This school year, the Mequon-Thiensville School District has implemented layered COVID-19 mitigation strategies approved by the MTSD Board of Education in August 2021. The MTSD COVID-19 Mitigation Levels are based on the level of community transmission (burden) in Ozaukee County provided by the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department (WOPHD) on its public-facing COVID-19 dashboard. MTSD uses this information, along with our internal positive case data, as a guide in determining whether the district should undergo a shift in mitigation strategies as outlined by our COVID-19 Mitigation Levels chart.
Internally, the District is managing the highest number of positive cases across our school buildings that we have seen since the start of the school year. Additionally, on the evening of Tuesday, December 14, 2021, the WOPHD dashboard indicated that the level of community transmission has reached 419.2. This means that beginning on Thursday, December 16, face coverings are required indoors for all individuals in the school environment regardless of vaccination status or grade level.
As a reminder, per updated guidance provided by the WOPHD, quarantine is not required for students who are identified as close contact to a positive case of COVID-19 when both students are wearing a face covering. Close contacts will continue to be documented and communications will be sent. In order to drop back down to the HIGH-risk level and optional face-covering requirements in Grades 7-12, the Ozaukee County burden level would need to register below 350 for 14 consecutive calendar days. Appropriate communication will be shared accordingly as that date is tracked.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this shift in mitigation level, please contact your building principal directly for support. We are grateful for your cooperation and understanding as we continue navigating the ongoing pandemic, together.