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.

 

Quick links

General information
ESSER III Safe Return Plan

Communications
How to sign up for Skylert text alerts
How to use Skyward Family Access
Skyward Family Access video tutorial

Helpful web pages
Health Services for Families (info from school nurses)
Closings and cancellations
 

What do I do if ...

IF ... THEN NEXT

… you have any of these symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Headache (new or not typical)
  • Fatigue (unusual)
  • Muscle pain (unexplained)
...

If you have only one symptom, stay home at least 24 hours.

If you have 2 or more symptoms, stay home at least 48 hours.

You can return when symptoms improve.

If symptoms don't improve after a day or two, Covid testing is recommended. Remain home until you get the results; if they are negative, you can return.

… you have any of these symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 100°F
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Stay home at least 48 hours.

You can return when symptoms improve and you are fever-free for 24 hours.*

If symptoms don't improve after two days, Covid testing is recommended. 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.*
… you experience a loss of taste or smell.Stay home and contact your school office. Covid testing is recommended.
… you test positive for Covid.

Isolate: Stay home for 5 days from symptom onset and contact your school office.

More information about isolation

Return when well (fever-free for 24 hours* and no productive or constant cough). Mask through Day 10.
… someone in your household is positive.

If unvaccinated, quarantine for 10 days from symptom onset and contact your school office.

If vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine as long as there are no symptoms.

More information about quarantine

If no symptoms appear during the 10-day quarantine, you may return.

If you develop any symptoms during quarantine, Covid testing is recommended.
*Fever-free means without the help of fever-reducing medications.
 

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

  • In general, recommended but optional for all students and staff. However there may be times when Covid increases lead us to require masks in targeted areas for defined periods of time.
  • 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.

Covid-19 testing - UPDATED 1/21/22

  • The Plymouth School District is participating in free Covid testing made available by the WI Department of Health Services through Covid Clinic.

Who is eligible?

  • Testing is available for all staff, students, and their family members ages 2 and up.
  • Testing is voluntary, and 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.

How do I get tested?

  • Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Register for testing at register.covidconnect.wi.gov. Pre-registration before you come is strongly recommended, but you can register at the site. (If you do not have an email address, use FIRSTNAME.LASTNAME@noemail.com, and testing staff will contact you with results by phone.)
screen shot

TIP: At the end of registration, you will be asked for your location. Select "I'm being tested at a non-public site."

  • Testing is available 7am to 4pm weekdays (except holidays) on the grounds of Plymouth High School. You must be registered by 4pm to get tested that day.
  • The testing site is located in a dedicated structure just north of the school building (the side closest to Eastern Avenue). Use the northernmost entrance drive from Highland Avenue, follow it around to the north end of the school, and line up as indicated in the half-circle drive (located on the right before the large staff parking lot), moving forward when you can so you are in front of the testing facility windows.
  • Remain in your vehicle for testing. Those not in vehicles can walk up to the testing facility windows.
  • Please do not enter the school if you are here for Covid testing.
covid clinic
map showing location of covid clinic

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?

  • Rapid antigen test results are ready in as little as 1 hour; PCR results typically within 2-3 days.
  • 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.)

How do I interpret the results?

If you are told you are "presumptive positive," this means you are considered to be positive for Covid.

If you were tested at PHS, your PCR sample still will be analyzed, even if the message says otherwise.

testing results

Learn more:

 

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.

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 when school is in session.

Reporting date # new positive cases # infectious at school # new quarantines Schools with exposure*
1/21 84 ** 36 FV,HZ,PV,RV,PHS
1/14 53 ** 28 FV,HZ,PV,RV,PHS
1/7 39 10 56 FV,HZ,PV,RV,PHS
12/31 8 0 1
12/24 8 4 10 HZ, RV, PHS
12/17 6 3 15 HZ, PHS
12/10 11 4 5 FV, PHS
12/3 52 23 25 FV,HZ,PV,RV,PHS
11/24 35 21 20 FV,HZ,PV,RV,PHS
11/19 42 33 30 FV,HZ,PV,RV,PHS
11/12 14 11 17 FV, HZ, RV, PHS
11/5 8 1 25 RV, Gen4K
10/29 13 6 12 PHS, RV, HZ
10/22 18 9 13 PHS, RV, FV
10/15 6 5 14 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
**We no longer are sending Skyward notifications when a student in a particular classroom or team has tested positive for Covid.
*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