Dear Current and Incoming USD 207 Families,
We are developing the final USD 207 District Health and Safety protocols for the 21/22 SY. Below you can view the current safety measures that are in place for our July summer programs and activities in USD 207. Safety measures for the 21/22 SY for USD 207 will be communicated to families and staff as we get closer to the first day of school. No formal or final decisions have been made regarding the “recommendation of” or “requirement for” masks for the 21/22 SY. The decision regarding mask-wearing will be made in advance of the first day of school and in coordination with state, county, and local information. Health and Safety Measures (other than recommended or mandatory mask-wearing decisions) will continue as part of our normal operations in district facilities. Additional decisions and information will be provided to district families and patrons via email and/or our district website at www.usd207.org
District Safety Measures and Mask Update Approval – 6-28-21 (ACTIVE Through July 26th)
Kansas State Department of Education’s Navigating Change expired on May 28, 2021. As a result of this, the district policy relating to COVID-19 needed to be revisited. Monday night, the Board approved my request for the following updates to begin June 28, 2021, and then be reviewed at the July 26 Regular Board Meeting for the 2021-2022 school year. (In the event of local, county, state, and/or Department of Defense recommendations and changes to positivity rates or COVID infection rate increases, the Board may reconvene for a Special Board meeting to consider revisions to the measures below related to masks.
The district remains committed to making health and safety a priority. Look for more information about mitigation efforts before the start of the school year.
Summer COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols
Social Distancing – Appropriate distancing is encouraged when possible. If appropriate distancing regularly cannot be maintained due to the activity or venue, face masks may be required. This will be especially true if it is known that the participants are not vaccinated.
Masks - The wearing of face masks is not mandatory while inside USD 207 buildings but encouraged for those interested in wearing masks and those who have not been fully vaccinated. When outdoors, face masks are optional. Face masks are strongly encouraged for anyone who is not fully vaccinated whenever appropriate distancing cannot be maintained. Face masks may be required in some indoor settings.
Hand Hygiene – Individuals are encouraged to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently. Hands should be washed or sanitized before and after using shared supplies.
Health Screenings – Individuals are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of any illness. Individuals who are ill should stay home.
Exclusions – The most recent guidance from Leavenworth County Health Department (LCHD)/Munson Army Health Center (MAHC) will be used to exclude individuals or groups recommended for quarantine and isolation.
Notifications - Parents and employees will continue to be notified if they or their children have been exposed (low, moderate, or high-risk exposure).
Cleaning and Sanitation – In regularly occupied spaces, enhanced cleaning and maintenance protocols will continue.