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COVID-19 Data/Mask Update

Update 10/1/2021

Effective Monday, October 4th, Eufaula City Schools will no longer require, but will still recommend, the wearing of masks in school buildings. We will continue to require masks while on school buses. 

As recommendations from local and state health officials change and COVID-19 data changes, we may adjust protocols accordingly. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 data and will use the number of positive cases and exposures as a guide to determine if masks are required or recommended at each individual school, with goals of no more than 2% positivity and 10% exposure rates.  

Thank you, students, staff members and families for your continued support. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school nurse or principal if they have questions.

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Mask Update 9/17/2021

Plans were after September 20th to recommend masks rather than require them in our school buildings. Our plans were to use the number of positive cases and exposures as a guide to determine if masks were required or recommended at each individual school, with goals of no more than 2% positivity and 10% exposure rates. In most schools each week this school year, we have improved to meet these numbers; however, due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases for Barbour County and surrounding counties, I feel it is in the best interest of safety for students and staff members to continue requiring masks. This mask requirement will be reevaluated, and an update will be sent by October 1.

While I feel the numbers will eventually fall, this continuing strong presence of COVID-19 in our community disturbs me. We meet frequently to evaluate COVID-19 data and the impact on our students and staff members. We have considered how difficult it would be to close school for two weeks like some systems near us have had to do. As much as I do not like requiring masks, I am convinced we are doing the right thing. My goal is to make sure we can safely keep schools open with healthy students and staff members. 

As I stated above, our numbers have improved, especially our exposure rates, and this is in large part due to requiring masks. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, in the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were 3 feet or more from an infected student if both students were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitted masks. If masks are not worn by both individuals, anyone within 6 feet of a positively tested individual is asked to isolate.

We follow the most current recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Education. We appreciate your help in keeping our students and employees safe by notifying the school nurse immediately if your child tests positive for COVID-19.

Eufaula City Schools is layering various prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and cleaning and disinfecting. Additionally, we recommend vaccination for anyone aged twelve and above. If you have not been vaccinated, please take advantage of the free community vaccine clinic taking place tomorrow at Eufaula High School from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

As always, we appreciate your patience as we work to prepare and educate the young people of Eufaula. Thank you for trusting Eufaula City Schools with your children.

Joey Brannan

Superintendent

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 8/25/2021 (Note mistake made in the total number of EPS students. Number has been corrected in the 9/3 Data.)

ECS COVID-19 Data as 9/3/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 9/10/2021 (Staff Included)

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 9/17/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 9/24/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 10/1/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 10/8/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 10/15/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 10/22/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 10/29/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 11/5/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 11/12/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 11/19/2021

ECS COVID-19 Data as of 12/3/2021

Letter to Parents of Close Contacts

 

Actualización de la máscara 17/09/2021

Los planes fueron después del 20 de septiembre para recomendar máscaras en lugar de exigirlas en nuestros edificios escolares. Nuestros planes eran utilizar la cantidad de casos positivos y exposiciones como una guía para determinar si se requerían o recomendaban máscaras en cada escuela individual, con metas de no más del 2% de positividad y 10% de tasas de exposición. En la mayoría de las escuelas, cada semana de este año escolar, hemos mejorado para alcanzar estos números; sin embargo, debido a la cantidad de casos positivos de COVID-19 en el condado de Barbour y los condados circundantes, creo que lo mejor para la seguridad de los estudiantes y miembros del personal es continuar requiriendo máscaras. Este requisito de máscara se volverá a evaluar y se enviará una actualización antes del 1 de octubre.

Si bien siento que los números eventualmente caerán, esta fuerte presencia continua de COVID-19 en nuestra comunidad me perturba. Nos reunimos con frecuencia para evaluar los datos de COVID-19 y el impacto en nuestros estudiantes y miembros del personal. Hemos considerado lo difícil que sería cerrar la escuela durante dos semanas, como han tenido que hacer algunos sistemas cercanos a nosotros. Por mucho que no me guste exigir máscaras, estoy convencido de que estamos haciendo lo correcto. Mi objetivo es asegurarme de que podamos mantener las escuelas abiertas de manera segura con estudiantes y miembros del personal saludables.

Como dije anteriormente, nuestras cifras han mejorado, especialmente nuestras tasas de exposición, y esto se debe en gran parte a que se requieren máscaras. Según el Departamento de Salud Pública de Alabama, en el entorno del aula interior K-12, la definición de contacto cercano excluye a los estudiantes que estaban a 3 pies o más de un estudiante infectado si ambos estudiantes participaron en el uso constante y correcto de máscaras bien ajustadas. . Si ambas personas no usan mascarillas, se le pide a cualquier persona que se encuentre a menos de 6 pies de una persona sometida a prueba positiva que se aísle.

Seguimos las recomendaciones más actuales de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades, el Departamento de Salud Pública de Alabama y el Departamento de Educación de Alabama. Agradecemos su ayuda para mantener seguros a nuestros estudiantes y empleados notificando a la enfermera de la escuela inmediatamente si su hijo da positivo por COVID-19.

Las escuelas de la ciudad de Eufaula están aplicando varias estrategias de prevención para reducir la propagación de COVID-19 mediante el uso de máscaras, el distanciamiento social, el lavado de manos y la limpieza y desinfección. Además, recomendamos la vacunación para cualquier persona de doce años o más. Si no ha sido vacunado, aproveche la clínica comunitaria gratuita de vacunas que se llevará a cabo mañana en Eufaula High School de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m.

Como siempre, agradecemos su paciencia mientras trabajamos para preparar y educar a los jóvenes de Eufaula. Gracias por confiar en las escuelas de la ciudad de Eufaula con sus hijos.

 

Joey Brannan

Superintendente