Dear Parents and Caregivers -
We recently sent a community survey to all families and staff regarding the use of masks. Over 3,700 individuals responded with good information for us to consider our next steps. We also examined recommendations from public health authorities, current case activity locally and throughout the county, and vaccination rates among youth.
Masks are required by all students (Early Childhood / 4K - 12) and adults inside school district facilities and at indoor district activities while the county order is in place through February 28, 2022. But, at that point, we will begin a process to discontinue masking requirements. While our survey indicated that 58% of secondary families were comfortable with letting the masking requirement expire on March 1, only 47% of elementary families were comfortable doing so. However, 58% of elementary parents and caregivers did endorse a date around spring break or sooner. With that in mind, we have developed the following schedule.
Beginning March 1, masks will be strongly recommended but not required:
--for students/staff in middle and high schools (Grades 6-12)
--in spaces across the district where only adults are present
--by spectators at athletic events or performances
After February 28, masks will continue to be required during the school day in elementary school settings (EC/4K-5).
Then, beginning April 4 (one week after spring break), masks will be strongly recommended but not required:
--for students/staff in elementary schools (Grades EC/4K-5)
Even after masks are no longer generally required, students and staff must wear a mask when:
--riding school buses and district vehicles while mandated by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Transportation (through at least March 18)
–required by a hosting school for a competition or activity
--in the health office when displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19 before being sent home
--returning early (Days 6-10) from isolation after a positive COVID-19 test
We also ask anyone returning early from personal quarantine to wear a mask for the full 10 days after exposure to someone who tested positive.
We appreciate everyone’s continued understanding of the difficult decisions involved in this pandemic. We have striven for a balanced approach that is reasonable and responsibly mitigates risk. Everyone’s health and safety remain our highest priority.
Brad Saron, Superintendent
Stephanie Leonard-Witte, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Equity
Janet Rosseter, Assistant Superintendent for Operations
Nick Reichhoff, Director of School Operations