Positive COVID-19 Case at Derby Elementary

Staff Writer

This is a copy of the the letter that Superintendent John castle sent out to parents:
Dear NCSU School-Community,
We are notifying staff and families across our school-community that a person at Derby Elementary School has been identified with a positive case of COVID-19. We have been and will continue to follow all safety and response procedures. Please see the NCSU COVID-19 Symptomatic & Positive Cases Guide for more information.
We recommend that you take action to help limit the spread of COVID-19, even if you or your child are not experiencing symptoms. If you or your child had direct contact with affected individuals at Derby Elementary School, a contact tracer may be trying to reach you with important information. Please answer the phone if the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) contacts you. The phone number may not show up on caller ID, so it is important to answer all calls over the next 24 hours.
The most important things you can do:
Make sure your child is wearing a mask.
Make sure your child is washing his/her hands.
Keep your child home if he or she is sick.
Call your primary care provider if you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19.
How can parents and guardians help prevent COVID-19 from spreading?
If your child is sick, keep them home.
Make sure members of your household wash their hands often using soap and water for 20 seconds.
Make sure every member of your household covers their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their elbow and then washes their hands afterward.
Wear a mask in public, especially when you cannot stay six feet apart from other people.
We are working with the Vermont Department of Health to keep our community safe.
We continue to follow the AOE/VDH guidance included in A Strong and Healthy Start.
We are cleaning and disinfecting the school per the VDH guidance.
Employees and sick children will not return to work until they are healthy.
Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.
Thank you for understanding that, due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of any individuals with COVID-19. Please do not speculate, ask, post on social media the speculation around individuals -- it is important to respect the privacy of our community members. We will continue to communicate changes and updates with you. With your participation, we believe we can create a safe experience for your children this school year. For more information visit NCSUVT.org.
What will happen at Derby Elementary School? Will there be remote learning?
We are working with the VDH, as well as staff members of Derby Elementary School, to determine close contacts and next steps. DES will be closed on Monday and will pivot to remote learning on Tuesday, continuing for the remainder of the week. Each school has emergency remote learning plans which are ready to be activated if needed.
We will provide further communication with you throughout this event. It is important we support each other and stay vigilant in suppressing the spread of the virus. Thank you for your support in staying safe and healthy. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.
Be well!
John A. Castle
NCSU Superintendent of Schools