Message from the Superintendent 11/19/20
Dear Santa Fe Trail Parents and Staff
As you know we have been doing everything possible to keep our schools open “In Person”. The number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased dramatically in Osage County over the past two weeks and we have exceeded the Gating Criteria for closing schools. For the past two weeks most of our teachers and administrators have been substituting for teachers who were out because of quarantine, waiting on test results from outside contact, or helping other family members who were sick. Unfortunately, we have reached the point that we can no longer cover for all of those who are absent.
Beginning Monday November 23, 2020 classes at all Santa Fe Trail Attendance Centers will move to “Remote Learning”. Remote learning will continue until at least December 4th (November 25th through Nov. 27th will be no school for Thanksgiving Holiday). We plan to resume “In Person” School on December 7th if at all possible. We will re-evaluate the COVID-19 situation before that date and let you know if “Remote Learning” will have to be continued.
All athletic/activity practices, competitions and performances are canceled during “Remote Learning”.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday I know how much families want and need to be together. I urge you to please wear masks, social distance, and wash your hands regularly. It is going to take all of us to stop the spread of this disease.
Please know that we are taking this action in the interest of everyone’s health and safety. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Some have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, lethargy, lack of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report flu-like symptoms.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Jim Lentz, Superintendent of Schools
Santa Fe Trail, USD 434