Masks, proof of vaccine or negtive test for staff, quarantine and more
Dear 287 Families,
The Mayo Clinic, in an article this week, said that the delta variant is so contagious that kids who aren’t vaccinated stand a good chance to contract COVID-19. Dr. Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious disease physician, said, “… you’re really making the choice between getting vaccinated or getting COVID-19. This delta variant is just that contagious.”
Our safety precautions are designed to continue to protect the vulnerable populations that we serve, many of which are not able to be vaccinated at this time. While we may be among a handful of districts currently planning the level of protection we are proposing, my first and foremost responsibility is to protect our students.
Last night the School Board approved a resolution for emergency adoption of three policies related to face-coverings, proof of vaccination or negative test, and quarantining. The Board will take action on these policies on August 26, 2021.
Face-Covering Policy: If approved, the face-covering policy would require students, staff, and visitors to wear a face-covering in any District 287 building, regardless of vaccination status. There will be necessary exemptions from this requirement, similar to those in effect for the 2020-21 school year. The policy would take effect Monday, August 30, 2021.
Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Policy for District 287 Staff: If approved, the policy gives staff the choice to either show proof of vaccination or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Getting vaccinated, or not, is a personal choice that will be respected. This policy would not require vaccinations for staff.
Note that we strongly recommend that students 12 years and older get the COVID-19 vaccination; however, it will not be required to attend school.
Quarantining policy: If approved, the policy would provide differentiated quarantine guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals given a positive case of COVID-19 or potential exposure as a close contact.
We are quickly but thoroughly laying the groundwork to implement these policies upon their adoption by the Board. We thank you for your patience over the next several weeks as we put action steps in place and communicate the specifics of our safety plans to staff and families. We will continue to communicate with you as more details are available.