Pandemic Response Plan

COVID Protocols (9/22/21)

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is to notify you of changes made by the Board of Education on 9/20/21.  

Beginning on Thursday, 9/23/21:

-All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering while at school, during normal school hours.

  • If a student is unable to wear a mask, the school must have a note from a medical provider to exempt them from wearing a mask

-If a student has COVID-like symptoms (any one of the following: cough, new loss of taste or smell, shortness breath OR any two or more of the following: fever >100.4, body aches, fatigue, congested or runny nose, severe headache, sore throat, vomiting/nausea, or diarrhea):

  • The symptomatic student must have a negative PCR COVID-19 Test result before returning to school.

  • If not tested, the student must remain out of school for 10 days from symptom onset.

  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student can remain in school until the symptomatic student is confirmed positive.  If confirmed positive, siblings and household members will follow quarantine guidelines from Richland County Public Health.

-If a student or staff member tests positive:

  • notification will be sent to the parents and guardians of children in the same class(es) as the individual who tested positive.

  • The individual that tested positive is required to isolate at home as directed by the public health department.

  • Parents and guardians of potential close contacts have the option to quarantine their child at home for 14 days, after exposure, but are not required to do so.  Please contact the school office if you plan to keep your child home.

  • If your child has been identified as a potential close contact, they may continue to attend school; however, symptom monitoring is required for 14 days from the date of last exposure with the positive individual.

The Board of Education has made these decisions in the hopes of keeping our students in school and receiving face-to-face instruction, while also being as safe as possible.  Please be advised this guidance may not reflect the guidance from other entities, including CDC, DHS, and Richland County Public Health.

Richland County COVID 19 Information                      City of Richland Center COVID 19 Information

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