USD 286 District Plan for Safe Return to School
District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
USD 286 Chautauqua County Community Schools
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:
The USD 286 Board of Education will continue to support the individual decision by students, patrons, and staff to properly wear masks in accordance with CDC safety guidelines. The board of education will support these individual decisions, but currently does not have a district policy requiring the use of masks.
Staff and students follow regular handwashing and respiratory etiquette. Students are encouraged to wash hands every hour and during passing times and regular restroom breaks. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout all buildings with signage encouraging regular hand washing.
We have increased custodial and maintenance to increase our cleaning protocols of all areas of the district. Common areas are sanitized multiple times a day, classrooms are sanitized twice a day and fresh air is introduced into common areas throughout the building as needed. Food service has increased their cleaning and using sanitization procedures to promote a safe cafeteria environment. The cafeteria has protocols in place to limit contact with students and food preparation. Use of disposable utensils and trays are also in place and the use will be evaluated as school begins in August 2021.
During the school year, district officials meet weekly with the Chautauqua County Health Department, Sedan City Hospital, EMS, and Pleasant Valley Manor to update COVID-19 information and to analyze local, state, and national trending data. Administration works closely with county health officials in reporting staff and students with symptoms, communication and collaboration occurs in real time in sharing information related to contact tracing and reporting.
USD 286 has distributed materials to all staff, students, parents and patrons on COVID-19 vaccination locations and reasons to get vaccinated. The local county health nurse continues to come on campus to administer vaccines when requested.
USD 286 administration meets regularly with local health officials and participates in state public health updates as it relates to our local school district. During the school year, the district has a weekly standing meeting with our local county health official to update and revise any protocols or policies as they relate to the health and safety of students and staff related to the pandemic.
Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
The district will continue to monitor the changing aspects of the pandemic. Providing access to remote technology, individual devices, updating internet speeds, providing Wi-Fi hotspot devices and ensuring connectivity at home is included in the district response. Staff continue to have professional development in areas of remote learning and teaching, providing more support to students and closely monitoring every students’ academic progress and needs. Individual plans of study have been developed and modified to address the academic needs of students to ensure success in a remote and traditional learning environment.
- students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the district will have a counselor for each building and will continue to help support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students. Staff continue to receive professional development in social and emotional curriculum and identify warning issues and behaviors exhibited by students. Staff have access to third party counselors through the district insurance plan and the Employee Assistance Program. Administration continues to conduct staff appreciation and continues to be mindful of the additional stress placed on staff emotional health. The district is acquiring resources to help support the needs of staff and students. Given the district's rural location, access to community partners and support is limited and does present many unique challenges for the district as many of the enhanced responsibilities for social, emotional, and mental health fall on individual teachers. Administration continues to explore opportunities and grants to address these challenges, however even with the monetary resources securing and hiring mental health professionals continues to be incredibly challenging for our area.
- other needs, which may include student health and food services.
The district utilizes a school nurse to help promote and monitor student health. The school nurse works cooperatively with county health to keep administration updated on CDC recommendations. USD 286 will continue to work to better improve the health and safety of staff and students as they participate in our food service programs and all programs within the district.
American Rescue Plan Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
Revised June 2021
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