November 4, 2020
Per ODE’s Guidance
Masks must be worn at all times in school. Masks must fit properly, covering nose and chin. Mask use includes hallways, restrooms, classrooms, playground, gym, buses, and all other locations on campus. Masks must be either cloth or disposable. Cloth masks should be washed between daily use. Face shields do not count as a mask/face covering. Neck gaiters are not allowable. (as per ODE’s guidance)
***Face shields are allowable in situations where an individuals tongue and mouth must be viewed, i.e. speech therapy work with some phonics instruction.
October 30, 2020
Dear Parent, Students, Staff, and Community:
Today the Governor announced “new” metrics for schools to meet to be able to offer in-person education. The new metrics for our county require us to meet these two standards to be able to stay open with K-12 in-person instruction: 1) Have less than 30 cases over 14 days and 2) Have less than a 5% positivity rate. We must meet both standards to offer in person K-12 instruction (remain as we currently are). Currently we meet standard number 1, but we do not meet standard number 2 (test positivity rate). As a result, we would be able to offer K-6 in-person instruction only with 7th-12th grade moving to online learning, however, we are grandfathered in at this point so we are able to continue to offer K-12 in-person instruction. We are grandfathered in until January 4th, 2021. On January 4th, 2021 we must meet both standards to remain open to in-person K-12 education. To be honest I am confident that we can meet standard 1 (less than 30 cases in two weeks), but I am worried about meeting standard 2 (less than 5% positivity rate). We will continue to do all we can to make sure we can keep our students coming to school for in-person education, but it is definitely a team effort. The new guidance announced today will take some time to digest, so look for more updates the first of the week as we make sense of all the updates.
Enjoy some of the last warm days of the year!