Railroader Return-to-School Update, March 19, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians:

New CDC Guidelines for Social Distancing in Schools
Today, the CDC made an announcement that is highly relevant to us in schools. The new CDC recommendation for social distancing in schools has been changed from 6 feet to 3 feet. 

There aren't a lot of additional details on their website, but I did link it here as a resource. The official rule change will need to come from the Wisconsin Department of Health, but knowing the CDC has changed its recommendation is a big relief for us as we plan for April 6th. 

Some Students are Eligible for Vaccinations Starting March 22nd 
The 1c phase of the COVID 19 vaccine is opening March 22nd. This phase includes people with certain medical conditions. The below list is taken directly from the Department of Health Services website. The Pfizer vaccine is available to people 16 years and older. This means that if your student is both 16 years of age or older and meets one of the below criteria, he or she is eligible for the vaccine. This document from Eau Claire Public Health explains where people can receive vaccines. Please note that a 16 or 17-year-old student would need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian in order to receive the vaccine. Additionally, 16 and 17-year-olds can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Increase in In-Person Instruction
Grades 6-12 return to 
In-Person Learning on
Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday & Friday starting 
on April 6
New Quarantine Guidelines
Effective December 7, 2020
Actualización para padres en español
8 de septiembre de 2020
Scroll down to see the 
Railroaders Return-to-School Plan 
in its entirety (7/24/20)

If you are opting to participate in this option, you might benefit from calling for an appointment instead of signing up electronically so that you can make sure you sign up for a day that the Pfizer version will be available. Please note that vaccination is a personal choice. The purpose of this email is not to advocate for or against your personal choice about vaccination. Rather, the intent is to share information with our families

The Department of Health website stated that vaccination for everyone 16 and older is expected to open on or near May 1st. Research on vaccinating youth is taking place right now, but we haven’t heard when we can expect children under 16 to be eligible for vaccination. 

Virtual Learning in 2021-2022 
The School District of Altoona will continue to offer a 100% virtual learning option for the 2021-2022 school year! Additional details about how to sign up for this option will be shared by the end of the school year. 

Each of these announcements feels like progress, and we are so grateful for that! Thank you for your support as we continue to adapt and adjust. 

My best,

Heidi Eliopoulos

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