School Safety Operational Procedures

School Safety Operational Procedures

The Board of Education approved the administration’s proposed Health and Safety reentry plan for the 2021-22 school year. The plan laid out safety precautions and expectations for students, staff, and visitors to ensure that school campuses are prepared to receive everyone back in the classroom.

“We are closely watching the current increase in COVID-19 cases locally as a result of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Due to the Delta variant’s higher transmission rates, we will continue to monitor infection rates in the area and the spread within our community,” said Superintendent Dr. Anna Stubblefield. “Based on what we experienced and learned this past year, we will continue to prioritize and implement safety and mitigation strategies.”

All students are required by law to return to in-person instruction this academic year. The District established a task force consisting of several departments and a member of the school board to review last year’s plan and make modifications. The 2021-22 reentry plan focuses on the following areas:

  • A healthy learning and work environment
  • Learning opportunities for parents seeking information and questions about options
  • Parents and Guardians
  • Student/Staff/Parent Activities
  • Nutritional Services/Transportation/Operations

The reentry plan also incorporates recommendations from the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSSA) for Athletic events. Coaches and student athletes while actively participating will not be required to mask.  Spectators attending events outside will not be required to mask but spectators attending an event inside will be required to mask.

Mask Requirement

There have been questions surrounding the school district’s authority to mandate the wearing of masks. This decision is consistent with the recommendations and processes the Wyandotte County Public Health Department (UGPHD), CDC, and the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment implemented during the health pandemic.

Many of these guidelines were relaxed as the number of positive COVID-19 cases decreased over time. However, The Board of Education has the authority, as a governing body, to implement policies that require masks on our school campuses. District staff will continue monitoring and reevaluating this decision as part of our COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategy.

Virtual Learning

To meet the needs of our students who prefer not to attend in person, KCKPS has a contract with Greenbush Virtual Academy to provide opportunities for virtual learning for K-12 students.  We have secured a limited number of seats and encourage parents to contact student services as soon as possible to ensure a place for your student.  While it is not the same as in-person instruction, students will be taught by a licensed teacher knowledgeable in their specific content area. Courses are designed to meet Kansas standards.

“The safety of students, staff, and our community is, and will continue to be, our top priority,” said Dr. Stubblefield.

The District continues to collaborate with the UGPHD to host several public vaccination clinics at our schools.

For more information about the KCKPS Health and Safety Reentry Plan

For more information about the Greenbush Virtual academy
Contact the Department of Student Services at (913) 279-2248  to see if Greenbush Virtual Academy is right for your student.

Board Presentation on the Re-Entry Plan PDF – 7.20.21
Board Presentation on the Re-Entry Plan PDF – 8.10.21
Board Presentation on the Re-Entry Plan PDF – 8.24.21
Board Presentation on the Re-Entry Plan PDF – 9.14.21

Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the re-entry guidelines in English.
Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the re-entry guidelines in Spanish.
Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the re-entry guidelines in Karen.
Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the re-entry guidelines in Burmese.
Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the re-entry guidelines in Nepali.
Click here for a downloadable PDF version of the re-entry guidelines in Swahili.

Healthy Learning and Work Environment

  • All students are required to wear a mask, with the exception of those students with specific health exemptions.
  • Masks are required on school buses.
  • Students must be current on their immunizations for attendance, in accordance with Kansas statute 72-6261.
  • Students must stay home if they have any symptom of illness that may be related to COVID-19.
  • Gloves and disinfecting wipes will be provided by the custodian for each room.
  • Custodians will engage in daily “continuous” cleaning, wiping down high touch points throughout the day to be followed by complete disinfecting of the building at night.
  • Activities should be held outside, whenever possible.
  • Ventilation and fresh air circulation will be increased if possible. Windows may be opened to increase fresh air circulation.
  • To the best extent possible, social distancing will be implemented in the classrooms.

Learning Opportunities

  • Early Childhood-12th Grade Students will be receiving in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Families who have questions about virtual learning will need to contact Student Services.
  • Students who are quarantined will access virtual learning opportunities.

Parents/Guardians

  • Parents will be able to visit their schools, appointments are encouraged.
  • Parents and other visitors will complete health screening questionnaire prior to entering the building.
  • Parents must wear masks inside school district buildings
  • Ensure emergency contacts are updated to enhance communication.
  • Increase e-mail communication for all families-current email addresses are needed.

Student Staff and Partner Activities

  • To the best extent possible, social distancing will be implemented in the classrooms.
  • Teaching staff will be required to have seating charts for all classes.
  • Campuses will be able to have outdoor activities.
  • Open houses/Back to School events can be held, but it is highly recommended that grade levels are staggered to reduce the number of individuals on site.
  • Athletics will follow KSHSAA guidelines and district mitigation.
  • All Fine Arts and PE courses will be offered with mitigations and adaptations to instruction per local health department guidelines.

Nutritional Services

  • Students will self-serve food. Snack Bars will be closed.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided before students enter the lunchroom and after students leave.