River Falls High School RTSA

River Falls High School is located at 818 Cemetery Road. File photo

Last week at a special meeting, members voted for a mask optional start to the 2021-2022 school year, not considering any other mitigation strategies. This week, they conversed about a multilayer approach to COVID-19 mitigation and prevention, voting to reinstate a mask requirement without close contact quarantine. 

The River Falls School Board spent nearly 4 hours on Monday, Aug. 16 further discussing the Wildcat Roadmap 2.0 regarding COVID-19 mitigation and prevention, as well as other matters.

As stated in previous meetings, due to the nature of COVID-19, evolving case numbers, health expert guidelines, etc. the board will continue to monitor and re-evaluate previous decisions.

The board voted to approve the Wildcat Roadmap 2.0 requiring masks for preschool and kindergarten through grade 12, stipulating that there will be no required quarantine for close contact tracing of COVID-19 positive individuals. Parents and families will receive a notice if their child has been close contact traced, but no quarantine will be required. 

Stacey Johnson Meyers, Todd Schultz, Alan Tuchtenhagen, Bob Casey and Cindy Holbrook voted in favor of the motion. Lindsey Curtis and Amy Halvorson were opposed. 

“It is a compromise on many fronts,” said board member Bob Casey. “We need to move forward. We need to get kids in school.” 

2021-22 Employee Handbook revisions to co-curricular advisor compensation 

the Virtual/e-School teacher program coordinator/teacher job description

the 2021-2022 Assessment Calendar

the 2021-2022 substitute teacher pay rate at $160.00 per day

Schultz noted he was wrestling with the idea that mask optional may not be the exact path towards the goal of having as many students in the physical classroom as possible and was very conflicted.

The board also heard from the college and career readiness coordinator Melisa Hansen and others involved with the Academic Career Plan program. Starting in middle school, students participate in activities for self and career exploration, career planning and management and goal setting. 

During the pandemic, students were presented opportunities to connect with industry professionals, attend virtual college events and receive student service newsletters. 

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