November 5, 2020
Dear North Lyon County Parents & Community,
This week our school district is beginning to experience more students and staff in quarantine and a few in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. These numbers are updated daily on our webpage at www.usd251.org. Currently Lyon County is experiencing some concerning trends in the COVID-19 testing positivity rate, new case incidence rate, number of active cases, and the 7 and 14 day case counts.
At this point, we believe our district has had very few cases of COVID contracted at school and the vast majority of close contacts have occurred outside of school. The larger concern at the moment is the spread in our community that is making its way into our schools, both in terms of positive cases and close contacts who must be away from school. This week I have attended meetings with Lyon County officials and the Kansas State Department of Education with medical providers from KU Medicine. We discussed the need for our families to practice disease prevention techniques in the community, including:
- Wearing of masks when around others.
- Maintaining social distancing.
- Avoiding large gatherings.
- Remaining at home when not feeling well.
According to the medical experts we are continually meeting with and talking with, the above-mentioned mitigation measures are the winning strategy for our communities to help ensure that our school accomplishes the two goals we set twelve weeks ago in our return to school plan:
- Students Remain in the In-Person Instructional Model.
- Students Remain Engaged in School Activities.
As a school district we will continue to practice these disease prevention techniques in order to ensure the best educational environment for our students. We are confident that it is in the best interest of our students to remain in school rather than in either hybrid or remote instruction. Please assist the students by helping our schools emphasize the importance of working together on these strategies for the benefit of all students. Thank you.
Robert W. Blair, Superintendent
North Lyon County USD 251