The 12 Days After Christmas
While our families who celebrate on December 25 may be singing the “12 Days of Christmas” this week, it’s the 12 Days After Christmas that district administrators and local public health officials want our HCPS Family to consider.
Even in the current absence of any COVID-19 transmissions or outbreaks in any of our schools, individual schools’ staffing capacity to operate safely is of critical concern moving forward.
Simply put, COVID-19 can become a workforce issue. Based on Henderson County Department of Public Health contact tracing protocols, quarantine guidelines, and employees waiting on pending test results, it is entirely possible that individual schools may not have adequate staff to safely serve, support, and supervise students for face-to-face instruction if we don’t remain vigilant through the holiday season.
Therefore, since the “12 Days After Christmas” equates to nearly a full 14-day quarantine period before the HCPS Family returns to campuses, public health officials and HCPS administrators recommended staff, students, and families use that time to avoid gatherings, practice the 3Ws, and celebrate the holidays safely for our fellow friends.