Last Updated: December 15, 2021
Dear Big Sandy Cub Families,
We have had a very good first semester of school academically and with extra-curricular activities. We continue to be optimistic with the COVID-19 safety protocols that were put into place in August largely staying the same going forward at this time.
Masks are currently optional within the buildings and will be considered a personal choice. Please go to the website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for more information on COVID-19 guidance.
Big Sandy School District will NOT require students or staff to receive a COVID vaccination.
QUARANTINING OF STUDENTS AND STAFF:
The final decision on quarantining of students and staff in regard to our buildings is made by the school district. Input from state and county health departments will be taken under advisement as circumstances evolve.
We will continue with layered safety approach that includes: having smaller class sizes; educating and utilizing hand sanitizer and hand washing; keeping a longer lunch time so as to spread students out with more time to clean; keeping good ventilation within the building; encouraging outside activities; using multiple entrances in the morning; disinfecting by spraying down each room daily; periodically cleaning rooms during the day; periodically cleaning water fountains during the day; disinfecting by spraying down buses daily; limiting visitor access within the school; communicating with parents and guardians…
We believe students having in person learning and having good attendance is of great importance for their student learning. While at the same time in order to keep the best overall attendance rate for the entire school, we believe common sense tells us to encourage parents to keep their students home when sick as well as staying home if someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19 until they have been able to isolate away from that person who is sick for a modest period of time.
Please keep in mind guidance and mandates continually change. We feel our approach aligns with the current state and county health guidance, and also provides parents and the school district the ability to make decisions fitting to our community. As we learn more about updates to public health protocols, we will make any changes deemed necessary and communicate with our community as soon as possible.
If you have any school specific questions, please feel free to reach out to the school (719.541.2291).
We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Steve Wilson, Superintendent