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Updated Sept. 16, 2021
Updated Sept. 20, 2021
Daviess County Public Schools COVID-19 Operations Plan 2021-22
The following reopen plan will apply to the balance of the 2021-22 school year for all Daviess County Public School campuses. The plan is subject to change by decision of the school district, Gubernatorial or Presidential Executive Order, Legislative action, CDC and/or Health Department regulations, and/or KDE mandated changes. If any of these become applicable, the plan will be modified accordingly.
Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the traditional school experience, while providing effective safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff to the greatest extent possible.
General precautions within our school district
- Masks must be worn by all students and staff in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status, including all school buses. This will remain in effect as local health and safety COVID-19 concentrations warrant it. The district will monitor data, in concert with the data provided both locally and by the Green River District Health Department. This will remain in effect until at least two weeks after Fall Break (Oct. 22) at which point the virus concentration levels will be assessed again.
- Masks will be provided by the district should anyone need one.
- Three feet of social distancing will continue to be prioritized in all areas where it’s possible.
- The district has developed a partnership with a third party provider (Ethos Labs - Newport, KY) who will administer a “Test to Stay” program starting Oct. 11. More information about “Test to Stay” in the section below.
- Field Trips will continue as necessary and maintain an instructional focus.
- Competition trips will continue as necessitated by scheduling/season.
- Classroom rosters will be kept and maintained for all students for contact tracing purposes.
- Classrooms and common areas are equipped with bipolar ionization and HVAC systems that provide proper ventilation.
- Sharing materials among students will continue to be minimized.
- Visitors to the buildings will be limited to those that have an essential instructional/vendor function
- Strongly encourage frequent hand-washing and proper hygiene practices.
- Maintain wide availability of hand sanitizer.
- Maintain COVID-19 cleaning protocols put in place during the height of the pandemic.
- Maintain availability of health personnel inside school campuses. Protocols for screening for COVID-19 will be done and precautions made as necessary.
- Buses will be cleaned and sanitized at the end of each route utilizing the appropriate cleaning measures as directed by the Director of Transportation, CDC, and Green River Health Department.
- Families will be notified if their child is considered a close contact of a positive case, in an unmasked situation. They will then have the opportunity to participate in “Test to Stay” (see next section).
- If it is deemed necessary that the entire district learn from home due to quarantines or positive cases, there are 10 NTI days available to use for the balance of the 2021-22 school year.
- If staffing and/or student absences due to positive cases or quarantines prevent the district from operating at full capacity, the Superintendent may move entire classrooms, grade levels, or schools to remote learning for up to, but no more than 20 days for the balance of the 2021-22 school year.
- Parents are requested to screen students before allowing them to leave for school and/or get on a bus. It is essential that parents understand the necessity of screening students for COVID symptoms before allowing them to attend school.
- Students with a temperature 100.4 should remain home and parents should contact their home school regarding the symptoms. Students should be symptom free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before being allowed to return to school.
Test to Stay
- Our district has partnered with Ethos Labs of Newport, KY on the development of a “Test to Stay” program for students and staff who are considered close contacts of a positive case.
- DCPS will begin implementing the "Test to Stay" program by Oct. 11. Only students whose parents/guardians have completed the authorization form (link below) will participate in the "Test to Stay" process, which allows them to continue in-person learning at school, with no quarantines, as long as test results are negative.
- This will allow students and staff the option to participate in an FDA-approved Rapid Antigen testing program, when identified as a close contact of a positive case to allow them to remain in school and not be out on quarantine. These tests are performed in the lower part of the nasal cavity (approx 1 cm ... non-invasive).
- “Test to Stay” is an option for anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case as long as you do not have regular contact with that positive case (live in your household, etc.)
- Those who are symptomatic may elect to get tested with this third party provider, but would need to make arrangements with the school health room and Ethos staff prior to reporting for testing.
- DO NOT send your child to school if they are symptomatic without speaking to school health staff first! This will help prevent any other potential exposure.
- There is no cost to students and staff for the "Test to Stay" service.
- Those who are quarantined may participate in “Test to Stay” as long as they are asymptomatic.
- Parents/Guardians must provide consent for their student to be tested on-site with "Test to Stay." You can do so by creating an account online at ethosbacktoschool.com
- You will need to set up an account on that website to enroll your child in the program.
- You can un-enroll at any point, but in order for your child to be tested with "Test to Stay," the parent/guardians need to sign up and give consent prior to the test.
- Students who are considered close contacts will be tested for five consecutive school days. At the end of five days, students will be released from “Test to Stay” procedures.
- As long as COVID-19 testing results remain negative, students will be allowed to remain in school. It is still recommended that all Covid mitigation strategies are implemented at home until the five-day testing period has passed.
- Those participating in “Test to Stay” will need to arrive at school prior to the start of classes as directed, in order to complete testing before going to class.
- Should a student test positive with a Rapid Antigen test, they will be tested with a PCR test to follow-up to ensure the Rapid Test was not a false positive. Those results will be back in less than 24 hours and a student must go home until those results are returned.
- When a PCR-generated positive test occurs, a minimum 10-day quarantine model will be utilized based on individual circumstances as found in the contact tracing process.
- Testing locations will be available at all school buildings and will be operated by Ethos Labs.