Bluestem USD 205 is committed to protecting the health of our students and staff for the safe return to on-site instruction and learning. The district’s reopening plan incorporates the most current guidance from health experts, educational leaders, area school districts, as well as feedback from families. The protocols outlined in our plan will help us deploy risk-reduction strategies to hopefully mitigate the spread of COVID-19. No plan will eliminate the risk of infectious diseases in our schools, but actions are required to reduce the spread of this virus and respond to an outbreak. This plan will change based on the most current information available regarding federal, state, and local recommendations and requirements.
Because of the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak within our school community, we must all be prepared to adapt to increased preventative measures in response to changing circumstances throughout the school year. There is little doubt that on-site learning and support is best for most students and is beneficial to not only their academic success, but especially their social- emotional health. However, until a vaccine is developed there may be changes to community health requirements that would require school districts to shift strategies, including limiting the number of students at school, implementing a Hybrid Learning Environment, or shifting to a Remote Learning Environment where few or no students attend school on-site.
This is not just an issue concerning schools, but every aspect of our daily lives. We thank you for your patience in these challenging times as we are all in this together.