Dear Tomah Area School District Families:
We are very happy to have all buildings back in school for the 2021-2022 academic year. On August 16th the board of education approved the Return to School Plan for the Tomah Area School District. Our goal this year is to stay in school adjusting risk mitigation practices at all operational levels based on local data to promote safe and healthy classrooms and work place environments.
Current COVID 19 conditions in our district, community, and Monroe County indicate it is time to adjust our risk mitigation practices to achieve our goal. After review of local data, I am recommending the Tomah Area School District Board of Education approve the following practices at their September 7th Board Academy meeting set for 6:30 p.m. at the Tomah High School Main Gym:
· Mandatory face covering protocol for students 3K-12 and employees beginning September 9th
· 14-Day mandatory quarantine effective immediately
Universal face coverings allow us to reduce our quarantine radius from 6 feet to 3 feet. The district is unable to meet the mandatory standards of the 7 Day and 10 Day shortened quarantine guidelines enforced by Monroe County Health. You may find the full content of my recommendations and the September 7 Board Academy agenda on our district website and the Board of Education tab. Board meetings are open to the public. Meetings are not live streamed but recorded and posted on a later date.
The district implemented these practices last year leading to successful in-person learning. The health, safety, and welfare of our students and faculty during this pandemic is of paramount importance. Thank you very much for your partnership as we work together to achieve our goal to stay in school providing a safe learning environment for our students and faculty.
Mike Hanson Superintendent Tomah Area School District