American Rescue Plan (ARP)
District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services
Describe how the district will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.
(A) Universal and correct wearing of masks
Lawrence Public Schools will consider the health and safety recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Douglas County Health Officer, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health (LDCPH), and LMH Health in determining mask requirements in school facilities and on district property.
June & July 2021: USD 497 requires masks be worn in all district buildings during the summer.
(B) Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing
District administration directs school staff to provide as much distancing as possible given class enrollments and available physical space. When classes can accommodate 6 ft. of distancing, the district's expectation is to observe 6 ft. of distancing. Schools should continue to use large, open spaces and outdoor environments when feasible.
(C) Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Students and staff need to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol should be used.
Students and staff should be encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash. Hands should be washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
(D) Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.
Custodial teams will follow established cleaning procedures as outlined by the district in maintaining healthy and clean environments and prioritize high-touch areas. Building administrators will communicate to non-custodial staff their responsibilities for cleaning and disinfecting.
During the planning phase for facility improvements made possible by the school district’s 2013 and 2017 school bond referendums, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) was a priority. In February of 2021, the Lawrence Board of Education used federal COVID relief funds to purchase air purification devices for all classrooms, offices, and work spaces, excluding large areas, such as gyms and cafeterias.
(E) Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.
Lawrence Public Schools will follow LDCPH and KDHE protocols in reporting, contract tracing, and requiring isolation and quarantine when students and/or staff test positive for COVID-19.
(F) Diagnostic and screening testing.
Lawrence Public Schools will work with LDCPH, LMH Health, and KDHE to provide COVID-19 surveillance testing and/or distribute testing kits to students and/or staff.
The district will encourage staff, students, and school families to take advantage of COVID testing options available at GoGetTested.com/Kansas.
(G) Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.
Lawrence Public Schools will work with LDCPH and LMH Health to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics on school campuses.
The district will encourage students, staff, and school families ages 12 and older to take advantage of vaccination opportunities available at LDCHealth.org/COVIDVaccine.
(H) Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.
The district’s Student Services and Special Education Department will provide updates and guidance to our schools based on the most recent state and federal requirements. All services are intended to support the child accessing the general education curriculum with their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent possible. In general, it is expected that children with exceptionalities will access instruction and services in the same manner as their peers, except when the student’s IEP or 504 team determines additional modifications or accommodations are needed. Services should be provided as outlined in each student's IEP or Section 504 Plan.
(I) Coordination with state and local health officials.
Lawrence Public Schools will coordinate COVID response and recovery efforts with the KDHE, KSDE, Douglas County Health Officer, LDCPH, and LMH Health.
Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:
(A) services to address students' academic needs
(B) students' and staff social, emotional, mental health
(C) other needs, which may include student health and food services.
If you would like to provide public input about this plan, please use the Contact Us tab of our website, email USD497Info@usd497.org or call the district office at 785-832-5000.
American Rescue Plan District Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services (Revised June 2021)