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Board of Education Approves Rockwood Safe Together Plan Changes

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Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Board of Education voted to extend the district’s mask requirement through Feb. 3, 2022. Additionally, the following changes to the Rockwood Safe Together plan will go into effect Wednesday, Jan. 12:

  • A positive student/staff member will need to stay at home for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), they may return to school followed by 5 days of wearing a mask (even if the district is in a mask recommended setting); 

  • Students and staff who are close contacts and healthy may remain in school;

    • This practice will be retroactive back to January 3, 2022 and include those individuals who had been quarantined.  Notices to all who are in this category to return if asymptomatic will be sent tomorrow;  

  • A close contact to a positive student/staff member who has multiple symptoms will need to stay home and may return after 5 days if they are asymptomatic and they have been fever free for 24 hours. They may return sooner if they are well and have a physician’s diagnosis other than COVID or produce a negative COVID test (not a home test);

  • Building-wide notifications of positive cases will end. (Close contacts of a positive case will still receive a notification, and the Health Indicators by school on the website will continue to be updated twice a day).

Also, beginning tomorrow, there will be an addition to our Health Indicators on the district website that shows the total number of students and staff out by building because they either have COVID or they are close contacts and exhibiting symptoms of COVID. This is the data we will use for our 2 percent and 4 percent thresholds for adjusting mitigation measures by building and when we move to a mask recommendation.

We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring COVID numbers in our buildings multiple times a day and we are working with building administrators to adjust mitigation strategies and provide staffing support where needed. 

Our goal continues to be to keep students and staff healthy and in school.

As a reminder, please keep your child home if they are sick. We continue to encourage mask wearing, vaccination and boosters for those who are eligible. We, of course, will continue our additional Rockwood Safe Together mitigation measures that have been in place, including physical distancing to the extent possible, good hand hygiene and daily cleaning and sanitation protocols. 

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to navigate this pandemic and work to keep our students and staff safe, healthy and in school.