As we conclude the 2020-2021 school year, I want to update you on our plans and procedures regarding the wearing of masks and mitigation strategies heading into the summer months and the school year in the fall.
Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 21-12 mandating the wearing of masks in schools expires May 31, 2021. Effective June 1, 2021, the wearing of masks will be optional in Concord Community Schools in all settings except for when an individual is determined to be a close contact. Masks will be optional for Concord High School commencement ceremonies on June 3.
We will continue to comply with any future executive orders from the governor’s office. In addition, we will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community and will put mitigation practices in place as needed. Any change to this policy will be communicated in a timely fashion.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate, and those who are determined to be close contacts will either follow the procedures outlined below, or quarantine at home. Individuals determined to be school-based close contacts may remain at school if they meet the following conditions:
- Close contact must provide their own transportation.
- Immediately quarantine if symptoms develop.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay at least 3 feet (was 6 feet) from other individuals.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth at all times when around others, including recess.
- Eat meals in an isolated location.
- Maintain six feet of physical distance and remain masked at all times during extra-curricular activities.
The wide availability of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as low-transmission rates among young people and within schools are facts upon which this decision is based. This decision was made in consultation with the Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Bethany Wait.
We anticipate a normal summer school and school year beginning in August. This includes a 5-day school week with students attending in-person in the traditional fashion. Our COVID-19 monitoring and mitigation will be based on local data in consultation with local health officials.
We would like to thank our families for your help in making this truly unusual school year a success, and for the important role you played in encouraging social distancing and the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate your partnership and support and look forward to a more “normal” school year in the fall!
Concord Community Schools