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The new three-light system for Adair Co. Schools

Adair County Schools will be utilizing a three light (green, yellow, red) system for this school year, as approved at the August 6, 2020 Adair County School Board Meeting. This system is meant to help quickly and efficiently communicate with stakeholders during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A full copy of the plan is available for download at this link: Adair County Schools-Reopen Plan 2020 (PDF, 1.1MB)

Green Light
Green Light Rationale: If the community has cases but there are zero cases within the school, the school can proceed with classes while following the recommendations in the Green Light tier. School cases, community cases and contract tracing will be closely monitored.

School Buildings:


  • Social distancing (6 feet separation) is adhered to the extent possible.
  • Students in grades 1st and up wear masks when moving throughout building or when social distancing isn't feasible. Special consideration will be given to students and staff with medical or educational circumstances.
  • Staff is required to wear mask or face shield as allowed by KDPH(bus drivers).
  • Temperatures are taken daily for students and staff with 100.4 degree threshold.
  • Students grades 1st and up will wear masks when moving throughout the building or when social distancing isn't feasible. Special consideration will be given to students and staff with medical or educational circumstances, based upon a written notice from a medical doctor.
  • Symptoms will be monitored for all students and staff.
  • Students or staff with symptoms will be isolated. Students that exhibit symptoms will have adult supervision and parents will be contacted.
  • Limit the amount of time students and staff spend in hallways.
  • Commons areas are used in limited circumstances and under supervision for adherence to CDC and district COVID guidelines.
  • Students go directly to their classrooms and avoid large group gatherings.
  • Hand washing practices are intentionally taught and reinforced. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout schools.
  • Appropriate signage will be utilized to promote social distancing, hand washing, general hygiene practices (specifically hand washing) and other COVID precautions.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting efforts are intentional and more frequent. High traffic and high touch areas will be disinfected frequently.
  • After school and extracurricular activities continue with all the listed requirements as well as possible restrictions on number of students and/or spectators. Spectators may also be required to wear masks and the number of spectators may be limited based on the venue's seating capacity.
  • District will assess group gatherings and events and possibly look at alternatives for non-essential gatherings.
  • District monitors cases within schools and within the county closely, collaborates with contact tracing professionals.
  • Technology devices are assigned to an individual student.
  • Volunteers, visitors, guest speakers and other professionals, i.e. mental health counselors, visits will be limited and must be approved by building administrator for a defined purpose and specific duration. Visitors may visit as needed by request of the school. Any visitor must have temperature taken and wear a mask at all times.
  • No outside food to students for birthday parties, celebrations, etc. will be permitted into the building.
  • All non-essential outside vendor visits will be postponed/cancelled.
  • Require all students and staff to stay home if feeling ill.

Buses:
  • Students wear masks if riding a bus.
  • Daily bus manifest will be kept and seats will be assigned.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available on each bus.
  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected after each run.
  • Drivers and bus monitors are to wear masks or face shields as allowed by KDPH.

Yellow Light
Yellow Light Rationale: If the community has a sharp surge in cases that could possibly affect the quarantine of staff or students or if there are cases within the Adair County Schools, the Yellow Light tier will be implemented following guidance from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department. School cases, community cases and contract tracing will be closely monitored.

School Buildings:
  • The district will be in contact with the local health department and follow their recommendations if there is a case confirmed within a school.
  • Completely disinfect the classroom and utilize contract tracing to identify any other people/areas the student was in contact with. Custodial staff shall adhere to safe cleaning practices.
  • Social distancing (6 feet separation) will be adhered as much as possible.
  • Restroom breaks will be held in small groups or individually. No whole group breaks.
  • Classrooms will be "family units" as much as applicable. Consideration of moving teachers instead of whole class groups will be implemented in any applicable cases.
  • School and district will conduct review of any students with increased health risk and the need for them to do virtual learning opportunity.
  • Students grades 1st and up will wear masks when moving throughout the building or when social distancing isn't feasible. Special consideration will be given to students and staff with medical or educational circumstances, based upon a written notice from a medical doctor.
  • Staff is required to wear a mask or face shield as allowed by KDPH.
  • Temperatures are taken daily for students and staff with 100.4 degree threshold.
  • Symptoms will be monitored for all students and staff.
  • Students or staff with symptoms will be isolated. Students that exhibit symptoms will have adult supervision and parents will be contacted.
  • Limit the amount of time students and staff spend in hallways.
  • Commons areas will be restricted and any use will be considered essential and closely supervised for adherence to social distancing.
  • Students will go directly to their classrooms and avoid any gathering of students.
  • No sharing of lockers.
  • Hand washing practices are taught and reinforced. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout schools and on buses.
  • Appropriate signage will be utilized to promote social distancing, hand washing, general hygiene practices (hand washing) and other COVID precautions.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting efforts are intentional and more frequent. High traffic and high touch areas will be disinfected frequently.
  • After school and extracurricular activities may continue with restrictions on number of students and spectators. Any allowed spectators will be required to wear masks and the number of spectators will be limited, based on the venue's seating capacity.
  • District will monitor the specific cases within schools. District will collaborate with contact tracing professionals.
  • Technology devices will be assigned to an individual student.
  • Consider staggering arrival times and locations for buses and car riders.
  • Cancel all non-essential visitors.
  • All non-essential outside vendor visits will be cancelled.
  • No outside food to students for birthday parties, celebrations, etc. will be permitted into the building.
  • Designate recess times and areas. Stagger playground times and implement plan for disinfecting playground equipment.
  • Cancel field trips.
  • District will reassess group gatherings and non-essential student or staff events and likely cancel all non-essential gatherings.
  • Require all students and staff to stay home if feeling ill.

Buses:
  • Students will wear masks when riding a bus.
  • Daily bus manifest will be kept and seats will be assigned.
  • Buses will be disinfected and cleaned after each run.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available on each bus.
  • Drivers and bus monitors are to wear masks or face shields as allowed by KDPH

Red Light
Red Light rationale: If the community has a drastic and significant increase in the number of cases that directly impact multiple staff and/or students or if there are multiple cases in multiple schools, the district will follow guidance from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department with the possibility of a prolonged dismissal under the Red Light tier. School cases, community cases and contract tracing will be closely monitored.

Red Light tier could apply to an individual school, more than one school or the entire district.

  • In person classes will be dismissed and virtual learning or Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) will be fully implemented.
  • Virtual instruction or NTI will be implemented for a period of time that may or may not be established at the time of dismissal. The time on virtual or NTI will be utilized to keep larger groups of people from gathering and help slow the spread of the virus.
  • Non-essential meetings and activities will be cancelled. The use of virtual meetings will be reenacted.
  • Student meals will be served and transported using a plan developed by the Adair County Food Service staff.
  • Extracurricular activity postponement or cancellation decisions will be evaluated on a case by case basis.


This story was posted on 2020-08-07 08:27:01
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