By Superintendent Jan Bayer
It is hard to believe we are 1 week away from completing the 1st quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. The safety and health of our students, staff, and community members continues to be our number one priority.
So far, we have stayed in green for all our schools and extra/co-curricular activities.
This morning, Panhandle Health notified our district that our county’s metrics moved our color to red or Category 4 on their plan.
The metrics used in making that determination were:
- New daily cases: Seven day rolling average are more than 30 per 100,000
- Test positivity rate is greater than 20%
- Hospital capacity, including ICU, consistently at or above 100% and surge capacity cannot be maintained or Crisis Standards of Care implemented.
In an article released yesterday by Kootenai Health, our regional hospitals are at capacity and surgeries are being cancelled. Additionally, our county’s 7-day rolling average is more than 45.
Based on our local metrics at our schools, the board approved moving Bonners Ferry High School to Category 2, yellow, and maintain Category 1, green, in all kindergarten through eighth grade buildings: Mount Hall, Valley View, Naples and Boundary County Middle School.
Our plan can be viewed on the district website.
We have students and staff quarantined and we continue to see more positive cases. We will re-evaluate continuously throughout the next week.
Our ultimate goal is to keep our students in school, but we need your help to do so.
Please, please, please practice and participate in the preventative measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear your mask/face covering when you are around people you do not live with;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available;
- Stay home when you are sick and stay home with your family as much as possible;
- Social distance yourself a minimum of six feet;
- Avoid unnecessary travel;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue if you are not masked and make sure to throw the tissue away; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces often.
Working together and consistently practicing preventative measures in and out of school will help keep our students, parents/guardians, and community members safe, healthy, and at least minimize the spread.
By following the items identified above, we can maintain a healthy learning environment and continue to grow academically. Thank you for understanding and supporting our goal to keep students in school and protecting the safety and health of our students, staff, and community members.
If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact the district office and/or the principal of each school.