Letter from Dr. Moccia, SWSD Superintendent

Letter from Dr. Moccia, SWSD Superintendent
Posted on 04/02/2021



 

 

 

April 2, 2021

 

Dear South Whidbey Staff, Students, Families and Community,

 

This afternoon begins our district’s Spring Break. Most, if not all, staff who wanted a vaccine now have received two doses and are considered fully vaccinated. As more of our community and visitors become fully vaccinated, we will see a real change.  We continue to be in the midst of a pandemic, though the light on the horizon is getting brighter.

Our staff and students have worked hard and followed all protocols required to protect our community.  Island County Public Health reported on Wednesday, March 31st, a case rate of 55.41 cases per 100,000 was calculated for the two-week period of March 14th, 2021-March 27th, 2021. Island County has 1,485 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 28 deaths. 

 

Island County is in vaccine phase 1B Tier 3 & 4. People 16 years or older with 2 or more comorbidities or underlying conditions, and  all people 60 years and older and more are eligible for a vaccine. For a complete list of vaccine phase information, click here.

 

According to Island County Public Health, as of March 31, 2021, the Phase Finder tool will no longer be a necessary step in obtaining a vaccine. However, appointments are still required. To see if you qualify, please click here. If you need help finding a place to get your COVID-19 vaccine, the state’s Vaccine Locator website is a great resource. Otherwise, visit the provider website for information on how to schedule.

 

As we approach this time off, you may be planning travel. Travel recommendations remain in place and it is in all of our best interest to heed them. The CDC guidance is clear, for full details click on CDC  .

 

CDC recommends, if you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.

We still don't know all of the science related to transmission, other strands, and whether we can carry it and not be ill. So, for yourself and others, please use the utmost care, your best judgement, and enjoy the time off!

 

All of the school buildings and district office will be closed for the Spring Break and will re-open to students on Monday April 12th. 

 

Thank you for your continued patience and partnership.

 

Sincerely,

Jo Moccia, Superintendent

South Whidbey School District

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