August 12, 2021
Parents and Guardians,
We understand there is a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and I want to make sure you understand our process going forward this school year. On August 5th, 2021, the Ohio Department of Health published new requirements that strongly emphasize vaccinations and masks as preventative measures. Of importance to note is that vaccinations and masking are tools for students to AVOID having to miss school due to quarantine.
For the 2021-2022 school year, the Windham Exempted Village Schools will have masks optional in the buildings but strongly recommended. However, masking will be required at ALL times on our buses per the CDC order requiring passengers and drivers to wear a mask on all public transportation vehicles. We are fortunate to have plenty of masks available if you are in need of some for your students. If your child rides a bus to or from school, goes on a field trip or is involved in extracurricular/cocurricular activities like sports, band, robotics or quizbowl, they will need to be masked when on our buses.
I want to share the new quarantine and isolation rules so you understand what will happen should you student test positive OR come into contact with someone who tests positive.
If your child tests positive for COVID, keep your child home and contact the school immediately.
If you child comes into contact with someone who tests positive for COVID you will either:
Keep them home for 10 days in quarantine because they are NOT vaccinated and were NOT wearing a mask
They will continue to come to school because they ARE vaccinated but they must wear a mask for 14 days. In addition, you MUST produce your child’s vaccination card to prove they have been vaccinated. This is the only proof the district will accept that your child has been vaccinated.
They will continue to come to school because they are not vaccinated but DID wear a mask while in the building and will continue to wear a mask
If we reach 10% of students and staff in isolation and/or quarantine, we will move to mandatory masks until we can get that number below 10%. For our district, that means if roughly 60 people are quarantined or isolated, we will have everyone mask up until we can get below 10%. You will be notified by the all call system if this occurs.
Just like last year, PLEASE keep your child home if they are feeling ill. We want to keep everyone safe while at school and you can help us by keeping your child(ren) home when they are sick and have symptoms like fever, aches, runny/stuffy nose, cough, etc. Also, we have at home COVID tests available again this year in the district should you need one. Please call and speak with Beth Green at the JH/HS or Chrystal Pugh at KT to get an at home test should you need one.
On August 17th from 5-7 PM we will have health care professionals in the district at Katherine Thomas Elementary providing vaccinations for students. This will include normal vaccinations but they will also have the COVID Pfizer vaccine available on this night for students 12 and older. If you haven’t had your child vaccinated and now would like to, you are welcome to come to this. This is occurring during the KT open house but please note this is open to ALL Windham students! If your child needs any vaccinations for school, this is a great opportunity here locally to get them done. We will be posting the forms on our website and have additional copies of them that night to fill out.
I understand there is a lot of controversy around masking right now. As your superintendent I have to make decisions based on the information I’ve been given. I will not tell any of you what you should do with masking for your child(ren). It is your choice. However, I want to make sure you understand the process we are required to follow here at school should they come in contact with a positive person. Thank you and GO BOMBERS!