Fond du Lac School District Implements Mask Mandates Friday, January 7 Through January 24
An increase in COVID-19 cases among students and staff has resulted in the implementation of mask mandates within the Fond du Lac School district beginning Friday, January 7.
Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Fleig shared with KFIZ News a letter sent out to district students and families on Thursday. The letter states:
Dear Fond du Lac School District School Families and Staff,
Due to the recent sudden increase in COVID-19 cases among our students and staff, and in an effort to maintain in-person learning, this message is to inform you that all staff and students will need to wear a mask starting tomorrow, Friday, January 7 through Monday, January 24, 2022.
Our priority this school year has been to provide in-person instruction. Between the rising number of staff absences and increased COVID-19 cases, it is highly likely we will have to move to remote learning if we do not institute mandatory masking. We are hopeful that by having a time period of universal mask wearing, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools to reduce the disruption to in-person learning as much as possible.
In order to have students learning in-person, we need your help at this time in supporting mask wearing with your student. If your child needs a mask, we will have disposable masks available at our student drop-off station.
Due to the prevalence of cases in the community, we are urging families to be extra diligent to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to perform the daily COVID-19 Health Screener with your child and if symptoms exist, keep them home according to the symptom checker guidelines.
In closing, I want to share with you due to the urgency of this situation, I am able to institute preventative measures per Board of Education Policy 8420.01 (Epidemics and Pandemics):
District administration is granted authority to take appropriate action as required in any instance where the District’s plan is inadequate or does not cover the particular situation being addressed, and the urgency of the situation dictates the necessity for immediate decisive action.
I want to remind everyone that the current masking requirement is through January 24, 2022, and the Board of Education will determine whether or not it will be extended at that time.
Jeffrey Fleig, Ph.D.