• Braymer C4 School District

    2020-2021 Back to School Plan

     

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    ***Deadline Monday 8/10/2020***

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    Parents, Guardians and Patrons:

     As we begin to lay out plans for returning to school, we would like to first say that the Braymer C4 School District needs your help with returning to and maintaining face-to-face instruction. We know that the following “Back to School” plan will only have a chance of success if everyone is willing to do their part. It is our goal to have school in a normal face-to-face setting with some modifications. We understand there are varied views and beliefs on what should be done during this time. The fact remains that as a public school if we have a student or staff member become infected with the Covid-19 virus, the daily running of the school district will be altered, and the more positive cases we have the less likely it becomes for the district to maintain face-to-face instruction. Because of this, we are all in this together and we need your help to do what we can to keep people disease-free.  

    Due to the on-going threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Braymer C4 School District has a multi-level plan for the school district operation for the 2020-2021 school year. The Braymer C4 School District works closely with the Caldwell County Health Department, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as the State of Missouri to determine which level the school district will operate under. While the first goal of the district will be to provide safe face-to-face instruction, ongoing conversations with local and state agencies will be considered in determining what type of instruction the district will be able to safely provide at various times throughout the school year.

    In formulating a plan, the district has been in conversation with and monitoring plans of many area school districts.  Our hope is to provide a plan that is tailored for our local district while prioritizing instruction, emotional support, and the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students and staff. Please understand, that should recommendations from local, state or federal agencies change our plan may be adjusted accordingly.

    Four Tier Plan:

    Protocols for All Tiers:

    • ***Expectations & Grading*** Students will be expected to complete their coursework regardless if they are learning face-to-face or online.  We want to be clear that online learning (whether chosen by the student/family, or the district operating in Tier 4), will carry the same expectations as face-to-face. Students will receive grades for work completed, be assessed, and held accountable for their learning whether online or face-to-face.
    • Water fountains will be shut off. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle, and the water filling stations connected to several of the water fountains around the building will be operational for students to refill water bottles.
    • Visitors in the building will be greatly limited. Any visitor coming into the building will have to check-in at the main office. Visitors (Parents, Grandparents, etc.) will not be permitted to walk students to class, eat lunch with students, or otherwise be in the building unnecessarily.
    • School doors will be locked until 7:35 and students will not be allowed in the building prior to 7:35.
    • The school has ordered and is installing 10 additional air purification systems throughout the building.
    • Custodians will disinfect high traffic areas daily.  This will include light switches, door knobs, and pencil sharpeners.  
    • Hand Sanitizers Stations will be placed in each classroom.
    • Classroom tables and desks will be disinfected daily.

     

    Tier One: Face-to-Face Instruction

    All students will be allowed to attend school as normal. The School District will provide reusable masks to all faculty, staff, and students to wear. The wearing of the provided mask will only be mandatory on district-provided transportation, such as the school bus. The wearing of face masks in the school building is strongly encouraged and will be promoted. Parents who do not feel comfortable sending their children to school to start the year can choose to have their students stay home and receive on-line school work provided by their classroom teacher(s).

    Tier Two: Face-to-Face with Cohort Modeling in grades 7-12

    The same procedures as level one apply with the following changes. Grades 7-12 will move to a “cohort model'' (grades K-6 will be doing this in Level One), in which students are kept with the same group of students for the duration of the school day. This will allow students to continue receiving face-to-face instruction in core classes (math, science, english, and social studies) with elective classes moving to an online or blended format (with time to work at school and access to teachers).

    Tier Two FAQ’s:

    • What will arrival look like in tier two?
        • Students will be allowed in the building starting at 7:35 (doors will be locked to students prior to 7:35).
        • When arriving at school all students K-12 will head directly to their classroom (7-12 students will be assigned to a homeroom where they will spend the majority of their day).
    • What will breakfast look like in tier two?
        • Because students will head directly to their classroom rather than the cafeteria. Breakfast will be delivered to the classroom. Students will need to be in their classroom by 7:55 to order breakfast.
    • What will lunch look like in tier two?
        • Most students will eat lunch in their classroom (Kindergarten & 1st Grade will eat in the cafeteria). Students eating in their classroom will go to the cafeteria to pick up trays, return to their classroom to eat lunch, and then return trays to the cafeteria, remaining with their cohort throughout lunch.
    • Instruction
        • Instruction for students in grades K-6 will remain similar to Tier 1. Precautions will be taken to keep students with their grade level (example: recess will be one grade on the playground at a time).
        • 7-12 students will remain with their grade throughout the day.  Core content courses will be face-to-face instruction every day (math, science, english, and social studies). Elective courses will be blended with students seeing elective teachers face-to-face a few days a week, while also being assigned online work for the days they don’t meet with teachers face-to-face 
    • Dismissal
      • Bus riders will be dismissed by bus via intercom rather than all at once to avoid large crowds. Car riders will be grouped by families inside the building and be called out by walkie-talkie. 

     

    Tier Three: A Day B Day attendance

    The same in school procedures as Tier One will be in place with the following changes. The Braymer C4 School District will divide the entire student population into two groups (Group A and Group B). Group A will attend school on Monday and Tuesday. Group B will attend school on Thursday and Friday. No face-to-face instruction will occur on Wednesdays. Students will utilize on-line instruction on days not attending school for face-to-face instruction. Wednesday instruction will also be on-line. Wednesday’s will be utilized for additional building cleaning.  Again, students that attend face-to-face instruction will be strongly encouraged to wear masks.

    Tier Three FAQ’s

    • What group will my child be placed in?
        • Groups will be developed alphabetically by families to keep families with multiple students on the same attendance days. While dividing the student population alphabetically the school will attempt to balance class sizes to have roughly half of the student population (K-12) divided into each group.
    • Will students still be in “cohorts” in tier 3?
        • Students will not be cohorted in tier 3.  Reducing the number of students in the building will allow classes to distance enough to prevent widespread shutdowns in the event of sporadic positive tests.
    • Will other tier 2 precautions carry over to tier 3?
      • While some precautions may carry over, most things, like student schedules in 7-12 and elementary recess, will look like they would in tier 1 but with 1/2 the number of students in the building at any given time.

     

    Tier Four: On-line Instruction

    Tier Four will provide instruction totally on-line. All students will be expected to participate and meet all classroom instruction requirements. Students that do not have internet access at home must contact the school district for assistance. ***This would be a last resort, our goal and focus is to continue face-to-face instruction if at all possible.***

     

    FAQ's

    1. Will students have their temperature check before getting on the school bus?

    No, The Caldwell County Health Department has waived this criteria for the school district. As always students must have a temperature under 100.1 to attend school or be allowed to ride the bus.

    1. Will students be asked to wear masks on the school bus?

    Yes, because social distancing on the school bus is not possible the school district will require all students to wear a mask when riding the bus. (Mask wearing is only mandatory on the school bus). We ask that everyone participate in doing their part to keep everyone healthy. Wearing masks is the best thing we can do.

    1. Is wearing a mask mandatory to attend school?

    No, The school district will provide everyone with a mask and wearing a mask will be greatly encouraged, but it will not be mandatory. 

    1. Will the school provide social distancing during lunch?

    Yes, The school district will work to modify the lunch period to allow students to eat while maintaining social distancing guidelines. 

    1. What if we do not have the internet at home?

    The school district has been working closely with AT&T and Verizon and will be able to provide a wireless hotspot for those families that qualify. Contact the school district office for assistance with home internet access. 

    1. Will student’s online work be graded this year?

    Yes, All student’s whether in school or online will be expected to meet all classroom expectations.

    1. What if I am not comfortable sending my student to school during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Braymer C4 School District will work to provide the safest school environment possible. Should a student decide not to attend school, face-to-face, instruction the student will still be allowed to take part in school classes on-line. Online students will still be expected to meet all classroom expectations to earn credit.

    1. What happens when/if a student or staff member is confirmed to have Covid-19?

    If a student or school staff member is confirmed to have Covid-19 the following required action will be taken. Students who have a laboratory-confirmed positive Covid 19 test will be expected to isolate for 10 days. In addition to 10 days in isolation, the student also needs to be symptom-free for 3 days (without the use of medications), before returning to school. They will be allowed to return to the school building only after a doctor has determined that the individual is “Non-Infectious”.

    1. What happens to those students and or staff members that have been in contact with an infected Covid-19 person? 

    Students and or Staff who are identified as being a close contact to a positive Covid 19 case will be quarantined for 14 days. At the end of 14 days, if the student has not developed any symptoms, they may return to school.

    1. How will the tier of instruction be determined?

    The School District will continually be working with the Caldwell County of Health Department as to which tier of instruction is best at that particular time. 

     

    At Home Screening Checklist

    Please use the following checklist to screen students at home each day prior to sending them to school.  

    Students must be free of the following symptoms.

    • Fever or Chills
    • Cough
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • New runny nose or congestion
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

     

    We appreciate all efforts in helping keep our students and staff safe.

     

    From the Caldwell County Health Department: 

    When a positive case is found in a classroom, the school will work with the health department to conduct an investigation to identify all students who were in close contact with the Covid positive student.

    Students who have a laboratory-confirmed positive Covid 19 test will be expected to isolate for 10 days.  In addition to 10 days in isolation, the student also needs to be symptom-free for 3 days (without the use of medications), before returning to school.

    Students and or Staff who are identified as being a close contact to a positive Covid 19 case will be quarantined for 14 days. At the end of 14 days, if the student has not developed any symptoms, they may return to school.

    (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html )

    Pediatric patients with COVID-19 may experience the following signs or symptoms over the course of the disease:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Myalgia
    • Poor feeding or poor appetite