UPDATE FEB 7, 2020 8:40PM
Last week, Governor Hutchinson announced that contact tracing and quarantine directives for school districts are no longer required. The Bryant School Board voted Monday night to no longer contact trace and to no longer require quarantines for students who have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19.
In addition, the Board voted to repeal an earlier resolution that required masks based on ACHI data. Masks are no longer required, but instead they are recommended.
The district’s goal has been to keep students in school since the pandemic began. Previous decisions on masks were based on quarantine guidelines that stated individuals had to quarantine if they were identified as a close contact and not wearing a mask. To keep quarantine numbers down and students in school, the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) color coding system was implemented to determine when masks would be required.
When numbers were low, masks were optional (as evident from October through December). When community spread was high, such as after Christmas break, masks were required to keep quarantine numbers down. Quarantine is no longer required; therefore, masks are optional.
Protocols for positive cases of COVID-19 will remain the same. The school districts asks parents and guardians to continue notifying the District Point of Contact by form or email if their student tests positive for COVID. If your student tests positive, they will be required to stay home for five days from the onset of symptoms. The updated COVID protocols are available in these documents below, for both students and staff.
The district will continue to monitor and report active cases each Friday. The dashboard is posted to the district Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The new protocols begin immediately. If your student is currently quarantined and has not developed symptoms, he/she may return to school.
PREVIOUSLY, FEB 7, 2022 3PM
The Bryant School Board will meet Monday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. in the Professional Development Center on the Bryant High School campus, Building 18.
I. Call to Order
II. Covid Protocols — Dr. Karen Walters
Administration recommends that the School Board:
1. Approve a new COVID-19 protocol for the district;
2. Rescind the Board’s September 16, 2021 resolution regarding safety precautions by students, staff and visitors during the COVID-19 global pandemic (including mask mandate based on ACHI data); and
3. Direct administration to update all plans, procedures and directives accordingly.
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Quick Summary / Abstract
On February 1, 2022, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that contact tracing and quarantine directives for school districts have now become guidelines. School districts may now make the decision locally on how to proceed regarding COVID-19 protocols. Following Governor Hutchinson’s announcement, Bryant Public Schools staff drafted a new COVID-19 protocol for consideration by the Board. The draft protocol is attached to this agenda item.
MOTION: To be determined at the discretion of the Board.
III. Personnel Items — Dr. Karen Walters
Administration recommends approval of the personnel items in the areas of certified resignations, classified resignations, certified new hires, classified new hires, and certified contract adjustments.
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Quick Summary / Abstract
Administration will present a recommendation for the approval of personnel items in the areas of certified resignations, classified resignations, certified new hires, classified new hires, and certified contract adjustments.
MOTION: To approve the personnel items as presented.
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