by Eric Webb
Orcas Island School District Superintendent
Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community,
I want to take a moment to update you on the current COVID-19 situation in the district that I first wrote to you about last Saturday, Nov. 14.
We received news on Nov. 19 that we can truly be thankful for as we enter into the holiday season: of the 33 individuals tested, we received 31 negative test results, 1 inadequate test result (the individual will be retested) and 1 positive test. Although we were hoping for the best, the result of the individual who tested positive was anticipated, as this person is a direct familial contact of another positive case.
These results reinforce the fact that the district’s plan and strict adherence to safety protocols are in fact working, which prevented these few outside cases from becoming an outbreak within the school. OISD staff and employees rose to the challenge and are to be commended for their tremendous efforts to keep our students safe.
Schools alone are not responsible for reopening safely. It takes communities to reopen schools and to keep them open. Now more than ever, during a time of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty, we need to remain vigilant and focused on what is working. Our best defense is the many mitigating strategies we’ve worked hard to put in place in our community to keep ourselves and others safe.
Thank you for making the physical, academic, and social-emotional wellness of our youth your highest priority. I can’t imagine a better investment!