A COVID Update from Dr. April Grace, Jan. 7, 2022
January 7, 2022
Dear Shawnee Families,
Wow, it’s hard to believe it is already 2022! We are excited to be back with our students this week, and we are ready for a semester full of learning.
As you know, the news headlines the last couple of weeks have indicated that Oklahoma is experiencing an increased number of positive COVID-19 cases. However, I am confident that the mitigation procedures we are using will help us stay the course in continuing face-to-face instruction. We still welcome face coverings in spaces where individuals feel they are necessary or where social distancing is not feasible. We will continue to offer COVID tests upon request. We will share information about vaccine availability for those who choose to receive vaccinations or vaccine boosters. Of course, we will continue to work hard to ensure our buildings and especially high-touch surface areas are cleaned and sanitized.
As always, student and staff safety is our number-one priority. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your student’s teachers, principals, or district administrators. By working together, we will have a successful second semester.
Any adjustments in our learning plan will be handled on a site-by-site basis or, where appropriate, classroom by classroom should we need to pivot to virtual learning as a result of an outbreak or staffing shortages. We will begin to send information about the percentage of positives by building again weekly so that you will have current information to make decisions around determining masking or other mitigation options for your student. The data will cover the prior Friday to current Thursday and will be sent on Fridays. Thanks for your patience and partnership as we continue to work through these unusual circumstances.
As a reminder, our on-site health clinics can test for flu and strep. Again, we do offer COVID testing upon request. If you or your student needs to be tested, please call (405) 273-6885 to set up an appointment. Please continue to consider wearing face coverings when social distancing is not feasible, wash your hands frequently, and monitor the health of your family daily. Thank you for your support in helping us create a safe learning environment in our schools.
April Grace, Ed.D.
**Positive Percentages by Building**
SECC 0.87% Horace Mann 0.85% Will Rogers 0.0% SHS 0.75%
Jefferson 0.31% Sequoyah 0.52% SMS 0.96% Total District 0.67%