USD 405 - Lyons
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction
and Continuity of Services
This plan will change and evolve through the 2021-22 school year
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:
Masks will be recommended but not required.
Decisions for mandating masks will be made by a vote of the Board of Education with input from local doctors, county health officials, and CDC/KDHE guidance.
Masks will be provided by USD 405.
(B) Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding).
The superintendent in conjunction with the district COVID team, as necessary, will monitor the USD 405 COVID gating criteria to make decisions on implementing physical distancing.
(C) Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
Students will wash their hands frequently and will use hand sanitizer on a regular basis throughout the day. Hand sanitizer stations will be maintained at every exterior door where students and staff regularly enter and exit. Sanitizer stations will also be set up at lunch lines for additional opportunities to sanitize. All classrooms will be continually stocked with at least 2 sanitizer dispensers to make sure it is easily available to students in their rooms.
Staff and students should cough and sneeze into their elbows. Hands should be washed immediately and sanitized.
(D) Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.
Desks will be cleaned at least daily at all schools and more often if gating criteria shows a need for it. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, water fountains, and handrails will be wiped down throughout the day by custodial staff. Fresh air intakes will be opened on applicable HVAC units to maximize ventilation. Indoor air quality (IAQ) studies have been conducted. The board of education ad hoc HVAC committee will work closely with architects, engineers, and contractors to improve IAQ as the budget and other considerations allow.
(E) Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the local health department.
We will follow all quarantine and isolation directives from our county health officer that are adopted by the County Board of Health. In the event of a positive case of COVID 19, our health staff will conduct internal contact tracing and follow the USD 405 Positive COVID-19 Flowchart (Appendix A).
(F) Diagnostic and screening testing and vaccinations.
We will continue to make our students and staff aware of opportunities to be tested and/or vaccinated in our community.
(G) Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
We will work with our special education staff to ensure that our special education students have full access to appropriate educational supports even if we are forced to alter our delivery model.
(H) Coordination with State and local health officials.
The superintendent will communicate with the county health officer on a regular basis to monitor the USD 405 Gating Criteria (Appendix B). The superintendent will continue to monitor information available from KSDE and KDHE to ensure that the district is ready for statewide changes to policies or recommendations.
Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
(A) services to address students' academic needs
Using ESSER funds we have improved our ability to deliver remote and hybrid instruction. In the event of a widespread breakout, we will return to the least restrictive format possible.
(B) students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
Using ESSER funds we will be contracting licensed professionals as needed to assist with students and staff who need additional social, emotional, and mental health support.
(C) other needs, which may include student health and food services.
We have contingency plans and materials for quickly changing to grab and go meals if a shutdown is required. We are also hiring a full-time athletic trainer that will be able to support our school nurse in contact tracing, screening, and notifications if needed.
USD 405- COVID-19 Testing Procedure
COVID-19 testing will be available as an option for all students and staff PK-12 for the 2021-22 school year.
Per CDC recommendations, viral testing strategies in partnership with schools should be part of a comprehensive prevention approach. Testing should not be used alone, but in combination with other prevention to reduce risk of transmission in schools. When schools implement testing combined with prevention strategies, they can detect new cases to prevent outbreaks, reduce the risk of further transmission, and protect students, teachers, and staff from COVID-19. There are many public schools that are offering optional testing. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Testing will be available to any students or staff member:
- If a student or staff member is quarantined due to a close contact at school. The student or staff member has the option to choose to be tested daily and return to class masked for the duration of their quarantine.
- Parental/Legal Guardian consent. It is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian to ensure the school district is aware of who the legal parent/ guardian is. Consent forms can be emailed to the parent and time stamped or signed in person prior to testing.
- Parents/legal guardians are required to be present during the test PK-6 and encouraged to be present for 7-12.
Testing Procedure for daily testing of close contacts:
- Whenever possible, testing will be conducted during the first hour at 8 am.
- Whenever possible, student and/or staff member will be held in designated testing area until test results are resulted (approx. 15 min).
Procedure per KDHE protocol:
1. Only the swab provided in the kit is to be used for nasal swab collection.
2. Have the patient gently blow their nose into a tissue
3. To collect a nasal swab sample, carefully insert the swab into the nostril exhibiting the most visible drainage, or the nostril that is most congested if drainage is not visible.
4. Using gentle rotation, push the swab until resistance is met at the level of the turbinates (less than one inch into the nostril).
5. Rotate the swab 5 times or more against the nasal wall then slowly remove from the nostril.
6. Using the same swab, repeat sample collection in the other nostril.
7. For best performance, nasal swabs should be tested immediately after collection.
8. Do not put the swab back in the original packaging. It is best to test the swab immediately. If testing is not occurring right away, place the swab in a sterile plastic tube and cap tightly. Keep at room temperature. The Swab can be tested up to one hour, after that it is no longer viable
9. A used swab and test kit is considered medical waste; dispose of swabs and used test kits in a biological hazard bag.
10. Results will be recorded and documented per KDHE guidelines.
- If a close contact is not tested daily, they will not be allowed to attend school for the 10-day quarantine.
- Symptomatic staff/students will need to be tested at the Rice County Health Department or other testing sites.