2021-2022 School Year Plan
Dear Sanford School Community,
As we begin the 2021-2022 School year and after consulting with Conejos County Public Health, the Sanford School District will move forward with the following plan to start the school year. The Sanford School District believes currently, this is the best plan to address students' needs physically, socially, and emotionally. We also believe this plan is in the best interest of the whole child. Please note that this plan is subject to change as we are currently in a rapidly changing phase of the pandemic. It is possible that future mandates by the state or county health agencies may require us to change our plans if COVID numbers should rapidly increase in our school, community, or county. However, as we begin the school year, the following plan is in place:
- Masks are optional while in our school and participating in athletics. However, we recommend and encourage those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask. Masks will not be required in the building, in the classrooms, or on campus. Those choosing to wear a mask, will not be discriminated against. We honor your choice in this matter.
- Masks will be required for all students being transported on a school bus or school transportation. This is due to a federal mandate this has been placed on all public transportation, including school buses. More information on this mandate can be found at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html
- Breakfast for all grades will be grab-and-go and will be eaten in classrooms.
- Lunch will be eaten in the cafeteria in cohorts consisting of grades K-2, 3-6, 7-8, and 9-12 with no masks required at any time.
- Cleaning of surfaces, handwashing and other protocols to keep our school healthy will continue.
- Parents of close contacts of those who may be exposed to a positive case of COVID will be notified. The school will contact trace and notify all individuals exposed. However, only those who were within three feet for 15 minutes or more and exhibiting symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 may be quarantined. Entire cohorts will not be quarantined unless an outbreak occurs within the cohort. Those who have been vaccinated will not need to quarantine.
- We will offer free COVID-19 testing for any students and staff who wish to be tested. Please work through our school nurse to schedule a time.
- Any person exhibiting symptoms must stay home and be tested before returning to school or not exhibiting symptoms for 24 hours. If a student or staff tests positive, they are quarantined for 10 days and must not return to school during the quarantine period.
- It is parents’ responsibility to keep sick students home and not to risk exposing their classmates or school staff to the virus. This is very important if we want to keep masks optional throughout the school year.
- If we should need to quarantine a cohort or the entire school due to an outbreak, learning will continue remotely with the expectation that students will be in remote attendance.
- A vaccine clinic for students age 12 and older will be offered on August 18, 2021.
While we begin the school year mostly normal, we recognize that things may change such as mandates placed on the school by the county or state. We look forward to increased learning within a better social/emotional atmosphere meeting all the needs of our students and families.
Enjoy the rest of your summer break. We look forward to seeing you on August 19.