Dear Bishop Manogue Families,
I wanted to provide you with an update on our return to school. The good news from our exclusions and virtual learning is that we have had very few notifications of students becoming ill or testing positive; however, we have had more faculty cases. With our recent faculty cases, it appears most likely that their cases resulted from an on campus exposure. A large number of staff exclusions make it challenging to maintain on-campus education; we currently have ten teachers and two administrators quarantined through late November due to exposures and positive cases. We can run our building with some substitutes, but we require a certain number of trained staff and administrators on campus to maintain our emergency, crisis, and daily protocols. That is not possible with our current staffing levels.
During our full-time virtual learning, we are using this opportunity with an empty building to take additional steps on campus to ensure student and staff safety, including enhanced disinfection efforts and the addition of plexiglass barriers for our faculty. It is our goal to remain open, as always, and we need our faculty to remain healthy in order for that to happen. The plexiglass will minimize the faculty exclusions required due to exposure, keeping more faculty on campus, and help prevent illness. Additionally, we are preparing the campus once again to hold no more than 50 students in any given location, per the requirements set by the Washoe County Health District.
I thank you for your commitment to work with us in partnership as we keep our school safe. When we work together, I know there is nothing this community cannot accomplish. As a Bishop Manogue Family, I know we will get through this with resilience, determination, and faith. We are not alone, the Lord walks with us in all things, and He is walking with our school now. Please join me in continuing to pray for our school community and an end to this terrible pandemic. We will continue to update you as more information is available.
May God bless you and your family,
Matthew J. Schambari