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Communication Update From Superintendent Dave Harper 11-23-2020

Communication - 11/23/2020

Community members,

We have had to quarantine several students here at school due to them not wearing their masks, and the student who was positive did not have their masks on. This was an avoidable situation if both individuals had their masks on. We are required to send home the students for 14 days. These students are not showing symptoms, and we have not seen many students sick.

In order to keep students in school and learning face to face, we will start requiring all students on December 1st in all classrooms to wear masks. Once they walk through that classroom door, they will be expected to have a mask on with no other option. This will include buses, and each driver will have disposable masks. This will ensure we do not have to send students home unnecessarily to quarantine and keep them in school. The students will be required to wear masks in all classrooms regardless of the size. There will be some incidents where teachers working with hearing disabilities will need to modify our procedures, but those are few and far between. The only expectation to this is when students are at lunch, PE, passing time, practices, or recess time. During these times, students are never in close contact for 15 minutes, and we do not have to contact trace during this time.

Thank you for understanding and supporting these new procedures. We are doing this so we do not have to send students home for 14 days to quarantine. The best place for students to learn is here at school, and we will continue to do our best to provide a safe and educationally challenging environment. We will evaluate the situation in the future to determine if we need to adjust our mask posture. Again, this upgraded mask posture will go into effect on December 1st.

We will get through this ordeal together, and we will be better on the other side. Our intent is to keep students in our face to face model. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 641-224-2524.

Thank you

Dave