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Note from Superintendent Swanson: Oct. 7, 2020

Dear Westminster Community,

Only you can stop COVID-19!

I remember when I was growing up hearing slightly different words from Smokey the Bear: “Only you can prevent forest fires.”Smokey The Bear - Only You Can Prevent Wildfires

The message was simple and clear. We all have a personal responsibility when it comes to preventing fires that jeopardize the health and safety of all of us. That timeless message is still in use today by the Forest Service and it also applies to our ongoing battle with COVID-19. Each one of us must act responsibly.

I share this urgent message, today because health experts tell me that the current trends in Adams County in regards to COVID-19 are not good and we risk going from Level 2 (Concern) to Level 3 (High Risk). If that happens it would mean further limitations on the size of gatherings and dramatic reductions in the operations of business, restaurants and retail stores. It could also mean that schools could end up needing to go into remote learning.

The numbers tell us that transmission rates within our schools are low because we take COVID-19 so very seriously in Westminster Public Schools. We wear our masks, wash our hands and watch our distance. These simple steps are working, but parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles must also follow them. We all have to do our part to contain it.  

As we have seen with recent events in the nation, everyone is at risk from the virus and it is easily spread when people let their guard down.  

We have come too far in Westminster Public Schools to have to now take a step backward.  Our children would suffer because of it.

On a positive note, I am happy to tell you that our COVID-19 Dashboard is now up and running to allow anyone to see, at a glance, the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the district and the number of people quarantined to prevent the spread of the virus.

The second page of the Dashboard also shows a breakdown of the numbers by individual schools and departments. We are also providing an archive of all our communications from individual schools to their communities.

I look forward to the day when we no longer need it. 

Kindest regards, 

Dr. Pamela Swanson

Superintendent of Schools