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Update from Superintendent Harper

Communication Update – 9-29-2020

Families,

I want to give you an update on what the school is doing after the Governor announced the changes regarding masks, contact tracing and positive cases in schools.

Below is the guidance that was sent out by the state.

For Schools, close contacts of COVID-19 confirmed cases will not need to be quarantined for 14 days if a face covering was worn by both people during the exposure.

• Both people need to be wearing a face covering during the exposure to prevent the quarantine.

• Any type of face covering is acceptable. Please remind students and staff to wear the face covering correctly, with it covering both the nose and mouth. However, a face shield is not considered a face covering and quarantine is still required if one or more people are wearing a face shield only.

• People currently in quarantine may discontinue that quarantine if both people were wearing a face covering at the time of exposure.

• This is not a replacement for social distancing, but it should reduce the number of quarantines from school settings.

• Household contacts and contacts in health care settings will still have the 14 day quarantine recommendation.

Again… if an exposure took place (less than 6 ft for more than 15 consecutive minutes), there is no quarantine for exposed individuals if both people were wearing face coverings.

We are going to ask all of our students to wear masks on the bus and when they cannot social distance in the classroom. Social Distance is defined as being farther than 6 feet apart for less than 15 consecutive minutes. This does not mean students will be wearing masks every minute they are at school. This only applies when they cannot social distance and are going to be in close contact which is less then 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes.

We will encourage students to bring their own mask to school, but we will have a supply of masks in each of the offices. Bus drivers will have a supply of masks starting on Wednesday for students to wear. We are not going to become the mask police and give students detention for not wearing a mask. We will continue to remind them to put their mask on during those time they are in close contact. Our staff will spread students out in the classrooms the best they can to reduce the number of times students are in close contact with each

We are doing this to ensure we are keeping kids in school and not having to send them home for two weeks per the state guidance. We had to send numerous students home three different times so far this year due to being exposed. I firmly believe face to face is the best environment for our students to learn. By increasing our mask posture this will ensure we are keeping kids in school. If you have questions, please feel free to give me a call at 641-224-2524.

Dave Harper

Update from Superintendent Harper

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