We will begin the school year mask optional for all students in grades K-12 and all employees. However, we will continue to evaluate the situation on a daily basis, both within our school community as well as in our geographic area. If the spread and prevalence of the virus on campus dictates, it is possible we may need to change our current stance. The only exception is that masks are required on all buses as is required by federal and state mandates governing transportation, which includes school buses.
Optional masks and contact tracing are a part of our layered mitigation approach, along with a continued emphasis on hand hygiene, maximizing distance between seats/desks in classrooms, enhanced and more frequent cleaning regimens throughout campus, splitting some large group events to increase spacing between students, adjusting HVAC systems to allow increased fresh air intake, replaced MERV-8 air filters with MERV-13 air filters for greater filtration levels, adjust energy wheels in HVAC systems to reduce contagion contamination, and installed plasma-based air scrubbers across campus HVAC systems.