Posted Date: 08/12/2021
Due to numbers of positive COVID cases within Webster County, the Fordland School District will be modifying the PPE practice that the district put into place at the end of 2020-21 school year. The CDC recommends masks be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The updated safety precaution will be in place as we start the school year and will include the following:
Student PPE and Hygiene
Masking will be strongly encouraged for students when social distancing is not possible
Masking is optional for those that are fully vaccinated
Mask do not need to be worn when outdoors
Students and staff are strongly encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands as they enter and before they leave school each day.
Hand sanitizer is readily available in every classroom, bathroom, lunchroom, and throughout the hallways.
Hand hygiene awareness signs are posted to remind everyone of the importance of clean hands and to wash for at least 20 seconds.
Per a federal order issued by the CDC, masks are required on public and private school buses and other forms of public transportation for both passengers and drivers. Per this CDC order, if a student attends a school where mask use is not required due to vaccination status, the student is still REQUIRED to wear a mask on the school bus. Schools do not have discretion regarding this federal order.
Students and staff members who are in close contact with a positive COVID case will AVOID quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated or properly masked or are beyond three feet of the close contact. Students showing any symptoms will be quarantined regardless of any status The district can still provide a quick-result COVID-19 BinaxNow antigen test to students. If you would like to set up an appointment with the school nurse for the antigen test, please call Nurse Jen at 417-767-6133.
Finally, we know and understand the vast majority of our families want students in seated classrooms but we will continue to offer a virtual program to students and families who still need this option. Applications can be picked up in the high school office through September 3rd. If you have any questions, please reach out to the central office.