Gating Criteria

Update 1/20/21: At the January 19th Special Board Meeting, the Board of Education voted to no longer use gating criteria to determine when students will return to in-person learning. Instead the students will return three weeks after the first day vaccinations are available to District school staff, date to-be-determined.

The Board approved the following return to in-person plan:

Return to School Schedule

The District will finalize the previous A/B cohorts and families will receive updated letters. 

Spring recess is scheduled for March 15-19. If students return prior to spring recess, the week of March 22-26 will be a virtual week. 

Families may change their decision regarding blended or virtual based on this new information. Contact the school office if you wish to make a change.

Once schools are open for blended/cohort learning, schools will not be holding school dances, assemblies, field trips, in an effort to comply with physical distancing. 

The Board of Education will hold an emergency board meeting should the Brown County case burden reach 1,000 cases per 100,000 population per 14 days to revisit learning models. 


Update 1/12/21: At the January 11, 2021 Regular Board Meeting, the Board of Education voted to update the blended model to include a rotation with grades 6 through 12 being in person at least one day per week starting at a gating criteria of 250 cases per 100,000 over 14 days, without increasing the number of virtual only days. 

At the December 14, 2020 Regular Board Meeting, the Board of Education voted to modify the gating criteria to determine which learning model the District will be implementing based on community spread of COVID-19. The original gating criteria voted on in October 2020 used the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) indicators and thresholds for risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools as a basis for the gating criteria. The Board decided to use Brown County’s burden rate as the determining factor, based on the data provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. The burden rate is defined as the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons within the last 14 days. 

Gating Criteria Modifications -  (grades 6-12)
 

Students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
 - Removal of a gating criteria to provide onsite services for students whose Individual Education Plan requirements are not able to be met virtually.
 - Parents whose students qualify to return to school were surveyed, and will be notified of their return date.

High School Athletics & Activities
 - Removal of gating criteria for high school athletics and activities.
 - Coaches and advisors will be required to complete the District's Face-2-Face application process to be onsite.
 - Competitive sports will be prioritized with the goal to have students onsite for practice beginning December 21, 2020.
 - Athletics and activities are voluntary for both coaches/advisors and students.

Specialized Courses/Student Support
 - Modified gating criteria to 1,000 or less COVID cases per 100,000 over 14 days burden rate for specialized courses/student support.
 - All previously approved specialized courses/student support in September can begin to meet as soon as Thursday, December 17, upon principal approval.
 - Families/students will be contacted by their teacher. 
 - The District will begin reviewing new applications for specialized course opportunities, with the goal of providing more students access to in-person learning and support that is not able to be done virtually.
 - At this time transportation will not be provided for these opportunities. 

Grades PK-5
 - Modified gating criteria from 200 to 250 or less COVID cases per 100,000 over 14 days burden rate in Brown County for students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.
 - The District may decide to bring individuals or small groups of students in grades Pre-K through 5th, 6th and 9th onsite to address specific needs, even if the gating criteria are not met. 

Students in grades 6-12
 - Grades 6-12 will move to a blended model to include a rotation with grades 6 through 12 being in person at least one day per week starting at a gating criteria of 250 cases per 100,000 over 14 days, without increasing the number of virtual only days. 
 - Small groups of students may be brought in prior to the gating criteria being met to address students in those grades who are struggling and need in-person support, which will be determined in consultation with school staff and parents.

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Staff COVID-19 Dashboard:

The above Staff COVID-19 Dashboard provides information regarding the number of staff who have voluntarily reported that they are COVID-19 positive or are in quarantine. Currently the District is conducting its own contact tracing, as the county health department is unable to lead this effort due to the high level of community spread. The dashboard represents the number of employees each day who are in isolation (due to being COVID-19 positive) or in quarantine. The dashboard will be updated weekly; however, data will be for the week prior. 

Understanding the terms 

  • COVID-19 Positive: employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation
  • Quarantine: employees who must remain in quarantine (at home) due to a direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, or are symptomatic, but have not been tested or are waiting for test results.

Employees in isolation or in quarantine are able to continue working as long as they can complete their work remotely and feel well enough to do so. 

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