COVID-19 Information

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 when the community levels are considered “High” per CDC metrics. 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. 

Physical Distancing: LFSD will maintain a minimum of 3 feet of distance between students/staff to the extent feasible. Elementary students will eat breakfast and 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. Any individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to stay home and contact the school office. 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: 

  • In-school close contacts: Individuals who are identified as in-school close contacts will be notified of the exposure. Close contacts should monitor closely for symptoms. If symptoms develop, testing will be recommended. Testing is also highly recommended for asymptomatic individuals around days 3-4 and 6-7 following an exposure.  (See below for definition of in-school close contact)

  • Household close contacts: Individuals who are identified as in-home close contacts who are not up to date on COVID-19 immunizations OR do not have positive test results or reactive antibody lab results from the last 90 days, must 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)

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, 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 - 1:30  most Mondays - Fridays - 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. 

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. 

Approved by the Board of Education March 21, 2022