SHEBOYGAN — 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 look at measures proposed by the Sheboygan Area School District Board of Education as of the July 28 meeting.
Will students/staff be required to wear facial coverings?
Facial coverings will be optional for all students and staff. The district ended last school year requiring masks but voted to adopt the policy to make masks optional for all summer school and programming.
Information regarding the CDC and AAP recommendations for students younger than 12 and unvaccinated adults will be shared.
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. 5.
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, but will not require them. At the end of last school year, the district even held its own pop-up vaccination clinics in coordination with Prevea.
As of Aug. 9, 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.
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?
SASD will be providing instruction in classrooms using regular district class size guidelines as the CDC recommends now maintaining 3 feet of physical distance, down from 6 feet.
An online learning option will be available for all students 4K-12 that will be administered through George Warriner Schools.
Will transportation and free meals be available?
The USDA has extended its free meal offering to all students through the 2021-22 school year. Meals will be distributed using the routine processes, including allowing students to eat in the cafeteria.
Normal bus routes and capacities will also be implemented, but facial coverings will be required on busses per federal regulations.
Will before/after school programming and extracurriculars be available?
Before and after school programming will occur at each elementary school free of charge. Traditional programming and community recreation will also be offered through the Community Recreation Department.
Regular athletics and co-curricular opportunities and schedules will also be implemented.
The SASD Board of Education will meet again on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Stay tuned with coverage at sheboygansun.com for any updates or changes.