SKSD Superintendent's Snapshot


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Superintendent’s Snapshot (emailed January 8, 2021)


UPCOMING MEETINGS:


January 12, 2021 at 7 PM School Committee Business Meeting (Executive Session at 6 PM)

January 11, 2021 at 4 PM  School Building Committee (Visit www.sksdbuild.org to learn more about the School Building Project)


CASE DATA


WEEKLY SKSD POSITIVE CASE UPDATE
Since opening schools, we have had 127 positive cases associated with SKSD. (This case count is based upon the cases that the RIDOH has notified the Superintendent about. The RIDOH has a formal process where the Superintendent is notified of the positive cases.) 

THE SKSD POSITIVE CASE DATA  
The SKSD does post PreK-12 positive case data. This information is updated each week. You can find the link to this data 
HERE.

POSITIVITY RATE
While the positivity rate in the state (for the week, ending January 2. 2021 ) was 9%. The rate in South Kingstown was 2.9%. State data in a sheet format is available
HERE  (Percent Positive by Municipality of Residence and Week Excluding Congregate Setting Residents )

The positivity rate to date for South Kingstown is 5%. We continue to be one of the lowest in the state. Each city/town’s data in a graphed format is available HERE  or here  (https://ri-department-of-health-covid-19-data-rihealth.hub.arcgis.com/


CALENDAR


Important Dates

 

Date

Type of Learning

January 4 – January 8

virtual learning days

Monday, January 11

Return to in-person learning

Monday, January 18

Holiday ML King Day (No School)

Monday, January 25

PD Day / Asynchronous VIRTUAL DAY

 

The January COVID Calendar is available: https://www.skschools.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_59359/File/Departments/Sup/Snapshot_Archived/COVID%20Calendar/Covid_Calendar_DecJan.pdf


2020-2021 School Year Calendar

The most recent version of this calendar is available on our main page (www.skschools.net) or 
https://go.boarddocs.com/ri/soki/Board.nsf/files/BUCLYU587746/$file/SKSD2021_Calendar_13Oct2020.pdf


THE PLAYBOOK HAS BEEN UPDATED


Our planning is based upon and guided by the RI Playbook. This playbook has been updated. You can access this playbook here: : https://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/COVID19/OutbreakResponseProtocolsPK12.pdf?ver=2021-01-06-180221-893


SKSD QUARANTINE GUIDELINES (14 DAYS), TO BE REVIEWED WEEKLY


In Rhode Island schools have a choice for the length of quarantine. SKSD will continue to follow the 14 day quarantine gold standard for the coming weeks. We will continuously review this and work with the RIDOH. WE have made this decision for many reasons:

1)    The shortened quarantine can increase spread because it would return a student or staff member to school before they should safely do so

2)    It is critical to self-monitor when leaving quarantine earlier than the gold standard. We know that is not always easy for our youngest learners.

3)    We feel that following the gold standard for quarantine will allow us to sustain in-person learning

4)    We will continuously review this decision on a weekly basis. If our data shows that we can change the length of quarantine then we will do so.

5)    The link to the quarantine calculator is available here:  https://health.ri.gov/forms/worksheets/Close-Contact-Quarantine-Calculator.xlsx

6)    Additional information available here: https://covid.ri.gov/covid-19-prevention/quarantine-and-isolation

7)    We are using the gold standard for our quarantine length as of right now. This will be reviewed weekly. (page 24 of playbook)

Travel Quarantine Guidelines: The RIDOH guidelines for travel quarantine has NOT changed. This is 14 days. Please remember if you have traveled to any of the high-risk areas or outside of the country that you are REQUIRED to quarantine for 14 days.

Reminder #1: Who must quarantine? Anyone that is positive (whether symptomatic or asymptomatic), anyone that is a close contact or travels to one of the states that are higher than 5% (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vSUCk9FlHBoJt5ZO0U6PKTTY7jHH8V4MovED0WiqpTTixdgMSCnUWI25xX5DCmQmtLknzu7Bo0jwY02/pubhtml?gid=0&single=true )or has traveled internationally.

Reminder #2: What is a close contact? Individual who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (with or without a face mask) for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24-hour period during the infectious period (i.e. two 10-minute interactions during the day) OR an Individual who has had unprotected direct contact with secretions or excretions of a person with confirmed COVID-19 during the infectious period (i.e. infected person coughed directly in someone’s face)


SKSD will begin voluntary COVID Testing IN SCHOOLS


I also wanted to share that we will be rolling out regular VOLUNTARY COVID Testing in our schools beginning in January. We are working with the RI COVID Testing Management, the Education Operation Center, the RI Department of Education, and the RI Department of Health to offer this in EVERY SCHOOL. This testing will be done on a VOLUNTARY BASIS. Please take the time to read through the parameters of our STAY SAFE TESTING PROGRAM below: This program is for our staff, in-person learners and athletes only.

1.    Our CONSENT FORM is available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLty5AxMKnT3Abvtr6m7GWA74Nb32KbriWqfJaCd_rcMOkZg/viewform?usp=sf_link Please be sure to read it thoroughly. Also, it is important to know that:

·      Staff and students that are interested in participating each week will complete this online consent form.

·       You only complete the consent form one time and you will be enrolled in the program.

·       If you do NOT want to be tested after completing the form then you will reach out to your principal to be removed from the program.

·       If you do not complete the consent form but later change your mind and want to enroll in the program then you simply fill out the form. In order to guarantee the weekly testing participation, you will need to complete the form by Friday at noon.

·       Anyone that has been positive in the last 90 days should NOT test.

 2.    In-School Testing will be done on Monday morning (or the first day of the school week)

·       On January 11 we will begin with a very small pilot. This pilot will focus on staff.

·       On January 19 we will begin our weekly staff and student testing program in ALL schools.

·       In order to guarantee participation in the January 19 program you will need to complete the consent form prior to January 15 at noon.

·       You can join the program at anytime (again, the form should be completed prior to Friday at noon to guarantee Monday participation).

·       Students in Curtis Corner and SKHS will self-swab (monitored by a trained staff member and overseen by our School Nurse Teachers).

·       All other students (PK-6) will be swabbed by a trained staff member.

·       Staff will self-swab.

·       We are using the Binax-NOW tests. Results are available in 15 minutes. These tests are 99.98% accurate.

·       The results will be entered into the state portal. We will need a day or so to have these results entered.

·       If we have a positive case then we will follow the same process as we do for a person with symptoms. They will be sent to the isolation room and will need to be sent home for quarantine.

·       We will notify parents immediately.

·       We will send out a message letting families know that testing is over for the day and that any positive cases have been notified.

·       Anyone that was near (within 6 feet) the positive case for more than 15 minutes will be considered close contact and will also need to quarantine.

·       If positive then this test will be the only test that you will need. There is no need for a PCR test as the RIDOH has shared that they will use this test as a confirmed positive case.

·       Anyone that has been positive during the last 90 days should NOT be tested.

3.    Our Winter Athletes will test two times per week.

·       Anyone wishing to participate in the winter athletic season will need to participate in our testing program. Please complete the consent form.

·       Athletes will ALSO be tested a second time each week. This will take place in the middle of the week.

·       We are planning to begin our athlete testing on Wednesday, January 13.

4.    Documentation, training videos and presentations are available below if you would like to learn more

·       Link to SKSD General Information: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1v9SmF5T_R60vwsDnheU4ykOJoP0t4kw6

·       Staff will be taught how to self swab (Here's the link: https://youtu.be/-V-kXrD3kxE )

·       Pre-training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-LGb42xgSA&feature=youtu.be

·       Overview Presentation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dlt_4KYlXN30WdWzQR9rczwuW1QpfYxo/view?usp=sharing

·       Consent Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLty5AxMKnT3Abvtr6m7GWA74Nb32KbriWqfJaCd_rcMOkZg/viewform?usp=sf_link


COVID TESTING IN THE COMMUNITY


Asymptomatic Community Testing Center at South Road School

There is a state asymptomatic community testing center at South Road School.

There is information about how to schedule a test here:https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/asymptomatic/

You can schedule an appointment in advance by visiting: https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/

Patients can self-schedule regardless of symptoms, exposure, or insurance status.

PreK-12 Dedicated Testing Centers

There are PreK – 12 Dedicated Testing Centers in Rhode Island. Please see the PreK-12 Dedicated Testing Center Website (https://health.ri.gov/covid/testing/k-12/ ) for an overview of when to get a test, what happens on the day of the test, and the locations of the K-12 testing sites.

To schedule a test, parents or staff can call: (844) 857 – 1814, Seven Days a Week: 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM. 

Rhode Island's K-12 testing services are available to any student, teacher, or staff member at any public or private K-12 school throughout the state who needs to be tested for COVID-19.

Any K-12 students or staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact of a positive case should call the K-12 test scheduling service at 844-857-1814


HELPING OUR CHILDREN WITH THE RECENT EVENTS at the Capitol


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can understand, adjust to, and cope with. The AAP has resources available to help you to talk to your children about news events. The link is available here: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx


IN CLOSING


We are very proud to be able to share this week's message with you. Your leadership team and school nurse teachers have spent the week preparing to be able to provide in-school COVID testing. We know that being able to keep our students in school during the pandemic is critical for so many.  Our weekly testing program will allow us to not only be safe but also feel safe. It is an essential element to sustain in-person learning. We are proud to be one of the first school districts ready to implement in ALL of our schools for anyone that wants to participate. Please consider joining us and reach out with any questions!

As you can see from our case data, we are seeing a surge from the vacation week and the holidays. It is so important that we all adhere to the guidelines that we know so well by now.  We have accomplished so much together. Let's continue to lead our children safely through this. We are beginning 2021 with such hope. Thank you for your ongoing  patience and support. 

In gratitude,
Linda Savastano, SKSD Superintendent

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