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September 26, 2021

8/25/2021 2:21:00 PM
New variant may cause masking mandate for schools

The Dodgeville school board will likely will be looking at a masking requirement when school starts this fall.
Dr. Kent Kramer and Dr. Rachel Keith addressed the curricular/co-curricular meeting Monday and gave updates on the highly contagious Delta Variant which is a highly aggressive virus moving through the country. Dr. Kramer said cases right now in this area show 80% to be the Delta Variant and cases are increasing. Recent numbers were two or less per day but Monday's total was already at six.
Both doctors agreed that with those unvaccinated it is not a case of will they get the variant as much as when.
"The choice comes down to get vaccinated or get COVID," Dr. Kramer said.
The doctors also agree that the landscape of the virus has shifted and that will affect the decision to mask. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has already endorsed masking while indoors.
Dr. Kramer added that those vaccinated will still be able to contract the virus and transmit it.
"The vaccinated will not have it as bad as the unvaccinated," he added.
The main objective, though, is to get the students back into school and have them stay there.
"That will be the challenge," the doctors agreed. "And so will keeping the unvaccinated as safe as possible."
Masking will be discussed by the full board at their August meeting.
Director of learning Jacque Goetzke told the committee about a meeting this week with the district's math core group for 6-7-8. The meeting will also include elementary staff.
The meeting will focus on the possible math adoption and deciding if the district staff is ready fo the adoption.
"We need to understand what we need to do to be comfortable with it," Goetzke said.
Goetzke also told the committee there will be an equity assessment done in the district next week.
The committee was also informed that core assessments are in and will be shared with parents whose children took the tests. She said full report will be out in the fall.
Goetzke also discussed some bills which are in front of the state legislature and will impact education.
Athletic Director Joey Martin told the board that 29 players reported for the first day of football and six more are expected out.
He also said there are plans to reintroduce season passes for games.
Bryan Brom told the committee there are currently 28 students interested in the Dodger Care program and he hopes to see it grow to 40 by the start of the school year.
Brom also updated the committee on what is the last week of summer school. He said enrollment was 315.
Brom also said the ag department is planning a two week session this month for middle school ag students so they can take part in the FFA program.

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