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School Board Discusses COVID, After School Plans

By Travis Volz

The West Washington County Unit District 10 School Board set metrics for a return to masking if necessary and discussed plans for a new after school care program during Wednesday night’s meeting.

After consulting with health officials and other school administrators, Superintendent Keith Senior asked for approval to return to masks if more than six students on either end of the building test positive for COVID.

Senior said that other districts set the threshhold for a return to masking at three percent of the student population, but proposed that Okawville schools’ limit be a bit lower.

“Three percent would be about eight kids on either the grade school side or the junior-senior high school side,” Senior said. “During the worst weeks of the pandemic, the most students we had test positive was nine.”

Contact between OJSHS and OGS students is minimal, which is why each end of the building will have their own counts. Teachers who float between the schools would be required to wear a mask or not, depending on which side they are on.

Parents can also still request COVID tests for children who may have been in close contact with a positive case. 

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