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Willard School District releases its COVID-19 safety plan to begin school year

Published: Aug. 9, 2021 at 8:42 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT
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WILLARD, Mo. (KY3) - Willard school leaders will begin the new year strongly encouraging its students to wear a mask.

The district released its plan Monday. School leaders refer to the plan as its Level 1 Learning guidance. It includes the following:

  • School operations will be as normal as possible (face-to-face)
  • Social distancing will be required and enforced when possible
  • Masks will be strongly encouraged for students grades PreK-12
  • Visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear masks into the building and will be limited, requiring pre-approval
  • Hand washing/hand sanitizer will be available and frequently encouraged

The superintendent of Willard Schools, Matt Teeter says when making the COVID-19 plan for the school year, they heavily relied on data from the previous year.

“We will stay socially distanced to the extent that we can while also sanitizing and cleansing in order to make a safe environment for our students,” said Dr. Teeter.

The superintendent said he wants everyone to feel welcome regardless of their choice to mask or not.

“We want to make sure that anybody who chooses to wear a mask feels supported or chooses not to does too,” said Dr. Teeter. “What we want is a whole person paradigm in a unified approach to learning.”

If a school gets to the point where 8% of students and staff are infected with COVID-19, they will require masks for two weeks at that specific school.

“During that time it allows us to take advantage of modified quarantine and really after five days students are gonna be able to test to be able to come back,” said Dr. Teeter.

Students attending Willard High School in the fall shared their thoughts on masks being strongly encouraged at the schools with KY3.

“I feel like it’s not as safe as it could be, but much safer since people are getting vaccinated,” said incoming freshman Sophia Mann.

“I am not going to wear a mask and feel safe,” said incoming freshman Emma Peeden.

Willard students return to class August 23. Read the entire plan here: https://www.willardschools.net/covid19

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