SKSD Superintendent's Snapshot

Superintendent's Snapshot
May 7, 2021


A Note from Superintendent Linda Savastano


Moving Forward Together.... On Tuesday, May 4, residents of South Kingstown rejected a bond referendum for $85 million to finance school construction projects. While disappointed, I have great respect for the decision of the voters. I am grateful for every single person who made their voice heard. SKSD has always provided our students with an education that is grounded in excellence, and this election will not change that. Our team will continue to listen to different viewpoints throughout the community and encourage civil debate about the future of our schools so that we can move forward together with respect, grace, and dignity. We also are committed to finding innovative ways to realize our educational vision, so that we can enhance opportunities for all of our amazing students. Over the next several weeks, the School Building Committee will reflect on the outcome of the election and begin to re-engage the community for ideas and options about how to address our school facilities' needs. There is much work to be done, but we are committed to making the right investments for the sake of our students, our families, and our town.

CALENDARS & DATES


>May Monthly Calendars is Available HERE
>District Calendar is available HERE
>2021-2022 District Calendar is available HERE


Date

Type of Learning

 Thursday, May 13 No School, Eid al-Fitr (RIDE calendar)
 Monday, May 17

PreK – 8 Asynchronous Virtual Learning Day (PD Day)

Grades 9-12 No School, Senior Project Day

 Monday, May 31  No School, Memorial Day



SKSD CASE DATA


From the time when we have opened our schools, we have had a total of 268 positive cases associated with SKSD. We have not had any new cases since we last reported on May 3, 2021.

SKSD COVID Data can be viewed here.


SKSD COVID TESTING

COVID Testing Event Dates

 Monday, May 10
 Monday, May 18

On May 3, 2021, SKSD held COVID-19 Testing Events in each school. We tested 1,216 participants. We had no positive cases.

How do we handle a positive case?   Anyone that was positive was immediately notified. If the positive case is a student, then we immediately notify their family. Anyone that was a close contact with a positive case has also been notified.

In the case of a positive and/or close contact, we isolate them immediately and have them move to virtual learning for the required quarantine period. As always, we work with the RIDOH on all positive cases.   

New from the RIDOH: As we move forward this year, if a participant tests positive using BINAX Now then we will ask that they go have a PCR test.

Please remember that you can sign up at any time! Please see the information below if you have not yet signed up.
  • All Students and Staff will be eligible for testing
  • To participate students must have completed the SKSD consent form located here (This form should only be completed one time.)
SKSD COVID Testing Data can be viewed here (click the SKSD Testing tab)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS


DAILY SCREENING / WELLNESS CHECK

The COVID-19 symptoms are Fever or Chills • Cough (new) • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • New loss of taste or smell • Congestion or runny nose (new) • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea

Please DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL WITH SYMPTOMS.


VACCINE INFORMATION


 
COVID-19 SCHOOL VACCINE CLINIC 

The Town of South Kingstown and SKSD are planning to host a vaccination clinic for all students 16+, staff and their families. The first dose will be administered on May 12 at SKHS. For planning purposes, please share your interest by completing this form. The second clinic would be held on June 2.

All Rhode Islanders age 16 and older are eligible to register and be vaccinated and, according to RI law, parental consent forms are not required for those 16 and older.


COVID PLANNING CHANGES (originally shared May 4)

No More Temperature Checks>  As of May 5, SKSD will no longer require temperature checks as part of our screening process. The RIDOH has stopped the requirement. We do ask that you continue to do your morning screening and enter it into skyward. The directions for this are located here: https://vimeo.com/461561476  Please remember to stay home if you have any symptoms. We will still quickly do our mask checks at the door.

Dual Language Immersion Program Begins Transition to In-Person Teachers>   As of May 5, our Dual Language Immersion Program Teachers will begin their transition so that they can physically switch classrooms each day. We ask that the students remain in their classrooms but the teachers will switch. Some teachers will actually begin this on May 5 while others will work to begin this soon.

Middle School Program Changes for May 18>   Curtis Corner Middle School and Broad Rock Middle School have restricted the physical changing of rooms for students and teachers this school year to keep everyone as safe as possible. Based upon our new positive case rate, both middle schools have set a goal to move to a less restrictive model by May 18. Principal Aull and Principal McNeiece will be providing additional information soon.

For Our In-Person Learners>   We are so proud of our work together this year. We have accomplished the unthinkable. We continue to believe that children do best when they are learning in person. Our in-person learners should be in school every day. The only reason that an in-person learner would be home learning virtually would be because they were quarantined. Please help us to continue to provide the supports that all children need. If a student is an in-person learner, then please send them to school every day!



IMPORTANT LINKS FOR ALL

Spring Events: https://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/COVID19/K12SpringEventsPlaybook.pdf?ver=2021-04-12-155355-920

Playbook Updated: Updated Playbook: https://www.ride.ri.gov/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/COVID19/OutbreakResponseProtocolsPK12.pdf?ver=2021-01-06-180221-893

Spring Sports: Sports-related Guidance: https://www.riil.org/sites/riil.org/files/files/Private_User/ri/Season%204%20RIIL%20Return%20to%20Education-Based%20Athletic%20Competition%20and%20Practices%2004.15.21_1.pdf

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