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COVID-19 Parent Update Letter

Westwood schools


Dr. Stiles Simmons



October 23, 2020


Dear Westwood Families,


As we enter the third month of the 2020-21 school year, I am pleased to report that we have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our school buildings. If we receive notification of a positive case, we will connect with the county health department who traces and directly contacts those in close contact with that person. We will then send written notification to parents and staff. However, due to regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), no personal information will be included in this update.


As you know, cold and flu season is right around the corner. This year, with the addition of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be more careful than ever as a school community to prevent the spread of all diseases. As one example, the Centers for Disease Control advises that getting a flu vaccine this year will be more important than ever.


The school district and the Wayne County Public Health Division also encourages families to use the COVID-19 symptom checker to determine whether their child should stay home from school. We know seasonal allergies and asthma can often present the same symptoms as COVID-19 or the cold and flu. For that reason, the County has added the following clarification: a child should stay home from school if they present symptoms from the COVID-19 symptom checker that are abnormal/unusual for that child.


We know how challenging it can be to keep a child at home, but we ask that you exercise the utmost caution to help us keep our entire school community safe. We will continue to monitor health and safety conditions with health experts very closely and are prepared to offer school in any form necessary for our students as we move into the winter months.


If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please feel free to contact my office at

Stiles X. Simmons, Ed.D.