Phases 1-3 - 100% Remote Learning All Students

  • All Buildings are closed for students
  • All Extracurricular Activities and Athletics are suspended
  • Staff has access to buildings to plan remote instruction
  • Google Classroom, SeeSaw, e2020

Phase 4 and Phase 5 - Remote Learning or In-Person Learning

  • Phase 4 and Phase 5 will follow the same weekly structure
  • Phase 5 will reduce some safety restrictions
  • Families will still have the choice for Remote Learning or In-person Learning

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, tissues, and signs reinforcing proper handwashing techniques will be provided to support healthy hygiene behaviors
  2. Staff will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Students will use sinks and sanitizers as they change locations within rooms and exterior to room
  • Sanitizers will be available in many locations around the building and in the courtyard for arrival
  • Custodians must keep sanitizers full and restock supplies
  • Water fountain use will be minimized.
  • All adults will make sure that students are washing hands and/or sanitizing frequently at least a minimum time per the state requirements.
    • Preferably at all movement times.
  • Adults that MUST move between rooms need to sanitize when entering a new room and maintain social distance from other staff members within the room.

NMS

  • Hand washing signs(each room/halls/bathroom/entry doors); teach/review hand washing
  • Students will sanitize hands upon leaving each classroom (each classroom has a hand sanitizer device already installed) and upon returning to a classroom from the restroom
  • Drinking fountains closed, bottle filling station will be remained open, we will also allow water bottles in classes
  • Custodians must keep sanitizers full and restock supplies

NHS/ALHS

  • Students and staff will wash hands and student surfaces every hour of student contact.
  • Hand sanitizer, viricide, wiping cloths, soap and sinks or additional washing stations will need to be secured to allow for the increase in hand washing
  • Drinking fountains closed, bottle filling station will be remained open, we will also allow water bottles in classes
  • Custodians must keep sanitizers full and restock supplies

  • Signs will be present in visible areas to remind students and staff of physical distance guidelines.
  • Masks and Lanyards
    • Provide every elementary student with a lanyard with two clips to keep clipped to sides of mask and hang around their neck/be on their person at all times when not wearing
    • All staff wear a badge with a large picture of themself on it, as well as their name, for students to refer to due to wearing masks
      • PreK/Y5/K/1st graders/new students are not familiar with all staff and it would be very difficult for them to recognize someone with their mask on (not to mention stranger danger)
  • Student Drop-Off
    • Pirate’s Cove (GSRP) will use their entrance on the south side of the building.
    • Eby and NMS buildings- non-bussing students (car riders and walkers) all enter through the front doors of the building for a health screening, including a temperature check
    • NHS will use Library and Cafeteria entrances for drivers, drop offs, and walkers for screening these students
      • Elementary- Bus students enter through their grade-level door in the courtyard being directed by adults in the courtyard
        • Bus students ONLY allowed to enter through courtyard due to already completing a health screening- all other students must be directed to enter through the front of the building
        • Request parents to stay in their car in the parking lot and not come to the sidewalk
        • Require parents to not pass the ballard posts at any door- students and staff members are the only persons allowed to pass the ballard posts
  • Lockers
    • Elementary
      • Students continue to use lockers, but teachers label lockers in a pattern to help separate
        • Ex: Use color or shape locker tags in a pattern of 2, 3, or 4 and dismiss students to lockers by one color/shape at a time to keep separate/space between students
    • Middle School
      • Backpacks may be allowed in the first semester.
      • Assign lockers by grade level- all students who are enrolled for in-person learning
    • High School
      • Assign lockers by grade level- all students who are enrolled for in-person learning
  • Movement Between Classes
    • Classrooms must be sanitized in between every class- when students leave the classroom and before the students return to the classroom
    • Highly recommend to students to bring their own water bottle from home to minimize the use of the drinking fountains.
    • preK-5 Special Education- Students must wear masks when outside of their own classroom/homeroom
    • No congregating in bathrooms (allow bathroom breaks more during class time)
    • Elementary- wear mask when lining-up and when walking in the hallway
    • Elementary will proceed down the right hand side of the hallway with students maintaining hands free and no touch policies for each other, lockers, tables and other adults in the building.
    • Middle School
      • A/B Block with 1,3,5 periods on Monday/Thursday and 2,4,6 on Tuesday/Friday 100 minute class periods
      • Staggered release times to access lockers/use backpacks early in year
      • Recommend students to bring their own devices from home- less contamination/less to sanitize
    • High School
      • A/B Block with 1,3,5 periods on Monday/Thursday and 2,4,6 on Tuesday/Friday 100 minute class periods
      • Staggered release times to access lockers
      • Recommend students to bring their own devices from home- less contamination/less to sanitize
      • More time needed between classes to pass as well as a schedule for different passing times per grade
  • Recess - Elementary
    • PM recess 25 min duty free for staff; students will be supervised by parapros
    • Students must wear mask for entire recess time
    • Two parallel lines six feet apart for each class with six foot divider lines will be available within each quadrant for each class to line up in preparation for return to building.
  • Specials - Elementary
    • Gym will be held in the gymnasium using required social distancing minimums with sanitizing between classes.
    • Music will be held in the music room with the room divided into a grid pattern to ensure correct social distancing spacing. There will be sanitizing between classes.
    • Technology will be held in room 32. Computer keyboards will be covered by Saran Wrap or sanitizable latex covering so that it can be removed or cleaned after each use. Additionally, a dividing shield will be between each computer extending off of the table to give the students separation.
  • Dismissal
    • Elementary
      • Different grade levels dismissed at different times through different doors
      • Non-bus (car riders/walkers) dismissed first
      • Schedule (these are the tentative times):
        • Y5/Kindergarten 3:10pm- courtyard
        • 1st Grade 3:10pm- courtyard
        • 2nd Grade 3:15pm- courtyard
        • 3rd Grade 3:25pm- front doors
        • 4th Grade 3:20pm- northeast corner doors
        • 5th Grade 3:25pm- northeast corner doors
      • Students line-up on marks on the ground using the bollards as the starting points
      • In the courtyard- mark every third bollard on the outside (away from the building) K/1st/2nd so parents know where their child will be to pick-up
      • Pick-ups exit their line as they see their adult and exit the area leaving only the students who have not yet been picked up by 3:30pm to begin calling bussing students
      • Parents still park in parking lot due to not enough room to park in the front of the building.
      • Bus students dismissed second using a staggered schedule
        • Schedule:
          • 3:25pm office begins calling bus numbers on speaker
          • Call one bus number from the front of the line, one from the middle of the line, and one from the back of the line at the same time and all students in the building who ride that bus number exit the building to line-up on the inside of the ballard marked with their bus number in the courtyard.
          • 3:28pm office dismisses next group of 3
          • 3:31pm office dismisses next group of 3
          • Students who have not been picked up can be taken to the office
        • It is not safe for young students to cross beyond bollards so kindergarten through second grade will line up behind them on X marks on the concrete
        • Following morning drop off procedures, parents are to not pass the bollard posts at any door- students and staff members are the only persons allowed to pass the bollard posts
        • Have multiple staff members at front door, courtyard, and northeast corner door supervising pick-ups while teachers remain in their classrooms supervising the bussing students- after the last of students have exited from a classroom, the classroom teacher comes out to assist to complete dismissal
        • Young 5 and Kindergarten students will be provided with a luggage tag that will be required to remain on the outside of their backpack listing their first/last name, classroom teacher, room number, grade, and bus number/pick-up- they will also be a specific color to easily identify whose class they are in (ex: Mrs. Johns’ students will all have blue tags) This will apply to both drop-offs and pick-ups
      • NMS (6-8)
        • Will release by grade levels and at staggered times while also releasing bus students first with parent pick up and walkers (released through the main door) to be released after.
        • Bus students will exit through the south entrance.
      • NHS (9-12)
        • Staggered release times to access lockers. Will release by grade levels and staggered while also releasing bus students first with parent pick up and walkers to be released after. Parent pickup, drivers, and walkers will dismiss after busses are loaded
        • NHS will use Library and Cafeteria entrances for dismissal of drivers, drop offs, and walkers.
      • ALHS
        • Classrooms have exit doors, and students will be dismissed by classroom at the end of the day. Students who ride the head, will enter the bus, and students who drive will go directly to their vehicles.

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only.
  • All visitors need to check in at the main office, and move to a waiting area.
  • Parents will need to know prior to the start of school that they are NOT allowed inside the building for drop offs, pickups, or volunteer opportunities.

NMS

  • Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only.
  • Students should be kept in “cohort” (can be by grade level) groups during the day whenever possible to minimize exposure to other students.
  • ”Cohort” group class passing times will be slightly staggered to minimize the number of students in the hall at the same time.

NHS/ALHS

  • Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only
  • Lockers will be staggered by grade level
  • Classroom exchange times will be staggered as much as possible, and given 10 minute total exchange times. This will allow for the greatest proximity between students.
  • Lockers will still be used to store resources and belongings.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Schools must cooperate with the local public health department regarding implementing protocols for screening students and staff. (TBD by Local or State Health Department)

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Every Staff member will be required to complete a Google Form; as a health screening prior to entering the building. If staff members do not complete the Google Form, a hard copy form will be provided near the scan entrances
  • Students will be screened when entering the bus if they do not turn in a completed screening; or students that are brought to school will be directed to ONE entrance (front) where they will be screened upon entry if they do not have a completed form.
  • There will be a screening station at the front entrance door to screen students entering at that point.

NMS

  • Every Staff member will be required to complete a Google Form; as a health screening prior to entering the building. If staff members do not complete the Google Form, a hard copy form will be provided at the Main entrance.
  • Temperature screen students before entering the bus, if they do not turn in a completed screening.
  • If not possible, screen students/hand out masks in the foyer (for drop offs and self arriving students) or outside ONE entrance before entering the building, bus students will be dropped off at the south entrance.
  • Buses could hold students and empty one bus at a time, if possible, to allow for appropriate student spacing.
  • Students if coming to school will need to have temperature checked before coming to our building and be masked when they arrive.

NHS/ALHS

  • Every Staff member will be required to complete a Google Form; as a health screening prior to entering the building. If staff members do not complete the Google Form, a hard copy form will be provided at the Library entrance.
  • Temperature screen students before entering the bus, if they do not turn in a completed screening.
  • Students if coming to school will need to have temperature checked before coming to our building if they do not turn in a completed screening at the bus entrance, the cafeteria entrance, or library entrance
  • Students must be masked when they arrive, unless they have a note from a physician stating they are unable to wear a mask

Every student or staff member should be completing a health screening prior to coming to school. Any student or staff member who does not complete a screening and comes to school with a fever in excess of 100.4* will immediately be sent home, or held in a quarantine room until pickup, and then based on interaction the building administrator and staff will decide based on CDC and Health Dept guidelines on how to handle the positive test and quarantine.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Schools must cooperate with the local public health department regarding implementing protocols for screening students and staff. (TBD by Local or State Health Department)

District Implementation:

  • Students who develop a fever or become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school should wear a mask and be transported by their parent or guardian, emergency contact, or ambulance if clinically unstable, for off-site testing; said student should be held in a designated isolation area
  • Staff who develop a fever or become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school should wear a mask and be transported for off-site testing.
  • Symptomatic students and staff sent home from school should be kept home until they have tested negative for COVID-19, or have been released from isolation according to CDC guidelines.
  • Families should be notified of the presence of any laboratory positive or clinically diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the classroom and/or school to encourage closer observation for any symptoms at home.
  • In the event of a lab or clinically diagnosed case of COVID-19, immediate efforts should be made to contact any close contacts (those who spent more than 15 minutes less than six feet in close proximity to the student or staff member) so that they can be quarantined for 14 days at home. Students and staff should be closely monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19. At this time, empiric testing of all students or staff members in the class is not recommended. Only those that develop symptoms require testing for COVID-19.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. All schools must cooperate with the local public health department if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, and in particular, must collect the contact information for any close contacts of the affected individual from two days before he or she showed symptoms to the time when he or she was last present at the school.

District Implementation:

  • Students within a room need to be kept current on a seating chart so that their information can be passed to the Health Department. (same for all buildings)
  • Notify local health officials, staff, and students immediately of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.
    • The Local Health Department will initiate contact tracing, following regular public health practice. Anyone who was within close contact of the case (less than six feet apart for 15+ minutes) will be asked to self quarantine for up to 14 days after exposure. Local health officials, depending on the situation, may identify other contacts who require quarantine. Schools can help the local health department by collecting data and contact information of those exposed.
    • Note: schools should provide staff with guidance on confidentiality laws and statutes that protect student and staff health information. Student communicable disease related information is protected health information. (Even if a family/ student acknowledges and publicly discloses a positive test, school staff and officials must not participate in discussions or acknowledge a positive test).
  • Employees with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should only return to the workplace after they are no longer infectious. Local health officials will provide instruction about return to work, using the most current guidelines from the CDC for this determination.
  • Cleaning staff should wear a surgical mask, gloves, and a face shield when performing cleaning of these areas.
  • If possible, smaller areas such as individual classrooms should be closed for 24 hours before cleaning to minimize the risk of any airborne particles.

COVID-19 contact for each building:

  • Eby Contact- Michel McGonegal
  • NMS Contact- Chris Adams
  • NHS Contact- Pat Dillon
  • ALHS Contact- Zach Kaanan
  • Administration Office- Jim Graham

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom will be prohibited.
  • Remote learning students- continue drive-thru pick-up at the high school *When students choose to learn from home virtual online they will receive information on how to order grab & go drive through pick up instructions (they must be enrolled in NCS)
  • Systems will be available for ordering breakfast and lunch

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Both breakfast and lunch are prepared in the kitchen and students eat both breakfast and lunch in their classrooms
    • Delivered to Y5 through fifth grades
  • Lunch supervisors help with opening food and supervising eating time so that teachers can eat (duty-free lunch)
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

NMS

  • Breakfast will be grab and go to 1st period class after entering the building
  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria or if necessary the gym to allow for spacing, with cleaning between lunches and staggering lunch times.
  • No microwave use will be allowed
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

NHS

  • Breakfast will be grab and go to 1st period class after entering the building; at main entrance and cafeteria
  • HS will have multiple lunch periods accounting for Career Center needs as well as cleaning of the cafeteria
  • No microwave use will be allowed
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

ALHS

  • Breakfast will be grab and go, items from the lunch room and/or a cart will be brought around with grab and go items for students to choose from. This will also be the procedure for 2nd chance breakfast as well.
  • Students will be released for lunch by classroom one at a time to get items and will eat outside or at designated tables within classrooms they were released from
  • Salad Bar items will be individually pre-wrapped
  • Remote learners will be offered the opportunity to utilize the drive through at the main campus
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom will be prohibited.

District Implementation:

  • All school assemblies, or class meetings, (elementary and secondary) will be suspended. All essential presentations and programs will be done remotely if possible. Any presentation that cannot be conducted remotely will be done in an individual classroom by an essential staff member.
  • In the elementary, a schedule will be created that allows four/five classrooms on a playground at one time, with the playground divided into five sections. Classes will not interact with each other, they will stay in their designated section for the day. The groups will rotate what section they will be allowed to use each day so all students will be able to use all parts of the playground in a week. Students will be sanitizing their hands before and after recess. Playground balls and other hand sized items will have to be banned as well as any sport that allows for contact.- e.g. touch football, basketball, tag. Additionally, no items may be brought from home.
  • All field trips are suspended
  • All Extracurricular Activities will require a face covering. All activities may be done outside when possible, while keeping all social distancing recommendations in place. A contact log must be kept by the program leader or coach. All travel and competition must stay within the guidelines of the current executive order. Competitions may be suspended depending on recommendations from the health department, CDC guidelines, or other safety measures adopted by the district.
  • All gatherings and extracurricular activities will be reviewed as we move into Phase 5.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  • The district plan will comply with all guidance published by Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
  • Students, teachers, and staff must use proper hand hygiene techniques before and after every practice, event, or other gathering. Every participant should confirm that they are healthy and without any symptoms prior to any event.
  • All equipment must be disinfected before and after use.
  • Inter-school competitions may be held provided that facial coverings are worn if school transportation is provided. Buses must be cleaned and disinfected before and after every use, as detailed in the subsequent “Busing and Student Transportation” section.
  • Spectators are allowed provided that facial coverings are used by observers and six feet of social distancing can be maintained at all times. Attention must be given to entry and exit points to prevent crowding.
  • Each participant must use a clearly marked water bottle for individual use. There should be no sharing of this equipment.
  • Handshakes, fist bumps, and other unnecessary contact must not occur.
  • Indoor weight rooms and physical conditioning activities that require shared equipment are suspended. Outdoor physical conditioning activities are allowed while maintaining social distancing.
  • Large scale indoor spectator events are suspended. Large scale outdoor spectator or stadium events are limited to 100 people, and people not part of the same household must maintain six feet of distance from one another.

District implementation:

  • All athletic programs will follow policies and procedures issued by the MHSAA, which are consistent with the current executive order and the NFHS. These policies will contain guidelines for contact, equipment, practice (both in-season and out of season), travel/transportation, and competition.
  • Indoor fitness center, and gymnasium will remain closed
  • If school sponsored athletics are suspended or postponed, youth sports will not be using school facilities for any practices, events, or competitions.
  • Phase 4 or Phase 5 will not dictate our participation in athletics, so the district will not review our programs as we move into Phase 5. All athletic programs will follow the MHSAA guidelines regardless of what Phase we are in.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Frequently touched surfaces including light switches, doors, benches, bathrooms, must undergo cleaning at least every four hours with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.
  2. Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other hands-on classrooms must undergo cleaning after every class period with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.
  3. Student desks must be wiped down with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution after every class period.
  4. Playground structures must continue to undergo normal routine cleaning, but using an EPA-approved disinfectant is unnecessary.
  5. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children, and with adequate ventilation when staff use products.
  6. Staff must wear gloves, surgical masks, and face shield when performing all cleaning activities.

District Implementation:

Eby

  • All tables, desks, light switches, bathrooms, toys and any other classroom surfaces that have been used by students must be sanitized and/or disinfected every four hours for buildings where the students do not switch classrooms.
  • Any other common surfaces (fountains, switches, locker handles) will be cleaned at least every four hours; more regularly when students are not present.

NMS

  • Any time MS students leave a classroom, staff or students will need to wipe down his/her desk or table, etc. with approved cleaner before leaving; light switches and other common surfaces will need to be cleaned
  • Any common surfaces (bathrooms, fountains, door handles, etc) need to cleaned every 4 hours

NHS/ALHS

  • Student and staff surfaces will be wiped down after every class period pending student contact.
  • Door handles, windows, desks, light switches, and common surfaces in the classroom are the teachers responsibility, and bathrooms, lunchroom, and common areas are janitorial and lunch staff responsibility.
  • Common hallway surfaces need to be cleaned every 4 hours
  • Office staff will wipe surfaces in the area surrounding the office.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Drivers will require the use of hand sanitizers before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer will be supplied on the bus.
  2. The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus.
      a. Note: there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. Decisions about these situations should be made on a case-by-case basis with local public health officials.
  3. Transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every transit route. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.
  4. Frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle will be cleaned and disinfected (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
  5. Equipment including items such as car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected daily.
  6. Create a plan for getting students home safely if they are not allowed to board the vehicle.
  7. If a student becomes sick during the day, they will not use group transportation to return home and must follow protocols outlined above. If a driver becomes sick during the day, they must follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and must not return to drive students.
  8. Weather permitting, doors and windows will be kept open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.
  9. Weather permitting, keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion will be considered to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.

District Implementation:

  • Keep same bus routes
  • Start the middle school and high school bus schedule 5 minutes earlier and start the elementary school bus schedule 5 minutes later to allow for more sanitation time
  • Hand pumps installed on all buses- students required to sanitize before getting on the bus and before getting off the bus
  • Students will be required to wear a mask to load onto the bus, unless they have a note from a physician stating they are unable to wear a facial covering.
    • Bus drivers can not turn students away unless they refuse to wear a mask to load the bus. If they refuse to wear a mask to load the bus, they will be turned away.
  • Students will be required to have their temperature taken by the bus driver, if they do not have a completed screening, before loading the bus- if their temperature is above 100.4 degrees they can not load the bus
    • Parents should remain at Bus stop to ensure a smooth transition if the student is not allowed to board the bus due to symptoms being displayed.
    • Parents are encouraged to pre-screen their student prior to dropping them at a bus stop if not able to stay with their student.
    • Parents should identify a location the student can be taken in the event they develop symptoms.
  • Keep windows on bus open as much as possible to help air out
  • 2 students per seat maximum- 52 students per bus maximum- try to assign families/neighborhood students to sit together
  • Bus drivers will be responsible for sanitizing the bus before their first bus run, in between every bus run, and after the last bus run
  • Adjustments will be made to bus schedule so that not all of the buses are arriving at the same time - each bus releases their students as soon as they arrive making sure that they are not releasing at the same time as another bus
  • Administration will need to create a list of “quarantined students” and relay to bus drivers so students do not load the bus if they are on the list

District Implementation:

Students

  • These persons must be allowed to move at their own time and space.
  • When a class leaves the room those that are medically vulnerable will need to leave early/after in order to avoid any chance of mixing with others.
  • In the classroom medically vulnerable students may be allowed to sit by themselves and have a zone with space marked if desired by parents and students.
  • At lunch time, medically vulnerable students will be given the opportunity to eat by themselves while maintaining social distancing.
  • Students should be allowed to keep a three to six foot safety distance/buffer between themselves and others at all times when in the building

Staff

  • Should be allowed to keep a three to six foot safety distance/buffer between themselves and others at all times when in the building
  • Enable staff who are high-risk for severe illness (based on a physician’s diagnosis and documentation) to minimize face-to-face contact and to allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from others, modify job responsibilities or environment that limit exposure risk, or to teach remotely if feasible. Engage and consult with local bargaining units to determine the best course of action for all parties involved.

  • Students/Families will still be able to choose between learning options for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year.
    • Option 1: Remote Learning
    • Option 2: In-person Learning In-person learning may consist of six periods a day (6-12). We will review our daily structure at this time.
  •  Post pandemic
  •  Restrictions lifted
  •  5th day (Remote Learning) stays in place, so staff has the appropriate time to service all Remote Learning, and support students in the building receiving face to face instruction.

Remote learning students will receive instruction through direct instruction, activities assignments, assessments, and feedback which will closely mimic those of the classroom. The experience will be very different from that experienced in the spring. Students will be provided through a variety of formats with accountability measures in place to ensure progress and monitor academic growth. Remote learning students in grades Y5-2nd will be taught by NCS teachers using the Seesaw platform and a variety of online resources along with their own lessons. Students in grades 3 - 12th will be taught by NCS teachers utilizing the Google Classroom platform as well as a variety of online resources. Teachers in-person will offer live help vs. remote learning students accessing their teachers during office hours or via emailed response.

Once you have chosen a final option, your student(s) will stay with that mode for a full marking period (9 weeks). There will also be a two-week grace period where you have the opportunity to change the mode of instruction.

At this time busses are scheduled to run 5 days a week close to their normal schedules. Time adjustments for cleaning or changes will be posted as soon as they are available but changes are expected to be minimal.

The Jackson County Health Department will guide our response to any COVID positive case related to one of our students or staff. They will assist us through the contact tracing process and advise us on the best course of action to keep our students, staff, and families safe. We will follow all recommendations of the Jackson County Health Department.

Students who are medically unable to wear a face mask WITH A DOCTORS NOTE may opt to wear a face shield.

Yes, middle/high school students who opt for remote learning may attend band class. However, transportation will be the responsibility of the parent/ guardian if needed outside of the standard provisions.

Our students will receive the benefit of physical education, music and technology classes. These classes will take place in their normal locations with sanitation/cleaning practices utilized between groups. Social distance guidelines will be provided in each space. Students will have a 25 min recess in the afternoon. They must wear a mask for recess. Class dividers and social distance guidelines will be practiced/ provided in preparation for return to the building. Sanitation stations will be located at each entrance/ exit for students to use upon exit/entrance of the building.

Center students may choose remote learning for the high school portion of their scheduled day. The most recent Career Center information is posted as follows “We know a lot of you are curious about what instruction will look like at the Career Center this fall. While we are still working out the details, which ultimately have to be approved by the JCISD Board of Education, we can tell you our focus is having in-person instruction five days a week, regardless of what option students choose at their home school. We understand this will present challenges, which we are working through with our staff and the districts we serve. Stay tuned for an update in the coming days.” WE WILL SHARE ANY UPDATES FROM THE CC AS THEY ARE RECEIVED.

At this time Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only.

Guided by our focus to present parents with a viable education plan for students while centering on the health and safety of the Pirate community as a whole, the NCS Return to Learn 2020-2021 plan has been established utilizing the government and public health directives currently in place. In order to ensure student safety we will be flexible, while following the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap and adjusting to any factors that may necessitate changes throughout the school year. Understandably, we are receiving many questions and concerns about operations for the upcoming school year. It is our hope that this information will help to outline our new normal and provide some guidance. The NCS Return to Learn Plan has been created with an approach designed to allow us the capability to adjust our teaching and learning framework in response to circumstances or any MI Safe Start phase changes that may occur.

Guided by our focus to present parents with a viable education plan for students while centering on the health and safety of the Pirate community as a whole, the NCS Return to Learn 2020-2021 plan has been established utilizing the government and public health directives currently in place. In order to ensure student safety we will be flexible, while following the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap and adjusting to any factors that may necessitate changes throughout the school year. Understandably, we are receiving many questions and concerns about operations for the upcoming school year. It is our hope that this information will help to outline our new normal and provide some guidance. The NCS Return to Learn Plan has been created with an approach designed to allow us the capability to adjust our teaching and learning framework in response to circumstances or any MI Safe Start phase changes that may occur.

Phases 1-3 - 100% Remote Learning All Students

  • All Buildings are closed for students
  • All Extracurricular Activities and Athletics are suspended
  • Staff has access to buildings to plan remote instruction
  • Google Classroom, SeeSaw, e2020

Phase 4 and Phase 5 - Remote Learning or In-Person Learning

  • Phase 4 and Phase 5 will follow the same weekly structure
  • Phase 5 will reduce some safety restrictions
  • Families will still have the choice for Remote Learning or In-person Learning

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Adequate supplies of soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, tissues, and signs reinforcing proper handwashing techniques will be provided to support healthy hygiene behaviors
  2. Staff will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Students will use sinks and sanitizers as they change locations within rooms and exterior to room
  • Sanitizers will be available in many locations around the building and in the courtyard for arrival
  • Custodians must keep sanitizers full and restock supplies
  • Water fountain use will be minimized.
  • All adults will make sure that students are washing hands and/or sanitizing frequently at least a minimum time per the state requirements.
    • Preferably at all movement times.
  • Adults that MUST move between rooms need to sanitize when entering a new room and maintain social distance from other staff members within the room.

NMS

  • Hand washing signs(each room/halls/bathroom/entry doors); teach/review hand washing
  • Students will sanitize hands upon leaving each classroom (each classroom has a hand sanitizer device already installed) and upon returning to a classroom from the restroom
  • Drinking fountains closed, bottle filling station will be remained open, we will also allow water bottles in classes
  • Custodians must keep sanitizers full and restock supplies

NHS/ALHS

  • Students and staff will wash hands and student surfaces every hour of student contact.
  • Hand sanitizer, viricide, wiping cloths, soap and sinks or additional washing stations will need to be secured to allow for the increase in hand washing
  • Drinking fountains closed, bottle filling station will be remained open, we will also allow water bottles in classes
  • Custodians must keep sanitizers full and restock supplies

  • Signs will be present in visible areas to remind students and staff of physical distance guidelines.
  • Masks and Lanyards
    • Provide every elementary student with a lanyard with two clips to keep clipped to sides of mask and hang around their neck/be on their person at all times when not wearing
    • All staff wear a badge with a large picture of themself on it, as well as their name, for students to refer to due to wearing masks
      • PreK/Y5/K/1st graders/new students are not familiar with all staff and it would be very difficult for them to recognize someone with their mask on (not to mention stranger danger)
  • Student Drop-Off
    • Pirate’s Cove (GSRP) will use their entrance on the south side of the building.
    • Eby and NMS buildings- non-bussing students (car riders and walkers) all enter through the front doors of the building for a health screening, including a temperature check
    • NHS will use Library and Cafeteria entrances for drivers, drop offs, and walkers for screening these students
      • Elementary- Bus students enter through their grade-level door in the courtyard being directed by adults in the courtyard
        • Bus students ONLY allowed to enter through courtyard due to already completing a health screening- all other students must be directed to enter through the front of the building
        • Request parents to stay in their car in the parking lot and not come to the sidewalk
        • Require parents to not pass the ballard posts at any door- students and staff members are the only persons allowed to pass the ballard posts
  • Lockers
    • Elementary
      • Students continue to use lockers, but teachers label lockers in a pattern to help separate
        • Ex: Use color or shape locker tags in a pattern of 2, 3, or 4 and dismiss students to lockers by one color/shape at a time to keep separate/space between students
    • Middle School
      • Backpacks may be allowed in the first semester.
      • Assign lockers by grade level- all students who are enrolled for in-person learning
    • High School
      • Assign lockers by grade level- all students who are enrolled for in-person learning
  • Movement Between Classes
    • Classrooms must be sanitized in between every class- when students leave the classroom and before the students return to the classroom
    • Highly recommend to students to bring their own water bottle from home to minimize the use of the drinking fountains.
    • preK-5 Special Education- Students must wear masks when outside of their own classroom/homeroom
    • No congregating in bathrooms (allow bathroom breaks more during class time)
    • Elementary- wear mask when lining-up and when walking in the hallway
    • Elementary will proceed down the right hand side of the hallway with students maintaining hands free and no touch policies for each other, lockers, tables and other adults in the building.
    • Middle School
      • A/B Block with 1,3,5 periods on Monday/Thursday and 2,4,6 on Tuesday/Friday 100 minute class periods
      • Staggered release times to access lockers/use backpacks early in year
      • Recommend students to bring their own devices from home- less contamination/less to sanitize
    • High School
      • A/B Block with 1,3,5 periods on Monday/Thursday and 2,4,6 on Tuesday/Friday 100 minute class periods
      • Staggered release times to access lockers
      • Recommend students to bring their own devices from home- less contamination/less to sanitize
      • More time needed between classes to pass as well as a schedule for different passing times per grade
  • Recess - Elementary
    • PM recess 25 min duty free for staff; students will be supervised by parapros
    • Students must wear mask for entire recess time
    • Two parallel lines six feet apart for each class with six foot divider lines will be available within each quadrant for each class to line up in preparation for return to building.
  • Specials - Elementary
    • Gym will be held in the gymnasium using required social distancing minimums with sanitizing between classes.
    • Music will be held in the music room with the room divided into a grid pattern to ensure correct social distancing spacing. There will be sanitizing between classes.
    • Technology will be held in room 32. Computer keyboards will be covered by Saran Wrap or sanitizable latex covering so that it can be removed or cleaned after each use. Additionally, a dividing shield will be between each computer extending off of the table to give the students separation.
  • Dismissal
    • Elementary
      • Different grade levels dismissed at different times through different doors
      • Non-bus (car riders/walkers) dismissed first
      • Schedule (these are the tentative times):
        • Y5/Kindergarten 3:10pm- courtyard
        • 1st Grade 3:10pm- courtyard
        • 2nd Grade 3:15pm- courtyard
        • 3rd Grade 3:25pm- front doors
        • 4th Grade 3:20pm- northeast corner doors
        • 5th Grade 3:25pm- northeast corner doors
      • Students line-up on marks on the ground using the bollards as the starting points
      • In the courtyard- mark every third bollard on the outside (away from the building) K/1st/2nd so parents know where their child will be to pick-up
      • Pick-ups exit their line as they see their adult and exit the area leaving only the students who have not yet been picked up by 3:30pm to begin calling bussing students
      • Parents still park in parking lot due to not enough room to park in the front of the building.
      • Bus students dismissed second using a staggered schedule
        • Schedule:
          • 3:25pm office begins calling bus numbers on speaker
          • Call one bus number from the front of the line, one from the middle of the line, and one from the back of the line at the same time and all students in the building who ride that bus number exit the building to line-up on the inside of the ballard marked with their bus number in the courtyard.
          • 3:28pm office dismisses next group of 3
          • 3:31pm office dismisses next group of 3
          • Students who have not been picked up can be taken to the office
        • It is not safe for young students to cross beyond bollards so kindergarten through second grade will line up behind them on X marks on the concrete
        • Following morning drop off procedures, parents are to not pass the bollard posts at any door- students and staff members are the only persons allowed to pass the bollard posts
        • Have multiple staff members at front door, courtyard, and northeast corner door supervising pick-ups while teachers remain in their classrooms supervising the bussing students- after the last of students have exited from a classroom, the classroom teacher comes out to assist to complete dismissal
        • Young 5 and Kindergarten students will be provided with a luggage tag that will be required to remain on the outside of their backpack listing their first/last name, classroom teacher, room number, grade, and bus number/pick-up- they will also be a specific color to easily identify whose class they are in (ex: Mrs. Johns’ students will all have blue tags) This will apply to both drop-offs and pick-ups
      • NMS (6-8)
        • Will release by grade levels and at staggered times while also releasing bus students first with parent pick up and walkers (released through the main door) to be released after.
        • Bus students will exit through the south entrance.
      • NHS (9-12)
        • Staggered release times to access lockers. Will release by grade levels and staggered while also releasing bus students first with parent pick up and walkers to be released after. Parent pickup, drivers, and walkers will dismiss after busses are loaded
        • NHS will use Library and Cafeteria entrances for dismissal of drivers, drop offs, and walkers.
      • ALHS
        • Classrooms have exit doors, and students will be dismissed by classroom at the end of the day. Students who ride the head, will enter the bus, and students who drive will go directly to their vehicles.

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only.
  • All visitors need to check in at the main office, and move to a waiting area.
  • Parents will need to know prior to the start of school that they are NOT allowed inside the building for drop offs, pickups, or volunteer opportunities.

NMS

  • Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only.
  • Students should be kept in “cohort” (can be by grade level) groups during the day whenever possible to minimize exposure to other students.
  • ”Cohort” group class passing times will be slightly staggered to minimize the number of students in the hall at the same time.

NHS/ALHS

  • Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only
  • Lockers will be staggered by grade level
  • Classroom exchange times will be staggered as much as possible, and given 10 minute total exchange times. This will allow for the greatest proximity between students.
  • Lockers will still be used to store resources and belongings.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Schools must cooperate with the local public health department regarding implementing protocols for screening students and staff. (TBD by Local or State Health Department)

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Every Staff member will be required to complete a Google Form; as a health screening prior to entering the building. If staff members do not complete the Google Form, a hard copy form will be provided near the scan entrances
  • Students will be screened when entering the bus if they do not turn in a completed screening; or students that are brought to school will be directed to ONE entrance (front) where they will be screened upon entry if they do not have a completed form.
  • There will be a screening station at the front entrance door to screen students entering at that point.

NMS

  • Every Staff member will be required to complete a Google Form; as a health screening prior to entering the building. If staff members do not complete the Google Form, a hard copy form will be provided at the Main entrance.
  • Temperature screen students before entering the bus, if they do not turn in a completed screening.
  • If not possible, screen students/hand out masks in the foyer (for drop offs and self arriving students) or outside ONE entrance before entering the building, bus students will be dropped off at the south entrance.
  • Buses could hold students and empty one bus at a time, if possible, to allow for appropriate student spacing.
  • Students if coming to school will need to have temperature checked before coming to our building and be masked when they arrive.

NHS/ALHS

  • Every Staff member will be required to complete a Google Form; as a health screening prior to entering the building. If staff members do not complete the Google Form, a hard copy form will be provided at the Library entrance.
  • Temperature screen students before entering the bus, if they do not turn in a completed screening.
  • Students if coming to school will need to have temperature checked before coming to our building if they do not turn in a completed screening at the bus entrance, the cafeteria entrance, or library entrance
  • Students must be masked when they arrive, unless they have a note from a physician stating they are unable to wear a mask

Every student or staff member should be completing a health screening prior to coming to school. Any student or staff member who does not complete a screening and comes to school with a fever in excess of 100.4* will immediately be sent home, or held in a quarantine room until pickup, and then based on interaction the building administrator and staff will decide based on CDC and Health Dept guidelines on how to handle the positive test and quarantine.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Schools must cooperate with the local public health department regarding implementing protocols for screening students and staff. (TBD by Local or State Health Department)

District Implementation:

  • Students who develop a fever or become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school should wear a mask and be transported by their parent or guardian, emergency contact, or ambulance if clinically unstable, for off-site testing; said student should be held in a designated isolation area
  • Staff who develop a fever or become ill with COVID-19 symptoms at school should wear a mask and be transported for off-site testing.
  • Symptomatic students and staff sent home from school should be kept home until they have tested negative for COVID-19, or have been released from isolation according to CDC guidelines.
  • Families should be notified of the presence of any laboratory positive or clinically diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the classroom and/or school to encourage closer observation for any symptoms at home.
  • In the event of a lab or clinically diagnosed case of COVID-19, immediate efforts should be made to contact any close contacts (those who spent more than 15 minutes less than six feet in close proximity to the student or staff member) so that they can be quarantined for 14 days at home. Students and staff should be closely monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19. At this time, empiric testing of all students or staff members in the class is not recommended. Only those that develop symptoms require testing for COVID-19.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. All schools must cooperate with the local public health department if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, and in particular, must collect the contact information for any close contacts of the affected individual from two days before he or she showed symptoms to the time when he or she was last present at the school.

District Implementation:

  • Students within a room need to be kept current on a seating chart so that their information can be passed to the Health Department. (same for all buildings)
  • Notify local health officials, staff, and students immediately of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal and state privacy laws.
    • The Local Health Department will initiate contact tracing, following regular public health practice. Anyone who was within close contact of the case (less than six feet apart for 15+ minutes) will be asked to self quarantine for up to 14 days after exposure. Local health officials, depending on the situation, may identify other contacts who require quarantine. Schools can help the local health department by collecting data and contact information of those exposed.
    • Note: schools should provide staff with guidance on confidentiality laws and statutes that protect student and staff health information. Student communicable disease related information is protected health information. (Even if a family/ student acknowledges and publicly discloses a positive test, school staff and officials must not participate in discussions or acknowledge a positive test).
  • Employees with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should only return to the workplace after they are no longer infectious. Local health officials will provide instruction about return to work, using the most current guidelines from the CDC for this determination.
  • Cleaning staff should wear a surgical mask, gloves, and a face shield when performing cleaning of these areas.
  • If possible, smaller areas such as individual classrooms should be closed for 24 hours before cleaning to minimize the risk of any airborne particles.

COVID-19 contact for each building:

  • Eby Contact- Michel McGonegal
  • NMS Contact- Chris Adams
  • NHS Contact- Pat Dillon
  • ALHS Contact- Zach Kaanan
  • Administration Office- Jim Graham

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom will be prohibited.
  • Remote learning students- continue drive-thru pick-up at the high school *When students choose to learn from home virtual online they will receive information on how to order grab & go drive through pick up instructions (they must be enrolled in NCS)
  • Systems will be available for ordering breakfast and lunch

District Implementation:

Eby

  • Both breakfast and lunch are prepared in the kitchen and students eat both breakfast and lunch in their classrooms
    • Delivered to Y5 through fifth grades
  • Lunch supervisors help with opening food and supervising eating time so that teachers can eat (duty-free lunch)
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

NMS

  • Breakfast will be grab and go to 1st period class after entering the building
  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria or if necessary the gym to allow for spacing, with cleaning between lunches and staggering lunch times.
  • No microwave use will be allowed
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

NHS

  • Breakfast will be grab and go to 1st period class after entering the building; at main entrance and cafeteria
  • HS will have multiple lunch periods accounting for Career Center needs as well as cleaning of the cafeteria
  • No microwave use will be allowed
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

ALHS

  • Breakfast will be grab and go, items from the lunch room and/or a cart will be brought around with grab and go items for students to choose from. This will also be the procedure for 2nd chance breakfast as well.
  • Students will be released for lunch by classroom one at a time to get items and will eat outside or at designated tables within classrooms they were released from
  • Salad Bar items will be individually pre-wrapped
  • Remote learners will be offered the opportunity to utilize the drive through at the main campus
  • NO SHARING FOOD!

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom will be prohibited.

District Implementation:

  • All school assemblies, or class meetings, (elementary and secondary) will be suspended. All essential presentations and programs will be done remotely if possible. Any presentation that cannot be conducted remotely will be done in an individual classroom by an essential staff member.
  • In the elementary, a schedule will be created that allows four/five classrooms on a playground at one time, with the playground divided into five sections. Classes will not interact with each other, they will stay in their designated section for the day. The groups will rotate what section they will be allowed to use each day so all students will be able to use all parts of the playground in a week. Students will be sanitizing their hands before and after recess. Playground balls and other hand sized items will have to be banned as well as any sport that allows for contact.- e.g. touch football, basketball, tag. Additionally, no items may be brought from home.
  • All field trips are suspended
  • All Extracurricular Activities will require a face covering. All activities may be done outside when possible, while keeping all social distancing recommendations in place. A contact log must be kept by the program leader or coach. All travel and competition must stay within the guidelines of the current executive order. Competitions may be suspended depending on recommendations from the health department, CDC guidelines, or other safety measures adopted by the district.
  • All gatherings and extracurricular activities will be reviewed as we move into Phase 5.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  • The district plan will comply with all guidance published by Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
  • Students, teachers, and staff must use proper hand hygiene techniques before and after every practice, event, or other gathering. Every participant should confirm that they are healthy and without any symptoms prior to any event.
  • All equipment must be disinfected before and after use.
  • Inter-school competitions may be held provided that facial coverings are worn if school transportation is provided. Buses must be cleaned and disinfected before and after every use, as detailed in the subsequent “Busing and Student Transportation” section.
  • Spectators are allowed provided that facial coverings are used by observers and six feet of social distancing can be maintained at all times. Attention must be given to entry and exit points to prevent crowding.
  • Each participant must use a clearly marked water bottle for individual use. There should be no sharing of this equipment.
  • Handshakes, fist bumps, and other unnecessary contact must not occur.
  • Indoor weight rooms and physical conditioning activities that require shared equipment are suspended. Outdoor physical conditioning activities are allowed while maintaining social distancing.
  • Large scale indoor spectator events are suspended. Large scale outdoor spectator or stadium events are limited to 100 people, and people not part of the same household must maintain six feet of distance from one another.

District implementation:

  • All athletic programs will follow policies and procedures issued by the MHSAA, which are consistent with the current executive order and the NFHS. These policies will contain guidelines for contact, equipment, practice (both in-season and out of season), travel/transportation, and competition.
  • Indoor fitness center, and gymnasium will remain closed
  • If school sponsored athletics are suspended or postponed, youth sports will not be using school facilities for any practices, events, or competitions.
  • Phase 4 or Phase 5 will not dictate our participation in athletics, so the district will not review our programs as we move into Phase 5. All athletic programs will follow the MHSAA guidelines regardless of what Phase we are in.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Frequently touched surfaces including light switches, doors, benches, bathrooms, must undergo cleaning at least every four hours with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.
  2. Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other hands-on classrooms must undergo cleaning after every class period with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.
  3. Student desks must be wiped down with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution after every class period.
  4. Playground structures must continue to undergo normal routine cleaning, but using an EPA-approved disinfectant is unnecessary.
  5. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children, and with adequate ventilation when staff use products.
  6. Staff must wear gloves, surgical masks, and face shield when performing all cleaning activities.

District Implementation:

Eby

  • All tables, desks, light switches, bathrooms, toys and any other classroom surfaces that have been used by students must be sanitized and/or disinfected every four hours for buildings where the students do not switch classrooms.
  • Any other common surfaces (fountains, switches, locker handles) will be cleaned at least every four hours; more regularly when students are not present.

NMS

  • Any time MS students leave a classroom, staff or students will need to wipe down his/her desk or table, etc. with approved cleaner before leaving; light switches and other common surfaces will need to be cleaned
  • Any common surfaces (bathrooms, fountains, door handles, etc) need to cleaned every 4 hours

NHS/ALHS

  • Student and staff surfaces will be wiped down after every class period pending student contact.
  • Door handles, windows, desks, light switches, and common surfaces in the classroom are the teachers responsibility, and bathrooms, lunchroom, and common areas are janitorial and lunch staff responsibility.
  • Common hallway surfaces need to be cleaned every 4 hours
  • Office staff will wipe surfaces in the area surrounding the office.

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap

  1. Drivers will require the use of hand sanitizers before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer will be supplied on the bus.
  2. The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus.
      a. Note: there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. Decisions about these situations should be made on a case-by-case basis with local public health officials.
  3. Transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every transit route. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.
  4. Frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle will be cleaned and disinfected (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
  5. Equipment including items such as car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected daily.
  6. Create a plan for getting students home safely if they are not allowed to board the vehicle.
  7. If a student becomes sick during the day, they will not use group transportation to return home and must follow protocols outlined above. If a driver becomes sick during the day, they must follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and must not return to drive students.
  8. Weather permitting, doors and windows will be kept open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.
  9. Weather permitting, keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion will be considered to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.

District Implementation:

  • Keep same bus routes
  • Start the middle school and high school bus schedule 5 minutes earlier and start the elementary school bus schedule 5 minutes later to allow for more sanitation time
  • Hand pumps installed on all buses- students required to sanitize before getting on the bus and before getting off the bus
  • Students will be required to wear a mask to load onto the bus, unless they have a note from a physician stating they are unable to wear a facial covering.
    • Bus drivers can not turn students away unless they refuse to wear a mask to load the bus. If they refuse to wear a mask to load the bus, they will be turned away.
  • Students will be required to have their temperature taken by the bus driver, if they do not have a completed screening, before loading the bus- if their temperature is above 100.4 degrees they can not load the bus
    • Parents should remain at Bus stop to ensure a smooth transition if the student is not allowed to board the bus due to symptoms being displayed.
    • Parents are encouraged to pre-screen their student prior to dropping them at a bus stop if not able to stay with their student.
    • Parents should identify a location the student can be taken in the event they develop symptoms.
  • Keep windows on bus open as much as possible to help air out
  • 2 students per seat maximum- 52 students per bus maximum- try to assign families/neighborhood students to sit together
  • Bus drivers will be responsible for sanitizing the bus before their first bus run, in between every bus run, and after the last bus run
  • Adjustments will be made to bus schedule so that not all of the buses are arriving at the same time - each bus releases their students as soon as they arrive making sure that they are not releasing at the same time as another bus
  • Administration will need to create a list of “quarantined students” and relay to bus drivers so students do not load the bus if they are on the list

District Implementation:

Students

  • These persons must be allowed to move at their own time and space.
  • When a class leaves the room those that are medically vulnerable will need to leave early/after in order to avoid any chance of mixing with others.
  • In the classroom medically vulnerable students may be allowed to sit by themselves and have a zone with space marked if desired by parents and students.
  • At lunch time, medically vulnerable students will be given the opportunity to eat by themselves while maintaining social distancing.
  • Students should be allowed to keep a three to six foot safety distance/buffer between themselves and others at all times when in the building

Staff

  • Should be allowed to keep a three to six foot safety distance/buffer between themselves and others at all times when in the building
  • Enable staff who are high-risk for severe illness (based on a physician’s diagnosis and documentation) to minimize face-to-face contact and to allow them to maintain a distance of six feet from others, modify job responsibilities or environment that limit exposure risk, or to teach remotely if feasible. Engage and consult with local bargaining units to determine the best course of action for all parties involved.

  • Students/Families will still be able to choose between learning options for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year.
    • Option 1: Remote Learning
    • Option 2: In-person Learning In-person learning may consist of six periods a day (6-12). We will review our daily structure at this time.
  •  Post pandemic
  •  Restrictions lifted
  •  5th day (Remote Learning) stays in place, so staff has the appropriate time to service all Remote Learning, and support students in the building receiving face to face instruction.

Remote learning students will receive instruction through direct instruction, activities assignments, assessments, and feedback which will closely mimic those of the classroom. The experience will be very different from that experienced in the spring. Students will be provided through a variety of formats with accountability measures in place to ensure progress and monitor academic growth. Remote learning students in grades Y5-2nd will be taught by NCS teachers using the Seesaw platform and a variety of online resources along with their own lessons. Students in grades 3 - 12th will be taught by NCS teachers utilizing the Google Classroom platform as well as a variety of online resources. Teachers in-person will offer live help vs. remote learning students accessing their teachers during office hours or via emailed response.

Once you have chosen a final option, your student(s) will stay with that mode for a full marking period (9 weeks). There will also be a two-week grace period where you have the opportunity to change the mode of instruction.

At this time busses are scheduled to run 5 days a week close to their normal schedules. Time adjustments for cleaning or changes will be posted as soon as they are available but changes are expected to be minimal.

The Jackson County Health Department will guide our response to any COVID positive case related to one of our students or staff. They will assist us through the contact tracing process and advise us on the best course of action to keep our students, staff, and families safe. We will follow all recommendations of the Jackson County Health Department.

Students who are medically unable to wear a face mask WITH A DOCTORS NOTE may opt to wear a face shield.

Yes, middle/high school students who opt for remote learning may attend band class. However, transportation will be the responsibility of the parent/ guardian if needed outside of the standard provisions.

Our students will receive the benefit of physical education, music and technology classes. These classes will take place in their normal locations with sanitation/cleaning practices utilized between groups. Social distance guidelines will be provided in each space. Students will have a 25 min recess in the afternoon. They must wear a mask for recess. Class dividers and social distance guidelines will be practiced/ provided in preparation for return to the building. Sanitation stations will be located at each entrance/ exit for students to use upon exit/entrance of the building.

Center students may choose remote learning for the high school portion of their scheduled day. The most recent Career Center information is posted as follows “We know a lot of you are curious about what instruction will look like at the Career Center this fall. While we are still working out the details, which ultimately have to be approved by the JCISD Board of Education, we can tell you our focus is having in-person instruction five days a week, regardless of what option students choose at their home school. We understand this will present challenges, which we are working through with our staff and the districts we serve. Stay tuned for an update in the coming days.” WE WILL SHARE ANY UPDATES FROM THE CC AS THEY ARE RECEIVED.

At this time Visitors or guardians will be allowed in the building for extenuating circumstances only.