Current MAS Mask Requirements - Under WCHD Order

Current MAS Mask Requirements - Under WCHD Order

Dear Milan Area Schools Community,

In response to rising COVID-19 trends in our community, the Washtenaw County Health Department has issued two public health orders for PreK-12 public, private, charter, and vocational schools, which includes Milan Area Schools.  Even though our district spans two counties, for consistency, we will be implementing these orders throughout the district. These two orders will help us all strive towards our shared goal of providing consistent in-person instruction and services to students, young children, and families in a way that is as safe as possible.  These orders supersede any former mask requirements implemented by Milan Area Schools and our webpage will be updated soon to reflect these changes.

The following public health orders will go into effect after Labor Day on Tuesday, September 7, 2021:

Mask Requirement
This mask order requires that everyone in PreK-12 educational institutions, including Milan Area Schools, consistently and properly wear a face mask while indoors. This includes during the school day, as well as during any indoor extracurricular activities or athletics (whether on the bench or playing). As with all masking guidelines, there are exemptions for certain situations, such as when actively eating or drinking, or for certain people, such as those with developmental disabilities, deaf or hard of hearing individuals, or anyone with a written medical reason.

The mask order will remain in effect until community transmission for the county is “moderate” or “low” for at least 14 consecutive days as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or until further notice from the health officer. At that time, Milan will revert back to our local mask requirements.  Should transmission rates increase to “substantial” or “high” again at a later date, the mask order will resume again.

Isolation and Quarantine
This isolation and quarantine order requires individuals in PreK-12 educational institutions, including Milan Area Schools, to follow isolation or quarantine protocols as directed for illness or exposure to COVID-19. As a reminder, properly and consistently using masks and being fully vaccinated will greatly reduce the likelihood of requiring quarantining at home. This order will remain in effect until further notice from the health officer.

In-person learning during a pandemic cannot be completely risk free, but we are committed to working with the Washtenaw County Health Department to provide it as safely as possible. In addition to following these orders, Milan Area Schools will also continue using multiple layers of health and safety protocols, including physical distancing, improved ventilation, health screening, frequent hand cleaning, and staying home if we feel any symptoms. If you are interested, learn more about getting vaccinated here and see a list of testing locations here.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we all work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

A facial covering is a tightly woven cloth or other multi-layer absorbent material that closely covers an individual’s mouth and nose. Facial coverings may be secured to the head or simply wrapped around the lower face. They can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton or linen, and may be factory-made or made by hand.