PCS Roadmap to Recovery

RETURN TO SCHOOL GUIDE

2021-2022

PCS Roadmap to Recovery: Return to School Guide 2021-22

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definition for recovery
1. a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
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The implementation of this guidance featured in the Putnam County Schools (PCS) Roadmap to Recovery has been developed utilizing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health officials, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), and Governor’s Executive Orders.

It is important to note that the PCS Roadmap to Recovery is subject to change as additional information about the spread and prevention of COVID-19 is known. Directives may evolve as they are received from Governor Jim Justice, public health officials, and the WVDE. All West Virginia County Boards of Education must be prepared to alter their guidance to comply with any new directives to best safeguard student health while providing opportunities for learning.

Children benefit from in-person instruction, and when mitigation is implemented and enforced, it is safe for them to do so. Heightened transmission rates experienced in communities have not been reflected within the schools. In-person instruction will be fully implemented with school mitigation measures and prevention strategies in place.

Mitigation Measures & Prevention Strategies
PCS continues to monitor health conditions in our community. Our conversations with the Putnam County Health Department (PCHD) and the WVDE are ongoing. It continues to be critical that we all follow best health practices as outlined by our health officials so our students can continue to learn in-person.

Please know that the health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. PCS will continue to implement a variety of health and safety measures designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses including:

  • Face Coverings/MasksNo Mask Mandate (CDC Recommendations Below)

    • In areas with substantial and high transmission, the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta Variant and to protect others.

    • While masking is not mandated at PCS, when teachers, staff, and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves. As referenced in the WVDE’s “School Recovery & Guidance Document,” unvaccinated individuals who are within three to six feet (close contact) of an infected person where both are wearing masks will not be required to quarantine.

  • Cleaning and Disinfection

    • In general, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove potential viruses that may be on surfaces. Disinfecting (using disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list) removes any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.

  • Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette

    • People should practice proper respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the elbow followed by handwashing) to keep from getting and spreading infectious illnesses including COVID-19. Schools will monitor and reinforce these behaviors as well as provide adequate supplies.

    • Frequent handwashing with soap and water must occur throughout the school day. Hand Sanitizer of 60% alcohol base can be used in place of soap and water. However, this should not replace washing hands with soap and water. After using hand sanitizer three times, it is encouraged that students and staff wash hands with soap and water.

  • Social Distancing to the Greatest Extent Possible

    • Because of the importance of in-person learning, schools, where not everyone is fully vaccinated, should implement social or physical distancing to the greatest extent possible within their structures but should not exclude students from in-person learning to keep a minimum distance requirement.

  • Contact Tracing

    • PCS will continue to collaborate with state and local health departments, to the extent allowable by privacy laws and other applicable laws, to confidentially provide information about people diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 as may be required. This allows identifying which students, teachers, and staff with positive COVID-19 test results should isolate, and which close contacts should quarantine.

These COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including students, teachers, and staff, who are not fully vaccinated, especially in areas of moderate-to-high community transmission levels. The need for layering specific prevention strategies will vary, and local health officials may implement fewer COVID-19 prevention strategies based on community transmission levels, vaccination coverage, and local policies and regulations.

View the PCS Roadmap to Recovery: Return to School Guide 2021-22 in full HERE.

View the WVDE School Recovery & Guidance Document HERE.