September 10, 2021
Dear Oskaloosa Community School District Families,
As we continue to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I’d like to share the reality of community spread and positive cases in our school district. I’m asking for your help to slow the spread so we can continue to educate our students here in Oskaloosa.
Nationwide, here in Iowa, and Mahaska County, cases of COVID19 are on the rise especially among young people and others who are unvaccinated. One of the biggest concerns as a school district is keeping our students and staff safe.
We are monitoring student attendance very closely. Our current absence rate due to illnesses is 5.16%. We have seen an increase in reported COVID positive cases in the last couple of days. We currently have 17 students who are reporting a positive COVID test. As rates climb, we, as a school district and community, can contribute to efforts to impact this pandemic, please:
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Make an appointment to receive the vaccine if you haven’t already done so. Individuals 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine and is available at Mahaska County Public Health and other area pharmacies.
- We strongly recommend that you cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others and while at school. This will help to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus.
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
Everyone – parents, students, teachers, support staff, community– you name it – have been extremely supportive as we navigate this situation and as we try to provide as normal of a school year as possible. We need to continue that, with vigilance to health and safety in the coming months.
Thank you for your partnership in keeping students and staff healthy. We are in this together, one family, one district, one community - where amazing things are happening everyday!!
With Osky Pride,
Paula Wright, Superintendent