Health and Safety

Protecting the health of our students, families, and staff while continuing to provide academic excellence is our top priority. Haysville USD 261 is following guidelines of expert health agencies, as we have done since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kansas Department of Health and Environmnet (KDHE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) have partnered in the development of reopening guidance for schools in Kansas. These guidelines for schools outline important considerations and protocols, including cleaning and disinfecting, physical distancing, face coverings, hand washing, notification and reporting of positive cases, and grouping students into smaller cohorts, to the extent possible. It is reasonable to expect that the guidelines and protocols implemented will continue to evolve as conditions change and as new information regarding COVID-19 becomes available. Another factor that will be put into consideration for our district will be the degree of community spread.


Health and Safety

Sanitation and Cleaning

  • All buildings will be provided with sanitation supplies and all classrooms will have hand sanitizer available.
  • Custodial staff have been trained in COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting procedures and will be increasing cleaning procedures throughout the district.
  • Cleaning protocols are being established for schools and facilities to deep clean, sanitize and disinfect.

Health and Hygiene

  • Individuals entering all attendance centers shall have their temperatures checked before entering the building for the first time each day. (Beginning 10/20/2020, students will no longer be required to have morning temperature checks)
  • All students, staff and visitors must wear a mask or other face covering with the exceptions outlined in EO #20-59.
  • Hand washing/sanitizing is required when entering the building.
  • Time will be structured throughout the day to ensure that hand washing/sanitizing occurs at least once every hour.
  • Signage will be posted throughout buildings to promote healthy hygiene practices.
  • Fabric covered surfaces/furniture will be removed to minimize contamination & spread.

Schools and Classrooms

  • Each building will have one designated entrance for visitors.
  • Visitors will be limited.
  • The use of facilities will be limited to Haysville USD 261 sponsored activities.
  • When possible, plexiglass barriers will be utilized in front office areas where face-to-face interaction with the public occurs.
  • Shared spaces are to be modified to limit the potential for exposure and cross contaminations.
  • No general hallway lockers (gym lockers may be used as arranged by building).
  • Assigned seating in all classrooms.
  • No classwide manipulative usage (students will need individual manipulatives).
  • Water fountains will be shut off unless the fountain has a bottle filler. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottle.
  • No shared school supplies or manipulatives.
  • Computer labs: Wash hands before entry and after leaving.
  • Library books: Checkout will happen with return bins that will sit for 72 hours before recirculating.
  • Classroom books: Structured to minimize contamination & spread.
  • Temporarily suspending the use of therapy animals.
  • Coordinated transitions, use of alternate routes, and social distancing where possible in hallways during transitions.


  • Buses will be sanitized daily.
  • Masks/face coverings are required at all times while on the bus.
  • Assigned seating for students on all routes.
  • Load students from back to front and unload from front to back.

Food Services

  • Students will be required to wash/sanitize hands prior to coming to the serving line.
  • Disposable serving trays and utensils will be used.
  • Food items will be pre-portioned and packaged for a grab-and-go style service, and eaten in classrooms, and possibly cafterias.
  • When students eat in the cafeteria, steps will be taken to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.
  • Tables/seating areas will be disinfected between serving periods.