USD 250 REOPENING PLAN
USD 250 is planning on implementing a “normal” return to school this Fall as we open our buildings. As long as conditions permit, we will strive to run normal operations. Given our extensive planning and logistical work during the pandemic, we are well positioned for a safe return for the 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to follow local, state and federal guidance as they continue their trends of easing restrictions and ending mitigation requirements.
Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Pittsburg Community Schools provided full-time face-to-face learning for all families that chose to attend in-person. Since that model was successful throughout the past year, we intend to utilize that model for all students.
Should there be any continued requirements for social distancing, mask wearing, etc., we will be ready to implement mitigation strategies while safely returning our students and adhering to local, state, and federal requirements, as we did during this school year.
The safety of students, staff, and our community is and will continue to be our top priority. The district will utilize two modes of operations: A) Normal Operations; or B) COVID Restrictions, as circumstances dictate. USD 250 will work with local county health officials to determine when COVID restrictions will be enforced. COVID restrictions may be enforced at individual buildings or on the district as a whole.
Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will remain an important part of on going school operations. The etiquette includes:
Teaching and reinforcing hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the A-B-C’s). Frequent handwashing will be encouraged.
Encourage students to sanitize their backpacks and personal items at the beginning and conclusion of each day.
Encourage students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue that should be immediately thrown away and hands should be washed immediately.
Replace shaking hands or high fives with alternate hand signals.
Ensure that hygiene stations (hand sanitizer) are placed throughout each building for students and staff to use.
Ensure that ample disinfectant supplies are available to all employees.
Maintain signage reminding students, staff, and visitors of all hygiene mitigation measures
The mission of Pittsburg Community Schools is to provide a safe, orderly, student-centered learning environment that utilizes high-quality staff to establish partnerships between home, school, and community that work cooperatively and collaboratively to empower all students to learn while promoting respect for self and others. Our commitment to this mission has not wavered through the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will not waver moving forward.
Our goal is to give you the most accurate information as soon as possible. USD 250 communicates directly with parents using a program called SwiftReach. It is important that you provide your current contact information to your school building in order to receive this communication.
District Communications: District Updates will come from the district communications office as new decisions are made or new information is available. The district also produces video updates that help keep families informed. These are sent directly to parents, posted on our website and social media, and available at www.vimeo.com/usd250.
Covid Communications: We will only notify parents/guardians if a COVID-19 incident directly affects their child: A positive case resulting in a high-risk or low-risk close contact. Parents who would like to stay updated on incidents throughout the district can check the district COVID-19 Updates page at www.usd250.org/covidupdates.
EFFORTS TO PROVIDE VACCINATIONS TO EDUCATORS, OTHER STAFF, AND STUDENTS, IF ELIGIBLE
While USD 250, as a school district, does not provide vaccinations directly to educators, other staff, and/or students, we do make every effort to work with local health care entities to administer vaccinations to those interested in receiving them. USD 250 is working in conjunction with the Crawford County Health Department and the Community Health Center to provide vaccinations, at USD 250 clinics or on-site at one of those organizations.
We want to remind our community that the COVID-19 vaccine is currently an optional, personal or family choice.
USD 250 BOARD POSITION ON VACCINATIONS
Whereas the USD 250 Board of Education is monitoring the increase in cases of COVID-19 which is related to the current Delta variant; and whereas the scientific data shows the variant has a more severe impact on individuals who are not vaccinated; and whereas the Board is concerned for the health and safety of our students, staff and patrons; and whereas the local county health department indicates at the current time being vaccinated has a positive impact on quarantine status; the Board therefore encourages those who choose to receive the vaccination act with urgency to make an appointment as soon as possible for the overall benefit our district and our community.