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Operations Plan

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021  – BOARD APPROVED

Our operations plan serves as a guide for keeping our school community safe. Our classrooms will be open for in-person (face-to-face) instruction. Online learning will only be available on an individual basis for quarantine or medical necessity. School principals must approve online learning requests.

If you have questions and/or concerns, please call the District Office at 620-371-1000.

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021 - BOARD APPROVED

Masks will be optional for all students and staff. Sanitizing stations will be available in high traffic areas. 

Nurse/Health Personnel

  • School nursing staff will provide COVID-19 health reports to the building principal and Safety and Security Director. 
  • Nurse’s office will provide the following information:
    • Where staff and students can be tested for COVID-19
    • Tools that help students families and staff self-screen for COVID-19 illness

School Response Confirmed Case of COVID-19 In the Building

  • As soon as the school staff becomes aware of a student or employee that has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, the custodial staff will be informed so that all desks, lockers and workspaces of the person are thoroughly disinfected. 

Care Rooms for Students With Physical Needs

  • Each school will designate a location for the care of special care needs, such as suctioning, tube feeding and nebulizers to minimize exposure to students who might be ill. The room will be disinfected frequently, and all staff members presented will wear appropriate PPE. The student will be provided a mask. 

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021 BOARD APPROVED

Student COVID-19 Response Plan 

Confirmed Case (student test positive) 

  • If a student has tested positive for COVID, the parent must notify the school of the positive result.
  • School offiicials will immediately report positive result to the Director of Safety and Security.

COVID positive students will be quarantined from school as directed by the Ford County Health Department

Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms (student showing signs of COVID-19 virus)

  • Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations maybe prohibited from coming to school. Symptoms of COVID-19 based on KDHE guidance are:
    • Lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Fever (100.4 or higher)
    • Chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea, abdominal pain, or vomiting

Close Contact (student is exposed to a peron who tested positive)

  • 10 minutes or longer within six feet and not wearing a mask.
  • Communicate to building principal.

7 Day Quarantine (includes testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during this time frame, you may get a sample taken for a PCR test on day 6.
  • If the test is negative and you remain symptom free, you can be removed from quarantine after 7 full days (which is on day 8).
  • If testing results are pending, you must remain in quarantine until test results are received. 

10 Day Quarantine (no testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from quarantine without a test on day 11. 

KDHE recommends all exposed people should self-monitor for 14 days from exposure and contact a healthcare provider if symptoms develop. The disease can still develop through day 14.

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**


Household Contact (person in the home has tested and is awaiting results or person in the home has tested positive)

  • Student must be excluded from school and stay home until results are available.
  • Notify the school
  • Quarantine for 7-10 days after last contact with positive case or 7-10 days after positive case completes their quarantine.​​

7 Day Quarantine (includes testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during this time frame, you may get a sample taken for a PCR test on day 6.
  • If the test is negative and you remain symptom free, you can be removed from quarantine after 7 full days (which is on day 8).
  • If testing results are pending, you must remain in quarantine until test results are received. 

10 Day Quarantine (no testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from quarantine without a test on day 11. 

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**


Travel Related Quarantine (student travels to hot spot area)

  • Shortened quarantine periods would apply here also, they would not have to quarantine for 14 days.

Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e.  ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or  ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 6 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel. 

Important Considerations

  • Parents should contact the building principal/school nurse as soon as possible.
  • School nurse or building principal should contact parents as soon as possible.
  • Building principal/nurse should keep a record of all reported cases.
  • Maintain FERPA compliance. 

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021 – BOARD APPROVED

Employee COVID-19 Response Plan

Confirmed Case (employee test positive) 

  • If an employee has tested positive for COVID, the employee must notify the school of the positive result.
  • When the school receives the result, they should immediately report it to the Director of Safety and Security.

COVID positive employees will be quarantined from school as directed by the Ford County Health Department


Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms (employee showing signs of COVID-19 virus)

  • Employee exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school. If employee come in, they will be sent home immediately. Symptoms of COVID-19 based on KDHE guidance are:
    • Lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing)
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Fever (100.4 or higher)
    • Chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea, abdominal pain, or vomiting
  • Communicate with physician and follow up with a COVID test if recommended by physician.
  • Quarantine while waiting on results.
  • May work from home with supervisor approval.
  • Report test results to supervisor. 

Close Contact (employee is exposed to a person who tested positive)

  • 10 minutes or longer within six feet and not wearing a mask.
  • Communicate to building principal.

7 Day Quarantine (includes testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during this time frame, you may get a sample taken for a PCR test on day 6.
  • If the test is negative and you remain symptom free, you can be removed from quarantine after 7 full days (which is on day 8).
  • If testing results are pending, you must remain in quarantine until test results are received. 

10 Day Quarantine (no testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from quarantine without a test on day 11. 

KDHE recommends all exposed people should self-monitor for 14 days from exposure and contact a healthcare provider if symptoms develop. The disease can still develop through day 14.

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**


Household Contact (employee lives with person who was exposed)

  • Notify supervisor of testing results.
  • Per Ford County Health Department:
    • ​Monitor symptoms but continue to report to work.
    • Wear mask and physical distance.
    • May work from home with supervisor approval.
    • Quarantine if one or more options cannot be met.

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**


Household Contact (employee lives with person who tested positive)

  • Notify supervisor.
  • Quarantine for 14 days after last contact with positive case or 14 days after positive case completes their quarantine​.

7 Day Quarantine (includes testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during this time frame, you may get a sample taken for a PCR test on day 6.
  • If the test is negative and you remain symptom free, you can be removed from quarantine after 7 full days (which is on day 8).
  • If testing results are pending, you must remain in quarantine until test results are received. 

10 Day Quarantine (no testing and no symptoms)

  • After exposure, if you have no symptoms during the 10 days, you can be released from quarantine without a test on day 11. 

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**


Travel Related Quarantine (employee travels to hot spot area)

  • Shortened quarantine periods would apply here also, they would not have to quarantine for 14 days.

Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine regarding travel if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e.  ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or  ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 6 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the travel

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance for travel. 

**If you have been fully vaccinated, you DO NOT need to quarantine unless you have symptoms.**

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021 – BOARD APPROVED

Stage 1 | Low Risk | Prevention | Previous 14 days show no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students.

  • Health prevention measures are in place.
  • Daily intensive cleaning and frequent cleaning of common areas.
  • Limited visitor access.
  • Monitoring virus trends in the community via health departments.

Stage 2 | Low Risk | Mitigation | Previous 14 days show one or more confirmed case(s) of COVID-19 at one facility.

  • Persons who came in close contact of an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be contacted and advised to follow CDC health guidelines and the guidelines of the Ford County Health Department.
  • Affected area is closed for deep cleaning.
  • Self-health monitoring, prevention information and stay home if ill communication to all persons at the facility.
  • A short-term closure of the facility may be necessary. 

Stage 3 | Moderate Risk | Modified Operations | Previous 14 days show confirmed COVID-19 cases in one specific area (ie: classroom) reaches 10%.

  • Individuals in that area may be advised to self-quarantine per CDC health guidelines and the guidelines of the Ford County Health Department.
  • Students and staff will be moved from the classroom to a safe area until the classroom can be sanitized.
  • Self-health monitoring, prevention information and stay home if ill reminders sent to all persons at the facility.
  • A short-term closure of facility may be necessary.

Stage 4 | Moderate Risk | Facility Closure | Previous 14 days show active COVID-19 cases exceeding 10% of facility occupancy. 

  • Entire facility and activities will be closed for a minimum of two days.
  • All students and staff move to Remote Live Learning (RLL).
  • Those in close contact of the confirmed COVID-19 positive persons will be asked to follow CDC health guidelines and the guidelines of the Ford County Health Department.
  • District-wide communication to staff/parents with self-health monitoring guidance.
  •  All auxiliary areas such as playgrounds and athletic fields are closed. 

Stage 5 | High Risk | District Closure |  Mandated by Ford County Health Department, KDHE, or the Govonor’s office.

  •  All USD 443 facilities close for a minimum of 14 days.
  • Students and staff move to Remote Live Learning (RLL).
  • Disinfection of all facilities and school buses.
  • All auxiliary areas such as playgrounds and athletic fields are closed.
  • Extracurricular activities are postponed or cancelled.

Decisions are made with the best information at the time and are subject to change with limited notice. When considering any modifications or closures, the number of available staff members will be taken into account. 

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021  – BOARD APPROVED 

Transportation

  • DCPS will follow state/national guidelines. 
  • KSDE is advising Kansas School Districts that the CDC and the US Department of Health and Human Services current order which requires masks on school buses would apply based on the their definition of conveyances.  Conveyances also includes other district vehicles such as activity buses, vans, SUVs, or cars, unless the driver is the sole occupant.  Additional information can be found on our website https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/School-Finance/School-Bus-Safety/School-Bus-COVID-19

  • Face Masks While Driving the School Bus

    • An exemption to the federal mask orders states, “A person for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations” We believe this exemption would apply to a school bus driver while actually physically driving the bus. This does not include the time when the bus is parked or not moving due to loading or unloading students, during these times the bus driver should be wearing a mask. If an extra measure of safety is desired, the first two rows of seats in the bus may be kept empty of passengers to provide some distancing from the driver.

  • Mask Definition | Per the CDC and the US Department of Health and Human Services current order, "Mask means a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer, excluding face shields".

REVIEWED AUGUST 9, 2021 – BOARD APPROVED

Extra/Co-Curricular Activities

Food Service