LEVEL 2 FOR ALL DISTRICT FACILITIES: Mask Mandated for All School Facilities
September 10, 2021
This is our weekly COVID-19 update for the week of September 6th. We want to thank our students and our staff for a fantastic job. Due to their hard work our numbers continue to improve and we will continue next week with in-person instruction. We monitor case numbers on a daily basis and so can you by visiting our website or clicking on the link below.
The Governor called a Special Session and the legislature has met and passed new measures to give school districts some relief due to the current surge of the Delta variant. SB 1 reaffirms the legislature’s intention when they passed legislation last spring expressing their desire that students remain in-person throughout the school year. No additional NTI days were granted, but there are some provisions to allow districts 20 days of remote instruction to deal with outbreaks within classrooms, grade levels and individual schools. These days cannot be used to close down the entire district. Finally, they did weigh in on some alternatives to student and staff quarantine, so sometime during the next 10 days Districts will receive guidance on a “Test to Stay” program, which will allow unvaccinated students and staff that have been identified an additional option to quarantining at home.
Our District, Estill County Health Department, Marcum and Wallace and several of our community partners have set the dates for a series of Vaccination Clinics beginning later this month. The dates are:
September 30th - Estill County High School: Students, Parents and District Staff
October 1st - Marcum and Wallace Hospital: Any eligible recipient
October 7th - Estill County Middle School: Students, Parents and District Staff
Participants will receive an Estill County t-shirt and be eligible for other prizes and gift cards. With full FDA approval of the Pfizer Vaccination, I hope everyone that has been hesitant about taking the vaccine will reconsider. In order for us to get back to some sense of normal, we will have to see an increase in the percentage of our community members that have been vaccinated or we will keep repeating this same cycle over and over again.
We can defeat this virus if we practice safe habits, and be considerate of others. Wear a face covering while in doors, practice social distancing and follow all CDC guidance. Please be safe and enjoy the weekend!!!
Jeff Saylor, Superintendent
Estill County Schools