Updates to Safe Return Plan

Updates to Safe Return Plan
Posted on 11/01/2021
Updates to Safe Return PlanAt the October 25 Clinton School District regular Board of Education meeting, the board approved making face coverings optional for students and staff (face coverings are still required on school buses). The board also approved a threshold of 5%. These changes go into effect tomorrow, October 26th.

If a building reaches 5% or more of their student and staff population absent from school due to quarantine or isolation, that specific building would wear face coverings until their building was below the 5% threshold at the end of the week for two weeks in a row. If a building reaches 5% or higher, the school district will make every attempt to notify students and parents of this change in mask status 24 hours in advance.

The board believes that the newly approved Test to Stay program provides them the opportunity to make masks optional, while still allowing for as many children to stay in school as possible. Test to Stay is a strategy where persons who are identified as a close contact to a case of COVID-19 at school are allowed to continue to attend school and participate in some activities through participation in routine testing following an exposure. The frequent repeat testing would enable the prompt identification and isolation of close contacts who become infected to prevent further transmission of the virus. If a parent is instructed by the Henry County Health Center that their child needs to quarantine due to school exposure, the parent has the option of choosing the Test to Stay program which will allow their child to still attend school. Children can not participate in this program without parent permission or if the exposure is from outside of the school-setting. Test to Stay has been developed by DHSS (Department of Health and Senior Services ) and DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) for use in the school-setting.

The number one priority of the board and school district has been to safely keep students in school. The district’s masking policy has allowed over 300 students to continue to attend school during the first two months of this school year. The Clinton School District appreciates the support from families and the community as they continue to navigate this school year.
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