The beginning of the 2021-2022 school year is right around the corner. We are excited to welcome our students for in-person learning after a year of hybrid learning. However, we know that the year will bring challenges due to the continued presence of COVID-19. Therefore, The Varnett Public School has designed safety measures to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. These measures are also found in the 2021-2022 Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan.
The listed protocols take effect August 23, 2021:
Students, staff, and visitors will have the temperatures taken before entering the building. Anyone who registers an above normal temperature will not be allowed to enter the building.
All students and staff will practice social distancing and appropriate hand hygiene.
All Varnett employees are required to complete a self-screening and temperature check daily.
Any person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or experiences the symptoms of COVID will be excluded from school during the infection period. During this exclusion period, remote conferencing may be provided to the student but must not exceed 20 days for the entire year.
Students will eat breakfast in the classroom.
Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and other available outdoor areas on campus.
Maintenance will disinfect classrooms frequently.
Wearing face masks is optional. However, any individual may wear a mask if he or she chooses to do so. A personal choice about mask-wearing is to be respected by all staff, students, parents, and visitors. We know that face coverings protect the wearer and significantly reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Therefore, face coverings are strongly encouraged. Guidance from the CDC and local and state health agencies recommends that everyone wear facial coverings in close settings, whether vaccinated or not.
Our priority this year is maintaining a safe and healthy environment. At this time, we are very concerned about keeping our schools clean and stopping any spread of disease. Would you mind doing your part and helping us keep schools open by following all safety precautions?
Thank you for making The Varnett Public School your school of choice. We are looking forward
to a great year!
Dr. Margaret Stroud
Superintendent of Schools
The Varnett Public School