Update on the 21-22 School Year and COVID Protocol Survey

Warrenton Hammond School District Families:

We would like your input on the COVID protocols you’d prefer to see in place in our schools this coming school year. 
 
Here is what we know about the 21-22 school year at this point:

  1. Our schools will return to full-time, in-school instruction five days a week. None of the protocols mandated by the state or determined by the district will prevent a return to full-time in-person instruction.
  2. The district will offer an entirely remote learning option as the Warrenton Academy of Virtual Education (WAVE) will be available for students in all grades, K – 12. 
  3. Certain COVID protocols remain required by law and some of these may result in disruption to school, athletics, and activities if COVID cases are found on our campuses.  Specifically: 
    • State law requires the district to exclude for 10 to 14 days students and staff members who test positive for COVID or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID.
    • State law prohibits students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms from being in school. Supervised health rooms in which students can safely isolate if they become ill at school are also required.
    • State law requires students and staff to wear face coverings on school buses, including to and from extracurricular and athletic events.
  4. We anticipate other protocols that were mandated by law last year will be advisory for the upcoming school year.  This is where we would like to hear from you. 

Recent reports of COVID disrupting summer camps, the summer Olympics, and major league baseball show that COVID still may disrupt school this coming school year as well.  In order to keep our students and staff safe and keep our kids in school, some level of COVID safety measures will be needed.  Many of the protocols such as verbal wellness checks, frequent handwashing, and frequent cleaning/sanitizing are easily implemented and pose little disruption to our daily schedule. Others like physical distancing and face coverings are more nuanced with opinions on implementation varying greatly.  

Our goal is to implement COVID protocols this coming school year that are practical, that keep our students & staff safe, and that keep our kids in school. We welcome your input as we develop these protocols for the upcoming school year.    We expect to finalize and publish these protocols by Friday, July 31st.


Thank you for taking the time to complete the brief survey linked here:
 
 
 
Tom Rogozinski
WHSD Superintendent


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