Return to School Plan 2020-2021

MCLOUD

PUBLIC

SCHOOLS

Return to School Plan 2020-2021

MESSAGE FROM THE

SUPERINTENDENT:

McLoud Public Schools will begin in person classes on August 17th.  This is in response to our parent survey that indicated over 60% of our students plan to return to a face-to-face traditional classroom for the fall semester.  As always, we want to provide our students with the quality education they deserve.  We have closely monitored data and information from local and state health officials as well as the CDC and State Department of Education.  We will practice recommended safety precautions as we enter into the new school year. 

We strongly believe that a face-to-face traditional setting is best for student learning.  However, we realize these are unprecedented times and parents/guardians must determine the best educational route to serve their student and family.  This document provides a detailed plan of return.  It also gives an outline of our distance learning option.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact your building administrator, they will be glad to assist you in any way.  Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation. 

-Steve Stanley

HEALTH AND SAFETY:

Our top priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and families.  Therefore, we will follow and enforce recommended guidelines.  Cleaning and sanitizing buildings, classrooms, and buses will be ongoing in an effort to prevent the spread of germs. Administration will actively address COVID-19 related situations as they arise.

Visitors to any of our campus sites will be required to wear a mask upon entry.  Visitors will be limited to the office area only.  There will be NO access beyond that point at any time.  

Office staff will make every effort to limit entry into the buildings to students only.  We encourage parents/guardians to communicate via phone or email when possible.

MASKS AND FACE COVERINGS:

Current health guidelines have determined that the use of a mask is the number one deterrent to the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, McLoud Public Schools are mandating masks be worn by all staff members, students grades 4-12, anyone riding a bus, and visitors who enter the buildings.  The State Board of Education recommended masks at their July 23rd meeting based on current information from the CDC.  Here is a draft of that document. 

A face covering includes: non-medical grade disposable face masks, cloth face coverings which cover the mouth and nose (must meet dress code requirements), or full-face shields that protect the eyes, nose, and mouth.   Parents should provide a face covering for their child that the child is comfortable wearing.  The district will provide face coverings for staff members. Face coverings may be removed for recess, PE, naps, meals, and any time social distancing can be safely practiced. Teachers and  staff may remove their face covering during instruction or when safely social distancing (6ft).

COVID-19 SCREENING:

Based on the best current available information as of July 20, the CDC does not recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all students grades K-12) be conducted by schools. Here is documentation to support this recommendation. Parents or caregivers are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs of infectious illness every day. Students who are sick should not attend school in-person.

Parents/Guardians should take temperatures of students prior to sending them to school.  If the student is running a fever over 100 or showing symptoms they should stay home.

Staff members should check their temperature each morning before coming to work. If a fever of 100 or greater is detected, the staff member should remain home. 

Visitors will have temperatures taken upon entering the building as well as being screened for symptoms. 

QUARANTINE GUIDELINES:

The CDC currently recommends a 14 day quarantine for anyone exposed to the COVID-19 virus. McLoud Public Schools will require a 14 day quarantine for students who have a family member or person living in their home test positive. A verified positive case will require a 10 day quarantine, fever free for 24 hours, and improved symptoms. 

Should an individual test positive for the virus, the area(s) where the infected individual spent time will be sanitized per CDC guidelines.  The classroom/area will be closed for proper sanitation prior to reopening.  

Depending on the magnitude of an exposure, the district will determine what course of action will be taken.  These actions will be communicated to families in a timely manner.  Please check our web page and social media for up to date information. 

Possible actions if exposure occurs: 

  • Enhanced social distancing and mask requirements.

  • Classroom closure.  If this occurs attempts will be made to relocate the individuals in the classroom or require quarantine and offer distance learning for 14 days.

  • Short-term school closure.  In the event of a temporary closure various sites or the entire district would transition to our distance learning  program. 

  • Long-term closure.  As a last resort, the district may be required to close for an extended time period.  During this time all students and staff would transition seamlessly to distance learning. 

HYGIENE:

Frequent use of hand sanitizer and hand washing will be highly encouraged.  At the lower levels these procedures will be practiced and scheduled into the school day.  Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout buildings for regular use. 

Extra PPE will be provided to staff members who may require close proximity to deliver instruction.  Accommodations will further be made for staff members working with students who are in a higher health risk category.

CLEANING AND 

DISINFECTING:

Custodial practices will be enhanced to include regularly scheduled cleaning and disinfecting of common areas such as restrooms, offices, and lobbies. Microbial fogging will be used on a regular basis at each site to mitigate the spread of germs. Classrooms will be supplied with cleaning supplies to use as needed throughout the school day. 

TRANSPORTATION:

It is encouraged that anyone having the ability to transport their student do so at this time.  Bus drivers will be required to wear face coverings.  Bus riders will also be required to wear face coverings.  We will follow the suggested guidelines to increase airflow in our buses by opening windows when weather permits. Siblings or students who reside in the same household will be asked to sit together when possible.  

In the event an individual who rides the bus tests positive, the bus will be sanitized per CDC guidelines.  If needed an alternate route may be assigned. 

CHILD NUTRITION:

Efforts will be made to social distance during breakfast and lunch times. Grab and go breakfast and lunches will be served at times to ensure health and safety.  Salad bars will not be available. When possible outdoor areas will be utilized to maximize social distancing.  All students will have access to meals regardless if they attend our traditional or distance learning program.  

ACADEMIC OPTIONS:

OPTION 1: Face-to-face instruction is expected to serve approximately 80% of our students according to current enrollment numbers.  This is our traditional school day with all classes being taught on school sites.

OPTION 2: A distance learning option will be available.  Parent Guide to Google Classroom

  • PreK-1st grade will be given weekly packets.  Caregivers will be responsible for day-to-day instruction using the materials in the packet.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for drop-off and pick-up of packets. 

  • 2nd- 12th grades will have the option of weekly packets or distance learning from our certified staff via a Google Classroom platform.

  • The Google classroom platform will vary from class to class as it will reflect the teacher’s personality and individual teaching style. Instruction may be delivered in a number of ways A) live by the classroom teacher, B) recorded videos of the teacher, C) videos from other sources, D) videos that are part of the classroom textbook E) other methods selected by the teacher.  Academic activities will be assigned.  Activities may include but are not limited to A) practice problems, B) comprehension questions, C) MAPS skills, D) games, E) Exact Path skills (State Department Curriculum), F) Zoom or virtual meetings, G) group activities, H) Reading Eggs, I) Math Seeds, J) Moby Max, 

K) Newsela, L) Khan Academy, M) other activities assigned by the teacher. Activities will be completed and turned in via Google Classroom.  Teachers will be available via email during school hours and will provide assistance whenever possible.  It is highly recommended that parents/guardians monitor student progress on a regular basis. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION 

SERVICES:

McLoud Special Services department is committed to serving our students.  Our goal is to provide quality educational opportunities for students with disabilities in compliance with state and federal law. We will offer all related services at each school site.  Arrangements will be made on an individual basis for students choosing the distance learning model.  

Students and adults who report to the building for services should report to the office for proper screening.

ATTENDANCE:

Students who miss school for a COVID-19 related reason will be given the opportunity to maintain school responsibilities from home and be considered present at school.  Absences related to COVID-19 WILL NOT count against students, nor will it impact eligibility or credit requirements at the secondary level.  Absences related to COVID-19 should be reported by the parent/guardian to the appropriate school site.  School officials may require documentation in the event of COVID-19 testing.  Students must meet any quarantine requirements prior to returning to school.  

Students choosing to participate in distance learning must meet attendance requirements to be counted present at school.  A minimum of 50% of academic activities must be completed each week.  Failure to meet these requirements for one full week will result in a warning.  Parents/Guardians will be notified.  Students failing to meet attendance requirements for a second consecutive week will have distance learning services suspended. 

*Completion of assignments does not guarantee the student is passing.  This is determined by the teacher based on the quality of work and the grade earned.         

ATHLETICS

All participants will wear a face covering while in transit to events.  Face coverings will also be worn at times the student is not actively competing.  We will recommend that fans/spectators wear face coverings and practice social distancing when possible.  The athletic director will work with visiting teams to follow our procedures while competing at our facilities.

Pre-packaged food only will be sold in concession stands.  Restrooms will be disinfected at regular intervals. Restrooms at our softball facility will recommend only one person at a time.  No shelled nuts will be allowed.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Steve Stanley, Superintendent sstanley@mcloudschools.us 

Rhonda Hockenbury, Executive Director of Administrators rhockenbury@mcloudschools.us

Chris Olds, Athletic Director chrisolds@mcloudschools.us

Patty Stanley, Special Services Director pstanley@mcloudschools.us

Bryan Jennings, High School Principal bjennings@mcloudschools.us

Jami Eddings, Assistant Principal jeddings@mcloudschools.us

Melanne Greenwood, Junior High Principal mgreenwood@mcloudschools.us

Julie Wolffrum, Assistant Principal jwolffrum@mcloudschools.us

Angie Drew, Intermediate Principal adrew@mcloudschools.us

Christina Gilliam, Assistant Principal cgilliam@mcloudschool.us

Andrew Winters, Elementary Principal awinters@mcloudschools.us

Sally Thomason, ECC Principal sthomason@mcloudschools.us

David Hagans, Assistant Principal dhagans@mcloudschools.us