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9/28/2021 1:25:00 PM
Quarantine will follow both Iowa and Grant County guidelines

The Iowa-Grant School Board revisited what the "Iowa" and the "Grant" mean to the school district at a special meeting Thursday.
After sorting through what the two health departments require for quarantine measures as the new Delta Variant rolls through the area, they decided what procedures they would follow. The meeting and the decision became necessary when the SWAL informed Iowa-Grant administration they would not be involved in athletics of other extra curriculars as long as the district did not have a quarantine policy in place.
The problem is, the district is in the middle of two counties, Grant and Iowa. And, both health departments have different takes on quarantine measures.
Grant requires 14 days while Iowa recommends 14 days but requires seven. Board members discussed adopting the Iowa County seven days, but interim superintendent Robyn Oberfoell said that would not be fair to the Grant County students
Grant County has five criterias they want schools to meet before there is no need to quarantine. Oberfoell said the Grant County Health officer said to date no school has met them all.
With 54 watching via zoom, the board deliberated on what the best solution would be.
"It comes down to if we want to play, we go with the recommendations, If not, we won't have extra curriculars," said board president Renee Linscheid.
The fact that two county health departments are involved becomes confusing, so much so that one board member abstained from two votes because she did not understand what the SWAL wanted.
The SWAL had an emergency meeting earlier in the day and told Iowa-Grant they would not particpate in games or events with them until a quarantine policy is in place. They indicated a special meeting would be held Friday if needed depending on what the board did Thursday. With the Panther football team playing in the Ridge and Valley, that conference was also expected to weigh in.
While the meeting was going on, the I-G volleyball team was to have been playing Fennimore but Fennimore postponed the match until a quarantine decision is in place.
A motion to follow the Iowa County guidelines or have a negative test was voted down 3-2.
A motion to follow both county guidelines along with vaccine and negative test protocols was passed 3-2.
Staff will be expected to also follow those guidelines.
Iowa-Grant is one of about 50 school districts in Wisconsin who share more than one county's boarders.

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