Among the many many adjustments DPS applied had been elementary construction and strategies used to show in distant settings; returning to full-time in-person schooling after months of distance studying; and providing on-line, in-person and full day Regional After College Program to college students.
Following suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and native well being officers with the Southwestern District Well being Unit, DPS offered a second half of the varsity 12 months with restricted coronavirus unfold to college students and workers.
Because the upcoming 2021-2022 faculty 12 months approaches, the DPS faculty board has launched a draft of their Continuity Plan.
This plan outlines insurance policies and protocols, required by the CDC and the native well being officers, for the district to soundly resume in-person instruction — a plan that has been debated and anticipated by members of DPS workers and space households.
In response to the draft, a requirement to evaluate and replace the plan each six months has been agreed upon with a view to regulate to the speedy adjustments within the surroundings because it pertains to the coronavirus pandemic.
The aim of the plan is to mitigate dangers and decrease the unfold of COVID-19, and can start with the varsity beginning the varsity 12 months at a “Degree 1.”
At stage 1, DPS outlined that facial coverings could also be worn however won’t be required of scholars, school or workers. They’ll, nonetheless, proceed to ask college students and workers that really feel in poor health to stay dwelling.
Cleaning and disinfecting underneath the brand new plan will proceed to be carried out day by day, utilizing non-irritating disinfectants when potential. Hand Hygiene, contact tracing and diagnostic screening shall be carried out as wanted.
In response to the draft, vaccinations and COVID screenings shall be supplied, freed from cost, by the well being division for anybody .
Underneath the brand new draft, DPS college students may have the chance to obtain free meals in accordance with the identical insurance policies as final faculty 12 months and busing shall be obtainable for eligible in-town and rural college students.
In a press release by DPS, the district plans to make sure that the tutorial wants of all college students, together with these on IEP’s, and particular schooling be met whatever the district tutorial supply mannequin. The web academy shall be an obtainable useful resource for people who choose to homeschool, as this system is dedicated to offering a superb viable useful resource for all the homeschooling neighborhood.
Regarding temperature checks, the draft states that the choice on implementation shall be left within the palms of the person faculty’s management — no data has been launched regarding which colleges, if any, would require them.
Particular person faculty management are inspired to make selections with reference to protocols aimed on the well being, security and desires of their faculty.
Assistant Superintendent of Dickinson Public Colleges, Keith Harris mentioned he was proud of the draft.
“I be ok with the Continuity Plan and encourage the neighborhood to offer enter and route for this plan,” he mentioned. “I additionally ask that if (mother and father) have considerations, (that they) carry these to our consideration.”
Harris additionally mentioned that there was positively a “silver lining to the final 12 months.”
“We as a district turned stronger,” he mentioned. “We had been capable of discover newer, extra versatile methods to offer an exquisite schooling to the scholars in our neighborhood.”
Harris added that he and his workers are very excited in regards to the upcoming faculty 12 months, and would really like the neighborhood to “take pleasure in the place we’re with the low COVID numbers.”