Health & Safety
Last updated September 17, 2021
On behalf of the Stoughton Area School District, we are excited for the start of the school year. We need your continued collaboration, patience and support as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.
Our work preparing for the new school year has been grounded in serving the needs of all of our students. A significant part of this work is revisiting and revising our COVID-19 Health & Safety practices.
Our Key Universal Practices promote consistent, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.
- SASD COVID-19 Testing Resource Sheet
- Action Plan (Public Health Madison & Dane County)
- Exclusion Chart (Public Health Madison & Dane County)
- CDC Guidance (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Recommendations for Opening Schools in Fall 2021 (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- UW Department of Pediatrics - COVID-19 and Children
- Fall 2021 Guidance for Dane County K-12 Schools (Public Health Madison & Dane County)
COVID Information for Staff
- COVID-19 Resources for Staff Google Site (Must be logged into your school email address)
Masks are required for students, staff and visitors while inside school buildings and traveling on buses - Please see our "Reasons for Masking Up" below.
Masks are optional during outdoor activities or while eating or drinking
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.
We inform families and staff of changes to COVID-19 practices
We are working with a pharmacy in the area to create a system that allows staff and students with COVID-19 symptoms to be tested right at school. More information will be coming soon.
Vaccination remains the number one mitigation strategy. Visit our Community Resources page to learn more.
We collaborate with public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health Madison & Dane County, to align our plans with their guidance
- 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 COVID-19 case at school.
Reasons for Masking Up
- With universal masking in our schools, we will significantly reduce the disruption caused by quarantining due to being a close contact. Over the course of the 2020-21 school year, 874 of our students were quarantined and 111 of our staff were quarantined at some point. There will still be quarantines, but universal mask wearing will significantly reduce the learning disruption.
- 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.
- Students under 12 years old have not had the opportunity to be vaccinated.
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