American Rescue Plan ESSER Funds Required Language

  • Lindbergh Schools will receive a one-time allocation of COVID relief money from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. To receive funds allocated under the ARP, school districts must publish information on their website that addresses mitigation and prevention strategies, continuity of services during interruptions to in-person learning, and periodic review and revision of the district’s plan.

    It should be noted that Lindbergh Schools successfully offered both in-person and virtual learning for the entire 2020-21 school year, with about 5,061 students opting for in-person instruction in August and 2,076 opting for virtual instruction.

    During the 2021-22 school year, students also had the option to attend in person or participate in virtual learning.

Mitigation and Prevention Strategies

  • Lindbergh Schools mitigation and prevention strategies include:

    Face coverings

    Lindbergh Schools will utilize a mask-optional environment for Lindbergh staff and students in grades K-12 if certain criteria are met with regard to percentage of positive cases, and COVID-19 community data. This new mask-optional environment also allows students and staff the option to continue wearing masks if they so choose. Face coverings will continue to be required on the bus, as stated by federal mandate.

    Physical distancing

    Social distancing of at least 6 feet remains one of the best preventative measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. It is recognized that this cannot be accomplished at all times, and distancing of at least 3 feet has been shown to reduce infections. While children are unlikely to exhibit serious symptoms from COVID-19, social distancing helps prevent the spread to adults—especially those who may be at high risk. These tools allow Lindbergh Schools to promote social distancing to the best of our ability: mapping of learning spaces, visual indicators on floors and in hallways, physical barriers (plexiglass shields) where necessary, and reminders to students from teachers and staff.

    Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities

    Custodial staff follow a daily cleaning protocol in all classrooms and school buildings, including frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including handrails, doorknobs, sinks and water fountains. In addition, classrooms will have a supply of district-approved cleaning wipes to sanitize classrooms, building HVAC systems have been updated to allow additional outside air for improved dilution ventilation, and Emist disinfection is used at every school on a rotating basis.

    Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

    Teachers and staff will encourage hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer upon entering a building, before eating, after eating, after restroom usage, before any group activities and before boarding school buses. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, and in common areas throughout each building.

    Health screening

    All staff and students must administer a self-assessment before coming to school or work. This check is to assure that individuals are not currently experiencing one of the following symptoms, or have not experienced one of the following symptoms within the last 14 days. All staff and students must stay home from school when sick or showing any of the symptoms listed:

    • A fever (100.4 or higher)
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion/runny nose
    • Headache
    • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
    • Body aches
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Loss of taste/smell
    • or, if they or a member of their household has been diagnosed or presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19.

    Exclusion from school

    Lindbergh Schools has the authority to exclude the following individuals from school, according to Policy EBB: Communicable Diseases, and Missouri Revised Statute 167.191:

    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19
    • Unvaccinated household contacts of positive cases
    • Individuals with one or more COVID-19 symptom

    In addition, Lindbergh Schools will comply with the following directives:

    • An individual’s physician may recommend that they stay home from school
    • Local health authorities are authorized to issue verbal or written orders excluding an individual from school

    Lindbergh Schools follows the Washington University Pediatric & Adolescent Ambulatory Research Consortium’s COVID-19 Algorithms for Clinicians and Schools.

    • If an individual has one low-risk symptom and no known exposure to a person with COVID-19, they must stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours.
    • If an individual has two or more low-risk symptoms, OR one or more high-risk symptoms, and has not had any known COVID-19 exposure, they will be sent home from school and must see their doctor.

    Contact tracing

    Lindbergh Schools will continue to have various employees throughout the district, including all building nurses and administrators, who are certified through Johns Hopkins University as COVID-19 Contact Tracers to assist in reducing further spread and exposure, when/if needed.

    Food Service

    Lindbergh Schools, in partnership with Southwest Foodservice Excellence,  is properly prepared to provide food for students in our district. To protect the health and safety of all students and staff:

    • Meals may be served in multiple locations, including classrooms, to support social distancing when necessary
    • Food may be served in pre-packaged containers when necessary
    • All food and nutrition staff are thoroughly trained in food safety

    Transportation

    Lindbergh Schools, in partnership with First Student, will ensure that students are transported to and from school in a safe and healthy manner.

    • Students and staff will follow federal mandates regarding the use of face coverings. In addition, students will wear face coverings on the bus anytime universal masking is implemented at the school level.
    • Students will follow district health screening protocols when riding the bus.
    • First Student will sanitize buses according to district-approved protocols.

    Diagnostic and screening testing

    Lindbergh Schools refers students and staff to their local health department or medical provider for COVID-19 testing.

    Vaccination efforts

    Lindbergh Schools, in partnership with Pharmax Pharmacies, hosted separate on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics for district staff, students ages 12 and older, and community members. Through these efforts, more than 2,550 individuals were able to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    On-site vaccination clinics included:

    • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Lindbergh Staff
      • March 30-31 and April 29
      • 500 vaccinated
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Community Members
      • April 15 and May 13
      • 550 vaccinated
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Students Ages 12-18
      • May 18-19 and June 9
      • 600 vaccinated
    • Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics for Ages 12+ first dose and Ages 18+ boosters & Influenza vaccine for Ages 7+
      • October 18, 27, 29
      • 590 vaccinated for influenza
      • 450 vaccinated for COVID-19
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 5-11
      • November 19
      • 450+ vaccinated

    Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities

    Lindbergh Schools will continue to provide accommodations as necessary or as mandated by a student’s IEP. In addition, the Special School District of St. Louis County has developed a return to school plan that works in collaboration with partner school districts.

Continuity of Services

  • The district tended to students’ social, emotional, and mental health needs during the 2020-21 school year by teaching positive coping skills and referring students to the counseling or care teams as necessary. These efforts continue in the 2021-22 school year.

Periodic Revision

  • The district will periodically review and revise, if necessary, its plan, no less than every six months. The task force initially convened in 2020 to work on reopening plans and reconvenes every six months to consider revisions. Most recently, the task force met on Dec. 6, 2021. The task force includes representatives from many stakeholder groups, including teachers, support staff, students, principals, medical professionals and district leaders.

Public Input

  • Guidance provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) states that return-to-school plans adopted as part of a public board meeting satisfy the ARP’s initial public input requirement. Lindbergh Schools successfully offered both in-person and virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year.

    • The district’s Green Light plan can be found on the district website and was presented to the Board of Education on July 14, 2020.
    • The Board of Education voted on a revised Green Light Plan in December 2021.
    • The district continues to hear from patrons at monthly board meetings and other forums regarding face masks and other COVID mitigation measures for the 2021-22 school year.

Translations and Accessibility

  • The district’s Green Light plan is housed on the Lindbergh Schools website, and can be translated online using Google Translate. Lindbergh Schools is committed to making our websites accessible for visitors with disabilities. This is an ongoing process and we are continually implementing new strategies to ensure our web content is accessible for all audiences. We strive to conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (Level AA). These recommendations are developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with the goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals and organizations.

    If you need further assistance reading or translating this document, please call 314-729-2480.

     

    Updated: December 2021