- Clark County School District 161
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Message from Paula L. Gordon, Superintendent of Clark County School District
March 15, 2020
Dear Parents and Staff:
Throughout this past weekend, the leadership team at Clark County SD #161 and the Board of Trustees have been carefully monitoring the rapidly changing events of COVID-19 and its effects on our students, staff, and families in Clark County. We would like for you to know that we have agonized over the decision whether to close schools prior to spring break or to stay open. After careful consideration and following the guidance of the expert government agencies at every level of government including the Governor’s office, we feel that at this time it is best to follow the Governor’s lead to follow the CDC guidance in determining if or when to close school.
This was an extremely hard decision, but agencies at every level of government have urged us to remain calm and to continue school next week. At the heart of our decision-making process is always what is best for our students, our families, and our community. Therefore, we are continuing with plans for school to be in session tomorrow, March 16th, 2020. Events are changing rapidly and I will be attending a conference call with State Superintendent Ybarra and Region VI Superintendents tomorrow and will likely have additional information to share at that point. Please know that we are taking every aspect of this seriously. We will review what steps we will need to take next and make sure that we communicate it out to you.
Some ways we are being proactive:
- We are recommending that students and staff members who are ill or who are exhibiting symptoms stay home in accordance with local health guidance.
- Should you choose for your student to not be in attendance at school, their absence will be excused. Please continue the usual practice of calling the office and letting us know.
- We will be educating our students on specific ways to stay healthy throughout the next few weeks.
- We are disinfecting all items in our schools that are touched every hour. Ex: door handles, light switches; computer keyboards, drinking fountains, etc.
- We will be following these rapidly changing events carefully and will be making decisions accordingly and will be communicating with you regularly.
We know that many aspects of your lives are now being affected by the arrival of COVID-19 in Idaho. I want to assure you that we will all be working on how to best get through the spread of infection during the next few months.
Paula L. Gordon
Clark County School District #161
COVID-19 Guidelines as of March 15, 2020.
These guidelines will be reviewed daily and updated as needed based on the most recent information and events.
Clark County has decided that we will hold school tomorrow Monday, March 16, 2020.
Based on all of this advice, Clark County School District has made the following additions to our COVID-19 guidelines. The purpose of these guidelines is to isolate the future spread of infection from one school to another by limiting contact for non-essential educational programs. These measures are also intended to limit the introduction of COVID-19 from sources outside of the school community. Examples of events or activities that will be canceled:
- School assemblies
- Field Trips
- After school activities
- Bobcats Beyond the Bell Club
- Safer Smarter Kids
Regarding travel during spring break, other advice provided by Idaho’s Public Health scientists is to avoid travel to areas with high levels of community spread of COVID-19. Specifically, the health officials named the states of Washington, California, and New York.
During this time, it cannot be reiterated enough that any student who is exhibiting illness should stay home until he or she has fully recovered from the illness.
Finally, ultimately the responsibility for health and safety is a parent’s decision.
For the week of March 16 through March 19, if you choose to keep your student home, all student absences will be excused.
In the weeks after spring break, Clark County will be looking at modified its attendance procedure based on our current attendance policy. Parents who choose to keep their students home should call and let their school know they will be absent due to COVID-19 or because of concerns regarding COVID-19
Students receive the best educational experience when in school. As long as our schools remain safe for students, staff and our community, we will remain open. If school closures are required, we will do our best to provide parents and staff with as much notice as possible.