In-Person Expectations

Click here for our full  2021-2022 School Year Mitigation Protocols for Students and Families

At the AASD Board of Education meeting on Monday, January 10, the Board of Education voted to extend the universal mask/face covering requirement for all students, all district staff, and all visitors while indoors within district facilities and while on district transportation until February 17, 2022. Masks/face coverings outdoors will continue to be optional. 

The Board will review the mask/face covering requirement at a special board meeting on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 a.m. to determine if/when this mitigation protocol should be revised.

Due to state licensing requirements, Early Childhood and Appleton Community 4K students will continue to require masks/face coverings for students/staff. Masks will also still be required for all students, EC-12, while on district transportation in accordance with the CDC order.

Co-curricular Winter Mitigation Strategy as of November 3, 2021: For all AASD Co-Curricular activities, which include athletics and performing arts, participants will be allowed to go mask optional while actively engaging in exertion activities. This will include practices, rehearsals, games, performances, conditioning and fitness room activities both before and after school. Co-Curricular coaches, advisors, spectators, game staff and all students not directly involved in the game, performance or exertion activity must remain masked if they are not actively participating in the event.

How does the AASD define a face-covering/mask?
The face-covering/mask is a barrier (made of cloth or other approved material) that is worn over the mouth and nose for the purpose of reducing viral transmission. Neck gaiters will be allowed. Mesh masks/lace masks are not allowed.

Face shields will not be allowed for students unless approved as part of the Medical Accommodation Form or IEP. Please reach out to your child’s school principal(s) directly if you have questions regarding the process.

Who will determine whether a face-covering meets district expectations?
The school principal, in collaboration with the school nurse, will determine whether a face-covering/mask meets district guidelines. 

Will neck gaiter/face coverings be allowed?

Can students wear face shields instead of a mask?
Face shields will not be allowed for students unless approved as part of the Medical Accommodation Form or IEP.

Can students wear face shields in addition to masks?
If a family would like to provide their child with a face shield in addition to wearing a mask, that is their choice.

Is the AASD supplying masks? 
Students and staff are able to utilize their own face coverings from home.  However, AASD will be providing face coverings to students and staff that may not have access to one.

Will my child be exempt from wearing a mask? 
Individual determinations will be made based on a student’s unique circumstances and health conditions as documented through the Medical Accommodation Form or IEP.  Please reach out to your child’s school principal(s) directly if you have questions regarding the process.

Will students get time to have their masks off?
Yes, there are periods of the day in which students would not be wearing a mask (meals, outdoor recess and outdoor mask breaks).

Can teachers wear a face shield?
Staff face coverings will be worked out based on individual needs as well as the type of work the staff member is doing (ex. Speech-Language Pathologist). 

Will students have to wear face coverings/masks at recess or during PE?
Outdoors masking is optional.

How are staff going to ensure that everyone keeps their masks on and follow physical distancing? 
Just as expectations for showing Safe, Responsible, and Respectful behaviors in all areas of the school are taught and reinforced by staff throughout the school year using our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program, teachers will reinforce the expectations regarding safe practices regarding face coverings/masks, physical distancing, hand washing, etc.

Your school should have plenty of hand sanitizer for everyone. Look for hand sanitizer stations in various places around the building, and feel free to use it regularly. Students should wash their hands with soap and water after using the restroom, after lunch, and after recess or P.E. The more you wash your hands, the more you improve your chances of staying safe. 

Daily symptom self-screening
will be expected for all students and staff prior to coming to school. Families will be asked to continue to be vigilant in checking the health of their students each morning.

If your student displays symptoms while at school, they will be sent to the health office/area and will mask until they can be picked up.

The CDC recently updated their guidance for K - 12 schools related to Quarantine and Isolation. The CDC shares that this update is motivated by science, demonstrating that the majority of COVID-19 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

The AASD will be implementing these new practices effective Tuesday, January 18 for staff and students. 

Isolation Protocol If You Test Positive for COVID-19:  

Stay home for 5 days. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or if no symptoms, the day the test was performed. You can return on day 6.

If you do not have any symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to school/work. If you are still experiencing symptoms that are not improving, please stay home.
 - Continue to wear a tight-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days.
 - If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours. 

Quarantine Protocol If You Were Exposed To Someone With COVID-19 In Your Household:

If you have completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series within the last 6 months or have received the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months or are boosted (if you qualify for the booster):

 - If you do not have any symptoms, report to school/work and wear a mask for 10 days
 - If you do have qualifying COVID-19 symptoms (see screening and illness guide), get a test and stay home until results are known.

If it has been over 6 months since you completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series or over 2 months since receiving the J&J vaccine and you are not boosted (but qualify to be boosted) or if you are unvaccinated:

 - If you are able to isolate from the positive household case, stay home for 5 days since the last contact. 
 - If you are unable to isolate from the positive case, stay home for 10 days. Day 0 is the day the positive case started symptoms or received a positive test. 

How can I return sooner?
If you test negative on days 5 through 7, you may return to school/work on day 8 with a tight-fitting mask through day 10. Find testing information here.


Free COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Now Available: As part of the Appleton Area School District’s layered mitigation strategies to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open for in-person learning, we are offering free COVID-19 drive-through testing for all students and staff. We are partnering with Novir, a diagnostic biotechnology company that was assigned to the AASD through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Schools will work to find opportunities to encourage and promote physical distancing whenever possible to reduce the chances of spreading the virus. 

Schools will orient classrooms and desks to maximize distance, aiming for 6 feet whenever possible, or create smaller group clusters or pods. It’s still not time for hugs or high fives. But you can greet your friends and your teachers with a wave … or a nod… or an air high five. 

Check out these tips for the most hygienic way to deal with sneezing and coughing with a mask on.

Visitors are expected to follow district policy regarding self-screening before coming into buildings. Outside groups will be able to use school facilities when students are not in classes and upon approval of mitigation strategies. Masks are required for all visitors while in schools and other AASD buildings.




  • The District will continue to make hand hygiene stations available throughout our buildings. 
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available. Additional disinfecting of desks and surfaces will take place.
  • No quarantine of classroom materials/LMC materials/tech equipment will be implemented.
  • Hand-touch water fountains will be disabled. Touchless bottle fillers will be available. Students are encouraged to bring a labeled water bottle to use while at school.
  • Upgraded filters in air handlers and increase in the frequency of air circulation from outside.
  • Lunch will be eaten within the lunchroom or in other areas that the school has used previously that can accommodate physical distancing (at least 3 feet or podding).

If we do all of these things, if we look out for ourselves and each other, we can keep each other safe and healthy throughout the school day.