School Update 01/25/2022: Closure Letter

Haƞ Mitakuyapi,

I am writing to update you on the school’s and community’s preparedness in response to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). To continue our mission at C̣aƞṡayapi Waḳaƞyeża Owayawa Oṭi, we have a goal of continuing to keep our families and staff healthy and able to learn and work.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase in cases recently, we are experiencing staff shortages with staff needing to quarantine or isolate for several reasons such as having children who are in quarantine or isolation. With this, we are continually assessing to ensure we have our classrooms at high quality care for your child and your family. With this assessment, we will need to look at our operational capacity for classrooms and our ability to continue to safely serve our children and families.

During this time, CWOO will continue to be closed for the next two weeks, reopening on February 14th.  We will be delivering distance learning, diapers, wipes, and food on Thursday, February 3rd.  Please contact CWOO at 507-697-8255 if you have any respite care assistance or any other immediate needs. We are always happy to help in any way we can.  We will be reaching out by telephone to all families on January 26th. 

All updates will be announced through the school’s ChildPlus text system. They are also communicated on the school’s Facebook page at: Lower Sioux Early Head Start and Head Start and on our school’s website COVID Updates. Families are asked to look for these updates on these communication methods. The Tribe has declared a State of Emergency and the Federal Nation has declared this a pandemic, please follow the guidance of the CDC to take precaution and mitigate the spread. Any of these precautions or symptoms should be followed for the children, family, staff, and community.


Vanessa Goodthunder Director

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