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Districtwide Mask Mandate

Mask Update - Requirement for all PCSD Schools, Effective August 20

Thank you for your patience and support as we opened our 2021-2022 school year last week. We know that our families and staff share mixed emotions about the school year, especially considering the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Yesterday, I announced an update to our health and safety protocols as we implemented a temporary districtwide mask requirement, effective Friday, August 20, 2021. We are elevating our response as we continue to have cases of COVID-19 in our schools and in our community.

Under the district’s mask protocol, all students, teachers, staff members, and visitors, must wear masks when indoors, including buses and all school buildings. The federal transportation mask mandate was extended through January 18, 2022. Students and staff have the option to remove their masks while eating or outdoors. 

 

Why Require Masks Now

Based on the information the district received today from Greg Kesterman, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner, the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is continuing to spread in our community and Hamilton County at large. We have been a county of significant spread in the last month, but we are now a county of high spread.  

Mr. Kesterman reported on Friday, August 6, 2021, that Hamilton County Public Health was seeing positive COVID-19 cases in all age groups.  As of last Friday, August 13th, the health department reported 150 new COVID-19 cases per day, increasing at a rate of 10 additional cases reported with each new day. As of yesterday, we had over 200 cases being reported for our area per day.

Based on these most recent data, the district has decided to mandate universal masking for Pre-K-12 students, staff, visitors, and volunteers in all school buildings and indoor facilities. This decision is in alignment with  Board Policy 8450.01 for times during elevated communicable disease community spread (pandemic or epidemic).  Keeping students safe and in class for learning during these trying times are the main priorities. 

 

Help Keep In-Person Learning Open

We understand that our families and staff feel strongly about masks, individual freedoms, and the health crisis. While there may not be common ground on those issues, we can all agree that in-person learning works best for most students. We will continue to do all that we can to stay open and keep our students and staff safe.

If a contagious disease, like COVID-19, spreads through our schools, we may be forced to close portions of buildings or an entire building. It is critical for our entire Viking community to come together for the greater good of every student. Our students need us to stay open, and we believe that masks can help the cause.

Additionally, we have been advised that neck gaiters are not effective. They are considered unacceptable protection. The gaiters actually make things worse by aerosolizing the droplets.

We have been working with our principals on processes and procedures for enforcing the mask requirement in our school buildings. We ask for patience, grace, and support from our students, staff, teachers, and families during this transition.

We made this work last year. It wasn’t ideal, but we stayed together to remain open and minimize the health risk in our schools. We can and will do what’s best for our students.

Respectfully,

Tom Burton

Superintendent

 

 

 

 


August 19, 2021

 

Good afternoon Princeton Families,

Based on the information the district received today from Greg Kesterman, Hamilton County Public Health Commissioner, the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is continuing to spread in our community and Hamilton County at large. We have been a county of significant spread in the last month, but we are now a county of high spread.  Mr. Kesterman reported on Friday, August 6, 2021, that Hamilton County Public Health was seeing positive COVID-19 cases in all age groups.  As of last Friday, August 13th, the health department reported 150 new COVID-19 cases per day, increasing at a rate of 10 additional cases reported with each new day. As of today, we have over 200 cases being reported for our area per day.

Based on these most recent data, effective Friday, August 20, the district has decided to mandate universal masking for Pre-K-12 students, staff, visitors, and volunteers in all school buildings and indoor facilities. This decision is in alignment with Board Policy 8450.01 for times during elevated communicable disease community spread (pandemic or epidemic). Keeping students safe and in class for learning during these trying times are the main priorities. 

Take good care and as always, Go Vikes! 

Sincerely,

Tom Burton

Superintendent


 

19 de Agosto de 2021

 

Buenas tardes familias de Princeton,

Basados en la información que el distrito recibió hoy por Greg Kesterman, el comisionado del departamento de salud del condado de Hamilton, la variante Delta de COVID-19 continúa esparciéndose en nuestra comunidad y en el condado de Hamilton en grande. Nosotros hemos sido un condado de extensión significativa en el último mes, pero ahora somos un condado de alto nivel de extensión. El señor Kesterman reporto el viernes 6 de agosto del 2021, que el departamento de salud de Hamilton estaba recibiendo casos positivos de COVID-19 en todas las edades.  El viernes 13 de agosto el departamento de salud reporto 150 casos nuevos de COVID-19 por dia, aumentando a una tasa de 10 casos adicionales reportado con cada nuevo día. Hoy tenemos más de 200 casos reportados en nuestra área por día.  

Basado en los datos más recientes, en efecto el viernes 20 de agosto, el distrito ha decidido el mandato universal del uso de máscaras para los estudiantes en los grados pre-escolar hasta el 12, el personal, visitantes y voluntarios en los planteles escolares y facilidades cubiertas. Esta decisión está en consonancia con la Política de la Junta 8450.01 para los momentos durante la propagación comunitaria de enfermedades transmisibles elevadas (pandemia o epidemia). Mantener a los estudiantes seguros y en clase para aprender durante estos tiempos difíciles son las principales prioridades.

¡Cuidese mucho y como siempre, Go Vikes! 

Sinceramente,

Tom Burton

Superintendente



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