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Letter from Superintendent Steffano-Davis

November 12, 2021

Dear Families, Community and Staff,

     To comply with CDC, CDPH, and Humboldt County Public Health protocols, a number of South Fork High School students are in quarantine or isolation and the football game was canceled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in our community. Some students are in modified quarantine, as explained at #8 in the following guidance:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/K-12-Guidance-2021-22-School-Year.aspx

COVID-19 infections can range from mild symptoms to severe consequences. Masks are required inside at every school; please remind your student that these rules are in place to keep themselves and others safe. As ordered by Public Health, your schools are doing their part in contact tracing and quarantining.

At this point, it appears that the infections are linked to gatherings outside of school, and not to the school itself. 

If a person is positive for COVID-19, they must isolate as ordered by Public Health:

https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/91583/Self-Isolation-Instructions

https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/99794/Instrucciones-para-Aislamiento

If a person is a close contact of a person who is positive for COVID-19 (meaning they were within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) they must quarantine as ordered by Public Health:

https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/91582/Home-Quarantine-Instructions

https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/99793/Instrucciones-para-Cuarentena

Please let the school know if any student in your home tests positive for COVID-19, so that the school can be sure to contact trace as soon as possible to prevent further spread of the virus.

California Department of Public Health recommends vaccinations for students ages 5 and up.  See this link for information about vaccination:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCoV2019.aspx

Vaccine Clinics are offered throughout Humboldt County and the next clinic at South Fork High School will be on November 21 from 2:00-5:00 pm.  Parents must consent before minors can receive vaccines.

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Get-the-Facts-on-Vaccines.aspx

Please, just as always, keep students home if they are sick in any way. Remember to call in to the school to excuse sick students from classes. Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Yours in teamwork,

Stephanie Steffano-Davis