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Charles City Schools to Update Health Mitigation Plan 

The Charles City School Board will hear recommendations Monday night on the district’s health mitigation plan in response to rises in positive COVID cases.

Superintendent Mike Fisher will propose that face coverings will be used only when health conditions deteriorate. Plan details state, “If there is a major outbreak of COVID within a student population, face coverings use shall be implemented in a targeted classroom, grade level, or campus to prevent potential shut down due to student absences, lack of staff, or health department order.”                         

A major outbreak would be defined as 5% of a building’s student population is confirmed positive with COVID at one time and/or rolling three-day illness absence average is 10% or more, an Iowa Department of Public Health benchmark. A major outbreak in elementary classrooms Pre-K to fourth grade will be triggered with three or more confirmed cases occurring at one time.

Targeted face covering strategy could be implemented during a major outbreak in an elementary classroom, an elementary grade level, an entire campus, or in an activity or team. Even with no major outbreak, face coverings are strongly recommended by the Iowa Department of Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID.

You can see the full plan here, including a link to offer public input on the plan. If approved by the school board Monday night, this new plan would go into effect on September 28th.

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Mark Pitz

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