CAMDEN FAIRVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT
OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Camden Fairview School District
2021-2022 Covid-19 Response
Updated January 7, 2022
On January 6, 2022, the Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education updated its 2021-2022 Covid-19 Guidance for Schools. This document addresses updates to the public health guidance and is based on the public health situation with COVID-19 as it is understood at this time. Guidance will be updated as needed if additional or new guidance is made available by the CDC. DESE and the ADH will continue to monitor conditions and work with districts to respond accordingly. The full guidance is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12nBmAnPQ6dzgQlcbmcCvwHs-4PIR2NjU/view?usp=sharing.
UPDATED CFSD POLICY OCTOBER 19, 2021:
After consultation with local medical professionals and consideration of local COVID-19 infection rates the Camden Fairview School District's policy concerning masks will be as follows:
Properly wearing a mask for purposes of this policy means covering the mouth and nose with a mask, at all times, except while eating, drinking or taking medication.
Camden Fairview will monitor the status weekly on each Friday and information will be sent to parents by phone call, text message and social media posts if a change in the mask status will be issued for the following week.
When infection rates in the district are 20 or more per 10K residents for a 14-day period, Camden Fairview School District will require masks for everyone who enters a school building or rides a school bus. As updated on August 4, 2021, CDC guidance states, “When teachers, staff, and students consistently and correctly wear a mask, they protect others as well as themselves. Consistent and correct mask use is especially important indoors and in crowded settings, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to quarantine if the individual exposed has no symptoms and both the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing a mask.
COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective strategy to protect people from getting sick and to reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19. Students who are ages 5 and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccination. We encourage students ages 5 and older, their families, and all school staff to get vaccinated if they have not. Individuals 16 and older are also encouraged to get a booster dose if it eligible. Eligible individuals who have not received a booster dose will be required to quarantine if they are a close contact. Please contact the Cardinal Care Clinic at 870-836-9362 to discuss vaccinating your student.
Fully-vaccinated students or staff do not need to quarantine if deemed close contacts, unless they have/develop symptoms. School nurses will check the vaccination status of a potential close contact through WebIZ to help point of contacts and school officials determine responses.
Hand washing and cleaning
Camden Fairview will continue to have hand sanitizer stations in classrooms and public areas. Students, teachers, and staff are encouraged to sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.
Camden Fairview will continue all classroom and bus sanitizing activities that were used during the 2020-2021 school year.
Summary of close contact determination and responses
The CDC defines a close contact as an individual confirmed to have been within six feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. To manage the negative impacts of excluding students from onsite education with the risk of spreading COVID-19, the close contact definition within a K-12 setting has been modified in an effort to achieve the appropriate balance. Close contact within a K-12 school setting that will require quarantine is defined as students or staff who have been within three (3) feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Summary of quarantine of those exposed to someone with COVID-19
On January 6, 2022, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health released Updated Guidance for Schools based on Revised CDC Guidelines. Based on current ADH guidance, the quarantine period can end for individuals experiencing no symptoms according to the following guidelines:
Isolation of those with COVID-19
We have seen many different scenarios where students have been exposed to Covid-19. Each case of contact tracing is unique depending on the circumstances and location of contact. While the summary guidance outlines general actions which could occur, the Camden Fairview School District POC will work with parents and the Department of Health to make sure each individual case is handled properly according to the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines.
Students who are quarantined
Absences due to Covid-19 or quarantine will follow the same process as the 2021-2022 school year and will be counted as an excused absence.
All students at Camden Fairview will be provided either a Chromebook or laptop to be used to access instructional materials. The Arkansas Department of Health and CDC have not seen significant spread of Covid-19 from surface contact, so this year students will have more assignments and activities provided through traditional paper and pencil methods.
Students who are quarantined will be provided materials by either paper, electronically, or a combination of methods to keep students engaged in learning through the quarantine time period.
AMI Pivots for buildings or district-wide COVID closures
In case a significant outbreak of positive Covid-19 cases, the Camden Fairview School District will work in consultation with the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Arkansas Department of Health to determine if a closure of a grade, building, or the district is required. In the event that an entire building or the Camden Fairview School District must modify on- site instruction and pivot to remote learning, the school or district will follow the district’s approved Alternate Method of Instruction (AMI) plan.
While Camden Fairview will continue to limit our staff and students' exposure to outside visitors during indoor activities, parent/guardians are now able to enter CFSD schools to check their students in and out of school; to attend scheduled conferences with teachers, counselors, or administrators; and to assist with approved parent/student engagement activities such as PTO. Visitors entering CFSD buildings for approved reasons should report directly to the school's front office for assistance. Visitors will be required to follow the district mask guidance in effect at the time of their visit or building entry will be denied.
The Secretary of Health, in consultation with the Governor, has authority over all instances of quarantine and isolation throughout Arkansas, as necessary and appropriate to control disease in the state of Arkansas, as authorized by Ark. Code Ann. §§ 20-7-109 and 20-7-110. See also ADH Rules Pertaining to the Control of Reportable Diseases, which provide for the prevention and control of communicable diseases to protect the public health, welfare, and safety of the citizens of Arkansas.
We are appreciative of the support we have received from Camden Fairview families, staff, and community members as we work together to keep our school community healthy. As questions arise during the year, please remember to contact your building principal or district administration. Thank you.