October 19, 2021

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The Education People

Bow-Dunbarton educational facilities adopt mask mandate

Released: 8/22/2021 5:03:10 PM

Bow and Dunbarton are the most up-to-date university districts to finalize their reopening program, opting to reopen fully in human being with masks required for youthful pupils and masks optional for higher schoolers.

The Bow-Dunbarton SAU faculty board voted to adopt an amended opening prepare that has basic safety protocols for 3 ranges of COVID-19 chance, categorized as blue, green and yellow. University will open in “green” status, the intermediate amount of threat, which mandates masks indoors for college students in grades pre-K to 8, 3-feet distancing and distant solutions for conferences when feasible.

“The way I see it is, how quite a few levels of defense do we have in opposition to this thing which is going to stick all over for a even though?” explained board member Martin Osterloh of Bow. “I assume the elementary university is fairly straightforward mainly because there is no vaccine available to any college students. Figuring out that I can give protection mechanisms to people pupils by using masks, I am strongly in favor of universal masking at the elementary school.”

Board users made a decision masks would be optional for learners in grades 9 to 12, who are outdated more than enough to be qualified for the COVID-19 vaccine. Also, pupils in grades 7 and 8 are permitted to eliminate masks inside of their school rooms if all people in the area is 12 or more mature. A COVID-19 vaccine has not however been authorized for youngsters underneath age 12.

Bow and Dunbarton will return entirely in-particular person 5 times a 7 days. Any remote alternatives will be through alternative courses like VLACS or Edgenuity. The district will also be offering micro-college studying pods run by Prenda for the 1st time this year, funded by the NH Office of Schooling.

Some community members who made community comment argued from any mandatory masks, indicating it need to be a parent’s final decision.

“At some place it is a relatives choice, it is a decision created about your kitchen table,” stated board chair Jenna Reardon of Bow. “I really do not assume it is our task to place our foot in it at some point, but that stage has to be when each and every loved ones has had the option to defend their kid with the most effective frontline protection correct now that we have, which is the vaccination. The second-most effective line of protection we have is a mask.”

Masks will be needed on school buses, because of to a mask purchase from the Facilities for Disorder Management that applies to all community transportation nationwide.

Superintendent Dean Cascadden will be the one to make the final decision to change among position ranges, with assistance from school board users and a Harmony Clinic infectious disease specialist. The final decision will be dependent on federal or state guidance, local community distribute of COVID-19 or favourable instances within just the educational institutions.

“The 1 issue I’ve realized above the past few of decades through COVID are that you can make all the strategies you want, you might have to scrap them if the atmosphere modifications,” Cascadden said.

The Bow-Dunbarton SAU Board will revisit the system on Sept. 16.