COVID-19 Guidelines for 2021-2022 School Year
The health and wellness of our students and staff is our top priority at the Cedar Ridge School District. We are excited for the 2021-2022 school year and we want to ensure we provide adequate information regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The District will follow guidelines and recommendations from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) when it comes to COVID-19 concerns.
Brianna Goodman is the COVID-19 Point of Contact for the District. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, becomes exposed to a positive individual, or if you have any general COVID-19 questions or concerns, please contact Brianna at email@example.com (preferred) or 870-283-2727 (call or text).
After reading the guidelines below, please feel free to provide your feedback and/or questions via this link. If you cannot access the link, please feel free to email your feedback and/or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cedar Ridge School District will not offer virtual or blended instruction options for the 2021-2022 school year. All students will be required to receive instruction in-person.
On Monday, October 11, 2021, the Cedar Ridge School Board voted to lift the Cedar Ridge School District "Mask Advisory" COVID-19 Precautions Policy. Beginning Tuesday, October 12, 2021, masks will be highly recommended, but optional. The board will reevaluate the mask policy as needed.
The CDC/ADH recommends a 3-foot distance between students and a 3-foot distance between students and adults to maintain the safest environment in an enclosed area. Cedar Ridge will create physical distances in our classrooms and other public places when possible.
Contact Tracing at Cedar Ridge
In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our staff and student body we are asking all parents/guardians of students, and all employees, to notify our designated Point of Contact (contact info above) immediately when the following occurs:
Someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
Student or employee is seeking COVID-19 test or has tested positive (If symptomatic, student/staff should remain in quarantine pending results of their COVID-19 test).
The CDC defines a close contact as an individual confirmed to have been within 6 feet of a positive individual for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period.
Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and are within 3 months of their original diagnosis do not have to quarantine or get tested again, as long as they do not develop new symptoms. Individuals who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first instance of COVID-19 should see their physician as they may need to be tested again.
Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to be quarantined if both the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing a mask.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine as long as no symptoms develop.
Based on current CDC guidance, the quarantine period can end for individuals experiencing no symptoms according to the following guidelines:
After 10 days since exposure without testing, or
After 7 days since exposure after receiving a negative test result (negative test results can be sent via text or email to the Point of Contact, information above)
The person who tests positive for COVID-19 is still required to isolate at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, 10 days from the positive test date.
Hand Sanitizing and Cleaning
Hand washing and sanitizing will be encouraged for all students and staff throughout the day. The Cedar Ridge custodial staff will continue with cleaning measures that were implemented in the 2020-2021 school year.