Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan
Below is a summary of COVID-19 protocols West Ada School District plans to follow
as we begin the 2021-22 school year.
*UPDATE: A mask requirement will begin on Sept. 10
Click here for more details regarding the Mask Requirement Update
To protect staff and students from the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, West Ada School District is temporarily requiring all staff, students and visitors to wear masks when in a classroom and/or when social distancing is not possible, thus suspending all mask opt outs. This will begin on September 10, 2021. WASD will review the mask requirement on September 22 to determine whether the mask requirement can be lifted.
Centers for Disease Control has issued a public health order requiring masks be worn while on public transportation, this includes school buses. We must comply with a public health order.
School Based Exposure - These are individuals who were identified as an exposure to a positive individual in the classroom setting.
Quarantine refers to the practice of separating individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 to determine whether they develop symptoms or test positive for the disease.
Quarantine reduces the risk of transmission if an individual is later found to have COVID-19. Quarantine for COVID-19 should last for a period of 7-10 days after the exposure has ended. Quarantine includes not leaving the quarantine location to attend activities, school, childcare, work, or visiting the community or having visitors at the location of quarantine. The exception is to seek medical care or if they qualify as a School Based Exposure.
For specific details about quarantining after a school based exposure, please refer to “Exposed: How to Quarantine” here: Health Services / Exposed: How to Quarantine (westada.org)
Community and Household Exposures - For community exposures (sleepovers, club sports, weddings, funerals, etc.) or household exposures (someone in your household tests positive) please utilize the following resource to calculate your quarantine period and notify your child's school of absence.
Primary care provider or testing organization where you received positive test results
Central District Health 208-321-2222
For Quarantine and Isolation Calculations for community/household exposures may use Boise States COVID19 Calculator:
Students and staff in West Ada School District are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Individual choices regarding vaccinations should be respected. We encourage families to study vaccine recommendations, discuss it with their health care provider and choose what they believe is best for their family.
West Ada School District’s data dashboard webpage provides parents and staff with information about school and district COVID-19 cases. Positive cases reflect those students and staff who were infectious only while attending in-person school. The data regarding quarantines in a building reflects those individuals in quarantine due to being a close contact with an infectious individual at school.
This data is not meant to replicate the existing data from other agencies which can be found about COVID-19 cases in the communities we serve.
This data started being collected on August 26, 2021.
Isolation For Those Who Test Positive
Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate according to the guidance provided by the testing facility or medical provider. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is not permitted at school or any school activities during their isolation period.
Students, teachers, and staff are encouraged to stay home when ill.
For additional guidance, please refer here: Health Services / Symptom/Illness Flow Chart (westada.org)
In the Classroom
- Teachers and students must sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom. Building custodians will check wall mounted hand sanitizer dispensers daily to check levels and replace cartridges. Teachers are responsible for requesting individual bottles of hand sanitizer from administration.
- Student desks should be distanced as much as possible, at least three (3) to six (6) feet apart is ideal.
- Remind students of the need to maintain distancing and that students should only get up to move around the classroom with teacher permission and supervision that ensures adequate physical distancing as much as possible, three (3) to six (6) feet is preferable.
- Remind students NOT TO SHARE laptops or computer keyboards, drinks, food, snacks, gum, writing utensils, tissues, face masks, make-up, chap stick, eating utensils, musical instruments, or personal items.
- Student desks, chairs, keyboards, or other items frequently touched at the student’s desk should be cleaned between use by different students.
- In those school buildings in which the building maintenance staff indicates that it is not possible to perform at least four air exchanges per hour, consider opening your classroom door and the classroom windows if weather allows and the open door and windows do not create excessive noise in the classroom. You can learn more on this page Modifying Facilities
Remote Learning Opportunities
If your child has an illness, injury, or is in quarantine, West Ada School District will utilize the following protocols to ensure your student receives classroom instruction:
- Classroom assignments and resources will be available to students through Microsoft Teams or SeeSaw
- Each building will utilize a consistent Microsoft Teams/See Saw structure to support student access at home
- Synchronous learning opportunities will be provided for students during direct classroom instruction through Microsoft Teams
- Assessments/testing will be taken in the building
West Ada School District Board of Trustees
- Ed Klopfenstein – Trustee – Zone 1
- Amy Johnson – Trustee – Zone 2
- Sheena Buffi – Trustee – Zone 3
- Rusty Coffelt - Trustee - Zone 4
- Rene Ozuna – Trustee – Zone 5
West Ada School District Executive Team
- Superintendent – Dr. Derek Bub
- Deputy Superintendent – Bret Heller
- Chief Academic Officer – Marcus Myers
- Chief Operations Officer – Jonathan Gillen
- North Region Director – Geoff Stands
- South Region Director – Buffy Roberts
- East Region Director – Lisa Hahle
- West Region Director – David Moser
- Chief Human Resources Officer – David Roberts
- Chief Technology Officer – Devan Delashmutt
- Chief Communication Officer – Char Jackson
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan Checklist
As required by the Idaho State Department of Education
LEA # and Name:
West Ada, Joint School District No. 2
DATE LEA’s 2020-2021 or most current Back-to-School Plan was approved by the local school board:
June 15, 2021
Website link to the LEA’s Back-to-School Plan and the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan Checklist:
Table 1: Mitigation Strategies Information Required to be Included in LEA’s Plan
Table 2: NARRATIVE Information Required to be Included in LEA’s Plan
By August 2, 2021, each LEA must publicly post its Back-to-School plan and the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction with the Continuity of Services Plan Checklist. LEAs are required to review and revise their Back-to-School / Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan with meaningful stakeholder input no less frequently than every 6 months for the duration of the ARP ESSER grant, September 30, 2023.
Check the box that fits your LEA’s situation to determine the revision date for the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan. Only check one of the following boxes.
The LEA developed a Back-to-School plan before ARP ESSER was enacted (March 11, 2021) but the plan is missing some required elements as determined by one or more “No” responses in Table 1 or Table 2 or the Assurances section. The LEA must revise its plan to include all required elements no later than six months after it last reviewed its plan OR by November 24, 2021, whichever date is earlier. After that, review and revise the Plan, if necessary, with meaningful input from stakeholders every six months for the duration of the ARP ESSER grant, September 30, 2023. The revised plan must be published on the LEA’s website.
The LEA does not have a Back-to-School plan. By August 2, 2021, the LEA must develop a Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan and include all of the requirements identified in the Checklist. Email the URL where the plan is posted on the LEA’s website by August 2, 2021 to Lisa English at email@example.com. Review and revise the Plan, if necessary, with meaningful input from stakeholders every six months for the duration of the ARP ESSER grant, September 30, 2023.
The LEA developed a Back-to-School plan either before or after ARP ESSER was enacted (March 11, 2021) and that plan was developed with meaningful stakeholder feedback and public input and includes all the required information as determined by all “Yes” responses in Table 1, and Table 2, and the Assurances section of this checklist. Post the Back-to-School plan and the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan Checklist by August 2, 2021. Review and revise the Plan, if necessary, with meaningful input from stakeholders every six months for the duration of the ARP ESSER grant, September 30, 2023. Post the revised plan on the LEA’s website.
Superintendent/Charter Administrator Printed Name: (Signature on File)
Dr. Derek Bub, Superintendent - 07/29/21
Local Board of Trustees, President’s Printed Name: (Signature on File)
Amy Johnson, West Ada Board Chairperson - 07/29/21