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Superintendent's Weekly Update

October 11, 2021 -- Dear VHCS family,

The VHCS COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated through last week. On Thursday, October 7,  19 students were absent because of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and 25 for close contact. Last week, we had 16 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. 

The interest survey for voluntary COVID testing and vaccination was closed last week. Responses indicate that 5% of students would be interested in participating in weekly voluntary COVID testing and 7% would be interested in a vaccine clinic. We will continue working with UAB to determine the feasibility for voluntary COVID testing and will update you as soon as possible.

We are continuing to evaluate our health and wellness plan and will inform you of any updates as they are made.

My next update will be Monday, October 18. 

Todd Freeman, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Vestavia Hills City Schools