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School Operations for 2021-22

2021-22 SCHOOL OPERATIONS GUIDELINES FOR ASCENSION PUBLIC SCHOOLS

CURRENT AS 02/16/22

CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASE RESPONSE

It is important that all individuals who attend school, who are employees in our school system, or who are visitors to our schools avoid being present among others when experiencing symptoms of any illness, particularly COVID-19 symptoms. Our effort to protect each other from illness by staying home when experiencing symptoms is essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and the workplace. Ascension Public Schools will continue to notify parents, students, and staff when a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 is present at school or a school-related activity. Schools will continue to conduct contact tracing efforts to identify close contacts to any confirmed positive case so that close contacts can be properly notified and provided the recently updated quarantine options. Schools will continue to isolate students that develop symptoms during the school day until their parents can pick them up.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING

Ascension Public Schools will continue its efforts toward daily cleaning and disinfecting. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned prior to the school day and at least at mid-day. Restrooms and other common areas (corridors, lobbies, libraries, meeting rooms, etc.) will be cleaned prior to the school day and at least at mid-day. Drinking fountains will remain closed but bottle filling stations are available at all schools. Students and employees are to be encouraged to bring personal water bottles for refilling.

FACE COVERINGS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (INDOORS OR OUTDOORS)

Effective Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, face coverings for staff, students, and visitors will be optional everywhere in Ascension Public School buildings and property.  Face coverings are allowed in schools and on school property at the discretion of the individual.

MONITORING AND SCREENING FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Schools will no longer be required to screen students at the beginning of each school day. It is important that all students and staff properly monitor their own symptoms and conduct proper screenings prior to attending school or work for the safety of themselves and others. No student or staff member should attend school or work when experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or experiencing a fever even without having other symptoms.

OUTDOOR AND INDOOR SPECTATOR PROTOCOLS

Capacity guidance for school-related events and spectator capacity for athletic events will be found on the Louisiana State Fire Marshal website, opensafely.la.gov.

PHYSICAL STANDARDS

Schools will continue to establish controlled routines for entrance, exit, and class exchanges to maximize distancing to the greatest extent possible during student transitional routines during the school day. 

PERSONAL HYGIENE

Students and employees will continue to have access to handwashing stations and hand sanitizer throughout the day. Students and employees will be encouraged to utilize hand sanitation resources when entering the school, exchanging classes, before and after eating, and other times throughout the day as would be appropriate. Hand hygiene is one of the most important habits to prevent the spread of illnesses and viruses. 

TRANSPORTATION

Frequently touched surfaces will be wiped between each group using a disinfectant. The bus will be sanitized with a disinfectant between the morning and afternoon routes. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available on each bus. Windows shall be kept open when it does not create a safety or health hazard. Seating charts will be kept and consistently enforced. 

VISITORS

Visitors are allowed at schools at the discretion of the principal. 

VOCAL MUSIC, BAND, AND ATHLETICS

Band and vocal music will follow the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Association for Music Education Guidance.  Athletics in high school and middle school will follow requirements as provided by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

We look forward to children returning to school for in-person or online learning on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. We are excited, as always, about all the wonderful experiences and successes our students will enjoy during the 2021-22 school year. The following are the guidelines and practices designed to keep students and staff safe for in-person learning as we open school for the 2021-22 School Year. These guidelines and practices are fluid and could be revised throughout the school year as we respond to fewer cases or an increase in cases. The practices and guidelines are designed to prevent an infectious spread of COVID-19 from taking place in schools and district offices. We acknowledge that the presence of the COVID-19 virus continues to exist in the community, therefore we expect that COVID-19 cases will be brought to school and the workplace from time to time during the school year. However, we believe, that compliance with these expectations, practices, and guidelines will properly prevent an infectious spread from occurring.    

Respectfully,

David Alexander
Superintendent
Ascension Public Schools