La Farge Schools 2022-2023
COVID-19 Mitigation & Response
Overall Goal: Prioritize in-person instruction for as many students as possible in a safe and healthy learning environment.
Strategies for Everyday Operations:
Information regarding vaccinations can be shared by contacting the School Nurse.
People who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections should stay home. Testing is recommended for people with symptoms of COVID-19 as soon as possible after symptom onset.
La Farge Schools have invested in improvements to optimize indoor air quality and ventilation and will continue to utilize these systems.
La Farge Schools staff will encourage the use of proper handwashing to lower the risk of spreading viruses.
La Farge Schools cleans and disinfects high touch surfaces frequently.
Face Coverings: 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 (such as 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 (such as active cases in 5% staff/student body), masking may be required District-wide for two weeks.
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:
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)
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.
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 2 and older, please contact the Vernon County Health Department at 637-5251.
Approved by the Board of Education August 15, 2022.