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COVID-19 Update: District Data & Testing
Posted 9/23/21

Dear Miller Creek Community,

 

We are writing with an update on COVID-19 data for the Miller Creek School District and exciting new testing opportunities.

 

COVID Data & Vaccination Rates

 

There are currently 1769 students that attend schools in the Miller Creek School District. Since starting school on August 19th, the Miller Creek School District has confirmed eight positive student cases of COVID-19 with no suspected in-school transmissions. To keep up to date on the number of positive COVID-19 cases in our district and student and staff vaccination rates, please visit the front page of our district website or by clicking here. Data is updated weekly on Mondays. 

 

Symptomatic and Close Contact Rapid Antigen Testing- New!

 

Public Health continues to emphasize that expedited symptomatic testing is a key factor in keeping students safe and attending in person school. The ultimate goal is to provide every family and staff member with an at-home COVID-19 testing kit that can be used when symptoms arise. We recognize the financial and time burden on families and staff to acquire test kits and make testing appointments and hope to reduce this burden. There is also a nationwide shortage of Rapid Antigen Test kits. This shortage makes meeting this goal unrealistic at this time but we will continue to partner with the county until the goal is met.

 

The good news is that each of our school sites are now equipped to offer Rapid Antigen Testing to staff and students that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms at school or those that are determined to be a close contact of a person who was COVID positive. This week we began to utilize the Rapid Antigen Tests on students that were determined to be a close contact with a COVID positive student with the permission of their family. The students tested negative and were able to join their class on a modified quarantine. The easy access and efficiency to the test kits have the potential to be a game changer for our students and staff.

 

Vaccines

 

A COVID-19 vaccine continues to be one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. As a community, our vaccination rate for eligible participants is very high and that supports our ability to offer safe, in-person instruction. We are hopeful that vaccines for 5-11 year olds will become available in late October. When they do become available, the Miller Creek School District will partner with Public Health to offer our facilities as a vaccination site. 

 

It continues to be a joy to see students in classrooms building small communities and engaging in learning. After our experience last year, we certainly do not take in person instruction for granted and are committed to keeping our schools safe. Our community’s vigilance to safety, access to vaccines, mitigation strategies in school, including now easier access to testing, will keep our students and staff in school.

 

We have such gratitude for our staff and families who continue to exhibit incredible personal responsibility in our collective fight against COVID-19. 

 

Sincerely,

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent