The health department has taken over all contact tracing. Our number of active cases at the end of the 21-22 school year was zero and remained less than 5 for March through May. The health department continues providing testing and vaccinations while both are widely available in the community. With the number of cases so low and the increase in at-home testing, cases we and the health department are not aware of are probably higher than reported. We have maintained a close working relationship with them as we monitor case counts and make decisions around our response to the changing landscape for the current school year, 22-23. The department has kept us abreast of evolving guidelines and worked with us to determine how best to implement those guidelines as they change.
3. Provide the extent to which the LEA has updated adopted policies and a description of any such policies on each of the following health and safety strategies.
| Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies|
|Our SWDs are receiving all services in their respective schools. All schools are open for the 22-23 school year. Teachers and administrators will work closely with the parents of students who become sick or quarantined to ensure services are not interrupted, or that interuptions are minimized.|
|Physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)|
|Currently, we continue to encourage reasonable physical distancing.|
|Hand washing and respiratory etiquette|
|Frequent handwashing and coughing into the elbow remain protocols that are uniformly enforced throughout the district.|
|Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities including improving ventilation|
|Local and ESSER funding continues to be used to ensure custodial and other staff have all of the supplies needed to ensure classrooms, common areas, and all high frequency areas are disinfected regularly. We currently have three projects underway or planned focused on improving ventilation by replacing/upgrading HVAC systems.|
|Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine|
|Contact tracing is currently being done by the Health Department. Quarantine periods remain per CDC and Tennessee Dept. of Health guidelines.|
|Diagnostic and screening testing|
|The district applied for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant and was approved for $1,725,898.79. The majority of this funding was earmarked towards COVID-19 testing for employees and students (with parent permission) during School Year 21-22. For School Year 22-23, we continue to offer staff and student testing in all schools using funding from the ELC Grant.|
|Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible|
|The district continues to work closely with a local pharmacy, Crescent Center Drugs, to provide vaccinations and boosters for all faculty and staff. They have scheduled specific days for our employees and catered to the needs of the district. This partnership has been very beneficial for us.|
|Universal and correct wearing of masks|
|Current policy is that masks are optional. Employees who are fully vaccinated and exposed to the virus are allowed to continue to work but are encouraged to wear a mask. Employees and students returning from an illness are encouraged to wear masks for 10 days.|
4. Provide a current description as to how the LEA is ensuring continuity of services including but not limited to services that address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff’s social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services.
|The district is currently operating as normal with no virtual students. Services are being provided in schools per IEPs, ILPs, and 504 plans. We have used a large amount of ESSER funding to create additional positions to address learning loss and the social/emotional/mental health needs of students. Positions added include interventionists, reading coaches, regular education teachers, school counselors, a behavior specialist, ESL teachers, and two additional social workers. We have also added four additional Nurse positions to ensure the health needs of all students are being met.|