District Plan for Safe Return (ARP ESSER)



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


The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, Public Law 117-2, enacted on March 11, 2021, provides a total of nearly $122 billion to states and school districts to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s students.


USD 230 Background: 

On August 10th, 2020 the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE adopted a Re Opening Plan with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) Gating criteria and with activities separate. Included in this plan were the mitigation plan to run until the end of the school year on May 26, 2021.


On November 9th, the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE voted to remove the JCDHE Gating criteria and to replace it with the Spring Hill Gating Criteria. The mitigation plan was kept in place.


On January 25th, 2021 the Spring Hill USD 230 BOE voted to remove the Spring Hill Gating criteria, but to keep the mitigation plan in place until the end of the school year on May 26, 2021.


On May 27, 2021, the Spring Hill USD 230 mitigation plan expired.




Describe how the district will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC:


(A) Universal and correct wearing of masks.

Spring Hill USD 230 no longer has a mask requirement. For those staff and students who would like to wear a mask, the wearing of barrier face masks is encouraged while inside USD 230 buildings.  When outdoors, barrier face masks are not required but are optional for those who choose to wear them. 


(B) Modifying facilities to allow for physical distancing (e.g., use of cohorts/podding).

Physical distancing is not required. For those staff and students who would like to physical distance, the physical distancing is encouraged when possible and reasonable. 

(C) Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.

Individuals are encouraged to wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.  Hands should be washed or sanitized before and after using shared supplies.  Covering coughs and sneezes is always recommended.


(D) Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation.

In spaces that are regularly occupied, enhanced cleaning and maintenance protocols will continue to be used. Increased outdoor air will continue to be used as a mitigation strategy.  The activities taking place in each space in a building will help determine the amount of fresh outside air utilized.


(E) Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.

Contact tracing will be done by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment and/or the Miami County Department of Health. Spring Hill USD 230 will continue to cooperate with our health departments.


(F)  Diagnostic and screening testing.

Students, staff, and community members can access COVID-19 diagnostic or screening tests through a variety of community partners. School nurses and health support staff will continue to monitor for symptoms, trends, and clusters, and request that students and staff seek medical services as appropriate.


(G)  Efforts to provide vaccinations to school communities.

USD 23O is encouraging students and staff who want to be vaccinated to visit with one of the following: their family physician, Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, Miami County Department of Health, or one of the local sites providing vaccinations.


(H)  Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to health and safety policies.

USD 230 will provide accommodations to its policies for students with disabilities as determined appropriate based upon the individual student needs and in accordance with an individual accommodation plan or individualized education plan. Students requiring accommodations should contact the building administrator to request information on plans for students with disabilities.

Specific student health needs are addressed through a student health plan.


(I)   Coordination with State and local health officials.

USD 230 officials meet regularly with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.


Part II.

Describe how the district will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to:


(A)  services to address students' academic needs

USD 230 has expanded summer offerings for 2021 and will continue to evaluate student needs throughout the 2021-22 school year. We have added Math and English Language Arts interventionists to each of our school buildings starting with the 2021-22 school year.


(B)  students' and staff social, emotional, mental health


USD 230 has incorporated social emotional learning and interventions as part of our Multi-Tiered System of Support.  With the adoption of FastBridge, we will be able to offer a social emotional screening component to assist our students. Social-emotional and mental health needs of student will continue to be evaluated throughout the 2021-22 school year. We are also implementing Habitudes and Leader In Me as social emotional curricula. USD 230 Department of Human Resources has a district paid employee assistance program and extended provisions through our insurance provider allowing easier access to mental health supports.


(C)  other needs, which may include student health and food services.


USD 230 is continuing the expanded summer meal service for 2021.  All students will be eligible for free meals during the 2021-22 school year.  The district is also working to increase the availability of nurses to accommodate student health needs.

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