<p>WHEREAS: In response to the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020, we focused on zero-transmission strategies in an effort to flatten the curve; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: In preparation for our return to in-person learning for the 2020-21 year, the Superintendent set up the COVID-19 Safety, Health & Facilities Working Group made up of expert volunteers, the Building & Grounds Subcommittee met regularly to discuss the recommendations of the working group with feedback from the community, and the School Committee adopted the framework of "Schools and the Path to Zero" of Dr. Danielle Allen et al. that stated that schools should be the first to open and the last to close; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: These efforts resulted in the "COVID-19 Safety & Facilities Procedures Manual", a living document which has continually been reviewed and updated by the Working Group, the Administration and the School Committee; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: In 2021, with the arrival of vaccines and treatments against COVID-19, we started re-thinking the goal of zero transmission; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: The Delta and Omicron variants reverted us towards zero transmission strategies; and</p> <p>WHEREAS: Now, in 2022, with Omicron starting to recede, with everything we have learned about the virus, and the wide availability of vaccines in our community, and the emergence of treatments against COVID-19, and that it appears we will not eradicate the virus, and we are unlikely to eliminate it; now, therefore, be it</p> <p>RESOLVED: That it is time to modify the goals of the "COVID-19 Safety & Facilities Procedures Manual" from zero transmission to keeping schools open while minimizing severe disease; and be it further</p> <p>RESOLVED: That this includes balancing the costs and benefits of the COVID-19 protocols on the students and staff; and be it further</p> <p>RESOLVED: That we have and will continue to make decisions based on the latest science, and that given that COVID-19 will continue to evolve, we need to be ready to reassess the priorities of the "COVID-19 Safety & Facilities Procedures Manual", including returning to a zero-transmission goal/strategy.</p>

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Action Action Date Reconsidered By Referred to Subcommitee
02/14/2022 Adopted
02/15/2022 Adopted as Amended
02/15/2022 Adopted

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