February 16, 2021
Dear Forks Community:
On behalf of the Quillayute Valley School District Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank our parents and caregivers of our children for their continued support and patience throughout this challenging time. Parents, we know that there are so many different needs for our students throughout the COVID period, and we truly appreciate your partnership. We also know that our in-person “hybrid” model isn’t perfect, but we are striving to make it better each day. One of our biggest concerns for our children right now is their social and emotional learning, as well as academic progress.
I would also like to personally thank all of our staff, who are braving this period of uncertainty. Many of our regional school districts remain in a complete remote learning model and are struggling to find a solution for “in-person” learning. I am grateful for the support of our community and for finding new ways to make it through COVID. We continue to work closely with the Clallam County Department of Health to monitor the safety of in-person learning. Our goal is to serve our students in the buildings, as long as it continues to be safe to do so. Providing in-person learning depends on three things: implementation of our six health and safety protocols with fidelity, ability to properly staff our schools at a level to ensure safety, and contact tracing of positive COVID cases through the Clallam County Department of Health. We are learning that schools, in general, are a very safe place, if the above three things are in place.
In Quillayute Valley School District, we continue to not have any transmission of COVID within the school. If you are interested in following our COVID Dashboard, follow this link:
We will continue to closely monitor the safety of our students and staff, and we are currently in the process of planning for the 2021-22 school year. There are a lot of moving targets, as we plan for next year. One of the moving targets is the level of vaccination in our community. We are being told that it is almost certain that we will start our school year with the current safety measures. One thing that will help is for the vaccination level to reach at least 70 – 85% of our community. The sooner we get the majority of our community vaccinated, the sooner we get back to some type of normalcy. We do know that scientists are currently working on a safe vaccination for 16-year-olds and younger.
And the good news that we are hearing is that our community transmission rates are lowering by the day and are showing a downhill trend! In fact, Clallam County is in the lead across the state for vaccination distribution. Again, we are so thankful for your continued partnership. Please reach out to us or your school’s front office if you have additional questions!
Diana Reaume, QVSD Superintendent