COVID-19 Mitigation 2021-2022 School Year
The best way to mitigate the spread of the virus is to stay home when you are ill. Here is a COVID-19 Daily Health Assessment guide to print and have available at home.
We are using school and classroom level data to guide mitigation efforts during the 2021-2022 School Year. Click below to enlarge and download a copy of our decision model.
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For the 2021-2022 School Year, districts will be given more local control and COVID-19 responses will be based on community- and school-level data.
In accordance with the guidance from the CDC, MDE, and MDH we strongly recommend that students and staff wear a face covering or mask while indoors at school regardless of vaccination status. Families who are concerned about COVID transmission will be supported if they choose to send their children to school with masks. For those who are concerned about transmission, they may also contact our schools to receive a surgical mask, which will offer a higher level of protection than cloth masks.
The Center for Disease Control has determined that masks are a requirement on mass transit, and as a result, students and staff will be required to wear masks on school buses.
If the virus starts to peak in a classroom, grade-level, or school, we will require masks in that space. Hopefully, masking requirements will only be necessary on a short term basis. If masking requirements do not control the spread in our buildings, we will move to a level that requires quarantines of close contacts. Please see the image on this page for our mitigation thresholds.
Other Mitigation Measures
We will continue to implement physical distancing where possible and encourage frequent handwashing and hygiene breaks throughout the school day.
Cases of COVID-19
All families should keep their child home when sick. If a student falls sick at school, a parent or guardian will be called to bring the child home. Families will have the option to have their child receive a rapid test for COVID-19 while at school. If negative the student may return to class provided the student is fever-free and symptoms are not disruptive.
No test will be administered without parent permission.
Schools will continue to report positive COVID-19 cases to public health officials.
Click here to view the Quarantine Guide below:
Quarantines are not required unless the student has contact with a known positive in their household. If someone in your household is getting tested for COVID because they are symptomatic or were exposed, your student(s) should stay home until the results are verified. If the test is negative and the students are not ill or showing symptoms, they may return to school.
If a family member in the same household tests positive while a student is still at school, the student will be considered to have a probable case unless they are vaccinated. A parent or guardian will be called to pick up your child.
Unvaccinated students with a family member who has tested positive must be quarantined for 5 days from the last day of exposure, then may return to school on days 6-10 wearing a mask.
If masking requirements do not slow the spread of the virus in our buildings, we will institute mitigation measures based on the level of spread in our buildings. Please see the image on this page for our mitigation thresholds.
ISD 318 recommends that all people eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine get vaccinated. Increased vaccination rates will help limit the spread of the disease and reduce the need for mitigation measures. There is no requirement to obtain a vaccine.
If a student is showing symptoms at school, we can offer a COVID-19 rapid test with parent permission. If a test is negative, the student would be able to return to class within 30 minutes provided the student is fever-free and symptoms are not disruptive.
The school district has a limited supply of at-home COVID-19 tests upon request from the office in your child's school.
Visitors and Volunteers
Visitors and volunteers are welcome in our buildings. However, just as with students, we would ask that you stay home if you are exhibiting any symptoms, and comply with any masking requirements that may be in place.