MADISON, Wisconsin – The Madison Metropolitan School District has released its COVID-19 safety plan for the start of the school year.
A press release on Thursday said the masks will be required inside buildings but will not be needed for outdoor activities. The plan was developed with the help of local and state health experts and under guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The key practices of the plan are as follows:
- Masks will be mandatory for students and staff inside school buildings and on buses
- No mask required during outdoor activities or while eating or drinking
- Maintain a minimum of three feet physical distance (if possible) for all individuals
- Scheduled cleaning of neighborhood buildings throughout the day
- Follow proper hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and symptom monitoring practices
“During in-person learning last spring, we took the science (and the advice) to keep students safe as they connected with friends, teachers and staff,” Superintendent Carlton Jenkins said. in a press release. “Together we have made great strides, but now is not the time for complacency. We must continue to be diligent in following the advice of health experts and practicing safety protocols in order to provide safe and healthy in-person learning environments. “
With the Delta variant and other COVID variants emerging statewide, health experts have highlighted the continued importance of masking as students and staff head into the new school year.
“Where the rubber hits the road, it’s on the masking,” said Dr. Gregory DeMuri, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We hide ourselves in order to have a safe and productive school year; keep our schools open; and having sports and extracurricular activities as a group and all these good things our kids are doing now that they weren’t doing a year ago.
The statement said the MMSD will provide families with additional safety information in the coming days regarding the full return to athletics and extracurricular activities.
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