Dear Shelby Families,
We are looking forward to starting the new school year next Tuesday, the 17th. Of course, there are questions as to what this school year will look like with the continued challenges of COVID-19 and hopefully this letter will clarify our protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.
The Shelby City School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students and staff, while still working diligently to promote in-person learning. To that end, we continue to have ongoing conversations with the City of Shelby Health Department (CSHD) in an effort to ensure a healthy, as well as an educationally impactful, school year.
~ While the CSHD is strongly recommending that students and staff wear face coverings during the school day, face coverings will not be required when we begin school on August 17th; they are currently optional for students and staff.
The one exception to optional face coverings is in respect to school transportation. At this time, federal mandates require students and staff wear face coverings while on buses. While there has been some debate over a provision of the Ohio Revised Code that indicates that school buses are not public transportation, we have been advised by legal counsel that the federal order from the CDC supersedes any conflicting state law. Therefore, until further notice, masks will be required on school transportation.
Other important aspects to keep in mind as we begin the school are:
~ Physical distancing of 3 to 6 feet will be utilized to the greatest extent possible. We recognize this may not be possible in all our buildings or classroom settings and that our staff must balance this with maintaining effective and nurturing environments. Please note that the answer to the initial question in the flow chart linked below, “does the school have all of the following in place?” will be “No.” We are not requiring the masking for all students and staff regardless of their vaccination status, nor are we able to guarantee physical distancing in all situations, at all times.
~ The school district asks that individuals who are ill or who are showing symptoms of an infectious illness to please stay home until symptom free.
~ The City of Shelby Health Department will manage the isolation of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. One may expect to be isolated/quarantined for up to 10 days from the date of the positive test.
~ The City of Shelby Health Department, in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health guidelines below, will be managing the quarantining of individuals who are determined to be close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The Shelby City School District will work closely with the City of Shelby Health Department, and to the best of our ability, determine close contacts that take place in a school setting or at a school-sponsored event.
~ Please also know that the district will continue to promote healthy practices such as physical distancing, hand washing, deep cleaning, etc.
Again, we are looking forward to a very successful school year for all of our students and we appreciate your support in this effort. Please continue to check our school website at www.shelbyk12.org for up-to-date and timely information throughout the school year; go Whippets!
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools