September 24, 2021
Dear SCCTC Family,
The 2021-2022 school year is underway, and we are beyond elated to have our students back in the classrooms. Watching our teachers and staff engage in the love of teaching and working with your students - students who chose us - is why we continue to lead workforce development education in this community. Our goal is to maintain in-person learning full-time, five days a week. We firmly believe this is the best way to deliver hands-on career technical education and it is essential to the social-emotional wellbeing of the whole student. The only way we can continue to reinforce an environment dedicated to ensuring students are career ready, college ready, AND life ready is with your support.
As the school year began, our hope was to move past the COVID-19 stresses experienced over the past 18 months. However, we knew that we had to be prepared to adjust our safety protocols quickly and efficiently if unsafe health conditions emerged.
An analysis of our data between August 31, 2021 - September 19, 2021, indicates we can do better at keeping students in school. Please find relevant data points below:
- Approximately 260 staff or students were isolated or quarantined
- 33/260 or 12.7% were positive cases that had to be isolated
- 227/260 students were identified as contacts to a positive case in either the community or at the SCCTC
- 66/227 or 32% of staff or students identified as close contacts were able to remain in school-based upon quarantine guidelines surrounding distance, face masks, and/or vaccination status
- 32/227 or 14% of students identified within the school setting were within close contact during lunch; a space where only vaccination status may permit a student to remain in school pending the distance from the positive case
- 104/227 or 46% of staff or students who, when applying quarantine guidelines, were required to be quarantined based on contact within the school setting
When all factors are considered, approximately 46% of those quarantined would have been able to remain in school if they had been wearing a face mask.
Keeping Students in School
When determining whether a student is unable to come to school due to quarantine, the District is required to follow the Guidelines for Quarantine After Exposure in the K-12 Classroom Settings, published by the ODH and CCCHD.
Our two main objectives are to keep students and staff safe AND to keep students learning in person. With that said, according to the CDC, ODH, and CCCHD guidelines for quarantine after exposure in K-12 settings, vaccinated individuals may remain in the classroom and participate in extracurricular activities, sports, and/or early placement opportunities as long as they are symptom-free. Additionally, if the exposed individual was unvaccinated, but wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing, they can also remain in the classroom and participate in sports, extracurricular activities, and/or early placement opportunities as long as they are symptom-free. This is only possible under the following conditions:
- Masking for students and staff (regardless of vaccination status).
- Strategies to maximize physical distancing (at least 3 feet social distance).
- Documented COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures (identification of individuals experiencing symptoms, strategies to increase ventilation, protocols for cleaning, etc.).
Our masking requirement applies to anyone on our campus, including visitors. If you will be visiting our campus for any reason, please plan to bring a face mask to wear. We also have disposable masks available in the school office.
As a public school district, it is our responsibility to provide students with the best possible education. Knowing from past experience that students learn best in-person - especially CTE lab experience - the SCCTC will continue to proactively implement every possible level of protection to ensure the safety of our students and staff and remain in the classroom.
Therefore, to continue safe in-person instruction and limit the number of required quarantines, the District will require masks for all students, staff, and visitors inside all district buildings beginning Monday, September 27, 2021.
Labs in which industry standards indicate masking poses a risk to the safety of the individual will be the exception. In these labs, instructors will ensure safety and distancing.
Students who are unable to safely wear a mask due to disability or who may qualify for an approved exemption should contact our school nurse to obtain the necessary exemption form. Exemptions only apply to the requirement to wear a mask. It does not exempt the student from the impact of quarantine.
Please note that data will be reviewed on a weekly basis to determine the necessity of masking.
Career Ready. College Ready. Life Ready.
Based on community voice, the District is aware that parents and students exist on both sides of the mask debate. We are not here to debate the science of masking, but we do believe that we can keep more students in school learning by applying the quarantine guidelines with respect to mask-wearing. The Springfield-Clark CTC Board of Education and District Administration value and respect the perspectives of all of our families. I ask you to come together and support one another to ensure the health and safety of our students and keep them all learning in person together.
Thank you, stay well, and know that we will continue to make sure we do our part in making sure our students are Career Ready. College Ready. Life Ready.
Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center