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KES Newsletter December 16, 2021

December 16, 2021

Dear KES Families,

I hope you are all well. I am sending my newsletter a day early this week to make sure you know that we are aware of the Tiktok challenge encouraging school violence tomorrow,  Friday, December 17th. It is during these times that I am so grateful that our community supports School Resource Officer positions at all of our schools so no children in any of our schools are without protection. Please rest assured that Officer Audra and all of our KES staff will be extra vigilant tomorrow throughout the day, and we ask everyone to err on the side of reporting any suspicious activity you may observe at or around any of our schools. Thank you for your help with this! 

Just a reminder that if your child received their Covid-19 vaccine at our KES vaccine clinic and you did not accompany your child to the 2nd clinic, your child's vaccination card is available at the front office for pick-up during school hours. 

For families that have pursued the Covid-19 vaccination outside of school, please remember to send Nurse Brown a copy of your child's vaccination card once they have received their second dose of the vaccine. This information is needed in the event that your child is exposed to someone with covid-19 at school or in the community. Please note that your child will be considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the 2nd dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. If your child is identified as a close-contact to someone with Covid-19 prior to reaching the 14 day mark, they will be required to complete the full quarantine. 

And finally, as we approach the holiday season, please stay safe and healthy. Covid-19 cases are rising in Maine and we continue to see breakthrough cases in fully-vaccinated individuals. Remember to continue to take steps to protect yourself including keeping gatherings small, avoiding large crowds, social distancing, wearing masks, and practicing good hand hygiene. An additional step that can be taken if you are attending a gathering is to use a home antigen test to screen for a Covid-19 infection prior to attending and again 5-7 days after the gathering. While this approach will not eliminate risk, it can help to identify and reduce the spread of Covid-19 in our communities and help prevent Covid-19 from entering our schools when we return. 

Yours in Education and Safety,
Mr. Quinn