PLYMOUTH — With school right around the corner, districts are beginning to roll out their mitigation measures for the upcoming year. As COVID-19 cases begin to rise again, there are many questions what schools will be doing to help mitigate the spread.
Here's a breakdown of the Plymouth Joint School District's 2021-22 COVID-19 mitigation strategies, which can be found on the district's website.
Will students/staff be required to wear masks?
Masks/facial coverings will be recommended but optional for all students and stuff, and remain highly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals. Masks will be required for riders on all school buses per federal mandates.
In it's guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools, the CDC has recommended universal indoor masking by all students ages 2 and over regardless of vaccination status as of Aug. 12.
Will COVID-19 vaccinations be required for students or staff?
The district will continue to promote vaccination opportunities for eligible students and staff in alignment with the CDC's stance.
As of Aug. 12, children under the age of 12 are still not eligible to receive the vaccine. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine according to the CDC's guidance.
Will students and staff be quarantined?
Any individual who is feeling ill will be encouraged to stay home. If an individual has a fever in combination with other symptoms, they will need to be fever-free at least 24 hours before returning.
The district will once again send out notifications of potential exposure. If unvaccinated, parents or staff members will be asked to monitor symptoms for 14 days. Vaccinated individuals should also monitor symptoms and stay home if any arise.
If a household member has been identified as a close contact, quarantine is not necessary for those who have been vaccinated. For those unvaccinated, household members should follow the quarantine parameters established by the Sheboygan County Public Health Department.
Will students and staff have to follow social distancing?
Instruction will be provided in classrooms using regular district class size guidelines with optimal use of physical distancing and use of outdoor learning spaces.
A virtual schooling option will also be available for students grades 1-12, and sign up is required by Aug. 15 for the first semester.
Will transportation and free meals be available?
Normal bus routes and capacity levels will be implemented. Facial coverings will be required for those on school bussing per federal regulations.
Meals will be distributed using routine food service processes including students eating in the cafeteria in cohort groups. The USDA has also extended its free meal offering to all students through the 2021-22 school year.
Will before/after school programming and extracurriculars be available?
Child care will be available at each elementary school, but adults will have limited access to buildings and classrooms. Pre-planned meetings may occur but no volunteer access will be granted to begin the school year.
Regular programming and seasonal schedules will be implemented along with regular attendance at indoor and outdoor events. Traditional programming and community recreation opportunities will be offered as well.