CDC Guidance Update

CDC Guidance Update
Posted on 07/15/2021
Dear UA Families-

The CDC recently released updated guidelines for schools and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provided more guidance as we look forward to the 2021-22 school year.  Below is a snapshot of that guidance and some important information regarding UA's plan to return to school.  University Academy will require all individuals that are not vaccinated to wear a mask while indoors. Vaccinated individuals will still be encouraged to wear a mask, but it will not be required.  COVID-19 Vaccination proof in the form of a copy of the vaccine card will be required for staff and students not wearing a mask.  The copies of these cards will be accepted via email, fax or in-person.  They can be sent to the school nurse at leavittb@universityacademy.org, faxed to 816-410-0322 or brought to school in person between 8:00am and 3:00 pm Monday through Friday starting August 2nd. Cards must be on file prior to attending school without wearing a mask.

In the revised guidance, CDC emphasizes the following, among other important updates:

  • Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.
  • Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination for eligible students and staff members can help schools safely return to in-person learning, as well as extracurricular activities and sports.
  • School mask guidance: This guidance is now aligned with general CDC masking guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated. Consistent and correct mask use by people who are not fully vaccinated is especially important indoors and in crowded areas when physical distancing cannot be maintained. In general, people do not need to wear masks outside (outdoor recess). 
  • Physical distancing: CDC continues to recommend at least 3 feet of physical distancing in classrooms but specifies areas where more distance might be warranted. The guidance emphasizes that physical distancing shouldn’t be a restriction on access to in-person learning.
  • Quarantine and contact tracing: CDC has revised this guidance for school settings consistent with other guidance. Those who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine. For those who are not fully vaccinated, if both people are correctly wearing masks throughout the entire encounter, and are more than 3 feet apart, that is not a close contact and they do not need to quarantine.
  • School buses and transportation: The CDC order requiring masks on public transportation (even for those individuals who are fully vaccinated) is still in effect and continues to apply to school buses. Children do not need to maintain physical distancing if other mitigation strategies are in use, including wearing masks and opening windows, on buses.
We are including the link to vaccine resources for individuals who are age 12 or older and wish to get the vaccine.   

If you would like to change your child to "Virtual Learning"  please note the following!
The initial DEADLINE for choosing Virtual Learning to start the 2021-22 school year is August 6thAfter that date, NO STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE THEIR LEARNING TRACK FROM IN-PERSON to VIRTUAL UNTIL SEPT. 7th. If a request is made after Sept. 7th, please allow us up to 7 days from the date of your request to change learning tracks to get your student placed appropriately. Multiple student requests would possibly change staffing needs, and we would need time to prepare. Please email your building principal directly with any change requests. Any change from in-person to virtual would be in effect for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

You can find our "Return To School Planning Guide" for the 2021-22 school year at the following link!

Return to School Planning Guide

Tony Kline - Superintendent
Rebecca Gudde - Assistant Superintendent
Stacy Graff - Chief Operating Officer

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