COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Board of Education approved the below mitigation and response measures for the 2021-2022 school year.  This information has been updated to provide additional details based on the presentation to the Board of Education on October 12, 2021. All Board of Education information can be found at www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/about/board-of-education.

Please note, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 in our community. These mitigation measures may change or be updated as new information becomes available.

Enhanced Mitigation Efforts effective Wednesday, October 13

  • 4K - 12th Grade - When active student COVID-19 positive cases reach 5% of the student population at a building, all students, staff members, and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings for a minimum of 7 calendar days, and until the building student positive case rate drops below 5%. See below for additional information on masking requirements. 

Enhanced Mitigation Efforts effective Monday, October 11

    Testing will soon be widely available within the Sheboygan Area School District. We are enhancing our COVID-19 Testing mitigation efforts to meet the needs of our families as we enter cold and flu season.

    • Students who are symptomatic regardless of vaccination status will need a negative COVID-19 test result to return to school. If a family chooses not to test their child, the child will need to remain home for 10 days. They can return on the 11th day if fever-free and symptoms have improved.

    • Unvaccinated close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case who do not develop symptoms can shorten their 10-day quarantine by testing on day 6 or 7 following exposure to return to school on day 8. If a family chooses not to test, the child will need to quarantine for 10 days.

    • Vaccinated close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case may test 3-5 days after their exposure or at any point if they develop symptoms.

    Vaccinations

    • In alignment with the CDC stance that vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy, the District will continue to promote vaccination opportunities for eligible students and staff.
    • Working with local health care providers, on-site clinics will again be offered when individuals ages 11 and below become eligible for the vaccine.

    Facial Coverings/Masks

    • Masks are recommended but optional for all students and staff unless the threshold of positive cases is met.
    • When active student COVID-19 positive cases reach 5% of the student population at a building, all students, staff members, and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings for a minimum of 7 calendar days, and until the building student positive case rate drops below 5%. Exemptions from facial coverings and accommodations will be made when physical, medical, or developmental needs exist and are documented from a medical provider or through the IEP process. Schools will notify families when the threshold is reached and masks will be temporarily required.
    • Masks will be required for riders on all yellow school buses and Shoreline Metro buses.
    • Masking is highly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.

    Symptomatic Individuals

    • Students who are symptomatic regardless of vaccination status will need a negative COVID-19 test result to return to school. If a family chooses not to test their child, the child will need to remain home for 10 days. They can return on the 11th day if fever-free and symptoms have improved.
    • Healthy siblings can attend school as usual.
    • View or Print a Daily Screening document for use at home

    Quarantine of Close Contacts - Household members

    • If vaccinated, quarantine is not necessary, unless symptomatic
    • If unvaccinated, household member(s) would need to follow the quarantine parameters established by the Sheboygan County Public Health Department.
      • Unvaccinated close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case who do not develop symptoms can shorten their 10-day quarantine by testing on day 6 or 7 following exposure to return to school on day 8. If a family chooses not to test, the child will need to quarantine for 10 days.
      • View Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

          Quarantine of Close Contacts - Non-household

            • Parents and staff can check the SASD COVID-19 dashboard and attendance reports daily for updated information pertaining to COVID-19 case numbers at each building.
            • Due to the amount of time spent together in the classroom, letters will be sent to families of elementary students when there are two or more positive COVID-19 cases in a grade level and sent to families of students in self-contained special education classrooms when there is one positive COVID-19 case in a classroom.
            • Schools will also send letters to families when there is an increase in illness impacting over 10% of students.
            • Sheboygan County Public Health Department interviews the positive individual to determine, identify and inform close contacts of their exposure.
            • Unvaccinated close contacts to a positive COVID-19 case who do not develop symptoms can shorten their 10-day quarantine by testing on day 6 or 7 following exposure to return to school on day 8. If a family chooses not to test, the child will need to quarantine for 10 days.
            • View Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

            COVID-19 Testing

            • The WI Department of Health Services is making both antigen and PCR testing available free to all public school districts.
            • The Sheboygan Area School District will participate in the free testing to address outbreak and special event situations.
            • Parents will sign a consent form to have their child participate in testing at school. View more information on our COVID-19 Testing page

            Ventilation

            • Increased outside air flow and exchange levels remain at the highest possible levels in all classrooms and schools. These setting are at or above recommended ventilation levels.
            • HVAC system upgrades took place at South High this summer. Upgrades at other schools are underway.

            Hygiene

            • Handwashing, hand sanitizer, and respiratory etiquette continues to be taught and reinforced across the district.

            Cleaning

            • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures remain in place, including maintaining the additional cleaning staff hired last year.

            Please note: Sheboygan Leadership Academy, as a non-instrumentality charter school, has individual and separate policies regarding COVID-19 mitigation and masking. Please contact Sheboygan Leadership Academy for more information about mask requirements for their students and staff.

            Last updated: October 13, 2021

            Virtual School Options:

            Virtual school options are available at all grade levels. We are offering a virtual elementary school option and middle and high school students have a virtual option through Warriner Schools. Please contact Jason Duff at (920) 459-6493 or jduff@sasd.net for more information.

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