April 23, 2021 COVID-19 Update: KRHS, KRMS, and NLES

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Dear Kearsarge Community,

Yesterday evening and this afternoon the SAU was notified of COVID-19 positive cases and the resulting need for quarantine among students at KRHS, KRMS, and New London Elementary.

The following information was shared by Principal's Langille and Collins yesterday evening, and Principal Paterson this afternoon with their respective schools:

Dear KRHS Families,

I am writing to let you know that we have been informed today of 2 new positive covid cases within our learning community.  I understand that my writing of these letters may be raising a level of concern in many of you, that is to be human.  Know that we are doing everything within our plan and our capacity to ensure the safest environment for all our students, staff, and faculty as well as their families they go home to each night.  So far most all cases have demonstrated from our contact tracing to have come from connections outside of school.  I am hopeful we will turn a corner, so please join me in being resilient in offering well wishes, positive thinking, prayers, support and care for one another.

I hope that many of you took me up on my challenge from yesterday's email.  If you haven't joined in yet, there is still some daylight and hours left to the day to make many of those things happen.  Best of luck and feel free to share your challenge success with me.  As always, call or email any concerns or questions.

Kind regards,

Charles Langille Jr., KRHS Principal

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Dear KRES-NL Families, 

We have been informed that a student at  Kearsarge Regional Elementary School at New London tested positive for COVID-19. Working in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and following their guidelines, our School Nurse and I concluded there has been no known close contact with the school community. This student has not been in the building and has had no known contact with students or faculty. As such, we do not detect any additional risk or need for quarantine at KRES-NL.

At this time, we encourage all staff, students, and community members to continue to follow these important actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are not feeling well or keep students home if they are sick.

  • Practice Social Distancing.
  • Wear Face Masks - This helps reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Practice Healthy Hand Hygiene  - Wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Continue to reach out to our School Nurse’s Office with any questions regarding possible symptoms and/or monitoring your COVID-19 signs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact myself or the School Nurse, Margaux Nichols. 

Sincerely, 
Kelly A. Collins

 

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April 23, 2021

Dear KRMS Parents and Guardians,

KRMS was informed today of one new positive case of COVID 19 in our school community.  The case did not originate in school and the student has not been in the building since earlier this week.

We have followed our safety protocols as well as contact tracing. At this time, of those who have been identified as close contacts have been notified.

As we head into the April break, please be cautious.  With recent announcements from the state there is a sense that we can return to “normal.”  Yet, we are seeing more COVID activity in our school community than we have seen at any other time during the pandemic.  The cases that we are seeing in school all stem from activities in the larger community.  With April break next week, please bear in mind the possible effects of social gatherings, sleepovers, and other activities between our children.

As we plan for our return on May third, please communicate with the KRMS Health Office should your child experience any symptoms or have potential contacts with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please help keep our children, staff, and community safe: 

  • If your child is identified as a close or household contact outside of school, please notify the Health Office immediately.
  • If your child is currently quarantined, complete the quarantine with fidelity, even if they test negative.
  • If your child is symptomatic and/or receives a positive test result, please email or call our school nursing office.
  • Continue to report any and all absences so that we can keep our community as safe as possible.

On May 3rd, we will be re-emphasizing our safety protocols and we are asking families to do the same. Please continue to follow the safety guidelines, even though they may be difficult, to keep us all safe, in-school, and learning together longer. Together we can end the school year safely.

Be well,

Steve Paterson, KRMS Principal

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Thank you for your continuing efforts to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.