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GATING CRITERIA QUICK FACTS

  • Mask Optional Gating Criteria are in effect Monday, October 4, 2021.

  • ALL FOUR criteria must be met for a school building to be determined as Mask Optional Status.

  • Building status will be determined weekly by local health officials and district administration.

  • Communication with building status will be sent via SwiftReach directly to parents each Friday and updated on our Covid Updates page.

  • Staff and students will still be required to wear a mask on any form of school transportation. This includes extracurricular activities, field trips, etc.

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

BUILDING STATUS DEFINITIONS

Mask Optional
- All of the benchmarks have been met on the Gating Criteria for a school building.

Mask Required - One or more of the benchmarks have NOT been met on the Gating Criteria for a school building.

MASK GATING CRITERIA

In cooperation with the Crawford County Health Department, Pittsburg Community Schools will move to the following mask gating criteria effective Monday, October 4, 2021. See the full mask gating criteria below.

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

**table below scrollable on mobile view

Category

Benchmark

1
County incident rate

<40 Cases per week

2
Trend in County incidence rate

Stable or decreasing over two weeks

3
Local / referring
hospital capacity

20% or greater with regional referring capacity

4
Student/Staff absenteeism

Less 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 weekly 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 through SwiftReach each Friday from the District Office and updated on our Covid-19 Updates Page. To see your building's current mask status visit this page.

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

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.

MASK WEARING IS STILL REQUIRED ON ALL USD 250 TRANSPORTATION

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.

FAQ

When does this take effect?

The USD 250 Board of Education approved the Mask Gating Criteria on Tuesday, 9/28/21. It will take effect on Monday, October 4, 2021.

What changes for my student?

If your student is in a building that meets the mask optional gating criteria they are given the choice to wear a mask in that building. If your child rides USD 250 transportation to and from school or for an activity they are still required to wear a mask while on the bus. 

Who created the Criteria? 

These criteria have been vetted by KDHE and are recommended by the Crawford County Health Department. 

I have children in different buildings, will each child have a different mask status?
Mask status is per building, there is a potential that one building could be mask optional while another building is mask required. 

Why does my student need to bring a mask if their building is on mask optional status?

While our intention is that a building status will be determined each week if a change needs to be made immediately due to a change in data we ask that students have a mask available. Parents will be notified by their building principal if a change like this is made.

My student rides a bus, why isn’t the mask optional criteria available for transportation? 

Students and staff are still required by Federal Order to wear a mask on public transportation, which includes extracurricular activities, field trips, etc. This federal order supersedes local mask gating criteria.