On Thursday, January 20, the WJCC School Board held a Special Call Meeting. The sole discussion item was Executive Order Two (2022) and SB1303 (2021).
Following the meeting, Dr. Olwen Herron, WJCC Schools Superintendent, issued the below letter:
Dear WJCC Schools community,
As a result of today’s Special Call School Board meeting, all students, staff, and visitors to WJCC Schools will continue to wear masks while in WJCC Schools facilities or on buses. This decision was made in accordance with current law (Senate Bill 1303) and our attorney’s guidance. Masks are a key layer of our mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open for in-person learning, five days per week.
We are committed to stepping down our mitigation strategies – including masking – when our Health Advisory Team indicates it is operationally safe to do so. Now is not that time. The elimination of masks during our current community surge, when transmission rates are at the highest point during the pandemic, may eliminate our ability to keep schools open. We need all our staff (teachers, bus drivers, administrators, cafeteria workers, operational staff, etc.) in place to provide a safe environment for our students and support in-person learning.
Our decisions have and continue to focus on the collective safety of the WJCC Schools community and our commitment to provide in-person instruction. Thank you for your shared partnership in this commitment.
Dr. Olwen Herron