Health and Safety Plan

SESD Health and Safety Plan - Board Approved on 9/16/21

How will the LEA, to the greatest extent practicable, support prevention and mitigation policies in line with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC for the reopening and operation of school facilities in order to continuously and safely open and operate schools for in-person learning?

The South Eastern School District offered face-to-face instruction for our students and families successfully throughout the 2020-21 school year. We will continue to review guidance from the CDC and PA-DOH and work collaboratively to ensure we can safely continue to operate throughout the 2021-22 school year.


How will the LEA ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address the students’ academic needs, and students’ and staff members’ social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services?

The South Eastern School District will once again offer a full face-to-face learning platform and virtual options for the 2021-22 school year. These options will focus on meeting the academic, social, emotional, and health related needs of our students and families. All district students have been provided with appropriate technology (iPads or Chromebooks) as well as hotspots for internet connectivity as needed.

The South Eastern School District will continue to provide support for staff mental health and well-being through partnership with our EAP provider. SESD provides support for student mental health and well being through trauma informed practices, social emotional learning and restorative practices. The district has a well- established multi-tiered system of support which addresses core services to all students as well as additional supports for students identified with a need.

We are again contracting with True North Wellness services to provide Student Assistance Program services as well as school based counseling services in all buildings K-12. We also provide supports through our team of school psychologists, school counselors, and school social service coordinators. The district has its own food and clothing pantry which we utilize to support families in need. We partner with local churches to provide a weekend backpack food program. Students will again be provided with free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-22 school year.



How will the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policy on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.


ARP ESSER Requirement

Strategies, Policies, and Procedures

Universal and correct wearing of masks; 

 

General Masking Guidelines: 

Due to mitigation strategies, social distancing, and in accordance with the most recent PA Department of Health guidance and CDC guidance, the SESD will not mandate the wearing of masks in the school setting.  The district will temporarily follow the most current masking orders as directed by the PA Department of Health.  However, should masking mandates change partway through the school year, the South Eastern Board of School Directors will meet in either a regular or specially called meeting to discuss the new mandate. This meeting should be called within two business days of the publishing of the order.

Currently, however, the mask mandates have been lifted as of June 28, 2021.  As such, the SESD will not require masks to be worn as of the date of this Health and Safety Plan.  Individuals may choose to wear a mask voluntarily.

Department of Health: Adult Vaccinations on Track; Mask Order to be Lifted by June 28


For individuals choosing to wear a mask, the CDC offers guidance on the correct selection and wearing of masks.  This information has been provided to our staff, students, and families and will be available on our website and through our school nurses.

Improve the Fit and Filtration of Your Mask to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19


Masking Guidelines on District Transportation: 

The SESD will follow the CDC Transportation Order issued on January 29, 2021.  As such, masks will be required on all district transportation and masks will be made available for those students who enter the bus without a mask.  Bus drivers will have extra masks available for students but No disciplinary action will be taken against a student who does not have a mask as described in the U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 1.


Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/ podding); 

To the greatest extent possible, the SESD will encourage social distancing using current PADOH and CDC guidelines and taking into consideration the level of community transmission and vaccination status. 

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette; 

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette are taught and reinforced as follows:

  • In-service and classroom lessons from the school nurse
  • Periodic reminders on school announcements
  • Communications to parents in newsletters and other media
  • Signage near handwashing stations
  • Continued availability of hand sanitizer

Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation; 

In order to maintain healthy facilities, SESD will:

  • Custodial staff with the responsibility of cleaning and disinfecting school sites will be equipped with proper protective equipment, including gloves, eye protection, respiratory protection and other appropriate protective equipment as required by the product instructions. All products will be kept out of children’s reach and stored in a space with restricted access.
  • Maintain a cleaning and disinfecting schedule that avoids both under- and over-use of cleaning products.
  • Encourage the use of outdoor learning spaces
  • Ensure ventilation systems are serviced and meet code requirements
  • Use cleaning products approved for use against COVID-19 on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list “N” and follow product instructions. Allow increased fresh air intake as weather permits 

Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State and local health departments; 

The SESD has developed an internal protocol for contact tracing in the school setting which is managed by the Director of Pupil Services and Director of Human Resources with the assistance of school level administrators and school nurses.
We work in coordination with the PA DOH to safely isolate and/or quarantine those experiencing symptoms of Covid, individuals who test positive.
We will continue to do contact tracing for individuals who test positive. Close contacts will be notified and encouraged to wear a mask while indoors for 14 days or quarantine at home following CDC guidelines. Students will not be required to complete a home quarantine unless directed by the PA DOH and required to do so or they develop symptoms.
Household contacts will be required to quarantine according to CDC and PA DOH guidance if the positive household case cannot be fully isolated from the household contact. 

Diagnostic and screening testing; 

 

Information about diagnostic and screening testing is available on our website and via school nurses in our school buildings.  If/when opportunities arise to host on-site diagnostic and screening testing, we will partner and collaborate with outside agencies to consider and facilitate on-site testing.

Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities; 

 

Information about vaccinations and vaccination sites is available on our district website and via school nurses in our school buildings.  We encourage but do not require staff and students to be vaccinated as they are able.  If/when opportunities arise to host vaccination sites more locally, we will partner and collaborate with our IU and any other agencies to consider and facilitate the process.   

Appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies;

 

All accommodations with respect to health and safety for students with disabilities are made in coordination with students’ IEP or section 504 teams and done on an individual basis. The Director of Special Education and Director of Pupil Services serve as consultants to IEP teams for health and safety related IEP team decisions. 

Coordination with state and local health officials.

 

SESD has and will continue to collaborate with the PA Department of Health in matters related to Covid-19.  We have developed a  solid working relationship with the community health nurses, community health nurse supervisor, and epidemiologist throughout the course of the pandemic.  The point of contact to the DOH for staff related Covid matters is the Director of Human Resources.  The point of contact for student related Covid matters is the Director of Pupil Services.