USD 434 District plan to return to school safely 2022-2023
USD 434 District plans for Safe Return to
In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
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
Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing and temperature checks (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)
Hand washing and respiratory etiquette
Hand washing 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 hand washing 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 exposure, 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.
Test to Know
This plan provides testing to anyone exposed to someone with COVID-19 or anyone that would like to know their status.
- Students/teachers/staff who choose to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask daily for at least 10 days after exposure should be tested on day 5 following their exposure.
- Students/teachers/staff who chose not to wear a mask should be tested upon notification of their exposure then every other day through day 7.
- Students/teachers/staff who are close household contacts who choose to wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask daily should mask while household exposure is ongoing and for 10 days following their last exposure, testing on day 5 after last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.
- Students/teachers/staff who are close household contacts who chose not to wear a mask should be tested upon notification of their exposure then every other day through day 7after last exposure.
District health protocols for fever/vomiting are still in effect.
USD 434 will adhere to the current guidelines regarding COVID-19 as provided by KDHE, CDC, and our local health department. Santa Fe Trail School District has prioritized the ability to attend school as often as possible and is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff by following the School Testing Program provided by KDHE. It has been effective at preventing transmission and should be continued to enable students and staff to safely remain in school.
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