November 19, 2021
Henderson County Schools families and staff,
Today marks our 67th day of in-person learning. It is hard to believe that nearly 40% of this school year is complete. Our students and staff are doing exceptional work this school year alongside the support of our families and community.
In September when our quarantine guidelines were updated, we immediately saw a drastic decrease in the number of students quarantined. Since then our attendance has averaged around 94%. Because of everyone’s diligence, resilience, and hard work, we haven’t had to close a school or the district for a single instructional day. Our students are learning in person which we know is what is best for them.
Entering the holidays is historically a time of high transmission. Last year, in the ten day period following Thanksgiving break, the COVID-19 incident rate in Henderson County increased by 7%. In the ten day period following the 2020 Christmas break, the COVID-19 incident rate in Henderson County increased by 40%.
On November 8, 2021, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Parents that choose for their child to receive the vaccine will need a second shot of the vaccine three weeks after their initial shot. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series. Essentially for a person to be considered fully immunized is a five week timeline.
We have had a continual collaboration with our local healthcare providers and appreciate them sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. Taking all of this information into consideration, Henderson County Schools will continue universal masking. Upon return to school from the holidays, we will provide our next Healthy at School update on January 13, 2022.
I would like to say a special thank you to our staff, students, and families for their continued resilience and flexibility. Because of you, our students are in the classroom learning every day.
Dr. Bob Lawson