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Back To School - 2020

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Thank you for your patience as our dedicated team of staff and administrators work through the details of our back to school 2020 plan that focuses on our guiding principles of student and staff safety and learning equity. After a great deal of planning and feedback, a draft of our plan is below. Please know that we are committed to developing a fluid plan that will allow our students to receive the best learning experience possible. All plans are subject to change based on the recommendations and/or order of the public health department.

 


USD 253 Back To School In 2020 Summary

 

We are continuing to plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year.  Based on current information from KSDE and Flint Hills Community Health, the following guidelines have been put in place to begin to shape some of our thinking about what the start of school might look like.^  We understand this document does not provide all of the answers you might need or expect, rather the intent is for it to begin to better define a framework of our best thinking at this point in time.   As statewide workgroups made recommendations to KSDE in their Navigating Change 2020 document, that framework was centered around two overarching questions to keep in mind:

  • How do we keep students, educators, and community members as safe as possible?
  • How do we ensure each student is learning and being supported regardless of the learning environment? 

Navigating Change 2020 also recommended the following terminology be used for different learning environments:

  • ON-SITE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:  students and teachers will be in school with or without social distancing practices put into place.
  • HYBRID LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:  students would be spending part of their time in the classroom and part of their time learning virtually from home.
  • REMOTE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:  students would be doing all of their learning from home and not entering the building at all.  

On-Site Learning

Hybrid Learning

Remote Learning

This plan represents a return to school and the classroom where students will interact directly, but safely, with their teachers and classmates on-site.

This plan represents a return to school and the classroom where a percentage of the time students will interact directly, but safely, with their teachers and classmates on-site. Students will receive remote instruction for the percentage of time* they are not on-site. *This amount of time may vary based on individual students' needs and might include a scenario where students were on-site 2 days/week and remote 3 days per week as an example.

This plan represents a fully remote or online learning opportunity for students and families who are or who have someone in their household who are medically fragile or for those families who do not feel comfortable returning to a school building.

- OR -

This plan would be activated by the district in cooperation with Flint Hills Community Health if concerns are high and additional health and safety measures are needed.

This plan would be activated by the District in cooperation with Flint Hills Community Health if schools must close due to COVID-19

Instruction: Teachers will include on-site instruction to students 5 days/week.

Instruction: Teachers will provide students with instruction being a blend of on-site and remote learning.

Instruction: Teachers will provide students in grades pre-K to 12 with fully remote or online instruction.

Food Service: Meals will be provided daily at all attendance centers.

Food Service: Meals will be provided daily for students who are in attendance at all attendance centers. Families may be able to pick up meals at designated locations on days when they are not in attendance. (Awaiting further guidance from USDA and KSDE Nutrition Services)

Food Service: Families may be able to pick up meals at designated locations on days when they are not in attendance. (Awaiting further guidance from USDA and KSDE Nutrition Services)

Cohort Groups:
• Students and staff, when feasible, will remain within a “cohort” group and have limited interactions with those outside their cohort.
• Middle and high school students will belong to multiple cohort groups.

Cohort Groups:
• Students and staff, when feasible, will remain within a “cohort” group and have limited interactions with those outside their cohort.
• Middle and high school students will belong to more restrictive cohort groups.
• Class sizes and building occupancy will be limited to allow six feet of distance between students and staff.

 

Facial Coverings: Staff and students will wear masks or face coverings while inside school facilities unless it inhibits the person’s ability to perform their job, inhibits a student’s ability to participate in the educational process, or is disruptive to the educational environment.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocols: Additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been put in place.

 

Social Distancing: Executive Order 20-59: Throughout all public or private K-12 school buildings or facilities, individuals shall maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity. This requirement does not apply to in-person instruction in classrooms when masks or other face coverings are worn.

 

Transportation: School transportation will be provided for eligible students on days when school is in session. Bus protocols will include loading the bus from the back to the front, assigned seating, families sitting together, increased ventilation, increased cleaning and disinfecting practices, and the driver and riders will wear face coverings.

 

Staff and Student Hygiene: Students and staff will utilize effective hygiene practices to maintain a healthy environment. The Governor’s Executive Order requires that all students and staff have hourly handwashing or hand sanitizing, mask wearing, social distancing, and daily health screenings.

Hygiene: Students and families are encouraged to utilize effective hygiene practices to maintain a healthy environment.

Remote Learning Guidelines and Daily Log Per KSDE Guidelines:
• Students must have a daily connection through the telephone or interactive video conferencing with a local teacher(s);
• Students must maintain a daily log of activities signed by the student, parent, or responsible adult and submitted to the district.
• Students will be in attendance daily, will be expected to complete classroom assignments and assessments, and participate in class through videoconferencing?

KSHSAA and Activities: Students may be able to participate in extra-curricular activities. (We are currently awaiting further guidance from KSHSAA and Flint Hills Community Health)

KSHSAA and Activities: Extra-curricular activities will not be available to families who have selected this model.

Districtwide Entry Protocol: All students, staff, and visitors to the building will be:
• temperature screened prior to entering the building;
• required to wear a mask.
• answer screening questions related to exposure or contact with others that are currently COVID positive, recent travel to “KDHE quarantine locations” and symptom checking.

 

District Provided Technology: The district will provide all students in grades K-12 a school issued Chromebook. 4-year-old pre-school students will have access to a district issued iPad.

Accommodations and Support Services: Accommodations and support services will be provided based on student strengths and needs and the delivery model. (social and emotional support, special education, and tiered instruction will be provided. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) may be provided consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing special education and related services to students.

Parent, Visitor, and Vendor Access To Buildings: Parents, visitors, and vendor’s will have limited access to the buildings. For those entering, limit access beyond the front office. Everyone entering the building will be subject to district approved screening processes. To the extent possible, phone calls and video conferencing should be utilized for parent meetings, parent teacher conferences, and back to school nights.

Notes:

  • ^ Awaiting specific advice from the Governor’s Executive Order 20-59  which requires COVID-19 mitigation procedures in K-12 schools.  ^ still gaining clarification on this.  
  • These plans are subject to change based on public health mandates and changing local, state, and national metrics.  We will continue to be fluid in our planning and response to COVID-19.^
  • Based on a wide variety of factors, we anticipate it being necessary to potentially have different learning models at the elementary and/or secondary buildings.
Can parents/guardians choose a remote learning environment for their students?

Yes, In this option, students will be completing all of their learning from home and will not be entering the school building. The remote learning delivery model is for families who have a student or family member who is medically fragile and/or for families who have a safety concern with returning to school. This model will include, but not be limited to the following components: students will complete course assignments and will be assessed on the same standards and competencies as on-site students, students will have daily contact with their teacher(s), and parents must maintain a daily log of activities signed by the student and parent and submitted to the school district.

How will the district keep students and staff safe?
Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Hand Washing

Executive Order 20-59 – This order is in place and mandates face coverings for everyone entering a K-12 school building with the exception of those with a medical condition and children who are not students and who are under the age of 5. Additionally, it includes:

    • A health screening will be administered each time a student, staff, parent, or any other visitor enters a building for the first time each day.
    • Six feet social distancing will be in place unless a facial covering is worn
      • Arrival
      • Dismissal
      • Classroom
      • Lunch
      • Recess
      • Class changes
      • Specials
      • Large Classes
    • Hand sanitizer or washing will be required once per hour by all students and staff
Updated 2020-2021 Academic Calendar

COMING SOON

Health & Community Resources:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/

Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html

KASB: https://kasb.org/advocacy/keyresources/ (KASB will post additional resources on this page as they become available)

NSBA Legal Guide for COVID-19: https://www.nsba.org/Resources/coronavirus/legal-guide

CDC has specific guidance for travelers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

CDC Self Symptom Checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

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