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Derby Public Schools is providing updates and a variety of resources for our families and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to communicate with families and staff via Skylert, our mass notification tool, and post on www.derbyschools.com. Read previous updates HERE.

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Friday, September 3, 2021 • COVID-19 and School Year Gudiance Update from Special Board of Education Meeting

Derby Public Schools Staff and Families,

Tonight, Derby Public Schools held a Special Board of Education meeting to ask for approval to implement mask criteria at schools or buildings over a certain threshold of positive cases and quarantine numbers. (View Board meeting details HERE.) This was approved by the Board of Education 4-2. As we shared earlier this week, we are well aware that feelings range on mask requirements. We respect personal choice regarding mask wearing until we get to a point where it is having too great of an impact on our students’ education and attendance at school, all stakeholders’ health, staff attendance and operational status of a building. The following is newly approved mask criteria for when masks would be required while indoors. You can also view this information HERE.

Green: Masks optional
0-1.99% of school/building out due to staff and student positive cases and total quarantine numbers

Yellow: Masks strongly encouraged 
2-5.99% of school/building out due to staff and student positive cases and total quarantine numbers


Red: Masks required 
6% and above of school/building out due to staff and student positive cases and total quarantine numbers

**If student/staff is participating in the daily antigen testing or is vaccinated, these numbers would not be included in the quarantine numbers. Please view this week’s COVID-19 dashboard HERE. It was approved this evening for this information to be shared out weekly on our COVID-19 information page HERE. It will be posted in the afternoon on Fridays and reflect that week’s information as of noon on that Friday. Based on this week’s COVID-19 dashboard, staff, students and visitors at El Paso Elementary, Swaney Elementary and Derby Middle School will be required to wear masks September 7-September 17. When a building first moves into red, masks will be required for a two week period and then will be re-evaluated each week thereafter. When a school/building moves to red, they would be notified via Skylert.

Providing our students with the in-person education they deserve is our top priority. Equally important is ensuring the safety of our students, staff and other stakeholders. In order to do this, preventive measures must be in place. These include masks when needed, on-site testing, vaccination for those who are eligible, staying home when symptomatic, enhanced cleaning, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, to name a few. 

One reminder we will routinely continue to share: Please do your part by monitoring symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. Additionally, if you're awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not come to school/work until you have received confirmation of a negative test. Following these everyday preventive actions helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers. 

With your support and understanding, we will continue to provide the best educational experience possible for students while also ensuring safety of students, staff, families and visitors to Derby Public Schools.

Sincerely,
Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Derby Public Schools


Wednesday, September 1, 2021 • COVID-19 Update, Masks and Special Board of Education Meeting on September 3, 4:30PM

Derby Public Schools Staff and Families,

As we have learned this past year and continually share, COVID-19 safety and logistics protocol can and should change based on local health considerations. Our goal is to always keep staff and families informed and be transparent. So far this school year, COVID-19 positive cases and quarantine numbers among students and staff are climbing in some of our schools at a rapid rate. Please view the positive case numbers and quarantine data below as of noon on September 1, 2021.

Cooper Elementary
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 2 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 1 staff positive, 2 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 3 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 4 student positive, 0 staff positive, 3 quarantine

Derby Hills Elementary
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 2 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 1 student positive, 0 staff positive, 8 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 6 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 3 student positive, 0 staff positive, 9 quarantine

El Paso Elementary
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 5 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 1 staff positive, 6 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 7 student positive, 2 staff positive, 24 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 7 student positive, 1 staff positive, 34 quarantine

Oaklawn Elementary

• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 2 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 2 student positive, 2 staff positive, 3 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 5 student positive, 2 staff positive, 6 quarantine

Park Hill Elementary
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 3 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 2 student positive, 1 staff positive, 13 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 2 student positive, 0 staff positive, 14 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 2 student positive, 0 staff positive, 3 quarantine

Stone Creek Elementary
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 3 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 3 student positive, 0 staff positive, 9 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 3 student positive, 0 staff positive, 13 quarantine

Swaney Elementary

• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 1 staff positive, 6 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 3 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 7 student positive, 1 staff positive, 25 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 10 student positive, 2 staff positive, 23 quarantine

Tanglewood Elementary
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 4 student positive, 0 staff positive, 54 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 4 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 1 student positive, 0 staff positive, 8 quarantine

• Wineteer Elementary

• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 1 staff positive, 7 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 2 staff positive, 5 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 4 student positive, 1 staff positive, 17 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 18 quarantine

• Derby Middle School

• 8/11-8/13: 1 student positive, 1 staff positive, 28 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 4 student positive, 0 staff positive, 53 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 20 student positive, 3 staff positive, 226 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 18 student positive, 2 staff positive, 73 quarantine

Derby North Middle School

• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 4 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 1 student positive, 0 staff positive, 17 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 3 student positive, 0 staff positive, 14 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 10 student positive, 0 staff positive, 7 quarantine

Derby High School
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 8 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 3 student positive, 0 staff positive, 22 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 16 student positive, 0 staff positive, 73 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 24 student positive, 2 staff positive, 55 quarantine

Administrative Center

• 8/11-8/13: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

Carlton Learning Center
• 8/11-8/13: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 0 student positive, 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

Central Kitchen
• 8/11-8/13: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

Maintenance/Operations
• 8/11-8/13: 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 1 staff positive, 1 quarantine

Transportation
• 8/11-8/13: 0 staff positive, 0 quarantine

• 8/16-8/20: 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/23-8/27: 1 staff positive, 1 quarantine

• 8/30-9/1 (as of noon): 0 staff positive, 1 quarantine


Based on this data, Derby Public Schools will be holding a Special Board of Education meeting on Friday, September 3 at 4:30PM. It will be held in-person at the Administrative Center, 1550 E. Walnut Grove Rd. in Derby or can be viewed live on Cox Cable Channel 7 or the city website HERE. View Board meeting details HERE. If you have feedback you would like to submit for the Board of Education to review ahead of the meeting, you may submit HERE. If you wish to speak at the Special Board of Education meeting, you must sign-up by emailing lhoyt@usd260.com or calling (316) 788-8410. To submit feedback or sign-up to speak, this must be completed by noon on Friday, September 3, 2021.

Please note, starting Friday, September 3 after the Special Board of Education meeting a weekly COVID-19 dashboard will be posted on our COVID-19 information page HERE. It will be posted in the afternoon and reflect that week’s information as of noon on that Friday.

At the Special Board of Education meeting, Derby Public Schools will be asking for approval to implement mask criteria at schools or buildings over a certain threshold of positive cases and quarantine numbers. We know feelings range on mask requirements. We respect personal choice regarding mask wearing until we get to a point where it is having too great of an impact on our students’ education and attendance at school, all stakeholders’ health, staff attendance and operational status of a building. The following is the proposed recommendation for when masks would be required while indoors.
Green: Masks optional
• 0-1.99% of school/building out due to staff and student positive cases and total quarantine numbers

Yellow: Masks strongly encouraged
• 2-5.99% of school/building out due to staff and student positive cases and total quarantine numbers

Red: Masks required
• 6% and above of school/building out due to staff and student positive cases and total quarantine numbers


If student/staff is participating in the daily antigen testing or is vaccinated, these numbers would not be included in the quarantine numbers. When a building first moves into red, masks will be required for a two-week period. Then will be re-evaluated each week thereafter. If approved, when a school/building moves to red, they would be notified via Skylert.

We are committed to in-person instruction and keeping students/staff in our buildings learning and working. In order to do this, we must consider using all the tools possible in our toolbox. These include masks when needed, on-site testing, vaccination for those who are eligible, staying home when symptomatic, enhanced cleaning, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, to name a few.

Some important key points of reference:
• We are seeing more identified close contacts become positive cases, which is a change from last school year. One difference is the delta variant. Another factor is masks not being required. Lack of masks on both the positive case and close contact deems them high risk instead of low risk.

• This week we implemented on-site COVID-19 testing for close contacts. The goal is to keep healthy students in school learning and healthy staff being able to work. With parent/guardian consent, those who choose to participate in this opportunity will help reduce quarantine numbers at all of our schools.

• In the event of COVID-19 exposure at school, students who are fully vaccinated and have a COVID-19 vaccine card on file will avoid quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. We are giving families an option to upload their 6th-12th grade student’s vaccine card in Skyward Family Access. Having their vaccination status expedites the close contact identification and notification process. As a reminder COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged, but not required.
• Please also do your part by monitoring symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. Additionally, if you're awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not come to school/work until you have received confirmation of a negative test. Following these everyday preventive actions helps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers.

Staff and families will receive follow-up information via Skylert, our mass notification tool, on Friday evening after the Board of Education meeting. An update will also be posted on our district website, www.derbyschools.com. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work to provide the best educational experience possible for students while also ensuring safety of students, staff, families and visitors to Derby Public Schools.

Sincerely,
Heather Bohaty
Superintendent of Derby Public Schools


Monday, August 23, 2021 • COVID-19 Information Message

At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, an update was provided on COVID-19 close contact and quarantine options for students/staff. View options for on-site testing HERE. Derby Public Schools has received funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) which would allow the district to offer on-site COVID-19 testing, with parent/guardian approval, if an individual is identified as a close contact. For those who opt to participate in on-site testing, test negative and remain asymptomatic, they would still be able to attend school/work and participate in school activities instead of self-quarantining. On-site testing is anticipated to begin on Monday, August 30. Please note, if you participate in daily on-site testing, you will be required to wear a mask during this duration. On-site testing is a choice, not a requirement, to help keep students/staff in the classroom and provide school districts with support and tools they need to keep our stakeholders safe.

To participate in on-site testing, a consent form must be completed. We are giving families an option to complete this consent form in Skyward Family Access (see screenshot below). This will be available to complete in Skyward starting August 24.

On-Site Screening Consent Image

Please continue to monitor symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. Additionally, if you're awaiting test results for COVID-19, do not come to school/work until you have received confirmation of a negative test. It is important each of us does our part and continues to follow these everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers. COVID-19 safety and logistics protocol can change based on local health considerations. At this time, the Sedgwick County mandate requiring masks did not pass and remains optional/recommended in the county. Our goal is to always keep families and staff informed. If guidance changes regarding COVID-19 this would be communicated to you directly via Skylert, our mass notification tool as well as posted on our district website, www.derbyschools.com.


Monday, August 9, 2021
Important Update on Masks: Required on All School Transportation, Per Current Federal Mandate
While masks currently remain optional in district facilities, students and staff will be required to wear masks on school buses or other school transportation. Examples of school transportation include daily route transportation, field trips, Latchkey bus rides and activity routes. 
The requirement is not a local one - school bus passengers nationwide are required to mask up under a mandate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is not an exception for those vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a federal mask requirement for transit systems. School buses are included in the order because they are considered a form of public transit. After consulting with legal counsel, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) met with school districts recently to provide details on the federal mandate.
Please view the district’s updated school year guidance HERE. Please continue to monitor symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. It is important each of us does our part and continues to follow these everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers. As a reminder, if guidance ever changes regarding COVID-19, this would be communicated to you directly via Skylert, our mass notification tool, as well as posted on the district website, www.derbyschools.com.


Monday, August 2, 2021
COVID-19 Information Discussed at August 2 Board of Education Meeting


At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, an additional COVID-19 close contact and quarantine option was discussed and approved. View a draft of options for on-site testing HERE. Please review the second and third column as this is the guidance in place now for both students and staff. The first column regarding on-site testing is not implemented yet but once funding is approved, will provide an additional option for those identified as a close contact. Derby Public Schools is anticipating funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) which would allow the district to offer on-site COVID-19 testing, with parent/guardian approval, if an individual is identified as a close contact. For those who opt to participate in on-site testing, test negative and remain asymptomatic, they would still be able to attend school/work and participate in school activities instead of quarantining. When on-site testing and opt-in forms become available, this timeline would be communicated to families and staff. This would be an option, not a requirement, to help keep students/staff in the classroom and provide school districts with support and tools they need to keep our stakeholders safe.

Please note that earlier this summer the Board of Education approved school year guidance (view HERE) which included masks as optional for students, staff and visitors. As noted during tonight’s meeting, this guidance has not changed for Derby Public Schools at this time. As we have learned this past year, COVID-19 safety and logistics protocol can change based on local health considerations. Our goal is to always keep families and staff informed. If guidance changes regarding COVID-19, including mask-wearing, this would be communicated to you directly via Skylert, our mass notification tool as well as posted on our district website, www.derbyschools.com.

Please continue to monitor symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. It is important each of us does our part and continues to follow these everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers.

We look forward to seeing you all next week for Back to School Nights and the first days of school! View first day of school information, back to school nights, school year calendar and more at www.derbyschools.com.


Monday, July 12, 2021
New School Year COVID-19 Guidance Approved
At tonight’s Board of Education meeting, school year guidance was discussed and approved. Changes to the district's COVID-19 safety logistics were approved by the Board and can be viewed HERE. This includes guidance the district will follow this school year on masks, transportation, field trips, classroom seating, hand washing and hand sanitizing, quarantine and close contact guidelines, cleaning, COVID-19 positive case communication and visitors. One of the most notable changes for the school year is that masks for students, staff and visitors are optional. As a requirement of the American Rescue Plan: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP/ESSER III) fund, school districts receiving funds must develop a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services. This must be revisited every six months, but can be revisited sooner if needed.

Please continue to monitor symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. It is important each of us does our part and continues to follow these everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers.

As a reminder, online enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year for pre-enrolled and returning students starts July 14. Please visit www.derbyschools.com/enrollment for important back-to-school information.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021 New Guidance Approved for Summer Learning Opportunities and Programs

Earlier this evening, Derby Public Schools held a Special Board of Education meeting to discuss guidance for summer learning opportunities and programs. Changes to the district's COVID-19 safety logistics were approved by the Board and can be viewed HERE. This includes guidance the district will follow this summer on masks, transportation, field trips, classroom and cafeteria seating, hand washing and hand sanitizing, quarantine and close contact guidelines, cleaning, COVID-19 positive case communication and visitors. The recommended changes are in consultation with our guiding local physicians, Sedgwick County Health Department and CDC guidelines. One of the most notable changes is that starting June 2, masks for students, staff and visitors are optional. 

Please continue to monitor symptoms when not feeling well and do not come to school or work if you are sick or showing symptoms. It is important each of us does our part and continues to follow these everyday preventive actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. Staying home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms also helps to reduce close contacts and quarantine numbers.

It is important to emphasize that a decision has not been made on COVID-19 safety logistics or masks for 2021-2022 school year. This will be discussed at a future Board of Education meeting later this summer.

We hope you are enjoying the first week of summer break and we look forward to hosting a variety of wonderful learning experiences throughout the summer!


Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Reminder: Last Day of School and Early Release Times; Upcoming Special BOE Meeting for Summer Guidance

Good afternoon!

This is a reminder that Wednesday, May 26 is the last day of school for students in grades K-11. It is an early release day. Your school’s early release time is listed on the school year calendar, if you ever need to reference this. You can also view the calendar HERE.

If you have a student in grades K-8, there is still time to sign-up for free summer learning opportunities. Read more HERE.

On June 1, Derby Public Schools will hold a Special Board of Education meeting at 5:30PM. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss safety logistics for summer programming, including guidance on masks. The district continues to work with local health professionals as well as review new guidance received. We also anticipate reviewing safety logistics in relation to COVID-19 for the 2021-2022 school year in July. Once determined, families and staff will be notified via Skylert, our mass notification tool.

Despite challenges thrown our way, thank you for making this another unforgettable school year!

Sincerely,

Heather Bohaty

Superintendent of Schools

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