Black Hawk School
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2021-2022 COVID-19 Plan (Updated 1/17/2022)
Parent's Guide to COVID-19 and Schools
Test to Stay Procedures
- Students may not ride the bus to school in the morning during the quarantine time but may ride home after school if the test is negative in the morning.
- Students who will participate in our daily Test to Stay will report to the District testing site from 7:30-8:00 a.m. each morning for rapid antigen COVID-19 testing. If the test is negative and the student is having no symptoms, the student can report to class.
- If the rapid test would be positive, the individual would need to go home from school and isolate. A confirming PCR COVID test would need to be done. If this test would be positive, the student would need to be isolated for 5 days AND until symptom free and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
- Students may continue to attend class in a Test to Stay status for 5 days after deemed a close contact if they:
- are tested daily for 5 days from date of exposure
- are asymptomatic
- A signed parent/guardian permission form must be completed and on file at school for students to receive school-based testing.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who meet the definition of close contact and remain asymptomatic are not required to quarantine or participate in the Test to Stay Program. However, we recommend students get tested 5 days after their exposure date.
- The Black Hawk School District reserves the right to quarantine students without an option to Test to Stay if there is an outbreak within a classroom, school, or extracurricular group.
- If testing materials are not available for the district the Test to Stay program will be temporarily suspended
- Individuals who are symptomatic must be evaluated for COVID-19 infection and are not eligible for Test to Stay unless they receive a documented negative viral test after symptom onset.
Dear Parents and Guardians of Black Hawk School District
As many of you are aware there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state of Wisconsin in both children and adults. I work in a hospital setting and am seeing this daily, especially within the past week. Normally healthy people are falling severely ill. I do not want to debate the vaccine or wearing of masks, but these have been proven to reduce transmission and/or symptoms if you do become ill with COVID-19. If you are not yet vaccinated, please consider reaching out to local health departments or your doctor, and get a vaccine or booster.
As we continue to navigate the school year, it will be imperative that students are NOT sent to school if there are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Shortness of Breath of Difficulty Breathing
Muscle or Body Aches
New Loss of Taste or Smell
Congestion or Runny Nose
Nausea or Vomiting
Fever of 100.4 or Higher
We understand that keeping a child home from school may place an undue burden on a parent or guardian, however, we are strongly encouraging this as another step in the prevention of COVID-19. Please know that if a student presents to the office with any of the above complaints, they will be sent home from school with the expectation that a parent/guardian be available to pick them up relatively quickly to prevent potential exposures. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any concerns.
Sara A Kaster MSN, APNP, FNP-BC
Black Hawk School District Nurse
School Bus Mask Order
Are masks required on school buses?
Yes, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC’s Order. Operators of school buses should refer to the Department of Education’s COVID-19 Handbook pdf icon[PDF – 27 pages]external icon for additional guidance.
A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.