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Mask Mandate Lifted Update

October 26, 2021

We are aware of the Governor’s announcement today (October 26, 2021) lifting the statewide mask mandate with a clause for K-12 schools. We have and will continue to follow CDC Quarantine Guidance. Therefore, effective Wednesday, October 27, 2021, masks are NOT required for students and employees but are recommended for unvaccinated individuals.

Per federal mandate, kindergarten through 12th grade students and employees are still required to wear masks on school buses. 

In the event the community and/or school system’s positivity rate increases, guidance relative to mask mandate modifications will be considered and communicated. We will continue to monitor data when making decisions relative to the safety of our students and employees while following recommended guidance from public health officials. We continue to implement health and safety protocols and contact tracing as outlined in our Stronger Start 2021 Family Guide.

COVID-19 QUARANTINE PROTOCOL:

The CDC has updated its guidance regarding quarantining of close contacts for students only.

  • If a fully vaccinated student is identified as a close contact, the fully vaccinated student DOES NOT need to quarantine. The student should monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms develop, quarantine is needed.
  • If an unvaccinated student is identified as a close contact but both the positive case and the close contact student were engaged in consistent and correct use of a well-fitting mask and were within 3 to 6 feet of each other, then the close contact student DOES NOT have to quarantine unless the student has symptoms. The close contact student should monitor for symptoms through the 10-14 day window, and if any symptoms develop, then the student would be quarantined.
  • If a student has tested positive within 90 days and is identified as a close contact, the student does NOT need to quarantine. The student should monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms develop, quarantine is needed.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.