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COVID-19 Letters from Mrs. Cavanagh

June 1, 2020


Dear Trinidad Families, 

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to your children.  They are so lucky to have you as their caregivers and confidants, and I appreciate how supportive of their mental health and academic achievement you have been.  As our weather warms and summer approaches please remember water safety techniques if your adventures take you to the beaches, and be mindful to move your bodies daily!  As our area businesses have begun to open we are continuing to see more people out and about in Trinidad, please be mindful that the Trinidad School Campus will remain closed until further notice.

This past week many in our country have begun to protest and conversations about race and equality have been at the forefront of our minds, words, and actions.  I hope that you are taking this opportunity with your children to speak to them about empathy and equality at an age appropriate level, this is a very important topic for every person and family.   Following are some resources that you can use in speaking with your children about race, discrimitation, and empathy;

Resources for Parents:

 This is a challenging time and one that we can teach from.  


This week is the last official week of technology based instruction, next week distance learning will consist only of paper packets so that we are able to inventory and repair returned technology. This week please pick up a paper bag and instruction page for technology return.  Following are the instructions for technology returns: 


  1. Pick up paper bag and Technology return form from school office
  2. Fill out technology return form and staple/tape to the outside of the brown paper bag. 
  3. Place all technology (charger cord, device) in the bag
  4. Bring to TUSD on Monday June 8th

Thank you for all of your input, engagement, and strength during this time. 

Sincerely, 

Katie Cavanagh

May 21, 2020


Dear Trinidad Families, 

I hope that you are well and have enjoyed some silver linings during this pandemic.  We are in a historic time, and are meeting the moment as best we are able.  Currently we are planning for a virtual graduation celebration that commemorates the years of achievement all of our 8th graders have realized.  We are also continuing to serve around 975 meals per week!  

Please continue to communicate your technology needs to your teacher and to Mrs. Kat.  We have determined that in order to inventory and repair our technology all district technology (Chromebooks/Ipads) will be due to turn into the school on Monday June 8th.  More information on return procedures to follow, for now please ensure you are prepared to return any borrowed technology on Monday June 8th. 

Yesterday most of you received messages from me about the new P-EBT card and a poll about Fall instruction and returning to school.  During this time of transition and planning as a district we are aware that our community of learners and families drive our instruction.  As we explore what next year will look like, there are several key points that will inform our decisions. They are as follows:


  • We will keep student, staff and family well-being at the core of our planning;
  • Plans will include both distance (at-home) learning and on-campus learning possibilities;
  • Until the pandemic subsides, if our facilities are used, fewer students will be on campus at a time;
  • Equity will be at the center of all decision-making; 
  • We need to build in flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances; 
  • Funding cuts to public education will affect our options.

 

Since school will inevitably look different next year from previous years, please begin thinking about your family’s child care needs. Making sure students have appropriate supervision at home is important for their accessing distance learning, as well as for their health and safety.


At the moment we are working at the county and state level with partners to understand our requirements and advocate for our needs.  We will be partnering with families, teachers, janitorial, maintenance, food services, aides, and office staff to determine what our programs will look like in the fall.  This collaborative effort is led by your input.  We need to know what your plans are for your students so that we can design programs to meet their needs.  We will be reaching out to our incoming Kindergarten and TK students to communicate with them as well.


Thank you for all of your input, engagement, and strength during this time. 

Sincerely, 

Katie Cavanagh

Dear TUSD, 

As the district begins to plan for re-opening schools we would like your input.  In fact, your input along with public health and county guidelines are the driving force for our re-opening and planning considerations.  Please take this 5 minutes poll and  provide your opinion on what we need to consider for re-opening school this fall.  Your children are important to us, and we wanto to make sure that we are taking the necessary steps to support their health and their learning. 

The information that you provide on this poll will directly impact the programs that TUSD develops, so your voice matters!

Thank you, 

Mrs. Cavnagh

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdahAp59M5pPt5uBfuLGcA6PiUJZ2LD1HNbfQX-cT81INyFOw/viewform?usp=sf_link

May 20, 2020

Hello TUSD Families

 

We believe you may be eligible to get $365 per child to help feed your family, in addition to any grab-n-go meals you may be getting. Because schools are closed due to COVID-19, families who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get extra food benefits to help feed their children. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on a P-EBT card. You can use your P-EBT card like a debit card to buy food and groceries for your children.

Most families who receive CalFresh, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal or other social services benefits will get a P-EBT card in the mail before May 22. Please keep an eye out for this card in the amil over the next few weeks.

Other families will need to complete a simple and quick online application before June 30, 2020.

For

more information,

visit ca.p-ebt.org/info or call TUSD help desk at(707) 677-3631

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cavanagh

April 24, 2020


Dear Trinidad Families, 


Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the impromptu parent meeting via zoom last night, it was nice to hear from you about what is working and is not working for your families.  From that meeting we have developed a poll to understand if families are in need of masks or if they have masks to donate.  Please participate in the poll  if you are either in need or can donate for our TUSD families so that we can facilitate an exchange.  This, if you are not already aware, is because the public Health Officer for Humboldt County established a mandatory face covering order effective today which states the following: face coverings must be worn in any indoor facility except for their own residence, at any enclosed space, and any outdoor space where individuals are unable to maintain at all times a distance of six feet from others.

While we continue to be closed to in-person education we are continuing to provide our distance education plan.  We are working to effectively meet you and your students where you need us the most, whether that is backing you up when you say that they need to do their writing or providing meals or just an ear to listen.  We know that this is a hard time, that helping your children with academics can be challenging.  Our experience has taught us that establishing a routine for your kids, and yourselves, can be helpful for both academics and life in general.  We also know that the most important thing that you can do is support your students social, emotional, and physical health at this time.  

Right now kids are learning whether or not they are doing their homework, they are learning how to live in the time of a pandemic and they are learning how to manage stress.  They are being taught these lessons knowingly or unknowingly from you.  For this reason it is so important for me to remind you that you, showing up and being a positive presence for your kids is the best thing that you can do for them.  I know that this is a traumatic time, so anything that we can help you in this endeavor please reach out.  We genuinely miss your students and are so are grateful for them showing up to school in whatever capacity that they are able to.  We recognize that you are doing the best you can, just know that we are here to support you and your kids in whatever way we can.  

We continue to be serving meals from 12-1 daily for all children under 18, this is true for all other area schools so if you struggle with transportation for this meal pick up please access another area school for food for your children. 

We have been the fortunate recipient of chromebooks from Governor Newsom, and those chromebooks in conjunction with those we have recently purchased mean that all students at TUSD will have a chromebook for continuing distance education.  If your student does not have a chromebook please be on the lookout for communication from the school on returning a device you do have and/or picking up a chromebook for your student. 

Our Parking lot is being outfitted to host better wireless for all TUSD students, there is currently good wireless available from the benches in front of the school.  If you are capable of using that wireless please remember to wear a face covering and adhere to social distance guidelines.

If you have not already please visit http://www.trinidadusd.net for current updates. 


As always, I look forward to seeing you again in person, 

Sincerely, 

Katie Cavanagh

Superintendent/Principal



April 10, 2020

Dear Trinidad School Community, 


I hope this email finds you well.  We are fortunate in this era that we have technology to keep us feeling connected to many of our students and families.  Our school community continues to amaze me, selfless acts of kindness, gratitude, and dedication from our community are heartwarming.  I feel grateful that we have been able to quickly set up food, curriculum, and technology distribution for all of our students.  

 

While our approach to curriculum is not what you expected for your child, it is geared toward adequately equipping our students for continued learning in this unprecedented environment. Ensuring students are acquiring education and enriching activities, while at home, is something that is being carried out by all public schools within the state after it was duly mandated by Governor Newsom’s executive order.


The Governor, along with the State Superintendent of schools, the Humboldt County Superintendent, many local districts and the Humboldt County Public Health officer do not expect school facilities to reopen this year. Last night the Trinidad Union School Board made a unanimous decision to formally commit to distance learning (school facility closure) for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to monitor the situation and if circumstances allow for an earlier return to school, we will make that decision with advice from the above entities. 

While we have canceled many in-person events we will work as a community to find an alternative solution to honor our 8th grade graduates, please consider participating in this discussion beginning in May.  

In addition to extending our current school closure, TUSD School Board announced that they have selected Alyse Nichols as the new Superintendent/Principal beginning July 1st, 2020.  Please join me in welcoming her to our school community!

 

With our commitment to distance learning, our teachers have put together meaningful assignments and resources for students and their families. Spring Break is next week and all services will be on hold for that week.  Beginning on April 20, assignments will begin to be monitored more closely for work completion and engagement. It is our hope that students are engaged in learning through class meetings, assignment completion, and participating in distance learning.  As a district we are committed to equity and access, and you can expect that your student(s) will be provided feedback from teachers to guide their mastery of skills and work toward improving their grade level achievement. We are tracking student access and engagement and are committed to reaching those who are experiencing barriers to learning. We realize that this situation can be stressful and sometimes downright frustrating. Please reach out to us about ways we may be able to help: a phone call or video conference to review a lesson, an extra computer for students to work on, school supplies, etc. (kcavanagh@trinidadusd.net or (707)677-3631

All Area Schools have been working hard to ensure students and families have the resources and support they need during this time. Meals are being distributed throughout the county. Parents may pick up a free lunch; Children are not required to be with them. Note that meals will not be distributed at TUSD over the Spring Break. Please check this web-page for locations and times: https://hcoe.org/covid-19/school-meal-times-and-locations/

We are taking the health and wellness of our students and families seriously. Social distancing remains a critical aspect, as well as important safety measures such as washing hands frequently, using gloves, hand sanitizer, and avoiding cross contamination of surfaces and items.  Additionally School Counselor Kelly Cole has created a google classroom open to all students for social and emotional resources and support. Students can join her google classroom with their school email and code: dxigm5k

Families can support these efforts by remembering the following tips: 

  •     Maintain social distancing – at least 6 feet. Only one person in the depot at a time.
  •     Wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer (even if you’re wearing gloves) prior to picking up meals/materials and when you return home.
  •     Do not come to the school or a meal distribution site if you are feeling ill and do not bring anyone who is feeling ill with you.

 

While this situation is unparalleled with anything we have experienced, we are doing our best to maintain consistency and continued education for our students. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing environment. Know that all of you are in our thoughts.


Sincerely, 

Katie Cavanagh

Superintendent/Principal



April 2, 2020

 

Dear Trinidad Families, 

 

This unprecedented time in our lives continues to be fluid, and on some levels can feel reactionary and unpredictable.  I commend you all and our staff on implementing safe social distancing and staying home except for essential business, this is vital as we meet this moment in history.  Your efforts can and have directly impacted the health of our community, and I applaud your efforts despite the challenges they pose.  I would like to thank you for partnering with our teachers and supporting your students' emotional health above all, and for supporting their academic and enrichment as you are able.  If you would like more resources on how to support your child's emotional health please visit our counselors page and communicate with your classroom teachers.  

The California State Superintendent of Instruction,Tony Thurman, and Governor Gavin Newsom, have stated that is is likely school facilities will remain closed through the end of the school year.  Today we received guidance from Humboldt County Office of Education in coordination with Public Health that echoes this recommendation to keep school facilities closed through the end of the school year.  The Trinidad Union School Board will discuss these recommendations at our next scheduled board meeting Thursday, April 9th.  I expect the board will deliberate regarding school closure extension at that time, and I remain confident that whether or not our campus is closed, instruction and learning will continue.   

On to some positives, our community and School Board conducted Superintendent/Principal interviews this past week, the School Board expects to announce the selection of the new Superintendent/Principal at the next board meeting April 9th. 

Our amazing teachers have settled into a new way of delivering standards based education to our students. We have a robust educational on-line platform that has been designed with all of our learners in mind.  Please visit http://www.trinidadusd.net and click on you students Teacher where you will find daily assignments and enrichment activities.  Based on your child(s) grade level your student will be asked to engage in online or packet assignments as well as offered weekly virtual meetings with their teacher.  

TUSD  will continue to provide meals on campus from 12-1 daily, please be sure to let the office know if you would like to pick up meals.  We ask that you let us know so that we can adequately plan, however enrollment is not required. 

If your child has important medications left at school, please contact the school secretary to arrange a way to pick them up.

Last, if you have Facebook, please consider “liking” our Trinidad Schools page. Teachers and staff are leaving sweet photos and messages for their students and communities as well as being another place you can obtain current TUSD information.

 

As always, I look forward to seeing you again in person, 

Sincerely, 

Katie Cavanagh

Attached: HCOE Press Release

March 23, 2020

Hello Trinidad Families, 

I hope that you all had a nice time in the sun this weekend, it was some unusual yet welcomed weather that hopefully got you outside and moving your body!

This week we will have food pick-up at the Dragon gate from 12-1, meal boxes will contain one breakfast, lunch, and snack item for each child under 18.  If you have not already, please fill out the poll to let us know how many boxes to prepare.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScwiUKkhLfT5Z0tprsF1wOxN9GAqVb1Elplr9m0abG1QBll0Q/viewform?usp=sf_link 

Today chromebooks for all those 4-8 are available for pick up until 1PM

Tomorrow, any student who needs a device with a built in camera can come and pick that device up from 1-3 at the Gym's parking lot entrance. Please make sure a parent comes with the student or provides a note accepting responsiblility through our Tech check out program found on our website here: 

http://www.trinidadusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1501784&type=d

Thank you so much and please don't forget to write with any questions:
kcavanagh@trinidadusd.net

Best, 

Katie Cavanagh

March 20, 2020

 

Re: TUSD Schools Closed until 4/10/2020 to COVID-19 Concerns

 

Good Evening Trinidad School District Community:

I hope you and your families are well, we at school have missed seeing you in person though we are looking forward to meeting with you virtually very soon. I would like to update you on recent developments regarding the school’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns.   Last night Humboldt County Public Health and the Governor issued shelter in place orders.  This afternoon the Trinidad Union School District Board of Trustees met and voted unanimously to not only ratify the one-week school closure announced on 3/14/2020, but to extend the closure through 4/10/2020. We understand and regret the hardship school closure places on families, but the safety of students and staff is paramount.  Until that time our school campus will remain closed to the public at all times.

 

Although closed to students, our school will we remain dedicated to serving the needs of you and your family. During the first few closure days we had staff on site work to thoroughly, cleaning/disinfecting all surfaces. Our Food Services program was up and running on Monday and continues to provide meals for all children under the age of 18.  Beginning Monday March 23 we will be distributing meal boxes that will have one breakfast, lunch, and dinner that will be available for pickup between 12-1 PM daily at the Dragon Gate.  These meals, which are for children under 18, are free and will be available during the school closure period.

 

Our teaching teams have been meeting frequently and started our optional distance learning program on Thursday.  If you need to pick up materials, they are available outside the front office between 8-3 M-F and are self-serve. Please be patient as we transition away from our classroom based instructional program and begin rolling out cohesive distance learning opportunities for students. Staff are identifying learning objectives and activities to best facilitate distance learning.  Next week we will work to distribute technology to any student in grades TK – 3rd grades as they are needed.  If you have not already, please communicate with your classroom teacher whether or not you have a Google compatible device that has a video camera.

 

Education is still considered an essential service, while you are highly encouraged to follow the orders of our local and state officials as it pertains to shelter in place requirements,  remember that it is okay for you to come to school to either pick up food or to pick up school materials.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Katie Cavanagh

 

March 19, 2020

Re: TUSD Schools Closed until 4/10/2020 to COVID-19 Concerns

Good Evening Trinidad School District Community:

I hope you and your families are well, we at school have missed seeing you in person though we are looking forward to meeting with you virtually very soon. I would like to update you on recent developments regarding the school’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 concerns.   Last night Humboldt County Public Health and the Governor issued shelter in place orders.  This afternoon the Trinidad Union School District Board of Trustees met and voted unanimously to not only ratify the one-week school closure announced on 3/14/2020, but to extend the closure through 4/10/2020. We understand and regret the hardship school closure places on families, but the safety of students and staff is paramount.  Until that time our school campus will remain closed to the public at all times.

Although closed to students, our school will we remain dedicated to serving the needs of you and your family. During the first few closure days we had staff on site work to thoroughly, cleaning/disinfecting all surfaces. Our Food Services program was up and running on Monday and continues to provide meals for all children under the age of 18.  Beginning Monday March 23 we will be distributing meal boxes that will have one breakfast, lunch, and dinner that will be available for pickup between 12-1 PM daily at the Dragon Gate.  These meals, which are for children under 18, are free and will be available during the school closure period.

Our teaching teams have been meeting frequently and started our optional distance learning program on Thursday.  If you need to pick up materials, they are available outside the front office between 8-3 M-F and are self-serve. Please be patient as we transition away from our classroom based instructional program and begin rolling out cohesive distance learning opportunities for students. Staff are identifying learning objectives and activities to best facilitate distance learning.  Next week we will work to distribute technology to any student in grades TK – 3rd grades as they are needed.  If you have not already, please communicate with your classroom teacher whether or not you have a Google compatible device that has a video camera.

Education is still considered an essential service, while you are highly encouraged to follow the orders of our local and state officials as it pertains to shelter in place requirements,  remember that it is okay for you to come to school to either pick up food or to pick up school materials.

Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Katie Cavanagh

3/18/2020

Hello Trinidad Families, 

As I mentioned last night, tomorrow from 10:30-1:30 school packets will be available for ALL students to pick up.  In addition our 4th - 8th grade students are invited to pick up their assigned chromebook if they need it at home. 

We are currently working on devices for our TK-3 kids that will be ready early next week for pick up. 

These are optional educational activities, and I encourage you to try and connect with your teacher via google meet so you can see them and your classmates. 

Trinidad School continues to be able to provide meals for pick up from 10:30-11:30 and 5-6 daily for any person under the age of 18, calling the office to add your name to the list is helpful for planning, and if you need an alternative time or arrangement for food please let us know!

We will be sending out a poll to better understand any emergency childcare needs that you may be experiencing as we are creating community partnerships and exploring the option for community based child care for emergency service and health care workers. 

PTO is still accepting Sees candy orders until 3/23 and those can be mailed or dropped off tomorrow as well. 

I will continue to update you as we know more.  At the moment we have a board meeting scheduled for Friday at 3PM via Zoom, there will be a location at school to view and participate in this meeting as well.  The notice for this meeting with be on our website. 

Most of you are familiar with our website, if you find yourself needing more information about the current pandemic or any of our expectations please visit the website trinindadusd.net

You are all wonderful families, and thank you for doing the best that you can in these difficult times. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Cavanagh

March 14, 2020

Dear Trinidad Families, 

 

In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic and after thoughtful consideration for our community the District has determined that it is necessary to close our school for this coming week, March 16-20.  This decision was made so that we are better able to ensure continuous and ongoing education for children while maintaining a safe environment for our students and faculty. This is an opportunity for you as families to communicate with your children and will be a time for our staff to prepare as we evaluate this very fluid situation.  We will be developing a strategy for the best possible continuity of learning, and is done as a precaution as we do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in our District. 

We know that our school is the heart of our community, and we are fortunate for that.  We feel it is our obligation to support the well-being and safety of all those associated with Trinidad School.

You can expect an update on Tuesday afternoon and more information from me by Friday to address the following week as we will constantly be re-evaluating and planning. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Cavanagh

March 12, 2020

 

Dear Trinidad Community, 

 

Yesterday evening  I participated in a meeting with Humboldt County Superintendents, HCOE staff,  and officials from Humboldt County Public Health regarding continuing safety of our students as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which continues to be of concern. Additional guidance from Governor Newsom has added to the importance of implementing recommended safety measures.   In an effort to do so we have some changes at school that are important for you to be aware of. As the state has a growing number of positive cases (198) Humboldt County does have some residents participating in testing with results pending.  It is important to follow these guidelines in keeping our community infections low. We are asking you to do the following:



  • Mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days for anyone having traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea.  If this applies to the school please call us immediately
  • Please consider voluntary quarantine if you have traveled to any areas in California or the U.S. where there is known to have been a large number of infections transmitted by community spread, we can support your students educational needs through independent study should you make this decision
  • If you have reasonable suspicion that you or someone in your family have the virus please call the school immediately as well as your healthcare provider
  • If you have or are considering having your child stay home due to suspected exposure, infection, or underlying health conditions please contact the school to discuss independent study options
  • All non-essential student activities including out of area travel, field trips, and assemblies will be postponed (or canceled if date specific) until further notice
  • All out of county travel for employees on district business have been canceled until further notice. 
  • A survey of all staff and students who have underlying health conditions or are considered to be *At-Risk will be distributed.  Special planning and consideration for these individuals will be implemented on a case-by-case basis 
  • We ask that students, teachers, and staff who present with fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms go home immediately and to stay home until they are symptom free without medication for 24 hours. We will separate them from others as best we can until they go home. 
  • The CDC highly Encourages flu vaccine for those persons over 6 months of age who have not had it this season. 
  • Please continue to take everyday preventive actions: 
    • Social Distancing ( 3-6 feet between people, no handshakes, hugs, high five, etc.)
    • Stay home when sick. 
      • Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
      • Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever difficulty breathing. o Use “respiratory etiquette.” 
    • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page for multilingual posters and flyers, posted at the bottom of webpage. 
    • Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans. 
    • Wash hands frequently.
      • Encourage hand washing by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies. 
    • Enhance cleaning consistent with CDC guidance (see Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations).



*The California Department of Public Health provided the following definition and guidance for At Risk Individuals:  Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or health condition, it is important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease, including: 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
    • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from large gatherings and crowds.
    • Stay home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.



In a press release Governor Newsom provided guidance to the state including the following:

To protect public health and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all gatherings of 250 people or more should be postponed at least through the end of March, according to new guidance issued Wednesday evening by the California Department of Public Health. Examples of these types of gatherings include concerts; conferences; and professional, college and school sporting events. The guidance also states that smaller gatherings may go forward if attendees can maintain a social distance of 6 feet from one another. In cases of people at high risk for contraction of COVID-19, gatherings of no more than 10 individuals is recommended. 



Gatherings that do not meet the stated criteria should only be conducted when they are essential — that is, if the activity is essential and could not be postponed or achieved without gathering, meaning that some other means of communication could not be used to conduct the essential function.



“Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement. “That’s the choice before us. Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease. Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now. The people in our lives who are most at risk — seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.” 



At this time Trinidad is not closing, however we are following the state and local recommendations to prepare in the event that we do need to close.  Public Health has indicated that the choice to close school would be to prevent the continued spread within a community. We will continue to keep you informed as we receive guidance and know more.  At school we are continuing to implement preventative measures to slow the spread of any unidentified illnesses and to teach our students about common illness etiquette. 



Thank you for your consideration and continued attention to this matter. 

Sincerely, 

Katie Cavanagh

Superintendent/Principal

 

March 5, 2020

Dear Trinidad Community, 

At Trinidad School we have implemented many preventative strategies as reccommended by public health and the Humboldt County Office of Education to support the health and safety of our community during covid-19 outbreak.  We began first by educating our staff and students on cleaning and sanitizing space and hands.  Next we have we have installed hand sanitizer stations,, implemented cleaning routines, secured more supplies, and continue to reinforce prevention strategies as reccommended by our guiding agencies.  As this is an ever chaning situation please know that we are diligently working to better understand how we must respond.  Please use these following resource to keep yourself updated on this ever chaning situation. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Cavanagh

 

Northern Humboldt Union High School District has compiled recent information for families to review.  This information is updated as deemed necessary by NHUHSD.

 

March 2, 2020

Dear Trinidad Families,

 

With the recent local appearance of the coronavirus disease (covid-19) and the potential for community spread we have received some questions from parents and staff members about our preparedness and our ability to meet the needs of our students. At this time there is no imminent danger in sending your children to school. We have acted quickly to strengthen our universal precautions and preventative actions, these include:

  • Specific instruction for staff and students on the importance of washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Supplying all school sites with surface disinfectant
  • Providing alcohol based hand sanitizer in every room
  • Encouraging wash-in/wash-out practice when going in and out from classes
  • Teaching students about preventing spread of illnesses such as coughing into your elbow, Avoiding touching your face, and washing hands frequently
  • Reminding staff and students to stay home when feeling sick, including 24 hours after having a fever

At this point the covid-19 virus in Humboldt County is isolated and is being handled with a strict protocol from the CDC. We are not expecting covid-19 to enter our school at this time but we have strong plans in place if this status changes. We have a transparent process and will communicate openly as things change. We are still very concerned about the length and severity of the current influenza season. We are increasing our efforts to sanitize our classes and are working to re-educate students and parents on the basics of illness prevention. A good bulleted checklist is outlined below:

  • Remain at home when sick
  • Stay at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines
  • Use respiratory etiquette – cover cough with tissue or sleeve
  • Wash hands frequently

 

Humboldt County Office of Education has launched the following website, https://hcoe.org/corona-virus/ for the purpose of educating schools and families about covid-19.  Additionally CDC has information at their website, cdc.gov, that outlines current statistics and preventative measures. 

 

Remember, at this time there currently no imminent danger that will result in districts needing to close.  

 

It is our desire to make sure that your students are safe, informed, and well cared for.  We will maintain transparency with our processes and policy as we move forward. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Katie Cavanagh

Superintendent/Principal