BULTUM ACADEMY

RETURN TO IN PERSON PLAN

2021-2022

LEA Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

 

An LEA must describe the following in its plan under section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services:

 

How will the school maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and to what extent has the school adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC?

 

(A) What is the school policy regarding the universal and correct wearing of masks?

 

All Bultum Academy staff and students will wear a mask upon arrival into the building until leaving the building. 

 

(B) How is the school modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding)?

 

All Bultum Academy students will stay in their classrooms as a cohort. Students will maintain at least 6 feet from students who are in different cohorts. Students of different classes will not intermix during lunch and will make sure to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing while sitting for lunch and in the lunch line. 

 

(C) What is the school policy/procedure regarding handwashing and respiratory etiquette?

 

Admin, Dean of Students, and teachers, will reinforce daily the best practice of hand sanitizing. 

Students will sanitize hands upon arrival into the school, before lunch, after lunch, and on the way out of school. Hand sanitizing will be a part of Bultum Academy culture and best practices. Students who are doing a great job following the sanitizing procedures will be recognized during the Morning Meeting over the intercom.

 ▪ Supervise the use of hand sanitizer by students. 

▪ Ensure that children and staff with sensitivity or skin reactions to hand sanitizer can use soap and water.

 

Bultum Academy Admin will advise that teachers monitor the use of sanitizer and watch for any skin reactions or irritation caused by the frequent sanitizing. These identified students will be allowed to use soap and water to wash their hands. This will be communicated to the Health Coordinator and families.


 

▪ Reinforce handwashing during key times including but not limited to: arrival and dismissal; before, during, and after preparing or eating food; after using the bathroom; after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching objects with bare hands that have been handled by other people. 

 

Bultum Academy Students will sanitize their hands upon arrival, before lunch, and after lunch. Students will be encouraged to sanitize any time they are interacting with other students (which should be limited). Students will wash their hands after using the bathroom in the sinks. The faucets have sensors to turn on the water so students will not need to touch the sink. This process will be reinforced and discussed during Morning Meetings / assemblies over the intercom.

 

(D) How is the school implementing cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation, in alignment with the safety recommendations established by the CDC?

 

Bultum Academy Building Manager will make sure the ventilation system is properly working before staff and students return.

Bultum Academy Building Manager will run all water systems to make sure they’re usable.

Students will not be permitted to use the water fountains. Students will be encouraged to bring personal water bottles which they can fill up using the contactless filler part of the water fountain. 

 

(E) How is the school implementing contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments?

 

▪ Designate a staff person who will be responsible for responding to COVID-19 concerns (e.g., school nurse) and will help coordinate with local health authorities regarding positive COVID-19 cases. All school staff and families should know who this person is and how to contact them.

 

Bultum Academy Health Coordinator will be the staff person responsible for responding to the COVID-19 concerns. Any and all concerns will be documented. The COVID Program Coordinator will communicate with the health officials (MDH) and any other needed organizations in the event of a positive COVID-19 student, staff, or family. 

 

▪ Put systems in place to allow staff and families to self-report to the school if they or their student have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or had a close exposure to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days in a manner that is consistent with applicable law and privacy policies, including with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

 

Students' Families and Staff will report to the Bultum Academy Health Coordinator if they experience any symptoms of COVID-10, a positive test, or had close exposure within the last 14 days. Individuals 

 

will call the front desk and the front desk personnel will report to the Health Coordinator. The Health Coordinator will communicate with any individuals that have been in contact with the positive test individuals. The Health Coordinator will also communicate this with the Program Coordinator and the Program Coordinator will communicate with the necessary community organizations (MDH). 

 

▪ Post signage at main entrance(s) requesting that people who have been symptomatic not enter the building. 

 

The Health Coordinator will post visuals in the lobby identifying the school number to call in case of COVID-19 concern. 

 

▪ Follow the MDH Decision Tree for People with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs (PDF) (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/exguide.pdf) to determine when a student or staff member may return to school following illness or COVID- 19 testing. 

 

▪ It is not required for students or staff members to have documentation of a negative viral test or a letter certifying release from isolation in order to return to school, but they must follow recommended guidance regarding when to return to school. 

 

▪ Establish a dedicated space for symptomatic individuals who are waiting to go home. Distinguish this space from areas where student health services will be delivered to those who are well and need routine types of care (e.g., medication administration or first aid). 

 

▪ The designated space should accommodate social distancing of at least 6 feet for multiple individuals if needed. 

 

▪ Develop cleaning processes for the dedicated space between uses and as needed. 

 

Bultum Academy has prepared a “Quarantine Room” for students or staff that have become symptomatic and need to go home. Students or staff will wait in this room until it is time for them to go home. The school nurse will wait outside the room with the door open to monitor the student. The school nurse will wear protective gloves and mask and sanitize the space once the individual has left. 

 

▪ Immediately isolate symptomatic individuals in the designated space at school and send them home. 

 

▪ Ensure that symptomatic students who are waiting to be picked up remain under the visual supervision of a staff member who is at least 6 feet away. Both the symptomatic student and the supervising adults should wear a cloth face covering or a surgical mask. 


 

Bultum Academy school nurses will wait outside the room with the door open to monitor the student. The school nurse will wear protective gloves and mask and sanitize the space once the individual has left. 

 

▪ Do not place cloth face coverings or surgical masks on anyone who is unconscious or has trouble breathing, anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance, or anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering due to developmental, medical, or behavioral health needs.

 

▪ Implement cleaning and disinfecting procedures following the COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/clean.html).

 

▪ Develop a plan for how to transport an ill student or staff member home or to medical care if needed. 

 

Bultum Academy Health Coordinator will follow up with the family of the student who was picked up sick to see if they have tested positive for COVID-19. In the event that the test is positive the Health Coordinator will communicate with the other necessary departments (Program Coordinator and other students/staff). 

 

▪ Develop systems for notifying staff, families, and the public as needed if a person with COVID- 19 was on the school premises while infectious. Do this in coordination with local health officials while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with FERPA and all other state and federal laws. 

 

Bultum Academy will utilize the messaging system on JMC in case any infectious individuals are on the campus. Bultum Academy will send a note home with the students who have come into contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or anyone who has had direct contact. Bultum Academy will also call all families of students who have come into contact with any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or anyone who has had direct contact. Bultum Academy staff will be trained on this process during the Professional Development before school starts. 

 

(F) How is the school implementing diagnostic and screening testing in alignment with the safety recommendations established by the CDC?

 

Bultum Academy will offer COVID-19 testing for any staff that would like to be tested. Bultum Academy teachers will screen students for wellness upon entering their classroom. If a student is suspected of having systems they can check their temperature and/or send them to the nurse for further inspection. If the student does in fact have symptoms, the student will be sent to the quarantine room and their parents will be called to pick them up asap. 


 

(G) How is the school implementing efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities in alignment with the safety recommendations established by the CDC?

 

Administration will communicate with Bultum Academy families during Parent Orientation as well as monthly Parent Empowerment Meetings with current ways in which families can find the vaccine if they want it. 

 

(H) How is the school providing appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies?

 

According to the student’s IEP’s the school will provide appropriate accommodations. 

 

  1. How is the school coordinating with state and local health officials?

 

The COVID Coordinator will keep up to date with all COVID Coordinator emails from the state and communicate with local health officials when needed.

 

How will the school ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students' academic needs and students' and staff social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services?

 

Bultum Academy Administration will discuss any changes or needs during their weekly Administration meetings.

 

During the period of the ARP ESSER award established in section Start Printed Page 212022001(a) of the ARP Act, an LEA must regularly, but no less frequently than every six months (taking into consideration the timing of significant changes to CDC guidance on reopening schools), review and, as appropriate, revise its plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services.

 

How will the school determine whether revisions are necessary, and in making any revisions, how will the school seek public input and take such input into account?

 

Bultum Academy Administration will discuss any changes or needs during their weekly Administration meetings. Bultum Academy Administration will also discuss these issues with the Bultum Academy community at the monthly Parent Empowerment Meetings.

 

If at the time the LEA revises its plan the CDC has updated its guidance on reopening schools, the revised plan must address the extent to which the LEA has adopted policies, and describe any such policies, for each of the updated safety recommendations.

 

An LEA's plan under section 2001(i)(1) of the ARP Act for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services must be—

 

  • In an understandable and uniform format;

  • To the extent practicable, written in a language that parents can understand or, if it is not practicable to provide written translations to a parent with limited English proficiency, be orally translated for such parent; and

  • Upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA, provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent.

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