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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. Community transmission data can be viewed through the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department’s public dashboard.

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 transmission levels and local weather

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) guidance (August 18, 2021) on safely operating schools. The MTSD will implement the following layered mitigation strategies in conjunction with the WOPHD’s level of risk for COVID-19 community transmission in Ozaukee County. The scale of Community Transmission (Burden) refers to the total number of cases per 100,000 residents confirmed in the past 7 days. (https://www.washozwi.gov/)

Level of Community TransmissionLayered Mitigation Strategies
LOW/MODERATE RISK (0-49)Face Coverings Optional
The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when face coverings are used along with other preventive measures. When transmission levels are low in Ozaukee County, the use of face coverings is optional.

Important Notice: A current CDC order requires that all students participating in school transportation services wear a face covering while riding the bus.

Contact Tracing and Communication of Close Contacts*
When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, close contacts will be identified through contact tracing and families and staff members will be notified. Quarantine is optional for students determined to be a close contact.

SUBSTANTIAL RISK (50-99)Face Coverings Optional
Face coverings are optional, and recommended, indoors for all individuals in the school environment.

Contact Tracing, Communication of Close Contacts*, Quarantine**
When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, close contacts will be identified through contact tracing and families and staff members will be notified. Quarantine is required for individuals determined to be within 3 feet of a positive case, unless an individual was wearing a face covering.

HIGH RISK (100-349)Face Coverings
Face coverings are required in locations where the COVID-19 vaccine has not been available to all students and staff for at least six weeks (Grades 4K-6). In addition, face coverings are optional, and recommended indoors for all individuals in the Grades 7-12 school environment.


Contact Tracing, Communication of Close Contacts*, Quarantine**
When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, close contacts will be identified through contact tracing and families and staff members will be notified. Quarantine is required for individuals determined to be within 3 feet of a positive case regardless of whether individuals are wearing face coverings.

VERY HIGH RISK (>350)Face Coverings
Face coverings are required indoors for all individuals in the school environment regardless of vaccination status.

Contact Tracing, Communication of Close Contacts*, Quarantine**

*A close contact is defined as an individual who was indoors, within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

**Individuals who are fully vaccinated, or previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 3 months, do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.

Communication for Shifting Levels

MTSD will monitor WOPHD community transmission data when it is updated weekly. When the data necessitates a shift in mitigation levels, the district will send out an email message to all families promptly. If the data necessitates a shift to a higher mitigation level, the new level will be implemented immediately on the following Monday. If the data necessitates a shift to a lower mitigation level, the new mitigation level will be implemented 14 days from the following Monday to ensure that community transmission continues to trend consistently in the lower mitigation level range.