Bourbon School District releases 2021-22 COVID plan

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    The Bourbon School District has released its COVID-19 mitigation plan for the 2021-22 school year.


    The Crawford County R-1 School District worked diligently during the 2020-21 school year to keep all school buildings open for the entire school year. The staff was committed to maintaining this continuity for students and implemented various safety measures as well as new teaching strategies and programs to ensure the year progressed as successfully as possible amid this challenging situation.
    The student body only saw 39 confirmed cases of COVID throughout the entire duration of the 2020-21 school year. This represents only about four percent of the student population. None of these confirmed cases are known to have been traced back to contact at school with the majority of the cases confirmed to beginning with contact from an adult family member in the home. The low transmission rate is a credit to the various safety and mitigation measures that were implemented at each building during the 2020-21 school year.
    The district values the educational environment for its students and community and have continued to learn many lessons throughout the course of the pandemic. Navigating the ever-evolving developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic created great challenges last year and based on current information appear will continue to present challenges.
    The district plans for the 2021-22 school year are likely to be continuously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the priorities of the Crawford County R-1 School District will remain the same:
    • Provide environments that are as safe as possible for students and staff.
    • Provide equitable, guaranteed, and viable education for all students. The plan was developed in consultation with the board of education, administration team, staff, and members of the community. Surveys have been conducted periodically of both staff, students, and parents to provide updated feedback. As the situation concerning the COVID pandemic continues to evolve this plan will be updated accordingly. With lessons learned last year along with guidelines from state and local health agencies, Crawford County R-1 will be implementing the following plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
    Within this plan, the following general parameters will guide district actions:
    • Provide in-person instruction to the maximum extent possible for all students.
    • Continue to promote daily screening for illness or exposure to the novel coronavirus by families and school staff.
    • Minimize interaction through staggered lunch times and alternate common space
usage.
    • Keep students in cohorts to the extent possible with detailed records of close
contacts.
    • Encourage physical distancing of students, to the extent possible.
    • Avoid large gatherings that mix multiple groups and do not allow for social
distancing.
    • Develop plans to respond to changes in the level of transmission in the
community.
    Questions and/or concerns should be addressed to the building principals or the superintendent of schools. This is a live document based on the most current information available. Please anticipate changes as we move closer to the start of the school year.

Modes of Instruction
    It is recommended that students are in-person for learning to the maximum extent possible. The value of having the teacher with the student to provide direct instruction and immediate feedback is of vital importance. In addition, it provides students a consistent schedule, positive routines, and social interaction that is necessary for their emotional, physical, and mental well-being. As cited above the psychological impact on students from remote learning and social isolation is believed to have adverse effects that will have long-term consequences into adulthood.
    1. The primary method of instruction for all students for the 2021-22 school year will be in-person instruction. Through continued mitigation measures and based on our positive outcome from the last school year of in-person learning we anticipate minimal disruption to daily attendance for students.
    2. In the event that a serious medical condition exists for a student, then families wishing for their students to attend school through a virtual learning platform will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A distance learning application and medical records will need to be provided to the school for review by administration prior to approval for distance learning. In addition, an in-person or virtual meeting with a distance learning coordinator will need to take place prior to enrollment in this program. At that time, the distance learning coordinator will outline the requirements and secure signatures on the required commitment forms for distance learners. The learning platform for distance learning will be FuelEducation/Stride Learning Solutions or Acellus. The district has used the FuelEducation learning platform to provide virtual learning for several years, and it provides a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum for our students. Acellus was used for grades kindergarten through eighth grade last year with success. Work completion on both of these platforms is monitored by certified teachers here at our district.
    3. Due to the required contact tracing by the CDC and Crawford County Health Department, the district is required to continue to operate under the quarantine and isolation requirements established by the CDC. Students will be isolated at home if they have a positive COVID test, and students identified as close contacts will be quarantined for the designated 10-day period. During these periods of isolation and/or quarantine for our students, teachers will provide at-home instruction. This instruction will follow a varied format based on the grade level. In most cases, assignments and directions will be available on the teacher’s Google classroom. During the isolation or quarantine period, Zoom sessions will be held and/or students will be provided assistance by phone or through email.

COVID-19 Cases On Campus
    The Crawford County R-1 School district is located in three counties but due to the physical location of the school campuses, district officials work most closely with the Crawford County Health Department. When necessary Washington or Franklin counties’ officials may provide guidance for the district or families.
    Not all situations or scenarios can be anticipated and information sharing and procedures will be adjusted to meet the requirements of the varied situations. The following is a basic guideline for how the health department and district will deal with confirmed COVID cases.
    Step 1—The Crawford County Health Department or school district receives information that an individual who has been on campus at school has tested positive for COVID-19.
    Step 2—The school gathers the information it has (i.e. seating charts, class rosters, etc.) to determine close contacts. This information is provided to the health department.
    Step 3—Families of students who have been identified as a close contact are contacted
by the health department and provided with quarantine guidelines.
    Step 4—Teachers of students impacted by the quarantine period are notified of the students’ required absence from school. Learning expectations and assignments are provided to the student. The teacher(s) provide regular interaction (via online meetings, phone calls, or emails) with the student to ensure success during the distance learning period.
    Step 5—Upon returning to school after the period of quarantine or isolation, students will report to the school nurse for a brief questionnaire and temperature check. Once cleared with the school nurse the student will return to their normal daily schedule.
    The district will release statements to the public on an as needed basis. Due to the nature of confidential medical information and privacy policies only general information can be provided. Inquiries regarding specific details and identification will be denied.
    For a complete look at the plan visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qv7wqf85GPPFLqJL659iPmiSXs13J5OS/view?fbclid=IwAR0yFQvgOHVd8A7f1LpFc_DQXif0lwNmFS8dK74wlJTYG23_mLfuTPiwzhw or look for the link on the Crawford County R-1 School District Facebook page.