Marshall Schools Community,
As we enter week 2 of the 2021-22 school year, I want to provide some updates and reminders as we work together to keep our students healthy, active, and in school to learn.
While we had hoped by this time that CoVid would not be a problem, I wanted to share that we are facing increased numbers to start the year as compared to what we saw last year at this time. We have had 12 students to this point miss time due to CoVid and 35 miss time due to Quarantine. At this time last year those numbers were 2 and 10 respectively. We hope for the day when those become 0 and 0.
Cases to this point have not been due to exposure at school and Quarantine has not been a result of close contact at school. With mitigations in place at school, new rules for schools with regards to close contacts, and continued cooperation, we are hopeful that we can keep spread at school and the need to quarantine due to close contact at school to a minimum despite rising case numbers in the community.
While we do not have the Self Certification Reporting requirement this year, you can help the situation by monitoring your students for symptoms and keeping them home if they are ill (100.4 F or higher temp, headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of smell, fatigue from an unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause). If in doubt about sending your student to school with symptoms, please err on the side of caution and contact our school nurses or your health care professional before sending them. As we did last year, we have optional rapid CoVid testing available for staff and students with symptoms.
We are hopeful that quarantine numbers from close contact at school will be significantly decreased. Contact tracing and quarantine decisions are made according to IDPH and ISBE guidance in cooperation with the Clark County Health Department. Students and staff that maintain at least 3 ft social distance and who are masked will not have to quarantine in most cases. Classrooms and meeting spaces are set-up to accommodate social distancing. Busses could be problematic with more than one student to a seat in many cases. Also, vaccinated students will not have to quarantine in most cases and in some cases even if they are considered a close contact. The vaccine is available age 12 and up currently. Contact your medical provider or Clark County Health for more information.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.