District USD 101
205 South Main Street
Erie, KS 66733
Phone: 620-244-3264 Fax: 620-244-3664
USD 101 Erie/Galesburg District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services for the 2021-2022 School Year
It is the intention of USD 101 to re-assess and modify plan elements as needed and at regular intervals in order to adapt to effectively meet the needs of our students, staff, and community. Guidance from state and federal agencies as well as the Neosho County Health Department will be utilized to make plan modifications as conditions indicate a need.
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:
The Erie/Galesburg school district has removed the mandatory mask mandate based on vaccination rates and infection rates for the community. Masks/facial coverings are to remain optional based on current conditions and Neosho County Health Department guidance.
If needed, based on current guidance and local conditions, USD 101 may adopt reasonable safety measures to protect the safety of district personnel, students, and visitors during school-related activities. Reasonable safety measures may include, but may not be limited to, cleaning and sanitization plans, use of physical safeguards and barriers, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Exceptions to any requirements may be granted as required by law, state, county, and/or local health officials, and on a case-by-case basis.
B. Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing.
Where possible, social distancing practices will be utilized as warranted by local conditions. Efforts will be made to maintain classroom seating with 3 feet of social distancing between students and between students and staff as indicated by local conditions.
C. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will continue to be taught to students with emphasis and practice protocols rehearsed more frequently in the primary grade levels. Signage will continue to be posted throughout our buildings as reminders of handwashing and respiratory etiquette. In addition, hand sanitizing stations and liquids will continue to be made available for use in all classrooms.
D. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.
Custodial staff have been and will continue to follow specific cleaning protocols and procedures. We will continue to consider assignments/reassignments to applicable shifts in order to continually clean high traffic and high contact surfaces. 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 such as upgrades to our HVAC system.
E. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal
Building and district leadership have been trained in contact tracing and will maintain our process to cooperate with NCHD to assist in tracing those with a close or household contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID and recommend that those individuals follow current quarantine/self-isolation guidelines and recommendations.
F. Diagnostic and screening testing.
Students, staff, and community members can access COVID-19 diagnostic or screening tests through a variety of community partners. Staff will continue to monitor for symptoms, trends, and clusters, and request that students and staff seek medical services as appropriate.
G. Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.
Our district will participate and partner with vaccination efforts in accordance with state and federal law for staff and eligible student groups. USD 101 will not refuse, withhold from, or deny a person any services, goods, facilities, advantages, privileges, licensing, educational opportunities, health care access, or employment opportunities based on the person's COVID-19 vaccination status.
H. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
USD 101 will provide reasonable, necessary, and appropriate accommodations to its policies and practices for students with disabilities as determined by individual student needs and in accordance with an individual’s documented accommodations and/or individualized education plan (IEP) or 504 plan. Parents or guardians of students requiring accommodations should contact the applicable building administrator to request information on plans for students with disabilities.
I. Coordination with State and local health officials.
Applicable district personnel currently participate, and will continue to participate, with our local county health department and/or agencies on a frequent basis to determine next steps as needed.
Part II. Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
A. Services to address students' academic needs
USD 101 has continued our summer learning program to assist students with academic recovery. Our district plans to continue full time, in-person instruction for the fall of 2021. Where possible, specialists, paraeducators, and educational consultants will be available and utilized during the instructional day, on professional development days, and/or during before and after school tutoring programs throughout the year to support students.
B. Students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
USD 101 has K-12 staff to monitor and address the social and emotional learning needs of our students. We will continue to partner with our district counseling team as well as SEKMHC with the goal of helping students and families overcome obstacles with connecting to school.
Erie/Galesburg Schools have provided staff with opportunities for social and emotional support through our district’s participation with Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center and our district counseling team. Staff social and emotional wellness and mental health are also considered in district communications and staff committees as well as being addressed on an as needed basis.
C. Other needs, which may include student health and food services.
Free meals will be made available for all eligible youth during the month of June 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.