Health & Safety

Last updated Tuesday, November 23

On behalf of the Stoughton Area School District, thank you for your continued collaboration, patience and support as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Our work has always been grounded in serving the needs of all of our students. A significant part of this work in the past three school years has been revisiting and revising our COVID-19 Health & Safety practices.

Our Key Universal Practices promote consistent, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year. 

Properly Masking Up

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How to Self-Screen

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Reasons for Masking Up

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Resources

Guidance

COVID Information for Staff

Meet the Health Staff

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Key Universal Practices

  • Masks are required for students, staff and visitors while inside school buildings and traveling on buses.

  • We teach and encourage students and staff to properly wash hands and sanitize, practice good respiratory etiquette, and monitor and report symptoms.

  • Our custodial professionals clean and disinfect school buildings twice daily and in alignment with CDC recommendations. We use Oxivir Tb RTU, Oxivir Five 16 Concentrate, Prominence, Clorox Total 360 and Victory Electrostatic sprayers. 

  • Students, staff and families diligently monitor their health for symptoms of COVID-19. If staff or students have symptoms of COVID-19, they submit our COVID-19 Tracker Form (staff) or our Student COVID-19 Form (student).

  • Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms are required to get tested or quarantine.

  • We inform families and staff of changes to COVID-19 practices.

  • We are diligent in our contact tracing and inform close contacts of their status so they can take precautions accordingly.

  • In collaboration with the Fitchburg Family Pharmacy and the Department of Health Services (DHS), we offer free in-district COVID-19 testing on Mondays and Wednesday for students and staff. Visit our COVID-19 Testing Program page to learn more.

  • Vaccination remains the number one mitigation strategy. Visit our Community Resources page to learn more. 

  • Students and staff work to ensure the greatest amount of distancing when possible.
  • Isolation rooms are established at each school building.
  • Staff execute our action plan when there is a positive COVID-19 case at school.

Reasons for Masking Up

  • A variant of COVID-19, called the Delta variant, is the dominant strain in Dane County. The Delta variant is more transmissible and even those who are vaccinated can spread it.
  • CDC guidance recommends that communities with a “substantial” or “high” category of community transmission wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Dane County is now in the “HIGH” category.
  • Guidance for COVID-19 prevention in K-12 schools from the CDC, AAP, and local public health recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 Action Plan & Reporting

Screening Yourself or Your Child

Our COVID-19 Self-Screen Quick Sheet details our expectations for all students and staff who enter district buildings or transportation. Anyone entering district buildings or transportation is responsible for self-screening. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been instructed to quarantine due to being a close contact, you may not enter district buildings or transportation.

Reporting Positive Cases, Symptoms or Close Contact Status

If a student meets any of the Three Criteria (tests positive for COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been instructed to quarantine due to being a close contact), the parent or guardian must keep the child at home, call the school's attendance line, fill out the Student COVID-19 Form, and call your child's health care provider to request testing.

If a staff member meets any of the Three Criteria (tests positive for COVID-19, is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has been instructed to quarantine due to being a close contact), they should notify their supervisor, fill out the Staff COVID-19 Tracker Form, and wait for next steps.

COVID-19 Action Plan

At SASD, we use the Action Plan published by Public Health Madison & Dane County to inform our steps. We also reference the county's Exclusion Chart.