While it is unfortunate to have COVID-19 cases within our schools, it is not unexpected given what is happening throughout the world. Kenowa Hills Public Schools remains diligent in our efforts to keep students and staff members safe and are committed to being transparent with our community. To this end, this page provides an overview of our processes in the event a COVID-19 positive case is determined within one of our schools and the number of current cases within our schools. A historical view of the number of cases since school began in the Fall of 2020 can be found by accessing the Kent ISD COVID-19 Dashboard. The District has established a detailed COVID-19 Prevention Plan as required by the August 6, 2021 Kent County Public Health Order.
COVID-19 Positive Cases Reported within the Last 24 Hours
# of Corresponding Close Contacts Quarantined
Early Childhood Center
Process When District Receives Notification of COVID-19 Case
Immediately conduct contract tracing within the school community;
Immediately notify and provide quarantine instructions to students or staff members identified as close contacts with the affected person;
Immediately email parents and staff within the school community to alert them of the situation and subsequently email parents and staff of specific class or group; and
Remove students from exposed classroom(s), if necessary, and sanitize all affected areas.
Privacy regulations restrict us from sharing identifying information about individuals affected by COVID-19.
We will continue to work closely with the Kent County Health Department when there are positive cases and will follow their guidance for handling the impact of cases at the classroom, building and district levels. We will also seek guidance from the health department regarding thresholds for maintaining in-person instruction.
Layers of Safety Support
Face Coverings - All individuals riding a bus must wear a mask at all times while being transported to and from school per federal order. All students in grades KKnights-6th grade will be required to wear a mask while indoors except while eating lunch. Students in 7th-12th grade and all staff are highly encouraged to wear a mask while indoors; regardless of vaccination status. Masks will be available for students who need one. Students who have a medical condition that impedes their ability to wear a mask will be exempted from doing so with a waiver from a medical doctor.
Daily Screening - All students and staff are encouraged to complete a daily health screening. Any student or staff member with COVID symptoms shall stay home and contact the school nurse who will provide guidance.
Social Distancing - All students and staff must maintain 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible, avoid congregating and must continue in the same direction using the right side of each hallway.
Cohorting - Elementary students will remain as a class throughout the day. Secondary students will be on a block (Black & Gold) schedule with three (3) classes per day.
Hygiene & Cleaning -Students and staff are encouraged and will be reminded to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands with warm water several times throughout the day. Desks will be disinfected at the end of each day for elementary students and at the end of each class for secondary students.
Nurses - Each school will have a full-time nurse available to care for any student or staff member who expresses COVID-like symptoms.
Testing - Free onsite COVID testing will be available to any student or staff member who demonstrates common COVID symptoms.
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