2021-2022 Reopening Plan
USD 217 Rolla Reopening Plan
Approved July 12, 2021.
Rolla Schools, USD 217 Vision Rolla Pirates Quest
Relationships that encourage Opportunities for Learning and Lasting Achievements
● Every student will create relationships with caring adults at Rolla USD 217 that foster their desire and ability to succeed as they enter the working world.
● Every student will receive individualized learning opportunities.
● Every student graduating from Rolla Schools will have a personal plan for their immediate future
and relationships with Rolla staff to extend into that future.
● Every student will increase their capacity to interact with others in a positive and fruitful manner.
● Every student and their family will have opportunities to participate in school events and build
Grateful We seek opportunities to express thanks to our community
Humble We acknowledge our limitations and learn from those around us Collaborative We work in concert with each other to find constructive solutions
We Believe In:
Ownership We believe we are essential to the success of our school Optimism We believe that positivity fosters a joyful atmosphere
We Act With:
Welcome We actively greet each other
Positivity We speak more about strengths and options than weaknesses and obstacles
Policies Related to Covid for 2021-22
Students and staff are encouraged to wear masks, but it will not be required, unless ordered to do so by a governing body who has official jurisdiction over the district.
Teachers, staff, and students are encouraged to remain socially distanced as much as possible. Teachers are encouraged to take classes outside as weather and class objectives allow.
Students and staff are encouraged to wash their hands often, with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and before meals. They are also encouraged to use the hand sanitizer stations that will be provided throughout the buildings. We ask that students and staff are diligent in covering their nose and mouths when coughing or sneezing.
Cleaning and Sanitation
Classrooms will be cleaned daily. Sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer will be available for all classrooms. Classrooms will be disinfected on a regular basis. Air purifiers have been provided for classrooms.
Quarantines and Contact Tracing
Students will be quarantined only on the orders of the Kansas Department of Health & Environment; the Morton County Health Department, the Health Department of the student’s county of residence if different from Morton County; or a licensed doctor or health professional.
If necessary, USD 217 will cooperate with health officials in conducting contact tracing as much as possible. This may include reviewing video surveillance, questioning of students and staff, and reviewing seating charts and other documentation.
Diagnostic and Screening
USD 217 staff will not be conducting screenings or COVID tests. If students are showing symptoms, staff will evaluate their symptoms, including temperature, and send them home if necessary. Staff may recommend testing, but will not conduct it.
Vaccinations are available through the Morton County Health Department. USD 217 encourages staff and students to get vaccinated, but there will be no requirement to do so. Contact the Morton County Health Department or other health care provider to find out about requirements and availability of vaccines, and to schedule an appointment.
People with Disabilities
Students and staff with disabilities will be accommodated as necessary and appropriate, without jeopardizing the safety and security of students and staff.
Coordination with State and Local Officials
USD 217 will cooperate with state and local agencies and government entities. Policies are subject to change based upon changing conditions and from orders and recommendations from appropriate agencies.
Continuity of Services Remote Learning
The year of Covid has demonstrated that in most cases, remote learning is no substitute for in-person learning. USD 217 will utilize remote learning only in cases where the Morton County Health Department or other licensed medical doctor declares a student must be absent from school for a week or more. That student will be allowed to learn remotely for up to 40 hours without approval by the Board of Education (as prescribed by Kansas law). Remote learning will NOT be utilized as a long-term practice.
In cases where students miss school due to Covid, standard attendance policies will apply, unless circumstances call for deviation as determined by the principal. USD 217 encourages all students and staff who qualify, to become vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
Mental and Emotional Health Services
USD 217 understands that mental and emotional health is important for students and staff, in order to be able to perform at their best. With that in mind, the district is providing mental health services for staff through New Directions. Their services can be accessed at www.ndbh.com or by calling 1-800-624-5544.
Students ages 14 and up can access mental health services through WellConnect. Their services can be accessed by going to WellConnectTeens.com or by calling 1-877-876-5618.
Food service will not be available for students who are quarantined or are absent from school for other reasons.