GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

UPDATE: GBAPS addresses families after quarantine numbers spike

Coronavirus
FRIDAY 9/10/2021 10:47 a.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – After hundreds of Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS) students were “out” due to COVID-19, the district is now addressing the families of its students.

In a September 10, letter to GBAPS families, the District shared that as they are coming to the end of their second week of classes, the number of students in quarantine has spiked surpassing last year’s numbers.

The letter to families read:

“First, I want to thank all of you for entrusting us with your child(ren) this school year. I had the privilege of visiting classrooms during the first week of school, and it was great to see the excitement and joy of our students, teachers, and school staff being together again. 

“I also want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we begin this school year in our “new normal.” COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the operations of our school district, and we appreciate your flexibility as we continue to adjust and respond to changing circumstances.

“If you have been visiting our COVID-19 dashboard you will have noted that as we are ending week two, quarantine numbers of students have risen quickly. It is important to note, that this is not unique to Green Bay Area Public Schools. Fortunately, our COVID-19 positive cases remain relatively low. 

“We are asking families and students to assist us in minimizing the number of quarantines and COVID spread through the following efforts:

  • Please complete the daily symptom screener. COVID-19 symptoms include a new onset cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, fever greater than 100.4, new or atypical headache, chills, new unexplained muscle pain, sore throat, recent sudden loss of sense of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, and/or congestion or runny nose. 
  • If your child has any COVID-19 symptom, even if mild, please consider keeping your child home and having them tested.
  • Social distance, whenever possible. 
  • Consistently and correctly wear face coverings at school. 
  • If your student is age eligible (12 and up) to receive the vaccine, consider having your child vaccinated. Vaccinated students, who have no symptoms, do not need to quarantine. 

“Hopefully in the very near future the District will be able to offer COVID-19 testing in our schools. We currently are working through the logistics with our community health partner. Please watch for further communication, as parents/guardians will need to provide prior authorization for the District to test your child, in addition to consent at the time a nurse administers a test. 

“Our goal this year is to provide students a school year that includes all of the engaging learning and enrichment activities that have been available to students in the past. The health and safety of students and staff continue to be our highest priority, and we will continue to monitor and adjust in response to COVID-19 spread in the Brown County area and its impact on our schools. 

I appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work through the complexities of the delta variant, and settle into our new school year routines.”

To stay updated on the latest GBAPS quarantine numbers, click here.

Green Bay Area School District adds nearly 200 more students out, total at 744

THURSDAY 9/9/2021 12:41 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – From Wednesday to Thursday, almost 200 students were added as ‘out’ to Green Bay Area Public School’s COVID-19 dashboard.

According to the dashboard, the current number of students that are out, stands at 744. On Wednesday the number was 557. That equals a daily increase of 187 students.

The number of staff that is out also increased, going from 29 to 31.

More information regarding COVID-19 in the Green Bay Area Public School District can be found on their website.

ORIGINAL: COVID in the classroom: Green Bay Area School District reports 550+ students, 29 staff out

WEDNESDAY 9/8/2021 1:41 p.m.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Green Bay Area Public School’s COVID-19 Dashboard is reporting that 29 staff along with 557 students are out due to having COVID-19 or are in quarantine.

According to the dashboard, all of the information is from staff and students that voluntarily reported that they are COVID-19 positive or are in quarantine. The District is reportedly doing its own contact tracing since the Brown County Health Department is unable to do so due to the high level of community spread.

Currently of the 557 students out with COVID, 514 are in quarantine while 43 are in isolation. As for the staff, 19 are in quarantine and 10 are in isolation.

On the dashboard, isolation and quarantine are defined as:

  • Isolation
    • Employees and/or Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation.
  • Quarantine
    • Employees and/or Students who must remain in quarantine (at home) due to a direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, or are symptomatic, but have not been tested or are waiting for test results.

Red Smith School has the most student quarantines in the area with 37. There are multiple schools with two staff that are quarantined.

The District is reporting that the active case rate in the area is 0.22%.

It is also noted that since the data is mostly self-reported, the case rates are likely under-reported on the dashboard.

The complete list of each school in the district can be viewed online.

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