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Amendment to COVID-19 Plan

AMENDMENT TO COVID-19 PLAN:

As the District works through the challenges of COVID-19, we continue to review protocols as new information is received.  One of the biggest challenges associated with operating schools this fall has been that of contact tracing and the subsequent issue of quarantines for close contacts.

Depending on a variety of factors such as the onset of symptoms, testing timelines, and communication between the Department of Health, the patient, and the District, close contacts are sometimes not determined until well into the recommended quarantine period.

While symptoms can develop 2-14 days following exposure, the Centers for Disease Control reports that the median timeline for developing illness following exposure is 4-5 days. The exclusion of students from school for any longer than necessary can be harmful to a child’s educational, social, and emotional development.

The Langford Area Board of Education has adopted a modified procedure for students that have been in close contact with positive cases of COVID-19 that will allow them to return to the classroom on the sixth day following exposure under the condition that they remain asymptomatic and wear a face covering during their recommended 14 day quarantine period. Students may also return to their school-based activities according to this timeline.  For a detailed look at this procedure change, the amendment is posted on the school’s website.

The procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19 remains unchanged and require a minimum isolation period of ten days, being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, and a general improvement in symptoms. The Department of Health is responsible for releasing individuals from their isolation periods.

We continue to ask for your help in keeping our students, school staff, and community safe and healthy. Actively monitor the symptoms of your children. Please have them stay home if they are sick keeping in mind that many people, especially young people, infected with COVID-19 will have only mild symptoms. Wear a mask in group settings to reduce the likelihood of asymptomatic transmission, especially when physical distancing is not possible. Practice good hand hygiene.

We will continue to carefully and thoughtfully monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our students and staff alongside any changes to the public health recommendations.  Our primary goal this year has been to preserve in-person learning for our students. Giving parents and students the option of returning to regular instruction in the school environment during their recommended quarantine period provided the student wears a mask will help us to balance the goal of in-person instruction for all students with the need to preserve a safe and healthy environment for students and staff members.