CWC Schools Look to Normal School Year
Carmi-White County CUSD #5 is looking forward to returning to a more normal 2021-2022 school year.
Carmi White County School Board President and Brad Lee, Unit Five Superintendent, explained they realize parents, students and even staff have many questions and concerns about returning to class.
They pointed out the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has fully adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance for schools released on July 9.
The guidance currently allows elected school boards local control.
C-WC #5 successfully navigated the 2020-2021 school year by having students in attendance 5 days a week with no interruptions during the year. A point the administrators were proud of.
They explained this could not have been accomplished without the support from staff, students, parents, community, and the Egyptian Health Department.
The Unit #5 board of education and administration ask for everyone’s assistance as we prepare for the upcoming year and encouraged eligible students and staff to get vaccinated.
At this time, per ISBE, remote instruction will only be made available for non-vaccinated or vaccine ineligible students who are under quarantine as directed by the local health department or IDPH.
Carmi-White County CUSD #5 schools will operate in accordance with the CDC’s updated (July 9, 2021) Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools. These guidelines include the following:
- Masks are recommended but not required at this time.
- Unless exempt by CDC order, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school transportation.
- Maintain 3 feet of social distancing as much as possible.
- Additional cleaning and disinfection will be utilized.
- Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will be maintained.
- Contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation will be directed by the health department.
- Monitor daily symptom checking.
- BinaxNow or Shield Testing will only be utilized with parental permission.
- Optional vaccination clinics will be offered to eligible staff and students.
In the event of a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in the community, the board of education and administration, in consultation with the local public health department, will utilize community based student and staff data to implement appropriate layered mitigation strategies.
Lee and Fulkderson thanked everyone for their cooperation as “we work together for another successful school year!”