In Liberty Public Schools, the health and safety of our students and staff while at school is our top priority. Our LPS School Reentry Task Force has been hard at work since the spring developing a comprehensive plan that addresses the many challenges the COVID-19 pandemic creates.
We have worked in lockstep with the Clay County Public Health Center throughout this situation, and will continue to receive regular updates from not only CCPHC but also local, regional, state, and federal health officials.
Please know that this continues to be an extremely fluid situation with details within our plan likely to evolve in the coming weeks and months. We are committed to communicating changes when they become available.
Thank you for your support and continued partnership as we keep our students and staff safe!
Potential Symptoms of COVID-19
We cannot stress enough the importance of students and staff staying home from school if showing COVID-19 symptoms or being sick. Potential symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever of 100 degrees or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
- Have you come into close contact (within 6 feet) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last two weeks?
- Any symptomatic student will be required to stay at home and arrange to be tested for COVID-19.
- Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or indicates they have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last two weeks will need to contact Clay County Public Health Center and follow their guidance for isolation and quarantine.
- Any student required to isolate or quarantine per CCPHC can only report back to school once they are asymptomatic and after they provide medical documentation to their school administrator (who will share this with the school nurse) that stipulates that they are cleared to return to school.
- A document has also been drafted that provides COVID-19 Exposure Guidelines, and can be accessed by clicking here.
DistancingAll students, staff, visitors and vendors will strive to adhere to social distancing guidance, maintaining a 6-foot buffer between other individuals at all times when on District property or participating in District sponsored activities.Personal HygieneStudents and staff will be strongly encouraged to regularly wash their hands throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hands should always be washed before eating, before touching one's face, and after using the restroom. In addition, hand sanitizers will be readily available and available for use throughout the day.Masks/PPEPer Clay County Public Health Center Amended Order dated July 14, 2020, staff, students, visitors, and vendors are required to wear a proper cloth face covering when in a District facility or using District transportation. As an exception, the covering may be removed when the individual is in a setting in which social distancing can clearly be maintained for an extended period of time. For a full list of exemptions, visit clayhealth.com/masks.High Risk PopulationsAll families and staff are encouraged to review the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pertaining to high risk populations. Any individual who may be considered to be at higher risk should consult with their physician to determine whether it is safe for them to participate in face-to-face instruction, or whether they are better suited to participate virtually.Daily Screening and ReportingDistrict StaffStaff members will be required to complete a self-assessment prior to the start of each work day and be symptom-free of COVID-19.StudentsFamilies will be required to complete an assessment of their student prior to the start of each day and be symptom-free of COVID-19.Visitors and VendorsCurrently, visitors and vendors are discouraged from visiting our buildings. This is based off of current guidance by local health officials and will be re-evaluated on a regular basis.Cleaning and SanitizationBefore each day, our custodial staff will provide a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of all occupied spaces consistent with CDC guidance and LPS custodial protocols. Throughout the day, custodial staff will clean and sanitize higher use areas at regular intervals. Buses will be sanitized and disinfected between routes.School Supplies
We will reduce sharing of school supplies. Each student should have their own school supplies for their own personal use.Large Gatherings
Assemblies, field trips or special performances will not be taking place during this time. Our schools will provide updated plans that include distancing for events like registration, back-to-school nights and orientations.