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Updates to the Strong Start Plan Approved 11/8 at the Holden R-III Board of Education Meeting

Updates to the Strong Start: Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan were approved Monday, November 8, 2021, at the Holden R-III Board of Education meeting. The bold lines below were added to the Minimizing Risk section outlining increased mitigation thresholds.

“As a measure to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the district will monitor daily attendance in each of the school buildings. If a Holden R-III building drops below a 90% attendance rate for two consecutive days, the district will increase mitigation efforts in that building, including more frequent hand washing, increased disinfection efforts, increased physical distancing requirements, and required masks/face coverings when appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained. These increased levels of mitigation will continue until the attendance for that building has rebounded to at least 93% for a consecutive two-week period. A one-day drop below 93% in a two-week consecutive period will not cause the tracking of improved attendance to start over. However, a second day below 93% will cause the two-week tracking to begin again. Thanksgiving Break, Holiday Break, Spring Break and the weekends following each of those breaks will not be included in the two consecutive weeks of attendance tracking metric. A message will be sent to all families in the affected building if these measures become necessary and a follow-up message will be sent when the requirements have been lifted. These thresholds are well below our average attendance rates and would indicate increased community spread. Using these additional mitigating efforts during times of high absenteeism will ensure more students are able to be present for in-person instruction.”

When a building is experiencing increased mitigation efforts, the efforts also apply to all indoor sports and extracurriculars as well, except for athletes actively participating in the game or match.

Our full Strong Start plan can be found at https://www.holdenschools.org/strongstart