Grade School Guidelines & Parent Choice Form for 2020-2021 School Year

July 28, 2020

Please complete this Remote Learning Survey for the Grade School.

Parents: You make the choice that is right and safe for your child:

Option 1: If I plan for my child(ren) to return to a traditional classroom setting when school resumes on August 31, 2020, they will commit to following the safety guidelines outlined below to protect themselves, their peers, and their teachers. I will select this option for my student(s) by August 4, 2020.

Option 2: If I prefer for my child(ren) to start the school year with remote learning for at least the first semester, they will commit to following the remote learning guidelines outlined below. I will select this option for my student(s) by August 4, 2020.

In-Person Learning Option 1:

Students: Getting Ready and Going to School Safely:

  • Before I come to school, my parent will check my temperature and assess my symptoms: if I have a fever of 100.4 or higher, or a cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, or if I have been in direct contact with someone who have COVID-19, my parent will keep me home and contact my medical provider.
  • I will wear closed toe tennis shoes to school everyday, because I won't be able to change shoes at school.
  • If you are eligible for bus transportation and you wish to ride a bus, parents will need to submit an online registration by August 4, 2020.
  • When waiting for the bus, I will practice social distancing and wear my face covering.
  • I will use hand sanitizer as I board the bus, and on the bus, I will wear my face covering and sit no more than two to a seat. My bus will be cleaned daily.
  • If I ride in a car to school, my parent or guardian will drop me off in the car rider area: parents will not be able to walk me to my classroom or to the cafeteria.

Students: Safety at School:

  • When I arrive at school, I will have my temperature checked by staff. I will wear my face covering, and report to my classroom.
  • I will bring a water bottle to school, as water fountains will be closed for regular use; water bottles can be refilled throughout the day. If I forget my water bottle, my parent will be unable to bring it into the building.
  • When I am moving about the classroom, I will wear my face covering and practice social distancing.
  • When I am in the classroom, I will wear my face covering. I may remove my face covering when eating lunch at my desk. I will use my own headphones for computer stations, and I will use hand sanitizer before and after I complete my computer tasks. Desks, tables, and computer stations will be spaced apart and will face in one direction.
  • My lunch will be in the classroom and I will not have access to a microwave.
  • I will wash my hands frequently and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
  • When I am going to a PE or Tech class, I will wear my mask and practice social distancing. I will follow one-directional signs in hallways and on stairways. Equipment will be sanitized between uses.
  • Music and Art will be brought to my classroom.
  • Band will not be offered for 5th grade during the first semester. A decision will be made at a later time if it will be offered second semester.
  • Recess will be one class at a time while practicing social distance. Playground equipment will not be used at this time.
  • Access to the building will be limited to students and staff members only.
  • Daily Cleaning - A fogger will be used to disinfect classrooms.
    • Deep cleaning and sanitation of the building will occur on Wednesday and over the weekend.
    • Hand sanitizer, will be available in every classroom and throughout the building.
    • Disinfecting wipes will be available in every room.

Students & Parents: Safety Procedures for Everyone:

  • Field trips will be limited to virtual learning opportunities aligned to the Illinois State Standards.
  • Special events will also be virtual.
  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to have birthday treats.
  • Access to the building will be limited to students and staff members only.
  • Students in grades Pre-K-5 will remain with their classmates all day; special area teachers will travel to them, when possible.
  • Kindergarten classes will be half day for core instruction only. 9:15-10:30 and 12:00-2:13.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted by all who enter the building.
  • Parents who will be picking up a child early will be expected to call the office when they arrive at the school and remain in their vehicle in front of the main office. A staff member will bring the child to the vehicle, check your identification, and assist you in signing out the student.
  • Dismissal changes will not be accepted after 1:45 when dismissing at 2:13. Due to the structure of dismissal, we need to know of any student changes prior to 1:45.
  • On Wednesdays, all students will be remote learners. The building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on that day. The building and work spaces are continually cleaned throughout the day.
  • Back to School Trunk-N-Meet Drive by schedule: Come and see your teacher and drop off your materials at the back of the building. Families with multiple students may drop off at one time or are welcome to come at the scheduled grade level time. Teachers will only be here during their scheduled time. Bags must be marked with the student name and teacher on them. Remote learners can also meet their teacher.
  • Students in grades Pre-K-5 will have staggered start dates the first week of school, to provide time for individual baseline assessments and small-group instruction on social distancing procedures.
    • Monday, August 31 - Grades K&3
    • Tuesday, September 1 - Grades 1&4
    • Wednesday - Remote Learning for all
    • Thursday, September 3 - Grades 2&5
    • Friday, September 4 - Pre-K

Remote Learning Option 2:

Students & Parents: Getting Ready and Prepared:

  • Technology: students will quickly communicate with the school about technology and internet needs. Please let the office know if you do not have the necessary equipment needed. If a student has what they need to complete remote work, and it is not completed by due dates, then students may earn failing grades on that remote assignment.
  • Technology Platforms that will be used: Google Classroom, Google Meets, G-mail, Moby Max
  • Students must have access to the G-Suite or Google Suite on whichever platform they decide to use. Chromebooks are used in the schools, so students have familiarity with them. Students need access to a microphone and camera on their device and we recommend that a phone is NOT the form used for remote learning. You must also have dependable wireless connection, and Google Chrome as a browser.
  • Communication: all students and parents will communicate using e-mail with their teacher when there are questions. If a student fails to complete an assignment and there was no communication, then the student shall earn a failing grade for the assignment. If technology is the issue, then the student or parents must call the school as soon as they know about the technology issue to inform staff, and at that time a new deadline can be determined.
  • Student participation:
      • The school day is 8:00-2:13.
      • You are expected to log in for lessons and small group sessions daily.
      • You are expected to attend class via live stream and Google classroom. If a student is unable to attend class, they must communicate with the teacher the reason why and how they will get caught up.
      • It is very important to understand that online work is just as important as in person work.
      • Students should utilize links set up by teachers to ask questions during Google meets.
      • Log in each day to check the assignments, items posted to the stream, or to interact with peers.
      • It is expected that students keep interactions online positive and constructive.

Staff: Getting Ready and Prepared:

  • Syllabus Creation: information will be shared that is clear on what the expectations are for remote learning.
  • Class Structure will be through the platform of Google classroom. It is important for students to know exactly what they need to have done, and when it is due. Remote learners will have a similar structure to our in person classes.
  • Learning at home does not mean that all of the content must be online.
  • Teachers will have office hours set in which they are available to respond to questions. These office hours will be posted on their Google classroom.

Students, Parents & Staff: Important Information Regarding Remote Learning Accountability:

  • Attendance: Students are expected to participate in online school as often as you participate in face-to-face school. This means you must log in daily and complete any check-ins, assignments, reading, etc. by the time frame given by your teacher.
    • If you are absent from your daily log-ins it will count as an absence.
  • Grading: Remote assignments and material are given the same weight as they would during in-person instruction. Often you will see that homework and reading will be assigned during your online time. Students caught cheating (for example, submitting the same assignment as another student) will earn a zero for that assignment, or partial credit as determined by the teacher (both/all students involved).
  • Testing and Exams: Teachers may choose to give students tests online. They may also use Google Forms to do online testing which has an option to block outside sites to open while taking the test. Teachers have taken into consideration that students have resources available during a test, and will create tests and quizzes that will continue to challenge them. Ensure that students have ample time to complete the test when they start online, students may not be able to start over once they have begun a test. If there are technical difficulties, take a screenshot of the problem (make sure to know how to do this on your particular computer before submitting) so a student or parent can notify the teacher immediately. Students should double check that ALL items are completed before submitting, as they may only be able to submit once.

Maroa-Forsyth Grade School Recommendations for 2020-2021 School Year

Entry to Building

  • Temperature Checks in the morning prior to entering building
  • Bus riders will enter front of the building and head straight to their class
  • Car riders will enter back of the building
  • No visitors will be allowed in the building
  • Parents needing to pick up their child early will be expected to call the office upon an-arrival and a staff member will bring the student out

Hallways

  • Students will walk on the right side of the hall wearing masks and practicing social distancing
  • Monitored restrooms to limit the number of students at one time
  • Signage throughout the building enforcing guidelines

Academics

  • 2:13 dismissal every day
  • Kindergarten will be half-day for core instruction. 8:15-10:30 and 12:00-2:13
  • Parents choose in-person or remote and remain for a full semester
  • Staff and student will be trained on all new policies and procedures at the beginning of the school year

PE/Recess:

  • Students will wear tennis shoes to school every day. There will be no change of shoes.
  • PE will be once a week and outside as much as possible
  • Recess will be one class at a time while practicing social distance. Playground equipment will not be used at this time.

Classrooms

  • Desks are spaced at a minimum of 3 feet apart all facing forward.
  • Spacing desks 6 feet apart might not always be possible.
  • Music and Art will be once a week in the classroom

Lunch

  • Lunch will be in the classroom
  • Facemasks can be removed to eat during lunch.
  • No microwaves will be available
  • Limited lunch choices will be offered

Band and Choir

  • There will be no 5th-grade band offered first semester
  • Choir will be conducted in the classrooms

Other

  • Back to School night will be a Trunk-n-Meet drive-by
  • No field trips

Health and Safety

  • All staff and students are required to wear a facemask.
  • Desks will be cleaned daily.
  • If a student has a medical reason (physician's note) stating they can't wear a facemask, they will have two options:
    • Wear a face shield while at school
    • Choose the Remote Learning Option
  • A fogger will be used to disinfect classrooms.
  • Deep cleaning and sanitation of the building will occur on Wednesday and over the weekend.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and throughout the building.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available in every room.
  • Frequent reminders about washing hands and personal safety.
  • Drinking fountains will be unavailable. Students will need to bring a water bottle with them.

Updated Remote Learning Procedures and Policies

  • Remote Learning (Student Choice)
    • Student's day is from 8:15-2:13
    • Technology Platforms that will be used: Google classroom, Google Meets, G-Mail, Moby Max
    • Student participation is very important:
      • You are expected to log in each day and enter attendance for that day.
      • You are expected to log in for lessons and small group sessions daily.
      • You are expected to attend class via live stream and Google classroom. If student is unable to attend class, they must communicate with the teacher the reason why and how they will get caught up.
      • You are expected to use the links provided in order to complete the items that are assigned.
      • It is very important to understand that online work is just as important as in-person work.
      • Students should utilize links set up by teachers to ask questions during Google meets.
      • Log in each day to check the assignments, items posted to the stream, or to interact with peers.
      • It is expected that students keep interactions online positive and constructive.
  • Remote Learning for all (Entire school is placed on Remote Learning)
    • Students will have 4 days of remote learning with Wednesday continuing to be a workday for students and office hours for teachers.
    • Live lessons and video lessons will be available for students.
    • All assignments will be submitted through Google Classroom.
    • Students work will be graded, however due dates and grading guidelines may be adjusted.
    • Attendance will be taken on a daily basis.
    • Printed packets will not be provided to students unless required through an IEP or 504 plan.
    • Students in need of a device (Chromebook) or internet access will be able to request either or both through the school.

Bus Transportation

  • If possible, students and parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation to and from school.
  • Students will be screened by a bus monitor before entering a bus (temperature checks done and hand sanitizer distributed).
  • Students will have assigned seats.
  • Family members will be seated together whenever practical.
  • All drivers and students will be required to wear a mask during transportation.
  • Windows will be open for cross ventilation when possible.
  • Number of students on buses will be fewer than 48 (no more than 2 per seat).
  • Routes will be adjusted to accommodate as needed.
  • Drivers will wipe down high touch surfaces after each route.
  • Buses will be fogged after each route.
  • Students will only be allowed to ride their assigned bus.
  • Parents must inform the school district if they are using bus transportation or driving their children to school.
  • The choice for bus transportation or not is a commitment for the entire 1st semester.


2020/2021 BUILDING CLEANING/DISINFECTING PROTOCOL

Below are instructions and guidelines for daily classroom cleaning and disinfecting. These are minimum standards that must be followed to insure cleanliness and prevent the spread of disease.

*Each classroom will be equipped with sanitizer and disinfectant/cleaning supplies. Personal protective equipment will also be available in each room.

Custodians:

Normal daily cleaning schedules will be followed as well as extensive disinfecting procedures. CDC guidelines will be used to insure proper disinfecting of buildings.

1. Daily classroom/library/office cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Floor sweeping

Emptying of trash

Vacuuming of rugs if present

Disinfecting all hard surfaces (tables, desks, chairs)

Disinfecting high touch areas (door handles, door frames, handles and fixtures)

At minimum once daily disinfectant fogging of these areas

2. Common area cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Floor sweeping

Vacuuming of carpet if present

Disinfecting all hard surfaces (benches, tables etc.)

Disinfecting outside surface and handles of lockers

At minimum once daily disinfectant fogging of common areas

3. Restroom cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Multiple cleanings throughout the day following a set schedule

Disinfectant fogging will take place daily in all restrooms.

Repetitive disinfecting of restroom fixtures, knobs, and handles

4. Cafeteria cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Floor sweeping

Emptying of trash

Hard surface disinfecting (tabletops, chairs)

At minimum once daily disinfectant fogging of cafeteria

(If lunch is provided in classrooms, additional instruction will be added)

*All other areas of building not listed will follow a similar disinfecting and cleaning schedule

Teachers- All teachers will be asked to clean and disinfect their personal workspace. This will include their desk, chair, phone, computer and small desk items. Keeping a small amount of things on the desk surface will make the process easier. Cleaning must be done daily and is recommended to be done at the end of each day.

Work Schedule

Custodial work hours could exceed a normal 40-hour workweek. This may include extended hours throughout the week or additional hours on the weekend.

In additional to our normal custodial staff, Wednesdays will potentially include the participation of bus drivers and kitchen staff. A set schedule will be provided to these additional staff, and they will work their normal amount of daily hours. These employees will be involved in disinfecting of the buildings under the guidance of custodians and Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.

COVID-19 Supplies Purchased (as of July 21, 2020)

The following items related to school disinfecting have been purchased. These supplies are intended for COVID-19 related cleaning and protection equipment and are in addition to our normal cleaning supplies.

6 handheld corded disinfecting foggers

2 handheld battery disinfecting foggers

8 manual 2 gallon disinfecting sprayers

8 manual 1 gallon handheld disinfecting sprayers

(48) 20oz handheld sprayers

40 gallons of non-toxic disinfectant to be used with above listed sprayers

6 cases of Virextb disinfectant

64 gallons of bleach

6 cases of foaming disinfectant cleaner

8 gallons of disinfectant concentrate

Hand Sanitizer- Adding to this daily

(24) 64 oz. refill bottles

(75) 16 oz. pump bottles

15 floor stands and no touch sanitizing stations (ordered but not yet received)

Wipes- Adding to this daily

50 containers

PPE

20 boxes of gloves (1000 pair total)

2400 disposable masks

150 face shields

Plexiglass shields for GS/HS office areas and MS/HS kitchen areas

Signage- Work in progress

(10) 50 ft. rolls of floor signage

(50) 8” keep six-foot distance floor decals

Multiple wall signs

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For more information about the 2020-2021 school year please click here.


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