Avon School Board Approves COVID-19 Protocols for 2021-2022 – Hendricks County ICON – Web Edition

By Peg McRoy Glover

The Avon School Board approved a set of COVID-19 protocols at its July 12 meeting for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. Although these protocols have been approved, it seems that they remain fluid.

“We met with our local health department to review state and CDC guidelines,” Superintendent Scott Wyndham said. “Advice will continue to be shared (from the local health department) and these protocols may change over the next two weeks as we head back to school.”

Wyndham said based on their current situation, the protocols are recommendations rather than requirements. The only exception is the wearing of a compulsory mask on school buses. A federal mandate requires the wearing of a mask on all public transport.

Currently, the school system recommends that unvaccinated people of all grade levels or visitors wear a mask, but it is not mandatory.

Kindergarten to Grade 6 classes will look a lot like they were last year with kids split up to respect the 6-foot radius for social distancing. Seating in cafeterias will also maximize the distance between students who will be in the pods for contract research.

Due to the vaccinations, the secondary classes will resume a more normal functioning. Students who have been vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination will be exempt from distance guidelines.

E-learning is evolving, forcing families to engage in e-learning year round and is only available to families who participated in e-learning last year. So far, 37 students, spanning all grade levels, will enroll in this option.

Extracurricular activities will only be offered to students attending school in person.

After much public comment, the school board adopted the proposed protocols with a 4-1 vote. Gregory Dana disagreed. He believes elementary school students should be required to do so until a vaccine is available for this age group and all visitors should be required to wear masks.

“As with every decision throughout the pandemic, the COVID-19 protocols proposed by the CCAA administration for the 2021-22 school year were the culmination of many dialogues and contributions,” said Kim Woodward , Chairman of the Board of Directors. “In fact, despite the pressure to produce our protocols earlier, we intentionally waited until current and relevant data became available. We believe these
the protocols provide a basis for starting school, and our administrative teams will be able to focus on teaching and learning while being able to make changes if necessary.

An FAQ link on the district website is provided to cover all protocols.

Norma A. Roth