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COVID-19 Information and Dashboard

Mask Update for School Bus Riders

On Friday, February 25, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) removed the requirement for masks on school buses.  Isle of Wight County Schools recently surveyed our drivers and a majority of them would prefer students to continue to wear masks.  We realize this could create a dilemma between our employees and families, which is not our intent. 

 
Beginning Monday, February 28, IWCS will move forward with making masks on school buses optional, but we hope you will consider the health and safety of your child's bus driver as you make your decision.  We are appealing to families to continue having their child wear a mask while riding the school bus.  Many of our drivers and aides are older members of our community who have dedicated countless years to numerous children.  We ask for extended grace and kindness for all of our drivers as you place your child in their care each and every day.
 

IWCS Transitioned to MASK-OPTIONAL on February 22 for all students and staff

On Wednesday, February 16, Governor Glenn Youngkin signed Senate Bill 739 into law. It removes all school mask requirements in Virginia no later than March 1, 2022. The division announced a transition to making masks optional beginning February 28 in order to give staff additional time to address the impact on quarantines and isolations. Since that announcement, we have resolved many of these matters and have established guidance for families and employees.
 
Beginning Tuesday, February 22, Isle of Wight County Schools will transition to a MASK-OPTIONAL learning environment for all students and staff in our buildings. We continue to strongly encourage mask wearing as a key strategy in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.
 
It is important to note that students will need to continue wearing masks on school buses.
 
As we transition to a mask-optional environment, several other procedures will be modified in response to the new practice. Information on contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine is found in the document below.
 
As a school division, we will continue to review and update our mitigation strategies to keep our staff and students safe and our schools open for the remainder of the school year. As always, thank you for your flexibility, support, and understanding as we navigate the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 
COVID-19 Dashboard:
 
With the changes in contact tracing, beginning Monday, February 28, IWCS will no longer be posting quarantines on the dashboard unless there is a classroom outbreak.
 
IWCS returned the COVID-19 Dashboard on October 5, 2021.  The dashboard reports positive cases across the division, as well as quarantined individuals.  We do not break-down data by school as the small population of some sites would make it reasonably easy to identify the individuals reported in the dashboard.
 
The purpose of the IWCS COVID-19 Dashboard is to provide our families and staff with a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases.  A positive case indicates that an employee or student reporting to an IWCS facility has tested positive for COVID-19 in a given week.  Quarantined individuals represent those students and staff who either self-reported a close contact within the community or were asked to quarantine due to a close contact within the school system.  The Dashboard will be updated weekly on Tuesday.
 
 
Staff and Students Quarantined or Testing Positive by Week
 
  Staff Students
Week Positive Quarantined Positive Quarantined
February 14-20 4 10 6 46
February 7-13 4 12 34 163
January 31-February 6 8 10 39 135
January 24-30 11 19 55 241
January 17-23 28 57 101 428
January 10-16 25 70 86 581
January 2-9 30 67 94 426
December 13--19 0 2 9 54
December 6-12 2 4 12 46
November 29-December 5 1 4 5 63
November 15-21 0 2 9 85
November 8--14 1 1 2 48
November 1-7 0 3 10 72
October 25-31 0 0 9 82
October 18-24 1 2 2 68
October 11-17 4 6 23 141
October 4--10 0 0 15 180
September 27-- October 3 2 5 31 266
 
 
The ESSER 3.0 LEA ARP Plan is the ESSER 3.0 Spending and Monitoring Plan that was reviewed at the School Board Meeting on July 8, 2021.  The Return to Safe-In Person Instruction outlines our plan for ensuring student safety and reducing virus transmission in the fall.
 
 
 
ACCESS RESOURCES TO HELP YOUR CHILD WITH ONLINE LEARNING
 
IWCS Technology Help Desk:  757-542-3222 
Live Support Monday through Friday from 8:00 am--4:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Don't Miss Out on Important Information
You can update your Connect 5 contact information to ensure you are receiving announcements from IWCS and your child's school.  The instructions below will walk you through the steps to set up your Parent Portal account.  If you already have an account, you can login and make changes to your contact information.