The Jefferson City School District released its fall reentry plans Friday morning. However, the district is waiting until the week prior to the first day of school before making a decision on whether to require masks for staff and students.
“The mask requirement for staff and students was lifted for the last two weeks of summer school and we were hopeful we would be able to begin the school year without a mask requirement,” Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum said in a letter to families. “However, with the recent trend of new positive cases in our community and everything we are learning about the transmissibility of the Delta variant, we do not feel comfortable making a final decision on masks at this time.”
JCSD plans to announce by Aug. 16 whether students and staff will be required to wear masks in school buildings.
The district’s plans for the 2021-2022 school year include seven key priorities: increased sanitation efforts, social distancing, staff and student screening measures, personal protective equipment (PPE), limits on visitors, virtual education options and procedures for positive cases.
Some rules that were in place last year will be removed or modified for this school year.
According to the reentry plan, some schools will allow students to eat meals in the cafeteria again. Students will once again be able to go on field trips and move out of primary classrooms for specials such as PE and music.
However, those changes come with safety precautions. Students will remain in small groups and cohorts for lunches and specials, and seating charts will be used for classes, meals, and buses.
When it comes to screening measures, JC Schools says it will no longer monitor thermal cameras or scan temperatures in car lines. The district says the cameras will still notify staff if they catch a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
JCSD’s plan includes continued use of Launch, an online education platform the district used last school year. Virtual learners will still be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities if they meet MSHSAA requirements.
The district says it will also continue conducting contact tracing investigations when a student or staff member contracts COVID-19. If a close contact cannot prove they either have been fully vaccinated or are immune, they will be required to quarantine.
According to the reentry plan, non-essential visitors and parents will not be allowed in school buildings. Essential visitors will be required to wear masks while in school buildings.
Masks will continue to be required on buses for students and staff.
You can read the full reentry plan below.
Missouri COVID-19 hospitalizations surpass 2,100
Coronavirus hospitalizations continue to climb in the Show-Me State, with the latest data showing 2,125 people were in Missouri hospitals on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s hospitalizations were the highest recorded in the state since Jan. 21, according to the state health dashboard.
State hospitalization dashboard on Aug. 6.
The number of patients in the ICU dropped by five statewide. The count of 634 patients receiving intensive care for the virus on Tuesday is just 51 below Missouri’s peak in December.
For the third day in a row, state health officials recorded more than 20 deaths in 24 hours. The dashboard showed an additional 21 new deaths Friday morning, bringing the pandemic’s death toll up to 9,819.
New confirmed cases dropped below 3,000 Friday. Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services recorded 2,548 additional confirmed cases, bringing the total to 583,415.
The state health dashboard also reported 709 new probable COVID-19 cases. In total, 113,654 probable cases have been discovered through antigen testing.
The seven-day COVID-19 positivity rate remained high Friday morning, though it dropped slightly to 15%.
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