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.
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