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ESSER

Updated September 11, 2023, to comply with Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

Maintaining Health and Safety of Students and Staff, Preventative Measures

School personnel will continue stressing healthy hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of disease, such as frequent handwashing, staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, and coughing into the sleeve. District protocol requires students and staff to say home until they are fever free for 24 hours. According to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, COVID is on the list with other respiratory viral illnesses, such as influenza and RSV. Students and staff will only be excluded from school and work if they report to the school that they are COVID positive (test or physician-diagnosed) and under the current guidance provided by the CDC, the State of Kansas, and Johnson County.

Cleaning and Maintaining Health Facilities

In spaces that are regularly occupied, regular cleaning and maintenance protocols will continue to be used. All facilities are equipped with sophisticated air distribution systems that introduce fresh, HEPA filtered outdoor air into buildings multiple times per hour. The activities taking place in each space in a building will help determine the amount of fresh outside air utilized.

Diagnostic and screening testing

Testing of symptomatic students may be available at school upon request when supplies are provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Select diagnostic and screening testing is available throughout the community. The district will work with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to help communicate these options.

Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies 

The district will provide appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Specific student health needs are addressed through a student health plan and/or their Individual Education Plan. Students requiring accommodation should contact the building administrator to request information on plans for students with disabilities.

Continuity of Services, Addressing academic needs

USD 232 will continue evaluating student needs throughout the 2023-24 school year. Full-time, in-person instruction will continue in support of student academic growth.

Addressing student and staff social, emotional and mental health

USD 232 is committed to offering students and staff learning opportunities and resources to meet their social, emotional, and mental health needs.  The district employees school counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and special education professionals at every school to help meet the needs of students' social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and staff. Staff members also have access to an employee assistance program, Life Matters.