Minor Updates to COVID Plan

COVID Procedure Updates

Please review the information below as it contains new information about the guidelines for quarantine length and contact tracing moving forward in our district:

 

Full COVID-19 Procedure Plan

 

The following reopen plan will apply to the 2021-22 school year for all Owensboro Public School campuses.  The plan is subject to change by decision of the school district, Gubernatorial or Presidential Executive Order, Legislative action, CDC and/or Health Department regulations, and/or KDE mandated changes.  If any of these become applicable, the plan will be modified accordingly.

Our goal is to create an environment that provides an opportunity for students to return to the traditional school experience, while providing effective safeguards to protect the health and safety of students and staff to the greatest extent possible.

General precautions within our school district

  • Masks are still required in all school buildings and buses at this time. We continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as we are able to do so.

  • Masks will still be provided by the district should anyone need one.

  • Field Trips and Competition trips will resume as necessary and maintain an instructional focus. 

  • To the greatest extent possible, a minimum 3-feet social distance will be in place.

    • Classrooms will be accommodated as much as can be reasonably expected. 

  • Classrooms and common areas are equipped with bipolar ionization and HVAC systems that provide proper ventilation.

  • Sharing materials among students will continue to be minimized.

  • Visitors to the buildings will be limited to those that have an essential instructional/vendor function.  Until further notice, visitors that come to have breakfast/lunch with students will not be permitted.   

  • Strongly encourage frequent hand-washing and hygiene practices.

  • Maintain wide availability of hand sanitizer.

  • Maintain COVID-19 cleaning protocols. 

  • Contact Tracing will no longer take place. Families will be responsible for self-monitoring symptoms. Do not report to school if you are exhibiting any signs of having COVID-19.

    • Those who are fully vaccinated or continue to wear masks will not be asked to isolate.

    • Those who are unvaccinated are to utilize the Test to Stay option if they believe they have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case outside of their household.

    • If there is a positive case within your household, all unvaccinated members of that household will be required to isolate.

  • Quarantine/Isolation will be reduced from 10 days to 5 days in accordance with CDC guidelines.

  • Parents are requested to screen students before allowing them to leave for school and/or get on a bus.  It is essential that parents understand the necessity of screening students for COVID symptoms (cough, runny nose, headaches, shortness of breath, etc.) before allowing them to attend school. 

    • Students with a temperature 100.4 should remain home and parents should contact their home school regarding the symptoms.  

    • Students should be symptom free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before being allowed to return to school. 

  • Buses will be cleaned and sanitized regularly, utilizing the appropriate cleaning measures as directed by the Director of Transportation, CDC, and Green River Health Department.





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