Updated DOH Order
Dear Wildcat Families,
In looking at this most recent memo regarding the Governors Press Conference yesterday you will notice a couple of changes to existing policy that I will try to summarize for you. Changes are in red text and amount to the following:
- Under previous rules, parents were not given a choice of whether or not their child would be quarantined if exposed to a positive case. Now, parents may opt to NOT have their child quarantined although it will still be recommended by administration IF they are exposed to a positive case. Because the rules on quarantining changed with the mask mandate still in place until October 29th we feel this will be non-impactful for us.
- Effective September 29th indoor unmasking will be permitted if social distancing of 6 feet or more can be achieved.
Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ongoing amoeba together (my science folks should like this analogy😊). Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Rick Fleming, Principal
West Shore Jr/ Sr. High School
As you have likely already heard, today the Florida Surgeon General issued an Emergency Rule that changes quarantine processes for students, which I will outline below but I have also attached the new rule for in the event you want to read the exact language. Please be advised – the rule applies to students but we have decided to apply the same parameters to employees for the sake of consistency. I’ve broken the information into several parts below:
Parents or legal guardians of students who are known to have been in direct contact with an individual who is positive for COVID19 may (a) allow the student to attend school, school-sponsored activities, or be on school property, without restrictions or disparate treatment, so long as the student remains asymptomatic or (b) quarantine the student for a period of time not to exceed seven days from the date of the last direct contact with an individual that is positive for COVID19. The above is parent choice. This new rule applies to students who are currently out on quarantine and allows the parent to return the student school effective immediately.
The processes for students who are positive for COVID-19 have not changed.
Please see attachments entitled Covid 21-22_09.22.21_English and Covid 21-22 V2 9.22 Spanish for the flowcharts developed by the state – the requirements are clearly and succinctly laid out in the attachment. Please also see COVID-19 BPS Template Letter for Student-Contact to Case DOH 09.22.21 for the letters to send home. The DOH-Brevard will provide letters in Spanish once they come from the DOH-Florida. You will still notify close contacts as you have been doing so the parent knows the student has been in close contact with a positive case but the decision to quarantine the student or not is the parent’s.
Although the DOH Emergency Rule does not apply to employees, for the sake of consistency, we have decided to apply same parameters to employees. If your employees have questions about quarantining or not, please work with them to follow whatever makes most sense to the employee given the same parameters as described above for students (as with students, vaccination status no longer matters – an unvaccinated employee may follow the same rule as above). If an employee determines it is in his/her best interest to quarantine, please be advised the quarantine length is not to exceed seven days with return on day 8. FFCRA leave will still apply if the employee has not previously used it this school year.
- Mask Mandate:
The School Board voted 3-2 Tuesday night to extend the emergency mask mandate to October 29th. The mandate, which was put into place on August 30th, was set to expire at the end of this month. The Board also changed language in the emergency mask mandate to allow people to remove masks while indoors if they are socially distanced by at least six feet. That part of the policy goes into effect on September 29th. More information will be forthcoming.
- COVID-19 Reporting Form:
You will continue to document on the reporting form those students who are positive cases and those students whose parents choose to quarantine them. Students whose parents choose to not quarantine will not be reported on the reporting form.