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

Starting Wednesday, January 12, the Sheboygan Area School District will adjust isolation and quarantine guidelines to at least 5 days, as outlined by the CDC. CDC recommends a shortened isolation and quarantine period given what is known right now about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Please visit the CDC webpage on Quarantine and Isolation for detailed guidelines, definitions, and frequently asked questions.

If students or staff test positive:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days.
    • Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected
  • You can return to school on day 6 if fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving.
  • Wear a mask for 10 full days.
  • Household members who are not up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations should not attend school and follow the exposure protocol below. Please contact your child’s school office to inform them of close contact quarantine.

    COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic Isolation Guidance Infographic

    What To Do If You Test Positive or Have Symptoms - WI Dept of Public Health Infographic

      If students or staff were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations:

      • Stay home for at least 5 full days
      • The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19.
      • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had contact with someone with COVID-19
      • Wear a mask for 10 full days
      • Household close contact quarantine begins on the last day of contact with the positive household member, or after the positive household member’s quarantine is complete if unable to isolate within the household

      COVID Exposure Infographic NOT up-to-date on Vaccine

      After Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19 Infographic

      Please note, students and staff also have the option of choosing a 10 day isolation, if that is preferred or recommended based on your personal situation.

      If students or staff were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination, or had COVID-19 within the past 90 days:

      • You do not need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms
      • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had contact with someone with COVID-19
      • Wear a mask for 10 full days 

      COVID Exposure Infographic up-to-date on Vaccine

      After Close Contact with Someone with COVID-19 Infographic

      Symptomatic Individuals:

      • Students or staff who are symptomatic regardless of vaccination status should remain home for at least 5 days.
      • Symptomatic individuals can provide a negative COVID-19 test result to return to school sooner, or return on the 6th day if fever-free and symptoms have improved.
      • Healthy siblings or household members can attend school as usual.

      COVID-19 Positive or Symptomatic Isolation Guidance Infographic

      What To Do If You Test Positive or Have Symptoms - WI Dept of Public Health Infographic


      COVID-19 Testing

      • View more information on our COVID-19 Testing page
      • 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 is participating in the free testing offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and COVID Clinic. 

      Vaccinations

      • Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines (CDC website)
      • Find local vaccine availability at www.vaccine.gov or through Sheboygan County Public Health
      • 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 5% 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.

        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: January 11, 2022

        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.