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USD 377 Reopening School Plan
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USD #377 American Rescue Plan Safe Return to In-Person Instruction

and Continuity of Services

(updated 9/15/2021)


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)   Universal and correct wearing of masks.

The USD #377 Board has voted to make masks optional for all students and staff. The Board has opted to not report for quarantine any close contacts who are asymptomatic.  Individuals who have been determined as close contacts and are exhibiting 2 or more symptoms will be asked to remain out of school and reported to quarantine, unless they participate in the Test to Stay protocol.Masks are required to be worn by all individuals while in school vehicles.

If needed, we may adopt reasonable safety measures to protect the safety of district personnel, students, and visitors during school-related activities. Reasonable safety measures may include, but may not be limited to, cleaning and sanitization plans, use of physical safeguards and barriers, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Exceptions to any requirements may be granted as required by law, state, county, and/or local health officials, and on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to monitor national, state, and local government and health agency mandates, guidance, and recommendations as well.

Lastly, the district will continue to train students and staff in the proper wearing of personal protective equipment as needed.

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

Where possible, social distancing practices will be utilized. Efforts will be made to maintain classroom seating with a minimum of 3 feet of social distancing between students and between students and staff for the 2021-2022 school year. Considerations will be made for cohorts or podding if needed.

(C)   Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will continue to be taught to students with emphasis and practice protocols rehearsed more frequently in the primary grade levels. Signage will continue to be posted throughout our buildings as reminders of handwashing and respiratory etiquette. In addition, hand sanitizing stations and liquids will continue to be made available for use in all classrooms.

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

USD #377 will continue to thoroughly clean all facilities on a regular basis using approved cleaning solutions and disinfectants. Ventilation systems will be monitored for proper function.

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

USD #377 will continue to assist County and State Health departments if the need for contact tracing, isolation and/or quarantine arises.

(F)    Diagnostic and screening testing.

Students, staff, and community members can access COVID-19 diagnostic or screening tests at any time from the school. 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.

Any showing symptoms may opt to take a COVID-19 test at anytime. Close Contacts that have been requested to quarantine, may remain in school by testing negative daily.

(G)  Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.

USD #377 will continue to work with the local healthcare agencies to provide opportunities for vaccinations.  

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

Accommodations will be provided consistent with IEP team decisions based on the individual need of each student in the context in which they are served.  Appropriate accommodations consistent with state and federal law will be applied to ensure access for all students.  

(I)     Coordination with State and local health officials.

USD #377 will continue to coordinate with State and Local Health Officials.  

Part II.

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

(A)   services to address students' academic needs

Accommodations will be provided consistent with IEP team decisions based on the individual need of each student in the context in which they are served.  Appropriate accommodations consistent with state and federal law will be applied to ensure access for all students.

Academic interventionists and aides have been hired to provide additional assistance to students in need of remediation. USD #377 will continue to work with TASN to make adjustments to our multi-tier systems of support.  

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

All students will have access to counselors, social workers, psychologists, needed to accommodate the needs of each student.  Staff will continue to be trained and made aware of the latest research in social, emotional and mental health and how to best help students who are in need.  

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

Free meals will be made available for all eligible youth this summer and during the 2021-2022 school year. Families may also be in contact with their child’s school for any other health or food service needs.