Union Public School District Re-Entry and Continuation of Services Plan

2021-2022

Revised August 9, 2021

*School administration has the authority to revise the plan, as needed, in response to changing conditions within the school district and the community and revised recommendations from the CDC and/or MS Department of Health.

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are required for all students, staff, and visitors indoors when not eating or drinking, regardless of vaccination status. The mask requirement will be re-evaluated by September 13, 2021. Exemptions may be provided with valid documentation from a healthcare provider.

  • In general, by wearing a mask, individuals will avoid having to quarantine due to close contact with an individual who tests positive.

  • According to the CDC and MSDH, masks are not needed outdoors, but should be considered in crowded outdoor settings or during activities of close prolonged contact with other students/teachers.

Exposure to COVID-19

  • When the school becomes aware that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, the parents of students considered to be a "close contact" will be notified WITHOUT identifying the affected student. All should then monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.


Quarantines

  • Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine at home for 10 days after symptoms first appeared and until fever free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication.

    • Parents should notify the school nurse and the school principal if their child tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Students living with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days.

  • Those closer than 3 ft for 15 minutes or longer to an infected person will have to quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms.

  • Those within 3-6 ft of an infected person for 15 minutes or longer will have to quarantine for 10 days and monitor for symptoms unless both students were wearing masks.

  • Wearing masks will avoid quarantines altogether.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine.

Arrival at School

  • Students will use hand sanitizer or hand washing upon arrival into classrooms.

  • Common areas will be restricted, when feasible.

  • Students who sign in late should report to the office window.

Dismissal

  • Parents must use the car line for student pick-up.

  • All cars must have a student name tag or tag indicating a high school student.

  • Times (Monday-Thursday: 3:14, Friday: 2:20)

Daily Activities

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available in each classroom and in various places through the school.

  • Hand washing will be emphasized and students will be trained on proper hand washing techniques.

  • School staff will give multiple age appropriate daily reminders about personal hygiene and responsible behavior, including social distancing.

Classrooms

  • Classroom seating arrangements and activities will emphasize social distancing to the greatest degree possible.

  • PreK-6th students will remain with their cohort throughout the day.

  • Group work among students will be limited.

Cleaning

  • Standard cleaning will continue.

  • Targeted cleaning of high touch areas will take place during the school day.

  • EPA-approved, low-odor disinfectants will be used to disinfect classrooms.

  • Buses will be cleaned with EPA-approved, low-odor disinfectants.

Health Services

  • Each school is staffed by a full time registered nurse.

  • School nurses will provide COVID safety training/materials to faculty and staff.

  • Parents will be encouraged to give student medications at home. If medication at school is necessary for students, parents will be asked to schedule a time with the school nurse to drop it off.

  • Students/adults who are symptomatic will be issued a mask to wear until they are picked up by a parent or leave the building.

What if we have to close school?

  • The district will ensure that each student has an internet capable device.

    • The district cannot provide internet to each student.

    • Families who already have internet capable devices are encouraged to use those and communicate that to teachers.

  • The district will provide Wi-Fi access in the school parking lots.

  • Teachers will continue holding classes online using video conferencing tools, Canvas, and Google Classroom.

    • Paper-based materials will also be available for students without internet.

  • Any needed paper materials or books will be available for pickup.

Online Learning

  • Online learning will not be available for students in the 2021-2022 school year.

UES: Dr. Lori Wilcher, wilcherl@unionyellowjackets.org

UMS: Mr. Nick Smith, smithn@unionyellowjackets.org

UHS: Mr. Zach Robinson, robinsonz@unionyellowjackets.org