RETURN TO SCHOOL PROTOCOLS
Hello Kirtland Staff and Families,
I hope that you are all having a wonderful summer! We are working hard to be prepared for the start of school which includes new guidelines for our students and staff. The Kirtland Local Schools will return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year and will have more of a “normal” look and feel. While less restrictive guidelines will be in place, we will remain vigilant monitoring the COVID-19 cases and adjust the protocols we have in place to provide the best educational opportunities while keeping students and staff safe.
We believe strongly that our students learn best while being instructed in person by their teachers. We believe that the social skills, friendships and the soft skills learned during in person learning are also extremely important to the social-emotional well-being and long term success of our students. So, we will only be offering in person instruction from our Kirtland teachers this school year.
The bell schedules will go back to the same starting and ending times as the 2019-2020 school year:
- KES: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- KMS and KHS: M/T/Wed/Fri-7:30 a.m.-2:37 p.m. and Thursday - Delayed start - 8:57 a.m.-2:37 p.m.
Our school district has been working closely with the Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) on our protocols for the upcoming school year which can be found below. Please know that these are subject to change based on the guidance of health officials.
- Parents will be expected to do the following prior to a student leaving the home to go to practice/school daily:
- Conduct a student wellness check. Any student who has a fever of 100.4o F or higher or any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 must stay home.
- Any student that has symptoms of COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) must stay home from school and should see their primary care provider and/or be assessed for COVID-19.
- If any student/staff have been in close contact (as defined by the CDC) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student/staff must stay home for 10 days from their last exposure and closely monitor for symptoms through day 14 (unless the student or staff are vaccinated or tested positive less than three months prior to the close contact)
- If a child tests positive for COVID-19 or becomes a close contact and is unvaccinated, please call the school and complete the following form: https://forms.gle/kC8SiqcUpN89mPSu9. The link to this form is also is posted on the district website.
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. This follows the 10 day quarantine after testing positive. Here is the link to the information: When to Quarantine
- Students will have access to hand sanitizer in the classrooms, the weight room and hand washing will be encouraged.
- Masks will be optional for students and staff. While they are recommended for staff and students ages 12 and above that are not vaccinated, this will be a personal/family decision at this time if he or she will wear a mask.
- Under current federal orders, students and staff are required to wear masks on school buses, whether vaccinated or not, until September 13, 2021, at which time the order may end or possibly extended.
- The current recommendations, laws and guidelines seem to be changing almost daily. We will continue to evaluate masking guidance and other protocols throughout the school year and will adapt them as necessary based on the guidance from our health officials.
More detailed plans and expectations for each building will be coming out from the principals.