In formulating this Plan, our Leadership Team took into consideration the following points from the CDC:
The Omicron variant is much more communicable than previous versions of COVID-19 and is spreading throughout the US and world. And there has been a recent surge in cases locally.
Research is revealing that even those vaccinated can carry the virus in their airways, so caution is advised for ALL individuals.
#2 IN-PERSON LEARNING
All authorities–from the US President to the CDC to the American Federation of Teachers–agree that in person learning is a priority for our society as a whole: for the academic, social, and emotional development of our students and for parents’ ability to work without concerns about their children’s care and progress if at home.
“Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.” (CDC)
“Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.” (CDC)
Additionally, CDC policy is that “in the K–12 indoor classroom settings, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore masks the entire time.“
“Layered prevention strategies are recommended: screening testing, temperature sensors, handwashing, masks, enhanced ventilation, social distancing of at least three feet and other hygiene measures.” (CDC)
Our Action Plan
We are fully in-person, and offer online learning only if international students are unable to travel back to campus on time.
We encourage vaccination for all students and employees, but are not mandating vaccination. Most of our teachers have been vaccinated but we cannot disclose individual status.
If you or your children have cold symptoms or suspect that you may have been exposed COVID-19, you can schedule a free test through Hy-Vee Pharmacy: https://www.doineedacovid19test.com
We will strongly encourage mask wearing when in the school buildings, while also allowing periodic “mask breaks” and places where individual students can remove their masks temporarily if needed. As per Iowa state law, we cannot require students or school employees to wear masks.
We will continue temperature screening and hand sanitizer on entry, hand washing, social distancing, and other hygiene measures in our food serving area as our layered protection protocol. We also ask that students and staff stay home whenever they have symptoms of infectious illness: fever, cough, chills, etc.
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