Muscle Shoals City Schools

August 12, 2022

FALL 2022 Updates to School Operations

Introduction

This is a modified school operations plan for the Fall 2022 semester.

Please know that MSCS will continue to implement practical health and wellness procedures in coordination with the State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

After battling this pandemic for over two years now, we know the types of behaviors by individuals that can slow the spread of COVID-19. It is vital that each person in the Muscle Shoals faMily take the steps necessary to protect themselves and others from infection. It is the responsibility of ALL OF US to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


This plan IS NOT intended to be comprehensive of all the precautions that MSCS will take.


As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we acknowledge the seemingly ever-changing aspect of guidance we receive from state and federal health officials. Hence, this plan is subject to change without notice, but as always, your child's safety and wellbeing are of utmost importance as we also work to provide a high quality educational experience.

As we have done since the summer of 2020, we will continue to monitor the community spread of COVID-19 and alert you to any changes impacting school operations.

District Health Protocols (As of 8/11/2022)

CDC Update as of August 11, 2022


Screening
- Parents should continue to screen children at home for signs or symptoms of any illness. As always, a child with a temperature of 100.4 shall remain at home and will not be permitted to return to school for 24 hours after the temperature is back to normal. If the child tests positive for COVID, follow COVID positive guidelines for isolation/quarantine below.


Symptoms of COVID-19


Isolation guidance for COVID positive **AS OF August 11, 2022**

If an individual is diagnosed with COVID, he/she should isolate or quarantine for at least 5 days from the onset of symptoms or diagnosis (whichever comes first) and consistently and properly wear a mask for 5 additional days. This applies to asymptomatic and mildly ill people!


Individuals who refuse to (or cannot) mask or continue to exhibit symptoms should continue to follow the 10 day isolation guidance (and be fever free for at least 24 hours). Individuals who exhibit major symptoms of COVID should also follow the 10 day isolation guidance.


New isolation guidance for COVID exposure **AS OF August 11, 2022**

Quarantine is no longer recommended for people who are exposed to COVID-19 except in certain high-risk congregate settings such as correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and nursing homes. In schools and ECE settings, which are generally not considered high-risk congregate settings, people who were exposed to COVID-19 should follow recommendations to wear a well-fitting mask and get tested after the 5th day following the last exposure. K-12 school and ECE administrators can decide how to manage exposures based on the local context and benefits of preserving access to in-person learning.

Accommodations may be necessary for exposed people who cannot wear a mask or have difficulty wearing a well-fitting mask. Schools and ECE programs can also consider recommending masking and/or testing for a classroom in which a student was recently exposed who is unable to consistently and correctly wear a mask.


Facial Coverings (Masks) - Masks are made to contain droplets and particles that you breathe, cough, or sneeze out. A variety of masks are available. Some masks provide a higher level of protection than others.


When wearing a mask or respirator (for example, N95), it is most important to choose one that you can wear correctly, that fits closely to your face over your mouth and nose, that provides good protection, and that is comfortable for you.

Each school campus will have facial coverings (masks) available for student or staff use.

Increasing Space and Distance - Small particles that people breathe out can contain virus particles. The closer you are to a greater number of people, the more likely you are to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. To avoid this possible exposure, you may want to avoid crowded areas, or keep distance between yourself and others. These actions also protect people who are at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 in settings where there are multiple risks for exposure.


Personal Hygiene - Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and throughout the hallways of each campus. Staff will constantly encourage hand washing and proper ways to sneeze and cough to slow the spread of germs.

Water Fountains - Will be open, but staff and students are encouraged to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains. Some water fountains are equipped with touchless bottle filling stations.

Exposure, quarantine, and contact tracing - Schools are required to report suspected and diagnosed COVID-19 cases, just as they are required to report other communicable diseases in the school environment, such as chickenpox and measles. When COVID-19 cases are identified in or reported to a school, they must be reported to public health using the Online COVID-19 Report Card. In addition, schools are required to report outbreaks of any kind, including outbreaks of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


This message should not be interpreted that we will require any individual to prove or reveal their vaccination status.

Vaccination

While not a requirement to attend school, vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help keep students in school for in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports.

From the CDC: Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
Definition of Being Fully Vaccinated

Vaccine Eligibility


Please remember that the COVID vaccine, like all vaccines, is not 100% effective. Everyone should expect to hear of breakthrough cases (i.e. fully vaccinated people who contract the virus). That does not mean that the vaccine is not effective. To the contrary, vaccinated people who test positive generally experience milder symptoms and less hospitalizations.


Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (ADPH)
Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine (CDC)

Getting Your Vaccine (CDC)

Find A Vaccine (CDC)
After You Are Vaccinated (CDC)

This message should not be interpreted that we will require any individual to prove or reveal their vaccination status.

International Travel

MSCS will follow CDC guidance on international travel for all students and staff. It is important to note that CDC does not recommend international travel until you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.The link below contains recommendations for fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people.


https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html

Limitations or enhanced health/safety protocols may be imposed at at time on

Assemblies and special events

Extracurricular events

Daytime field trips

Visitors on campus

Bus transportation

Meal service

Cleaning protocols

Use of lockers

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Each school will communicate arrival and dismissal procedures.

Scheduling

Each school will communicate scheduling plans.

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

There will be a systematic review of all current student plans (e.g., Individual Healthcare Plans, Individualized Education Plans, or 504 Plans) for accommodating students with special needs, and their plans will be updated as needed.

Disclaimer

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