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UPDATE: Oshkosh Area School District extends face mask requirements through Jan. 7

WEDNESDAY 12/1/2021 1:08 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh Area School District has announced they will continue requiring students, staff and visitors to wear masks indoors.

They are extending the requirement through Friday, January 7.

UPDATE: Oshkosh Area School District extends masking requirements until December

TUESDAY 11/02/2021 3:40 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV)- Due to reports indicating “very high” levels of COVID-19 numbers in the 18 and under age group, Oshkosh Area School District has updated its masking policies.

OASD will continue requiring face coverings until December 3.

Officials released the details regarding this extension on Tuesday, November 2. This decision is in an attempt to continue to allow in-person learning for students in the District, while also remaining safe. These face masking requirements apply to students, staff, and visitors inside all District buildings.

OASD Superintendent Bryan Davis touches on the District’s efforts in providing in-person instruction for this year’s school. He says, “while we continue to see COVID cases impacting our school communities, we have been able to keep all schools open… by focusing on our mitigation measures…”

The school district first extended its masking policies until Friday, November 5, back in September of this year. The District remains cautiously optimistic about its ability to eventually adjust its masking policies as COVID numbers begin to project a downward trend.

Local Five will update this story as new information becomes available.

UPDATE: Oshkosh Area School District extending masking requirements into November

TUESDAY 09/28/2021 5:15 p.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV)- As the school year is in full swing amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, masking policies or virtual learning environments are frequently changing from one school district to the next.

On Tuesday, September 28, Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) released a statement that its current masking policies are extending.

Previously, OASD was requiring masking of students, staff, and visitors until Friday, October 1. The District has now extended its policies to continue until Friday, November 5.

Superintendent Bryan Davis explains how OASD is continuing to provide in-person instruction for students while creating a safe environment. Saying, “We want to make sure everyone is safe as we see a rising number of positive cases, especially in our student population…”

Local Five will update this story with new details regarding the school’s policies as information is made public. Currently, Local Five has a detailed article listing the current school District policies.

UPDATE: Oshkosh Area School District place mask mandate set to expire Oct. 1

FRIDAY 8/20/2021 11:18 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) will require all students, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings inside all district buildings from starting Monday and lasting through Friday, October 1.

OASD announced Friday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the county, they have decided to mandate masks for all individuals inside their district buildings until October 1. District officials say they will continue to monitor the situation and keep in close contact with local health departments in the weeks ahead.

“We are excited to have our students and teachers back in school, learning and collaborating in their classrooms. We also want to make sure everyone is safe as we see a rising number of positive cases, especially among our student population,” Superintendent Bryan Davis told families in a letter Friday. “We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our mitigation measures and safety protocols.”

UW-Oshkosh and the City of Oshkosh have also placed face-covering mandates inside their buildings with the requirement from the City of Oshkosh set to expire on October 1. For a list of Northeastern Wisconsin school districts and their decisions to mask or not to mask, click here.

Original Story: Oshkosh School District releases 2021-22 school year plans, face coverings optional

THURSDAY 8/5/2021 5:48 a.m.

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) announced their COVID-19 plans for the upcoming year.

In a release, the OASD has revised their COVID-19 protocols and included optional face coverings and a regular review process throughout the school year.

The OASD also does not expect to have multiple learning models for the upcoming year. Students will have access to in-person instruction and for those looking for virtual learning, the OASD says its eAcademy is an option.

“As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, our District priority is to have students in schools, even as we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Superintendent Dr. Bryan Davis.

Officials say they will continue to review the protocols as the year goes on and as the pandemic situation evolves. Some of the options they will consider are:

  • Required face coverings
  • Extended quarantines
  • Capacity limits
  • Increased sanitization protocols

The OASD is also encouraging people to get vaccinated and provided a list of vaccination clinics in Winnebago County.

Currently, the OASD has the following guidelines in place for the upcoming school year:

  • Field trips will be allowed for the 2021-22 school year
  • All OASD athletic teams will follow all WIAA requiremenets related to COVID-19
  • No capacity limits for spectators at school events
  • Assigned seating will conintue to be used in the classroom
  • There could be additional and more restrictive meeasures for elementary students

For more information visit the OASD’s website.

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