The Salida School District will be on remote learning through Thursday October 8th.
We have planned and prepared for positive cases in the schools for months and have a strong response team comprised of school leaders and nurses, medical community, and public health. It is important to remember that this is part of the plan. We expected this to happen at some point, and in our planning we prepared for this possibility. This should not be viewed as a failure, but rather a successful implementation of our procedures. We have already watched our neighboring community go through something similar and return to in-person learning, which brings us great hope that we will be able to do the same!
Because case investigation and exposure notification is complex, there will be times that the entire school district, schools, and classrooms may have to pivot to online learning until we know more about the risk of spread. Some or all may have to quarantine for 14 days while others do not depending on risk.
The local public health system has been building greater capacity for testing and tracing. However, official quarantine requirements will remain in place.
Some activities that students participate in present greater risk of spread, such as riding the school bus, carpooling, after school activities, etc. which could impact the groups that are issued quarantine and those that are not.
As of right now, there is one student and one staff member who have tested positive in the school district. The cases appear to be unrelated at this time. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.
Additional information is available in the parent letter from Chaffee County Health, shared in previous communications also.