August 24, 2021
Greenbrier School Community -
Last night in a special school board meeting, our school board revised our Re-Engagement Plan. Beginning Thursday, August 26th, where six feet of social distancing is not possible indoors, students and staff will be required to wear masks. Please note that this is only in locations where social distancing is not possible. This measure prevents students and staff from wearing masks for the entire day in classrooms and indoor areas where they can socially distance.
Additionally, because social distancing is not possible on busses, starting Thursday, August 26th, students and staff will be required to wear masks while riding the bus. As you are aware, these measures for indoor areas and busses will assist in minimizing quarantines based on the Arkansas Department of Health requirements.
The goal of these revisions is to keep students at school as much as possible based on quarantine requirements from the Arkansas Department of Health. Please help us with these efforts by explaining the expectation to your child. If you are in need of a mask for your child, the school will provide one. Thank you for your ongoing support and communication regarding the COVID-19 virus and our re-engagement plans throughout this school year.
Scott Spainhour, Superintendent
The District will use the following procedures in an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our staff and student body. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this effort.
Due to HIPAA Laws, the District will not release any name(s) of a positive COVID-19 student(s) or staff member(s).
The District will continue to follow the ADH and CDC guidelines to provide a safe and sanitized environment daily. We are being proactive in taking precautionary measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.
In an effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our staff and student body, we are asking all parents/guardians of students and all employees to notify our school district’s designated POINT OF CONTACT immediately when the following occurs:
The District Point of Contact will notify the Arkansas Department of Health and will follow all state and national directives for quarantine. The Point of Contact will call parents or employees and compile a list of Probable Close Contacts to the positive case. The POC will share this information with the Arkansas Department of Health and the ADH Contact Tracer will then call you.
If you are identified as a Close Contact or have a positive COVID-19 test result, you will be required to provide a release letter from the Arkansas Department of Health before you return to campus.
Point of Contact – The District Point of Contact (POC) is a district employee who serves as the liaison between the district and the ADH to contact the School Hotline when notified of a district-related positive case and work with school personnel to initiate the identification of Probable Close Contacts (PCC).
Please be aware that the quarantine/isolation guidelines that districts are required to follow have changed since last year and can be found below:
Contact Determination and Responses
The CDC defines a close contact as an individual confirmed to have been within six feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered and who are subsequently exposed to someone with COVID-19 within three months of their original diagnosis do not have to stay at home or get tested again, as long as they do not develop new symptoms. Individuals who develop symptoms again within three months of their first instance of COVID-19 should see their physician as they may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
Individuals exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 will not need to be quarantined if they have no symptoms and both the infected and exposed individual consistently and correctly were wearing a mask.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated may not have to quarantine. To help determine whether a fully vaccinated individual should quarantine, refer to the following chart:
August 13th, 2021
Greenbrier School Community-
Thank you for your ongoing support and communication throughout last year and as we prepare to start the 2021-2022 school year. The district’s Re-Engagement Plan on how the school will begin can be found on our district website. In regards to face coverings, the CDC highly recommends that students and staff wear masks to increase the safety of those at school. While masks are not mandated, they are highly encouraged for those who are able to wear them. Please seriously consider this recommendation. We will monitor student and staff positive COVID cases and quarantines at each school and will be prepared to respond at any given time.
Our Re-Engagement Plan is based on the recommendations of the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Covid-19 Guidance for Schools. The district is closely monitoring the status of state requirements and recommendations for any changes that may arise in the days to come.
We are very grateful for your support of our schools as we continually work through the procedures and protocols for this school year.
Scott Spainhour, Superintendent