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Start of School Update 7/31/2020 and Masks Survey

July 31, 2020

Dear Bulldog Families,

As the school year nears and we are continuing to follow the situation with COVID-19, I wanted to update you on a few more things as we are now about 2 weeks out from students entering our doors.  As our mission statement says, our objective “is to provide learning opportunities for all students to become responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.”  We feel that our best chance of doing this is to ensure a safe learning environment in which our students are in the classroom. 

In communication with the Health Departments, they are taking more control of when students can and cannot be in the school so I wanted to inform you of what that would look like. 

Positive test:  If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be removed from school until

  1. They are fever free for at least 24 hours,
  2. Other symptoms are no longer present (cough, shortness of breath, etc.), AND
  3. It has been at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

Where this becomes complicated is when they talk about quarantining students based on EXPOSURE.  The Health Department will ask 3 questions:

  1. Were you within 6ft of the person diagnosed with COVID?
  2. Were you around them for more than 10 minutes?
  3. Were you wearing a mask?

If the student that was exposed was wearing a mask, they will NOT require them to quarantine.  If they were not wearing a mask they would be mandated, by the health department, to quarantine.  Although we are not requiring face masks to start the year, we are highly recommending for the reasons above.  If students are wearing masks, there is a very small likelihood that they will be asked to quarantine.  Since our goal is to keep kids in school, it would be a good idea to wear masks whenever possible and/or keep social distancing.  We are going to do our best to keep students 6ft from each other, but it is not possible to ensure that it happens in all circumstances.  When we are unable to keep social distancing, we may ask students to have a mask. 

With all this being said, we have a donor that has offered to purchase face masks with bulldog logos for grades 6-12 and I have purchased some cloth masks for students in all grades that would be interested.  We also have purchased some face shields for lower elementary students and staff.  If families wish to purchase and bring their own masks, they are more than welcome.  Now that you have this information, we are requesting you fill out a survey about voluntarily wearing face masks.

Survey on masks

Sincerely,

Dr. Jason Lavaley

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