21-22 Safety Protocols for Returning to Schools

21-22 Safety Protocols for Returning to Schools
Posted on 07/27/2021

8/3/2021 Update
Health & Safety

7/27/2021 Update
We are excited to welcome our Comets back to school for a safe and more “normal” learning experience for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Mason City School District continues to use our local public health partners and state’s guidance to inform how we ensure a safe and successful school year. 

Below are anticipated protocols for the upcoming school year. If we have learned anything through the pandemic, however, it is the importance of being able to adjust and adapt as needed. We continue to monitor conditions and data in partnership with our local public health partners, and will update protocols as needed. 


Face Coverings/Masks

- While at school it’s strongly recommended, but not required, that unvaccinated students and staff wear a face covering/mask while indoors. If requirements change, Mason will adjust as well. 


- Due to a federal requirement for mass transit, students and staff must wear a face covering/mask on school buses. If requirements change, Mason will adjust as well. 


Vaccinations & COVID Protocols

- Warren County has the highest level of vaccinations in southwest Ohio, and is in the top 10 in the state (see statistics here). The Mason City School District has the highest level of vaccination rates in the county. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for individuals 12 years and older. Proof of vaccination will not be required of students or staff to attend school/work. 


- The Mason City School District does not order quarantines or isolations, but instead works with Warren County Health Department officials in contact tracing and communicating cases.


- Students and staff with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate at home for 10 days from the positive test or onset of symptoms. 


- Students who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID while at school will need to quarantine. Families will be able to request a free rapid test kit as supplies last. Students’ assignments will be posted on Schoology or SeeSaw during their quarantine.


- Students and staff will be encouraged to practice personal health hygiene, including covering their cough, washing their hands and staying home when sick.


- Staff and families should review Mason’s health assessment before coming to school each day. By staying home when you or your child are not feeling well, you will not only help protect others from COVID, but will also help stop the spread of illnesses such as the flu.


Other Logistics for 2021-22

- Classrooms and other learning spaces will once again utilize more personalized and collaborative seating arrangements. 


- Families and community members will once again be able to attend small and large events, including performances and athletic games.


- Regular school meals will continue to be provided free of charge to all students thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Even so, if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch it’s extremely important to fill out the free/reduced meal application to continue to receive discounted services, like waiving school activity fees, receiving school supplies, and receiving supplemental food and personal care items.


- Daily disinfection and enhanced cleaning will continue.


- Visitors are welcomed in our schools. Each school will share opportunities and protocols for their families.


Tomorrow, families will receive communication about schedules and teacher/team assignments. We know this is a highly anticipated day for families and children. Check out the Back to School Headquarters which is jam-packed with important dates and information. 

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