Mequon-Thiensville School District
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Safe & Healthy Buildings


The MTSD COVID-19 Monitoring System Dashboard will be maintained on the District’s public website and include data associated with availability of students. 

Parents entrust schools not only with their child’s intellectual development and social growth, but also with their child’s safety, health, and well‐being during the school day. Maintaining safe and healthy educational environments for our students and staff members is of the utmost importance to us. Additionally, the 2020-2021 school year provided us with new experiences to inform our approach to maintaining safe and healthy school buildings. To that end, we have established protocols and procedures for the prevention of, preparedness for, and response to emergency health situations.

For the 2021-2022 school year, part of our approach to Safe & Healthy Buildings will include the use of COVID-19 Mitigation Levels to guide our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Internal & External Considerations

In addition to our mitigation strategies, the internal and external considerations below will be tracked and monitored regularly. Together, these methods will inform our COVID-19 response and guide decision-making:

  • Internal Considerations: Availability of students and staff members
  • External Decision-Making Factors: Community levels

Ongoing Communicable Disease Mitigation

The following strategies are part of local health guidance and ongoing District provisions that maximize prevention and protection against communicable diseases within our school environments regardless of pandemic status.

Targeted Mitigation Strategies

Additionally, the MTSD will implement the following strategies specific to COVID-19 transmission throughout the 2021-22 school year to promote healthy school environments.

MTSD COVID-19 Mitigation Levels

MTSD COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies are consistent with the most recent Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department (WOPHD) and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance (February 22, 2022) on safely operating schools. MTSD will implement the following layered mitigation strategies based on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels - a measure of the impact of COVID-19 illness on health and healthcare systems in Ozaukee County.

 

Level of Community Transmission Layered Mitigation Strategies
LOW

Face Coverings Optional

Communication of Positive Cases
When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, families and staff members in the affected school building or program will be notified.

 

MEDIUM

Face Coverings Optional
Face coverings are optional, and recommended, if an individual is immunocompromised or at high risk for disease.

Communication of Positive Cases & Access to Testing

HIGH

Face Coverings Recommended
Face coverings should be worn in schools by individuals not experiencing symptoms who have had exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Communication of Positive Cases & Access to Testing

 

Communication for Shifting Levels

MTSD will monitor CDC Community Levels as they are updated. When the data necessitates a shift in mitigation levels, the district will send out an email message to all families promptly.