Every week we have shared updates with you regarding Covid and quarantining practices. As you know the district has been monitoring the overall health of our students and staff as well as guidance from the Portage County Health Department.
It was our hope that covid cases would stay out of our schools and would not impact our students’ learning. Unfortunately this is not the case.
While we had positive Covid students and staff last school year, most of those cases were from close contacts outside of school or through athletics. There were no confirmed cases from classroom transmission. That is no longer the case.
😷 As of this letter there are 152 students in quarantine, many of whom have to quarantine outside of school per health department regulation. We have documented an increase in student absences across the district, and have identified COVID transmission within our classrooms.
We had to cancel our first home football game and reschedule our PTA tailgate event – – all this in the first eight days of school.
Last year, students were able to attend school virtually while quarantining. The legislation that allowed districts to offer this as a service has not been reenacted for our current school year.
This change in legislation requires that many of our close contacts have to quarantine outside of school and miss valuable instructional time.
⚠️ As of Monday morning, August 30th, we are requiring masks to be worn by all students, staff and visitors to our school buildings and indoor facilities, regardless of vaccination status. This includes all indoor sporting events.
Masks continue to be mandated for buses. Spectators at outdoor athletic events are strongly encouraged to wear masks when they are unable to distance from others outside of their family.
The athletic director and coaches are implementing additional strategies to prevent exposure and building principals will share updates through building newsletters. Mask exemptions on file from last school year will continue to be in effect for this year.
Collectively we are tired of Covid-19, but we must work together over the coming weeks to keep our kids in the classrooms and on the athletic fields; enjoying all that school has to offer.
Thank you for working with the school and your fellow community members. This is a team effort and we can be successful by working together.
Have a great evening and Go Rockets!
Director of Student Services