La Farge Schools 2021-2022
COVID-19 Mitigation & Response
Overall Goal: Prioritize in-person instruction for as many students as possible in a safe and healthy learning environment.
Masking: Universal masking is not required for students or staff. The use of face coverings is a recommended mitigation effort per CDC, Wisconsin DHS and DPI, and Vernon County Public Health Department. Masking may be required for periods of time throughout the school year depending on rates of local and in-district transmission:
If an outbreak at a school level (Elementary, Middle, or High School) occurs (active cases in 5% staff/student body), masking may be required at that school level for two weeks.
If two of three school levels (Elementary, Middle, and/or High School) are simultaneously experiencing outbreaks (active cases in 5% staff/student body), masking may be required District-wide for two weeks.
Transportation: Per Federal order, all drivers/riders need to wear a mask in District buses and other vehicles. The District will review this policy when the order expires.
Physical Distancing: LFSD will maintain a minimum of 3 feet of distance between students/staff to the extent feasible. Elementary students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and have recess with different grade levels.
Co-Curriculars: At this time, all athletic and other activities will go on as scheduled with no limitations in place. There are no spectator limits or mask requirements for home games. Live streaming will be available as often as possible. LFSD Athletes and Spectators will abide by individual District rules for away events.
Health & Hygiene: Students and staff are encouraged to self-screen for symptoms at home. Those experiencing symptoms may be referred for testing.
Positive tests for COVID-19: Students/staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate from school for five (5) days (onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic date of test = day 0 )
If symptoms are resolving or if asymptomatic, students/staff can return to school after day five (5) and continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
*If experiencing a fever, isolation continues until fever free for 24 hours.
Exposures to COVID-19:
If asymptomatic and:
A) Recipient of a booster shot (18+); OR
B) Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months; OR
C) Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months; OR
D) Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days; OR
E) Have had reactive antibody lab results within the last 90 days:
Students/staff not required to isolate from school.
Wearing a mask around others for 10 days and testing on day 5 are recommended. (Last date of contact = Day 0)
A) Not vaccinated; OR
B) Completed primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago and did not receive the booster shot (18+); OR
C) Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine over two months ago and did not receive a booster shot (18+); OR
D) Do not have positive test results or reactive antibody lab results from the last 90 days:
Students/staff isolate away from school for five (5) days, and continue to wear a properly fitting mask around others for an additional five (5) days. Testing on day 5 is strongly recommended (Date of contact = Day 0). OR
Students/staff stay at school with the use of a properly fitting face mask and if they receive a negative test each day through day 5 and remain asymptomatic. (Last date of contact = Day 0)
*Contingent upon testing supplies
**Not available to students/staff identified as in-home close contacts of positive cases due to the higher exposure risk
Parents may also elect to quarantine for longer periods per preference, and/or at the recommendation of their medical provider. Families are asked to consider whether their student is willing and able to comply with mask requirements.
Definition of In-School Close Contacts:
Definition: Close contacts are those students or staff members who have been identified as being within 6 indoor feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes within the 48 hours prior to symptom onset for a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.
The 48 hours prior to symptom onset is known to be a person’s infectious period when spread of the virus was potentially occurring.
In-school close contacts are identified through classroom seating charts.
Example: Student A begins feeling ill on Wednesday morning and goes in for a test which comes back positive. The contact tracing would be for close contacts to that person on Tuesday and Monday of that same week.
If/when a school level or District is in a universally masked environment, OR both people within a close contact determination were consistently wearing masks, the definition of a close contact is adjusted from being within six to three indoor feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes within the 48 hours prior to symptom onset for a person who later tested positive for COVID-19. In a masked environment, OR both people within a close contact determination were consistently wearing masks, asymptomatic close contacts will neither be required to quarantine or opt to test.
School-Based COVID-19 Testing: LFSD is partnering with the Department of Health Services to reduce barriers for students, staff, and families to find a testing location when necessary.
Testing is by appointment only- we will not be doing random testing or testing students without parental consent.
Testing will be available 9:30 - 3:30 Monday - Friday - contact Nurse Emily for an appointment
Testing may be conducted for symptomatic individuals, close contacts interested in daily testing, or those wishing to be released early from a close contact quarantine, based on specific criteria.
Both rapid antigen and PCR testing is available.
Testing is free of charge and available to all students, staff, and anybody living in a student or staff member’s household.
No one is required to use this testing venue, it is simply an option that the District is offering to ease in testing and quarantine protocols.
*Contingent upon testing supplies
All plans are subject to change per order of the School Board.
This plan will be thoroughly reviewed at the March regular Board meeting or when DHS/VCHD recommendations are significantly altered.
More specific information can be obtained by contacting the District office at 625-0100.
For information about COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 5 and older, please contact the Vernon County Health Department at 637-5251.
Revisions highlighted- Approved by LFSD Board of Education on January 17, 2022.