USD 331 Kingman-Norwich Eagle Family,
Due to continuing improvement in the COVID Pandemic cases in the county and in the school district, we are planning a modification to our mask-wearing mitigation plan within the school building classrooms. This relaxation will begin on Monday, March 22nd. This is the Monday students return from Spring Break.
The major difference in the protocols is that students will be allowed to lower their mask in the classroom IF they are seated, properly distanced and have a partition between them and others (i.e. separated behind plexiglass). Everyone will be required to put their mask back on when they move around in the classroom, are doing group work, and between classes in the halls, and elsewhere.
We are not out of the pandemic. But we believe our numbers make it appropriate to move to this protocol. We want to emphasize that we will need to monitor COVID cases closely the two weeks following Spring Break due to the possibility of travel by our students and families during Spring Break. We continue to work with the Kingman County Health Department to clear the major items with them, and want to emphasize how fortunate we are to have great leadership here in Kingman County.
The numbers could climb again. Certainly, as a community we are becoming a bit looser and only time will tell if that leads to a surge. So, we must be mentally prepared to return to more restrictive protocols if that becomes warranted.
Students will still need to enter buildings with a mask, and masks will be universally required at passing periods and close-contact activities. Then, we will continue to use our local numbers to determine our gating status each week.
Key factors considered in determining this change:
Declining Case Numbers in the County and across the state
Many teachers, staff and community members vaccinated
Masks must be worn in all other settings
Masks are only off when seated, alone and distanced in classrooms
We appreciate your support.
Max Clark, Superintendent USD 331 Kingman-Norwich