Looking Forward Back to School 2021-2022

Looking Forward Back to School 2021-2022

COVID Protocols: 2021-2022 School Year

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June 1, 2021

Dear DCSD Staff and Families,

We hope the summer is off to a great start for you and your families. Here in DCSD, we are already Looking Forward to Back to School 2021-2022!

During the Board of Education meeting this evening, we will recommend COVID health and safety protocols for the coming school year. In short, it is our desire to return our schools back to “pre-COVID normal” meaning no face covering requirements, no quarantines, and allowing parents and visitors back into our school buildings. The following outlines details of proposed COVID Health and Safety Protocols for the 2021-2022 school year.

Looking Forward: Back to School 2021-2022
Proposed COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Face Coverings No Longer Required
  • Face coverings will no longer be required for any student or staff member, however, masks may be worn by those who feel more comfortable doing so.
  • Face coverings will not be required in any educational space or activity including school buses, athletics, etc.
  • Masks are supported if individuals choose or need to wear them and we will support this choice and work through each situation.
COVID Immunizations Not Mandatory
  • DCSD will continue to provide information to the community about COVID immunization opportunities as a courtesy for those who wish to access the vaccine. However, the COVID immunization will not be required for staff or students.
  • DCSD staff will continue to be encouraged to log their vaccination information into Workday (if applicable), however, that will not be mandatory.
  • Families will be encouraged to log their students’ vaccination information into Infinite Campus (if applicable), however, that will not be mandatory. Information on how to log vaccination information will be provided closer to the start of the school year.
  • If a staff member or student is immunocompromised and unable to receive the COVID vaccine, there will be a process for them to request an accommodation. For example, if a teacher is immunocompromised and unable to receive the vaccine, that teacher may have the option to ask their students to wear masks while in the classroom with them. This will enable the educator to continue to teach in person.
Quarantines Discontinued
  • Quarantines of healthy/non-symptomatic students and staff will be discontinued.
  • Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID, or show symptoms commonly associated with COVID, they will be asked to isolate for 10 days (unless they provide documentation of being fully vaccinated).
  • The person in isolation may return if they receive a negative COVID test after day 5 of isolation.
  • DCSD will work to make COVID testing more accessible for symptomatic students/staff.
Physical Distancing No Longer Implemented
  • Physical distancing will no longer be implemented.
Visitors in DCSD Schools/Facilities Permitted
  • In the 2021-2022 school year, visitors will be permitted in schools as they were pre-COVID. Face coverings will not be required for visitors, however, they may wear one if they are more comfortable doing so.
Field Trips Resume
  • Field trips, including out-of-state trips, will resume in 2021-2022.
Athletics and Activities Resume as Normal
  • Athletics and activities will resume normal processes in 2021-2022 in partnership with CHSAA and governing bodies.
Foreign Exchange Students Permitted
  • Foreign exchange programs will resume in 2021-2022.
Facilities Rentals Resume
  • Facilities rentals will resume as normal in 2021-2022.
Hand Hygiene
  • DCSD will continue to encourage good hand hygiene, such as reminding students to wash hands after using the restroom, before meals, etc., and provide access to hand sanitizer stations.
  • Touchpoints (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, etc.) will continue to be disinfected throughout all buildings on a daily basis.
  • School buses will continue to be disinfected twice daily.
  • Teachers and staff will continue to have access to disinfectant supplies, including disinfecting spray, to clean high-touch areas regularly if desired.
  • The circulation of outdoor air within district buildings, via mechanical systems, will continue to be increased.

In addition to the protocols listed above, DCSD will continue to encourage families to keep students at home when showing symptoms of illness.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and partnership as we have navigated the COVID pandemic. We are looking forward to providing our students and staff with much more normalcy in the coming school year.

Corey Wise
Douglas County School District

Vaccination Options for Students

Please visit the Resources for Families page for information on COVID-19 vaccination options for students 12 years of age and older.

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