Preliminary plan for the 2021-22 school year
As the Hamilton School District prepares for the 2021-22 school year, it is investigating families’ interest in a virtual learning option for students in grades 4K – 6.
- A virtual option will be offered in grades 4K – 6 if there is sufficient interest because a vaccine is not yet available for children under age 12.
- The virtual model will be available only in those grades that have sufficient enrollment.
- Grades 7-12 will not have a virtual option because a vaccine for these students is readily available.
- Masks will be optional for students and staff during the 2021-22 school year.
- The district reserves the right to require masks if a significant community or school COVID-19 outbreak occurs.
- Federal regulations still mandate the use of masks while on busses, and the district will continue to follow federal, state and county health department regulations. Families may opt out of riding the bus.
- Close contacts will not need to quarantine, however, the district reserves the right to adjust procedures to respond appropriately to health related concerns, recommendations and guidelines.
- Enhanced electrostatic and ultraviolet light cleaning and sanitizing after the school day and increased ventilation in classrooms throughout the day will continue.
- Visitors and volunteers will be allowed in schools, including resuming Seniors & Students Volunteer Program activities.
- Classroom cohort guidelines will be relaxed.
- Students will be able to work in groups.
- Music classes will not be restricted.
- Field trips may resume.
- Hand sanitizers will be provided for all classrooms and common areas.
- Emergency Remote Learning or livestreaming will be limited and accessible only to students home due to COVID-19.
Next steps after students have been vaccinated
Students who have been vaccinated may wonder about what action to take if they are in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. If a fully vaccinated student is identified as a close contact at school, please notify district nurses as soon as possible. The nurses will confirm vaccine dates and clear the student from having to quarantine. Students will still need to monitor for symptoms for 14-day after exposure, but they are not required to quarantine if they are symptom free. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services created a “Next Step After Vaccination” flyer that has more details.