Laurel School District staff gets contact tracing training

By 
Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, October 1, 2020

District staff received training from Riverstone Health yesterday on contact tracing for the coronavirus, which is part of the school district’s priorities.

Superintendent Dr. Linda Filpula said at Monday’s school board meeting, “The #1 goal is to keep the kids in school and do our own contact tracing. The goal was to get school open and now it’s to stay open.”

Filpula told the Laurel School Board she toured the Laurel elementary schools and was impressed with how the schools are addressing the challenges this fall.

“I noticed walking around the schools the staff is using the barriers in the classrooms and abiding by the mask rules,” she said.

She addressed concerns parents may have about the recent case that was announce in the district. If a student or faculty member gets the virus or was in contact with someone who has it, “We are not publishing school names because of privacy issues” but, she added, if a student has been in contact with someone who has the virus, “the parents will be personally notified.”

She said the parents and teachers in the district have been doing a good job keeping the students safe. “If kids are symptomatic or if someone in the household has been exposed they keep the kids home. I’ve got to give a shout out to the parents and teachers who are doing an outstanding job.”

In other business:

• Jami Reynolds was hired as Middle School Activities Director. The interview committee of HR Director Joe Patton and Activities Director Dominick Vergara said Reynolds is the current LHS PE/Health teacher and possesses 13 years of experience as AD for South Valley Middle School and three years as South Valley School District AD in California where she supervised 85 coaches and 22 sports.

• Kevin Conradt was hired as 7th grade Geography teacher. The interview committee stated Conradt is licensed for 5th–12 grade Social Studies and taught AP History and high school History for more than a decade in Colorado.

• Dayle Stahl and Stacie Wells were acknowledged and thanked for a donation of plastic water bottles to West School on Sept. 8. Principal Karla Miller said in a letter: We thank you for your generosity and support. You are making a difference in the lives of our students and we are genuinely grateful.

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