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