La Farge Schools Community:
At the regular Board Meeting on Monday, September 21 parameters to help guide decision making for a potential shift in instructional models were reviewed and approved. On Thursday, September 24 the Board reconvened in a special meeting to make some adjustments.
As you may recall, the LFS Back to School plan included three instructional models- color coded as green, yellow, and red. We were fortunate enough to open in the green, with face-to-face instruction available to all students in grades 4K - 12. At the time school started, the District had not yet determined the criteria for which we’d need to shift away from 100% face-to-face learning due to COVID-19 risk factors.
In collaboration with the Health Department and the District’s medical advisors, parameters that fit our local context have been developed to help guide decision making. We will be using a combination of internal data: numbers/percentage of active cases within our staff and student body; and a County-wide measure: the 14-day case level rate per 10,000 people. This is a data point that is widely considered to be predictive of risk of community spread.
The COVID-19 Data Snapshot image above will be updated daily and posted on our website.
* To date, the School District of La Farge has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our staff or student body.
* As of 9/24, according to the Vernon County Health Department, the 14-day case level rate is 22.
The chart accompanying this update provides guidelines correlating ranges of case level rates with different instructional models for La Farge Schools. Decisions about shifts in instructional models at the District, school-level, or classroom level will be made using this measure, the numbers of cases within our LFS student and staff body, and other factors including but not limited to:
Evidence of in-school transmission of COVID-19; or
Staffing or attendance patterns (absences due to illness, exposures, or isolation orders); or
Local/regional conditions related to hospital capacity, contact tracing, etc.
We are monitoring internal, local, and County-wide data on a daily basis, and remain in close collaboration with other Vernon County school districts as well as the Vernon County Health Department. Please check our website for the most up to date information, and contact a member of the Administrative team- me, Middle School-High School Principal Todd Camlek, or Elementary Principal Josh Hansen with any questions.
More information can be found at this page.
Case counts in Vernon County have been increasing at alarming rates. Families are advised to consider that a change in instructional model may be made for the week of October 5.