District Safety Measures » "RETURN TO SCHOOL" Plan for the 2021/2022 School Year

"RETURN TO SCHOOL" Plan for the 2021/2022 School Year

The main priority for USD 207 is to provide a top-quality education for our students academically, social-emotionally while considering health and safety protocols.  Expanding this priority, we are committed to in-person learning in our schools as the optimal learning environment for the 21/22 SY.


As of 8/6/21, USD 207 will institute the following practices:


Healthy School Environment:

  • Mask Wearing:
    • Masks are required for all individuals while inside school buildings except for: 
    • Masks must fully cover the nose and mouth.
      • Masks are optional for all individuals (regardless of proof of vaccination status) during outdoor activities when appropriate social distancing is maintained, unless otherwise determined by the superintendent and administrative team.  (Determinations for health and safety measures will continue to align with HPCON status levels for Fort Leavenworth as directed by the Commanding General.)
    • Cloth Masks:
      • Cloth Masks can be made from a variety of fabrics and many types of cloth masks are available.
        • Wear cloth masks with
        • A proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks
        • Multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric
        • Nose wire
        • Fabric that blocks light when held up to a bright light source


  • Do NOT wear cloth masks with
    • Gaps around the sides of the face or nose
    • Exhalation valves, vents, or other openings 
    • Single-layer fabric or those made of thin fabric that doesn’t block light
  • Disposable Masks
    • Disposable face masks are widely available. They are sometimes referred to as surgical masks or medical procedure masks.
    • Wear disposable masks with
      • A proper fit over your nose and mouth to prevent leaks
      • Multiple layers of non-woven material
      • Nose wire
  • Do NOT wear disposable masks with
    • Gaps around the sides of the face or nose 
    • Wet or dirty material
*Unvaccinated individuals who cannot wear masks because of a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act) may request an exemption from the mask-wearing requirement.  Exemptions will be considered upon submission of documentation from the individual’s healthcare provider, outlining the medical reason(s) for the request.   Exemptions requests for students must be submitted to the principal and school nurse; exemption requests for employees must be submitted to Human Resources.  Appropriate personnel and/or student teams (when required by law) will consider the request and inform the requestor that the exemption is or is not approved.
  • Social Distancing:
    • Schools will maintain at least 3-foot physical distance between students within the classrooms.
  • Hand Hygiene:
    • Individuals are encouraged to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Hands should be washed or sanitized before and after using shared supplies, upon entering district schools and facilities, after restroom use, before and after lunch, and after outdoor activities or recess as applicable.
  • Cleaning and Sanitation:
    • In regularly occupied spaces, enhanced cleaning and maintenance protocols will continue. 


  • Remain Home if Symptomatic, Feeling Ill, or Positive Test:
    • Individuals are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of any illness.  Individuals who are ill or test positive for COVID-19 must 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. 
    • The district will not refuse, withhold from, or deny a person any services, goods, facilities, advantages, privileges, licensing, educational opportunities, health care access, or employment opportunities based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.


  • Notifications:
    • Parents and employees will continue to be notified if they or their children have been exposed (low, moderate, or high-risk exposure) to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. 


  • Quarantine
    • COVID Positive :
      • 10-Day isolation whether vaccinated or not. 
    • Contact of a Positive (Close Contact):
      • Unvaccinated – 14-day quarantine from date of exposure to COVID Positive individual.
      • Vaccinated – (with voluntary submission of proof of full vaccination) – No quarantine required.  Monitor personal health daily.  If symptoms develop or the person doesn’t feel well, remain home. 


  • Testing
    • USD 207 is working to verify approval and continued use of the PCR tests from KDHE for the upcoming school year, to include rapid lab results from the Kansas City location. More information to follow in the coming weeks.


  • School Transportation
    • Regardless of the mask policy for school buildings, all passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems, subject to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC’s Order. Learn more here. 
Please submit any questions to questions@usd207.org