September 1, 2021
Dear School Board meeting Attendee:
If you attended the Springfield High School Board meeting at Springfield High School on August 23, 2021, please read the following:
The Vermont Department of Health has learned that more than one attendee of this meeting has tested positive with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) since the board meeting. The Springfield School District with the health department has conducted contact tracing, and close contacts have been notified.
You might have had a low-risk encounter with an infectious person. Unless you have been told you were a close contact, you do not need to quarantine. Please take the following actions to help limit the spread of COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people you do not live with when possible.
- If you were not fully vaccinated on August 23, 2021, get tested for COVID-19, even if you do not have symptoms. It is recommended that fully vaccinated people get tested. Learn more about getting tested in Vermont.
- Regardless of your vaccination status or previous infection, watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after your last date of exposure.
- Regardless of your vaccination status, call your primary care provider if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Wear a mask in public.
- Wash your hands often using soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and then wash your hands afterward.
COVID-19 spreads from having close contact with someone who has COVID-19. The virus is thought to be spread by droplets from person to person when they speak, cough, or sneeze. Droplets travel less than 6 feet. When droplets from another person get in your mouth or nose, you can inhale them into your lungs. This virus can be spread by people without symptoms.
If you have any questions, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website or reach out by phone at 802-863-7240. Due to medical privacy laws, we are not able to release the names of the individuals with COVID-19. We hope this information is helpful for you. Thank you for your actions to help prevent the further spread of the virus.
Dr. Zach McLaughlin
Superintendent of Schools