January 8, 2021
Dear Sanborn Community,
We hope that the beginning of a new year finds each of you healthy and safe. Monday marks the return to in-person learning for all schools.
It is important to remember that all members of the Sanborn community share the responsibility to adhere to certain guidelines in order for our schools to remain open with in-person learning available..
One of the primary reasons the Sanborn Regional School District experienced a shift to remote learning in grades 4-12 the week before the holiday was due to the overall rise in COVID-19 cases and a few families disregarding the district's plan. The SRSD COVID Re-Entry Plan has been effective at reducing school-wide transmission, but for their safety we are required to enforce quarantines for our staff who have come in close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases, which results in staff shortages.
Our system relies on every person doing their part to follow the health and safety guidelines and notify the school if there are potential COVID-19 concerns in the home. There is always a concern that families could be negligent, either by sending students to school with symptoms, sending them to school after they have traveled outside of New England, or sending them to school if they have been in recent contact with someone with COVID-19. Depending on the school, one positive student case can cause between 25-50 staff and students to quarantine. We want to be clear that this type of disregard for the health and safety protocols puts everyone in jeopardy, including our ability to conduct in-person learning. Schools are a place for learning, but we also provide critical child care for families. When we have to move to remote instruction the impact is felt academically, socially, emotionally, and financially by many families in the communities we serve.
If your child shows any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills; respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath; general body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue; gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, and changes in a person’s sense of taste or smell), please keep them home and report their illness to the school nurse. The principal must be informed if the student has a confirmed case of COVID-19. This will enable us to conduct our school-based contact tracing, as required by the Department of Public Health.
We will continue to review the data daily and make any adjustments to our learning environment as necessary.
Thank you for helping us keep our community safe as we continue to work to keep our schools open.
Thomas J. Ambrose, Superintendent
Patricia M. Haynes, PhD, Director of Teaching & Learning
Jodi Gutterman, Director of Student Services
Matthew Angell, Business Administrator
Diana Rooney, Director of Human Resources
Grace Evans, Secondary Math Coordinator
Brian M. Stack, SRHS Principal
Matthew Malila, SRHS Assistant Principal
Steve Krzyzanowski, SRHS Assistant Principal
Robert Dawson, SRHS Assistant Principal
Heidi Leavitt, Director of Counseling
Christine Desrochers, SRMS Principal
Ryan McCluskey, Memorial Principal
Jill Lizier, Memorial Assistant Principal
Christopher Snyder, Bakie Principal
Lorin Caffelle, Bakie Assistant Principal