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DCPS Reopening Plan - 2021-22 School Year

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The Daviess County Public Schools district is committed to providing high-quality in-person
teaching and learning as the best and most meaningful method of instruction to our students.
This has been and remains our goal - balanced with our highest priority of ensuring the health
and well-being of our students and staff.


Vaccination is currently the best public health prevention strategy to curtail or end the COVID-19
pandemic. In partnership with local public health organizations, DCPS has provided multiple
vaccine opportunities for eligible staff and students to be vaccinated. We will continue to make
these opportunities available in the future.


DCPS is required by the local health department to continue contact tracing and quarantine all
exposures pertaining to COVID-19 cases. However, vaccinated individuals will not be
quarantined, unless they show symptoms. Vaccinations further reduce the likelihood of missed
school and also extracurricular activities and athletics.


Students and staff will have the OPTION of wearing masks or face coverings at school and on
district property. Parents/guardians of students, as well as staff members, have the choice of
deciding whether to mask or unmask in DCPS schools. The choice is available to all
parents/guardians on behalf of their child, and all staff members, regardless of vaccination
status. The CDC and KDPH recommend masking for those unvaccinated.


DCPS will adhere to maintaining three feet of physical distancing where possible. This is not
available in all settings due to the number of students, building space limitations and/or
available staff/supervision. When distancing is not possible in a classroom setting, pods will be
utilized as a means to limit exposures and/or quarantines. Classroom seating charts will be
maintained to assist with contact tracing and quarantines.


DCPS is currently installing bipolar ionization units in every school and every classroom, along
with HVAC mitigation tools proven to improve ventilation.


DCPS staff will continue to teach, reinforce, and practice handwashing with soap and water for
20 seconds or use approved hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.


DCPS will continue our COVID-19 custodial cleaning regimen in all schools, and we will
continue to encourage hygiene and health practices such as hand-washing, covering
coughs/sneezes etc. Particular emphasis placed on high-touch/shared surfaces.


DCPS schools will continue to provide an isolation area for symptomatic staff/students.
Symptomatic individuals will be required to mask while awaiting pickup of parent or guardian.

Symptomatic students or staff must not attend school. DCPS school health staff will assist with
access to COVID-19 testing and return-to-school decisions.


DCPS will continue to limit visitors to schools. Buildings will be open to essential personnel and
essential direct access providers/vendors only.


Field and special trips that occur within Daviess County may resume after Sept 7 (post Labor
Day). Trips required for competition purposes will be permitted without restrictions regarding
date or location.


DCPS will continue to work with local officials to monitor community transmission, school
transmission, vaccination coverage and other factors that will guide any need to alter health
protocols. Any change in protocols will be communicated as soon as possible for quick actions.


DCPS will immediately and appropriately comply with any federal, state or local requirements or
regulations pertaining to COVID-19.

 

 

This message was sent to all DCPS families on July 16, 2021. If you did not receive that email, please ensure your contact information is updated in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need assistance in updating your information, contact the school your child attends or write to OLRhelp@dcps.org and include your child's name, grade and school, and your name and contact information. 





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