We consider the following as fundamental premises, at present:
The Delta 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.
But new 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 “returning to in-person learning in the fall is a priority.” (CDC)
“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)
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 will be fully in-person, and will offer online learning only if a few students are unable to travel back to campus on time.
We encourage vaccination for all students age 12 and older and for employees, but are not mandating vaccination. Most of our teachers have been vaccinated but we cannot disclose individual instances.
All members of the school community will be asked to come to the school for a saliva COVID test prior to the first day of school (August 23rd): students, faculty, staff. The date for testing will be announced soon.
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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Fairfield, IA, 52556
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