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Back to School 2021-22 Mask Protocols

Posted: 8/2/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, 21-22 COVID Updates

August 2, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

I truly hope all our students, families, teachers and staff have had a relaxing and joy-filled summer. It’s hard to believe school is about to start, and we find ourselves again determining how we best navigate the school year and the continued presence of COVID-19.

We learned a lot in the last year, and every decision we consider starts with one simple question: What must we do to keep students in school five days a week, without interruption, for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year?

Guidance from the CDC, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) is not fully aligned, which is challenging. That is why our focus is on making decisions for our district that ensure we can maintain stable, ongoing, in-person learning.

Our school leaders, members of our school nursing team and COVID Task Force have reviewed and discussed all available, credible public health data to inform our decision making. We recognize there are no clear answers and many perspectives on these issues, but our goal is to avoid disruption in learning and minimize the need to quarantine students.

At this time, students ages 12-18 can be vaccinated, while students who are younger are not eligible for vaccinations. Therefore, our school year will begin with the following COVID-19 mask protocols in place in all GJPS school buildings:

PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 8
Masks are required while indoors for all students, teachers and staff in all buildings.
Masks are not required during recess or during outdoor academic/extracurricular activities. Masks are required for all visitors while indoors.

GRADES 9 THROUGH 12
Masks are strongly recommended, but not required, for students, teachers and staff.
Masks are strongly recommended, but not required during academic/extracurricular activities. Masks are strongly recommended, but not required for all visitors.

TRANSPORTATION
As mandated by the CDC, masks are required on school transportation for all grade levels.

Our district will be closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, absence rates and data from Franklin County and other similar districts. We will establish thresholds that may trigger additional conversation about whether any modifications should be made to our protocol.

Thank you for helping us transition smoothly as we start this new school year.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


Back to School 2021-22 Mask Protocols

Posted: 8/2/2021 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, 21-22 COVID Updates

August 2, 2021

To our GJPS school community,

I truly hope all our students, families, teachers and staff have had a relaxing and joy-filled summer. It’s hard to believe school is about to start, and we find ourselves again determining how we best navigate the school year and the continued presence of COVID-19.

We learned a lot in the last year, and every decision we consider starts with one simple question: What must we do to keep students in school five days a week, without interruption, for the entirety of the 2021-22 school year?

Guidance from the CDC, Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) is not fully aligned, which is challenging. That is why our focus is on making decisions for our district that ensure we can maintain stable, ongoing, in-person learning.

Our school leaders, members of our school nursing team and COVID Task Force have reviewed and discussed all available, credible public health data to inform our decision making. We recognize there are no clear answers and many perspectives on these issues, but our goal is to avoid disruption in learning and minimize the need to quarantine students.

At this time, students ages 12-18 can be vaccinated, while students who are younger are not eligible for vaccinations. Therefore, our school year will begin with the following COVID-19 mask protocols in place in all GJPS school buildings:

PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 8
Masks are required while indoors for all students, teachers and staff in all buildings.
Masks are not required during recess or during outdoor academic/extracurricular activities. Masks are required for all visitors while indoors.

GRADES 9 THROUGH 12
Masks are strongly recommended, but not required, for students, teachers and staff.
Masks are strongly recommended, but not required during academic/extracurricular activities. Masks are strongly recommended, but not required for all visitors.

TRANSPORTATION
As mandated by the CDC, masks are required on school transportation for all grade levels.

Our district will be closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, absence rates and data from Franklin County and other similar districts. We will establish thresholds that may trigger additional conversation about whether any modifications should be made to our protocol.

Thank you for helping us transition smoothly as we start this new school year.

Sincerely,

Steve Barrett
Superintendent


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