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Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage will be giving a live Facebook presentation today to share information about COVID logs and answer questions.
Savage will host the Facebook Live event on Wednesday August 25th at noon, which can be followed either live or later on the district’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/schooldistrictofleecounty.
The issue was discussed during the Lee County School Committee meeting on Tuesday.
Savage said the Delta variant of COVID had been very challenging for the district as it hit every aspect of the organization. He said the pandemic team is still working and meeting to change and adjust protocols.
Lauren Stillwell, chief strategic engagement officer, said last year that they completed 10,000 LCI forms from August through December. By August 10 through August 23, the district had completed nearly 6,000 forms.
The forms go from school to the district to the health department before going back to school and to the district office.
“It’s incredibly overwhelming. We are overwhelmed. The district is overwhelmed. The process itself is pretty straightforward, provided the information submitted is correct. “ said Stillwell. “We have to process around 2,500 reports here that have not yet reached the DOH. We have employees who just come in after work and work 12 to 16 hours to process it because we know it’s a problem. “
She said they are working very closely with the Department of Health and have currently grown from six contact tracers to 11. Some of these contact tracers have been embedded in the COVID hotline room to try and make turnaround times what they should be.
There is currently a delay in quarantine as both the health department and the school district are overwhelmed. He said there have been some people who have been negatively affected and are currently unable to help.
A major issue for the district is currently staffing. Savage said there have been quite a number of people who have had to go to schools to attend classes.
“A lot of people in the academic service had to be flexible and at the forefront. You jumped in straight away and did an excellent job. “ he said of district officials like Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jeff Spiro. “If the rise gets worse, there will come a point where it is no longer manageable. It’s a very challenging time out there right now. “
He went on to say that this was an unprecedented moment for the district and that the scale of the casualties was dramatic.
“I find it so convincing to see how people are so committed to children that they sometimes continue to put their fear aside. There are some people who need to pick up additional courses. The scale of the victims is so enormous. Our people out there are doing a great job “, Savage told the board.
He said if they manage to keep a school open it is the preferred method as it is important to keep students in class and keep providing education.
Savage said they had virtual meetings with school principals to allow them to ask questions and have them answered, usually in an hour, with the final meeting lasting an hour and 45 minutes. In addition, he said he had been to schools, firsthand, boots on the floor, a sense of what is happening in the schools.
“It’s unique from school to school. We will continue to provide support “, Said Wild.
The district remains in constant contact with health care providers, the Ministry of Health and the state as COVID persists. Savage said they are trying to keep up with what’s happening and how to tackle the surge.
He said the goal is to provide students with the best possible educational experience while putting safety for students and staff first.
In addition to the Facebook stream, a DAC presentation will also be held this week to introduce new adopted protocols. A board workshop will take place on Monday, bringing the pandemic team together to answer further questions.
There are still many mitigation measures in place in schools. Savage said one of the strongest containment efforts across the health community has been vaccination. According to Savage, things like masking and social distancing are significantly lower on the damage control tables, according to Savage. He said they were as distant as possible in the classrooms.
Other efforts include seating plans to facilitate contact tracing, hand sanitizer readily available, isolation rooms, high frequency and positive case-trigger cleaning, playground disinfection at the end of the day, cleaning of buses in the morning and afternoon, and no visitors on campus.
Savage said they are also bringing back one-way hallways and takeaway breakfast and lunch.