SHEBOYGAN — At Tuesday evening's meeting, the Sheboygan Area School District Board of Education approved a new masking mitigation requirement for the district.
For all buildings 4K through 12th grade, when active student COVID-19 positive cases reach 5% of the student population at a building, all students, staff members and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings for a minimum of seven calendar days. Exemptions and accommodations will continue to be made for those with physical, medical or developmental needs documented.
If at the end of the seven days, the rate remains above 5%, the requirement will be extended another seven days until the positivity rate drops below 5%.
According to the district's metrics, as of Wednesday, Oct. 13, at noon, this means no buildings have been required to switch to a facial covering requirement.
|SCHOOL||TOTAL ACTIVE CASES - STUDENTS||PERCENT POSITIVE - STUDENTS||TOTAL ACTIVE CASES - STAFF||PERCENT POSITIVE - STAFF||TOTAL PERCENT POSITIVE|
|Lake County Acad.||11||2.61%||0||0.00%||2.35%|
|Pigeon River Elem.||2||0.87%||0||0.00%||0.75%|
|James Mad. Elem.||1||0.36%||1||1.61%||0.59%|
|Horace Mann Mid.||3||0.49%||0||0.00%||0.44%|
|Early Learning Ctr.||1||0.19%||1||1.67%||0.35%|
Though no schools have surpassed the 5% threshold at this time, a motion previously on the floor at the beginning of the discussion would have had one school implementing a mask policy for select students already.
At the September 14 and 28 board meetings, the board and administration discussed at what measure a mask requirement would be made, if at all. The board asked the administration, led by superintendent Seth Harvatine, to present a recommendation for when they would shift from recommended to required in a building.
The first recommendation on the floor detailed a facial covering requirement for 14 calendar days when buildings housing grades 4K-6 reached a 2% positivity rate and grades 7-12 reached a 4% rate. However, several board members raised concerns about such a low percentage rate and also how the requirement would be handled in buildings with students in grades 6-8 since grades would fall into two different categories.
The board finally settled on and voted to approve the 5% rate with a seven day period.
On Monday, the district implemented a policy requiring symptomatic students and staff to have a negative COVID-19 test to return to school or to remain home for 10 days. On-site COVID-19 testing is offered at schools within the district in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.