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BOE Reviewing Return to School Plan
BOE Reviewing Return to School Plan
Jackson County Schools
Friday, July 24, 2020

BOE Reviewing Return to School Plan

It is the goal of the Jackson County Board of Education to open schools to person-to-person instruction on September 8, 2020. This goal is contingent on the COVID-19 conditions present in Jackson County, at that time, and will be dependent on the orders of the Governor and information from public health officials. The success of any re-entry plan relies on the cooperation, patience, and compliance of all education stakeholders.

While the goal is to re-open schools, it is also evident that various contingency plans must be in place to provide the school system with multiple operating scenarios to best serve students while we consider the health and well-being of our students and staff.

The Return to School Plan may be viewed at the Jackson County School website at 

https://www.boe.jack.k12.wv.us/o/jcs/browse/78499


DRAFT – SUBJECT TO REVISION

Re-Entry Protocol for 2020-2021 School Year 

Message from the Superintendent

It is the goal of the Jackson County Board of Education to open schools to person- to-person instruction on September 8, 2020. This goal is contingent on the COVID-19 conditions present in Jackson County, at that time, and will be dependent on the orders of the Governor and information from public health officials. The success of any re-entry plan relies on the cooperation, patience, and compliance of all education stakeholders.

While the goal is to re-open schools, it is also evident that various contingency plans must be in place to provide the school system with multiple operating scenarios to best serve students while we consider the health and well-being of our students and staff.

As we plan for the opening of school, it is necessary to implement protocols and procedures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The protocols outlined in this plan will be reviewed periodically to determine if revisions are needed.


Health and Wellness

Anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should not report to work/school or be present in any facilities operated by Jackson County Schools until cleared by a medical professional. Anyone seen on Jackson County Schools’ property exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to leave and immediately consult with a physician. Anyone who has returned from international travel or a domestic area known for community transmission of the COVID-19 virus should self-quarantine for 14 days per the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

All individuals entering a school shall be screened for COVID-19. The screening may include an interview or questionnaire. A temperature reading may be required. Any individual found to have a temperature above 100 degrees will be further screened by a school nurse, or other designees, to verify the temperature. If a temperature above 100.4 degrees is confirmed, the individual will not be permitted to remain at the school. If a student has a fever, he/she will be quarantined in a supervised isolation area until pick- up by a parent/guardian or designee approved on the student’s emergency contact form. Employees with a fever of 100.4 or greater will be dismissed from duty and will leave the property immediately. Information on testing will be provided courtesy of local healthcare partner(s). Physician consultation with COVID-19 testing is recommended for any staff member or student exhibiting symptoms. If tested for COVID-19, individuals may not return to school/work until a negative test result is reported. If a person has a negative COVID-19 test, he/she can return to school/work once there is no fever, without fever reducing medication, and have felt well for 24 hours.

Students identified with COVID-19 symptoms while at school will not be transported home by school bus at the end of the school day.


Instructional Delivery

Jackson County Schools will provide a variety of instructional delivery options designed to provide five (5) days of instruction each week.

  • Traditional Model: Students will attend school, on campus, five (5) days per week.

  • Blended Learning: Students will attend school, on campus, for one (1) to two (2) day(s) per

    week and be engaged in remote learning off campus for the remainder of the week.

  • Remote Learning: Students will be engaged in remote learning and will not attend classes on

    campus. A fully remote learning environment is only implemented at the order of the Governor.




  • Grading/Report Cards: Under all instructional delivery models, new material will be introduced and

    assignments, including those completed in a remote learning environment, will be used in the calculation of student grades/progress.

    Virtual School Instruction

    Jackson County Schools also provides a virtual school option for students in grades K-12. Parents may select this option of instructional delivery for situations when they do not wish to have their child receive instruction on a school campus. Virtual School classes are rigorous online courses provided through the WV Virtual School. Enrollment in the Virtual School requires that students have daily access to reliable internet service. For students with disabilities, an IEP Meeting will be conducted to discuss Virtual School placement. For information regarding enrollment in Virtual Classes, please call (304) 372- 7306.

    Opening of School Schedule

    1. On Tuesday,September8,2020, schools will open for students unless a“ stay at home” order is issued for West Virginia or Jackson County

  • If conditions permit five (5) days of physical attendance in school, the first two days of school will utilize a phased re-entry of students attending in person. On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, students identified in groups “Blue (Last names: A-D) and Red (Last Names: E-K)” will attend school, and on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, students identified in groups “Green (Last Names: L-R) and Purple (Last Names: S-Z)”, will attend school. The purpose of the phase-in period is to provide adequate time to teach students the various safety protocols to be used during the COVID-19 emergency and to assign technology to students in the event that remote learning is necessary.

  • On Thursday, September 10, 2020, all students in grades 1-12 will begin attending school daily, five (5) days per week, following the established Jackson County Schools calendar, unless a “stay at home” order is issued for West Virginia or Jackson County. Conditions related to COVID-19 may necessitate adjustments to the school calendar, or the length of the school day, at any time throughout the school year.

  • Kindergarten students will begin school on Thursday, September 10,2020, and will be provided specific information for school visits and entry schedules.

  • Pre-school students will begin school on Monday, September 14,2020, and will be provided specific information for school visits and entry schedules.


General Information

Cafeterias/Food Service

  1. Cooks will prepare meals in the kitchen for possible delivery to classrooms, or if the cafeteria is used for meal service, it may be operated at no more than 50% capacity in order to allow for social distancing and spaced seating.

  2. Cafeteria tables and touch surfaces shall be sanitized after each meal service period.

  3. Students and staff shall wash hands before and after meals.

  4. Hand sanitizer shall be provided in the cafeteria.

    Classrooms

  1. Students will remain in core classrooms, throughout the day, as much as possible.

  2. All student desks shall be faced in the same direction and be as socially distanced

    as practical.

  3. If students must change classrooms, desks and touch surfaces will be sanitized in

    classrooms when classes are changed.

  4. Students and staff are required to clean hands upon entry to each classroom.

  5. Students will be issued, or bring from home, all supplies and shall not share the

    supplies with other students.


    Deliveries

1. Schooldeliveriesshallbeheldindesignatedareasoutsideofstudenttrafficareas.

2. Personal deliveries of food, flowers, balloons, and other similar items shall not be accepted for staff or students.


Entering/Exiting School Buildings

  1. All students, staff, and visitors will enter/exit the building only through designated points of entry or exit.

  2. When entering the building, staff will report directly to their assigned work area.

  3. When entering the building, students will proceed directly to classrooms or

    designated staging areas.


    Face Coverings

  1. Staff and students in grades 3-12 shall wear a face covering in buildings when: a) social distancing cannot be achieved, b) are outside their core group (elementary), and c) are in congregant areas. The only exceptions shall be: a) during snack or meal periods, b) during strenuous activity in physical education classes/recess, c) for verified medical conditions, d) when not appropriate due to developmental, medical, or the behavioral status of the student. Medical exemptions are required.

  2. Staff and students in grades 3-12 shall wear a face covering while on a school bus.

  3. Students in grades PK-2 are encouraged to wear masks if able to do so.

  4. If requested, Jackson County Schools will provide face coverings for students or

    staff.


    Hallways

1. All hallway traffic will be socially distanced with lanes and directions designated. Students are to keep their hands to themselves and refrain from touching surfaces and lockers.


Hygiene/Sanitation

  1. Students will be taught and encouraged to use proper hand washing techniques.

  2. Hand sanitizer, which will be available in all classrooms, shall be used by

    individuals when entering the classroom.

  3. Tissues will be available in all classrooms.

  4. Students will not drink directly from water fountains. Each school will be equipped

    with a water bottle filling station(s). Students will be provided a reusable water

    bottle for their personal use.

  5. If students must change classrooms, desks and touch surfaces in classrooms will

    be sanitized when classes are changed.

  6. Any classroom equipment required to be used by multiple students will be used by

    one student at a time and sanitized after each use.

  7. Day-shift custodians shall sanitize restrooms at least every two (2) hours and other common areas as frequently as possible.



  1. Evening-shift custodians shall sanitize touch surfaces in classrooms, computer labs, door knobs/levers/bars, light switches, and common areas each night.

  2. Custodial services will be supplemented through the use of overtime and/or additional personnel.


    Recess

1. Recess and physical activity periods will be granted to specific classrooms on a schedule, keeping groups of students in a particular classroom together. Physical activities will be designed to maximize distance and eliminate contact.


Restrooms

  1. Students will not be lined up and taken to the restroom in groups.

  2. Restroom breaks will be given one student or small groups of students at a time,

    as needed.

  3. Only one student or a small group of students may use a particular restroom at a

    time.

  4. Day-shift custodians shall sanitize restrooms at least every two(2) hours and other

    common areas as frequently as possible.


    School Bus Transportation

  1. Absent a verified medical condition, all school bus occupants from grade 3-12, as well as the bus operator and other adults on the bus, shall wear a face covering while on a school bus.

  2. Students in grades PK-2 may wear masks if able to do so.

  3. Windows will be lowered to at least one level, weather permitting, to encourage

    the flow of fresh air on the bus.

  4. Hand sanitizer will be available and is required to be used by all occupants when

    boarding the bus.

  5. Generally, no more than two (2) students will be seated in a seat. Children from

    the same family will be permitted to sit three (3) to a seat, depending on the seating

    capacity of the bus.

  6. Established regulations relating to the seating of pre-school students on the school bus remain in effect.

  7. Students will remain seated, with hands to themselves, from the time they board

    the bus until disembarking.

  8. Students will disembark, one at a time, in an orderly fashion beginning from the

    front of the bus and proceeding to the rear of the bus.

  9. Students identified with COVID-19 symptoms while at school will not be

    transported home by school bus at the end of the school day.

10. Bus operators shall sanitize the seats and touch surfaces after every bus run.

Sanitation may be accomplished by approved disinfectant wipes, liquid, or mist.




School Assemblies/Programs

1. School-wide assemblies and/or programs are prohibited at this time. Further guidance will be provided in the future when such events will be resumed.


Sign-in/Sign-out Procedures

1. Adults authorized to sign students in or out of school may be held in the visitor vestibule area rather than being admitted into the school during the sign-in/sign- out process.


Technology

  1. A technology device will be assigned to students in grades 2 -12 for use in the event of a closure period which requires remote learning.

  2. Students in grades 2-8 will be assigned an iPad and high school students will be assigned a MacBook. Parents/guardians are responsible for the device assigned to their child.

  3. In a remote learning environment, students in preschool to first grade will be provided instructional packets to take home.


    Visitors/Volunteers

  1. All school visitors must wear a face covering.

  2. Symptom screening will be conducted for all visitors entering the building, including

    family members, vendors, and others. Screening may be provided at the main entrance or school office. Individuals waiting to be screened must stand six (6) feet apart.

  3. Visitors to the school will be restricted to the front office area, administrative office, counseling office, or conference areas.

  4. Hand sanitizer will be available and shall be used by visitors upon entry to the office area.

  5. Visitors are not permitted in common areas, cafeterias, or classrooms.

  6. The use of school volunteers will be very limited. In a crucial area of need, the principal may submit a written request for the use of a volunteer to the Director of

    Elementary or Secondary Education.