Upper Sandusky Exempted Village Schools
Reopening Plan FAQ
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Upper Sandusky Schools will work closely with the Wyandot County Health Department to promote safety in each school building. In the event we have a confirmed case of Covid-19, we will work with the Health Officials to implement appropriate steps.
Upper Sandusky Schools will be transparent with all stakeholders that some level of risk will always be present when children and school district employees occupy school district facilities.
Upper Sandusky schools recognize the need for consistency in areas of operations while recognizing that individual differences in classroom sizes, school facilities, and building operations may lead to some differences in practices.
We are currently planning to open schools on the start date of September 8, 2020, but we will continue to evaluate our school calendar as new information becomes available.
School staff will be required to report their temperatures and any symptoms daily. We ask parents/ guardians to self-assess their child’s health conditions prior to sending them to school. Students with symptoms or temperatures above 100 F must stay home.
Masks are required for students, K-12 on the bus, in the hall, and in classrooms. When students are appropriately spaced in classrooms, teachers may allow mask breaks.
An on-line learning option is available for students who do not feel comfortable returning to the buildings for instruction.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will be done to protect staff & students?
Teachers & students are in close contact for much of the day, and school can become a place where respiratory diseases like COVID-19 can quickly spread.
Staff will be trained on when to use PPE, what PPE is necessary, where this PPE is stored, how to properly don, use and doff PPE, and how to properly dispose of used PPE.
Staff will be encouraged to practice and promote healthy habits during the school year. They will also be encouraged to stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
We encourage parents to keep students at home if they’re sick.
We will maintain social distancing strategies, such as modifying classes where students are likely to be in very close contact; increasing space between desks; and adjusting schedules if necessary to provide more room for students to maintain a safe distance from others.
Will my child be required to wear a mask?
YES. Face coverings will be required for students, K-12 on the bus, in the hall, in the cafeteria line and in classrooms. (unless a medical excuse is on record). When students are appropriately spaced in a classroom or if a desk shield is in use, the teacher may allow mask breaks. Masks will not be required outside, so teachers may take students outside for a respite.
Will staff be required to wear a mask?
YES. Shields or masks are required for ALL staff (unless a medical excuse is provided).
Staff are not required to wear a facial covering when working alone in their assigned work area or when doing so would negatively impact instruction.
How will USEVS maintain a clean environment & strive to adhere to social distancing?
Classrooms will operate at full capacity utilizing the maximum amount of space available in the classroom while maximizing safety protocols.
Unnecessary items will be removed from classrooms to provide more space for distancing.
The arrangement of desks will provide maximum social distancing as allowed by the space.
Items on wall, tables and shelves will be minimized to aid in creating a more sterile environment and for ease of cleaning purposes.
Regular hand washing will be encouraged and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom, work station and entrance.
Certain educators may move between classrooms rather than students switching classrooms.
There will be no events where outside food is brought in.
No classroom volunteers 1st semester or until the district deems it safe.
Traditional water fountains will be disabled. Bottle refilling stations will remain in use.
Field Trips will be cancelled for the 1st semester or until the district deems it safe.
Shared classroom materials will be eliminated as much as possible and if items must be shared, they will be sanitized after each use.
Classroom doors will remain open as much as possible to allow for better air flow and to reduce contact with a high touch surface.
All common areas will be cleaned throughout the day. There will be daily cleaning protocols for all buildings – before, during and after.
Student desks and tables will be cleaned & sanitized after every period before new students transition into rooms.
Staff will supervise hallways and common areas to ensure students are reporting immediately to class, following safety protocols and not congregating.
How will the District minimize risk from building guests / visitors?
Visitors will be discouraged from being in the facilities without an appointment. Safety protocols for allowed visitors will be implemented.
No classroom volunteers 1st semester or until the district deems it safe.
Parents / guardians will be encouraged to call ahead to notify the office of arrival. You may be asked to wait in your vehicle to minimize traffic in the office.
What is the process when a staff member or student shows COVID-19 symptoms?
Students & staff who become sick at school or who arrive at school sick will be sent home as soon as possible. The Ohio Department of Health has stated that any student exhibiting symptoms while physically attending school should be placed In a separate room, away from other students, monitored by school personnel maintaining physical distance and wearing PPE.
What is the process when a staff member or student is confirmed to have COVID-19?
Pursuant to Ohio Health Department guidelines, families, caregivers and staff should notify the school if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or if they, or any members of their household, have been diagnosed with or presumed to have COVID-19. They should also notify the school if they are quarantined.
We will immediately notify the local health officials. These officials will help administration determine a course of action for the schools.
We MAY dismiss students and most staff for 2-5 days. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school and for custodial staff to clean and disinfect the affected facilities. We will work with the local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed and remote learning implemented to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.
Our plan to return to school will remain fluid. The district’s decision for offering education to our students will depend on the Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the Public and recommendations from state and local health officials. It is our intention to maintain the academic integrity of USEVS while keeping the safety of our staff and students a priority. To do this, we must be flexible and realize that our schedule may change at any time. We will communicate changes to our procedures and plans as they occur.
What does the All-In schedule mean to students and staff?
During the ‘All-In’ schedule – All staff and students report to school daily for instruction. Everyone will follow enhanced hygiene protocols including face covering, frequent hand washing, covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing & staying home when ill. Some school practices such as meals, recess, arts, etc.. may be altered to promote student health and safety. Middle & High school athletics will proceed in accordance with OHSAA and public health guidance.
What does the Remote schedule mean to students and staff?
What if I am not comfortable following the uncertainty of this schedule?
What are the expectations for Students / Parents?
Educational considerations have been made to ensure each student is challenged, prepared and empowered for his or her future by way of an excellent K-12 education. This means the commitment to Ohio’s learning standards and the four learning domains must continue to be strong. These domains include foundational knowledge and skills, well rounded content, leadership and reasoning skills and social and emotional learning. These expectations have not changed because of the pandemic; rather, we have renewed our commitments to upholding the four equal learning domains even though the learning environment may look different.
In-person: wear your face covering/ use good hygiene / sit in designated areas / limit locker use / travel on the right when possible / carry a clear water bottle / practice using the learning platforms
Remote: follow a regular school schedule to keep routines in place / communicate daily with teachers / participate in virtual sessions with teachers as scheduled / watch & read lessons provided by teachers and complete assignments according to deadlines.
In-person: update contact information / provide clean face coverings for your child / follow posted guidelines when visiting the school / conduct daily well checks before sending your child to school.
Remote: monitor student progress on coursework / develop a school schedule to keep routines in place.
Communicate questions and concerns with the teachers.
How will grades be calculated?
Academic excellence is a goal for USEVS. As a district, we recognize the need for flexibility to minimize student stress and recognize disadvantages for at-risk student populations, such as those who qualify for special education and receive services hard to adapt to a remote environment. We also acknowledge the need to adhere to the rigorous standards we have set with our traditional grading scale.
USEVS will default to our traditional grading policy. Students will be expected to adhere to deadlines and follow classroom policies for turning in work.
Students will be expected to participate in classroom instruction regardless of how instruction is delivered.
This policy may be adjusted to ensure equity due to periods of extended remote learning. The policy may be different depending on grade level and will be determined by a committee of educators.
What precautions will be taken to insure safety during recess?
Do I have the option to keep my child home to receive an online education through USEVS?
What precautions will be taken on the busses?
Drivers will wear a mask or shield
As the bus is a closed vessel with little ventilation, masks are mandatory.
2 students per seat & members of the same household will sit together.
Families will be restricted to one stop for pickup & drop off.
Whenever possible students will board in such a way to minimize passing each other. (loading back to front)
Students must remain seated, facing forward while riding the bus.
Seating charts will be maintained & students will sit in assigned seats.
Buses will be sanitized after each route.
The high school shuttle bus will be ONLY for students who need to connect with a bus to get home. We will no longer offer courtesy rides.
What precautions will be taken in the cafeteria with food preparation, serving and eating arrangements?
Cafeteria staff will be required to wear masks.
Students will be expected to wash or sanitize hands prior to eating.
Lunches will be staggered to space out students waiting in line and to allow for sanitizing tables between lunch periods.
Students will be required to wear masks while standing in line.
All seating will be assigned with a minimal number of students at each table.
Guests will not be permitted to join students for lunch.
Self-serve options will be limited.
Increase seating capacity by adding more tables when possible.
What will the daily entry process look like?
Parents/Guardians will conduct a student wellness check including temperature prior to sending a student to school. Students with a temperature over 100 degrees are required to stay home.
Temperature checks in the buildings will not be mandatory, but may occur for students and staff.
No students should arrive before 7:20. The doors will remain locked until this time.
Students will be expected to report directly to their homeroom or the cafeteria for breakfast when they arrive. (This will vary by building)
Upon returning to school after an illness, the student must report to the office for a temperature check and submit a return-to-school note from a physician if available.
How will attendance be tracked?
Given the likelihood of increased absences due to illness or quarantine, school policies have been adjusted so as not to penalize students and personnel for required quarantine periods.
Remote learning plans will be utilized for all students who are absent for a significant time period and able to continue to engage in learning.
Attendance for those engaging in online learning will rely upon the consistency of a student logging into the system daily and making forward progress towards completion of the program. Simply logging in will not be enough to be considered present for learning.
How will the district deal with an increase of student/staff absences due to illness?
When can a student return to school & be around others?
If you had a positive COVID-19 test result
If you had symptoms but a negative COVID-19 test result with no other diagnosis
If you have a probable COVID-19 diagnosis without lab confirmation or have had COVID-19 symptoms but did not seek medical care
**Families are advised to depend on their healthcare provider’s advice**