• Updated - Nov. 19, 2020

    What if I travel or participate in a holiday gathering?
    As we get ready for Thanksgiving Break, please consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your family and friends safe and minimize the spread of illness once classes resume after the break. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a number of considerations for how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your friends, families, and communities healthy and safe. The most recent guidelines recommend limiting holiday gatherings to those within your household and avoiding travel. Precautions and safety measures do make a difference and will give us the best chance of continuing to offer in-person learning. To keep our schools open, it will require all of us working together and taking the necessary precautions. Please continue to be diligent about following safety protocols, including mask-wearing, physical distancing and staying home when sick. 

    Current CDC Guidelines for Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic state that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. If you do make the decision travel, take these actions to protect others from getting sick after you return:

    • When around others, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household. It is important to do this everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when you are outside of your home.
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).
    • Monitor your health and look for symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if you feel sick.

    Updated - Sept. 30, 2020

    What is the status of the air quality in each of our schools?
    The HVAC systems in each of the District’s schools are designed to maximize outdoor air intake (fresh air) in each building while also managing temperature and humidity as too much of either one can promote the growth of mold and mildew and make the building and its occupants uncomfortable.

    In addition to the filtering systems already in place, the District has installed Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization systems at each school which will further enhance air purification in each building. In addition to significantly reducing the spread of viruses like the flu or common cold, testing has shown this system reduces the airborne amounts of SARS-CoV-2 by more than 99 percent.

    Needlepoint bi-polar ionization systems integrate into HVAC or chiller systems by utilizing specialized tubes that take oxygen molecules from the air and convert them into charged atoms that are sent back out to cluster around microparticles by surrounding and deactivating harmful substances like airborne mold, bacteria, allergens, and viruses. The charged atoms also attach to expelled breath droplets and dust particles that can transport viruses, enlarging them so they are more easily caught in filters. This process actually increases the efficiency of the air filter.
    It is an active process that provides continuous disinfection. Basically, the system is constantly cleaning the air because it is constantly sending ions into the building to neutralize harmful substances in the air.

    Needlepoint bipolar ionization should not be confused with corona discharge (otherwise known as bipolar) ionization. Needlepoint modules, which is what the District is installing, do not create harmful levels of ozone or off-gassing. In fact, they actually reduce off-gassing which occurs when new, manufactured items in our homes release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals. Needlepoint bipolar ionization technology produces a stream of ions that can capture gaseous and particulate contaminants in the air, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from off-gassing and other odors. Further, needlepoint modules are tested in accordance with UL 867, which limits ozone to 0.05 parts per million by volume.

    How will buildings be cleaned after being used by students and staff?
    Schools will follow cleaning procedures recommended by the CDC, using EPA-registered disinfectants. Electrostatic sprayers are used to spread disinfectant on surfaces and in hard-to-reach spaces. Frequently touched surfaces are being cleaned more often. Playgrounds will also undergo regular cleaning. Our Facility Services Department uses a broad spectrum disinfectant that is known to be virucidal and effective in killing most viruses. We recently switched cleaners and began using EcoLab Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant (EPA List N registration No. 1677-238). This product is included in the American Chemistry Council's Center for Biocide Chemistries list of cleaners for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens like COVID-19 and on the EPA’s list of Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus. Our custodial staff clean desks, tables, doorknobs, handrails and drinking fountains every night. In the restrooms, flat surfaces, faucet handles and flush valves are also cleaned nightly. The District also has procedures in place to take additional steps to deep-clean the technology (Chromebooks and iPads) used by our students.

    Updated - Sept. 21, 2020

    Why is the District bringing back elementary students in October? 
    The District’s goal has always been to bring students back into school buildings when the data supports that it is safe to make that transition. Transitioning students back into school buildings would not be happening now if the District  didn’t believe it was safe to do so. Recent data from the St. Louis County Department of Health indicates that transmission and positivity rates (approx. 6 percent) among elementary-aged children have dropped to a point where they feel it is safe for schools to start to bring back elementary students and has recommended that schools start developing plans to make that a reality. Any opportunity to safely provide in-person instruction for our youngest learners is preferable to remote learning. 

    Why are elementary students returning to five days a week of in-person instruction as opposed to transitioning to a hybrid instruction model?
    The District has the space at each elementary school to safely bring back students who have selected the Responsive Learning option and returning to daily, in-person instruction will provide more consistency for students/teachers and greater continuity of instruction. The District engaged an architect over the summer to study the space in each of its schools and provide classroom layouts/capacity that will allow students and teachers to learn together while maximizing physical distancing in a classroom. Each building’s enrollment is reduced by the number of students who selected Learning@Home (about 15 percent of all students). The reduced number of students and physically-distant classroom layouts together provide the opportunity to transition all elementary Responsive Learning students back to in-person instruction.   

    Why aren’t Clayton High School and Wydown Middle School students returning to school at this time? 
    Data and recommendations provided by the St. Louis County Department of Health supports continuing with remote learning for middle and high school students at this time. The District will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data in our area and make adjustments for middle school and high school students when the data supports it. 

    What happens if a student (or their family) who selected the Responsive Learning option isn’t comfortable with transitioning to in-person instruction? 
    If individual or family circumstances have changed over the course of the first quarter, the District will work with students/families on a case-by-case basis to develop the best possible plan for learning. If a student who selected Responsive Learning gets sick or has to quarantine, the school will work with the student to develop a plan, similar to what happens when a student gets sick for an extended period of time during a normal school year. 

    Will students be allowed to attend school if their parent/guardian has not completed the COVID-19 Health and Safety Form?
    No. All students will be required to have a completed COVID-19 Health and Safety Form before attending orientation and returning to school. The form requires parents/guardians to acknowledge their responsibility to do a daily health check and not send a child to school if they are sick. The form also explains requirements for face coverings, hand washing and social distancing. 

    Will the District be taking students’ temperatures each day as they arrive at school?
    No, currently the District does not plan to take students’ temperatures as they arrive at school. Parents/guardians will be asked to review the COVID-19 symptom list each day. If their child exhibits any symptoms, they are being instructed to keep them home and notify their child’s school office. The District will be providing families with a symptom checklist to use and review at home before sending their children to school. 

    How is “15 minutes” defined for the purpose of determining who has been in close contact (with or without a face covering) with a positive case of COVID-19? Is it fifteen minutes per occurrence or fifteen minutes total over the course of a school day?
    Close contact, for the purpose of contact tracing, is defined as being within six feet of an individual who has tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes. According to the St. Louis County Department of Health, cumulative time spent with an individual (two minutes in the morning, three minutes at lunch, etc.) that totals more than 15 minutes is considered significant exposure for the purpose of determining close contact.

    What will happen when a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? Who will be notified? Who will be quarantined?
    All teachers, staff and families at a school will be notified if there is a positive case in their building. Additionally, any students or staff members who have been in close contact with the affected individual will be notified and required to quarantine for 14 days. When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the District will begin contact tracing. (A number of District personnel have received contact tracing training.) The St. Louis County Department of Health will determine, based on information provided by the District’s contact tracing team, which individuals were exposed and will need to quarantine. THIS IS NOT A DECISION MADE BY THE DISTRICT. These decisions will be made on a case by case basis and could affect anywhere from just a few individuals to an entire class or school building. 

    How will the District track cases of COVID-19 among students and staff?
    The District has developed a dashboard to track COVID-19 data for students and staff. The dashboard will be updated weekly. The dashboard wil track total cases of COVID-19 among students and staff as well as the number of cases and number of individuals by group (PK-5, 6-8, 9-12 and District/department staff) who have been quarantined as a result of exposure. Federal privacy laws protect student and staff confidentiality, therefore personally identifiable information on any individuals testing positive or being asked to isolate or quarantine will not be shared.

    What PPE is being provided to teachers?
    Teachers will be provided with two reusable, cloth face coverings and may be provided with other PPE according to their needs and job duties. Teachers may elect to wear any additional PPE they choose to provide themselves.

    What other health safety precautions are being put in place in schools?
    Details on all the health and safety precautions in place at Clayton schools can be found on the Return To Learn website

    What safety procedures will be in place for our students who ride the bus?
    The Voluntary Student Transfer program has put these safety protocols in place for students who will ride the bus to school. Similar protocols will be used on the Meramec Bus.

    What is the plan for student devices once they return to the school buildings? Will students bring them back and forth to school so they have them at home if the District  returns to remote learning? 
    Families should plan for students to bring their fully charged District devices to school each day. Students will take them home each night.

    General Questions

    What metrics/thresholds will we use to move between phases of the Responsive Learning plan? 
    While school may be back for a new year, the COVID-19 public health crisis has not ended. Without a vaccine to protect against the illness, the health situation in our region changes day by day. Surges or even smaller localized cases of COVID-19 could make changes to the school plan unavoidable. District leaders will continue to work closely with county health officials and other area school and government officials to make decisions to maintain the safety and health of our learning environment. 

    Families and staff will need to be prepared for any range of scenarios that could happen depending on the nature of the situation and the status of COVID-19 within St. Louis County. The entire District or individual buildings may be required to close at any time during the 2020-2021 school year due to the spread of illness. In this event, all students in the District or affected building would switch to Remote Learning for the required length of the closing. 

    Some of the factors that the District will consider in making decisions to move between the different phases of Responsive Learning include:

    • Trends in cases of COVID-19 in St. Louis County
    • State or St. Louis County public health orders/guidance
    • Localized hot spots within a specific school
    • Availability of teaching staff (impacted by illness or other concerns)
    • Changes in science (development of a vaccine or new understanding about transmission of COVID-19)

    How much notice will there be if/when we shift between phases? 
    The District will work to provide as much notice as possible when planning to shift between phases of its Responsive Learning plan. Shifts at individual grade levels or specific schools due to positive cases of COVID-19 in students or staff could occur with very little notice depending on the specific situation.

    What is being done to support teachers in the Remote Learning or Learning@Home models?
    Our staff is currently designing professional learning modules for all staff to support them with teaching in a virtual platform. The District is also researching the purchase of additional digital materials to support teaching and learning in a virtual platform.  

    What is the sub/support plan for teachers if they become ill (regardless of option/phase)?
    Teachers and staff are encouraged to stay home if they are not well. The District will increase the number of “floating substitutes” available on a daily basis to proactively address our unique needs whether we are learning in person or remotely. While we can try to assign individual substitutes to a consistent location, that is not a guarantee. We will assign long-term remote learning substitutes as needed and provide additional training to ensure they are prepared for the technology needs required in this setting.


    Return to Learn Options

    What should students/families consider when choosing a learning option for 2020-2021?
    The most important question you need to answer is “Are you comfortable with learning at school this semester?” If the answer is YES, then select the Responsive Learning option. This option provides learning in three possible scenarios, two of which include in-person instruction at school and one that provides remote learning based on current public health conditions. If the answer is NO (you have health concerns or other mitigating circumstances), you should opt-in to Learning@Home.

    In the Responsive Learning model, our students will be able to participate in all the courses on their schedule with a Clayton teacher. In this option, students would move between in-person learning and remote learning dependent on District decisions, but staying with their teacher and their peers in that class. 

    Courses in the Learning@Home model are dependent on enrollment. In order to maintain continuity of education, students could be assigned to classes with peers (maybe from other Clayton elementary buildings) and, where possible, a Clayton teacher. When we don’t have a Clayton teacher available to teach a certain course, we would look to partner with the Ladue School District. If neither District has an available teacher, we would work to enroll the students in a Missouri virtual provider course. In this instance, students would not only be with just Clayton (or Ladue) students but also with others across the state. Additionally, there may be courses (particularly at the middle school and high school levels) we cannot offer. In this case, the counselor would work with the student to make an alternate choice. 

    What’s the difference between Learning@Home and starting in the Remote Learning phase of Responsive Learning?
    The focus of both options is continuity of education. However, students who start in Remote Learning/Responsive Learning will eventually end up in school with in-person instruction while students who are Learning@Home are committed to that option for the entire semester. 

    Will students have access to Chromebooks/iPads/Wifi if needed? Can a student use a personal device?
    Regardless of which option they choose, students will be provided with District devices which are configured with required applications and services. (K-2 students will receive iPads and 3-12 students will receive Chromebooks.) The District will provide technical support for District devices. Students who need reliable Internet access at home will also be able to request support from the District similar to last spring.

    We already have a computer or laptop at home. Can't we just use that?
    Students need to use the provided devices. The iPads and Chromebooks being distributed to students are specifically configured to support the District’s plan for learning. This includes being able to automatically install/support any apps that teachers may request to push out to students. Students are strongly encouraged to use their District-provided device as we will only provide tech support and services for our iPads and Chromebooks.

    Can we move between options (Responsive Learning and Learning@Home) during the semester? What if I’m not comfortable sending my child back to school when the District transitions back? What happens if my child is in school and gets sick/has to quarantine?
    Families selecting the Learning@Home option are asked to make a commitment to that option for the entire first semester. In order to maintain continuity, staying in one option for the semester is what we believe is best for our students. If a student who selected Responsive Learning gets sick or has to quarantine, the school will work with the student to develop a plan, similar to what happens when a student gets sick during a normal school year. As other individual or family circumstances change over the course of the first semester, schools will work with students/families on a case by-case basis to develop the best possible plan for learning.

    How will the Remote Learning phase and/or L@H be different from what occurred during the fourth quarter last year?
    In each plan, the expectations of teaching and learning will be different from the spring. In the fall, regular interaction with teachers will be at the forefront of all remote learning models. Teachers will deliver instruction through video of themselves or live teaching. There will be opportunities for teachers to work with small groups of students and individual students; peers will work with one another. Students and teachers will follow a set schedule during the day but all learning will not be synchronous. Teachers will also provide “unplugged” activities for students. 

    What about transition activities like Meet your Teacher or Curriculum Nights?
    Given that all students will be starting remotely regardless of which learning option they selected, building principals will be working with their individual school communities to develop safe alternatives for these important events.

    Are there sample schedules available for each phase of Responsive Learning? K-5? WMS? CHS? What about conflicts for synchronous learning/meetings?
    Sample schedules are available on the Learning Options page of the District’s Return to Learn website. Since all learning options will include a structured schedule, there should not be any conflicts for synchronous learning/meetings.

    How many days of learning are included in each option?

    • Plans for Responsive Learning include the following for each phase:
      • In-person Learning - Five days/week of learning at school.
      • Hybrid Learning - One day of all virtual, two days of in-person (at school) learning each week and two days of independent learning at home. 
      • Remote Learning - Five days/week of learning from home with some variance in structures of days.
    • Students who are Learning@Home will have five days of learning at home.

    What is the balance between synchronous and asynchronous instruction for any of the learning options?

    • Responsive Learning:
      • In-person Learning - All learning is synchronous.
      • Hybrid Learning - All in-person learning and the common virtual day will be synchronous. The two days of independent learning at home will be mainly asynchronous.
      • Remote Learning - A student can expect to be synchronous with their teacher(s) daily for a portion of each learning period/block. See sample schedules for example.
    • Students who are Learning@Home will have a balance of synchronous and asynchronous learning as illustrated in these sample schedules.

    Which course offerings are not available within each option? Electives? Core classes? Band/strings? Specials at elementary? How does it compare to Clayton’s usual curriculum? 
    In the Responsive Learning option, we are intending to teach all courses in our program of studies/curriculum we typically offer. Courses like band, strings, theater and P.E. may have to be approached differently depending on which phase we are in and the type of precautions that are required based on current public health conditions. In the Learning@Home option, some specialty courses at the middle school/high school levels might not be available. At the elementary level, we are hoping to offer all courses for students who select Learning@Home

    How do each of the options impact credit/transcripts for CHS students?
    Courses taught by Clayton teachers (or Ladue teachers), regardless of which learning option a student selects,  will appear on transcripts the same way they do now. Courses that are taken through a DESE-approved virtual provider will be listed on the transcript as a virtual course, which is consistent with how virtual courses are currently indicated now on transcripts. Each course will continue to be assigned the same credit regardless how a student completes it (assuming the student receives a passing grade).

    What are target class sizes within each option?
    The District is planning to keep our class size within the target range set by the Board for each option.

    What are the e-learning platforms for each option?
    The District will use Seesaw and/or Google Classroom for elementary classes and Google Classroom for middle school/high school courses. Teachers will utilize a video conferencing platform for the synchronous learning components of all courses. Depending on the course, there may be additional software tools students and teachers will use. Students in the Learning@Home option who are taking a course through a DESE-approved virtual provider might use another platform. 

    What are the grading policies/expectations and attendance policies/expectations for each option?
    Schools are in the process of finalizing grading policies and expectations now. This information will be shared with students and parents in the coming weeks. During synchronous learning times, attendance will be taken in each course, regardless of the learning option, and reported as it normally would.

    Will there be access to programs at school for students who select Learning@Home like science labs, culinary classes, robotics, theater, etc.?
    In the Learning@Home option, students can still have access to after-school activities. Students would not have access to courses during the school day that are not included in the available courses for Learning@Home

    How will we ensure our younger learners aren’t in front of a screen all day?
    The District is working to develop a schedule for asynchronous learning opportunities and individual work for students so that they are not expected to be in front of a device all day long.

    In the Hybrid Learning phase, what’s the plan for the two days students are not in school?
    Teachers would plan lessons for the week where they can use in person time to engage with students on their learning. During the at-home times, teachers would design more self-guided work to allow students to work independently. 

    Will K-5 students have the classroom teacher they were assigned last year? What if my kids teacher asks to teach remotely?
    Not necessarily. Once enrollment for Learning@Home is determined and teachers are assigned, it may require some changes to the teaching assignments that students received last year.

    What are the attendance expectations for synchronous learning?
    Students will be expected to attend scheduled synchronous learning similar to how they are expected to attend in-person learning. When a student is sick or has an individual situation, the school will work with the family. 

    Will CHS/WMS students get the same classes they registered for last spring regardless of the option they choose?
    Not necessarily. Students who opt-in to Learning@Home may have a more limited selection of available courses based on enrollment/interest of other students. Students selecting the Responsive Learning option should have the same courses available to them as they would in a regular school year.

    How are honors/AP/extensions/XL courses being handled/offered?
    In the Responsive Learning option, we intend to offer all programs/courses we would normally offer. In the Learning@Home option we will make every effort to keep a student in the course they were originally enrolled - including AP/honors. 

    When will a sample schedule for Hybrid Learning be released? Which days will I attend?
    The District is working to finalize schedules now. We will let families know which days they will attend as we move close to entering that phase. We will be grouping students by alphabet in order to keep families together. In the case that families have different last names, the family would follow the schedule of the oldest sibling.

    When will students opting-in to Learning@Home get schedules and staffing assignments? Why will some Learning@Home teachers not be Clayton teachers?
    Once enrollment is finalized and teaching assignments are made, students will receive their schedules. Depending on the course choices of students, and in order to try to accomodate course choices wherever possible, we may need to partner with Ladue teachers. For example, if we have three students wanting to take a particular course in the Learning@Home option, we might not be able to dedicate a full teacher for that number of students. But if Ladue has a handful of students with the same need, we may combine them into a section. 

    For the Learning@Home option, how will a student, especially middle school and up, be able to jump back in next semester if they aren’t learning the same things as the in-person cohorts?
    The courses taught by our teachers within the Learning@Home option can maintain pacing and alignment quite closely with the Responsive Learning classes. Other classes, like ones taught by a virtual provider, will all be aligned to Missouri Learning Standards but may not transition seamlessly back to course in Clayton for the second semester.

    What level of interaction/socialization will be available for students who select the Learning@Home option?
    The District, and teachers, will work for students to have interactions with peers in the Learning@Home model.

    Will teacher assignments for Responsive Learning be the same within each phase?
    Within the Responsive Learning option, a student’s teachers will remain the same regardless of which phase of learning (in-person, hybrid or remote). 

    What about advanced/gifted learners? What’s available for them?
    In both the Learning@Home option and the Responsive Learning model, students who have been identified as gifted will schedule learning time with their gifted specialist. 

    Will there be any co-mingling of Learning@Home students and Responsive Learning students who are in the Remote Learning phase?
    No. In order to maintain continuity for each model, enrollments of students (and teacher assignments) will be different/separate for each option.

    Can we differentiate by grade within options? Younger students need more contact.
    Yes. As a family you can make individual selections for each child. At this time, the District is not planning to offer different options for in-person learning based on the age of a student.

    How will groupings be made for Learning@Home classes? Clayton/Ladue students? Across Clayton elementaries?
    Once enrollment is finalized, we will be able to determine how to group students. We will prioritize Clayton teachers teaching Clayton students wherever possible. 

    How will these programs be impacted at CHS within each option/phase:

    • Conferenced English: We are working on a schedule for teachers to maintain conferencing with their students regardless of option.
    • Science Labs: These will be completed virtually or through demonstrations during Learning@Home or remote learning. 
    • Zero Hour Classes: We are working on a schedule that will allow these courses to continue to meet virtually.
    • Band/Theater: We are working on a flexible schedule during remote learning. These classes may not be able to take place for Learning@Home students.
    • Athletics: MSHSAA is still finalizing fall sports guidelines as they relate to schools with remote learning.
    • Clubs/Activities: We are working on a virtual meeting schedule outside of regular school hours for clubs/activities to continue.
    • Library materials: We are working on a process for students to be able to check out materials from the library (and classroom libraries). Upon return, these materials will be quarantined for a time before putting them back into circulation.

    How will reading be taught within each option to younger students? 
    Teachers can use the technology tools available to them to have students record themselves reading, to confer individually with students and to present mini lessons to groups of students. The District will purchase licenses for access to ebooks for students as well as provision books during materials pickup for students to have access to reading materials. Where needed, reading specialists can work with individual students virtually to support their growth as readers.

    Health and Safety

    What happens when a student or teacher tests positive for COVID-19?
    Guidelines for a positive COVID-19 diagnosis are outlined on the District’s Return to Learn website 

    What are the specific requirements related to face coverings? (UPDATED TO REFLECT REVISED ST. LOUIS COUNTY ORDER/GUIDANCE - 11/20/2020)

    • All staff and all students (grades K-12) are required to wear a face covering. 
    • Early childhood students (Age 3-5) are encouraged to wear coverings and may be required to wear them during parts of the school day (e.g. when participating in lessons that require them to be in close contact with other students or staff or moving throughout the school building). 
    • Early childhood students (Age 3-5) may also wear a face covering at other times if that is their parent or guardian's preference. 
    • Any essential visitors or vendors in the building will be required to wear a face covering on campus. 
    • All students (regardless of age) will be required to wear a face covering when riding the bus.
    • The following do not comply with the requirement for face coverings:
      • Halloween or plastic masks.
      • Ski masks with holes for the nose or mouth.
      • Masks that have a one-way valve designed for easier breathing (the valves are often a raised plastic disk about the size of a quarter, on the front or side of the mask). Holes or one-way valves allow droplets out of the mask, putting others nearby at risk.

    Students will be provided with a cloth face covering but may also bring their own. A limited supply of disposable masks will be available. School nurses will work with the parents of students that have a health condition which prevents them from wearing a face covering. In addition, we understand that some students with disabilities may not be able to wear face coverings for disability-related reasons. With that in mind, IEP teams, parents, and school nurses will work together to determine reasonable accommodations. Students should not share their face coverings with others, and all face coverings should be appropriate and meet behavior guidelines for dress code.

    What are the safety protocols being put in place for in-person learning? Hand washing? Face coverings? Furniture layouts? Circulation patterns? Bathrooms?
    Details related to the safety protocols that will be in place when students and staff are in buildings can be found in the Health and Safety section of the District’s Return to Learn website. 

    What are the social distancing/risk mitigation strategies for in-person learning?
    Details related to the safety protocols that will be in place when students and staff are in buildings can be found in the Health and Safety section of the District’s Return to Learn website. Providing families the option of Learning@Home in the new school year will help reduce the number of students in our schools, enabling more effective physical distancing strategies. Schools will use strategies to minimize movement in the buildings and reduce intermingling of students from different classes, when possible. Class time, travel within the building, lunch and recess times will be staggered and/or spread out to alternate spaces to allow for social distancing. When students travel in the hallways, there will be visual aids to direct students throughout the building. These visual aids will illustrate directional traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing. Classroom furniture, including desks, chairs, tables, etc., will be set up to maximize physical distancing to the extent possible in the classroom. Strategies such as spacing seating further apart, in the same direction and/or using clear dividers are being implemented. Frequently touched items will be cleaned regularly. Additionally, the sharing of materials such as school supplies, electronic devices, books, toys and equipment will be avoided.

    How will sick students or staff be contained during the day?
    Each building will have a designated space for individuals to isolate. Staff will be sent home immediately. Details related to the health protocols that will be in place when students and staff are in buildings can be found in the Illness Guidelines section of the District’s Return to Learn website.

    What are the guidelines for returning to school after a positive COVID-19 test or exposure?
    The guidelines can be found on the District’s Return to Learn website.

    What is the process for student/staff health checks?
    District staff will complete a daily COVID-19 self-screening assessment online. The content of this self-assessment is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Parents/guardians are asked to review the list of COVID-19 symptoms daily to determine if their child should go to school or stay home. Anyone with a fever of 100.4º or higher should not attend school. Families should conduct a self-assessment for symptoms including a fever, a sense of having a fever, chills, a cough, sore throat, headache, new loss of smell or taste, or new muscle aches. If these symptoms occur, do not attend school and call your child’s school to report the symptoms your child is experiencing. Any staff member or student who is sick or displays symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home to prevent the spread of illness. They must also inform the school of their illness. 

    IMPORTANT: Students or staff who have had known close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes without a mask) with a person who is confirmed to have a case of COVID-19 or who have been advised by the health department to quarantine are not allowed to come to school. If a student becomes ill during the day, they will be moved to a health isolation room and their emergency contacts will be called and given instructions to pick them up immediately and how to do so in a safe manner. Families should ensure their contact information, including emergency contacts, is up to date in PowerSchool. If not, please contact the child’s school office. If a staff member becomes ill during the day, they will be sent home.

    Supporting Students

    How are special education services delivered within each option? EL services?
    Delivery of special education and related services will continue to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education. Service delivery will need to be considered in tandem with health and safety precautions. For that reason, IEP teams and parents may need to adjust how services are provided given a student’s specific needs. IEP teams will partner with families to determine the most practical format to conduct IEP meetings. Depending on the phase and a student’s needs, some services could be delivered synchronously online or in person at a school site with health and safety precautions in place. 

    EL staff will continue to follow the identification and assessment of EL students' needs in accordance with state and federal guidelines. EL staff will partner with English language learners and their families to determine the format and scheduling of services. EL staff will continue to collaborate with general education teachers to support the needs of EL students.

    Will there be any support mechanisms (Learning Center, counselors, etc.) available for Learning@Home students?
    Yes. Once enrollment is finalized, specific support for students can be determined based on individual needs.

    Can we get class lists to facilitate social connections? 
    Yes. The District’s online Buzz Book will provide parents with class lists and contact information. It will be published once parents have updated their contact information in PowerSchool.

    How will social/emotional development/mental health issues be addressed virtually?
    |Building teams will be working to incorporate social and emotional learning activities into class meetings and small group activities, particularly activities that cultivate a sense of belonging and a strong sense of connection to an adult. Counselors and social workers will also be meeting regularly in small groups or individually with students to continue working toward identified goals. The District will also be using various online tools to periodically collect data on students’ well-being to ensure that students are being identified for support as their needs change over time.