January 13, 2022
Henderson County Schools families and staff,
Because of the teamwork and commitment of our staff along with the support of our families, we have successfully completed 91 days of in-person learning. During this time, we have pursued excellence through our academics and extracurricular activities including our sports seasons, fine art performances, academic team competitions, and family engagement events just to name a few.
Our top priorities this school year have been and will remain:
- Student and staff safety
- Maintaining in-person learning
As we returned from the holidays, we have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Our current community incident rate exceeds 100, our number of student and staff positive cases has risen significantly and our hospital is at capacity. I have been collaborating with our local hospital CEO, local pediatricians, and the director of the Green River District Health Department to discuss this data to determine our best path forward in regard to COVID-19. Keeping this in mind and in response to the recent CDC quarantine guidelines, the following information has been updated in our Healthy at School Plan:
- Henderson County Schools will continue required universal masking at school and on the school bus. Masking will be highly recommended, but not required at extracurricular events (unless required by specific state organizations/venues.) These events do not have an attendance requirement and are different from a contained classroom environment during the school day.
- Quarantine/Isolation will be reduced from 10 days to 5 days. The attached COVID-19 Isolation/Quarantine Decision Tree has been updated to reflect the most recent changes.
- Contact Tracing will no longer take place at school except for unmasked situations (i.e. lunchtime). Families will be responsible for self-monitoring symptoms.
- Students with a temperature of 100.4 should remain home and families should contact their school regarding the symptoms. Students should be symptom-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before being allowed to return to school.
- Our Test-to-Stay program will be expanded to include testing for students & staff due to exposure to COVID-19 outside of the school day.
Thank you to our staff, students, and families for their continued resilience. Our next Healthy at School update will be on February 17, 2022.
Dr. Bob Lawson