District Plan for Safe Return (ARP ESSER)

SPRING HILL USD 230

 

District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

 

The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, enacted on March 11, 2021, provides a total of nearly $122 billion to states and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.

 

USD 230 Background: 

On August 10th, 2020 the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE adopted a Re Opening Plan with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) Gating criteria and with activities separate. Included in this plan were the mitigation plan to run until the end of the school year on May 26, 2021.

 

On November 9th, the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE voted to remove the JCDHE Gating criteria and to replace it with the Spring Hill Gating Criteria. The mitigation plan was kept in place.

 

On January 25th, 2021 the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE voted to remove the Spring Hill Gating criteria, but to keep the mitigation plan in place until the end of the school year on May 26, 2021.

 

On May 27, 2021, the Spring Hill USD 230 mitigation plan expired.

On June 10, 2021, the CDC made amendments to its previous order requiring masks on conveyance and transportation hubs; In effect, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.

On June 26, 2021, the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE accepted the 2021-2022 Plan for Mitigation Practices presented by the Superintendent. 

On August 5, 2021, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners issued Health Order No. 001-21 requiring masks for all school building where any students through and including 6th grade attend class (effective 8/9/2021).

PART I.

 

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) Personal health assessments. 

Students and staff will continue to be encouraged to conduct a personal health assessment prior to entering any district facility or participating in any district sponsored activity or event. We will not be taking temperatures upon entering buildings and events. Individuals that suspect they are ill (i.e. fever, chills, cough, etc.) and are not feeling well should stay home.

 

(B)Universal and correct wearing of masks.

In accordance with the CDC requirement, passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.

In accordance with the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners requirement (effective 8/9/2021), masks or other face coverings are required for all children while inside a USD 230 elementary school building and/or middle school building (grades K-8), unless actively eating or drinking. Masks or other face coverings are required for all faculty, staff, and visitors while inside a USD 230 elementary school building and/or middle school building (grades K-8), unless actively eating or drinking. Masks are optional for all students and staff during outdoor activities.

If pursuing a medical mask exemption, please have your student's health care provider or parent/guardian complete the Face Mask Medical Exemption Request Form and submit it to your student's school nurse. 


For those not included in the mandate above, masks are highly encouraged, but not required, inside Spring Hill High School and other Spring Hill USD 230 facilities for those individuals who have not been fully vaccinated. 

No individual shall be treated unfairly or uncivilly based on their masking choices.

 

(C) Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding).

Physical distancing will be encouraged where and when possible, within and outside Spring Hill Schools and other facilities. Classrooms, lunchrooms, and other educational areas will return to pre-COVID usage. Parents may request additional lunchroom mitigation measures for their student (i.e. plastic shield barriers), and the district will do its best to accommodate such requests.

(D)Hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.

Individuals are encouraged to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Hands should be washed or sanitized before and after using shared supplies.  Covering coughs and sneezes is always recommended.

 

(E) Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.

In spaces that are regularly occupied, enhanced cleaning and maintenance protocols will continue to be used. Teachers may choose to do additional cleaning. Managing and monitoring air quality through HVAC systems will continue to be used as a mitigation strategy.

 

(F) Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.

Spring Hill School District will cooperate with JCDHE for contact tracing purposes. Contact tracing and follow up instructions to be provided by JCDHE to exposed individuals.

 

For elementary students, Spring Hill School District will provide grade level notification of a positive case. Through contact tracing, JCDHE will provide notification and follow-up instructions of exposure to a positive case. The district will also provide general COVID-19 information and a strong recommendation to follow JCDHE quarantine protocols.

 

For secondary students and district staff, Spring Hill School District will not provide notification of a positive case in the building, as most students at the secondary level and most district staff have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Through contact tracing, JCDHE will provide notification and follow-up instructions of exposure to and/or positive case. 

 

Spring Hill School District will collaborate with JCDHE to determine necessary action in the case of increased positivity rates in a class, group, school, etc.

 

Students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not positive will not be quarantined unless required by JCDHE. Students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 and are positive or showing COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated.

 

We will continue to keep data on actual cases.


 

(G)  Diagnostic and screening testing.

Students, staff, and community members can access COVID-19 diagnostic or screening tests through a variety of community partners. School nurses and health support staff will continue to monitor for symptoms, trends, and clusters, and request that students and staff seek medical services as appropriate.

 

(H) Vaccinations.

Spring Hill School District will not be collecting COVID-19 vaccination information for students as part of the school enrollment process.

COVID-19 vaccination is not a requirement for school attendance. Vaccination information is utilized by JCDHE when making quarantine decisions. As appropriate, the district will inform parents/guardians of COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for eligible students.

Requests for vaccination status would only occur in cooperation with Johnson County Health and Environment. If parents want to voluntarily share this information with us, it would help eliminate some contact tracing.

(I) Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.

USD 230 is encouraging students and staff who want to be vaccinated to visit with one of the following: their family physician, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Miami County Department of Health, or one of the local sites providing vaccinations.

 

(J)  Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.

USD 230 will provide accommodations to its policies for students with disabilities as determined appropriate based upon the individual student needs and in accordance with an individual accommodation plan or individualized education plan. Students requiring accommodations should contact the building administrator to request information on plans for students with disabilities.

Specific student health needs are addressed through a student health plan.

 

(K)   COVID-19 outbreak. 

Because there is the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak within our school community, we must all be prepared to adapt to any number of actions to increase preventive measures in response to changing circumstances throughout the school year. Guidance from local, state, or national agencies influence these measures and could result in revisions to this plan.

The Spring Hill School District will comply with any local, state, and federal mandates associated with COVID-19. If there is a conflict in laws, we’ll consult our school district attorney.

(L)   Coordination with State and local health officials.

USD 230 officials meet regularly with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

 

Part II.

Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:

 

(A)  services to address students' academic needs

USD 230 has expanded summer offerings for 2021 and will continue to evaluate student needs throughout the 2021-22 school year. We have added Math and English Language Arts interventionists to each of our school buildings starting with the 2021-22 school year.

 

(B)  students' and staff social, emotional, mental health

 

USD 230 has incorporated social emotional learning and interventions as part of our Multi-Tiered System of Support.  With the adoption of FastBridge, we will be able to offer a social emotional screening component to assist our students. Social-emotional and mental health needs of student will continue to be evaluated throughout the 2021-22 school year. We are also implementing Habitudes and Leader In Me as social emotional curricula. USD 230 Department of Human Resources has a district paid employee assistance program and extended provisions through our insurance provider allowing easier access to mental health supports.

 

(C)  other needs, which may include student health and food services.

 

All students are eligible for free meals during the 2021-22 school year.  The district is also working to increase the availability of nurses to accommodate student health needs.