Community Letter

Dear BSD Community,

I hope all is well with you and your family. There has not been much need for communication from my office lately as we have settled into much more of a normal school routine this past month; however, COVID is rearing its ugly head in the community and I felt the need to reach out and pass along some important information.

COVID Situation in San Mateo County and Schools:
Cases of COVID-19 are up in San Mateo County. According to CDC’s website, the COVID-19 community level is moderate, up from low a couple of weeks ago. This rating reflects a case rate above 252 per 100,000 in population, and other metrics related to hospitalizations. This data is updated every Thursday and our County is projected to move to the HIGH transmission rate this week. Meanwhile in schools, we are seeing an increase in cases similar to the uptick in the community.

At Home Covid Tests:
Each school will be sending home more at-home tests kits over the next few weeks; each kit contains two tests. These home tests help our community identify positive cases before they get to school and help reduce the potential spread in the classroom. We will continue to test classes when a case appears at school as long as our testing supplies last.

Masks:
CDPH still strongly recommends that we continue to wear masks at school. Every week we have continued to see more and more students remove the masks which was expected; however, I would recommend having conversations in your family to determine what is best for you and your child as cases begin to grow in our community.

Vaccination Numbers and Opportunities:
As of this week, 63.1 percent of children ages 5-11 have received two doses of vaccine, up from 62.7 percent two weeks ago. The vaccination rate for youth ages 12-15 was up slightly from 82.6 to 82.7 percent. The booster rate for this age group climbed from 42.1 to 42.8 percent. Visit www.myturn.ca.gov for vaccination opportunities.

Be safe,
Ronan Collver
Superintendent