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Happy New Year!


One of my goals for the new year is to create a strategic plan for the district.  This project will require a discussion with various stakeholders in our community to develop district goals and a vision for the next three years. As we look at the words and language of this strategic plan, we may want to consider the word, communication. This powerful word not only directs our expectations for how well our students write what they know, read, or even speak, but rather to create a culture of transparency and celebration.  What a great place to start as we begin the new year.  So, let’s celebrate.  First, we have been able to keep our schools open for the first semester during very challenging times.  Parents and students have been diligent in keeping with safe routines.  Teachers, staff and administrators are completely involved in caring for and educating children.  Nurses, counselors and support staff have given above and beyond what has been expected to provide necessary care, and your school board members are committed to serving our North Sanpete community. Above all else, we have learned so much the past four months about how we work together. I celebrate all of you as the new year begins.

 

As we enter the second half of the year, it will be ongoing and evolving as we see community members vaccinated for COVID and we continue our efforts to test students and staff.  Masks, distancing and cleaning are still part of what is ongoing in schools.  I hope that this situation will evolve as well as we continue to return to a more normal routine.  Thanks for your grit and supportive attitude as we move forward.

The Utah Department of Health is offering free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing in communities across the state. These tests will be available in our district at North Sanpete High School Learning Center on Thursday, January 7th and Friday, January 8th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Anyone can get tested at these free testing clinics, even if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Attached is a list of testing centers available throughout the state.


Anyone who wants to be tested can register online at https://c19.health.utah.gov/surveys/?s=TCRCL9RD8E&siteid=NSPLC.  However, we also encourage anyone who might have any symptoms, even mild ones, to come and get tested. Online registration is encouraged to cut down on any potential delays at the testing site. If you can’t register online, you will be able to register at the site. Identification is required.


The goal of these testing clinics is to more quickly identify people who are currently infectious with COVID-19, including those who may not even know they are infected because they don’t have symptoms. Identifying these individuals will help slow the spread of infection in the community.


Test results will be emailed to those tested within 30-60 minutes after being tested.


Rapid antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR tests. Antigen tests work best when someone has symptoms of COVID-19 or when a person has high amounts of virus in their body. If an individual has symptoms and tests negative on the rapid antigen test or an individual doesn’t have symptoms and tests positive on the rapid antigen test, they will be referred for a follow up, confirmation PCR test.


Testing teams will consist of Utah Department of Health staff, deployed National Guard members, and TestUtah contracted teams.


Our district received a short video clip from our regional director with Central Utah Educational Services (CUES) regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.  You are welcome to view the video here.  COVID testing and vaccinations are completely voluntary. This information is being shared to help answer questions you may have on the vaccine.


Take Care,
Nan