Image of Information in text

Jan 13, 2022

Dear Pirate Family,

I hope you’re as excited as I am at the start of this new year, and to learn what great things await us in 2022.  

I know the big question on everyone’s mind is how the Dec. 27, 2021 update to the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines, and Perry County Health Department’s response to that update, will affect Perry County School District 32. 

CDC guidelines have changed positive quarantine length from 10 days of home quarantine to 5 days of home quarantine followed by 5 days of masking if symptoms are resolving. For specifics related to changes in CDC guidance please visit (https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html)

District 32 will begin using the Dec. 27, 2021 updated CDC guidelines as follows:

  • Parents of students and staff members are asked to self-report to the District 32 covid coordinator when they have tested positive for COVID-19. You can reach coordinator Rebecca Barker at coordinator@pcsd32.com, or at 573-547-7500 Ext. 206. 

  • Individuals who have tested positive will be asked to provide a copy of their positive COVID-19 test results from a testing lab, medical facility, physician, or home test which shows the individual’s name and testing date, as well as the date of onset of their symptoms. Send to coordinator@pcsd32.com. Positive individuals should stay home for 5 days after their positive test and continue to stay at home as long as they are symptomatic. If their symptoms are resolving, students may return to school while wearing a mask through Day 10. Students/staff should not return to school until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, even if that is longer than 5 days. Parents who do not want their children to wear a mask may choose to keep the student home during that period, which is a verified absence. 

  • Students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 while at school will receive an automated message from District 32 to inform parents of the possible exposure. Families are asked to follow current CDC guidance by monitoring for symptoms, masking for 10 days, etc. Students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 can attend classes and activities.

  • All staff and students who are sick should stay home. We know this simple action is effective in reducing the spread of COVID, influenza and other illnesses in our school buildings. Individuals who become symptomatic while at school will be sent home by the school nurse.

  • District staff will continue the other mitigation measures (promoting handwashing and respiratory etiquette, sanitizing, and ensuring physical distancing when possible) that have been so effective in preventing in-school transmission of the virus. 

  • Students and staff are encouraged to take whatever precautions they determine are appropriate (wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, choosing whether to attend extracurricular events, etc.) to protect themselves against all variants of COVID-19. 

The past few years have been the most challenging in my career as an educator, straining resources and people in ways we’ve never before experienced. I expect some challenges—such as staffing shortages— to remain as we venture into this new year with a new variant of COVID-19. But I remain confident that our schools and families will continue to work together to make sure that our students have the best opportunities to learn in a safe and healthy environment. 

Sincerely,

Andy Comstock