New Quarantine Guidance for Schools Option
As you may be have heard, this week Governor Stitt announced a new quarantine option for schools. Basically speaking, this option gives schools the authority to no longer quarantine students and staff from school if they are found to be close contacts to a positive COVID case within the school setting. However, in order to maintain a safe environment, there are criteria that must be met to enact this option as well as many in-school limitations that are placed on those identified close contacts. Consequently, we do not believe that we can implement this new option effectively and continue to strive to offer a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
Based on the experience of the first half of the 2020-2021 school year, we were able to offer in person learning for almost the entire semester at all sites. Although we unfortunately have had individual students experience more than their share of educational interruptions, experience suggests that our current quarantine practices and other mitigation efforts have been successful in keeping our doors open. So it is our plan at this time NOT to adopt the new quarantine guidelines. We will continue practicing our current protocols in hopes of continuing to maintain a safe environment while also providing in person learning for all.
As always, thank you for your flexibility, patience, understanding and support for our school as we navigate these uncertain conditions. Have a good weekend and stay safe.