Minooka CCSD 201 Parents, Students, and Staff:
The CDC released updated guidance for schools on July 9, 2021 regarding masks for students and staff. That guidance was subsequently adopted by ISBE / IDPH, and Minooka CCSD 201 will be using this guidance for the 2021 - 2022 school year. The information below outlines the district’s approach to masks in schools, beginning immediately.
The CDC guidance emphasizes implementing layered prevention strategies (e.g., using multiple prevention strategies together consistently) to protect people who are not fully vaccinated, including students, teachers, staff, and other members of their households.
The district’s prevention strategies will continue to include social distancing to the extent possible, increased ventilation, daily cleaning and sanitization, reporting and tracing cases of COVID-19 amongst students and staff, and exclusion of persons symptomatic from all district buildings. District administration will closely monitor possible exposure and transmission of COVID-19 in our schools, responding with additional measures if needed. Metrics and mitigation measures will be published on the district website and shared with parents and staff.
The CDC recommends that masks be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Their guidance states that consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
** Bus Travel Requirements: While traveling on a Minooka 201 bus masks are required as conveyed in the CDC order. The order includes that all bus occupants, students and adults, shall be required to wear a mask while traveling on a school bus.
- Our district does not have a masking mandate or policy enforcing the decision for a student or staff member to wear or not wear a mask while in person at school/work (masks are only required on school buses).
- Additionally, the district does not have a policy requiring students and staff to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status.
- The district will not tolerate the bullying of individuals for wearing or not wearing a mask.
- This directive is subject to change based upon changes in applicable factors including an increase in COVID-19 rates or revised public health guidance.
It is important to note that the topic of masks in schools is only one component of our comprehensive safety plan which is under development pending additional information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education and local health officials. The plan will be published on our district website and shared with families and staff once finalized.
Kristopher P. Monn, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Minooka CCSD 201
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