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Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

Updated 1-13-2022

Caruthersville School District #18

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan

The District has established a three tiered approach to instruction in an effort to prepare for an infectious disease outbreak in the community at any time during the school calendar year. This plan may be modified or adjusted as needed.  It will be reviewed and revised, if necessary, every six months.  The revision process will include students, families, school and district administrators, teachers, principals, school leaders, other educators and those stakeholders as required by law.  Public input and the revision process will take place at our semi-annual advisory meetings and public board meetings.

  • Tier 1—Low Community Infection Rate-Regular School Calendar                                                                                   School will start on August 24th and classes will meet on a regular school day schedule.

  • Tier 2—Moderate Community Infection Rate-Regular School Calendar                                                                         (Schools will use increased mitigation strategies) 

  • Tier 3—High Community Infection Rate-School Closure                                                                                             (School will be closed short-term or for an extended period of time.)

The District will implement the following preventative protocols upon school starting August 24.

  • Based on the most recent CDC guidance, temperature checks will NOT be taken on every student, staff, guest who enters the building.   However, staff are to self-monitor for symptoms and visually screen all students for symptoms.
  • The universal wearing of masks will not be required, but allowed.  Masks will be encouraged for high risk students and staff should there be a community outbreak or if those at a high risk are working closely with others. 
  • To improve ventilation, new HVAC units and/or controls have been installed in many classrooms throughout the district.
  • Covid-19 rapid antigen testing will be available in each nurse’s office for students and staff.
  • Information will be distributed to students and staff regarding the availability of vaccinations by local health care providers.
  • Appropriate accommodations will be made for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies.


Classroom Protocols

Tier 1

  • Student desks will be assigned to reduce the number of students sharing a space.
  • Classrooms with seating at tables will only use one side of the table when possible, e.g., science labs, art rooms, etc. 
  • Classroom teachers will educate students on viruses, respiratory etiquette (e.g. how to cough/sneeze), and signs of illness.
  • To the extent possible, students will remain in the classroom and teachers will move throughout the day.  
  • Elementary teachers will build time throughout the day for routine hand washing by both students and teachers.
  • Middle school and high school classrooms will have sanitizing stations for students to use as they enter the classroom.
  • Every effort will be made to eliminate the sharing of pencils, iPads, textbooks, and other school supplies, unless the supplies have been disinfected after each use.
  • Restroom breaks will be scheduled throughout the day to avoid overcrowding, to the extent possible 

Tier 2

  • Masks should be worn in classes when social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • Classroom seating will be structured so that all students are facing the same direction.
  • Students desks will be spaced apart with as much distance as possible.
  • Elementary teachers / custodians will wipe desks down at the end of each day.  
  • Middle School and High School desks will be wiped down between each class.
  • Computer keyboards will be wiped down with sanitizing wipes between each class.
  • All items will be removed from classrooms that are not easily cleaned with wipes or disinfectants, i.e., couches, chairs and other items made of fabric.
  • Music and choir classes will be arranged to allow for maximum social distancing.  The room will be disinfected with spray prior to the beginning of each class period.  Students will be placed so they are not face-to-face at any time.  Instruments that are shared will be wiped down between each use.  At no time will mouth pieces be shared. 

Hallway Protocols

Tier 1 and Tier 2

  • Movement through the hallways will be one-way, to the extent possible.
  • Hallway passing time will be staggered, to the extent possible, to reduce the number of students in the hallways at one time.
  • Locker times will be limited to reduce the time students are at lockers. To the extent possible, lockers will not be shared and only top lockers will be used if the lockers are stacked. 
  • Appropriate social distancing when lining up or walking down the halls will be taught and monitored.

Cafeteria Protocols  

Tier 1

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all cafeterias.  Students will use the sanitizer as they enter the cafeteria. 
  • The number of students in the cafeteria for each lunch shift will be reduced to the extent possible. 
  • The number of students allowed to sit at one table will be reduced to the extent possible.
  • Lunch shifts will be extended to allow time for sanitizing all tables between lunch shifts.
  • Recess will be held, with social distancing being monitored to the extent possible. 

Tier 2

  • All self-serve and ala cart lines will be eliminated. 
  • Lunch may be served in the classrooms.
  • Recess will NOT be held, or will be held in smaller groups with social distancing. 


Athletic / Extra Curriculum Event Protocols 

Tier 1

  • Social Distancing by spectators is recommended

Tier 2

  • Spectator capacity MAY be reduced to the maximum number allowable in order to seat spectators 6 feet apart.
  • Should it become necessary to reduce seating, spectators will purchase tickets in advance or at the gate.   
  • No passes will be accepted during the time limited seating is available.
  • Only gate workers, supervisors, clock, announcers and chain crew will be admitted free. 
  • Concession stands will not be open for any event as long as social distancing is still recommended by the local and state health departments.  
  • Clubs may sell concessions in the stands.  All items will be prepackaged.     
  • Assemblies and other large gatherings will be eliminated, unless social distancing can be accomplished.

Transportation Protocols 

Tier 1 and Tier 2

  • Parents will be encouraged to transport their child(ren) to and from school to minimize the number of students on school transportation.
  • Bus eligibility will be based on distance from the school building the child attends (must be a minimum of 1 mile from the school of attendance). Parents may be allowed to request transportation for students who less than 1 mile from school of attendance, but only if there is a documented medical need or an approved hardship.  
  • Bus seats will be numbered and assigned to students who meet eligibility criteria. 
  • Transportation will not be provided for High School students.    

Facilities / Custodial / Maintenance Protocols 

Tier 1

  • Door handles, light switches, stair railings and other frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected multiple times during the day.
  • Restrooms will be disinfected multiple times during the day. 
  • Custodial employees will make sure there is always adequate soap and paper products available in the restrooms and classrooms with handwashing stations.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms.
  • Signs will be posted in the classrooms and restrooms with directions on how to effectively wash hands.
  • Disinfectant stations will be placed throughout the building, e.g., cafeteria entrances, office entrances, gymnasium / physical education classes, etc.
  • Fogging machines will be used in places that contained a positive student or staff member.

Tier 2

  • Fogging disinfectant machines will be used in all areas daily.
  • Drinking fountains with bottle fillers ONLY will be in operation.


Health Services / Guidance Protocols

Tier 1 and Tier 2

  • First and foremost, students and staff should not attend school if they are exhibiting symptoms of having an infectious disease, e.g. coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, fever. 
  • Training will be provided to all staff on the signs and symptoms of any infectious disease.
  • Training will be provided to all staff and students on proper personal hygiene (handwashing), illness containment practices (covering mouth and nose when sneezing) and social distancing.
  • Any student or staff member exhibiting signs of illness will be sent to the nurse immediately for evaluation.
  • Any student or staff member with a fever should remain at home until fever free for 24 hours without medication.   
  • Any student or staff member sent home with a fever will be reevaluated by the nurse upon returning to the school. 
  • Nurse offices will maintain an adequate supply of personal protective gear (masks, gloves, disinfectant, thermometers) to evaluate for the disease and reduce the spread of the disease. 
  • Students and staff who may be at high risk of being infected will be identified.  The nurse will work with these individuals / families to develop a preventative plan and to monitor closely.
  • Should a staff member, student or visitor to the building test positive for COVID-19, it may be necessary to close the school short term (1-3 days) to deep clean and disinfect the building.
  • Students and staff that have need of social, emotional, and mental health services will have access to district guidance counselors, the district social worker, and the school based mental health clinic with services provided by FCC.

Staffing Work Protocols

Tier 1

  • Staff will regularly clean and disinfect work spaces.
  • Workstations will be rearranged to ensure employees are properly social distanced.

Tier 2

  • Every effort will be made to reduce the number of staff meetings held, unless social distancing can be maintained.
  • Staff members will wear a mask if working in close proximity with students, another staff member or visitor. 

Public / Visitors to Buildings

Tier 1

  • Visitors to the building will not be allowed, unless prearranged or necessary.
  • No outside deliveries to students will be allowed.  
  • Parents who have to pick up a student early for any reason will call the front office to let them know they have arrived.  The student will then be escorted to the car.
  • Signs will be posted at all entrances reminding those who do enter to maintain social distancing.
  • Signs will be posted to remind visitors not to shake hands or have unnecessary physical contact with employees or students.

Tier 2

  • All approved visitors to the building will be required to sign a log documenting date, time, locations visited in building and reason for visit. 
  • Public use of facilities will be cancelled.

Continuity of Services

Should it become necessary to enact Tier 3 of this plan:

  • Staff will continue to report to work, but will do so in isolation. 
  • Lessons will be sent virtually and/or packets of work will be provided
  • Parents of students in need of internet access may check out a hotspot from the district administration building
  • Student meals will be served as grab and go from the cafeterias.
  • Health services and Covid-19 testing will still be available from the school nurses by individual appointment

Should it be necessary for students to quarantine:

  • Lessons will be sent virtually and/or packets of work will be provided
  • Student attendance will be determined by completed work or teleconference attendance





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