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USD 250 Mask Optional Criteria

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In cooperation with the Crawford County Health Department, Pittsburg Community Schools will move to the following masking criteria effective Monday, October 4, 2021.

If the following four category criteria are met, students may have the opportunity to go to a mask optional educational environment.  

County incident rate
Trend in county incidence rate
Local / referring hospital capacity
Student/Staff absenteeism
BenchMark<40 Cases per weekStable or decreasing over two weeks20% or greater with regional referring capacityLess than 3% absences related to COVID-19 in the educational building.

The benchmarks used are from the Navigating Change document from the Kansas Department of Education, which is the gating criteria format currently used in community communications.  These criteria have been vetted by KDHE and are recommended by the Crawford County Health Department. The primary sections of the gating criteria for benchmarking will be: 

1. 40 cases or fewer by week in the County. 

2. Trend in the County incidence rate that is stable or decreasing over a 2 week period.

3. Local / referring hospital capacity that is 20% or greater.

4. Student/Staff absenteeism due to COVID-19 based on number enrolled plus staff level in each building. This criterion can be used at a district and/or building level.

Crawford County Health Department officials and district administration will meet to discuss current data that is used to determine if the mask-optional opportunity is available for your child’s educational building.  Following this meeting, a communication will be sent directly to parents and staff through SwiftReach. This communication will be sent after 4:00 pm on Friday and no later than Sunday at noon. This will come from the District Office and will include the status of each building in the district. This information will also be posted on the Covid Updates page on the USD 250 website.

It is important to understand that your child’s mask optional opportunity may change due to absenteeism rates within your child’s building or due to county incidence rates.  Students will need to have a mask ready if this determination is made.  It is the responsibility of the child and/or parent to have a mask ready if required.  If the determination is made that mask will be required in the building, the building administrator will send out a notification to parents.


Students and staff are still required by Federal Order to wear a mask on public transportation, which includes all district transportation. Your child will still be required to wear a mask on a school bus, school van, or any other form of school transportation.  This includes extracurricular activities, field trips, etc. Once again, it is the student’s responsibility to have a mask ready to wear if they are going to use school district transportation services.

Individuals/families that choose to continue to wear masks even during a possible mask optional phase are encouraged to do so.


Richard Proffitt

USD 250 Superintendent

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