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School districts in SE Wisconsin adjust COVID-19 mitigation efforts after DHS sends letter

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jan 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-11 06:21:52-05

With concerns over COVID-19 spreading in area schools, a number of school districts in southeast Wisconsin held meetings Monday evening to come up with revised COVID policies.

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board's main goal was to keep their students learning in person in the safest way possible.

Districts throughout Southeast Wisconsin are modifying their Covid mitigation plans as case counts continue to rise.
Districts throughout Southeast Wisconsin are modifying their Covid mitigation plans as case counts continue to rise.

"Our effort is to keep students in school, which means we need to keep students that have been exposed out of school," said district Superintendent, Dr. Martin Lexmond.

The district ordered 10,000 N95 and KN95 masks for their students and staff.

They also adjusted their quarantine protocol, so if a student has a positive test, then that test date will mark day 0 and they will be out for the five days following that.

Over in West Bend, similar moves were made as board members decided to shorten their quarantine periods.

Districts throughout Southeast Wisconsin are modifying their Covid mitigation plans as case counts continue to rise.
Districts throughout Southeast Wisconsin are modifying their Covid mitigation plans as case counts continue to rise.

The Greendale School District met after deciding to keep their students virtual for some time, a decision that had parents concerned.

All of these conversations were happening shortly after the Department of Health Services sent out a letter to every public and private school in the state.

Districts throughout Southeast Wisconsin are modifying their Covid mitigation plans as case counts continue to rise.
Department of Health Services sent out a letter to every public and private school in the state.

The three-page letter written by Paula Tran, State Health Officer, and Dr. Ryan Westergaard, detailed their recommendations to have schools provide a safe learning environment. Along with testing, vaccines, and quarantine protocols, they urged all schools to require masks. The letter also included resources for districts to order KN95 or N95 masks.

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