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Superintendent's Weekly Update

 Monday, October 4, 2021 --  Dear VHCS family,


The VHCS COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated through last week. On Friday, October 1, 15 students were absent because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. and 28 for close contact. Last week, we had 12 new students who tested positive. 


The primary goal for our school system is to have students engaged in learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment. The most important part of our health and wellness plan is for staff and students to stay at home when they are sick. Please utilize this electronic form to report when your student has a positive diagnosis. Schools are required to report positive cases to public health when we are informed. 


Parents will continue to receive a notification letter if their student has a potential exposure to someone who has a known positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Students who receive a letter for a potential exposure may remain in school as long as they do not have COVID symptoms or test positive. Students who miss school for exposures or other COVID-related reasons are excused absences. 


Last week, parents received an email requesting participation in a survey if you are interested in student(s) participating in a weekly, voluntary COVID testing program and/or a potential vaccine clinic. For both, participation would be voluntary. We have extended the time to complete the survey to be by Friday, October 8. If you are interested in either or both of these potential opportunities, take a moment to complete the survey


I respect and appreciate the comments from those who spoke to the board last week as well as emails and phone calls regarding our health and wellness plan. I have listened and read all of the perspectives offered and will continue to update you each week with any changes to our plan. 


My next update will be Monday, October 11. 

Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Vestavia Hills City Schools