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EXCERPTS of USD #384 Special Board of Education Meeting
A Special Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on January 19, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. in the Middle school gymnasium. Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, Jason Hartman, and Melissa Geisler. Administration present was John Cox, Superintendent and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.
CALL TO ORDER: President, Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
APPROVE THE AGENDA: The Board approved the agenda as presented.
Stephen Corkill entered the meeting at 5:40 p.m.
COVID RELATED ITEMS: The board discussed updating the district covid protocol to follow the latest Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines. The district’s number of positive cases are increasing in both staff and students. Staffing is becoming a problem as there are not enough substitute teachers available to work. After much discussion, the board approved to adopt the guidelines set forth in the Outline of Updated Isolation/Quarantine/Testing to Know Procedures dated January 19, 2022. Masks are highly recommended not required at this time.
The following letter will be sent out to parents outlining the updated covid procedures:
Dear parents and guardians,
As you are aware, the current surge in the omicron variant is creating immense pressure on our schools and staff members as we work to keep classrooms staffed and in-person learning possible.
To help alleviate some of the pressure on our schools, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), along with the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), support schools implementing a 30-day temporary suspension on all contact tracing activities.
What does this mean for you as parents and guardians? Beginning Thursday, Jan. 20, our district will no longer notify families of a close contact. Instead, we will send notification via Thrillshare that there may have been contact, through classroom or extracurricular settings, with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If you believe your child has been exposed to a positive case either at school or elsewhere, consider keeping your child home for five days after the exposure. After that, your child may resume normal activities but should wear a well-fitting mask around others indoors and outdoors for an additional five days. Have your child tested five days after the exposure or immediately if they become symptomatic. Continue to monitor your child for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after the exposure.
If your child is symptomatic, have him or her tested with a diagnostic test if available. Do not send your child to school if they are sick or if they test positive. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 should stay home for at least five days and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before leaving home. After that, your child may resume normal activities but should wear a well-fitting mask around others indoors and outdoors for an additional five days. Please notify your school if your child tests positive.
If you have any questions regarding this change to school contact tracing protocols, please contact Nurse Emily Cassel or Superintendent John Cox at 785-293-5256. To learn more about this guidance change, visithttps://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/283/Education-K-12.
Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this challenging time for our schools and communities. We will continue to keep you informed as guidance changes are announced.
John Cox, Superintendent
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m.