacques Memorial School. The last time the individual was in school was Friday, January 22nd. Close contacts have been notified and will be quarantining. Local Health officials have been consulted. The school has been deep cleaned since this individual was last in, and we plan to continue in the hybrid model this afternoon and tomorrow.  
 
As we continue to deal with this pandemic, following safety protocols will be critical to limit the spread of this illness. Therefore, if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a COVID-19 PCR test. If your child is experiencing symptoms, you should alert their provider that they were possibly exposed to a positive COVID case before going into the practice. You may also choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state  
 
 
If you choose either of those options, you should bring this letter with you.
 
Please note that if you or your child are currently quarantined, you must complete quarantine, even if your test is negative. This is because the maximum amount of time from being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and testing positive is 10 days. Therefore, even if your child tests negative today, they would need to quarantine until they reach the 14th day following exposure.
 
The safety of our children, employees and visitors is our top priority. To ensure your health and safety, we have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces.  Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, we should all take the following precautions to prevent the spread of the disease:
 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. 
 

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here.

 

To learn more about COVID-19, please check these trusted resources:

 
Sincerely,
Dr. Jessica Huizenga
 
 
 
                                                                                      Jan. 26, 2021,  4:21 PM
 
Dear Milford Families:
 
I just received word from Mr. O'Connell this afternoon that a JMS community member has tested positive for Covid-19. The staff member was at JMS today and indicated that they were in close contact with 3 staff members and 3 students. Per the re-opening plan and after discussions with local health officials, we will be remote tomorrow at JMS only in order to deep clean the building, and take the proper safety precautions.
 
As we continue to deal with this pandemic, following safety protocols will be critical to limit the spread of this illness. Therefore, if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, chills, respiratory illness, aches or change in taste and smell, please stay home and away from others and get a COVID-19 PCR test. If your child is experiencing symptoms, you should alert their provider that they were possibly exposed to a positive COVID case before going into the practice. You may also choose to seek out testing from your healthcare provider or at one of the testing sites located throughout the state
 
 
If you choose either of those options, you should bring this letter with you.
 
Please note that if you or your child are currently quarantined, you must complete quarantine, even if your test is negative. This is because the maximum amount of time from being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 and testing positive is 14 days. Therefore, even if your child tests negative today, they would need to quarantine until they reach the 14th day following exposure.
 
The safety of our children, employees and visitors is our top priority. To ensure your health and safety, we have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting for our high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, we should all take the following precautions to prevent the spread of the disease:
 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Avoid close contact with others. When outside your home, keep a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others. This is known as social distancing. 
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose to protect others when in public areas. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well. 
 

Children may worry about themselves, their family and friends getting sick with COVID-19. Tips for talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here.

To learn more about COVID-19, please check these trusted resources:

 
Sincerely,
Dr. Jessica Huizenga
 
 
                                                                                      Jan. 26, 2021,  1:11 PM
 
Good Afternoon Milford Community:
 
I'm writing as the weather seems to be getting colder and colder, and snow is in the forecast over the next week or so. In the event of inclement weather that would ordinarily be called as a snow day, we will conduct school remotely for all grades. Families will be notified via robocall by 5 am the morning of, if that were the case. Students and Staff should be ready to follow their regular schedule for that day remotely from home.
 
Thank you,
 
Dr. Jessica Huizenga
 
 
 

                                                                                   Jan. 5, 2021,  11:22 AM

Dear Milford Community:
 
Happy New Year to you all! I hope the holiday break was restful, and a meaningful time with family. It’s hard to believe 2021 is here, and we are entering into 2nd Semester of the School Year soon. 
 
The leadership team has been hard at work preparing to update the community on our school models. We will be making that presentation on Thursday, January 7th during the School Board meeting. In order to finalize our presentation, we are seeking to gather the community’s perspective at this time.
 
Please take a moment to fill out the survey on the below link. We appreciate your input and support during these challenging and complex times.
 
Best Regards,
Dr. Jessica Huizenga