Sep 4 Covid Update from Dr. Belcher

September 4, 2021

For Immediate Release - click here for Press Release

Dear Napoleon Community,

Napoleon Area Schools are in desperate need of your help.  At Napoleon and throughout Henry County, we are having an increase in the problems caused by Covid.  We have seen our positive cases affecting our school and community increase with each passing week we are in session.  With each positive case in our school also causes 10-20 students often quarantined as close contacts.  Part of this problem is due to the low participation with students wearing masks.  We are not advocating or denying the efficacy of masks but we are held to the quarantine guidelines that take masks into consideration for quarantine.  While we can’t say wearing a mask will prevent your child from being quarantined, what we can say is that the risks of your child being quarantined will be significantly lower.  I ask for your help in volunteering your child to wear a mask.  This compliance will greatly reduce the number of quarantines we have at school.  Our number one choice that you as parents have is the ability to send your child to school in person.  We want to keep healthy kids in school and the more we can prevent quarantines the more children won’t be excluded from school due to quarantine restrictions. If our numbers get too high that choice will be gone and we will have to look at other mitigating factors in order to keep our students in school. We will be considering other measures next week as more data becomes available.

We are also seeing an increase in other illnesses during this time.  Usually at this time we have many cases of allergies or strep that might be going around.  Unfortunately, many of these symptoms mirror that of Covid.  If you have any doubts or concerns, we ask that you please keep your child at home.  If it would be Covid, that could potentially exclude dozens of students from school due to quarantine.  You as parents are our first defense in keeping our kids in school.  We are in desperate need of your help.  If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, building principal or the board office.  We are committed to maintaining in person education but we need your help.  We wish you a great Labor Day Weekend and continued good health.

Sincerely,

Dr. Erik Belcher

Superintendent





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