COVID-19 Mask Update for LCSD
Dear Parents, Students, Staff and Community,
Recently the mask mandate in the state and community has been lifted for individuals meeting defined exceptions, such as having been vaccinated against COVID-19. With this change, there have been questions surfacing about what the requirements for school and school functions for Lake County School District will look like for the remainder of this year.
While the mandate for masks has changed, school districts still have outlined quarantine and contact tracing expectations that need to be followed if there is a positive case of COVID-19 in the schools. Quarantining has a significant impact on both the family schedule and the education of a child, and we hope to avoid quarantines whenever possible. We are still having confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are proud that our COVID-19 related health practices have reduced the numbers of impacted individuals needing to quarantine. We anticipate that the easing of the mask mandate in schools at this time may result in an increase of quarantines and/or remote schooling needed in the coming weeks. We would like to see the remainder of the school year be as consistent as possible, therefore we will continue to require staff and students to wear masks as we have been throughout this year.
We would also request that everyone visiting our buildings or at our events continue to wear masks and practice social distancing to avoid having the unintended consequence of possible COVID-19 exposure and contact tracing for quarantine purposes.
The removal of the mask mandate may allow increased capacity at school district events. We will review the flexibility that the newest public health ordinance allows and plan forward considering this additional flexibility.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during an exceptionally challenging year. We are ever so proud as to how our entire community has come together to show such perseverance and collaboration.
Lake County School District