Please see the communique regarding modifications to our masking protocols. I hope you are enjoying the summer sun and relaxing.
Re Masking in Billings Public Schools
Effective 8 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021, Billings Public Schools will no longer require masking for staff and students, except as provided for below (school busses). Students and staff may, of course, continue to wear masks if they so wish. This modification applies to all Billings Public School facilities and to summer educational programs currently in session and or scheduled for a later date.
This change of masking requirements is based on advice and direction given to us by the CDC. We are all relieved that safe and effective vaccinations are readily available. Recently, the CDC updated its guidelines for those of us who are fully vaccinated. One of the changes is that the CDC is no longer recommending that everyone wear masks. Please see the CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People dated May 28, 2021, for more information.
If CDC guidelines change because of an upsurge of infections, I will take appropriate measures, and I will continue to monitor very closely the information provided by state and local health authorities in Montana.
Please be advised,
Key Points from the CDC
· Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
· Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
· Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
· Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
· Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
· Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible
· Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
· Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations
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Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People
· Indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.
· Fully vaccinated people have a reduced risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to unvaccinated people.
· Fully vaccinated people should still get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
· Fully vaccinated people should not visit private or public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
· Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
For the purposes of CDC guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 ≥2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or ≥2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen); there is currently no post-vaccination time limit on fully vaccinated status. Unvaccinated people refers to individuals of all ages, including children, that have not completed a vaccination series or received a single-dose vaccine.
Are masks required on school buses?
Yes, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC’s Order. Operators of school buses should refer to the Department of Education’s COVID-19 Handbook [PDF – 27 pages] for additional guidance.--Greg UphamSuperintendentBillings Public Schools415 N. 30th St.Billings, MT 59101Ph.: 406-281-5066Fax: 406-281-6186"You cannot change what you do not measure." -Dr. AmenPlease Be Aware: This message, including any attachments, may contain confidential or privileged information or information protected by federal or state law. If you are not the intended recipient or you believe you may have received this message in error, please contact the sender by reply email and delete this message from your computer.