Ludlow Independent Schools
Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year: Updated Sept, 2021
Masks & Mitigation Strategies
The American Academy of Pediatrics, along with our Kentucky Department of Education, strongly advocate the importance of in-person learning. Given the multiple layers of protection through the safety strategies we'll have in place, we will only be offering in-person learning at this time.
We will use the guidance for schools, as well as our local data, to continue to monitor and evaluate our plan to make the best decision for our students. Adjustments will be made based on these recommendations and current data. After our Fall Break in October, we will utilize a matrix specific to our zip code that will allow the possibility of no universal masking if positivity rates decline. As the school year continues, and new data is available, Superintendent Borchers will adjust the district plan as needed.
We continue to encourage all eligible students and staff members to get fully vaccinated. This helps mitigate the spread of COVID, as well as limits the number of quarantines needed.
Maintaining a Healthy School Environment
- We will continue to monitor guidelines throughout the school year and base decisions on those recommendations as well as the COVID data/rates in our community.
- Per federal guidelines, all students/staff riding public transportation (a school bus) must wear a mask for the duration of the ride. Please make a note of this for athletes traveling to an away game, or students on a field trip.
- Hand sanitizing stations are in all rooms and throughout hallways. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer as they enter and exit a room. Proper hand-washing technique will be reminded and encouraged.
- Desks or tables will be used in classrooms, spread out as much as possible. Social distancing will be encouraged as much as possible.
- Classroom desks will be cleaned thoroughly at least once daily.
- Common areas such as restrooms, stairwell rails, and door handles will be cleaned often throughout the day.
- We encourage students to use the water fountains that allow for filling water bottles. Students may bring a water bottle to school with them to use during class. Drinking directly from a fountain will be prohibited.
- An Isolation Room will be set up for students not feeling well so that they may be secluded and not sit in the main office area. Parents will be contacted for pickup.
- We will continue to follow the process for quarantining students or staff members if they are exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID. Students and staff members who are fully vaccinated will NOT have to quarantine, per CDC guidelines.
Test to Stay Program
- Show no symptoms
- Wear a mask indoors when at school
- Have been exposed to COVID-19 at school only
- Quarantine when not at school
- Test negative daily during the Test to Stay Program
The chart below displays the testing protocol that will need to be completed by a student participating in the Test to Stay Program.
How Can Families Assist with the Year?
- We certainly encourage anyone age 12 or older to be vaccinated if at all possible. If you are in need of assistance with getting vaccinated, please contact our school nurse, Ashley Baumgardner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-431-7242. If a student is fully vaccinated, they do not have to quarantine if exposed, unless they present with symptoms.
- Help reinforce the importance of the safety reminders. Ask your child to use hand sanitizer and proper hand-washing techniques regularly. Practice social distancing as much as possible. We can all remind students of our positive behavior motto:
Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible.
- Communicate with us if your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID.
- Keep your child at home if they aren't feeling well. If their temperature is over 100.4 degrees, they should stay home. Please do not administer medication to break the fever, then send them immediately to school. When calling your child in sick, letting our office staff know his/her symptoms is helpful as we gather data on illnesses.
- Don't hesitate to contact someone in the school office or your child's teacher if you are concerned or need assistance with their emotional, social, or academic progress.
With all mitigation strategies in place, it our our hope that students can remain on campus for in-person learning throughout the full school year.