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Family Update

August 8, 2021

 

Dear KNOS Families:

 

Happy First Week of school. We have enjoyed seeing the joy and excitement from so many of our students as they begin another school year. We are thankful for your trust and engagement during such an unprecedented time.

 

As many of you have seen in the news over the last few weeks, the COVID Delta Variant has significantly impacted the city, state and country. We are closely monitoring the current surge and are adjusting and responding accordingly.

 

Below you will see some of the updates and changes happening across our schools.

 

Safety Precautions & Classroom Quarantines

 

We continue to adapt our school operations to meet the challenges the Delta Variant presents.  Our top priorities are student safety and learning, and we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure your children are learning in the safest environment possible.  Please see below for a few updates to our school operations to maximize safety.

 

1. In line with CDC and New Orleans guidance, all staff and students are again wearing masks in a school building.  In addition to vaccines, mask wearing is the single most important precaution we can take to keep our community safe.  Due to mask wearing and other safety precautions during the 20-21 school year, we saw virtually no in-school spread of COVID across our campuses.
2. In addition to mask wearing, hand washing remains a consistent practice across each school.  
3. All of our schools are maximizing the use of static groups across campuses.  This will reduce the number of peers students are interacting with.
 

Given the citywide case counts, we do expect that class quarantines will be part of our operations this year.

 

According to guidelines issued by the CDC, LDOE and NOLA-PS, those exposed in close contact to students and staff that test positive for COVID must be quarantined. These quarantine practices are vital to limiting spread.  

 

You can expect prompt and consistent communication about the health and safety of our school community.  Upon being notified of a positive case, the school’s leadership team will follow the steps below to notify parents:

 

● All families of students who may have been exposed will be notified via phone call notification. This will include instructions regarding the quarantine and overview information on what learning will look like for students.
● Every Friday evening families can expect to receive an email with the total number of positive cases on their campus.
 

Student and Family Vaccinations

 

For kids who are eligible, vaccines are the best tools we have to keep the most vulnerable members of our community safe.

 

Students who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine after an exposure in school and are able to participate in the full suite of extracurricular activities.  

 

National, state, and local data continue to universally demonstrate that vaccination is the path to health and safety for our community.

 

Currently, anyone as young as 12 years old can receive the COVID vaccine. Many of our schools have had family vaccination events over the past few weeks with FDHS leading the way with over 200 students, as well as their family members, getting vaccinated during the single event. You also may have seen the leadership displayed by the John F. Kennedy football team getting vaccinated as a group.  You can read and watch WWL-TV’s story about the student athletes leading by initiative and hear students describe in their own words why they made the decision to get vaccinated by clicking HERE.

             

As you may have seen, this week, we joined all high school leaders in a citywide agreement to require high school students participating in extracurricular activities to get vaccinated. Because these activities cannot include the same precautions that we have in school (mask wearing, distancing, etc), they bring an increased risk of positive exposure.  This step will ensure that all members of our extracurricular teams will be able to participate as safely as possible.  Students granted exceptions for medical or religious reasons will be required to test weekly.

 

The only way to protect our community and our city is to increase vaccinations of those eligible. We are extremely proud of the students and families who have already received the vaccine-you took a very important step to protect yourselves and our city. Next week families will be able to update their student’s vaccination records and will be entered into a series of raffles.Please reach out to coronavirus@kippneworleans.org if you would like our help in connecting to a vaccine site.

 

We understand the significance and the impact that in-person learning gives students and are doing everything in our power to maintain a safe school environment. We are so appreciative of your patience and understanding while we navigate through this pandemic and current surge.

 

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will make it out of this, together.

Rhonda