Coloma community schools release fall semester plan
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI,-- As the new school year approaches, the Centers for Disease Control is encouraging schools to promote vaccinations. They say masks should be worn indoors by all individuals who are not vaccinated.
With these recommendations in mind local schools will soon be implementing their own rules for students and staff. In fact, Coloma Community School released a draft for its Return to Learn plan. Officials said the work is fluid, given the changing conditions of the pandemic with the more contagious delta variant spreading.
A key feature included in the districts Return to Learn plan is “flexible mitigation” meaning plans will change according to county numbers. If transmission rates increase, the school will put more strict mitigation measures in place. If transmission rates decline in the county, there will be less mitigation strategies in place.
If numbers remain low in the county, schools will operate as usual with in-person learning. The school district encourages its students and staff to get vaccinated but its not required. As for face masks, they’re optional for staff, students, visitors and volunteers. Regardless of if they’re vaccinated or not.
Students will once again be able to participate in school activities before and after school and if someone tests positive for COVID-19, they are asked to isolate themselves for 10 days, and if students and staff who are not vaccinated come into contact with someone who tests positive, they will need to quarantine.
The Coloma Community Schools district will have a final version of its return to learn plan by July 29, 2021.