March 16, 2021 COVID-19 Update: KRMS / Bradford

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Dear Kearsarge Community,

This afternoon, the SAU was informed of two additional COVID-19 related situations - one at the Kearsarge Regional Middle School and one at Bradford Elementary. The following information was provided by Principals Paterson and Chouinard respectively:

Dear KRMS Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to let you know that we have been informed of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 of a student in our school.  We have followed our safety protocols as well as contact tracing for the students. At this time, we have contacted the families of all students identified as potential close contacts and are following the appropriate safety protocols.  No staff were identified as close contacts and no other pods were affected.

Out of an abundance of caution, those students identified as potential close contacts will quarantine at home and participate in remote learning until the quarantine period is up.  All other KRMS students will continue with their current mode of learning (in-person or at-home).  

This serves as a potent reminder that we are not out of the woods yet.  While there is certainly optimism with regards to case numbers and vaccines, the risk of COVID-19 is still very real.  We are asking all members of our school community to stay vigilant and persevere.

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

  • If your child traveled outside of New England, observe the quarantine guidelines published by NH DHHS.
  • 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.

Keeping our children, staff, and community safe is a collective responsibility and our highest priority.  Please continue to follow the safety guidelines, even though they may be difficult, to keep us all safe, in-school, and learning together longer. 

Be well,
Steve Paterson, KRMS Principal

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Dear KRES at Bradford Community,                                                

We were informed today of a positive case of COVID-19 at Kearsarge Regional Elementary School at Bradford. The student was last in school on Friday, March 12th. The School Nurse and I are actively working with and following guidelines from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to best ensure the safety of our students and staff. 

At this time, we have completed contact tracing and have identified all students we believe who are considered to be a “close contact” with the COVID positive student. According to DHHS guidelines, a “close contact” is anyone who has been within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes with the infected person. We have notified all families of students who will need to quarantine as a result of this identification. As always, the safety of our children, employees and visitors is our top priority. 

Please continue to be diligent in monitoring for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, please make sure to reach out to the school if your child is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or if there is a positive test that may impact our school. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or the School Nurse, Stephanie Laurendeau. 

Respectfully,

Andy Chouinard
Bradford Principal

As always, we thank you for your continuing assistance in helping to monitor for the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and helping to keep our community safe.