LEWISBURG – The high level of spread of COVID-19 in Union County has Lewisburg schools recommending masking at school facilities.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said earlier this week, Union County is now back in the ‘high’ spread category. Cathy Moser, Interim Superintendent of the Lewisburg Area School District said their health and safety plan calls for ‘recommended masking.’
She said, “Our masking recommendation has been in place since February 2022, and this communication reiterates the recommendation based upon personal preference and informed by personal level of risk.” In other words, parents, students, and staff at the school should consider their own risk and decide if they want to wear a face mask.
Moser said they recommend increased hand washing and practice proper sneeze/cough etiquette. The district says it will keep up their higher level of cleaning and disinfecting in all schools.
You can read her full statement below:
To all LASD Families:
Our most recent COVID-19 Community Levels for Union County places us in the “high” category. This is certainly concerning and we want to be responsive to our students’ health and safety needs.
To that end, our current iteration of the Health and Safety Plan contains information for your review and is located at this link and on our District website.
The plan outlines a number of provisions, including attention to hand washing and reminding students to pay attention to coughing/sneezing etiquette with others in mind. Our plan also holds us to adhering to good practices with respect to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in all school buildings. We are very fortunate to have our ionization and HVAC systems operating to maintain proper ventilation as well.
In our plan the scenario of a” high” county transmission level/case count is addressed, allowing us to recommend masking and make masks available to all students and staff. Our masking recommendation has been in place since February 2022, and this communication reiterates the recommendation based upon personal preference and informed by personal level of risk.
This measure to recommend masking during school hours at this time is taken to reduce the risk of spread. The same recommendation for masking extends to individuals attending meetings, events, and activities that occur during after-school hours. The masking recommendation does not pertain to students riding our buses and vans to/from school. The duration of the masking recommendation has no time limit. It remains in place while Union County remains a county with high transmission.
We continue to work with our local health officials and will remain diligent to the information available to us as we work to maintain the health and safety of our students, educators, and our LASD staff.