The Cardington-Lincoln Board of Education will meet in Special Session on August 20th, 2021 in the Lillian James Library at 5:10. The purpose of the meeting will be to review and approval the Modified Back Restart Plan.
Recommended Board Resolution Regarding Restart Plan, Quarantine, and Face coverings
Superintendent recommends ____________ moves and _____________ seconds that the Board of Education approve the following Resolution:
WHEREAS, the Cardington-Lincoln Local School District Board of Education adopted prior resolutions announcing its safety protocols for the 2020-2021 school year that expired at the end of that school year;
WHEREAS, the Board remains committed to maintaining safety protocols and considering the guidance from federal, state, and local health experts as it relates to COVID-19 and the safety of students in school in order to provide its students with a safe face-to-face classroom learning experience for the 2021-2022 school year;
WHEREAS, the Board has requested that the Superintendent continue to provide an update on COVID-19 conditions within the local community and Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools at each Board of Education meeting to allow for the most current safety considerations;
WHEREAS, the CDC has recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, but has only ordered that passengers and drivers must wear a mask while on school buses, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in its January 29, 2021 Order;
WHEREAS, the Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends that those who are unvaccinated wear masks while in school, but has not ordered masks to be worn in Ohio public schools;
WHEREAS, Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.67 authorizes boards of education to make and enforce such rules to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among the students attending or eligible to attend the schools of the district, as in its opinion the safety and interest of the public require;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board will require passengers and drivers on all school transportation to wear masks when required by laws, health orders, or regulations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the wearing of masks by staff, students, and visitors to any interior space owned or controlled by the Board is strongly recommended.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent is authorized to adopt procedures to implement this resolution, directed to monitor current guidance, recommendations and requirements from public health authorities, and requested to make recommendations to adjust district-wide mask requirements as necessary.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent is authorized in his own judgment to require masks on a district, building-wide, grade-level, or classroom basis to allow a quick response within the District when circumstances so require.
I. Any district wide changes in the student learning mode or related timelines will be made based upon review of the following data:
A. Proportion of COVID-19 cases of school-aged children in the Cardington-Lincoln Local School District;
B. COVID-19 Analytics and Targeted Surveillance (CATS) data in three areas:
1. Percent of student absences
2. Percent of staff absences
3. Rate of nurse visits per 1,000 students;
C. Positivity Rates and Case Counts in Cardington-Lincoln School District Community;
D. Other data as deemed relevant by federal, state, and local medical experts.
II. The Superintendent is expected to communicate any changes to the student learning mode at the building or district level relative to masking within 24 hours of making said change.
III. The Superintendent may require the use of masks by all persons entering a particular building/set of buildings if staffing issues arise, or the Morrow County Public Health Commissioner or Ohio Department of Health direct such a move, or if a localized outbreak occurs as determined by internal data and the coronavirus task force.
IV. If the conditions which necessitated a transition to a mask requirement are no longer present, the Superintendent shall have the authority to remove masking requirements.
V. If a mask requirement shall be put into effect for any building, masks shall also be required on transportation to and from the affected building.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any other board policy related to masks shall be suspended indefinitely, effective immediately, pending further action by the Board.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall remain in effect through the final day of the 2021-2022 school year or until otherwise modified by the Board.