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January 25, 2022

1/13/2022 11:02:00 AM
Barneveld School Board discusses coming up with its own metric regarding COVID-19 face covering policies

By Kasi Greenwood
At last Wednesday's Barneveld School Board meeting, District Superintendent Joe Price stated that the "face covering" discussion, whether or not to have them optional, has been going on for quite some time. He informed board members that there was a committee meeting the Monday prior, also pointed out that the district has been looking at county wide data.
During last Monday's weekly partner's meeting with neighboring Iowa County school districts, issues encountered include inconsistencies as each school district operates on its own. Price informed board members that there has been concern with this because "their (Iowa County Health Department) take has always been 'these are the recommendations, however its up to each individual school district.
"So then it puts the illness back on us," Price said. He also stated that he requested having latter language eliminating having the decision fall back on each district, to which the department responded stating they would not do so.
Price also added that the Iowa County data metrics, the health department would like to see in all "green" or "yellow. There was an area pointed out that "new cases below a threshold of 0.5 per day averaged over 14 days" would put activity level at "green."
"That's never going to get there," both Price and board member Tadd Owens said....
(See the rest of the story in the December 16, 2021 Chronicle issue)

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