Since the start of school 6 weeks ago, there are many new pieces of information that serve our decision-making as we deal with COVID positive cases, exposure and related quarantine responses. The most significant change in our knowledge is the fact that we are dealing with real cases now, not projections or simulated scenarios.
Because of this, we want to communicate how we are managing positive cases and related updates to procedures:
We are updating our exposure and contact tracing procedures to reflect current WHO (World Health Organization) guidance which recommends a 3 foot rule rather than the 6 foot rule. With agreement of our local public health district, people who are wearing masks and do not come within 3 feet of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes, do not require a quarantine period.
For those who must be quarantined, the 14 day period is in effect.
Our priority and goal is to have and keep all of our students in school. We are navigating the unknown the best we can. Every situation has presented its own unique challenges and characteristics. Consequently, there are variations in how each are handled. There is no one size fits all here. Having said that, we are striving to be consistent in applying recommendations. However, differing timelines of when we know about confirmed cases, will lead to variations. Overall safety is a consistent goal.
In all of this, we add a caution. Our experience has been consistent with national trends thus far. Adults are the biggest contributor to student quarantines as they are the higher numbers of cases. We point this out to ask that as you make decisions there is a consideration of the ability to keep students in-school, in-person. We ask that you help us with our overall mitigation strategies. We are hopeful that the entire school community can support these efforts.