News from School

January 18, 2022

As the weather fluctuates over the next few weeks, stay alert to school updates and be sure students are coming to school with hats, gloves, and warm coats. If you have a need for any of these items, please let us know.

UPCOMING ELEARNING DAY

Our next scheduled eLearning Day will be Wednesday, January 26. Students will participate in virtual learning from home that day. Staff will participating in professional development throughout the day. Please expect coursework to be published in Canvas by 5PM on Tuesday, January 25. eLearning assignments must be completed by Sunday, January 30.

Need to Know Info...

Updated COVID Guidance:

Earlier this week, the CDC released new recommendations related to the isolation and quarantine period for confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with contact tracing related to confirmed cases. In response, WBCCSC will implement the following guidelines beginning on Monday, January 3, 2022:


If you test Positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status (Isolation).


Everyone, regardless of vaccination:

  • Stay home in isolation for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to school.
  • Strongly encouraged to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.


If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.


If You Are Determined a Close Contact to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine).


If you develop symptoms at any time during the 10-day period, get tested and stay home.


If you are vaccinated (defined below):


1. Have been boosted
OR

2. Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR

3. Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months


  • Strongly encouraged to wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on Day 5, if possible.


If you are unvaccinated (defined below):

1. Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR

2. Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR

3. Are unvaccinated


  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • Strongly encouraged to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Test on Day 5, if possible.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Students participating in extra-curricular activities and athletics, who fall in the 6–10-day return window, are strongly encouraged to wear a mask through Day 10 unless they are actively participating in practice or contests. This includes wearing a mask while on the bench, in the dugout or locker room, on the bus, and participating in other team activities or functions.


Confirmed positive cases are still subject to return to play protocol as previously communicated and will not be eligible to compete in an athletic contest until Day 11 at the earliest, after completion of the 5-day return to play protocol in coordination with Witham Sports Medicine and our athletic trainer.


Please adhere to these new guidelines along with continuing to keep your child at home if they are exhibiting any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • A fever of 100.4 degrees or higher and/or chills
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrollable cough that causes difficulty
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • Loss of taste or smell


As a reminder, you may reference our 2021-2022 Return Plan for any information not specifically related to isolation and quarantine period.

I am looking forward to another great semester. Your cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated as we continue to navigate through the trials and tribulations that COVID-19 presents.

Upcoming

January

26 eLearning Day

28 Mid-Term (already!!)


February

3 PTO Meeting in Media Center 6:30PM

21-22 Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Thorntown Elementary School

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