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COVID-19

March 16, 2020

    Yesterday we made the decision to close Yutan Public Schools starting Monday, March 16. We will continue to communicate with the community the best we can. The reality of this situation is that this may be a several-week closure.

    We have said from the beginning, this is a fluid situation, and events in the past 48 hours have encouraged us to take action to help slow the spread of COVID-19 across our district. Because our school has a higher concentration of people, closing can prevent students from spreading the virus to others in their families and the community.

    We have been in constant communication with local and state education, health and medical organizations. We have also been collaborating with the other school leaders surrounding the Yutan area.

    We know closing schools raises a host of questions, worries and fears from many. This is understandable and we, too, are processing this situation. However, we have been planning for this and we have a plan in place we are using to guide us. Please do not jump to conclusions or trust everything you see or hear. There is a lot of misinformation that is out in the community and around the state regarding COVID-19. I continue to push the message of PREPARE, PREVENTION and DON’T PANIC. 

    Throughout this situation safety is of course our top priority. This move will help keep not only our students and staff safer, it will help keep our community safer as we try to mitigate the spread of the virus.

    Throughout this closure our buildings will be closed to the public – this includes all student activities, athletics, fine arts, clubs and meetings are canceled. If and when this changes the public will be notified.

    This closure will no doubt be different and will be a learning experience for all of us. I trust our students, staff, families and community to come through and help solve problems together because that’s what Yutan does.

 

Stay Safe and #Rolltribe

 

Mitch Hoffer

Superintendent

Yutan Public Schools

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