USD 206 COVID-19 GUIDELINES
STAY HOME WHEN SICK
• Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or greater or is feeling ill should stay home from school.
• Students may return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, if there is a negative COVID-19 test.
• If there isn’t a negative COVID-19 test, students may return to school when they have been fever-free for 72 hours without fever reducing medication or a doctor's note.
• Parents are encouraged to test for COVID-19 when symptoms are present.
• Students will be excused from school for the following COVID-related reasons:
* Positive COVID-19 test or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
* Quarantine due to being a close contact or household contact.
* Fever of 100.4 and one other symptom of COVID-19.
* Staying home out of caution due to family member testing for COVID-19.
• Referencing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Butler and Harvey County Health Department states, “Masks are highly recommended to be worn indoors by all individuals in areas of substantial or high transmission of COVID-19.”
• Masks must be worn on all district transportation as outlined by federal law. It is USD 206’s understanding from KSDE that this is not optional for any student or adult riding transportation. Wearing a mask on district transportation will be treated as a transportation rule.
• USD 206 does not mandate masks (except district transportation per federal law), and we encourage families to make the decision they feel is best for them, understanding current guidance and known risks of COVID-19. USD 206 recommends masks are worn by everyone who wishes to do so, and we will create an environment supportive of all individuals choosing to wear a mask or not choosing to wear a mask.
• The CDC recommends schools practice social distancing between students in classrooms. USD 206 will maintain social distancing between students in classrooms when possible.
• Cohorts may be employed where social distancing cannot be maintained. Cohorts involve students sitting by the same individuals each day while at lunch tables or in other common spaces.
• According to the HCHD, “Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely return to in person learning as well as extra-curricular activities and sports.”
• For anyone who is eligible and wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, USD 206 can direct those interested to locations throughout south central Kansas.
DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AND SCREENING
• For those individuals who may be exposed to COVID-19 or who have developed symptoms, we will provide information on local testing sites and services including in our own district.
HANDWASHING AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE
• USD 206 will provide frequent opportunities to wash and/or sanitize hands with sanitizing stations across our facilities and in our school vehicles.
• We will teach and practice covering coughing and sneezing.
• We will post signage throughout buildings with reminders of good hygiene practices.
CLEANING FACILITIES AND VENTILATION
• USD 206 will continue to maintain high standards of practice for cleaning and disinfecting
facilities. We will maintain an ample supply of cleaning supplies in all buildings and vehicles.
• We will consider utilizing federal COVID-relief funds to further upgrade our HVAC infrastructure.
COORDINATION WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS
• USD 206 will continue to work and communicate with our local health department as the USD 206 Board of Education and school district administrators make decisions to promote a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and staff.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
• USD 206 will ensure all students receive educational services in accordance with IDEA & ADA.
ADDRESSING STUDENT ACADEMIC NEEDS
• USD 206 will continue focusing on student academic needs and will provide a high-quality learning environment for all.
• Our goal will be to ensure our students are able to attend school each day in-person in accordance to local, state, and federal mandates.
• We will continue to utilize a variety of academic assessments to support student progress and performance and will utilize classroom-based assessments and teacher feedback to ensure adequate student supports are in place.
USD 206 REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION
• Earlier this year, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that changes remote learning from what we knew during the 2020-21 school year.
• As a general rule, remote learning will not be available to students for the 2021-22 school year.
If a student is absent for a COVID-related reason, that student will continue to receive classwork and will stay in contact with teachers, just as he or she would when missing for any excused absence.
SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND MENTAL HEALTH
• USD 206 is highly committed to supporting student and staff social, emotional, and mental health. Counselors are available in every building. We will conduct student and staff surveys that assess overall health and well-being.
• We will continue to implement socio-emotional curriculum focused on social and emotional learning and development.
• We will continue to implement scheduling practices that support non-academic learning and focus on building a positive school culture and environment to support the overall well-being of everyone in our school system.
• Our district nurse is Elizabeth Claassen. Mrs. Claassen is our lead contact for questions and concerns and will continue communication with our local health departments. She will maintain a record of covid-related absences and work directly with families when there is a positive case or close contact. Amy Gerber is a district nurse as well and has been hired thorugh a grant to assist with cvoid-relted nursing and other school nursing.
CONTACT TRACING, ISOLATION, AND QUARANTINE
• It is the responsibility of USD 206 to ensure individuals who have tested positive are not allowed in school for the duration of the isolation period, in accordance with the requirements of our local health department. Schools are mandated to report those who are positive and those in close contact in order to reduce the spread.
Link: USD 206 Gating Criteria
• Joe Gerber, Superintendent: (316)799.2115 email@example.com
• Elizabeth Claassen and Amy Gerber, District Nurses: (316)799.2123 Ext. 112 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
• Tammy Sweatland, Elementary Principal: (620)752.3239 firstname.lastname@example.org
• James O’Brien, Middle School Principal: (316)799.2131 email@example.com
• Tim Bumgarner, High School Principal: (316)799.2123 firstname.lastname@example.org