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Please Read Letter from Superintendent on New CDC Guidelines

December 31, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

It’s almost time to return from Winter Break and I want you to know that I am 

looking forward to the new year and more rigorous learning starting on Monday, January 3, 2022. Scholars and staff come back refreshed and ready to expand on what was learned in the previous two quarters. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of growth and we are incredibly proud of the progress. Routines for scholars and staff are well-established by this time, and our scholars will be ready to learn and grow in every single Cartwright classroom.  


I also want to assure you that we are continuing to monitor COVID-19 and the Omicron variant’s increase and I am asking all parents to continue to be vigilant with their safety mitigation practices. Sadly, we are still in the midst of rising cases. If your child is sick, it is imperative that you do not send your child to school. We have always communicated that safety is a priority and we take that charge seriously, and the reality is that many more individuals are becoming infected daily. School staffing may be challenging when we return from vacation due to quarantine and exposure to family/friends who have tested positive for the virus, but our schools have a plan in place. 


New CDC guidance: People with COVID-19 should isolate themselves for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic, or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours) follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

If your child tests positive and is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 longer than 5-days they should still quarantine for up to 10-days and consider seeking medical attention and/or until symptoms are resolving and no longer have a fever. 

In terms of our mask mandate, nothing changes. When your scholar returns, the mandate will be in place at every Cartwright school and building, so please be sure your child brings a mask to school or one will be provided. We will also continue to provide COVID rapid tests and update our website with the latest information. We will continue to share vaccination clinic efforts on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 


Most importantly, our Governing Board, principals, teachers, and staff are extremely dedicated to your children, our scholars, and I am very proud of everyone because we can overcome this together with understanding, patience, and caring for one another. That’s how this district will continue to move forward every day as One Team, Una Familia. Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education and safety. 


 Happy New Year!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor