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Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (SRCSP)

UPDATE: 8/17/21

COVID-19 Protocols for Staff, Affiliated Staff (Kelly Services, LINC, etc.), Students, and Visitors - Mask Usage, Social Distancing and Other COVID-19 Mitigation Protocols

This update to masking, social distancing, and other COVID-19 protocols applies to students, visitors, KCPS staff, and adjacent staff (Kelly Services, LINC, etc.) at KCPS sites during the 2021-22 school year. KCPS requires everyone to wear masks in our buildings, regardless of vaccine status.

Masking has been proven to be an effective way to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Masks need to cover the mouth and nose at all times. In this document, the term “mask” is used to include both a cloth face covering and medical grade mask. Masks with exhalation valves are prohibited. Gaiters are not recommended. 

  • All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks in our schools
  • Masks will cover both the mouth and nose
  • Students may wear their own masks or one will be provided by the district
  • Wearing a face shield in addition to a mask can be considered but a face shield alone is not a substitute for a mask
  • Masks will be worn at all times, except during active eating and drinking or outside recess. 
  • In Pre-K, children older than 2 years can safely wear masks.  Masks will be required, but “mask breaks” may need to be considered.  Masks breaks can include time outside or where a child is physically distanced from others
  • Masks should never be worn while sleeping.  During naptime, children should be physically distanced.  Consider arranging children head to toe and putting up temporary barriers (e.g. mats) where children can be safely monitored but distanced
  • Exceptions may be considered for young children (e.g. preschool) where masking may be difficult due to inappropriate mask hygiene (e.g. frequently touching mask and/or pulling the mask down so it does not cover the mouth and nose), or in children with difficulty with speech or language, or other educational needs
  • Other exceptions may include students with special healthcare needs upon recommendation from their primary care provider
  • Cloth face coverings should be washed daily and when soiled
  • Additional masks will be available for students if mask is forgotten or becomes soiled and/or wet
  • Students will be reminded regularly as to proper mask wearing, including hand hygiene before putting mask on and taking it off, avoidance of touching mask, and ensuring mask covers the mouth and nose
  • Masks should be properly labeled to ensure the masks are not shared between students

Every effort will be made to physically distance and cohort or pod children. This means that the children will learn together, eat together, and play together, allowing for the rapid identification of those who may have been exposed should a positive COVID-19 case occur in the cohort or pod. 

  • Ideally, desks will be placed three feet apart
  • If using tables, students podded at the table are to be podded in all other school areas where six feet of social distance is not possible
  • In Pre-K classrooms, limit the number of students in centers.  Create individual tubs for materials that are typically shared.  Space centers to allow for social distancing 
  • Outdoor classroom space for learning, eating, and playing should be used as much as possible, weather permitting
  • Large spaces, such as auditoriums and gymnasiums, should be used as classrooms, when able, to optimize space and physical distancing
  • When physical distancing cannot be maintained, children should be kept in cohorts or pods.
  • Teachers should rotate between classrooms instead of having children move from class to class, when feasible
  • Student desks should all face the same direction, when possible
  • Classes are required to have assigned seating to assist with contact tracing
  • All desks will be wiped down between classes
  • Minimize the mixing of students between classes and grades (e.g., bathrooms)


KCPS requires all eligible staff to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 and provide proof of full vaccination to their supervisor on or before September 30, 2021. A person is “fully vaccinated” 2 weeks after their last dose of COVID-19 vaccine. If proof of full vaccination is not on file with KCPS on or before September 30, 2021, you are required to continue participation in the weekly COVID-19 testing protocol

COVID-19 vaccines are highly recommended for KCPS families, affiliated staff and visitors and can be scheduled through the local health department.

KCPS’s COVID-19 Dashboard and COVID-19 Guides for Staff and Families are located on its website at KCPS will continue to keep the health and safety of its students and staff as its top priority. We will continue to monitor CDC, local health department, and trusted healthcare partner guidance and update KCPS COVID-19 safety protocols/procedures as new guidance becomes available.

KCPS wishes everyone a healthy, safe school year!

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