Dear LCSS Families,
As we returned from Christmas break, our school community was challenged by a high number of COVID-19 cases. Although there was a lot of stress on our teachers, students, and their families, we have successfully navigated through the worst of the Omicron variant.
With evidence that COVID-19 is becoming a milder infection in most people, and at a time when all adults and youth in K-12 settings have been offered vaccination, we are releasing new guidance making a pivot away from individualized contact tracing in our schools and towards strategies of symptom monitoring and mask wearing only during periods of high community case incidence or as a result of testing positive with COVID-19. This simpler, more flexible approach acknowledges that we have reached a unique point in the COVID-19 pandemic and are transitioning to a point where we coexist alongside COVID-19 in our communities.
LCSS will be moving forward with the following guidance:
Beginning Monday, February 7, we will be returning to a mask-optional policy for our entire school system.
LCSS tracks a 2-week incidence rate by school and will work in collaboration with our local health department on hospitalization rates for timing of mask-optional approaches.
Students and staff who have respiratory symptoms are strongly encouraged to stay home while symptomatic.
Per CDC guidance, individuals with respiratory symptoms who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 can return to school 5 days after symptom onset, provided they are asymptomatic or have resolving symptoms (including resolution of fever) and will continue to wear a mask at all times for 5 additional days. No additional tests are required to return to school.
Exposure to COVID-19 from a household member: Due to high risk of secondary transmission from household members, students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 from a household member should wear a mask at all times during a 7-day modified period and watch for symptoms until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
We hope these changes will help begin the process of returning our schools to their pre-pandemic footing and normalize the lives of our children and our community. Your patience and support as we have navigated the pandemic have meant a great deal to your children’s teachers and the administrators and staff that support them. Thank you.
Lafayette Catholic School System