COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Matrix

On August 16, 2021, the Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School Board voted to implement a COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Matrix. This matrix will be used to determine when individual schools need to implement masking and/or social distancing of three or more feet.

This matrix was created with two main goals in mind: keeping our learners in school and working to keep our learners and staff healthy. Using community transmission and school student illness data allows for us to keep an eye on and to make decisions based on our local community. 

Data for community transmission rates will be taken from the state’s COVID-19 Dashboard. Data on school illnesses will be reported by each school to the SAU office by the end of the school day. 

There are three levels to the COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Matrix: green, yellow, and red.

Chart of the COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies Matrix

The school district as a whole will be starting out in the yellow. In the yellow level, “recommended” masking means that wearing a mask indoors is optional except when social distancing (of at least three feet) cannot occur. It also serves as a notification to staff, families, and learners that wearing a mask is a mitigation strategy that can meaningfully impact levels of community transmission and school absenteeism due to illness, which in turn could help the schools exit the yellow and enter the green portion of the matrix.

Please also keep in mind that at this point in time, masking is required under all matrix levels while students are boarding and on buses. This requirement is mandated by the CDC. 

The rules in this matrix only apply to inside settings - there are no recommendations for social distancing or masking for outdoor settings at this time. 

If a change to the matrix is triggered, the district will alert families by the end of the day. A change to the matrix will remain in place for at least five calendar days regardless of any changes to the data - this will allow for a degree of consistency (i.e. not having to mask every other day for a week due to alternating between the yellow and red levels). A school principal, in consultation with a school nurse and the superintendent, can decide to extend a given level beyond the five day period based on the data trends for community transmission and/or student illness. 

When we start the 2021-22 school year, we will add a live matrix to this page, complete with supporting data. 

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