Windham's WNESU Reopening Plan V08-17-2020 page

WNESU Reopening Plan V08-17-2020

WNESU Reopening Plan
Posted on 09/09/2020
This is the image for the news article titled WNESU Reopening Plan

Windham Northeast Supervisory Union

Fall 2020 School Re-Entry Plan





“The driving force behind this plan has and will always be the

health and safety of our students and staff.“






Table of Contents




  • Introduction:.................................................................................. 2-3

  • Risk Assessment Scale:...................................................................4

  • School Day Schedule/Remote Learning Option:........................... 5-7

  • Social & Emotional Health:……................................................... 8-9

  • Arrival and Daily Health Check/Health Screening: …….............. 9-10

  • Transportation: …...........................................................................10-11

  • Hygiene Throughout the Day: …....................................................11-12

  • Student and Staff Sickness Identified While at School: .................12

  • Student Services (IEP’s, 504’S): …................................................11-12

  • Food Services: ………....................................................................12-13

  • Sanitization and Building Operations: ….......................................13

  • Classroom and Building Operational Expectations: …..................14-15

  • Recess, Activities & Outdoor Breaks: ….......................................15-16

  • School Closure: ………..................................................................16

  • School-Wide Assemblies, Concerts, and Large Group Activities: 16

  • Use of School Buildings, Assemblies & Events:............................16

  • Fire Drills, Emergency Evacuations, and Lockdown Drills: …......17

  • Quick References: ………..............................................................17-18

  • Additional Resources: …................................................................18-20




Re-Entry Plan 2020

WNESU

PLANNING FOR THE START OF THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Introduction

WNESU has created this plan through a task force of teachers, administrators, board members, facility directors, transportation director, special services, school counselors, and school nurses as representatives who will continue to monitor and adjust this plan in accordance with updated state guidance. We understand that this plan will not be able to answer all the questions. Moving forward, the task force and Principals will be publishing and providing updates regularly. We will continue to revisit this model so we can make the necessary changes needed to meet the student's needs. At this time, this plan does not have an option for 100% remote learning, other than Homeschool through the state. WNESU will continue to work on this as an option over the next few weeks.. The first day of school for students will be September 8, 2020, directed by the Vermont Governor.


This document provides students, families, and community members information on how WNESU schools will reopen in the Fall of 2020. This information is based on the COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools provided to us from the Vermont Agency of Education (VT AOE) and the Vermont Department of Health (VT DOH). Guidelines follow an IV step plan:


Step I- Schools are closed for in-person instruction. Remote learning opportunities should be provided for all students.


Step II- Schools are open for in-person instruction with enhanced physical distancing measures.


Step III- Schools are open for in-person instruction with distancing measures.


Step IV- Business as usual. The VT AOE and VT DOH have decided to start schools at Step II and transportation at Step III. Therefore, what is described in this plan is the highest level of safety measures for schools to provide in-person learning.


Travel Reminder

If you travel out of state to a location other than those counties with low rates of active cases you must quarantine in Vermont upon return. This includes day trips.

 

We begin by offering you the guiding principles and core beliefs that inform our reopening plan. What follows are the topics relevant to all of our schools. Please note that there will be more specific information relevant to individual schools, decision making around closures, labor relations, and the continuity of learning that is forthcoming. As with everything related to COVID-19, guidance will evolve and new guidance will be provided. As it does, we will update this plan accordingly. Please always reference the most recent version. Schools will be sending home specific plans that reflect the WNESU plan.

Because we are continuing to learn more about COVID-19 and the conditions surrounding the crisis are continually evolving, it is likely we will have to change, amend, or add to this guidance. The driving force behind this plan has and will always be the health and safety of our students and staff.



School Closure Due to COVID -19 Exposure or possible:

  • All CDC guidelines will be strictly followed.

  • Schools/schools will go into an immediate reactive closure and the remote learning plan would go into effect.

  • Once a school is notified of a positive case of COVID-19 schools or schools will be closed for at least 14 days or until results from testing come back negative.

  • A report will be made to the state and CDC

  • All individuals that have been in the school will be required to be tested if an outbreak does occur.A mandatory 14 day self quarantine period for all individuals who may have been exposed as directed by the CDC

  • A public notification will go immediately.


The objectives of this health guidance and for schools during the coming year are to:

  1. Decrease risk of COVID-19 from entering the school building through effective public health prevention.

  2. Decrease transmission of COVID-19 among staff and students through proven public health measures.

  3. Quickly identify cases and put mitigation procedures in place when there are COVID-19 cases among students or staff.

  4. Ensure that the special needs of students with physical, emotional, and behavioral concerns are thoroughly addressed in a fair and equitable manner.

  5. Communicate regularly with staff, students, families, and the community to provide assurances that schools are working tirelessly to keep students and staff safe and healthy.

  6. Ensure that COVID-19 health guidance works to achieve an equitable educational experience for all students.


Guiding Principles

  • The safety and health of all students and staff is our first priority.

  • The social-emotional well being of students and staff is essential.

  • Equity of access must be front and center in everything we do.

  • In-person education is the preferred mode of delivery while we practice readiness for distance and online learning

  • Current guidance from the VT DOH and the VT AOE will inform all decision making.


Core Beliefs

  • We create positive learning environments by engaging and relevant learning.

  • We practice flexibility and reframe our challenges as opportunities.

  • We work to build resilience as individuals and as a community.

  • We acknowledge the range of opinions surrounding the reopening of schools.

  • We integrate the social-emotional well being of students into our instruction.

  • We focus on self-care, including reducing stress because high stress impedes learning.

  • We strive for equity in access to learning. We seek equitable outcomes for all.

  • We have a responsibility to be a part of ending systemic racism and other forms of discrimination.

  • We are proactive, responsive, and persistent in our system of academic and behavioral supports for reaching every student.

  • We value relationships and open communication.

  • We encourage and nurture a community of learners with diverse experiences, where "Everyone learns from everyone."


Sincerely,

Chris Pratt, WNESU Superintendent of School



Risk Assessment Scale

*Vermont is opening school in the Yellow Level -2



Low Risk Level (VT Level-3& 4)

No Community Transmission


 


 

*No laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, iin-schoolrted increase in the number of cases over in-school14 days.


Medium Risk (VT Level -2)

Some Community Spread


 


 


*Low to moderate level of community transmission: Minimal amount of laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 as determined by community.

High Risk (VT-Level 1)

Widespread Community Transmission

 


 


*High level of community transmission:


*Outbreaks or increases in cases and recent

laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.


 


 

ALL WNESU School will be closed

or

Individual Schools will have a reactive

school closure based on the situation.

All WNESU will be fully opened for on-site learning with limited or no hybrid remote learning .


All WNESU Schools are open for instruction with Hybrid remote learning.



Green and Yellow risk levels have the same CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing and other mitigation strategies. We anticipate starting the year in the Yellow level, Level 2 . **unless the community is in HIGH RISK status.


Provided our community sustains low risk, (Green, VT Levels 3-4), we will begin to phase in additional face to face learning.




*As the year progresses, WNESU will continue to revisit the learning model that we have in place. Six weeks will be the maximum length of this plan as written. As situations change we will address them and amend the plan.






Hybrid School Day Schedules:

  • All students will have a weekly hybrid schedule in which all students Prek-12 are split into an A group or B group.


  • These groups will be divided alphabetically--keeping siblings together.


  • If family students live in the same household but do not have the same last names, they will be placed in the same (A) (A-K ) or (B) (L-Z) groups.


  • One half of the students attend school “in person” for a full day on Monday and Tuesday and the other half attends for a full day “in person” Thursday and Friday. On the days that students are not in school remote assignments will be given.

 

  • Wednesday will be a fully remote day, with no students in the schools. This approach has many advantages, including, but not limited to:


  1. Fewer students in the building for a more comfortable start of the school year.

  2. The chance for us to work through the implementation of many new procedures and expectations with only half of the student body at a time.

  3. Give teachers two days in a row with each in-person cohort, providing at least a small amount of continuity of learning for work that could continue in-person for two days in a row.

  4. An opportunity to give a full day cleaning of the entire building in the middle of the week while running this weekly schedule.

  5. Outdoor classrooms space will be utilized as much as possible.






First Week of In-School Hybrid Schedule (Week 1)



The Schedule will be as follows for the 1st week of School.


  • The first week of school ( Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri.) will be half days for an even "gentler" reentry to the school year. In addition, this will give the schools a chance to introduce new procedures and introduce students to their classes.


Week #1

Monday

Tuesday

(Sept 8th)

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday




Holiday No School

1/2 day

of

in-school instruction for

Group A

(A-K)

1/2 day

of

in- school instruction

for

Group A

(A-K)

1/2/ day

of

in-school instruction

for

Group B

(L-Z)


1/2/ day

of

in-school instruction for

Group B

(L-Z)




Week #2-6

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


A Full day of in-school instruction for:

 

Group A

(A-K)






No students or staff in schools, all learning takes place online with teacher support.


All schools get a deep cleaning

A Full day of in-school instruction for:

 

Group B

(L-Z)





(Cont.)

  • Starting during week 2, Wednesdays will remain a fully remote learning day.

  • Monday week 2 will be the first full day for “Group A”

  • Thursday week 2 will be the first full day for “Group B”

  • Schools will follow this hybrid schedule for the first 6 weeks of school and revisit based on the current COVID-19 statistic and state guidance.

  • After the first six weeks, the task force will reassess the current learning model.

  • Using this model, we are also getting practice with our remote teaching skills, in the unfortunate event that we need to fully access them at some point in the school year.


Additional learning skills added

  • Schools will continue to focus on teaching protocols to students for the first 4-6 weeks

  • Schools will also continue to work with students on how to use tools for distance learning (i.e. email, Google Classroom, Google Meets, Zoom).

  • It is important that we also include teaching time management for distance/hybrid learning.




100% Remote Learning Option

WNESU Model for Remote Learning with the VTVLC Resources*

  1. Full 6-12 online curriculum for the teacher(s) in the content area(s)

  2. Canvas and supporting online tools

  3. Rostering and enrollment in collaboration with school developed PLP

  4. Technical support for both teachers and students

  5. Liaison with the local school coordinator

  6. Program oversight

  7. Compliance with local course teaching expectations per master agreements

  8. Full-time enrollment per student. K-8 students will be considered 1 FTE based on local school requirements

What WNESU Provides:

  1. Full-time teacher(s) for the school year

  2. Computer and technology for the teacher’s/student’s use while remote

  3. Special Education services

  4. Counseling services

  5. Liaison with VTVLC (school coordinator will be the point of contact for program oversight)

  6. Student registration and course requests


Student enrollment can be assessed for change at the end of the fall semester, prior to the beginning of the spring semester in order to allow for changeover back to the local on-campus options.

Process to Enroll:

  • On August 6 2020 the on-line enrollment form will be sent out to all families to register

  • Deadline for enrollment will be August 11, 2020 (State needs names by this date)

  • All devices are provided by WNESU schools

*Vermont Virtual Learning Collaborative



Social And Emotional Health

WNESU recognizes that all students have had different experiences from COVID-19 and not everyone in the school will be in the same place. Social and emotional learning (SEL) will be critical to re-engaging students, supporting adults, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning when schools reopen. Additionally, strong relationships between staff, students, families and community are crucial to have in place.


Administration and staff prioritize social-emotional learning by integrating trauma informed supports and

interventions for students or staff exhibiting signs or symptoms of traumatic stress. All existing guidance and counseling systems of support will remain intact but will be adjusted to meet the additional COVID-related emotional and behavioral needs.


These will include but will not be limited to: access to a school counselor regularly and in case of emergency, in-school personnel trained to address immediate needs, and a member within the school team to serve as a family liaison to address family and home wellness.


We will continue to coordinate with local mental health agencies. The following areas are being addressed.

  1. Establish a Multidisciplinary Decision Making Team

  2. Address Staff & Faculty SEL Needs

  3. Address SEL & mental health needs of students

  4. Relationships & Transitions

  5. Potential for Trauma

  6. Physical Space Needs.

  7. Behavior

  8. Family Engagement

  9. Access to School Counselors and others with similar expertise.

  10. Plan for the Unexpected (Hybrid & Remote)

 

  • Additional processes will be inplace that include community, social services and mental health partners to help identify and provide support to students or staff at potentially higher risk for significant stress or trauma from COVID-19. This will involve a triage system to see who needs crisis intervention and support. Consider those who have experienced a death, those with significant disruptions to their lifestyle (food and/or financial insecurity), those with a history of trauma and chronic stress or pre-existing mental health problems, those with exposure to abuse and neglect, and those who have a history of significant anxiety, depression and/or suicidal ideation.


  • Develop a referral system for individuals who need targeted supports and/or community services. Identify social emotional supports for the potential of schools re-closing and/or a need to stay home and isolate due to exposure to the virus or becoming infected with the virus.



Arrival and Daily Health Check/Health Screening

Daily Health Checks are required for all students and staff at the first point of contact, meaning as the student or staff enter the building. School nurses and health assistants will be responsible for maintaining and storing records of Health Checks as needed.


Health Checks will include a temperature check and required health questions. Parents of younger students need to provide answers to the required daily health questions.

Non-contact thermometers will be used with the exception of ear thermometers for the buses during the colder months.


Staff conducting temperature checks must wash hands prior to starting and must wear a facial covering, eye protection and disposable gloves. If physical contact is made with students or staff during a temperature screening, disposable gloves must be changed before the next screening.


  • Pre screening can happen at home with an online Google Health Screening form submitted daily.

  • If families can not complete the online Google Health Screening form at home, School Screening Monitors at school will perform the screening before the student is allowed to class (This is for walkers and car riders only)


Student identified While at School

  • If a student or staff shows any one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (such as a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) while at school the student or staff will be sent home. Materials, toys, and furniture touched by the student or staff who is sent home will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Information on when students or staff can return to school after a sickness will be forthcoming.


Covid-19 in School

  • If COVID-19 is confirmed or presumptive positive in a student or staff member, areas used by a sick person will be closed until after cleaning and disinfecting; waiting 24 hours or as long as practical before beginning cleaning and disinfecting to allow droplets to settle. School staff will participate in contact tracing as requested by the VT DOH.


  • The school will communicate the risk, or lack of risk, from contact with products, people and places while maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of those seeking healthcare and those who may be part of a contact investigation.


  • Anyone confirmed or presumptive positive with COVID-19 can return to school after three full days without a fever, AND symptoms have improved, AND at least 10 days have passed since any symptoms appeared.


  • If a student or staff has been identified as a close contact to someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19, they should self-quarantine for 14 days since the day they were last in close contact with the person with COVID-19. Staff or students that have not shown symptoms may contact their primary care provider about getting tested on or after day 7. If the results are negative, quarantine may be ended.



Transportation

The safest and recommended method is for families to transport their children in personal vehicles, or allow them to walk or ride their bike when possible. This will minimize the risk of mixing cohorts on the school bus.


Bus Transportation- Daily Health Checks are required for all students. Screening will take place for all students upon arrival at school and before they enter the building. As students exit the bus they will be screened before proceeding to the school and/or playground.


Parents of younger students need to provide answers to the required daily health questions. Students are required to wear cloth facial coverings on the bus, unless a documented medical condition prohibits the use of a facial covering. Bus monitors will be assigned to each bus to assist in the screening and students monitoring. Bus drivers will assign seats, grouping by grade or family if possible. Upon arrival to school on the bus, students will be required to go directly to their assigned classroom and wash their hands immediately.


Personal Transportation-: Arrival times for students arriving by personal transportation may be staggered by cohort or family. Adults doing drop-off and pick-up must wear facial coverings if they exit their vehicle. No symptomatic caregiver should transport students to school. Students arriving via personal transportation should report directly to their assigned entry location. Upon arrival, daily Health Checks are required for all staff and students at the first point of contact . Meaning, before the student is allowed to enter the school. Parents/caregivers are required to stay at the drop off location until the health screening is complete, although not permitted to enter the building. Students must go directly to their classroom and wash their hands immediately.


  • Students taking the bus will be screened before they enter the school building or playground. This screening will take place as they exit the bus.


  • For Walkers/Car riders who can not reliably answer the health screening questions (example: younger students/ certain students with special needs) a parent must be present at school while the Health Screening is done OR have completed the online- Google Health Screening form, OR send a hard copy of a paper screening form with their student. (if they elect to send in a hard copy of the form, it must be the school supplied Health Screening Form)


  • For Bus Riders who cannot reliably answer the health screening (example:younger students/ certain special needs students) teachers and staff will assist them upon arrival at the school.


Hygiene Throughout the Day

  • Staff will educate, instruct and reinforce hygiene procedures and expectations.

  • Staff will ensure that posters describing handwashing steps will be placed near all sinks.

  • Staff will monitor and enforce face covering requirements if necessary, social distancing, and all other measures.

  • Students and Staff will engage in hand hygiene, the washing of hands or the use of hand sanitizer, on a regular basis throughout the day.


Student and Staff Sickness Identified While at School

If a student or staff shows any one or more symptoms of COVID-19 (such as a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) while at school, (cont.)

the student or staff will be sent home. Materials, toys, and furniture touched by the student or staff who is sent home will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Information on when a student can return to school after a sickness will be forthcoming.


Student Services (IEP’s, 504’S)

The physical, emotional, and psychological safety of every student is the priority. Teams need to consider the heightened risks for our most vulnerable students and the staff who support them, including but not limited to, those with compromised immune systems, impulse control issues, or other behavioral issues or disabilities who cannot follow public health guidelines. Mental health and social-emotional supports should be prioritized for vulnerable students. The focus should be on what is reasonable and appropriate in the school building.


It may be necessary to plan for transitioning students between options of remote learning, blended learning, virtual learning, and/or alternating or parallel waves of each. A team-based approach will play an essential role in meeting the needs of our high-risk population.


Teams may include parents/caregivers, school nurse, health care provider(s), IEP team members, teachers and paraprofessionals as appropriate to develop shared goals within and across settings and to achieve care that is safe, accessible, effective, student-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. Occupational Therapy, Speech, and other related service providers must disinfect rooms between students: including all touch surfaces, materials and equipment.



Food Services

At this time, we do not have USDA waivers to continue offering universal free meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that we utilized during the school closure from March-August 2020. What this means is that we will return to using the paid, free/reduced meal claiming system. We are closely monitoring the situation for any changes from the USDA and State of VT, and will provide updates to the school leadership teams as we learn more.


  • School meals during the school day- An official “school day” is considered in-school learning or remote learning. This definition requires our district to offer school meals to students in both learning environments.


  • Remote School Meal Offerings- Students who will be in remote learning for all or part of the week, will have their meals delivered along WNESU bus routes, similarly to how we have been delivering meals since late March. We also aim to provide the opportunity for curbside meal pick-up.


  • Classroom Delivery Model- Meals will be delivered to each classroom. Everything we serve will be pre-packaged.


  • Grab & Go Breakfasts-We will be exploring the best options for Grab and Go Breakfasts at each school for in-person learning days. (Cont.)

We will be working with each individual principal on the details of what will work best for their school.

  • Meal Ordering- We will work with classroom teachers to help determine meal counts for their class. This will allow our kitchen staff to prepare appropriate meals for those students in school. Pick up and/or Delivery models aim to utilize an online ordering system for parents to pre-order for the week or month.

  • Free and Reduced Meal Applications- We want to make sure that families know they can receive free meals if they qualify, Please contact your child's school for assistance or you can fill out the VT School Meal Application and then qualify based on income. Returning free and reduced families need to re-apply before the October 10 deadline.

  • Kitchen Staff Health and Wellness-The kitchen staff in each school will be following all the same district-wide health and safety procedures (i.e temperature checks upon entering the building, health check questions, masks, gloves, sanitization protocols, etc).


Sanitization and Building Operations

Sanitization

Each school will create a daily and weekly plan for sanitizing their buildings, which will be shared with their principals. Midweek on Wednesdays, all schools will get a thorough cleaning. Common spaces and frequently touched surfaces and doors will be disinfected by custodians three times each day. Custodial staff and teachers will continue to follow VT DOH regulations regarding cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Facilities Operations and Maintenance Manual will inform trained staff on scope of cleaning, maintenance tasks and frequencies with checklists for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection.


  • Each school will create a daily and weekly plan for sanitizing their buildings, which will be shared with their principals.

  • Each school will work with their school nurse to identify the best isolation room, based upon the established criteria for such a space.

  • Each school will address, as best as possible, their capacity to maintain the temperature and humidity within the expected standards.

  • Hand sanitizing stations must be set up at the entrance of the facility, or the entrance process could be rerouted through a different entrance nearest the sink, so that students can sanitize/wash their hands before they enter, or immediately upon entry into the facility.

  • Markings will be placed at all entrances so distancing is easy to establish.

  • Each school will disinfect classrooms, hallways, and entrances. Administrators will carry out regular walkthroughs to monitor that classrooms are well-organized, and that extraneous, surplus, or unnecessary items are either removed to school storage or discarded.

  • Décor such as posters and student work are allowed but should be limited in number to minimize surfaces to be disinfected, and preferably laminated to avoid damage from the regular misting of the space.


Hydration/Water Fountains

  • In order to maintain student safety, water fountains are closed for drinking but will be available for filling water bottles and will be frequently sanitized.


Ventilation

  • All school ventilation systems have been properly cleaned and meet all required operating standards per manufacturer. Existing building ventilation systems will run extended hours prior to school start time and be shut down just after evening disinfection application. Air filters will be replaced every 90 days.



Classroom and Building Operational Expectations


  • All Schools will be using outdoor classroom space as much as possible.


  • Classrooms are layed out with 6 feet social distancing, including where desks, tables and chairs must be located and teacher work areas. Students must be spaced 6 feet apart with assigned seats. Layouts include a buffer distance from windows, fans, and heating devices with blowers. Movement of furniture is not allowed. Classrooms may be relocated by administration to allow for the proper physical distancing and student numbers. Movement in hallways should be limited so cohorts do not commingle, when at all possible. When waiting in lines indoors or outdoors physical distancing guidelines must be followed.

 

  • All students and staff are required to wear masks and are encouraged to bring their own. Masks will be provided for those who do not.


  • Teachers, with the support of custodial staff, will clean up and reorganize the space to ensure that only essential materials and furniture remain in place. Avoiding clutter and crowding of a room is the goal, including storage that may not be obvious at first sight. Soft furnishings must be removed, along with other items that cannot be wet or disinfected.


  • Loose materials that you do not want to get wet should be stored in plastic totes or cabinets.


Elementary Cohorts

  • Students and staff will be grouped as cohorts and assigned to a specific classroom, to include assigned seating. For the purpose of these guidelines, a cohort is defined as a group of students that will remain together throughout the school day for the purpose of decreasing opportunities for contact. Cohorts will not exceed the maximum number allowed by state guidance.

  • Students will be provided with individual supplies and curriculum materials. Teachers and staff will remain with a single cohort, if possible. If not possible, teachers will travel between cohorts to deliver instruction.


Middle /High School

  • In middle and high school, student’s cohorts will be driven by their individual schedules. Students will only mix with other students as needed to follow their daily set of classes. Students will not be organized in groups except as needed for purely instructional reasons. Additional grouping for activities such as advisement/homerooms will be limited to only the needs of special and important school activities.


Elementary Specials

  • Specials will take place within the classroom or outside. PE will occur outside, except in the case of inclement weather.


  • At these times, PE will take place in the classroom or gym. Activities that may generate increased respiratory droplets will be avoided. This includes singing and music involving woodwind or brass instruments.



Restrooms

  • Restrooms will be used by one person at a time, assigned to certain cohorts. Proper hand sanitizing will be required.


  • All restrooms will be disinfected three times each day, at a minimum.

 

Meals

  • Breakfast and lunch will be consumed by students in the classroom. All meals will be prepackaged and delivered to classrooms pursuant to the plans being developed with each school and tailored to the needs of each individual building.


  • Staff will be expected to adhere to and monitor sanitation guidelines including hand washing before and after meals, sanitizing eating spaces, and maintaining physical distance during mealtimes when cloth facial coverings are not being worn.


  • Hydration is important, students and staff are encouraged to bring a water bottle on a daily basis.




Recess, Activities & Outdoor Breaks

Movement and Outdoor Breaks

Teachers and staff will plan for frequent movement breaks for students throughout the school day, utilizing outdoor spaces as much as possible. Staff will continue to reinforce physical distancing when outdoors. Facial coverings may be removed while outside provided physical distancing is maintained and cloth facial coverings are readily available.


Recess/Playground

Teachers or designee will be responsible for supervising students during scheduled recess periods for their cohort. Each cohort will have recess at scheduled times utilizing pre-determined locations to prevent the mixing of cohorts. The playground will be available for use if the health and safety of students can be maintained. If opened, playground equipment will be disinfected between different cohort uses.

 


The targeted use of disinfectants will be done effectively, efficiently and safely on outdoor hard surfaces and objects frequently touched by multiple people (e.g., handrails, benches).



Playgrounds


  • Clean before and/or after each group.


  • Encourage social distancing


  • Handwashing and sanitizing stations must be set up on the playground.


  • Facial coverings are expected when 6 ft. cannot be maintained


  • The public may use the school grounds after hours.


  • Signs will be posted about wearing facial coverings and physical distancing.


  • Scheduled recess for smaller sized recesses as well as assigning recess areas for smaller groups.


  • No activities that violate social distancing, such as: no dodging, tagging, chasing, etc. Activities can be modified for social distancing- activities can be structured so they are developmentally appropriate.


  • Students and staff should wash their hands after recess.


  • “Hanging out” with social distancing is fine.


Parties and Celebrations

We will continue celebrating in new ways. Until the VT AOE’s guidance states otherwise, no parties or celebrations are allowed at this time, including shared snacks and visitors. Teachers are encouraged to creatively and safely maintain small-scale classroom celebrations and to continue to promote a positive environment without compromising health and safety.



School Closure

Decisions regarding school closure will be made by the administration following state guidelines and in collaboration with the VT DOH and the VT AOE. We will use existing procedures for communicating closure.



School Wide Assemblies, Concerts and Large Group Activities

All school wide assemblies, concerts and the like will not occur. Any group activities must conform to the maximum number allowed by current state guidance.


Use of School Buildings, Assemblies & Events

  • All school- wide assemblies, concerts and the like will not occur. Any group activities must conform to the maximum number allowed by current state guidance.


  • School buildings may not be used by any parties other than WNESU students and staff during the school year.



Fire Drills, Emergency Evacuations, and Lockdown Drills

Fire and safety drills will continue to occur according to state regulations. Administrators will develop protocols to do this safely in the context of this guidance and while providing for physical distancing of staff and students.


Signage

There will be signage in and around schools on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering in visible areas for students and staff to view.



QUICK REFERENCE


CALENDAR: The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. School calendars may be adjusted if we end up with a later school starting date, and sent home as soon as possible.

SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE: All students will have a weekly hybrid schedule in which all students k-12 are split into an A group (A-K) and B group (L-Z) in order to keep siblings together. If family students live in the same household but do not have the same last names, they will be placed in the same (A) or (B) group. One group will attend school “in person” for a full day on Monday and Tuesday and the other group will attend for a full day “in person” Thursday and Friday. Outdoor space will be utilized as much as possible for conducting classes.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Each building has developed plans that maintain a safe, clean environment for all our students and staff as well as be conducive to the learning and social-emotional needs of our students and staff. Including outdoor classroom space.

DAILY HEALTH CHECKS: Daily health checks will be conducted before staff and students are allowed in the buildings. A daily health check requires a temperature check with touch-free thermometers and a quick two-question interview related to a person’s exposure to COVID. More details on the health check procedures will follow.

MASKS AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Cloth facial coverings are required for all staff and students when inside the building, as well as outside when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The CDC recommends cloth facial coverings as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks or raises their voice. Cloth facial coverings are encouraged to be washed daily. The CDC does not recommend the use of face shields as a substitute for cloth facial coverings. As of August 1, 2020 the Governor has mandated that everyone is required to wear masks in public buildings and spaces.

HAND WASHING AND SANITIZATION ROUTINES: Each building has a routine for staff and students to wash hands and sanitize equipment throughout the day. Students will be asked to bring only the minimum required personal belongings to the school; essentially a backpack and water bottle. Toys and extra books are to be left at home.

IN THE EVENT OF ILLNESS OR EXPOSURE: Each building will have an Isolation Room at each school and have a protocol for what happens when a person in the building shows symptoms or reports possible exposure to COVID. In the event of illness or exposure that is COVID-19 related, the next steps will be guided by the Vermont Department of Health.

SCHOOL BUILDING DEEP CLEANING AND AIRFLOW:

Common spaces and frequently touched surfaces and doors will be disinfected by custodians three times each day. Custodial staff and teachers will continue to follow VT DOH regulations regarding cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Facilities Operations and Maintenance Manual will inform trained staff on scope of cleaning, maintenance tasks and frequencies with checklists for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection.

PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION-: Arrival times for students arriving by personal transportation may be staggered by cohort or family. Adults doing drop-off and pick-up must wear facial coverings if they exit their vehicle. No symptomatic parent should transport students to school. (Cont.)

Students arriving via personal transportation should report directly to their assigned entry location. Upon arrival, daily Health Checks are required for all staff and students at the first point of contact, meaning, before the student is allowed to enter (cont.)

the school. Parents/caregivers are required to stay at the drop off location until the health screening is complete, although not permitted to enter the building. Students must go directly to their classrooms and wash their hands immediately. (Cont.)

TRANSPORTATION: Bus Transportation- Daily Health Checks are required for all students at the first point of contact. Meaning, before the student is allowed to board the bus. Parents/caregivers are required to stay at the bus stop until the health screening is completed. Parents of younger students need to provide answers to the required daily health questions. Students are required to wear cloth facial coverings on the bus, unless a documented medicalondition prohibits the use of a facial covering. Bus monitors will be assigned to each bus to assist in the screening and students monitoring. Bus drivers will assign seats, grouping by grade or family if possible. Upon arrival to school on the bus, students will be required to go directly to their assigned classroom and wash their hands immediately.

VOLUNTEERS/VISITORS: No parents, volunteers, or visitors will be allowed in buildings.

*Please note that we could, at any point in time, move to complete remote learning.

We are planning accordingly and you should as well.




ADDITIONAL RESOURCES




PreK-Grade 3 

and commonly used developmental screening instruments utilized at the local level include, but are not limited to: 


Food Service 












Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2020 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.