Face Covering Requirement Lifted in Charles City Schools
As of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the Health Mitigation Plan (HMP) has been relaxed at Charles City Schools which had required face coverings.
The HMP was originally activated at Charles City High School on January 14th and then put into effect in the Middle School, Washington Elementary School and Innovative Campus on January 21st. The district’s HMP policy called for staff and students to wear face coverings once the three-day rolling student absence rate due to COVID positive cases rose above 7% due. A level that was surpassed at all four schools under the mask requirement.
In a statement, the district says, “We have good news to share with our school family regarding the current illness rate in the Charles City Community Schools. The 3-day rolling average student illness absence rate for all of our campuses is now below 7%. Beginning at 3:30 pm, Thursday, February 3, the health mitigation plan will be relaxed at all campuses and face coverings will not be required.”
According to the district’s Illness Dashboard, the three-day COVID absence rate among students as of Thursday, February 3rd, was 3.8% at the high school; 3.9% at the middle school; 4.2% at Lincoln Elementary; and 4.7% at Washington Elementary. No numbers were provided for the Innovative Campus.
Lincoln Elementary avoided having the face covering policy go into effect with the student absence rate staying under the 7% threshold.