QTS Covid UPDATE: Sunday, October 10, 2021
October 7th (late evening) and October 8th (late evening), two parents from two different families (not related) with two students in one family and one student in another family, both in one grade level reported their children had tested positive for Covid using home test kits and are showing symptoms. We have a total of three (3) students in a grade level with Covid 19 as of October 8th. All three of these families reside in the Forks area.
Dr. Allison Berry has been assisting me this weekend with advice on how to proceed. Michael Foster is included in communications. Dr. Berry reports the local school, as a result of having three students test positive in a grade level, must either require testing of all the students in the grade level OR close down the grade level.
QTS has chosen to have all the students in the grade level tested and remain open in that grade level.
Furthermore, QTS is monitoring one adult and five total students in the population for Covid 19.
UPDATE Delta Variant – Posted Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A Good Source to Guide you: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html
This update is as of Tuesday, September, 7, 2021.
*Added Late: Quileute Nation Tribal Health provides vaccinations for people 12 years and up. Please call 360.374.9035 to talk to a specialist.
*School Flow Chart 8.23.21 – Covid 19 Return to School Flow Chart for students and staff. Be sure to read all of the flow chart.
*QTS is continuing with in person education as of September 1, 2021.
*Covid 19 Delta Variant continues to challenge all schools on the Peninsula, as well as QTS.
*Clallam County is no longer doing contact tracing and has asked the schools to step up to serve in that capacity.
*Superintendent Mark J. Decker is the contact for the QTS (360) 301-4182 and the Contact Tracer for QTS.
*As of this posting, QTS has seven (7) exposures (adults and children) and one (1) confirmed case of Covid with a child, who has not been to the school.
*QTS is tightening restrictions and approvals on out of state travel for unvaccinated employees.
*QTS, Clallam County and the CDC continue to highly recommend all employees get vaccinated. Currently, 83% of the 2021-22 QTS staff are vaccinated. Vaccination remains a choice for tribal compact schools. QTS is already experiencing employee shortages and it is compounded by not being vaccinated.
Please see last weeks Covid Update posted on August 28, 2021 for important information.
On May 18, 2019, the Quileute Tribal School sent the SeaWolf Solutions Team to compete at the 3rd Annual ROV Competition in Forks, Washington. The team consisted of Chenoa Black (CEO), Kevin Ryan (Systems Engineer), Ruby Sheriff (Publications director), and Gabe Johnson (Data analyst, and CFO). The first ROV team was formed 3 years ago with John Dailey, and Kevin Ryan Competing at the Scout Level. The current team has remained the same for two years.
The SeaWolf Solutions Team took the 3rd place trophy. In addition, they received the Best Communicator Award, which is the company with the best teamwork. Their teacher and mentor, Alice Ryan, received the coveted Mentor of the Year Award.
An ROV is a Remotely Operated Vehicle. Teams design and build their own ROVs to compete in underwater tasks. The tasks change each year so teams are faced with new challenges and must alter their ROVs design and capabilities.
Students will be competing in the ROV competition again in the 2019-20 school year and the SeaWolf Solutions Team will be mentoring newer teams. They are all excited about competing in the future.
Stephanie Doebbler, Receptionist and Registrar
Quileute Tribal School
Stephanie began working in education by following in her mother’s footsteps – a school counselor who was named “Indian Educator of the Year” in 1991. Seeing how much her mom loved helping students and families made Stephanie realize she wanted to work in a school too.
Stephanie is the kind of educator who anticipates needs before anyone else. She helps organize many of the schools celebrations and educational events as well as fundraisers and other drives for those in need. Stephanie recently led an impromptu donation drive to support local Coast Guard members during the government shutdown, and she coordinates staff donations for the annual auction that supports holiday gifts for children across the region. She also serves as the district homeless liaison. Colleagues confirm no one goes in need if Stephanie knows about it.
One of the things Stephanie enjoys most about her job is welcoming students, parents, staff, and visitors to the school. She is the conduit between community and school. Stephanie has built long-term relationships with families and taken many new teachers under her wing to help them come to a deeper understanding of the culture and identities of the students they serve. Perhaps no event exemplifies this important work better than the Elders’ Day Celebration an annual event honoring traditional food, culture, and knowledge passed down. Stephanie helps recruit hunters, fishers, and cooks to prepare the feast for 200 people.
“She frequently shares information to help the staff understand the family history and needs of the children we serve,” says superintendent Mark Jacobson. “She talks with trouble students, guiding the to make positive decisions in their lives; she talks with parents, helping them understand the importance of working with the staff and the importance of getting their children to school every day and on relationships she has built over her tenure and her community involvement. Things get done because of her dedication, hard, work, and community support.”
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