If you have seen my latest video message to the community about COVID-19, you are aware that Board of Education President, Ryan McCoy, and County Commissioner, Emma Pinter, joined me in delivering a “good news/bad news” message about the virus.
The good news is that Westminster Public Schools, with the help of our staff and families, has done a very good job of limiting the spread of the virus within our classrooms. As I write this message to you, we have only 8 current cases of COVID-19 among our students, representing .09% of the student population.
The actual concern is the number given to Adams County as a whole.
The trends are moving in the wrong direction. Meaning, the State of Colorado and/or Tri-County Health Department could move to impose further restrictions on businesses and schools. We are in constant communication with health officials and they are well aware of our record of responsibility and know that transmission of COVID-19 is limited in the school environment.
WPS has worked hard to give our families a choice of either attending school in-person or enrolling in the Westminster K-12 Virtual Academy. However, that choice may be taken away from us, unless everyone in the community steps up and follows the required safety measures designed to keep us safe.
The truth is, people you know and love can make you sick if they unknowingly carry the virus. Small parties with family and friends are turning into “super spreaders” of the disease and, with the return of the cold and flu season, it is only going to get worse.
As I have said, since the start of the school year, we are ready to move to remote learning if necessary. We believe, that for most of our students, in-person learning is the best option.
Please do your part, by taking COVID-19 seriously.