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Back to School Information for Parents and Students

Posted Date: 07/14/2021

Back to School Information for Parents and Students

Belle Plaine Dragons
Operational and Safety Plan for 2021-2022

Healthy Learning and Work Environments

  • Masks will be optional for all staff and students effective August 2, 2021
  • All public health measures will be followed (including travel restrictions, quarantine expectations, vaccination protocol, etc.)
  • Vaccinations are not required but strongly encouraged
  • Continued promotion of vaccination opportunities for students and adults based on eligibility
  • Continued emphasis on handwashing
  • Ventilation project will continue
  • Flu protocol cleaning will continue throughout the year
  • Nurse will continue to monitor for illness, and follow existing COVID protocols should there be concern about student or staff illness
  • Students and staff demonstrating two symptoms will be asked to stay home and potentially get tested
  • Students and staff will be strongly encouraged to stay home if sick
  • COVID testing will continue to be available
  • A revised protocol will be developed, based on the framework used during 20-21, tomguide how USD 357 will address those suspected of or have been confirmed with COVID-19

Learning opportunities

  • In person learning will resume on August 12, 2021
  • Remote learning will not be offered on direction from the Kansas State Department of Education
  • Students will continue to have one-to-one devices and internet access available, and teachers will incorporate innovative technology use into the classroom
  • Each IEP team (which includes student’s parents) will assess the unique needs of each student, and determine if any additional supports are necessary

Student, Staff and Partner Activities

  • These activities will resume during the 21-22 school year following all health and safety guidelines in place for staff, students, and visitors. If changes become necessary due to community health considerations, these activities may be modified.
  1. Parent, community partner and volunteer activities
  2. Field trip and school fundraising activities
  3. Indoor and outdoor facility reservations
  4. School activities including pep rallies, athletic events, and performances
  • Employee and student travel may resume following the district’s travel guidelines

Food Service

  • All students will eat at no cost (except a la carte) per federal guidelines
  • Household Income Survey will be used in lieu of federal free/reduced lunch form for the 21-22 school year
  • Meals will be distributed to students at school


  • Board of Education meetings will return to standard operating modes beginning on August 9, 2021. Meetings will be held in the high school library. The zoom/you tube option will no longer be utilized as we invite patrons to attend any of our meetings.