Dear Sun Prairie Students, Staff, and Caregivers,
We hope this email finds you well and enjoying the opportunities that summer in Wisconsin offers! Our early start to the school year on Monday, August 23 is approaching quickly, so the purpose of this letter and accompanying screencast is to share information about the launch of the 2021-22 school year. Specifically, we want to announce the infection mitigation measures that will be used.
Our decisions for Fall 2021 have been designed to ensure the safety and well-being of students, families, and staff; minimize pivots that disrupt the learning environment, and meet the community’s expectation that in-person instruction will be maximized.
To that end, face coverings (masks) will be required by all students (4K-12) and all adults inside school district facilities and at indoor district activities starting Monday, August 9, 2021. This also includes all district-sponsored transportation. Masked environments reduce disruption since students who are close contacts while masked will not need to quarantine. Masks will continue to be optional outdoors.
Our plans for fall, including universal masking, draw on recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). These recommendations are based on the prevalence of the highly transmissible Delta variant, as well as emerging research that shows vaccinated people with breakthrough infections of COVID-19 may be more contagious than previously thought.
With the minimally invasive mitigation measures outlined in the presentation, we believe we can provide a safe and consistent in-person learning experience for students throughout the 2021-22 school year.
We are incredibly grateful for our community’s continued support for our schools, and we commend our students, educators, and families who have continued to persevere through the pandemic.
Brad Saron, Superintendent
Stephanie Leonard-Witte, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Equity
Janet Rosseter, Assistant Superintendent of Operations
Nick Reichhoff, Director of Student Policy and School Operations