Dear Chimacum Families,
This week marked the end of the statewide Covid 19 Emergency Order. It is a relief to be a safer place than we were in March of 2020. While we still have protocols to deal with Covid 19 in schools, such as communicating to families, providing testing, and reporting any new cases we know about to the county, by and large the major requirements are in the rearview mirror.
That said, we are gearing up for staff, student, and family illnesses this winter. There is a new Covid 19 variant we are paying close attention to. Covid hasn’t completely disappeared, and Flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) are going to be a substantial challenge. We are forecasting possible staffing shortages due to illness and absences in all sectors of the district that could lead to transportation, classroom, food and nutrition, and other disruptions. We are working to mitigate staffing challenges by recruiting new substitutes in all areas, bringing in new volunteers, and, most of all, encouraging staff and students to stay home when they are sick, test for covid, and get vaccinated!
On another note, you will get notification of a survey of families, students and staff. That notification will give details about the survey, and I hope you can take some time to fill it out and give your input.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Dr. Scott Mauk, Superintendent