Covid information

We hope that 2021-22 is a more normal school year, but remain dedicated to protecting the health of our staff, students, and families. We continue to monitor the situation surrounding the Covid-19 global pandemic and will adjust accordingly.

 

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Covid Mitigation Strategies 2021-22

We are taking a comprehensive approach to Covid mitigation, which includes cleaning, ventilation, physical distancing, hand washing, encouraging vaccination, encouraging facial coverings, readily available and frequent testing, staying home when sick, household quarantining, and close monitoring of classrooms with a positive individual.

The learning environment protocols and procedures regarding the Covid-19 virus must be fluid with relation to community transmission levels. We have monitored local data trends and past outcomes to create our 2021-22 plans. We have learned that local trends may change quickly and result in changes to mitigation strategies. We will notify families of changes as they occur.

Vaccinations

  • In alignment with the CDC stance that vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy, the District will continue to promote vaccination opportunities for eligible students and staff.

Facial coverings

  • Recommended but optional for all students and staff.
  • Highly encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Required for riders on all school buses per federal mandate. Continued noncompliance could result in removal from the bus route.

Illness

If no known close contact with Covid

  • If you have ANY of the following symptoms, you must stay home at least 24 hours. You can return when symptoms improve.
    • Sneezing
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Headache (new or not typical)
    • Fatigue (unusual)
    • Muscle pain (unexplained)
    If symptoms don't improve after a day or two, consider Covid testing. Remain home until you get the results; if they are negative, you can return.
  • If you have fever greater than 100°F, vomiting, or diarrhea, you must stay home at least 48 hours. You can return when symptoms have improved and you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of fever-reducing medications).
    If symptoms don't improve after two days, consider Covid testing. Remain home until you get the results; if they are negative, you can return when symptoms have improved and you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the help of fever-reducing medications).
  • If you experience a loss of taste or smell, you must stay home. Contact your school nurse. Covid testing is recommended.

If you are a close contact of someone with Covid

  • Follow the instructions of Public Health or your school nurse.
  • Please know that we work hard to return students to their classrooms as soon as possible after a Covid exposure.

Quarantine of students and staff

  • We carefully track all Covid-positive activity in our schools and closely monitor the health of all students, especially those within the classroom of a positive individual.
  • Public Health isolates Covid-positive individuals, and quarantines household members for 14 days and other close contacts for 10 days.
  • However, vaccinated individuals may return in 72 hours if symptom free.

Covid-19 testing - UPDATED

  • The Plymouth School District is participating in free Covid testing made available by the WI Department of Health Services through Covid Clinic.
  • Now that we are offering free testing, we no longer will accept the results of home Covid tests.

Who is eligible?

  • Testing is available for all staff, students, families and community members.
  • Individuals can test if they have symptoms or possible exposure, before or after travel or large events, or on a regular basis as often as desired.
  • Testing is voluntary. Students must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed consent form.

How do I get tested?

  • Pre-register for testing at register.covidconnect.wi.gov. (If you do not have an email address, use FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME@noemail.com and the school testing staff will contact you with test results by phone.) Pre-registration is preferred, but you also can register at the site if necessary.
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TIP: At the end of registration, you will be asked for your location. Select "I'm being tested at a non-public site."

  • The test site will be open 7am to 4pm weekdays (except holidays) on the grounds of Plymouth High School, 125 S. Highland Ave. Pre-registration is preferred, but you also can register at the site if necessary.
  • Park in the designated spots in the lot in front of the school and go to the tent south of the auditorium doors.
  • Please do not park in the driving lane, and please do not enter the school.

What is involved in testing?

  • We only take a nasal swab (NOT a nasopharyngeal, or deeper swab) at this site, a much easier and painless method.
  • Participants will get both a rapid antigen test and a PCR test.

How do I get the results?

  • Test results are typically available in 3-5 days, though some results may be available as fast as 15-30 minutes.
  • You will be notified by text message when your results are available. You can access the results via a secure link in an email sent to the address on file. (If you do not have email, testing staff will contact you by phone.)

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Mitigation strategies - operational

Student instruction

  • Instruction will be provided in classrooms using regular district class size guidelines.
  • Optimal use of physical distancing in classrooms and use of outdoor learning spaces will be a priority.
  • A virtual school option is available for students (1-12).

Transportation

  • Normal bus routes and capacity levels will be implemented.
  • Facial coverings will be required per federal regulations.

Food Service

  • Meals will be distributed using the routine food service processes, including students eating in the cafeteria. Students will eat in cohort groups.
  • As previously shared, the USDA has extended the offering of free meals to all students through the 21-22 school year.

Child care

  • Child Care will be available at each elementary school.

Visitors in buildings

  • Visitors will have limited access to buildings and classrooms. Pre-planned meetings may occur, but no volunteer access to begin the school year.

Extracurricular/athletics

  • Regular programming opportunities and seasonal schedules will be implemented.
  • Regular attendance at events both indoor and outdoor

Community Education & Recreation activities

  •  Traditional programming and community recreation opportunities will be offered.
chart showing covid cases and quarantines

Case and Quarantine Counts

Below are the number of Plymouth School District students and staff members who have tested positive for Covid-19 and/or who have been quarantined because of close contact with someone Covid-positive.

NOTE: The numbers do not include virtual students or staff on leave. The numbers do include all other students and staff, whether the Covid exposure came within a school or within the community at large. Contact tracing has revealed that the majority of our Covid-19 cases contracted it outside of school.

Updates will be posted each Friday.

Reporting date # new positive cases # infectious at school # new quarantines Schools with exposure*
10/15 6 5 12 PHS, RV, FV, PV
10/8 7 3 12 PHS, PV
10/1 5 4 7 PHS, FV, HZ
9/24 11 5 14 PHS, RV, PV
9/17 19 11 17 PHS, RV, PV
9/8 9 2 6 PHS
9/1 1 1 22 PHS
*Exposure means a Covid-positive person was at school while infectious. Families with students at these schools are asked to be extra vigilant for symptoms of illness.
PHS - Plymouth High School
RV - Riverview Middle School
FV - Fairview Elementary School
HZ - Horizon Elementary School
PV - Parkview Elementary School