When we return to in-person hybrid learning on Monday, January 11, we are making some adjustments to how we will communicate regarding positive COVID-19 cases in school.
By attending school in-person, your child has the possibility of exposure to COVID-19. To help streamline our communication process, we will no longer be sending out Low Risk exposure notifications or calling all school families when there is a positive case identified in a school.
We will continue to investigate and contact trace positive cases and contact all individuals who were in close contact. We will continue to update the school attendance reports by 12 noon daily. We will also update our COVID-19 metrics dashboard each Friday by 3:00 p.m.
Confirmed Case within a School
When a school is informed of a positive COVID-19 case, district staff will complete contact tracing to identify any close contacts, as defined as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes cumulatively throughout the school day. Individual quarantines and possible classroom closures would be determined on a case-by-case basis by the amount of close contact and risk within each scenario.
Through the contact tracing process, individuals identified as a close contact of a confirmed case be contacted via email, phone and/or text message from the Sheboygan Area School District contact tracing team with specific instructions.
Schools Transitioning between Educational Models
We will be monitoring student attendance on a daily basis. If 20-30% percent of students are absent due to illness and/or in quarantine, we may need to move the school into an online learning model.
School staff absences may also be a trigger to move a school into a virtual learning model when the number of absences among teachers or school staff is impeding student instruction, ability to provide lunch, or other vital school functions.
In addition, shortages of substitutes is a concern in our school buildings. In order to maintain social distancing and limiting cross over between cohorts, schools are unable to combine classrooms if substitute teachers are not available.
In the event a school would transition between educational models, school families would be notified via School Messenger automated phone call, email, and/or text message.
How You Can Help Keep Schools Open
Our goal is to keep students in school in person as much as possible. We can only succeed to keep school functioning if sick students stay home from school. COVID-19 symptoms can be similar to other illnesses, such as the flu or common cold.
We encourage you to utilize resources on our Health & Counseling webpage as well as the Sheboygan County Public Health School Resources for Parents page for the most up-to-date information.