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This message from Superintendent Dr. Tom Henderson was sent to families on July 19, 2021.

July 19, 2021

Fellow Elks,

I think we can all agree that the last 15 months have been challenging for everyone. None of us have experienced a pandemic before, and making decisions as an individual, as a family, and as a school district has not been easy. As we make district decisions, we are continuing to monitor the latest guidance and legislation.

Tonight during their work session, the Centerville Board of Education voted unanimously to rescind the district’s COVID-19 Face Covering Policy.

What does this mean for your family?

For the 2021-22 school year, face coverings will be optional for PreK-12 students and staff in our school buildings. Face masks will be welcome, but it will now be your decision whether to have your child wear one at school.

As you make a decision for your family, please note that the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated students and staff do not need to wear face masks inside school buildings, but unvaccinated students and staff should continue to wear masks indoors. Even though masks will no longer be required, we strongly encourage unvaccinated students, staff and visitors to continue to wear masks while inside our schools. This would include students and staff who have underlying medical conditions, putting them at risk for the COVID-19 illness. We have always worked with families on individual health concerns and will continue to do this on a case-by-case basis; just reach out to your child’s principal.

To start the school year, face coverings will still be required for all students and staff, whether vaccinated or not, while on school transportation. This follows current federal orders for public transportation, which include school vehicles.

We are still reviewing guidance about how close contacts and quarantining will be handled. We will share that information as decisions are made.

As we have learned over the past several months, when it comes to dealing with a global pandemic, our plans are always fluid. If there are mandates or laws requiring public school districts to reinstate certain safety measures, we will have to follow those. Again, we will communicate any new information to our school community.

Finally, I want to thank you all for supporting your children through this public health crisis. We will continue to share updates about the upcoming school year, and we look forward to seeing all of our students in-person in August!

Click here to download the 2021-22 district calendar.


Dr. Tom Henderson