Dear Parents and Guardians,
Yesterday, I attended a National Superintendent's Forum concerning all things COVID-19 as it relates to schools. During this all-day forum I had the opportunity to speak with my colleagues from around the country. As we exchanged ideas and protocols during the morning session, I came to believe we are at a point where it makes sense to look at our social distancing requirements.
We have been using 10 feet for contact tracing purposes. We are now 5 weeks into school, and we have experienced only 2 adult and 2 student positive cases. To date, none of the people identified as close contacts within our school system have tested positive. This shows the CDC guidance of 6 feet is adequate. Therefore, we will immediately adopt the CDC recommended 6 feet social distancing standard.
Most of our people who have been counted as close contacts are nearing the end of their quarantine and we will allow those quarantines to run their full course. However, yesterday we quarantined 21 students, and for that group of students we will implement these new guidelines. Those beyond the 6 feet range will be cleared to return to face-to-face learning after being contacted by the high school administration or the school nurse.
I am making this change following direct consultation with the Macomb Board of Education and the McDonough County Health Department. Our primary goal continues to be safeguarding the health and safety of our students, families, and staff while adjusting our protocols to reflect our experience and new information.
I want to thank the community at large for your support and understanding during these difficult times.
Have a GREAT EVENING!
Patrick M. Twomey,Ed.D.,Superintendent
Macomb School District 185
323 West Washington Street
Macomb, Illinois 61455