Paducah Public Schools Reopening & COVID-19 Guidance 2021-22

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PADUCAH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

COVID-19 EXPOSURE TRACKING 2021-22

Note: Quarantines that are shown below are for school-related cases only.

Data will be updated on Thursday at 4:00 PM of each week.

As of 12.02.21

Total Population

% of Population

New Employees Quarantined

1

476

0.21%

New Students Quarantined

14

3067

0.46%

New Employees Positive

2

476

0.42%

New Students Positive

6

3067

0.20

News

District Offers Student COVID-19 "Test to Stay" Program

September 14, 2021

Paducah Public Schools Families,

I want to thank you, along with our students, faculty and staff, for all that you have done to help this school year begin successfully.

As I said in our school reopening plan, we believe that in-person learning is best for our students. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal continues to be to provide an opportunity for our students to be in school five days a week while keeping the health, safety, and well being of our school community a top priority. With that goal in mind, we plan to offer a Test to Stay program at our schools beginning Wednesday, September 15.

We are partnering with Wild Health to test students who have been exposed to COVID-19 so that they may return to school earlier than the 10-day quarantine period.  This program, which follows the guidance of the Purchase Area Health Department, will allow a student to attend school even if they have been exposed to COVID-19 at school if they meet the following criteria:

  • The student’s parent signs a testing consent and brings the student to school each morning to the designated testing area.

  • Show no symptoms

  • Wear a mask indoors at school

  • Have been exposed to COVID-19 at school only

  • Quarantine when not at school

  • Tests negative daily during the Test to Stay program

  • Students testing negative may ride the bus home in the afternoon.

Participation in the program is voluntary. Parents may select not to have their child tested.  In that situation, your child will be required to quarantine at home and instruction will  be provided for the student during the quarantine period.

Participation in the Test to Stay program is not required for students who are vaccinated or who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.  

It is important to note that this testing only permits a student to be at school for the academic part of the day and does not permit a contact to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities until the quarantine period has ended.  

If your child is exposed at school, you will be contacted by school personnel to explain the Test to Stay program and discuss the location and time your child needs to arrive at school. All testing is done at school and is free. Please see the attachments for the Test to Stay Protocol, the COVID testing consent form, and testing procedures for each school.

For Each and Every Child,

Dr. Donald Shively, Superintendent, Paducah Public Schools 

Attachments:

Parent Guidance for "Test to Stay" Protocol

COVID Testing Consent Form

> Testing procedures and instructions by school building

District Offers Staff COVID-19 "Test to Stay" Program

September 20, 2021

Paducah Public Schools Staff,

I want to thank you for all that you have done to help this school year begin successfully.

As I said in our school reopening plan, we believe that in-person learning is best for our students. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal continues to be to provide an opportunity for our students to be in school five days a week while keeping the health, safety, and wellbeing of our school community a top priority. With that goal in mind, we began a Test to Stay program for students on  September 15. With that established, we now want to extend the Test to Stay program to our unvaccinated staff with a start date of Tuesday, September 21.

The Test to Stay program, which follows the guidance of the Purchase Area Health Department, will allow our unvaccinated staff to work even if they have been exposed to COVID-10 at school if they meet the following criteria:

·         They sign a testing consent and arrive each morning to be tested

·         Show no symptoms

·         Wear a mask indoors at school

·         Have been exposed to COVID-19 at school only

·         Quarantine when not at school

·         Test negative daily during the Test to Stay program

 

Participation in the program is expected for employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 at school.  Employees participating in the Test to Stay program should report to the school nurse in their building before signing in. If their COVID test is negative, they are cleared to work. If the test is positive, they should report the result and return home.

For employees at the Bus Garage and Annex, a trained staff person will be available to administer a COVID-19 rapid test.

Participation in the Test to Stay program is not required for employees who are vaccinated or who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days. 

All testing is done at school and is free. Please see the attachments for the Test to Stay Protocol and COVID-19 testing consent form.

For Each and Every Child,

Dr. Donald Shively, Superintendent, Paducah Public Schools

Attachments:

PPS Staff Test to Stay Procedure

Wildhealth Test Consent Form

Paducah Schools to Continue Universal Masking

September 14, 2021

Paducah Public School Families, 

Paducah Public Schools are committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families.  

Our district began the year with Level 3 COVID-19 mitigation strategies due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics continue to recommend masking for all students. Therefore, the Level 3 mitigation strategies will remain in place.  

All students (ages preschool through grade 12), staff and visitors are required to wear a mask or face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at school, on the bus, and on district property when indoors.  This is not only for the health and safety for the welfare of our students and staff; it is also an operational decision that will allow us to continue to offer in-person instruction. 

Going forward, we will continue to communicate with the Purchase Area Health Department and local health experts on the best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. We will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics for updates.

We appreciate the support and cooperation that our students and parents have shown since school started. We pledge our best efforts to protect our students and staff while providing five days per week of in-person instruction. 

For Each and Every child,

Dr. Donald Shively, Superintendent, Paducah Public Schools

Quarantine Guidelines

When a student has been directly exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, the student is required to quarantine.  The only exceptions are when the exposed student is either fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks following receipt of the 2nd dose) or has tested positive in the last 90 days.  Verification is required to qualify for those exceptions. 

Paducah Public Schools quarantines students for 10 full days following the last day of exposure to a positive person.  As long as the student does not have any symptoms for the length of the quarantine, they can be released to return to school on Day 11 following exposure. 

There is a 7-day quarantine option which requires that the exposed person be tested on Day 5 or later.  If the exposed person experiences no symptoms and produces a negative test dated at least 5 days or later than Day 0 (last date of exposure), the student can be released.  Results of the negative test must be submitted to haso@paducah.kyschools.us and confirmed prior to returning to school.  Over-the-counter tests are not accepted. 

(Publish date: 08.31.21)

Paducah Independent School District Safe Return to In-Person Learning

To see the Paducah Independent School District Safe Return to In-Person Learning document, click here.

Kentucky Board of Education Face Coverings Definition Documents

On Thursday, August 12, 2021 the Kentucky Board of Education issued 702 KAR 1:195E, Face Coverings in School Facilities. This emergency regulation, which was issued in light of the rapidly changing circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, outlines provisions for the use of face coverings in all school facilities across the Commonwealth. The part of the regulation that defines face coverings can be found below.

KBE Face Coverings Definition

Paducah Public Schools to Begin School Year with Level 3 COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy

Paducah Public Schools will begin the school year with a Level 3 COVID-19 mitigation strategy due to a surge of COVID cases due to the Delta variant. The Level 3 strategy follows Governor Beshear’s Executive Order on August 10 requiring that all Kentucky public school students, staff, and visitors wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

A Level 3 mitigation strategy will require that all students (ages preschool through grade 12), staff and visitors wear a mask or face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at school, on the bus, and on district property when indoors. This includes all back-to-school and extracurricular events.

In addition to masking, the district will use the effective mitigation strategies outlined for all three phases of our school reopening plan. Proper mask use, combined with social distancing measures will also aid the district in preventing the quarantining of our students, staff, and visitors.  The district’s complete plan can be seen here.  The Team Kentucky Guidance for K-12 School Operations for In-Person Learning can be found here.

“The common ground that we all can agree upon is that it is essential to have children present at school five days a week,” said Superintendent Dr. Donald Shively. “Having our students at school gives them the best opportunity to learn and grow socially and emotionally. The school day structure gives their families the time and space needed to do their work. District leadership is focused on ensuring we take the necessary steps to accomplish the goal of having our students at school and at school activities.”

Dr. Shively stressed that vaccinations continue to be the most effective strategy to keep students in school, since students and staff who are vaccinated do not have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19.

 “While we are all frustrated and disappointed with the current predicament with the pandemic, the best way out of this is for more people to get vaccinated,” Shively said. “This will help us keep our students in school.”

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