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    RICHARDS R-5

    SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICES PLAN (SRCSP)

    HEALTH & WELLNESS GUIDELINES FOR 2020-2021

    CONTENTS: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5

    SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AND CONTINUITY OF SERVICES PLAN  

    OVERVIEW

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Richards School District has focused on creating environments that protect the safety and well-being of students and staff.  During the 2020-21 school year, this included offering students the option to choose in-person or virtual learning. 

    Our focus for the 2021-22 school year will be for all Richards School Students to participate in in-person learning five days a week.  Throughout the school year, RR-5 will monitor COVID-19 exposure levels in the community and, in consultation with the Howell County Health Department, make modifications to the learning plan if necessary.  Five levels have been developed that are explained in detail in this document.  We will move from level to level as needed for the safety of our students and staff. 

    At this time, we feel that we will begin face to face classes (5 days a week) at Richards School in LEVEL 2 on August 23, 2021.

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    LEVEL 1

    All classes will take place in school buildings five (5) days a week. There would be no restrictions on visitors or volunteers in the building if in LEVEL 1- This is able to occur due to the vaccinations and the fact that cases have dwindled.

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    LEVEL 2: 

    SEATED SCHOOL WITH HEALTH PRECAUTIONS

    All students will be permitted to attend face-to-face instruction inside school buildings five (5) days a week.  Extra cleaning and safety protocols for staff and students will be followed.  There are restrictions on parents, visitors and volunteers in the building.

    THIS IS THE LEVEL WE WERE AT DURING THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR, PRIOR TO OFFERING VACCINATIONS. DUE TO THE RESURGENCE OF THE VIRUS AND THE DELTA VARIANT IT IS HIGHLY POSSIBLE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE AT THIS LEVEL FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR.

    GENERAL INFORMATION FOR LEVEL 2

    • The term “social distancing” or “physical distancing” will refer to no less than 6 feet of separation. 
    • Classes will be kept separated as much as possible to limit transmission chains.
    • Assemblies will not be permitted.
    • Visitors to the school and to the classroom will not be permitted unless by appointment with appropriate precautions including but not limited to a temperature check as well as a symptom survey. Schools will be closed to visitors aside from drop off and pick up, which can only occur via the carline.
    • Handwashing and infection prevention instruction will be required and taught to students.
    • Unvaccinated students are strongly encouraged to wear face masks but this is not a requirement. 
    • Use of water/drinking fountains will only be allowed for use of the “touchless” self-dispensers to fill a personal water bottle (water bottle filling station). Drinking directly out of the fountain is prohibited. Water bottle filling stations have been installed throughout the district.
    • Hand sanitizers are available all over the building including in all classrooms

    EMPLOYEE AND STUDENT SCREENING AND PROTOCOLS

    If you are an employee or student and are exhibiting symptoms, daily self check is important.  If you have experienced one of the following within the last 14 days, you are recommended to stay home:

    • Chills, a cough, sore throat, headache:
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
    • New loss of taste or smell, new muscle aches; 
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees fahrenheit
    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID 19

    Each student and staff member will have their temperature checked by a touchless thermometer each day upon entrance into our buildings.  If an employee or student has a temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees fahrenheit they will be sent home.  Employees and students should not come to school under any circumstances if they are sick.  

    HYGIENE MEASURES

    Students and employees will adopt these hygiene measures:

    • All persons are required to wash hands or use hand sanitizer when they come into school, and throughout the school day. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout each building, i.e., in classrooms, common areas and lunchrooms. 
    • We encourage students to limit what is brought to school this year due to spacing and the spread of the virus on surfaces. Backpacks must be stored in the students’ lockers or homeroom classroom so it is important that these items be as small as possible. 
    • We will require all persons to wash hands or use hand sanitizer after blowing noses, coughing or sneezing and after all bathroom visits.
    • We will encourage classes and employees to create their own hand signals to replace shaking hands, hugging or giving high fives.
    • We will avoid using classroom items that are frequently touched but not easily cleaned such as items made of fabric or rugs. 
    • Students and employees will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC guidance that is not otherwise explained. 
    • Symptoms of COVID 19 may include: fever of 100.4 F or greater, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
    • The lack of fever is not a reliable indicator for pre-symptomatic individuals.  If other symptoms exist students will be required to remain out of school as indicated.
    • Additional criteria for exclusion may be provided by the local health department at the time of exclusion based on the most current CDC guidance. 
    • If students become ill once they arrive at school, students will be isolated from others and sent home immediately. 
    • Unvaccinated students or employees who have direct close contact (<3 ft distance for over 15 minutes) with a COVID 19 confirmed case, will need to quarantine at home for 10 days. 
    • Should a symptomatic student's parent or guardian refuse COVID 19 testing, the student will be excluded from the school for 14 days or until the parent / guardian provides written documentation by a medical provider or health department that the student is safe to return to school.
    • Unvaccinated students and staff members are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or shield anytime they are in contact with anyone in the building at a distance of 3 ft or less for over 15 minutes.

    Students (with assistance from parents) and employees should self screen prior to coming to school or expect to be screened before entering the school building.  Those exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19 without other obvious explanations may be instructed to wear an appropriate mask, use hand sanitizer and go to a designated area to be picked up by parents and sent home. 

    • If a child or a parent/guardian refuses to wear a mask, the school will not force the individual to wear a mask unless there is a STATE, COUNTY or LOCAL ordinance passed that requires it.  

    ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

    • Parents/guardians should use the car line for student drop off and pick up. In-person parent pick-up is not allowed to avoid parent/patron gatherings in the school lobby or in front of the school.
    • Parents are encouraged to self screen children at home prior to coming to school for the following symptoms and exposure:
      • fever or chills
      • cough
      • headache
      • muscle aches
      • nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
      • new loss of taste or smell
      • new runny nose or congestion
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • sore throat
      • close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
    • Staff will monitor for appropriate social distancing as students enter the designated “entry” door(s) and visually inspect students for signs and symptoms of illness as they enter the school and/or classroom.
    • Designees will monitor temperature machines to check the temperature of each student as they enter the building.  If a student or adult has a temperature of 100.4 or higher they will need to go home. 

    BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

    • Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom for students attending the Early Childhood Center.
    • 1st -5th grade will eat breakfast in the cafeteria and will sit with their grade level in assigned seats to help minimize cross contamination and to assist with contact tracing if needed. 
    • 6th-8th grades will eat breakfast in the FEMA & Bunch Gymnasiums using the “grab n go” option and will sit with their grade level in assigned seats to help minimize cross contamination and to assist with contact tracing if needed. 
    • For students in PK-8th grade, lunchtimes will be staggered and cafeteria surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between groups. Students will have assigned seats in the cafeteria to assist with contact tracing if needed.   
    • Students will eat with their class group and will have assigned seats as similar as possible to their seating arrangement in the classroom.  This will decrease the number of people each student is within 3 ft of for 15 or more minutes. By not being within 3 ft. of another person for more than 15 minutes people are less likely to become infected. 
    • Teachers will strongly reinforce ‘no sharing’ of food, drink and utensils.

    WATER FOUNTAINS

    • Traditional water fountains will not be utilized. 
    • Touchless water bottle filling stations will be used for students to fill water bottles.
    • All students will need a reusable / refillable water bottle for their daily use.

    CLASSROOMS

    • Classrooms will be set up with identical seating charts.  This will assist in contact tracing as needed. 
    • Students will be encouraged to maintain distance from each other in the school and will be taught appropriate hygiene/COVID practices.
    • Students seating will be arranged with as much space between students as possible inorder to maintain social/physical distancing standards.
    • Teachers will arrange student desks to maximize the space between students. Desks will be turned to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other unless there are barriers in place) to reduce transmission caused from virus-containing droplets (e.g., from talking, coughing, sneezing).
    • Separate supplies will be provided for students when possible.
    • Students will use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting any classroom. Students should be encouraged to wash their hands throughout the school day as appropriate. 
    • Students are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when they must be within 3 ft of another person for 15 or more minutes. 

    SPECIALS AND RELATED FINE ARTS CLASSES

    • Should specialty teachers use equipment that might be shared, staff members will disinfect the equipment after each use.
    • Physical education classes can be taught in the gym. Teachers will plan activities that require social distancing for students and will sanitize equipment and the space in between class visits. PE classes will be held outside as much as possible.

    RECESS

    • Recess times will be staggered to limit the number of classes on the playground at a time.
    • All students must wash their hands (soap or hand sanitizer) before and after recess and before returning to the classroom.
    • While at recess, staff will monitor for social/physical distancing.
    • Frequently touched surfaces on the playground equipment will be cleaned/sanitized routinely.

    VISITOR RESTRICTIONS

    In order to minimize the exposure of students and staff to others outside of their assigned small groups, non-essential visitors and parents will not be permitted beyond the secure entryways at school buildings. 

    The District requests the following:

    • Entry into schools will be restricted to staff and students. Other visitors and volunteers must receive pre-approval from an administrator. 
    • Parents are encouraged to call ahead if they have a need to visit the school, outside of an emergency situation.
    • If a child needs to be picked up for any reason, Richards School personnel will accompany the child to the front door and await the arrival of the parent/guardian.
    • Parents will not be allowed to visit the classroom or to visit the cafeteria to eat lunch with their child until we are again in Level 1. 
    • Those allowed into the school buildings will be screened using a screening form which will be available at the front downstairs office, their temperature will be taken and they will be offered a mask if they do not have their own.  The date and time of the visit as well as where in the building they travel to and which if any students or staff they have contact with will be logged. 

    STUDENT ILLNESS AND HEALTH SERVICES

    • Symptoms of COVID 19 may include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, runny nose or congestion, or other flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. 
    • The lack of a fever is not a reliable indicator for pre-symptomatic individuals. If other symptoms exist, students will be required to remain out of school as indicated.
    • Students who are ill or experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms should not report to school and should notify the school.
    • If students become ill once they arrive at school, students will be isolated from others and sent home immediately. 
    • Students will be required to remain out of school for at least fourteen (14) days following onset of symptoms, unless tested and symptom free. COVID 19 test results must be confirmed in writing by the medical provider or health department.
    • Students or employees who have direct close contact ( < 6 ft distance for over 15 minutes) with a COVID-19 patient, will need to quarantine at home for 14 days.
    • Should a symptomatic student’s parent/guardian refuse COVID 19 testing, the student will be excluded from school for 14 days or until the parent/guardian provides written documentation by the medical provider or health department the student is safe to return.

    MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

    Richards School provides a wide variety of programs and resources to support the social, emotional and mental health of students. By collaborating with Burrell Behavioral Healthcare which is part of Ozarks Health Care (OHC), our counselors can refer students for on-site counseling and other mental health services. Counselors also provide other supports and are accessible by contacting our counseling department at 417-256-5239 to speak to Mrs. Gastineau or Mrs. Bryant.

    TRAUMA 

    The importance of good mental health cannot be understated at this time. The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation that is causing stress and uncertainty for many.

    There are steps school leaders and staff can take to foster health and well-being in themselves and their school communities. Keep in mind that recovery from a crisis takes time and may not happen in a linear fashion—especially during a pandemic that does not have a defined, known end.

    • Awareness, balance, and connection can help;
    • Set and celebrate achievable goals;
    • Celebrate the resilience of the great people around you who go above and beyond as they support and help others in times of crises. 

    Health and Wellness Resources:

    TRANSPORTATION

    DUE TO COVID-19 SOCIAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDATIONS, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION IF AT ALL POSSIBLE.

    • Students and drivers on a bus are required to wear face coverings while riding the bus when social distancing is not feasible. This is a requirement of the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html
    • Students are highly encouraged to practice physical distancing while waiting for the bus at their designated bus stop.
    • Students may sit two to a seat. Students within the same household (or students who are considered in each other’s stable group) will be assigned seats together or in seats across from, in front of, or behind each other while riding the bus.
    • Bus drivers are advised to travel with windows down as much as is possible depending upon weather conditions.
    • Once seating is established, bus drivers will have a seating chart and assigned seats whether a child is riding or not. 
    • Buses will be appropriately cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis with an EPA approved disinfectant.
    • Buses will have hand sanitizer available on each route and encourage students to use upon boarding.
    • Bus drivers will be properly trained in COVID safety measures.
    • Bus drivers will alert school administration upon arrival of any student displaying signs of COVID-19
    • Bus drivers will check their own temperature prior to driving a route. 
    • Buses will unload one bus at a time to avoid congestion and to allow for temperature checks for students exiting the bus. 

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Staff will limit the sharing of devices. When devices must be shared, staff will assign specific students to specific devices. Staff will ensure devices are sanitized between uses.
    • These items should be sanitized by staff on a regular basis:
      • Keyboards and mice
      • Phones
      • Headphones
      • Any shared devices (iPad, spare Chromebooks. Library computers, PLTW laptops, , etc.)
      • Printers
      • Remotes

    FOOD FROM OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT’S CAFETERIA

    Bringing or sharing refreshments during meetings or for potlucks will be prohibited until further notice in order to limit the risk of contamination.  Open snack items, unwrapped candy and opened drinks will not be provided for staff or students. Snack time for students will need to be done from unopened packages and served only by one staff member with gloves and a mask on at the time of serving.  

    LOCKER ROOMS

    While in locker rooms, students are to stay 3-6 feet from others as a normal practice. Eliminate contact with others, such as handshakes.  Avoid touching surfaces touched by others to the extent feasible.  Avoid anyone who is coughing, sneezing or appears sick. 

    OUT ROOM

    SEPARATION WHILE IN SCHOOL “OUT ROOM”

    Each school building will have an “OUT ROOM” separate from the nurse’s office where students or employees who may have COVID-19 or another communicable disease will wait to be evaluated or for pickup.  Students will be given a mask to wear while in the room and the room will be disinfected after use.  There will be a sign in sheet for anyone who enters the room while a suspected COVID-19 case is detained in the room. Students who are ill will be walked out of the building to their parents. 

    SOCIAL DISTANCING

    Social distancing is an effective way to prevent potential infection.  Unfortunately, there is a conflict between optimal academic and social/emotional learning in schools and strict adherence to current physical distancing guidelines.  Employees and students should practice staying approximately 6 feet away from others when possible. 

    • Non-essential/informal meetups and visiting should be avoided.
    • Students will be spaced as far apart as possible in each classroom and barriers may be used in some classrooms as needed.
    • When possible students will face the same direction in areas such as classrooms and the cafeteria.
    • Parents are encouraged to provide alternative modes of transportation other than the school bus due to the lack of social distancing options available.

    GENERAL DISINFECTION MEASURES

    The safety of our employees and students are our first priority.  Upon reopening, our school buildings have been completely cleaned and disinfected and we will continue to adhere to all necessary safety precautions.  In addition to the deep clean this summer, the cleaning steps outlined below are to be taken to disinfect workplace surfaces, chairs, tables, etc. to protect employees and reduce the risk of spread of infection.  We will require employees to maintain this safety standard by continuously cleaning and disinfecting based on the frequency stated below. 

     CLASSROOMS

    • Wipe desks daily after school
    • Spray with sanitizer weekly
    • Remove trash and change liner daily
    • Wipe down daily any surface as needed

    OFFICES

    • Wipe down daily any surface as needed
    • Spray sanitizer nightly
    • Remove trash and change liner daily

    CAFETERIA

    • Wipe down tables after every use
    • Spray sanitizer nightly
    • Remove trash and change liner daily

    HALLWAYS/ENTRANCE

    • Wipe down daily any surface as needed
    • Spray sanitizer nightly

    RESTROOMS

    • Wipe down daily any surface as needed
    • Spray sanitizer nightly
    • Remove trash and change liner daily

    BUSES

    • Wipe down any surface at the end of each use
    • Spray sanitizer nightly
    • Remove trash daily

    ADDITIONAL DISINFECTING MEASURES

    Employees are encouraged to disinfect their own personal workspace (desk, phone, keyboard, etc.) throughout the day, giving special attention to commonly touched surfaces. The custodial staff will clean all workspaces at their designated cleaning time. 

    IN THE EVENT OF A SUSPECTED COVID CASE

    In the event of a suspected case of COVID-19, the following protocols will be followed:

    • An employee or student doesn’t feel well and visits the school nurse 
    • The nurse determines symptoms may be COVID related
    • The employee or student will be temporarily separated from others

    EMPLOYEE

    • If an employee becomes ill on campus/district, he/she will immediately report to the district nurse’s isolation room and the case form will be completed.
    • The employee will contact their primary healthcare provider and the provider will arrange for testing.
    • If the employee tests positive for COVID, the provider that ordered the test will call the employee with the positive result.
    • The Health Department will also contact the employee and conduct a risk assessment (contact tracing). If the employee resides in a county other than Howell, then the county’s Health Department will contact the employee.
    • The Health Department will ask the employee about all close contacts the employee had from the 48 hours prior to symptoms up to and including the day the employee began isolation measures.
    • They will direct the individual and any other person at possible risk of being infected with what to do. 

    STUDENT

    • If a student becomes ill with COVID related symptoms on campus/district, he/she will immediately be sent to the nurse.
    • The nurse will contact the parent/guardian. When the parent arrives, the nurse will encourage the parent to have the child tested. The nurse will offer to assist the parent with making phone calls to the healthcare provider if needed. 
    • The healthcare provider will arrange for the student to be tested.  If the student tests positive for COVID, the healthcare provider will contact the parent/guardian.
    • The health department will then contact the parent/guardian and conduct a risk assessment (contact tracing).
    • The parent will be asked about any close contacts the student may have had from the 48 hours prior to symptoms up to and including the day the employee began isolation measures. 
    • They will direct the parent on what the student and any other person at possible risk of being infected with what to do. 

    RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER EXCLUSION

    Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return only if they satisfy the recommendations of the current CDC guidelines, which are subject to change. At the time of writing this document, the CDC guidelines state:

    UNTESTED AND UNVACCINATED: Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 and who have not been vaccinated, but have experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may return when all three of the following conditions are met:

    • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication that reduces fever; and
    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
    • At least (10) calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

    TESTED: Persons who have experienced symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19 may return when all three of the following conditions are met:

    • They no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and 
    • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
    • They have received two (2) negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

    TESTED WITH NO SYMPTOMS: Persons who have not had symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 may return when they have received two (2) negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

    SIBLINGS OR OTHER STUDENTS IN THE HOUSEHOLD

    If a student is excluded from school due to a positive COVID-19 test, his or her siblings or other students living in the same household will be quarantined for 14 (fourteen) days past the date that the excluded sibling is released.  The Richards District will continue to consult with local health authorities for further guidance in this instance. 

    SELF QUARANTINE 

    SELF-QUARANTINE OF AN EMPLOYEE

    If an employee has been told to self-quarantine, they should contact the superintendent.  

    SELF-QUARANTINE OF A STUDENT

    If a student has been told to self-quarantine, the family is required to call the school to speak directly to the nurse, principal or superintendent.  The nurse will check to see if there are siblings or other family members in the Richards School District. 

    The nurse, principal and superintendent will then meet to formulate a plan to inform the school board, staff members and community of the need to know information without jeopardizing the student’s FERPA rights. 

    DISTRICT RESPONSE TO EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL OR SELF-QUARANTINE

    As soon as the District becomes aware of a student or employee that may have COVID-19 or that has been excluded from school recommended to self-quarantine, the custodial staff will be informed that all desks and workspaces or the person are thoroughly disinfected. The Superintendent will consider initiating the following Richards Positive COVID-19 Protocols: 

    • Deep cleaning should be performed as soon as the confirmation of a positive test, as practical. While the scope of deep cleaning is presumed to be teh full site, sites may reduce the footprint to be deep cleaned if there is sufficient rationale to do so. 
    • In lieu of performing deep cleaning, sites may be shut down for 24-48 hours to allow for natural deactivation of the virus. 
    • The nurse will contact the Howell County Health Department for additional guidance. 
    • Official communication to the Richards Board of Education will come from the superintendent.
    • Official communication to the Richards community (and media, if appropriate) will be done by the superintendent.
    • The nurse will follow up with the staff member or family of the student.

    SCHOOL CLOSURES (IF NEEDED)

    • The school district will consider school closures based upon city, county, and state guidelines and will consider the percentage of site population testing positive for COVID-19. 
    • If it is determined that a school should be closed, families will be informed of the timeframe that school will be closed and students will have access to virtual content during that time as well as other alternative methods of instruction if the student is unable to access the internet or a hotspot. 

    COMMUNICATION METHODS

    In order to communicate as quickly and accurately as possible on events that may take place related to COVID-19 the district asks that you do the following:

    1. Teachers and parents/guardians need to check text messages, email and the school’s website often as well as follow our Facebook page. 
    2. If a case is determined to be positive, the Howell County Health Department will provide guidance in order to quickly inform those who need to be quarantined. 

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    LEVEL 3: SEATED SCHOOL WITH ADDITIONAL LAYERS OF PRECAUTIONS

    BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

    • Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in the classroom for ALL students. 
    • Teachers will strongly reinforce ‘no sharing’ of food, drink and utensils.

    CLASSROOMS

    • Students will be provided with face coverings when they must be within 6 ft of another person for 15 or more minutes. 

    SPECIALS AND RELATED FINE ARTS CLASSES

    • MUSIC / BAND
    • 1st - 5th Grade will be taken outside, stay in the Bunch Gym or stay in their classroom. 
    • 6th music and band will be held outside or in the Bunch Gym.  Staff members will be required to keep all students at a 6 foot distance from each other. 
    • 7th Grade Choir- Will be held spread out in the Bunch Gym
    • 7th-8th Band - Will be held spread out in the Bunch Gym
    • 8th Grade Boys Choir- Will be spread out in the classroom
    • 8th Grade Girls Choir- Will be held in the Bunch Gym

    • PE 
    • 1st - 5th Grade will be taken outside, stay in the FEMA Gym or stay in their classroom. 
    • 6th will be held outside or in the FEMA Gym.  Staff members will be required to keep all students at a 6 foot distance from each other. 
    • 7th & 8th Grade Girls- Teachers will separate groups with 7th in one gym and 8th in the other
    • 7th & 8th Grade Boys- Teachers will separate groups with 7th in one gym and 8th in the other
    • ART 
    • 1st - 6th Grade will be held in their assigned classroom.
    • COMPUTERS 
    • 1st - 6th Grade will be held in their assigned classroom. 

    • LIBRARY 
    • 1st - 6th Grade will have library in their classroom and the librarian will come to them with a selection of books. 

    RECESS

    • Recess times will be staggered to limit the number of classes on the playground at a time.
    • All students must wash their hands (soap or hand sanitizer) before and after recess and before returning to the classroom.
    • While at recess, staff will monitor for social/physical distancing.
    • Frequently touched surfaces on the playground equipment will be cleaned/sanitized routinely.

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    LEVEL 4: BLENDED INSTRUCTION 

    If in LEVEL 4 courses would be taught with a combination of seated and remote instruction.  Staff will be in buildings, with students alternating days of in-person attendance and remote instruction. Protocols for staff and students will be followed according to building COVID-19 RE-ENTRY Guidelines.  All entrances to schools will be locked and restricted to staff and students. Other visitors and volunteers must receive pre-approval. 

    LEVEL 5: REMOTE INSTRUCTION - AMI PLAN

    If in LEVEL 5 all staff would be on campus.  All students will be off campus and receive instruction online using Google Classroom or another method approved by the AMI Plan at that time. Teachers will use tools such as email, ZOOM, REMIND, FACEBOOK, telephone calls, text messages and other means appropriate to communicate with students and families.  Accommodations and arrangements will be made for students without internet access by using remote outside locations and hotspots supplied to the students. Both buildings would be closed to students. 

    VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

    Virtual Instruction will be an option beginning at the first of the school year for those interested. More information on this format is available from Mrs. Rogers.  She can be contacted at srogers@richardsschool.k12.mo.us  

    MITIGATION STRATEGIES

    Universal and correct wearing of masks (Refer to page 4 & 7)

    Physical Distrancing (Refer to pages 6, 7, 8, 9 &11)

    • Consistent with the CDC

    Handwashing and respiratory etiquette (Refer to pages 4,5,7 & 8)

    • Taught and Reinforced
    • Sanitizer and tissue provided throughout the buildings

    Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation (Refer to page 8, 10, 11 & 12)

    • Increased cleaning for high touch surfaces

    Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial or Tribal health departments (Refer to pages 6,7 & 13

    • Contact tracing by LEA

    Diagnostic and Screening Testing (Refer to page 6)

    • Testing provided onsite if requested
    • Testing available at a local clinic 

    Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff and students if eligible (Refer to page 3)

    • LEA Sponsors vaccination events
    • LEA Participates in vaccination events
    • LEA Publicizes vaccination events on School’s Facebook Page

    Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies (Refer to page 18)

    • Accommodations as necessary or as mandated by Individual Education Plans

    VACCINATIONS 

    In collaboration with Ozarks Heath Care (O.H.C.) we were able to offer our building as a site for vaccinations for any adults working in our buildings.  This is an optional service that we will continue to provide when needed for educators, other staff, and students if eligible. 

    We will also continue to advertise by our district’s Facebook page when vaccination clinics are available for anyone 12 years of age and over. 

    UNDERSTANDABLE LANGUAGE 

    The ARP Act requires that school districts make their Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan available to the public online and that the plans be in an understandable and uniform format; to the extent practicable, are written in a language that parents can understand or, if not practicable, orally translated; and upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability, provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent. 

    SRCSP PLAN REVIEW

    This plan will be reviewed and revised every June and December at a minimum.  This will be done by the committee which will be composed of students, families within the district, school administrators, teachers, and other education personnel.  This input will be gathered in a combination of methods, including but not limited to a public survey posted on Richards School Districts’ Website at www.richardsschool.k12.mo.us