As the school year draws to a close at USD 383 Manhattan/Ogden Schools, some pandemic mitigation efforts are being relaxed, while some will remain in place.

In a letter to parents and staff Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade thanked everyone for committing to mitigation efforts throughout the school year. The district got through a semester of hybrid learning in the first semester and transitioned to on-site learning the second semester.

But with new cases still occurring and because children and youth are not yet vaccinated, USD 383 will continue to comply with CDC guidelines. Wade says current mitigation measures will remain in place through the summer, including masking, social distancing and frequent handwashing.

Other measures like the COVID-19 waiver form will no longer be required for summer conditioning workouts or athletic participation, nor will the district require a COVID-related return to play form. In addition, people may now return to school or work after being fever-free for 24 hours instead of the 72 hours imposed at the height of the pandemic. Masks may be removed in certain outdoor settings when deemed safe by the administrator or supervisor in charge.

Wade goes on to say other mitigation measures will loosen up as coronavirus metrics improve and more children and youth become vaccinated. They are encouraging families to take part in the upcoming May 20 clinic for children at Pottorf Hall.

The district plans to meet with its Medical Advisory Group in early July to address protocols for the upcoming school year, with the anticipation of a mask-free start to the school year.

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