The Charles City School Board has approved an updated health mitigation plan in response to rises in positive COVID cases that takes effect today.
The plan was approved at their regular board meeting Monday night to establish new guidelines the district will follow that would trigger mandatory wearing of face coverings by students and staff. The plan also addresses the level of absence of students and staff due to illness that would require the shutdown of a classroom or school building.
Superintendent Mike Fisher presented the plan that covers “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.”
The original plan defined 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 reaches 10%, an Iowa Department of Public Health benchmark Board member Pat Rottinghaus said was too high.
After a motion to approve the plan as presented died for lack of a second motion, Board member Scott Dight motioned for revising the rolling three-day illness average to 7%, which was then unanimously approved.
The board also approved the posting of signage strongly recommending face coverings in the districts’ school buildings and at indoor sporting events.