The district will maintain the health and safety of all students, staff, and visitors which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC:
Universal and correct wearing of masks
Federal Law requires all persons to wear a Mask or Face Covering while riding on School Busses and/or any other school vehicle. This requirement applies to all route busses, transfer busses and athletic/activity buses.
Order under Section 361 of The Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.264) and 42 Code of Federal Regulations 70.2, 71.71.31 (b), 71.32 (b).
Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing and temperature checks (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will continue to be taught to students with emphasis and practice protocols rehearsed more frequently in the primary grade levels. Signage will continue to be posted throughout our buildings as reminders of handwashing and respiratory etiquette. In addition, hand sanitizing stations and liquids will continue to be made available for use in all classrooms.
Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation
Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.
Diagnostic and screening testing
Students, staff, and community members can access COVID-19 diagnostic or screening tests through a variety of community partners. School nurses and health support staff will continue to monitor for symptoms, trends, clusters, and request that students and staff seek medical services as appropriate. The district will have rapid testing at the nursing stations in each building if students/families wish to be tested at school. Please review the following protocols:
District health protocols for fever/vomiting are still in effect.
If students or staff members have symptoms of COVID-19 according to KDHE, CDC, and county health guidelines, the following protocols will be in effect for attendance at school.
For those 12 years or older who are fully vaccinated, the following COVID -19 guidelines do not apply.
Positive COVID individuals will remain out of school until they fulfill their isolation as instructed by the Osage County Health Department and/or their medical provider.
The information of the identified close contacts will be given to the Osage County Health Department and they will notify them with official quarantine guidelines. Individuals advised to quarantine based on CDC recommendations due to being identified as a close contact to a positive COVID case would have the following options listed below.
Modified Quarantine: Individuals identified as a close contact may quarantine at school with a mask required until the quarantine expires following the 10th day from their last exposure. With parent/guardian consent, after the 5th day of quarantine the individual may have a COVID PCR test completed.
Negative results will allow the individual to remove the mask after day 7. A positive COVID test result will result in the parent/guardian being notified, and the individual will be sent home to isolate as instructed by the Osage County Health Department and/or their medical provider. If a test is not completed they will be required to wear the mask for the full 10 days. Quarantined individuals will do a daily temperature check and symptom check with the nurse or designated individual for the full 10 days.
Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities
School staff has been provided with vaccination opportunities. Local agencies and pharmacies are making vaccinations available to students. The District will not refuse, withhold from, or deny a person any services, goods, facilities, advantages, privileges, licensing, educational opportunities, health care access, or employment opportunities based on the person's COVID-19 vaccination status.
Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies
Coordination with State and local health officials
Applicable district personnel currently participate, and will continue to participate, with our local county health department and/or agencies on a frequent basis to determine next steps as needed.
The district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
Services to address students' academic needs
The district has implemented a summer learning program to assist students with academic recovery. The district plans to continue full time in-person instruction beginning the fall of 2021. Additional instructional personnel have been added or reassigned where possible to implement further academic recovery efforts in core curriculum areas. Where possible, specialists, para-educators, and educational consultants will be available and utilized during the instructional day, on professional development days, and/or during before and after school programs throughout the year to support students.
Students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
Other needs, which may include student health and food services