Posted Date: 08/10/2021
DRAFT---Work in Progress
Below is the USD 449 Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 school year as required by the Federal Law, American Rescue Plan Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services.
USD 449 is required to post our reopening plan by June 22, 2021. The plan is a working document, and we will continue to revise and update the district website to reflect changes as necessary.
Describe how the district will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to 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.
On August 4th, Easton Board of Education voted to begin our school year with all students and staff wearing masks. In its decision, the Board expressed a commitment to review county and local Covid numbers in an effort to best judge when a loosening of masking restrictions is appropriate. This vote, in line with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC, was the first step to get our students, staff, and patrons back safely in our schools later this month.
Under Federal law, school buses (and other passenger-carrying vehicles) are classified in the same way as airplanes, subways, and public buses, where masks are required. Local or state policy/law cannot override federal law and as such, masks will be required for all individuals who ride a school bus. More information regarding the CDC order can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/.../face-masks-public-transportation...
Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding).
USD 449 plans to return to routine practices of placing students in classes, lunchroom assignments, and movements throughout the building during the day. As directed by health officials, in the event changes are needed, we will return to cohort groups, use of barriers in lunchrooms, and social-distancing, etc., implementing similar procedures used this past year.
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
Hand washing and sanitizing stations are available throughout the building with proper signage and hand sanitizer available in every classroom; substantial training was provided for staff and students regarding proper procedures and respiratory etiquette.
Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.
Custodial staff have been and will continue to follow specific cleaning protocols and procedures. Our district will continue to use cleaning solutions that are rated to eliminate the COVID-19 virus. We will continue to monitor ventilation efficiency and effectiveness for opportunities to continually improve air quality.
Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, health departments.
USD 449 will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the Leavenworth County Health Department and the Kansas State Health Department as the situations dictate. That includes the need for contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.
Diagnostic and screening testing.
Students, staff, and community members can access COVID-19 diagnostic or screening tests through a variety of community partners. The school nurse will continue to monitor for symptoms, trends, and clusters, and request that students and staff seek medical services as appropriate.
Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.
In coordination with the local health departments, all school staff members had access to vaccinations with release time provided; communication regarding available vaccination clinics and locations within our community has been/will be publicly shared.
Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
We will provide accommodations consistent with IEP team decisions based on the individual need of each student in the context in which they are served. In addition, appropriate accommodations consistent with State and federal law will be applied to ensure access for all students.
Coordination with State and local health officials.
There will continue to be extensive coordination with state and local health officials regarding school opening practices and procedures, school closings, mitigation strategies, and athletics and extracurricular activities.
Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
services to address students' academic needs
Our district has implemented a summer learning program to assist students with academic recovery. Our 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.
students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
Our district has K-12 staff to monitor and address the social and emotional learning needs of our students. We will continue to partner with our social worker and local mental health services with the goal of helping students and families overcome obstacles with connecting to school.
Our district has provided staff with opportunities for social and emotional supports through our district’s participation with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. Staff social and emotional wellness and mental health are also considered in district communications and staff committees.
other needs, which may include student health and food services.
USD #449 Public Schools maintain a concern for student health and well-being, as evidenced by our commitment to having a district school nurse. All staff have had training regarding COVID symptoms, PPE use, and symptom monitoring.
Free meals will be made available for all eligible youth this summer and during the 2021-2022 school year. Families may also be in contact with their child’s school for any other health or food service needs.
Comments on the District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services may be addressed to Tim Beying, superintendent, at 913-651-9740.