2021-2022 COVID-19 Mitigation and Response Plan
Overall Goal: Prioritize in-person instruction for as many students as possible in a safe and healthy learning environment.
Masking: To start the school year, masking is not required for students and 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.
Transportation: Per Federal order, all drivers/riders need to wear a mask in District buses and other vehicles. The District will adjust this policy when the order expires.
Physical Distancing: LFSD will maintain a minimum of 3 feet of distance between students/staff when possible. 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 directed to seek out testing for COVID-19. Testing may be provided through LFSD, more info to come.
LFSD will continue to work with the Vernon County Health Department regarding quarantine recommendations.
Quarantine Protocol: Students/staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to wait 10 days from test results or onset of symptoms before returning to school.
Close contacts of positive cases: Fully vaccinated students and staff do not need to stay away from school in the event of a close contact, as long as they are asymptomatic. Non-vaccinated students and staff who are close contacts of positive cases of COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 7 days, contingent upon a negative PCR test on day 5 or after, or for 10 days and symptom free.
Information about Testing:
La Farge Medical Clinic- 608-625-2494 Free testing, contact the clinic to talk with a nurse for a testing appointment.
Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital Hillsboro- 608-489-8000 Free testing, contact the hospital to schedule appointment (may need a virtual consult prior to testing if you are not a regular patient)
Scenic Bluffs Cashton- 608-654-5100 Free testing, contact the clinic to schedule your appointment
**Other testing options are also available through your Primary Care Provider and other healthcare facilities, these are just a few of the local options that we are aware of. We are still in the process of working out testing through the school and how that will work. More information to come as this gets sorted out with our vendor.
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 12 and older, please contact the Vernon County Health Department at 637-5251.
** Communication regarding confirmed cases will no longer be sent to our LFSD community as they arise. Data regarding current cases and quarantines is always kept current our our LFS COVID Data Dashboard. Click on the link at left.**