2021-22 School Opening Plan

School Opening Plan 2021-22

(Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan)
As of July 29, 2021

As conditions around COVID-19 continue to fluctuate, PCR-3 is evaluating mitigating measures that can best support a return to more normal operations. Students benefit from in-person learning, and safely continuing in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year is a priority.  

PCR-3 is planning to implement the following updated protocols for the 2021-22 school year, based on current data. 

This approach remains focused on layered mitigation strategies with the ability to reinstate or discontinue specific strategies based on community transmission rates. PCR-3 will continue to monitor community transmission trends and data, and will adjust protocol accordingly should the need arise. If increased community spread of COVID-19 becomes a concern, the District will strengthen or add to prevention strategies. Community transmission data can be found by visiting the following websites:

We will continue to seek guidance from health authorities, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Should circumstances change, adjustments to our plans at the building and/or district level may be necessary, and we will communicate these adjustments with our families and staff.

Platte County School District COVID-19 cases and quarantines will continue to be tracked once the school year starts and will be updated weekly on the District website here.

Recommended Mitigation Measures

  • As of July 27, 2021, the CDC recommends face coverings be worn indoors by all individuals within schools, regardless of vaccination status. Currently, face coverings will be highly recommended, but not required for all staff, students, and visitors in District buildings. In general, people do not need to wear face coverings when outside.
  • Face coverings will continue to be required for all individuals on a school bus per federal order. 
  • Self-screening will continue to be emphasized and expected for all staff, students, and visitors before entering any school facility (stay home when signs of any infectious illness are present and refer to healthcare provider for testing and care). Staff, students, and visitors will be asked to conduct the following daily wellness check.

  • Staff and students will continue to be expected to wash or sanitize their hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Physical distancing of 3 feet or more in classrooms will be implemented to the greatest extent feasible. The inability to sustain physical distancing of 3 feet or more will not be a restriction for in-person learning. 
  • Stable seating charts will be used to limit student exposure inside the school building and on buses. 
  • Hand hygiene, including hand washing and sanitizing, will continue to be encouraged. This will occur frequently throughout the day, including before and after eating, recess and activities outside the classroom. Staff and students should practice respiratory etiquette and hand sanitizer will continue to be available in all schools.
  • District cleaning and maintenance procedures will continue to follow enhanced disinfection and sanitation protocols, especially for frequently touched surfaces.
  • Increased outdoor air, ventilation and filtering through the HVAC systems will continue to be used as a mitigation strategy.
  • Plexiglass will no longer be required and only used in situations when warranted or requested.
  • School supplies and classroom materials can now be shared amongst students and staff, as surface-related transmission of COVID-19 is rare.
  • School food service will resume normal meal serving strategies, as research has shown the virus is not transmitted as easily on surfaces. Personal snacks will be allowed to be brought to school when done in accordance with current handbook procedures; classroom-wide snacks and treats are not currently allowed. Students and staff should sanitize their hands before and after eating.  
  • The use of refillable water bottle stations will be allowed, and these will be sanitized and disinfected frequently throughout the day. Students and staff are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school.
  • Students who are asked to quarantine will receive instruction during their quarantine period.
  • Families, students, and staff will continue to be expected to report suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 to Dr. Jen Beutel, beutelj@platteco.k12.mo.us or 816-858-5420 ext. 2199.
  • Contact tracing and quarantine measures will continue to be implemented as follows:
    • Exposed individuals who are fully vaccinated will not have to quarantine, unless symptomatic.
    • For those individuals who are not fully vaccinated, if both people are correctly wearing masks throughout the encounter and are 3-6 feet apart, that is not considered a close contact and those individuals will not have to quarantine.
    • Student quarantine instruction will continue as needed.
  • Schools will limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations. Essential visitors will be allowed on campus, following standard visiting rules. Examples of essential visitor functions include:
    • Parent/staff meetings
    • Student check-in and check-out
    • Student/staff internships and academic experiences, including class presentations
    • Student mentorships (Pirate Pals, A+, etc.) 
    • Approved parent volunteers
  • Currently, due to social distancing challenges, parents wishing to eat lunch with their students are not permitted at this time.
  • Capacity restrictions at events will be finalized after more information is obtained from DESE, MSHSAA, Suburban Conference, and the Platte County Health Department. Currently, there are no capacity restrictions, but capacity may be reduced to allow for physical distancing, based on community transmission rates.
  • Families requesting remote learning for the 2021-22 school year should contact the District Education Center at 816-858-5420.