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Lietz Community Letter: Indoor Mask Requirement

Dear Lietz Families and Staff,
 
Thank you for your shared partnership as we continue to navigate COVID in our community, follow the data closely and adjust our approach as needed. Recently, there has continued to be a rise in positive COVID-19 cases specifically within the Lietz School community (Dashboard).
 
Since the start of the pandemic, we have closely monitored COVID cases in our schools and community with the safety of our students and staff being our top priority. This past week, 35 additional new COVID-19 cases at Lietz have been reported. The COVID case uptick may be related to the increased transmissibility of the new COVID-19 variant as well as the reduced use of masks.  Given the increase in the positive COVID-19 case count at Lietz last week, we instituted an additional on site COVID testing day this week (Tuesday and Thursday).  
 
The safety of our learning community is a top priority.  Due to the continued uptick in COVID-19 cases this week, now is the time for us to adjust our safety measures in order to prevent further transmission. Given the increased case count, the California Department of Public Health has recommended a move back to required face masks indoors at Lietz. Based on the significant increase in COVID-19 cases,  additional mitigation strategies are necessary. Starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 5th, it will be required for all individuals at Lietz to wear a mask indoors for the next three (3) weeks as another layer of mitigation.
 
If your child does not have a face covering, please note the school will provide masks as we transition back to requiring indoor masking at Lietz Elementary school for the next 3 weeks.  If COVID case counts decline, we will transition back to highly recommended indoors for the last week of school.  
 
Starting Thursday, May 5th at Lietz Elementary School:
  • Face masks are to be worn at all times indoors.
  • Masks are recommended, but not required when outdoors.
  • We will be performing two times a week testing for next week. Anyone who has signed up for weekly testing will be tested both Tuesday and Thursday of next week. If you choose not to test at school, we highly recommend outside testing next week.
  • The rapid antigen test is the quickest way to get results. If you are having trouble accessing testing please reach out to our District Nurse Kris Suzuki at suzukik@unionsd.org
  • As public health officials state, symptom management is our best strategy to staying healthy.  Please continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home and test if you are experiencing any symptoms, even mild symptoms resembling seasonal allergies.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we adjust together to the needs of our Lietz students, staff and families.
 
Kind Regards,

Dr. Carrie Andrews
Superintendent