SKSD Superintendent's Snapshot

Superintendent’s Snapshot

Updated April 11, 2021


SKSD COVID Data


IMPORTANT DATES


>March, April & May Monthly Calendars is Available HERE
>District Calendar is available HERE


 

Date

Type of Learning

April 19 - 23

No School (Spring Recess)

 Tuesday, May 4 Bond Referendum / Virtual Learning Day
 Thursday, May 13 No School, Eid al-Fitr 
 Monday, May 17 Asynchronous Virtual Learning Day (PD Day)
 Monday, May 31  No School, Memorial Day

CASE DATA


SKSD POSITIVE CASE UPDATE

The SKSD does post PreK-12 positive case data. This information is updated each week. You can find the link to this data HERE. From the time when we have opened our schools, we have had a total of 251 positive cases associated with SKSD.

Positive Case Summary (Since Opening in September)

last updated 4/11/2021
8:30 PM

Staff

Students

Close Contacts

SKHS

17

82

yes

CCMS

6

41

yes

BRMS

7

36

yes

PDES

6

17

yes

WKES

3

4

yes

WES

4

8

yes

MES

3

12

yes

OTHER*

5

0

no

Total

51

200

includes virtual-only students


This chart represents the case over time.


This chart represents the case over time.

There have been a total of five new cases since positive cases were last reported.

Staff

Students

Close Contacts

SKHS

0

2

yes

BRMS

0

2

yes

WES

0

1

yes

Total

0

5

includes virtual only students



SKSD IN-SCHOOL COVID TESTING


March COVID Testing Event Dates

 Monday, April 12
 Monday, April 26

On April 5, 2021, SKSD held COVID-19 Testing Events in each school. We tested 1,049 participants. We had no positive cases.

How do we handle a positive case?   Anyone that was positive was immediately notified. If the positive case is a student, then we immediately notify their family. Anyone that was a close contact with a positive case has also been notified.

In the case of a positive and/or close contact, we isolate them immediately and have them move to virtual learning for the required quarantine period. As always, we work with the RIDOH on all positive cases.   

April 5   Testing Summary

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Location Total Number Tests Total Staff Total Students
SKHS 196 16 180
CCMS 182 31 151
BRMS 207 39 168
PDES 202 41 161
WKES 97 22 75
WES 85 17 68
MES 80 23 57
Total 1049 189 860


Please remember that you can sign up at any time! Please see the information below if you have not yet signed up.
  • All Students and Staff will be eligible for testing
  • To participate students must have completed the SKSD consent form located here (This form should only be completed one time.)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


MEETINGS THIS WEEK

>Tuesday, April 13   7:00 PM SK School Committee Business Meeting

>Wednesday, April 14   7:00 PM Town Council & School Committee FY22 Budget Hearing #1

> Thursday, April 15   7:00 PM Town Council & School Committee FY22 Budget Hearing #2

Additional information about meetings is always available on our main page (www.skschools.net) in the EVENTS CALENDAR on the right side.


DAILY SCREENING / WELLNESS CHECK

The COVID-19 symptoms are Fever or Chills • Cough (new) • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • New loss of taste or smell • Congestion or runny nose (new) • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea

Please DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL WITH SYMPTOMS.

For a Probable Case, you would have

one of the following symptoms: Cough (new) Shortness of breath Difficulty breathing New loss of taste or smell

OR

two of the following symptoms: Fever Chills (rigors) Muscle aches (myalgias) Headache Sore throat Nausea or Vomiting Diarrhea Fatigue Congestion or runny nose (new) 

In addition, please DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD IS POSITIVE AND YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT.

 
The most recent version of the RI Screening Tool is available HERE. EVERYONE should be using this every time we leave our homes so that we can keep each other safe. Please err on the side of caution.


VACCINE INFORMATION

 
COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY 

Appointments are required at all vaccination sites. People can make appointments through www.vaccinateRI.org. If you need help scheduling an appointment, please call the automated phone line at 844-930-1779.

VACCINE REMINDERS

What to Expect During and After Your Vaccination

For more information on what to expect during and after your vaccination appointment, visit 
C19vaccineRI.org.


VACCINE DATA
How many have been vaccinated in South Kingstown?
https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-response-vaccine-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com/


VACCINES AND CHILDREN

  • As of March 25, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have launched clinical trials of their COVID vaccines in children as young as 6 months, in older children, and in teens.
  • Pfizer: FDA emergency use authorization for people ages 16 and older
  • Moderna: EUA for those ages 18 and older
  • By fall, 12- to 17-year-olds will have some vaccine ready for them.
  • We can expect data on results at the end of 2021 or early 2022
  • Kids 12 and younger: Potentially second half of 2022, with those ages 6 to 11 getting vaccinated first, then children ages 2 to 5 years, followed by those ages 6 months to under 2 years.
  • Are vaccines likely to be mandated for children for school entry?
  • To be determined, but the decision to make vaccines mandatory for school entry is a state government decision.

Quarantine Updates
If you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or you’ve recently arrived in Rhode Island from outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia (DC) or from a hot spot within the 50 states or DC, you do not need to quarantine if

  • You’ve gotten a final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, that is either FDA approved or received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), at least 14 days before your last exposure or out-of-state travel, and
  • You haven’t had symptoms of COVID-19 since your last exposure or out-of-state travel.

Always watch for symptoms for a full 14 days. If you have symptoms of COVID-19isolate at home and get tested. Vaccinated close contacts and travelers should still get a COVID-19 test between 5 and 10 days after their last exposure or out-of-state travel. Vaccinated hospitalized patients and long-term care facility residents must still quarantine for 14 days.  


NOTEWORTHY



RIDOH RECOMMENDATIONS

Given the steady increase in K12 cases over the last few weeks, RIDOH now recommends the following:

  • A single case in a classroom > Recommend testing the whole class
  • A single case on a sports team > Recommend testing the whole team
  • Logic: Increase asymptomatic testing to detect and isolate cases sooner

No need for anyone other than close contacts to quarantine


COVID & ALLERGIES (from the RIDOH)

  • If the new onset of ANY symptom(s). . . Stay home and get tested.
    • If negative and symptoms are consistent with allergies, may return to school/sports when fever-free 24 hours
    • If symptoms are a result of allergies, symptoms might continue for days, weeks, or months.  The child may attend school/sports as long as there is no fever, no new symptoms of COVID-19 or sudden change of symptoms
  • If any new additional COVID-19 symptoms or sudden change or worsening of a runny nose or nasal congestion:
    • Dismiss home
    • Seek medical advice
    • Test required to return to school/sports


CCMS Community Meals Table Open for Spring Recess

The CCMS community meals table will be open during April vacation. The service will be open from 8 AM to 11 AM for breakfast and lunch. 


Reminder with COVID Test Results & Attestation Forms
This is a reminder to please send all Covid test results and attestation forms
 by email directly to the school nurse in your building.


Building Project Update
The SKSD Building Project Update has been shared with the PTOs in recent weeks. I am sharing the overview that was presented at the meetings HERE.



FY22 Budget Update

During the School Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 13 we will present the current status of our FY22 budget. An overview of this information can be found HERE.


The revised 2021-2022 School Calendar will be updated during the April 13th School Committee meeting. The link to the revisions in the calendar is available HERE


In Gratitude

As we define our new normal please remember that we still have a great deal of work to do. The new variant has been a challenge for us. We recently had the RIDOH ask us to close a school because of the cases. We were able to keep the school open because of our restricted schedule and regular testing. Please understand that we are not yet able to make changes. We will continue to review our data with the RIDOH. We are not done with this journey. We can expect improvements but we still need to continue to be cautious as we build our future together.

We have spent the last year in relentless disruption and constantly resetting our expectations. I recently read an article in Education Week that stated that “People make choices and choices make history.” It then shared how working together with others we can “change the whole world, beginning with an act of imagination and decision.” Please continue to be thoughtful in your decisions, stay safe and keep your family safe. Thank you for all you do to support our schools and for your patience. 

The next Snapshot will be sent the week of April 26th. 

Linda Savastano, SKSD Superintendent


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