Reopening Plan 2021-2022

District Plan for Safe Return to
In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

July 28, 2021

PART I.

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:

 

(A) Universal and correct wearing of masks.

USD 305 will use CDC (Center for Disease Control) and KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) recommendations to guide decisions about masking requirements.

  1. Masking is required in USD 305 facilities for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

  2. Masking will not be required when students are engaged in vigorous physical activity.

  3. Masking will not be required when outdoors on USD 305 property.

  4. USD 305 will not require verification of vaccination status.

  5. Information about correct masking and masking requirements will be posted in USD 305 buildings.


(B) Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding).

USD 305 will provide as much space as possible between students in classrooms. 

  1. Stable groups will be used where practicable. 

  2. If desks are touching, groups will be distanced as much as possible.


(C) Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.

Hand sanitizing and respiratory etiquette will be encouraged.

  1. Students will be taught and reminded of proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette.

  2. Frequent hand sanitizing will be encouraged.

  3. Hand sanitizer will be available.

  4. Signage will be displayed to promote handwashing/sanitizing. 

  5. Directions for proper hand washing will be posted in restrooms.

  6. Reminders about respiratory etiquette will be posted in USD 305 buildings.


(D) Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation. 

USD 305 facilities will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

  1. Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected regularly (i.e., door handles, faucets, paper towel dispensers).

  2. Cleaning resources will be provided in classrooms and offices.

  3. Custodial staff will define cleaning procedures including frequency, equipment, materials and products to be used. 

  4. Ventilation will meet or exceed local building code.


(E) Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.

Quarantines and isolations will continue to be ordered by the Saline County Health Department. 

  1. USD 305 will partner with the Saline County Health Department to contact trace when cases of COVID-19 occur in our schools.  

  2. Close contacts will be notified of the need to quarantine. This notification may come from the school OR the Saline County Health Department.

  3. Any vaccinated student/ staff member who is a close contact, will work with Saline County Health Department to determine if quarantine is required per state and local guidance at the time of exposure.

  4. The Saline County Health Department will make the final decision if quarantine is required and will notify the school of the date of return for each close contact.


(F) Diagnostic and screening testing.

USD 305 will use regular school communication to remind parents/guardians about the need to screen students for symptoms of COVID-19.

  1. School newsletters will be used to educate staff and families of the symptoms of COVID-19.

  2. Families will be encouraged to screen students for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to school and keep students who are symptomatic home.

  3. Signs and reminders to screen will be posted at building entries used by the public.

  4. USD 305 will not require COVID-19 testing.

  5. USD 305 will partner with the Saline County Health Department and will share community testing events with USD 305 families and staff.


(G) Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.

USD 305 will partner with the Saline County Health Department and the Saline County Health Vaccine Collaborative to communicate opportunities for vaccination with USD 305 families and staff. 

  1. Vaccination clinics that are part of USD 305 events will be shared with families via our messaging system and social media platforms. 

  2. USD 305 will communicate information about community vaccination initiatives.


(H) Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.

The IEP (Individual Education Plan) teams and/or Section 504 teams will determine appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.

  1. Individual needs will be considered as plans are developed by the IEP or 504 team.

  2. Development of plans will include the parent/guardian and student (when age appropriate).

  3. Individual plans will be shared with staff directly responsible for implementation.


(I) Coordination with State and local health officials.

Regular communication and coordination with state and local health officials will occur.

  1. The USD 305 superintendent will meet consistently with the Saline County Health Officer.

  2. USD 305 nursing staff will coordinate with the Saline County Health Department when contact tracing is needed.

  3. USD 305 will accept direction from the Saline County Health Department about required quarantines and isolations, including the duration.

Part II.

Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:

(A) Services to address students' academic needs 

USD 305 will provide a variety of academic programs to support student learning.

  1. High quality instruction will be provided in classrooms each day.

  2. Small group and individual support will be available during the school day through small-group instruction, title services, interventionist support, advisory and extended learning opportunity (ELO).

  3. Programming for support beyond the classrooms will vary by building and will be designed with the student population, and individual student learning needs in mind.

  4. Building principals will work with staff to identify students who need academic support beyond what is provided through regular instruction.

  5. Parents/guardians and students may bring academic concerns to the attention of a staff member.

  6. When academic concerns arise, academic support options will be discussed with the parent/guardian.


(B)  Students' and staff social, emotional, mental health

Counseling and social-emotional support will be available as a part of the well-rounded educational opportunities provided by USD 305.

  1. Counseling staff will be available in all buildings to provide academic and social-emotional support.

  2. Social workers will be available in all buildings to provide mental health, social-emotional and family support.

  3. Regular social-emotional instruction will occur at elementary and middle school using the Second Step curriculum.

  4. Programming for support beyond the classroom will vary by building and will be designed with the student population and individual student social-emotional health needs in mind.

  5. Salina Public Schools will partner with community mental health organizations through the USD 305 mental health school liaisons.

  6. Building principals will work with staff to identify students who need social-emotional and mental health support beyond what is provided through regular instruction.

  7. Parents/guardians and students may bring concerns about social-emotional and mental health needs to the attention of a staff member.

  8. When social-emotional needs arise, social-emotional and mental health support options will be discussed with the parent/guardian.

  9. An employee assistance program (EAP) will be available for USD 305 staff through the Salina Public Schools benefits office.

 

(C)  Other needs, which may include student health and food services.

A comprehensive school food service program will be provided throughout the school year.

  1. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at all buildings.

  2. Breakfast and lunch will be free to all USD 305 students under the USDA COVID-19 child nutrition guidelines for school year 2021-2022.

School nurses will be available at each attendance center.

  1. Families may discuss health concerns with school nurses.

  2. School nurses will serve as a liaison between the building and the Saline County Health Department.

  3. The school nurse will work with the school social worker, health providers and mental health partners if community resources are needed for a student or family. 

Medical Masking Exemption Instructions
Consequences for Refusal to Wear Mask
Masking Exemption Form: Religious, Student

 

Public comment on the USD 305 Return to In-Person Instruction Plan is welcome. 

Please email feedback or suggestions to 305Plan@usd305.com.