Mask/Vaccination Protocol for August entry

August 2021 Mask Protocols

As of July 12, 2021, face coverings will be optional for students and staff of the New Castle School Corporation in all settings, unless otherwise required by an order or directive of the local or state Department of Health, Governor, or an agency of the federal government, including specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of July 12, 2021, the CDC mandates face coverings for all persons utilizing public transportation (including school buses). Thus, until the CDC mandate is modified or lifted, students and staff will be required to wear a face-covering when riding on a school bus.   A call-out will go to families if the CDC bus mask requirement is lifted or modified.

August 2021 COVID19 Vaccination Protocols

The CDC recommends COVID 19 vaccinations for individuals age 12 and older. The New Castle Community School Corporation encourages age-appropriate individuals to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. The Corporation also respects the responsibility of each person or family to determine whether vaccination is appropriate. COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required for employment or attendance for students or staff.

In the event of close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID 19, fully vaccinated students and employees will not be required to quarantine. Unvaccinated students and employees will be required to quarantine if the student or employee is in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID 19.

 A student or employee will be considered “fully vaccinated” if a period of at least fourteen (14) days has elapsed since the student or employee has received the final dose of an inoculation against COVID-19 and provides a record of inoculation (copy of card) to the appropriate health assistant, Corporate RN, Corporate HR Specialist, CHIRP or the Henry County Health Department. 

The provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requiring additional paid leave for employees upon the occurrence of certain qualifying events, including the inability to attend work as a result of an order to quarantine from a health care provider or governmental authority, are no longer mandatory.  As a result, if an employee is unable to attend work due to quarantine, the employee must utilize available sick days or personal days. 

If parents or guardians have questions regarding these policies, please contact the principal’s office of the school where your student(s) attends.

If employees have questions regarding these policies, please contact your immediate supervisor.