COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidance
LA CROSSE, Wis., (August 3, 2021) – Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have brought mask requirements back into schools. We have found that students have little difficulty with the requirement. We continue to see increases in COVID rates in the school district with the case rate at 7.40 today (Tuesday). Even if we had zero cases the next two days, our average will still be above 1.0 so we will be wearing masks next week as well.
National, state, and local data indicate that with the spread of the delta variant, case rates will continue to climb in our school district for a while. The delta variant is spread more easily and can be spread by those who have been vaccinated. However, for those that have been vaccinated rates of illness and hospitalization are significantly reduced.
We want to ensure that students continue to have access to in-person learning so we are taking some additional precautions to avoid quarantines of staff and students as we approach the start of the traditional school year.
For next week, to prevent quarantines and spread, students will continue to wear masks indoors in grades 4K-7 and maintain three feet of physical distance where possible.
We want to ensure our staff does not jeopardize students’ education by spreading COVID or becoming the cause of a close contact and quarantine so all staff at all levels will wear masks when inside with students and anytime staff is gathered in groups of more than ten.
We also want to protect each other, remain learning in person, and keep our extra-curricular activities going so we are strongly recommending all students in grades 8-12 wear masks when indoors regardless of vaccination status.
We know that wearing masks is an inconvenience for some. We know that some people object to wearing masks for political or other reasons. We are requiring masks because we want to protect our students who cannot yet get vaccinated and because we want to remain learning in-person. The number one way you can help us eliminate mask requirements is by getting vaccinated. Please consider doing so if you have not already.
We are excited for the start of extracurriculars and the impending start of the regular school year. Thank you for your help in making this next school year the best it can be.
Aaron J. J. Engel, Ph.D.
School District of La Crosse
FOR MORE INFORMATION
National Coronavirus updates and travel guidance: http://bit.ly/33bTTic
State of Wisconsin Coronavirus updates: http://bit.ly/2IGkjPZ
La Crosse County Health Department updates: http://bit.ly/33cWKHP
World Health Organization (Helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak): http://bit.ly/2xteh2A