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Letter from Superintendent Stephanie Steffano-Davis in response to concerns regarding COVID-19 at SFHS

Southern Humboldt USD Families, Students, and Staff,

I am writing in response to concerns about a COVID-19 outbreak in the school community of South Fork High;

  • In compliance with Public Health, the school is contact tracing to stop the spread of the virus. 
  • The outbreak has been linked to gatherings unrelated to school which some of our students attended.
  • Families of students who are required to quarantine at home have been notified, and those students will not be at school until they have been released by Public Health.
  • Modified quarantine is an option for students who are close contacts when both parties were wearing a mask at the time of exposure in any social or school setting (including indoor or outdoor school settings and school buses). 
  • Families of students who have been placed on modified quarantine have been notified and may continue to attend school for in-person instruction if they:
    1. Are asymptomatic;
    2. Continue to appropriately mask, as required;
    3. Undergo testing during quarantine; and
    4. Continue to quarantine everywhere else (i.e. do not participate in any extracurricular activities at school, including sports, or activities within the community setting).
  • For all other students, the school will be open for in-person education as required by law.
  • Rapid Antigen testing for COVID-19 will be offered at South Fork on Monday, November 15 for students with parental consent. Results take about 15 minutes and will be delivered via the Primary Health Platform. Families may register their students ahead of time using the link provided.
  • If a family does not want their student in-person, we offer the option of Independent Study; Independent Study must be for a minimum of 3 days. 

Please help us teach the students to follow and practice the COVID-19 safety protocols both in school and when out in the community. We’re all in this together. Stay Safe!

Stephanie Steffano-Davis