Following guidance from our local health department, MTSD designed a framework of decision-making factors for assessing the safety of its students and staff by tracking key data points related to the spread and current risk of COVID-19 infection in our area and within our school buildings.
The Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department regularly updates a public dashboard related to confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ozaukee County, as well as in Mequon-Thiensville ZIP codes. The data point of Burden, or level of community spread, is a primary indicator of risk across the community for transmission of COVID-19. Burden is defined as the total number of positive cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks. District officials will monitor the burden of COVID-19 in Mequon and Thiensville ZIP codes (53092 and 53097) and consider these levels when determining a need to shift across instructional scenarios to promote the health of our students and staff members and/or reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
The following framework localizes the guidance provided within the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department's Decision-Making Framework for Schools:
|Risk Level||Instructional Scenario||Decision-Framework|
|LOW RISK||A: On Campus Instruction for All Students||Instructional Scenario A will be considered when Burden is LOW RISK (<10) for fourteen consecutive days in MTSD ZIP codes.|
|MODERATE RISK||B: On Campus Instruction with Maximum Physical Distancing||Instructional Scenario B will be considered when Burden is MODERATE RISK (10-99) for fourteen consecutive days in MTSD ZIP codes.|
|HIGH RISK||C: On Campus Instruction with Maximum Physical Distancing and Minimal Physical Contacts||Instructional Scenario C will be considered when Burden is HIGH RISK (100-349) for fourteen consecutive days in MTSD ZIP codes.|
|VERY HIGH RISK||D: Distance Learning for All Students||Instructional Scenario D will be considered when Burden registers as VERY HIGH RISK (>350) in MTSD ZIP codes.|
Note: Decisions regarding the need to shift across instructional scenarios will not be made based solely on Burden. Movement between instructional scenarios will continue to be done in consultation with local health officials to ensure decision-making promotes public health in our community.
Any time Burden is considered Very High Risk, the District will regularly consult with local health officials to determine if a shift to Instructional Scenario D: Distance Learning for All Students is necessary. A thorough review of the District’s internal decision-making factors at each District school, and across the District will be included in discussions with local health officials during this time.
The school district’s use of Burden data to inform decisions will be made in conjunction with the recommendations of our local health department. When new information is shared, the District will adjust to maintain alignment with such input and recommendations.
During an active pandemic, we anticipate a greater likelihood of absences by our regular employees along with the potential for the more limited availability of substitute staff members. Additionally, student absence due to illness will likely increase. To ensure our ability to provide adequate student supervision at a minimum and effective learning opportunities for our students in our preferred state, we will monitor employee and student attendance on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Further, daily communication between the district and its contracted service partners ensures that all staff needed to support on campus learning are available as well. Monitoring the availability of our contracted services employees includes tracking trends that will help identify the need to enact contingency plans.
MTSD has constructed the dashboard below that includes data associated with both internal and external decision-making factors. The dashboard has been constructed using data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Washington Ozaukee Health Department.