District Information & Updates

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a national crisis that has continued to post a serious health risk for everyone. Ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment, as well as protecting the social and emotional well-being of students and staff is the number one priority for Haysville USD 261. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public schools over the past 18 months has made it extremely challenging to educate students.

Recently, the CDC stated, “Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall of 2021 is a priority.” As a district, we share the priority to provide students and staff with a successful 2021-22 school year. For this to occur, staff must be available each day to work with students. As the number of COVID-19 cases has once again spiked in Sedgwick County, the District will implement the following strategies:

  • Continually monitor data from reliable sources, and base decisions on science and data.
  • Utilize local data collected from each facility to assist in the decision-making progress.
  • Continue to encourage students, staff, and the Haysville community to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The District will work to offer vaccination opportunities.
  • Provide a robust COVID-19 testing program to students, staff, and families.
  • Ensure facilities are cleaned frequently throughout the day.

After reviewing multiple data sources and receiving input from staff, parents, health care professionals, Sedgwick County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the CDC, the strategies and guidelines in our COVID Operational Plan for the 2021-2022 school year have been implemented to support the health and well-being of students and staff, while continuing to provide academic excellence in a safe and caring environment.

 

 

 

Weekly Percentage of New COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines for USD 261


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We will continue to provide our families and staff with updates during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. We will keep families informed using our notification system, School Messenger, posting updates here, and on our social media pages. The most recent update is below. To skip to previous updates, CLICK HERE

 

Protect others, wear a mask

Change in COVID-19 Response Plan

Posted December 22, 2021

The District is constantly reviewing the strategies put into place to limit our students and staff’s exposure to the COVID-19 virus. With the recent availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for students in grades K-12, the District re-evaluated the strategies in the COVID-19 Response Plan. At their December 20 meeting USD #261 BOE members voted unanimously to update the District's COVID-19 Response Plan.

Effective January 4, 2022, the following changes will be implemented:

  • Students who are considered close contacts at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and are symptom-free may attend school with no restrictions, e.g. not required to wear a mask or to be tested on a daily basis.
  • Elementary school students will no longer be required to remain with their homeroom class during recess.
  • Staff are no longer required to maintain seating charts for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • Student seating during lunches will be at the discretion of the building administrator. Staff are not required to maintain seating charts during lunch for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • Students and staff who are a close contact outside of school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from school or work for the recommended period. Individuals who receive a negative COVID-19 test on day 6 may return on day 8 if they have remained symptom-free during this period.
  • The District will implement a two-week mask mandate at individual buildings when there is a 5% positivity rate among students or staff at the end of a one-week period (Friday-Thursday).
  • Students and staff members who are not feeling well should remain home. Illness procedures are not changing.
  • The District will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing for staff and students who wish to receive a test.
  • Per the federal mandate, students are required to wear an approved face covering while riding in a USD #261 bus or school vehicle.
  • Please note the District does NOT require students or staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school.

We believe these changes will allow our staff to best meet the academic and social emotional needs of all USD 261 students. As has been our practice, the District will continue to monitor the COVID-19 Response Plan and adjust as needed.

 


 

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Previous updates for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted here.

Change in Mask Protocol

Posted December 8, 2021

The District is constantly evaluating it's COVID Response Plan, and adjusting when appropriate. Recently, a COVID vaccine became available to children between the ages of 5-12. This now gives every child in the K-12 setting the option to receive the vaccine if their family so chooses. While we strongly encourage our families to explore this option, please note USD #261 is NOT mandating students receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Effective immediately, the District will no longer require visitors to wear masks when entering a USD #261 facility or attending an extra-curricular event. Visitors will be required to wear a mask in the following situations:

  • Their child's school is under a temporary mask mandate.
  • The District determines the number of positive COVID cases exceeds an identified threshold.
  • Sedgwick County Health Department, KDHE, or the CDC implements a mask mandate.

Please note federal law requires all passengers on a school bus to wear a mask while being transported. The District continues to require students to wear a mask while riding in a USD #261 vehicle.

The District will continue to review it's COVID 19 Response Plan and communicate changes as they occur.

Operational Plan Update

Posted September 21, 2021

The District maintains weekly data on the impact of the COVID-19 virus to our students and staff, and this data is used to drive local decisions. On September 20th the board approved a plan to address individual buildings impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Effective immediately, students and staff within individual buildings will be required to wear a mask for a two-week period when one of the following data points is reached within their school.

  • The building has a 5% positivity rate.
  • The building has 10% or more of its students and staff quarantined in school or at home.

The decision to implement this policy will be based on data collected over a one week period (Thursday to Thursday).

Students and staff attending a school impacted by the mandate will be notified of the change by the end of the school week, and the mandate will go into effect on the following Monday. Data will be reviewed at the end of the two week cycle, and if the percentages drop below the identified threshold, students and staff will not be required to wear a mask within the building. Please note that if the percentages increase again, the mask mandate for the building will go back into effect for an additional two-week period. When a building is in a mask mandate, and masks are worn properly, students and staff will not be considered close contacts to a positive case, and will not be required to quarantaine.

Changes in Testing Practice

Posted September 17, 2021

Since the start of the 21-22 school year, the District has been able to provide free COVID 19 testing to our students who have been identified as a close contact or experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID 19 virus. However, due to the extensive workload this practice has placed on our staff, the District will no longer provide daily COVID 19 testing for students at each school. This change will take place immediately.

Effective Monday, September 20, the District will only offer drive through PCR testing at the District office, 1745 W Grand, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The number of tests performed at this location is limited, and students who wish to participate must sign up in advance.

If a student is identified as a close contact at school, s/he may continue to attend in person and participate in extracurricular activities if s/he:

  • Properly wears a mask in school for 14 days.
  • Receives a negative PCR test result daily for 7 days after contact.

We will continue to discuss and notify you of any changes to the USD 261 COVID Response Plan. Should you have additional questions, please call (316) 554-2200.

BOE Votes to Make Face Coverings Optional

Posted July 20, 2021

The safety and security of our students and staff is our highest priority, and the District is committed to providing the opportunity for every student to have a positive school experience. Recently, a committee composed of District staff, board of education members, and parents met and provided feedback on the District's COVID Response Plan for the 2021-22 school year. This committee will continue to meet throughout the school year and present their recommendations to the board.

On July 19, the Haysville Board of Education voted 7-0 to make face coverings optional, in all USD #261 facilities, effective July 20. When considering adjustments to the COVID Response Plan, the District will continue to evaluate data provided by Sedgwick County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the CDC, as well as the social emotional needs of our students and staff.

As a District we are stronger together. The support and dedication from our staff and community are what continue to make Haysville Public Schools a great place for students.

We will continue to discuss and notify you of any changes to the USD 261 COVID Response Plan. Should you have additional questions, please call (316) 554-2200.