Franklin Schools Announces Revised Return to School COVID-19 Procedures
Earlier this evening, the FCS School Board voted to approve the district’s revised Return to School COVID-19 Procedures. These procedures were reviewed and approved by Dr. Qualls of the Johnson County Health Department. We will continue to monitor the district’s data and will work closely with Dr. Qualls in response to changing conditions.
Effective, Tuesday, October 19, the following procedures will be implemented:
- Masks and facial coverings are recommended in any FCS space or activity, including athletics, choir, band, etc., during the school day.
- Masks will be required on buses while a federal mandate is in place.
- Buildings with a COVID-19 positivity rate above 2% will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, until the positivity rate drops below 1%.
- If (4) buildings exceed a positivity rate of 2%, all FCS buildings will require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, until (5) buildings have a positivity rate below 1%.
- Any individual within 3 ft. of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period would be identified as a close contact.
FCS data show that 96% of those identified as a close contact (when contact tracing at 3 ft. in a mask optional setting) did not test positive for COVID-19.
Parents/guardians of a student identified as a close contact will be notified.
Those identified as a close contact will be permitted to attend school if they:
- Provide proof of being fully vaccinated; OR
- Provide proof of an independent positive COVID-19 test within the past six months.
FCS will continue other mitigation procedures already in place such as hand washing, social distancing, and operating the HVAC system to optimize ventilation. Masking on buses will also continue until the federal mandate is lifted. We ask that parents/guardians monitor your child’s health and keep them home when they are ill. The COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCS website will continue to be updated daily.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
On Monday, the FCS School Board will vote on a recommendation to return to mask optional but recommended status in indoor spaces. The Johnson County Health Department has been working with each school district to define its individual plan. A recognition that the COVID-19 data varies for each district in the county and may dictate different approaches has been at the forefront of these conversations.
Using the district’s COVID-19 data to inform decisions about mitigation measures is the foundation of the revised procedures. Highlights of the new procedures include:
- Returning to mask optional but recommended status.
- Using the 2% student positivity rate in a school building as the threshold to trigger a mask requirement with rates below 1% allowing a return to mask optional but recommended.
- Allowing greater flexibility with regard to contact tracing and quarantines.
- Continuing to work closely with Dr. Qualls in response to changing conditions.
The plan proposed by FCS has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Qualls of the Johnson County Health Department.
FCS will continue other mitigation procedures already in place such as hand washing, social distancing, and operating the HVAC system to optimize ventilation. Masking on buses will also continue until the federal mandate is lifted. The COVID-19 Dashboard on the FCS website will continue to be updated daily.
Due to the upcoming production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the October School Board meeting will take place at Franklin Community Middle School. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 18, 2021, at 7:00 pm.