Concerns about Omicron Variant

Dear Students, Parents and Staff;

QTS is very concerned about the health and welfare of our school community with the development ofof Covid 19.

Quileute Nation requires a mask in public buildings.

QTS expects all to properly wear an approved mask in the buildings and buses.  QTS staff met yesterday to discuss how we might “tighten” up expectations for all.  We expect to share those expectations on Friday, January 7th with the greater school community.  We will begin by expecting all to enter onto a bus with a properly worn mask.  Staff are revisiting with students with age level appropriate conversations about the importance of properly wearing an approved mask.  Administration will be visiting directly with Grade 7/8 and Grade 9-12 students.  We hope to get student leaders involved in helping.  Tighter procedures are being discussed by staff that are in line with our new initiative (2021) around Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Conscious Discipline.  Stay tuned for more messages in the coming days as staff will revisit this topic together on Friday, January 7th. In the meantime, please monitor temperatures at home, properly wear an approved mask on the bus and in public buildings, wash your hands regularly and keep your child home if they are sick.

We are seeing a small uptick at QTS already in this variant within the staff.  Fortunately it has been mild but we are still quite concerned.

Sincerely,

QTS Staff and Administration

 

PS:  An approved mask at this point must have two layers.  A single layer cloth covering is not acceptable.  QTS is learning that the ideal mask for this new variant is a KN95, KN94 but these can be cost prohibitive for some.  A medical mask is the minimum acceptable.  Cloth masks with one layer are unacceptable.  More to come on these details as we continue to learn daily. Thank you for your patience and support.

 

Posted on Autodialer (email and text), Social Media, and QTS Web Page on January 5, 2022 at 9:30 am.

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QTS Covid UPDATE: Sunday, October 17, 2021

 

Sunday, October 17, 2021 QTS Covid UPDATE

  • QTS continues to monitor the Grade 6 level classroom.  Students are returning to class with doctor clearance through the QTS Attendance/Registers Office.  Three Covid cases in Grade 6 appear not to have spread further as of today, Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • Masks required at QTS inside the building.
  • Encourage all to re-examine their behavior outside of school and work to protect your school and community by being mindful of mask wearing, washing hands, and social distancing.
  • QTS continues to monitor one adult case of break through Covid 19.
  • Encourage all adults to get vaccinated and update boosters.
  • QTS staff remains at 83% vaccinated.
  • Superintendent Mark J. Decker is the Covid Contact for QTS.

Covid UPDATE October 7, 2021

Covid UPDATE for October 7, 2021

  • QTS is monitoring two (2) cases of Covid in the adult population. Both cases are breakthrough meaning the adults were vaccinated.
  • QTS is monitoring ten (10) cases of possible exposure in the adult and student population.
  • QTS continues to see no spread of the virus at school.  It typically is poor choices on weekends or large gatherings.
  • QTS students continue to pick up breakfast and eat breakfast in the classrooms.
  • QTS students are eating lunch in the multipurpose room; Grades K6 (Max 52) in cohort grade levels at lunch tables; Grades 7-12 (Max Range 40 – 63) in cohort grade levels at lunch tables. This practice began approximately September 20, 2021 as our staff needed a 30 minute lunch break during the day.  Group size is not a factor due to our school size, unless the whole school was involved.
  • QTS is in contact regularly with Quileute Nation Incident Commander / Chief of Police Michael Foster and Dr. Allison Berry, Clallam County Health and Human Services.
  • QTS Superintendent Mark J. Decker is the Covid Contact tracing person for the School and administers Covid testing as needed for QTS staff and students.

Covid UPDATE: October 6, 2021

Covid UPDATE for October 6, 2021

  • QTS is monitoring one (1) case of Covid in the adult population.
  • QTS is monitoring ten (10) cases of possible exposure in the adult and student population.
  • QTS is in contact regularly with Quileute Nation Incident Commander / Chief of Police Michael Foster and Dr. Allison Berry, Clallam County Health and Human Services.
  • QTS Superintendent Mark J. Decker is the Covid Contact tracing person for the School and administers Covid testing as needed for QTS staff and students.

Covid Update for September 30, 2021

Last year’s Kindergarten class demonstrating mask wearing

QTS Covid Update for Thursday, September 30, 2021

  • QTS has had its first breakthrough case of Covid with an adult.  A breakthrough case means the person was fully vaccinated and still contracted Covid 19.  This makes case #6 at QTS since the beginning of the school year.
  • QTS currently is tracking thirteen (13) exposure cases of students and adults.
  • Stephanie Doebbler, QTS Registrar is posting to all parent emails the following message.
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    Dear QTS Parents;
    QTS has seen an increase in students not wearing masks to get on the bus and being dropped off for school with no masks this past week.  QTS cannot continue to be so generous in handing out masks, so please begin immediately by having your child wear their approved masks (double layer) to the bus stop and when getting out of the car for school.  Prior to this week, students have done a great job with this matter.
    Recall it is a mandate that all properly wear a mask in a public building.  We don’t want to turn kids away, but QTS will have to begin doing so next week at the school parent drop off and at the bus pick up locations.  QTS appreciate your cooperation and support in this important safety matter.
    Thank you
    QTS Administration and Superintendent