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District Reopening Plan

Upper Sandusky E. V. Schools

2020-2021 

District Reopening Plan


For questions/concerns please contact info@usevs.org


The first day of school for all students is 

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020


Although the current COVID-19 Pandemic is a fluid situation, Upper Sandusky E. V. Schools are planning for the opening of school in the fall of 2020.  We believe continuing to keep children physically out of school could have long-term academic and social-emotional consequences. We understand there are risks associated with returning to school and we will take steps as presented within this plan to mitigate risks for students, staff, families, and our community. 


We believe our best chance to have all students in school 5 days a week is to implement procedures regarding:  social distancing, face coverings, proper hygiene, and sanitation.  We understand the COVID-19 safety concerns take priority over educational issues and we will align and adjust our plan with ODH Risk Levels and the Wyandot County Public Health Department recommendations as necessary. 


USEVS will adhere to the following general principles when reopening schools:

  1. USEVS will implement recommended safety protocols and follow guidelines issued by the Ohio Department of Health and the Wyandot County Public Health Department to the highest degree possible.

  2. USEVS will work closely with the Wyandot County Public Health Department to promote safety in each school building.

  3. USEVS will take steps to ensure quality student learning will continue despite the fact that we may experience rolling short-term closures or extended school closures.

  4. USEVS will communicate with parents, staff, students and the community regarding any confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school community as much as we are legally allowed to do so. More information will be coming.

  5. We will communicate changes to our procedures and plans as they occur.


This plan is subject to change as the situation changes in our area.  


Ohio COVID-19 Risk Level Guidelines for the Public


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Public Emergency

Active exposure and spread. Follow all current health orders.

Public Emergency

Increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution. Follow all current health orders.

Public Emergency

Very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible. Follow all current health orders.

Public Emergency

Severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services. Follow all current health orders.


We will evaluate the Public Emergency Levels of our area and school district, in consultation with the Wyandot County Public Health Dept., to determine which academic schedule under which the schools will operate.



Families will have two choices for their child’s education during the 

2020-2021 school year:


Upper Sandusky Academic Schedule

In-Person Schedule

Remote 

Schedule

Remote Schedule

All staff and students report to school daily for instruction while following procedures for social distancing, sanitization, and facial coverings.


All students may be educated through remote instruction every day.

All students will be educated through remote instruction every day.


Online Learning Alternative

Students at home 5 days a week with online curriculum provided through:

PEAK for grades 9-12 or Ram Academy (School PLP) for grades K-8.



We will begin the color-coded schedule the following Monday after the change in county risk level. The district will remain at the highest level for a minimum of two weeks and then will reassess. 



Upper Sandusky Academic Schedules - Defined


1.) In-Person Schedule

    Traditional learning will occur with all students returning to school with added safety and sanitation precautions. Physical distancing will not always be possible which is why face coverings are required. This schedule will be in effect as long as the county risk level is in yellow or orange.


2.) Remote Schedule

    Students will stay home and access all learning remotely supported by their district teacher(s).



    School appropriate facial coverings are required for all staff and all students anytime there is in-person instruction in the school buildings (unless there is a documented health or developmental reason). 

    Face coverings can be a mask, bandanna, or neck gaiter that covers the nose, mouth and chin. Face shields are only allowed if there is a documented allowable exception.     When students are in classrooms working at their desks, face coverings can be removed at the direction of the teacher for short mask/drink breaks. Desk shields will be provided for classrooms in order to more safely provide mask breaks and to allow small group and one-on-one instruction.

    Face coverings can also be removed for recess and other outdoor lessons/activities, PE, and lunch (once seated).



Parent/Guardian/Student expectations PRIOR to coming to school each day:

  1. Parents/Guardians will conduct a student wellness check including taking temperatures and assessing their symptoms. Students with symptoms or temperatures above 100.4°F must stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include one or more of the following: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea.

  2. All students should wash their hands before leaving for school.

  3. Any student riding the school bus must wear a face covering to be allowed on the bus.

  4. Parents must provide a face covering for their student(s) as all students are required to wear a face covering unless they are unable to do so for a documented health or developmental reason.


Parent/Guardian General Expectations:

  1. If you need to come into a school building (to pick up your child, for example) you will be required to wear a face covering.

  2. Follow posted guidelines and read all signage whenever entering a building.

  3. Provide a clear water bottle for your student as water fountains will not be available for use.

  4. Provide a face covering for your student.

  5. Update all contact information for school staff. If your child is sick or running a fever, he/she WILL be sent home. Please be sure you have multiple family members and/or family friends prepared to pick up your child from school.

  6. During remote learning times:

  7. Monitor student progress on coursework.

  8. Develop a “school schedule” to keep routines in place.

  9. Communicate questions and concerns to teachers.


Student expectations:

Transportation:

  1. Facial coverings are required to ride the bus.

  2. Members of the same household will sit together.

  3. Sit in an assigned seat.

  4. Remain seated, facing forward, while riding the bus.


School Day (in-person):

  1. Wearing a facial covering is required throughout the school day. When in classrooms working at your desk, facial coverings can be removed at the direction of the teacher.

  2. Enter and exit buildings through assigned/designated doors.

  3. Your temperature may be taken.

  4. Carry a clear water bottle as water fountains will not be available for use.

  5. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day and when directed to do so.

  6. Follow all signage in the hallways and common areas.

  7. When possible, stay to the right when traveling down hallways and using stairs.

  8. Limit going to your locker by carrying multiple class materials at a time and report directly to class.

  9. Sit in designated seats in the cafeteria and other common areas.


Remote learning:

  1. Follow a regular “school schedule” to keep routines in place.

  2. Communicate questions and concerns immediately to teachers.

  3. Participate in virtual sessions with teachers as scheduled.

  4. Watch/read lessons provided by teachers and complete assignments according to timelines.


General Information 

All staff will self-assess their health before coming to work. Staff with symptoms, or temperatures above 100° F must stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include one or more of the following: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle of body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea.


Transportation:

  1. Drivers will wear a face covering or shield.

  2. Face coverings are required for students to ride the bus.

  3. Members of the same household will sit together.

  4. Families will be restricted to one stop for pick up and drop off. This reduces the need for students to have multiple seats assigned on different routes. This helps with contact tracing, should that need arise.

  5. The high school shuttle bus will be ONLY for students who need to connect with a bus to get home. There will be no more courtesy rides.

  6. Students must remain seated, facing forward while riding the bus.

  7. Seating charts will be maintained and students will sit in assigned seats. (This will assist in contact tracing if that is needed.)

  8. Drivers will sanitize buses after each route.


Cafeteria:

  1. Cafeteria staff must wear a face covering or shield while preparing and serving food and operating registers.

  2. Students must wear a face covering while waiting in line.

  3. Students will wash or sanitize hands prior to eating lunch.

  4. Decrease occupancy in the cafeteria when possible.

  5. Increase seating capacity by adding more tables when possible.

  6. Limit the number of students at each lunch table when possible.

  7. Lunches will have staggered times to space out students waiting in lines.

  8. Ensure cleaning of tables/seats between lunch periods.

  9. Assign seating when possible.

  10. Limit self-serve options.


Daily Cleaning of classrooms and common areas:

  1. All common areas will be cleaned throughout the day.

  2. There will be daily cleaning protocols for all buildings - before, during and after school.

  3. All classrooms will have hand sanitizer dispensers as well as work areas and building entrances.

  4. Staff will use supplies provided to spray and clean desks, chairs, and any common materials needed before new students transition into rooms.


School Day:

  1. Classrooms will be cleared of as many items as possible to provide more space for distancing.

  2. Ensure arrangement of desks provides maximum distance for students.

  3. Items on walls, tables, shelves will be minimized for ease of cleaning purposes.

  4. Eliminate shared classroom materials as much as possible and if items must be shared, they must be sanitized after each use.

  5. Keep the classroom door open as much as possible to allow for better air flow and to reduce contact with a high-touch surface.

  6. Regular hand washing will be encouraged and hand sanitizer will be available.

  7. Certain educators may move between classrooms rather than the students switching.

  8. Field trips will be canceled for the 1st semester or until the district deems it safe. 

  9. There will be no events where outside food is brought in.

  10. No classroom volunteers 1st semester or until the district deems it safe.

  11. School staff must wear a face covering or shield that covers the nose, mouth and chin. School staff are not required to wear a face covering/shield when working alone in their assigned work 

area, when doing so would negatively impact instruction as determined by the administration or if they have a documented medical excuse.

  1. Students will be encouraged to maintain physical distance whenever possible.

  2. Staff will supervise hallways and common areas to ensure students are reporting immediately to class, following safety protocols, and not congregating.

  3. The number of students on the playground will be limited. Staff will supervise playgrounds during recess and plan structured recess activities when possible.


Remote Learning:

  1. Teachers will create lessons that are engaging for students, using a variety of strategies.

  2. Teachers will be available for office hours daily.

  3. Teachers will use the district approved learning management system as the platform for all assignments, links to resources, etc.

  4. Teachers will grade work in a timely manner and provide feedback to students on assignments.



Online learning alternative

(all online at home)


  • This option is different from what students experienced during remote learning last spring.

  • Students participating in this option will be using an online curriculum and platform designed by an outside company that specializes in virtual learning.

  • Grades 9-12 will use PEAK, Grades K-8 will use Ram Academy run by School PLP

  • Students will not come to a school building for instruction and will not be in the same classes or have the same teachers as students participating in Option 1.

  • Students and parents must commit to this type of learning by semester.

  • Students are required to login and complete their school work daily for their daily state required attendance under HB 410.

  • It is recommended students follow a schedule to complete online learning, assignments, and assessments. 

  • The online curriculum will meet the same standards set by the state of Ohio, but it will not necessarily match the same pacing or activities that are delivered in school buildings.

  • Students will have access to courses in all core areas (English language arts, mathematics, sciences, and social studies)

  • Students will also have limited access to special area courses (K-5) and elective courses (6-12).

  • Communicate questions and concerns immediately to the teacher of record.

  • Students will earn grades for their work.

  • The teacher of record will make regular contact with the student for support.

  • If state or local regulations require a school closure, students participating in this option will continue as scheduled, and will continue to use the online curriculum and platform.

  • Students may continue to participate in after-school/extra-curricular activities at the school buildings. Band/choir are not included as they are co-curricular.