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GATING CRITERIA QUICK FACTS

  • Mask Optional Gating Criteria are in effect Monday, November 15th, 2021.

  • The four criteria will be reviewed for a school building to determine the masking status.

  • Building status will be determined weekly by local health officials and district administration.

    • The primary consideration will be Category 4 and the superintendent and health officials may consider data from Categories 1 through 3 to determine that status of wearing masks.

  • Communication with building status will be sent via SwiftReach directly to parents by noon Sunday and updated on our Covid Updates page.

  • Staff and students will still be required to wear a mask on all school transportation. This includes extracurricular activities, field trips, etc.

  • Individuals/families that choose to continue to wear masks even during a possible mask optional phase are encouraged to do so.

  • The Board of Education shall review from time to time, this policy, and may make changes based on trends, data and other factors.

BUILDING STATUS DEFINITIONS

Mask Optional
- Masks are optional based on the gating criteria with the primary consideration given to Category 4 with consideration given to Category 1, 2 and 3.

Mask Required - Masks are required based on the gating criteria in which Category 4 exceeds 3% absenteeism by building with consideration given to categories 1, 2, and 3.

MASK GATING CRITERIA

USD 250 has been monitoring COVID incidents closely, and have continued to be in close communication with Crawford County Health Officials in an effort to make decisions that will be in the best interest of all of our students and staff.  The original gating criteria which were implemented on October 4th, have been used as a guide for the decision making process for masking purposes.  However, not all of the actual data collected and compared against our gating criteria, have proven to have an impact on our school buildings. After reviewing the data with Crawford County Health Officials, it was recommended that we adjust the gating criteria to more appropriately match the true impact on our schools.

 The USD 250 Board has made adjustments to the gating criteria to more accurately reflect the impact of COVID in our buildings, and to preserve a safe environment for all.  

**table below scrollable on mobile view

Category

Benchmark

1
County incident rate

Monitor county incident rates and their relationship to specific school buildings

2
Trend in County incidence rate

Stable or decreasing over two weeks and their relationship to specific school buildings

3
Local / referring
hospital capacity

20% or greater with regional referring capacity

4
Student/Staff absenteeism

Less than 3% absences related to COVID-19 in the educational building.

Crawford County Health Department officials and district administration will meet weekly, or more frequently when necessary, to discuss current data that is used to determine if the mask-optional opportunity is available for your child’s educational building.  Following this meeting, a communication will be sent directly to parents and staff through SwiftReach. This communication will be sent after 4:00 pm on Friday and no later than Sunday at noon. This will come from the District Office and will include the status of each building in the district. This information will also be posted on the Covid Updates page on the USD 250 website. To see your building's current mask status visit this page.

Individuals/families that choose to continue to wear masks even during a mask optional phase are encouraged to do so.

It is important to understand that your child’s mask optional opportunity may change due to absenteeism rates within your child’s building or due to county incidence rates.  Students will need to have a mask ready if this determination is made.  It is the responsibility of the child and/or parent to have a mask ready if required.  If the determination is made that mask will be required in the building, the building administrator will send out a notification to parents.

MASK WEARING IS STILL REQUIRED ON ALL USD 250 TRANSPORTATION

Students and staff are still required by Federal Order to wear a mask on public transportation, which includes all district transportation. Your child will still be required to wear a mask on a school bus, school van, or any other form of school transportation.  This includes extracurricular activities, field trips, etc. Once again, it is the student’s responsibility to have a mask ready to wear if they are going to use school district transportation services.

FAQ

What changes for my student?

If your student is in a building that meets the mask optional gating criteria they are given the choice to wear a mask in that building. If your child rides USD 250 transportation to and from school or for an activity they are still required to wear a mask while on the bus. 

Who created the Criteria? 

These criteria are recommended by the Crawford County Health Department and approved by the USD 250 Board of Education.

I have children in different buildings, will each child have a different mask status?
Mask status is per building, there is a potential that one building could be mask optional while another building is mask required. 

Why does my student need to bring a mask if their building is on mask optional status?

While our intention is that a building status will be determined each week if a change needs to be made immediately due to a change in data we ask that students have a mask available. Parents will be notified by their building principal if a change like this is made.

My student rides a bus, why isn’t the mask optional criteria available for transportation? 

Students and staff are still required by Federal Order to wear a mask on public transportation, which includes extracurricular activities, field trips, etc. This federal order supersedes local mask gating criteria.