New “District Safety and Operation Plan” Approved by USD 353 BOE

The USD 353 BOE adopted and approved a District Safety and Operation Plan for this coming school year at this past Monday’s regular monthly meeting. The plan is subject to change of course, depending on how things roll, COVID and DELTA K VARIANT-wise over the next 9-10 months.

The document addresses MASKS, PHYSICAL DISTANCING, VACCINES, QUARANTINE & TESTING, HYGIENE MEASURES, LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIVITIES, and FOOD SERVICE. Details follow.

USD 353  21-22 District Operation and Safety Plan

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Healthy Learning and Work Environments:

  • Masks

-Indoors: USD 353 recommends universal indoor masking for all unvaccinated teachers, staff, students and visitors(ages 2 and over)

-Outdoors: Masks are not recommended when outdoors

-Masks will be required while utilizing district transportation including buses and school vehicles unless the driver is alone.

  • Physical Distancing

-USD 353 recommends that individuals should try and maintain at least 3 ft of social distance.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines

-Covid-19 vaccinations are not required but recommended with input from your healthcare provider

  • Quarantine and Testing

-USD 353 will follow the KDHE Stay to Learn guidelines. USD 353 is including athletics and activities in this plan:

-Fully vaccinated people do not have to quarantine after exposure as long as they are not exhibiting any symptoms. Individuals will need to provide proof of vaccinated status or positive Covid test 6 months prior to exposure.

-If a student or staff member is considered a susceptible close contact they will be tested daily with an Antigen Test (rapid test) during their quarantine period and allowed to continue in-person learning if negative. If the test is positive, they will have a PCR test to verify positive results. If they receive a positive PCR test, they will be sent home and follow positive test isolation guidance. That guidance can be found here.

-A permission form will need to be signed by parent/guardian for testing a student. If they opt out of testing, normal KDHE quarantine guidance applies. That guidance can be found here

-The local health department will determine if symptomatic close contacts may continue in-person learning if they test negative.

  • Hygiene Measures 

-USD 353 recommends an emphasis and education on handwashing and respiratory etiquette 

-USD 353 will emphasize disinfecting and cleaning practices 

Learning Opportunities: 

  • Remote learning will not be offered based on direction from the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Students will continue to have a one-on-one device and internet access available
  • Focused attention is being directed to social-emotional learning and supports for students and staff
  • Each IEP team (which included the students parents) will assess the unique needs of each student and determine if any additional supports are necessary to provide that student with their free and appropriate public education

Student, Staff and Partner Activities:

  • These activities will resume during the 21-22 school year following all health and safety guidelines in place for staff, students and visitors. If changes become necessary due to community health considerations, these activities may be modified.

-Parent, community partner and volunteer activities

-Field trip and school fundraising activities 

-Indoor and outdoor facility reservations

-School activities including pep rallies, athletic events, and performances 

  • Foreign exchange students will be allowed to enroll at USD 353 
  • Employee and student travel may resume following local and state travel guidelines

Food Service:

  • All students will eat at no cost per federal guidelines
  • Household Income Survey will be used in lieu of federal/free reduced lunch form during 21-22
  • Meals will be distributed to students at school, and there will be no remote meal distribution sites
  • Menus will be similar to the pre-pandemic traditional lunch and breakfast program
  • Breakfast is a priority. Breakfast will continue to be served at all schools.

Author: Steve Sturgis

Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at shs74@wellington.cc or on Facebook or at any Crusader event year-round.