Highland County Schools release proposed COVID-19 mitigation plan, calendar for new school year

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HIGHLAND COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Highland County Public Schools has released its new 2021-22 proposed COVID-19 Mitigation Plan and a new proposed start date for the new school year, which will be presented at the school board meeting Monday evening.

Highlights of the proposed plan — which will be presented during the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Sept. 13 — include the following:

  • Masks will be required for all students, staff, teachers and visitors, regardless of vaccination status
  • Masks must be worn at all times on school buses.
  • Only visitors with appointments will be allowed into a school.
  • Students will be required to wear a cloth mask in common areas, hallways and whenever entering or exiting a building.
  • Students and staff are being asked to provide their own face covering, if possible; however, if a student or staff member needs one, the school will provide one.
  • Students unable to wear a face covering for documented medical reasons will be kept at least six feet away from others. Families with vulnerable students need to talk to their family doctor to make sure a return to in-person learning is in the best interest of the child.
  • If a student refuses to wear a mask, they will not be allowed to attend classes. They will be placed in a supervised area and a parent will be called.

A copy of the full plan can be found below.

The Highland County School Board will also discuss the proposed 2021-22 calendar for the new school year, which is now slated to begin on Sept. 20 instead of Oct. 1.

The proposed calendar can be found below.

(Image courtesy of Highland County Public Schools).

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