District posts Reopening Plan for 2021-2022
Students/staff/patrons asked to participate in 'Return to Learn' and 'ESSER' surveys
As part of the requirements set forth by the federal government, in order to access the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) III funds as a district, we must survey our students, staff, and patrons regarding our Return to Learn Plan and our intentions for the ARP ESSER III. Below you will find links to surveys for both the Return to Learn Plan and the ESSER III Plan, along with the text of the Return to Learn plan below those links. Please take some time to review the plan and complete the surveys, as they will provide the district with useful information as we continue to move forward with the 2021-22 school year and utilize the ARP ESSER III funds. If you have any questions about any of the information or surveys, please contact the superintendent's office at 402-443-3051.
Wahoo Public Schools Reopening Plan
School Year 2021-22
Revised: July 15, 2021
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD)
Below are shared core principles that local health departments (LHDs) in Nebraska consider when making recommendations and advising local schools about how to safely reopen and stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• LHDs statewide monitoring and evaluating public health data related to COVID-19 in our local jurisdiction daily.
• LHDs want Nebraska schools to open and stay open. We recognize the unique nature of schools and the education system’s role in the economic and well-being of children and adults.
• LHDs work closely with our local schools and ESUs to develop reasonable plans for social distancing and masking in school facilities to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These plans need to be locally-responsive and aim to create school environments that will minimize the impact on the school community and the student learning experience when students or staff test positive for COVID-19.
Key recommendations that these plans include when community spread is occurring include:
• All staff and students have the option of wearing cloth face coverings over their nose and mouth
• General physical distancing of 3 feet between individuals whenever possible.
• Frequent hand washing and/or hand sanitizing.
When a positive COVID-19 case is confirmed in a school, that individual may be excluded and allowed to return based upon current guidance from the CDC at that time. LHDs will work with schools to consider the following questions when determining how that case will impact others in their classroom and/or school building:
• What is the level of community spread outside of the school building?
• Was the individual with COVID-19 wearing a mask most of the time?
• Were other students who were within 3 feet of the individual with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes masked?
• To what extent is the school community implementing other non-pharmaceutical interventions?
• The answers to these questions will determine:
o The number of close contacts.
o If the close contacts who are not symptomatic may stay in the classroom.
o The number of other students and staff who will need to take extra measures to prevent spread.
The district has worked hard to forge a valuable relationship with entities from the local to state level in developing the reopening plan for students and families. For Wahoo Public, we will have three tiers of modifications, loosely based on the risk dial previously used by the health department, but not strictly aligned. Additionally, individual portions of the guidance below may vary from the color level based on administrative discretion. Finally, portions of this plan may vary between the elementary and middle/high school buildings.
• All students in grades PK-12 will attend school in person.
• Accommodations may be made for K-12 students who are unable to attend due to an existing disability identified through and IEP or 504 plan. Remote learning may be utilized as part of such accommodation.
• While dependant on updated recommendations from Three Rivers, masks will be worn when reasonable and appropriate in all of our buildings and vehicles. In general, if social distancing of 6 feet or greater cannot be achieved, masks are expected to be utilized by students and staff. If individuals are unable to have their own mask, one will be provided for them in situations that warrant use. Students and staff are encouraged to bring school-appropriate masks with them to school.
• All students in grades PK-12 will be participating in an educational program. However, due to directed health measures, attendance may be limited to 50% capacity on a given day. The purpose of 50% capacity would be to further emphasize and practice social distancing. The district will construct an A/B format for days in attendance if this format becomes a requirement.
• Accommodations will be made for students not attending in person to participate in classroom activities via electronic means.
• While dependent on updated recommendations from Three Rivers, masks will be worn when reasonable and appropriate in all of our buildings and vehicles. In general, if social distancing of 6 feet or greater cannot be achieved, masks are expected to be utilized by students and staff. If individuals are unable to have their own mask, one will be provided for them in situations that warrant use. Students and staff are encouraged to bring school-appropriate masks with them to school.
• All district facilities will be closed and education will be provided remotely to students, engaging them from their homes.
Pre-Screening of Students
(to be done at home by parents)
1. Has the child been in close contact, without a mask, of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
2. Does the child currently have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater?
3. Does the child currently exhibit any of the following symptoms:
a. Frequent cough
b. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
c. Unusually sore throat
d. Unexplained sore chest
e. Loss of taste and/or smell
f. Diarrhea or nausea