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Quarantine Update – January 14th, 2022

COVID-19 Student-Athlete Return to Participation Guidelines

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Monday, August 9th, the district’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee met to discuss procedures for which they would recommend to the BOE to safely return students and staff to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.  After reviewing current information from Lyon County Public Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC), parameters set forth by the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), and guidelines from the Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB) the committee made new recommendations to help keep students in schools which include:

  • universal masking for PreK-12 students, staff, and visitors in any district building
  • sports and activities are times for optional masking if there is no contact; however, KSHSAA guidelines will be followed 
  • attendees at sporting events must wear masks (there is typically less than 3 feet of distance and cheering/shouting) 
  • recess is considered a mask break so masking is optional 
  • schools can mix cohort groups with the understanding that this practice will make it a larger testing group if there is someone who is positive
  • breakfast and lunch – follow the last year’s plan of elementary students eating in classrooms; secondary students maintaining as much spacing as much as possible and use of barriers as much as possible

During the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, the board approved the strategies recommended by the COVID Advisory Committee for the 2021-2022 school year.  Previously the board approved the following recommendations that remain in effect:

  • masks are required for all individuals on a bus and all school transportation
  • masks are optional when outdoors
  • maintain at least 3 feet distance when possible and frequent handwashing and sanitization

Please note, classes begin next week with Jump Start on August 18 for students new to the district or new to a building with the first day for all students on August 19.  The district will continue to monitor the local COVID metrics provided by the Lyon County Health Department and review additional guidance as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate the challenges caused by COVID to safely keep our students in school.

Community Relations – Emporia Public Schools

USD 253 Facility Use Update:

Community use of USD 253 facilities is beneficial to our students and community. We continue to adapt to the COVID environment to ensure learning is able to continue for all our students. After further review, it has been decided that USD 253 will continue to allow Emporia teams and organizations to use district facilities for practice only and as long as the current district COVID protocol is followed. 

Here are the parameters that need to be adhered to in order to ensure safety is a top priority:

  1. Coaches and players only will be allowed in the district facility. 
  2. Mitigation strategies of USD 253 are followed (i.e. masking at all times unless actively practicing, this includes coaches, parents dropping off children, and when individuals are in the hallways to use the restrooms). Anyone using the facility must have a mask on when not participating in the athletic activity. Socially distance at the greatest extent possible.
  3. Cleaning protocol is followed after the team or organization is done at the district facility. 
  4. Only KSHSAA school-sponsored tournaments will be hosted by USD 253.
  5. No outside organization tournaments.
  6. No large gatherings of people. 

When students with an IEP are placed in quarantine, the expectations are below.


1. Special Education teachers will reach out to parents to determine what special education services will be provided, and to create a schedule of how those services will be provided during quarantine time. Teachers may email materials/resources to students and/or parents and provide guidance on those through google meet. If a child is quarantined and the next day of school is a PLT day/non-school day, the staff would need an additional day to get organized to provide instruction on the next full day of school.

2. If there is no temporary plan in place on their IEP, the Special Education Teacher will need to draft a temporary plan and amendment. The temporary plan and amendment will be reviewed with the IEP team including the parent. The expectation should be that the student will continue to access the general education classroom in the same manner as their peers without an IEP. 


Parents are within their rights to decline the proposed offer of special education services during the quarantine period. The school is ready, willing, and able to provide FAPE to the student. 

*If a child with an IEP is quarantined individually and there is a technology need that prohibits the student from accessing the general education setting, please reach out to your building secretary or building technology support. 

*If the student does not feel well enough to participate in/receive services, parents would need to report them absent to the building they normally attend.



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