Dear Clark-Shawnee Families,
The Clark-Shawnee Board of Education met for a special board meeting on September 14, 2021 and agreed to extend the mask requirement for students and staff through October 1, 2021.
This was a difficult decision for the Board of Education to make. As we’ve shared with our community many times, we believe it is critically important for our students to be at school in person as much as possible. This is important not just for their educational progress, but for their mental health and social-emotional development.
When we started the school year without a mask requirement, we quickly saw a number of our students missing school due to quarantine. In response, our Board of Education approved a short-term mask requirement while we invited community input and researched other options. The mask requirement has been effective so far in reducing the number of students missing school due to quarantine.
We have had 10 positive cases with exposure dates since September 7, 2021. These have resulted in eight close contacts being quarantined.
Our percentage of students quarantined has decreased from 18 percent on August 31 to 2 percent on September 14.
Because of these results, the Board of Education elected to extend the mask requirement through October 1, 2021. During this time, we will continue to pursue other options and avenues for keeping our students safely learning in person together as much as possible.
The Board of Education and Administration remain committed to providing students with as much in-person learning as possible this year. We will continue to keep you updated about our efforts and decisions about how we will navigate this at Clark-Shawnee Schools.
Mr. Brian Kuhn
Clark-Shawnee Local Schools