COVID Plans

Thank you MEHS Family for making the 20-21 school year a success despite a pandemic!
88% of respondents to a COVID survey ranked the plan's implementation as a "good balance" 

MEHS COVID Response Team has met and has revised the COVID Mitigation plan based on new information and new CDC guidance.  We do plan to continue to make revisions throughout the  year as new information, variants, or guidance arises. 

WE ENCOURAGE ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS to get VACCINATED!

A high vaccination rate will allow for a more relaxed mitigation plan.  Our target is 90%+ vaccination.


Highlights of what can be expected in next years plan:

Testing:
We are planning to continue covid screening testing in 21-22.  We believe this helped us keep a handle on the virus on campus and combat spread. 
We are working with our health partners to determine the level of testing appropriate for vaccinated individuals.  

Quarantine:
We will plan for a carefully mitigated first 14 days after entrance, but we do NOT plan on quarantining the vaccinated students.  Students who are not vaccinated SHOULD PLAN on a QUARANTINE period after arrival.  We will work with our health providers on the required amount of time and will use this along with testing to limit risk.

If a positive case is identified on campus, we will follow the public health guidance.  Currently vaccinated close contacts will not have to quarantine, however unvaccinated contacts will be required to quarantine.

Masks:
We are expecting guidance from CDC, however this is the current thinking

  • Masks will be required when community is in high risk
  • Masks will be required for all with high risk activities (first 14 days of arrival, close group activities)
  • Masks are not  required outdoors
  • A high vaccination rate may help us reduce mask wearing requirements in some settings

Recreation:
We will be planning recreation activities that allow social distancing to the extent possible.  We plan to increase the number of outside recreation activities.  We do believe we can reintroduce large gatherings and cultural events this next year!

Athletics & Activities:
We are planning a regular sports and activities plan for the next year.  We will respond to community covid risks and so travel will be dependent upon strict mitigation plans for both school communities.

Travel:
We will continue to ask parents to limit travel trips back and forth during the school year, but it will not be as rigid as 20-21.  Trips can be approved if there is an appropriate re-entry plan that limits risk. (vaccinated students will not need to quarantine but may be asked to mask for a period and test negative.  Non-vaccinated individuals may need to quarantine and test negative.)


Mt. Edgecumbe High School Covid Mitigation Plan

MEHS Smart Restart Table Summary

Full MEHS Smart Start Plan- Revised 8-03-21

 Smart Start Plans for the Year

Provide feedback on the MEHS Covid Plan through THIS FORM

MEHS Alert Levels:
MEHS will follow adjust mitigation practices based on the community risk levels with these additions:
MEHS Campus High- MEHS will function in high risk if there is covid virus spread on campus that is not contained 
MEHS will operate in Special Campus Risk Level when there has been recent mass travel and/or need for contract tracing time

Sitka Alert Levels:
Sitka generally uses less than .5/cases per day average= low, .5-1.0/day moderate, >1.0/day = high
Other relevant information is also considered. See City of Sitka Covid Information for official City Level.
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