North Park School District Health Plan
2021-2022 School Year
Dear North Park Community,
Welcome to the new school year. It is always an exciting time to get reacquainted with friends and the anticipation of what a new year will bring is refreshing. This year is especially positive as it is time to move forward with renewed hope as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. I know that many are wondering what this year will be like due to the resurgence of Covid in areas of the state and country. Right now, the state has passed the decision-making to local public health based on local conditions, which means we will be working with our Jackson County team to assess conditions regularly and make decisions based on what we are seeing in our community. As a school community, we will follow best practices to prevent the spread of all contagious illnesses and will follow state mandates, as necessary, to ensure that our students, staff, and community are safe and stay healthy.
The following outline details proposed Health and Safety Protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. (These are subject to change based on COVID numbers in the future.)
Let’s have a fantastic year!
North Park School District
NPSD Health and Safety Protocols
The following outline details proposed Health and Safety Protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. These are subject to change based on COVID numbers in the future and based on state and federal guidelines.
North Park Students will have full access to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Blended learning as well as remote learning options are available to students as needed. Blended learning is a combination of in-person and online learning for students who need an alternative to full in-person instruction for a semester or longer. Remote learning is available for students who need a short term solution due to illness or quaruntine. For more information, please reach out to Principal Chrissy Carlstrom. 970-723-3300.
Update February 2, 2022
Thank you for being vigilant over the last two weeks and following the temporary mask mandate due to a sharp increase in Covid cases throughout our community. Our school absences over the last two weeks have dropped significantly, although there is still evidence of community transmission. We are not out of the woods, yet. Jackson County Public Health and North Park School District have weighed multiple factors and will be moving from Masks Required to Masks Recommended based on the following factors:
- Steady improvement in the school absentee rate over the past two weeks
- A slowing of positive cases tracked through public health
- Staff input
- The need to get our students back to school and engaged in learning
- The need to rely on personal responsibility
Update January 24, 2022
Due to a sharp increase in confirmed positive Covid cases, it is time to kick in another layer of mitigation to try and slow the spread of Covid in our school community. North Park School District will return to masking for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, January 25 through Saturday, February 5th, in hopes to prevent a return to remote instruction. We will re-evaluate at the end of the two-week period to decide on the next steps if needed. This is not a decision that we entered into lightly. This is a decision made in partnership with the Jackson County Public Health as our school district is currently experiencing a surge in illness.
- Face coverings are highly recommended but not required for any student or staff member. Masks may be worn by those who feel more comfortable doing so.
- Face coverings are not required in any educational space or activity including athletics, etc.
- Exception- travel with athletics- If required by the opposing school, NP students will be required to wear masks during “away” sporting events, if required by that community/school district based on local conditions.
- Exception- Busses/school transportation- Still a federally mandated requirement due to being public transportation.
- Masks are supported if individuals choose or need to wear them and we will support this choice.
- The COVID vaccination is highly recommended but is not required for staff or students.
- Information about vaccination clinics will continue to be provided for students, families, and staff members.
- If a staff member or student is immunocompromised and they are also unable to receive the COVID vaccine, there will be a process for them to request an accommodation. For example, if a teacher is immunocompromised and has a condition such as severe allergy, which makes them unable to receive the vaccine, that teacher may have the option to ask their students to wear masks while in the classroom with them. This will enable the educator to continue to teach in person.
- COVID testing will be available for staff and students on an as-requested basis. Contact the school nurse if you would like to be tested.
Update: March 2022
- North Park School District will no longer send routine classroom exposure notifications.
- Notifications will still be sent if there is a known direct exposure to those impacted.
- Routine quarantine of healthy/non-symptomatic students and staff will be discontinued
- Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID, or show symptoms commonly associated with COVID, they will be required to follow current Isolation protocols
- Students or family groups who have been quarantined at home due to exposure outside of school will still have to be quarantined
- The person in isolation may discontinue Isolation and return if they receive a negative COVID test after day 5 from the onset of symptoms or from the date of exposure without symptoms and no longer have signs of illness
- Contact Tracing will be conducted as needed based on current school exposure guidelines
- Students and Staff will be encouraged to physically distance themselves when possible, but social distancing will not be a requirement.
Visitors in NPSD Facilities Permitted
- In the 2021-2022 school year, visitors without any signs of illness will be permitted in schools as they were pre-COVID.
- Face coverings are not required for visitors, however, they may wear one if they are more comfortable doing so.
- All students will be required to follow trip guidelines from NPSD
- Field trips will be contingent upon local conditions and conditions of the destination
- North Park will follow any restrictions that are in place for the area being visited
- North Park will take precautions to mitigate risk of transmission of infection during field trips including changing plans as needed
Athletics and Activities Resume as Normal
- Athletics and activities will resume normal processes in 2021-2022 in partnership with CHSAA and governing bodies
- All students will be required to follow trip/activity guidelines from CHSAA if they are different from NPSD
- Facilities use will resume as normal in 2021-2022
- A change in community conditions may require shifting facility usage as needed
- NPSD will continue to require good hand hygiene. Students will be reminded to wash their hands with soap and water frequently, after using the restroom, before meals, etc., and will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer where appropriate.
- Touchpoints (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, etc) will continue to be disinfected throughout all buildings on a daily basis.
- School buses will continue to be disinfected before, during, and after activity trips
- Teachers and staff will continue to have access to disinfectant supplies, including disinfecting spray and disinfecting wipes, to clean high-touch areas regularly if desired
For the safety of all students, staff, and families, NPSD will comply with current Public Health rules or mandates.
In addition to the protocols listed above, NPSD will continue to encourage families to keep students at home when showing symptoms of illness. We encourage families to use the screening questions at home, prior to sending their student(s)to school. We will no longer be taking daily temperature checks unless conditions warrant such screening tools.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and partnership as we continue to navigate through the COVID pandemic. We look forward to an outstanding 2021-2022 school year and are excited for activities to resume to “normal”.