Message from the Superintendent
I understand you receive a lot of communication from school but I will continue to give you updates as often as needed regarding COVID positive cases. I am confident you want to know exactly what we know when we know it. This communication includes the report of an additional positive case plus some cumulative information.
We reported a positive case at Niedermeier Elementary last week. We have an additional member of that family that tested positive this weekend. That brings our total positive cases at Airport to five. With that said, only three are active cases as the first two students that tested positive in early September returned today along with the students that were quarantined as a result.
A question that the district has prepared for as we developed the Return to Learn plan is "When do we shut down a school or the entire district?" We have discussed this question with the health department throughout this process. There are no set guidelines or statistics that have been developed to make this decision. IF at any time we felt that was the best option for an entire school building or the entire district, we would not be afraid to make that call. Again, at this time we have three positive cases and two of them are from the same family. These three cases are at two different school buildings. We have no intention of closing a building or the district at this time.
I also learned Friday evening that the Governor has issued Executive Order 2020-185. This EO now mandates that ALL students wear masks while attending school. That means all students in grades K-4 must wear masks at all times during school beginning Monday, October 5th.
This pandemic continues to test all of our patience. Please trust Airport Schools will continue to follow our plan, work to keep all students and staff safe, and continue to communicate to everyone with important information. Please continue to stress the importance of good hygiene and social distancing while in and out of school. We will continue to keep school open if we work together
John Krimmel, Superintendent
Airport Community Schools