Goddard Public Schools Plan for Safe Return and Continuity of Services.
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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:
Effective Teusday, September 7, 2021 face coverings became required for all staff, students, and visitors inside of elementary and intermediate school buildings. All other USD 265 facilities, mask wearing is optional. Throughout the pandemic, the district has stayed focused on providing consistent learning opportunities for all students in multiple platforms. The decision made by the CDC on Thursday, May 13, 2021 to differentiate masking based on the vaccine has created a disruptive and divisive school environment for our students and staff. Therefore, the decision was made to make face coverings optional starting Monday, May 17th while keeping the other current mitigation strategies in place. Goddard Public Schools continues to partner with the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Sedgwick County Health Department, City of Wichita, and/or City of Goddard in regards to mitigation strategies for preventing Covid-19.
Goddard Public Schools encourages staff to work with families with concerns to allow for appropriate physical distancing in classrooms. As of May 27th, 2021 the requirements of the 2020-21 Goddard Public Schools Academic and Operation Plan that require modifications to facilities, cohorts, and procedures to allow for physical distancing have been suspended, but students inside school classrooms, when allowed, are disntanced and in co-horts.
Goddard Public Schools encourages all staff, students, and visitors to practice appropriate handwashing and repertory etiquette.
Goddard Public Schools facilities and maintenance staff have appropriate cleaning practices and procedures in place for a safe and healthy learning environment for students, staff, and visitors.
Goddard Public Schools will work in collaboration with state and local health departments on appropriate contact tracing, isolation, and exclusion/quarantine procedures.
Goddard Public Schools offered appropriate diagnostic and screening testing for students and staff to allow for continued in-person educational experiences for all students and staff.
On March 5th and 6th and again on March 26th and 27th, 2021, Goddard Public Schools partnered with Sedgwick County Health Department to offer COVID 19 Vaccine Clinic for all Goddard Public Schools staff and encourage any staff who were unable to participate to schedule an appointment with the appropriate pharmacy / community health clinic. The most current vaccine availability and information in Sedgwick County can be found at https://www.sedgwickcounty.
Goddard Public Schools works with individual families to make the appropriate accommodations to meet students’ needs with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
Goddard Public Schools works in coordination with State and Local health officials.
Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
In September, 2020 Goddard Public Schools implemented the 2020-2021 GODDARD PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACADEMIC AND OPERATIONAL PLAN that allowed for all families to choose the best learning platform for their students throughout the school year, whether it was in-person, remote learning, or a hybrid learning model for 9th – 12th grade students. The Kansas Legislature enacted limitations on hybrid and remote learning options, so for the 2021-2022 academic year, Goddard Public Schools will allow families to choose 100% in-person learning model or a 100% virtual learning model for students.
(B) students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
Goddard Public Schools is committed to offer students and staff in-person learning opportunities and resources to meet their social, emotional, and mental health needs. Goddard employees school counselors, nurses, and special education professionals at every school to help meet the needs of students social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and staff.
(C) other needs, which may include student health and food services.
Goddard Public Schools offers the appropriate USDA supported summer feeding program to families and will continue to offer students free breakfast and lunch options during the 2021-22 academic year. Goddard Public Schools employees a full-time nurse at every facility.
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