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Lodi Schools Require Masks as of Sept 20

Editor’s Note:  The Lodi Valley Chronicle was not informed of this news by the School District of Lodi.  I found it posted on the District home page while looking for other information. 

Original document can be read here.
FAQ can be read here. 1This document says “This document is current as of the date in the header.” No header is present in the document, and no information within the document gives an indication as to the date it was published.

Letter Sent to Parents

Dear Lodi Families and Lodi Staff,

I want to start by thanking every one of you for your support and help in creating a great start to the school year. Like every year, we have experienced a few challenges, but we appreciate your flexibility and positivity in helping to make this year start great. Below are a few updates that I would like to share with you.

COVID-19 Mitigation Update:

At the September 13, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to follow the recommendation of the medical advisory committee. This changed the district’s current face covering and quarantine of close contact requirements as of September 20, 2021. The Board decided the following:

  • Universal face covering is now required indoors for students grades 4K-12, staff, and visitors starting September 20, 2021. This includes all athletics and co-curricular activities (including home and away contests).
  • Staff and students who are not vaccinated, and who are close contacts of positive COVID-19 individuals, are required to be quarantined to prevent the spread of COVID-19 starting September 20, 2021.
  • All symptomatic students and staff are excluded from school until a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT or PCR) or 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms (same process that has been followed all year).

The recommendation of the medical advisory committee can be reviewed here. With the addition of universal face covering and emphasis on increased spacing at lunch and meal times, we hope that the number of close contacts and COVID-19 transmission cases will be minimized. These changes will be effective on Monday, September 20, 2021.

The goal of universal face coverings indoors is to reduce the number of close contacts in our buildings. Within the school setting, the definition of a close contact for students is being within 3 feet for over 15 minutes when both students are fully masked (this document outlines what is considered a close contact). Please note that students who are fully vaccinated do not have to be quarantined if they are a close contact, but should still wear a face covering in public, symptom monitor, and get tested for COVID.

Please note, the Board of Education and District officials will continue to monitor the situation and work with medical professionals to determine when the appropriate time is to consider reducing COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

COVID-19 notifications:

The District is contacting families of students who are considered a close contact of a COVID-19 positive individual. The Board decided, based on caregiver feedback, not to send out a district wide notification for every positive COVID-19 case, unlike we did last school year. The district is also creating a COVID-19 dashboard for our website (similar to last year) so families have information about the number of COVID-19 cases in the District.

COVID-19 and Buses:

A reminder that face coverings are federally mandated on all buses. The bus drivers need our students to cooperate on this as their focus needs to be on the road and not on following up with students who are not wearing a mask. In addition, the District is working closely with the bus company to try to minimize student close contacts and quarantine, so having students stay in their assigned seats is imperative to keeping our students in school. We ask caregivers to please follow up with their students about these expectations.

COVID-19 FAQ’s

We have updated the Frequently Asked Questions document regarding COVID-19. This document will be posted on the district website on Friday, September 17, 2021 and reflects the Board of Education’s most recent decisions.

Middle School Traffic Congestion

We know that traffic in front of the Middle School in the morning and evening is very difficult to navigate. Please know that we are continuing to look at this issue and have been meeting with district staff and city officials to discuss options that may help alleviate some of the congestion. Due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies, we have smaller student drop off windows and more families are choosing to drive their children instead of having them ride the bus to school than in the past. We do appreciate everyone’s patience as we all play a part in making sure everyone gets through that area safely each day.

Thanks again for partnering with us in the education of your child(ren).

Sincerely,
Vince Breunig, District Administrator
School District of Lodi

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 This document says “This document is current as of the date in the header.” No header is present in the document, and no information within the document gives an indication as to the date it was published.

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