COVID-19 Protocols

MSD of Lawrence Township COVID-19 Protocols 2021-2022

This COVID-19 page is part of our ongoing effort to provide you with the latest information regarding the student and staff experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The MSD of Lawrence Township will be vigilant and will not hesitate to make changes, should they be needed. We remain devoted to our values and our mission of educating all students through innovation and dedication.

Click here to access 8/12/21 guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department on the safe operation of schools. - English
Click here to access 7/29/21 guidance from the Marion County Public Health Department on the safe operation of schools. - Spanish

Marion County Public Heath Department Parent Letter from Executive Director, Dr. Virginia Caine 8/12/21 - English
Marion County Public Heath Department Parent Letter from Executive Director, Dr. Virginia Caine 8/12/21 - Spanish

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Lawrence Township COVID-19 Protocols Overview

 
CALENDAR
Important Dates
 
School Days
  • Schools will follow regular school calendars.
  • School will be in person 5 days per week for students K-12.
  • Families have the option of a hybrid (7-12) or full virtual instruction (K-12) and should work with their building principal if instructional setting modifications are to be made for a student.
Symptom Screening COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Reporting Guidance
Cleaning and Disinfection
  • LT will maintain an enhanced cleaning plan.
  • Bathroom breaks will continue to provide to facilitate adequate handwashing.
  • Custodians clean and disinfect high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer will continue to be available.
Click here to read about enhanced cleaning for prevention.
 
Cloth Facial Coverings and Masks or Face Shields
  • Effective August 16, masks are required for all students PreK-12, staff, and visitors while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking.
  • For outdoor settings, masks are recommended for unvaccinated individuals in crowded situations or for those with underlying conditions when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • ALL students/staff must wear a mask while riding a school bus per federal mandate.

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing of at least 3 feet is recommended.
   
Student Health & Safety
  • There will be a designated area in each school where symptomatic students can wait for pick-up separate from the general clinic area.
  • Items to be shared by students will be limited. Each student should have their own designated supplies when possible.
  • Frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged at the minimum: upon arrival at school, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
  • LT will require all students who are sick to be fever free for at least 24 hours before return to school.
Click here to access complete COVID-19 parent screening information and return to school guidance from the Indiana Department of Health. (2/08/21) - English

Click here to access complete COVID-19 parent screening information and return to school guidance from the Indiana Department of Health. (10/22/20) - Spanish

 
TRANSPORTATION
  • Transportation by personal vehicle is encouraged.
  • Staff and students must wear masks while on the school bus, per federal mandate.
  • All LT buses will utilize a seating chart. 
  • Buses will open windows for cross ventilation as weather permits and consider alternate routes to reduce duration of trips where possible.
   
   
COVID Testing
Public Events in School Facilities

 

  • Public events will be held in our facilities per requriements of the local and state health department in tandem with the District’s facility use process and procedures.

FOOD SERVICE
Serving Meals & Cafeteria

 LT Cafeterias are open for meal service. All meals are available at no cost to students though a nation-wide USDA waiver in place through the 2021-2022 school year.
 
  • Below are COVID-related safeguards in place:
    • Eliminate self-serve food items - no buffet-style
    • Continued use of sneeze guards in cafeteria serving lines.
    • PPE will be optional for food services staff with the exception of HACCP requirements.
    • Meal identification will be provided for students with documented allergies or special dietary needs.
    • Meal payments for a la carte items will continue to be collected through on-line payments.
    • Students will scan an ID card at checkout instead of using a keypad.
    • Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal service.
  • Virtual/Hybrid Student Food Service
    • Food Services is pleased to offer all virtual (grades K-12) students the opportunity for free breakfasts and lunches though a USDA waiver in effect through the 2021-2022 school year.
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Water Fountains
  • Water Fountains will be closed.
  • Students will be allowed to bring a water bottle to school and fill stations are available.
   
   
School Visitors

 

  • School buildings will be open to both visitors and volunteers.
  • Masks are required for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status while indoors. If outdoors, masks are recommended if social distancing is not possible.
  • Until further notice, we remain unable to allow parents to join their student(s) for lunch. 
Exceptional Learners
  • Individual implications of COVID-19 for students with either a 504 or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be discussed and decided through parent meetings, case conferences, teacher of record communication, etc.
 
 

 COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Reporting Guidance

Parent and Staff Education and Guidelines

Parents need to be attentive to the daily health of their children and ensure their child is symptom free and safe to attend school each day. Procedures for school clinics will be implemented to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 when symptoms are exhibited by staff or students.

Please do NOT send your child to school if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 including, but not limited to:

  • Fever above 100 º F when taken by mouth
  • Sore Throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students or staff with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • New onset of severe headache, especially with fever
  • Loss of taste/smell

Staff or students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, as determined by the school nurse, will be safely isolated under appropriate supervision in the school/building until they can leave. Parents/guardians who are contacted to pick-up a student exhibiting symptoms must arrive within 60 minutes.  The MCPHD encourages staff and students to contact and work with their appropriate health care providers on COVID-19 concerns and follow guidance on self-screening and self-reporting symptoms. The state website has a list of over 200 testing facilities, their location, and hours of operation. This list is updated frequently.

Sick Day Guidelines and returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms:

Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendation of the Marion County Public Health Department. If you are returning to school/work with a negative PCR or antigen test, having met all other return criteria, please provide documentation of the negative result to the school.

Close Contact Tracing:

Contact tracing will take place at the building or district level, when appropriate, in tandem with the Marion County Public Health Department.

Identifying a close contact:

  • In a classroom setting in which all individuals are masked, any individual who is within 3 feet or less from the person who tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period will be considered a close contact.
  • In all other areas of the school environment, any unvaccinated individuals within 6 feet of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period will be considered a close contact.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts do not need to quarantine if they are not symptomatic. Testing 3-5 days after exposure is recommended.
  • Fully vaccinated students who are close contacts and can provide documentation of vaccination do not need to quarantine if they are not symptomatic. Testing 3-5 days after exposure is recommended.

Exception: Meeting one or more of the criteria below exempts in person in question from being a close contact and needing to quarantine.

  • Exempt if a PreK-12 student who wears a mask indoors at school and is NOT closer than three feet to a COVID-19 positive individual for longer than fifteen minutes while indoors;
  • Exempt if fully vaccinated (student or staff) and asymptomatic;
  • Exempt if COVID-19 positive within the past three months (post isolation period) of the close contact with the infected individual.
Isolation: (Isolation takes place if an individual is symptomatic or has tested positive.)
 
  • Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for ten days from date of the onset of symptoms or ten days from the date of the positive test, if asymptomatic.
Quarantine: (Quarantine takes place if an individuals is a close contact outside of the classroom setting)
 
  • Symptomatic close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 must quarantine for ten days from the date of the onset of symptoms, if applicable.
  • If you are identified as a close contact, fully vaccinated, AND symptomatic, you must get a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test to return to school.
  • Individuals who are close contacts do not need to quarantine if they are not symptomatic. Those who elect to get tested 3-5 days later should not come to school until test results are recieved.
  • Fully vaccinated students who are close contacts outside of the classroom and can provide documentation of vaccination do not need to quarantine if they are not symptomatic. Those who elect to get tested 3-5 days later should not come to school until test results are recieved.
  • Individuals who have had a positive COVID-19 test within the previous 90 days (3 months) and who are considered to be a close contact outside of the classroom are exempt from quarantine unless symptomatic. Those who elect to get tested 3-5 days later should not come to school until test results are recieved.
Quarantine guidance updated September 3, 2021 following Executive Order 21-24 issued by Governor Eric Holcomb. Under this order, schools will continue to contact trace, but close contacts will not be required to quarantine and may continue to attend school, as long as they do not have symptoms. State health officials maintain that close contacts should monitor daily for symptoms.
Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases
 
  • If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a classroom, we will follow direction from the Marion County Public Health Department. Many of our procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case occur. This will assist the Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.
School Clinics
  • Separate areas will be created in each clinic - one area for everyday care and an isolation area for anyone who presents with signs or symptoms of illness..
  • Per CDC guidelines, the use of nebulizer treatments will be suspended at school. Please talk to your medical provider about getting a rescue inhaler with spacer for school use.
  • Additionally, criteria for staying home from school when ill and returning to school after illness will be followed according to Marion County Public Health Department guidelines.
  • Please reach out to your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns about these changes.

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