Remote Learning Protocol Addressing Interactions Between School Staff and Students, Parents, or Other Members of the Public Approved by County Health Sept. 8, 2020
Approved by County Health Sept. 8, 2020
While the primary instruction delivery is through distance learning, some parents and/or students may be on campus for the following reasons:
- To pick up meals
- To receive small academic interventions
- To pick up or drop off school materials
- to receive instruction from the teacher on project-based learning assignments
- To access the internet if they are not able to do so from their home
Below are the safety protocols that are in place for when individuals are on campus.
- Face masks are required for all staff, students, parents or other members of the public on campus. In addition, face shields are recommended for all staff working in the same work space with students.
- Staff shall maintain a six-foot distance from all staff, students, parents or other members of the public on campus. More than one student in the same work space shall maintain a six-foot distance from each other. Outdoor learning areas shall be utilized to the greatest extent possible
- Scheduled times for in person instruction or intervention shall be staggered.
- The exchange of materials shall be kept at an absolute minimum and will include the same facial covering and physical distancing protocols as listed above. Drive through methods to exchange materials will be used as much as possible.
- No person from the public, excluding staff, students, and parents/guardians shall enter the school campus without prior consent from the site administrator. The main office entrance will be the only one accessible to non-employees.
- Access to school facilities will be limited to stable groups of no more than 14 students with no more than two supervising adults:
1) when said access is necessary for distance learning
2) after symptom screening/monitoring
3) utilizing non-classroom, outdoor space for any such essential access (weather permitting) to the greatest extent possible
- Cleaning of any shared, returned equipment shall be disinfected by the custodial and maintenance staff. Equipment will be isolate for 72 hours after disinfecting and before it is put back into use.
- A child that becomes ill on campus will be isolated in the nurse’s office at Leggett Valley School and at the outdoor deck of the maintenance building at Whale Gulch School until they can be picked up by their parent. The isolation area will be disinfected by the custodial and maintenance staff after the area has been vacated by the ill child. To the greatest extent possible the area will not be put back into use for 72 hours.
School Re-Opening Plan
August 6, 2020
Health and Safety
- Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of every student and staff member is now, and will remain, one of the District’s highest priorities. Toward that end, the District is committed to full compliance with the California Department of Public Health guidance for re-opening schools.
- Prior to the start of the instructional year the District will post notices at each school site and on the District web site regarding:
- COVID symptoms
- Face coverings
- Hand washing
- Cleaning and sanitizing
- Preventive and protective measures at home and at school
- Daily screening of children at home and at school
- Procedures for parents and community members to visit school sites
- Prior to the start of the instructional year, the District will provide virtual training to staff members regarding:
- Preventive measures, self-screening
- Staying home, returning to work
- What to do when a student or staff member appears to be ill
- Handwashing, social distancing
- Safe disposal of tissues, food waste
- Training will be provided to food service workers, bus drivers, custodians, and office personnel
- At the start of the instructional school year, all students will receive in-person, virtual, or recorded training in:
- Preventive measures, self-screening
- When to stay home, when to return to school
- What to do if the student feels ill
- Not sharing school supplies or food
- Use of bathrooms at school
- Use of playground and PE/athletic equipment
- Handwashing, social distancing
- Safe disposal of tissues, food waste
- All students at all grade levels will be screened visually each day for illness before entering the classroom. Screening may include, but is not necessarily limited to, standardized questions, visual check and temperature checks
- In the absence of a school nurse or health aide, the administrator at Leggett and Acting Principal at Whale Gulch will serve as the COVID contact person at each site. A lead teacher may serve as the contact person in the administrator’s absence.
- Recesses, breaks, and lunchtimes will be staggered at each school site in order to limit gatherings and maximize social distancing.
- A student or staff member who exhibits COVID symptoms may be isolated at school until the student or staff member has been transported home or drives home. The student or staff member may not be allowed to return to school for up to 14 days. A medical release may be required.
- A student or staff member has tested positive for COVID or has been in sustained close contact with anyone who has tested positive will be isolated at school until the student or staff member has been transported home or drives home. The student or staff member will not be allowed to return to school until 14 days have elapsed and a medical release has been received.
- A clean, sanitized isolation area will be available at each school site.
- Due to the lack of an isolated room at Whale Gulch the covered storage shed deck outside the office will be used as an isolation area.
- COVID symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to: fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, sustained cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, headache, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- If a teacher is absent from school for any reason, the teacher will do their best to call in by 6:30 a.m. the morning of, preferably the night before, and the school site will call, email or text the parents of that teacher to inform them that their student will be learning from home while their teacher is out. The teacher will have prepared work for the students to do online while they are absent. If available, the classroom aide will be checking in with students while the teacher is out. Students who are on the school food program will have food delivered at their bus stop for the P.M. route if parents indicate they want it.
- If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, all students and staff members who have had sustained close contact with the individual (within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) will self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to school. The District will notify Public Health officials and employee union representatives.
- If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID, the classroom or workspace will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and will remain vacant for 72 hours.
- If a student who tests positive has ridden a school bus to or from school, the vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and placed out of service for 72 hours.
- If more than one student or staff member tests positive at a school site, the entire site will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The site will be closed and will remain closed for 72 hours. Public Health officials will be notified. Additionally, parents and staff members will be notified by means of phone, text, Aeries, District web sites, and social media.
- If students or staff members test positive at multiple school sites, all school sites will be closed, and the District will revert to full-time distance learning for all students. Schools will remain closed until and unless all facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and Public Health officials have approved re-opening. Parents and staff members will be notified by means of phone, text, Aeries, District web sites, and social media.
Instructional Guidelines- District
- Students and parents will have an individual “Back to School” night virtually to become more familiar with what the teachers expect and how to use the online platforms each teacher uses.
- When students are allowed back on campus all students (Grades PK-12) will be offered a choice between attending school four days per week in combination with at-home distance learning or full-time distance learning four days per week.
- All students and staff will follow state guidelines for masking. Students and staff will also follow social distancing guidelines as they are able to.
- Mental Health will be addressed as part of our programs through activities and communication between students and staff. Our counselor will be available by appointment for virtual conferencing as needed where mental health is a barrier to a student’s education.
- Curriculum and instruction for all students at all grade levels will include, to the extent practicable and in accordance with Public Health guidelines, review, new learning, enrichment, physical activity, outdoor education and exploration as practicable, and social interaction.
- Teachers will engage with students daily to monitor, encourage, and support participation in the instructional program. Parents will be contacted on a regular basis to provide information, direction, and resources.
- For students who lack internet access at home, the District may provide either individual internet hot spot devices, regular access to on-site internet-connected computers, or recorded instruction and electronic materials/assignments.
- Special Education students will be integrated to the maximum extent appropriate and consistent with their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
- English Language Learner (ELL) students will be integrated and supported in the general educational program to the maximum extent possible and appropriate.
- Students and staff members at all grade levels will be required to maintain social distancing at all times and will be expected to wear face coverings except while eating or drinking. Some students may be exempted. Students and staff members will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering or existing a classroom.
- Seating in classrooms, whether at desks or tables, will be designated to ensure guideline-supported physical distancing where ever possible. Outside activity will be subject to face coverings and social distancing.
- Students will not share instructional materials or food at any time.
- Each elementary classroom will be equipped with a sink with soap and water or with an ample supply of hand sanitizer for hand cleansing. Each classroom will also be supplied with extra face coverings, sanitizing wipes, and tissues.
- Each 7-12 grade classroom will be equipped with an ample supply of hand sanitizer for hand cleansing. Each classroom will also be supplied with extra face coverings, sanitizing wipes, and tissues.
Instructional Program- Leggett Valley (Schedule attached)
- Leggett Valley School will begin the school year in distance learning on August 18, 2020. Distance Learning will be reviewed monthly, beginning October 1 and recommendations will be brought to the board at a special board meeting no later than 72 hours after the recommendations have been formed by the district with input from the employees. The date of the move to some form of on-campus learning will be decided by the Leggett Valley Unified School District Board. We will consider a move to a hybrid model of on campus learning and distance learning as soon as the County Health Officer approves students coming back to campus in some form. Below is what on campus learning will look like.
- Elementary School:
Group A students will attend school on campus Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Group B students will attend school on campus Thursdays and Fridays.
- The instructional day for all elementary grade students will be:
8:30 a.m. school day starts
1:20 p.m. school day ends
- Kindergarten students will attend school for a part-time instructional day, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
- Leggett Preschool students will attend school 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Friday.
- Students will generally receive all instruction (whether in-person, virtual, or recorded) from their grade level teacher.
- All students and full-time distance learning students at all grade levels will be required to log in to Google Classroom, Class Dojo or otherwise confirm active learning.
- Middle and High School:
Middle and High School students will attend classes daily. Their schedule will be reduced to three periods each day for 90 or more minutes.
- The instructional day for Jr/Sr High School students will be:
8:30 a.m. school day star
1:20 p.m. school day ends
Students will generally receive all instruction (whether in-person, virtual, or recorded) from their subject matter teacher.
- All students and full-time distance learning students at all grade levels will be required to log in to Google Classroom or otherwise confirm active learning.
Instructional Program: Whale Gulch (Schedule attached)
- Whale Gulch School will begin the school year in a hybrid model on August 17, 2020.
- The Whale Gulch teaching assignments and class plan places all our students in “stable bubbles,” or stable cohorts, for the entire 2020-2021 school year. This is true regardless if we are in distance or hybrid learning mode.
- In distance learning, the K-6 instructional day will begin at 9am and end no later than 2pm. All K-6 students will have a regular daily schedule with their classroom teachers and be supported by classroom support staff. Four days per week, the scheduled instruction will include, by teacher design, a combination of the following: synchronous and asynchronous instruction and content, class and independent work, class and individual projects, tutoring sessions, and independent assignments. All content will be aligned to grade level standards and provide achievable, but rigorous, teacher-designed learning opportunities.
- In on-campus learning, the K-6 instructional week is a hybrid plan. According to the student numbers and grade levels, each K-6 cohort will be divided into two groups that will be on-campus on alternate days (M/W and T/Th). Both on-campus and off-campus groups will have instruction each day. The on-campus group’s instructional day is 8:30am – 2pm. The off-campus group will have specifically scheduled instructional and support time between 9am and 2pm, and a meeting with their teacher between 2pm and 4pm.
- In distance learning, the Grades 7-12 instructional day will begin at 9am and end no later than 4pm. All 7-12 students will have a regular daily schedule with their classroom teacher and be supported by program staff. Four days per week, the scheduled instruction will include, according to teacher design, a combination of the following: synchronous and asynchronous instruction and content, class and independent work, class and individual projects, tutoring sessions, and independent assignments. All content will be aligned to grade level standards and provide achievable, but rigorous, teacher-designed learning opportunities.
- In on-campus learning, the Grades 7-12 instructional program is a hybrid plan that allows stable cohorts to engage in a block schedule. The block schedule allows students to engage in 3 courses per rotation. In each rotation, a single teacher provides instruction in all three classes. Both on-campus and off-campus groups will have instruction each day. The on-campus group’s instructional day is 8:30am – 2pm. The off-campus group will have specifically scheduled instructional and support time between 9am and 2pm, and meetings with their teacher between 2pm and 4pm.
- Note: Whether in the distance or hybrid plan, each of the grade 7-12 students at Whale Gulch will remain in their stable cohort and meet with no more than one classroom teacher throughout the required “stable” period of 4 weeks. (See attached schedule.)
- The District is not required to provide bus transportation to and from school except for certain students in special education. However, the District will offer bus transportation for all students attending classes on campus at each school site as it becomes available.
- All students will be picked up at their designated bus stop.
- Parents will be asked to screen students at home for any signs of illness each morning before their children arrive at a bus stop. Additionally, parents will be asked to remain at the bus stop until after their child has boarded the bus. Any child who appears to be ill will not be allowed to board.
- Each student and driver will be required to wear a face covering while at the bus stop and while on the bus. The District will provide extra face coverings, as necessary. Any student who fails, refuses, or is unable to wear a face covering will not be allowed on the bus.
- The bus driver will assign students to seats on the bus with students who load first assigned to seats in the rear of the vehicle and progressing forward. The bus driver will keep windows open, as weather conditions allow.
- Seats on the bus will be marked to indicate social distancing.
- Students arriving at a school site on a bus will be directed to a designated area for health screening prior to entering the school facility. Face coverings and social distancing will be maintained during the screening process.
- Buses will be cleaned and sanitized prior to each bus run throughout the school day and will be cleaned and sanitized after the last run of each day.
- Parents who drive their children to school, or allow their children to walk to school, will be asked to follow the same at-home morning screening procedures as children who ride the bus. Parents who drive their children to school, or allow their children to walk to school, will be asked to be available by phone at least 30 minutes beyond the start of the instructional day in order to pick up a student who appears to be ill.
- Parents will be required to remain in their vehicles when children are dropped off or picked up at school.
- Students who ride or walk to school will be required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing while traveling to school.
- Students who ride or walk to school will be directed to designated health screening area prior to entering a school facility.
- Students who ride or walk to school are not allowed on school grounds earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of the instructional day at each school site.
- Bus drivers will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, and additional face coverings.
- The Leggett Valley School will offer meals to all students according to a staggered meal distribution schedule.
- Elementary students will sit at various eating stations, either inside the classroom or outside) by class. During inclement weather students will be brought meals into their classrooms.
- Jr/Senior High students will sit at various eating stations, either inside the classroom or outside) by class. During inclement weather students will be brought meals into their classrooms.
- Distance learners who request meal support will pick-up meals at designated spots on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Cafeteria workers will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, and additional face coverings.
- The cafeteria at each site will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after meal preparation each school day.
- Parents may opt out of the option to take multiple meals home when offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- Meals planning will focus upon fresh, natural ingredients and will limit salt/sugar/fat/additives to the extent possible.
- Whale Gulch parents will have the option to have the morning and afternoon snack available to them. They must let the school know that they are interested in this program so the school can set up some sort of delivery system.
- School site offices will be closed to walk-in traffic. As much as possible, students and staff will contact office personnel virtually to request assistance. If an in-person visit is necessary, students and staff will wait outside the office until authorized to enter and will maintain social distancing and wear a mask while inside an office.
- Parents and community members will call school site offices and request appointments for in-person visits, as possible. Parents and community members who visit a school site for any reason will be subject to COVID screening. All visitors must check in at the school site office.
- Parents who pick up children from Leggett Valley School will call the school site office from the parking lot and will wait in their vehicles. Whale Gulch School parents will honk and wait for the Site Supervisor to come out to greet them.
- The District will not plan or sponsor extracurricular activities or large group gatherings until further notice. Such activities may include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Interscholastic athletics
- Field trips
- Prior to the start of the instructional year, all facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, including, but not necessarily limited to, work surfaces, door knobs, light switches, key boards, phones, frequently touched surfaces, floors, windows, sink handles, water fountains, playground equipment, bathrooms, locker rooms, cafeterias, and buses. Air filters will be replaced and water systems will be flushed, as practicable.
- The District will use non-toxic, eco-friendly products to clean and sanitize facilities as much as possible while also ensuring the health and safety of all students, employees, and visiting community members.
- Upon the start of the instructional year, all of the same areas will be cleaned multiple times per day. Deep cleaning and sterilization will be completed at least on Wednesdays and Fridays after the end of the instructional day at each site.
- Custodial staff will sign off on standardized cleaning and sanitizing checklists each day
- All students and staff members will be provided with face coverings at the beginning of the school year. Extra disposable masks will be available at each District facility. In addition, teachers, instructional support personnel, office personnel, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and other District employees will be provided with face shields upon request.
- Social distancing guidelines will be marked in each classroom, hallway, cafeteria, playground, cohort reporting area, and outside of each office space.
- Prior to the start of the instructional school year, parents and staff members will be provided with copies of the District’s re-opening plan for information and comment. Copies may be provided by surface mail, email, posting on District web sites, and social media. Links will be posted on school site marquees and TV monitors. Bi-weekly updates will be provided through September 15, 2020
- Parent information and directives will be provided prior to the start of the school year. Periodic reminders will be sent as needed. Topics to be addressed will include, but may not be limited to:
- Daily health screenings at home
- COVID safety measures
- Procedures when a child is isolated or excluded from the bus or from school
- Requirements for face coverings and social distancing
- School schedules
- Bus procedures
- Drop off and pick up procedures
- Meal distribution procedures
- Procedures for visiting a school site
- Guidelines for when a child should be kept home and procedures for when a child returns to school
- Distance learning expectations