Fall 2020 Health and Safety Plans

Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools will implement new health and safety protocols in an effort to limit risk for our LSR7 school community. Our plans have been built around the need for flexibility in order to align with evolving public health guidance and include recommendations first and foremost from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Jackson County Health Department, as well as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and other local and state government agencies. It is important to note that these plans could change at any time per guidance from these entities.


LSR7 2020-21 Health and Safety Protocols

The district is planning on implementing a robust set of new and refined health and safety protocols to limit the risk of exposure for students and staff to the greatest extent possible. While our health and safety plans will continue to be refined throughout the summer, our protocols will prioritize: 

  • Expanded deep cleaning and sanitization practices
  • Social distancing measures and mask-wearing per public health guidance
  • At-home screening measures for staff and students
  • Providing personal protective equipment as necessary for students and staff
  • Limiting visitors to our school buildings
  • Following public health procedures and directives regarding COVID-19 infections
  • Modifying arrival/dismissal procedures, recess and lunch times to promote social distancing
  • Modifying the way we deliver instruction for music and other specials classes to promote social distancing
  • Adjusting student and staff movement to promote social distancing

Public Health Orders/Guidance

Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools has and will continue to partner with local and state public health officials. See links to public health guidance and orders that have impacted and influenced our plans.


Health Precautions

Cleaning and sanitization
  • Deep clean each school nightly
  • Provide extra sanitization directed toward high contact points throughout the school day
  • Ensure the availability of soap and paper towels in restrooms as well as disinfecting supplies in classrooms and school spaces.
  • Regular inspections of ventilation and air handling systems to ensure normal operation
  • Deep clean buses nightly; bus drivers will disinfect buses between routes
Social distancing and prevention
  • Comply with Jackson County Health Department mandates related to masks.
  • Even when it's not a county requirement, require masks in every situation that involves close contact between people.
  • Educate students on proper prevention techniques (mask-wearing, handwashing etc.)
  • Ask parents and staff to complete at-home screenings.
  • Conduct temperature screenings as needed, per public health guidance.
  • Create a supervised, isolated area, separate from spaces where students seek health support for general needs, for the care of students who are ill.
  • Require mask-wearing and assigned seating on school buses.
  • Provide masks and other PPE (such as gloves) to staff as needed
  • Provide masks to students as needed (Students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own masks.)
  • Require staff to limit the number of people in break rooms, conference rooms etc. to those that can socially distance in that space.
  • Disinfect copiers and keypads after use with provided disinfectant materials.
  • Disinfect high touch areas in classroom or work spaces throughout the work day.
  • Comply with Jackson County Health Department executive orders.
  • Schedule time throughout the day to wash hands and disinfect learning spaces.
  • Always allow any student or staff member to wear a mask if they want to.
Health protocols

The screening of students and staff must begin at home. Parents should evaluate their child before school daily by taking their temperature, gauging how they are feeling, and by making sure that they can accurately answer no to all questions below.

  • Is your current temperature in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Have you had one high-risk symptom or two moderate-risk symptoms indicating COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    High-risk symptoms (1)
    cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste and smell

    Moderate-risk symptoms (2)
    fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose

  • Have you had a direct exposure to a positive COVID-19 case in the last 14 days?

If a question can be answered yes, then the child should not be sent to school.

Families should then seek the guidance of a medical professional or Health Department for further direction.

No universal screening will occur at school. However, teachers will have access to thermometers and check students if they are presenting as ill prior to sending to the health room. If a student’s temperature check reads equal to or in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the student will be accompanied by a nurse to a precaution room to await parent pick-up. School nurses will discuss return-to-school criteria with parents.

All staff will be required to perform similar at-home screenings prior to reporting to work.

Visitors to school
  • Hold parent events, including conferences, virtually
  • Limit school visitors to essential visits
  • Install plexiglass as a barrier to protect front-office staff
  • Enforce health and safety protocols for all visitors and volunteers
Learning environment
  • Spread out seating as much as possible to create as much physical distance between students and staff as possible
  • Eliminate combination classes and events
  • Remove “comfortable” classroom items – i.e. pillows, blankets, etc. 
  • Eliminate choice seating within the classroom 
  • Go outdoors for instruction during small parts of the day as possible
  • Rely on county guidance to consider whether school events, athletics and extracurriculars can be held in a way promotes social distancing.
  • Eliminate sharing of supplies and equipment
Student/staff movement
  • Adjust lunch and recess schedule to limit mingling of classrooms
  • Require direct movement to class 
  • Stagger recess times and recess play locations
  • Utilize one-way foot traffic patterns when possible
  • Use of multiple entrances to avoid large gatherings of students
  • Modify arrival and dismissal procedures to prevent congregations 
  • Incorporate time for sanitizing classrooms and washing hands into schedule
  • Create opportunities for elementary students to eat lunch in classrooms.
Course-specific
  • Split high school choir, band and orchestra sections; move classes outdoors, when possible.
  • Additional instrument and equipment cleaning and sanitizing 
  • Modify labs and other classes with high-touch activities
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing for high-touch supplies
  • No combination classes at elementary level
  • Enforce health hygiene protocols (hand washing; mask wearing etc.) for student experience programs (internships, A+, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students and staff be required to wear masks?

Currently, per executive order, Jackson County has required all individuals five years old and older to wear masks in indoor and outdoor spaces. Current guidance allows exceptions for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, children younger than five and persons with a specific medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.

Will LSR7 be providing masks for students and staff?

The district will provide all students and staff two cloth masks each. We also encourage families to provide masks that properly fit their child. The district will provide guidance for parents and guardians on the effective care and laundering of cloth face coverings. The district encourages students to bring and wear personal reusable masks but will ensure masks are available for all students. Personal masks are considered a school supply item and an article of clothing for each student.

Public health officials do NOT recommend that children use face shields as a substitute for a mask.  The district will provide staff additional face shields, gloves, gowns and safety glasses as needed.

Can a family opt out of their child’s mask-wearing?

No. Currently, Jackson County requires mask wearing for any individual five years old or older. Current guidance allows exceptions for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, children younger than five and persons with a specific medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. If families are not able to comply with mask-wearing requirements, we will initiate conversations about transferring to the R-7 Online Academy.

How does LSR7 communicate positive COVID-19 cases in our school community?

When a positive COVID-19 case prompts the district to conduct contact tracing for risks of exposure, we notify any students or staff who have been determined to be a close contact directly with specific instructions regarding quarantine and care. We also send general awareness notifications to a school’s students and staff or athletic/activities participants when a case impacts an in-person school environment or program.

How should families and staff members conduct at-home symptom checks?

We all have a role to play in mitigating risk to our school community. All students and staff who are spending time in our school environments should conduct at-home screening protocols before reporting to to school, activities or work. Students and staff members should stay home from work or school when they are exhibiting at least two moderate risk symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms or one high-risk symptom. Click below to learn more.

Click here to review our at-home screening protocols.

When can students return to school if they experience COVID-19 symptoms or are confirmed as COVID-19 positive?

When the district learns that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, district leaders conduct contact tracing to determine which individuals, if any, have been in close contact with the positive case. Guidance from the Jackson County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define close contacts as people who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before that infected person started showing symptoms. This chart explains how long students and staff will stay home from work or school after testing positive for COVID-19, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or being determined as a close contact of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case. 

Click here to review our Return to School flowchart.

How are you guaranteeing social distancing in the in-person school day?

Due to the organization of some of our classrooms and the size of some of our schools, we cannot guarantee that social distancing occurs in every situation throughout the school day if we are implementing our traditional in-person model. We are committed to socially distancing our classrooms to the greatest extent possible. Initiating a hybrid model reduces the number of students attending school each day, and it would make social distancing much more feasible.

Students and staff will be required to wear masks per the JCHD mask order.  When the JCHD mask order is lifted, students and staff will also be required to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible in hallways, collaborative activities, classroom labs and buses, and the district will implement other practices to alleviate gatherings, including altering lunch and recess schedules, eliminating congregating before class and modifying arrival and pick-up practices.

What changes will be made to the typical school day to address COVID-19?

The district is planning on implementing a robust set of new and refined health and safety protocols to limit the risk of exposure for students and staff to the greatest extent possible. These protocols include but are not limited to:

  • Expanded deep cleaning and sanitization practices
  • Social distancing measures and mask-wearing per public health guidance
  • At-home self screening measures for staff and students
  • Providing personal protective equipment as necessary for students and staff
  • Limiting visitors to our school buildings
  • Following public health procedures and directives regarding COVID-19 cases
  • Modifying arrival/dismissal procedures, recess and lunch times
  • Modifying the way we deliver instruction for music and other specials classes.
  • Adjusting student and staff movement to promote social distancing

We’ll continue to provide detailed information about our health and safety plans at lsr7.org/reopening.

What will classrooms look like?

Classrooms will look very similar; however, seating arrangements will be spaced apart as much as possible and comfortable classroom items (couches, pillows, etc.) will be removed. Teachers will eliminate choice seating within the classroom and use a seating chart as necessary.  Teachers may also go outdoors for instruction during limited parts of the day as possible.

What about classes that require collaboration or close contact?

Some labs and activities may be adjusted if high-touch items cannot be adequately cleaned. Additional cleaning and sanitizing will occur after common items are used. Masks will be worn for collaborative labs and/or activities.

Will the district temperature screen every student and staff member each day?

No. Public health experts have shared with us that routine temperature screenings, particularly in our high schools, can promote congestion and bottle-necking in buildings that pose risk to our school family. Children under the age of 18 are also more likely to be asymptomatic. The district will use thermometers as a tool to swiftly identify students who are displaying other potential signs of COVID-19, and nurses will screen both students and staff prior to entering health rooms. Families and staff members will be asked to perform at-home symptom checks prior to arriving to school or work each day.

Will siblings be asked to quarantine as well if a child is positive?

The Health Department will determine this on a case-by-case basis. Siblings would likely be required to quarantine if their sibling tested positive and they are unable to remain isolated from the infected individual.

What is a close contact?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a ‘close contact’ as any individual who is within six feet of a person infected with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, starting from two days before symptoms begin to show or a positive test is taken until the time the infected person is isolated.