Etude Elementary School, a charter school member of the Sheboygan area school district, now requires masks for all students, staff and visitors to the school.

Families were informed of the measure in a letter from study group director Ted Hamm after the positive COVID-19 rate in the student body surpassed the 5% threshold on Thursday afternoon November 18. The mandatory masking policy went into effect last Friday.

The Sheboygan area school district COVID-19 dashboard on Friday showed a study with a total of 13 students affected, four of those listed as “new,” for a positive student percentage rate of 7, 43%. Additionally, 2 of 12 staff members were also positive, for a positive staff percentage rate of 16.67%.

A policy adopted by the SASD board of directors on October 13 states that “when positive cases of active COVID-19 students reach 5% of the student population in a building, all students, staff and visitors should wear face coverings for a minimum of 7 calendar days, and until the building student positive case rate drops below 5%.

According to Hamm’s letter, masking will become optional as of Monday, November 29 unless extended, in which case a message would be sent to families.

Hamm noted in the letter that an overall increase in COVID-19 has been observed at the Elementary Study, and with robust testing available on site and throughout the district, families have been strongly encouraged to test for the disease. The Etude on-site testing clinic is open to students, staff, and families Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


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