The Baker School District is back to where it started – at least when it comes to COVID-19.
The district started the school year at what is named Scenario 4 – the lightest of restrictions.
After briefly going one step more restrictive (Scenario 3) briefly in the first week of October, it returned to Scenario 4 just in time for the Spartans’ football contest Friday, according to Superintendent Aaron Skogen.
“We started the year at Scenario 4 when we had zero COVID-19 cases. Then, when we had an uptick within the county, it was agreed that we’d move down to Scenario 3,” Skogen explained.
Just before the game on Friday, the level was changed again. “We had an event that was an outside football game over an indoor event. High school volleyball was finished for the week.”
“So, meeting with local health officials, the football game, being that it was outside... we were in a position to move back to Scenario 4,” he explained.
As of Tuesday, the superintendent said that the scenario level had not been determined yet for the schools and the activities. “We will make that decision tomorrow (Wednesday) and that will dictate the scenario level for Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” he added.
He described the situation as being week to week. “But that could change at any given time. So, it is fluid, but we knew that going in,” he said.
Skogen said that because of the county health department and governor’s guidelines, masks have been required since Sept. 30 when the county hit four active cases or higher. “We are requiring masks and following the governor’s directive,” he said.
“Thankfully, things have been fairly normal at the school,” the superintendent said. “Right now, we are awaiting test results, or finalizing contract tracing, so it is kind of a fluid time”
The school also participates in contact tracing. “We like to give information out as soon as possible. It usually translates to about midweek to give us the best opportunity to make an informed decision based on the information,” he said.
The elementary school is currently planning for a Halloween event. “The staff wants to put on some sort of Halloween activity for the kids,” he said.
“There is a lot of factors that come into play,” the superintendent said.
Skogen stressed that the district tries to put information out on webpages, Facebook and on emails sent to parents as decisions are made.