COVID-19 Parent Handbook

THIS HANDBOOK IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Last revised August 21, 2020

 

What are current policies regarding masks?

We expect students and staff to follow the Governor’s mask order.  Students may remove face coverings at lunch and during certain outdoor activities.  Understanding that the students will need breaks, teachers will maintain the full scheduled time for recess and will have recess outdoors whenever possible. We are exploring the possibility of having some classes outdoors.

Get enough masks so that your child(ren) have an ample supply of clean masks for each school day.  If the Governor’s mask order is overturned or repealed, the school board will promptly decide whether/how to update mask requirements.  Until then, please continue to wear masks.

Is school conducting symptom checks?

We are counting on parents to keep their students home if they are sick or on fever-reducing medicines. Please check your child’s temperature each day before getting in the car or sending them on the bus. If a fever greater than 100.3°F is detected, do not send them to school. Teachers/staff may also check student temperatures throughout the day.  If a student develops a fever (defined as a temperature greater than 100.3°F) or other symptoms during the day, the student will be isolated from other students and sent home.

How long does my student need to stay home if he/she is sick?

We expect parents to follow CDC guidelines.  Current guidelines say that if a student has a positive COVID-19 test, the student needs to stay home until the student’s symptoms are gone for 24 hours AND until 10 days after his/her first symptom.

Students with any illness should stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve without the use of medication.

The Health Department encourages COVID-19 testing, particularly when people have higher priority symptoms (loss of taste or smell, fever, chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, COVID toes, etc.).

Does my student need to quarantine if he/she is exposed to COVID-19?

We expect parents to follow CDC guidelines.  CDC guidelines recommend that if a  person has close contact with a person who has had a positive COVID-19 test, the person should quarantine at home until 14 days after the last contact with the infected person.  (This could require quarantine of 24 days or more if someone in a student’s household has COVID-19.)

Teachers are also subject to quarantine requirements if they have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID.  CDC guidelines regarding critical infrastructure permit teachers without symptoms to quarantine for fewer than 14 days in certain circumstances.  Full quarantine periods will be observed whenever possible.

Will remote learning be available if my student is quarantined?

Yes.  We have invested in upgraded technology and will be testing it from the beginning of the school year so that we are ready if anyone needs to quarantine.  We expect to provide live streamed instruction for core subjects (religion, math, language arts, science) for quarantined students.  This instruction would be provided via a secure/private link.  Cameras will be focused on teachers; however, if your child is at school, students watching from home may be able to see or hear your child occasionally.  We are also preparing to transition to school-wide online learning quickly if necessary.  We are working to streamline our virtual instruction delivery system.  We expect to use a consistent learning platform across classrooms.

How have cleaning procedures changed?

We are implementing a professional outsourced cleaning service for enhanced cleaning procedures per CDC guidance.  Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently (before meals, after recess, etc.).  Wall-mounted hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom for students who wish to use it.

What is happening with music?

Music is a very important part of our Lutheran heritage and our curriculum.  Some studies have shown that there is a high risk of virus transmission when people sing close together in groups.  We are modifying our music program to include as much music as we can do safely.  As of now,

  • We expect to have weekly, socially-distanced chapel services and to sing during those services.
  • Classes may sing if they are:
    • Spaced out indoors with masks on; or
    • Spaced out outdoors.
  • To start the year, any music curriculum provided will be taught by homeroom teachers.
  • Choir is on hold until further notice.
  • School groups singing in church is on hold until further notice.
  • We are exploring options for safely having a school Christmas Service.

We continue to explore other ways to incorporate music into our day.

Music lessons will proceed.  Further instructions will be provided to students about mask modifications for lessons.

What is happening with lunch?

Students will be spaced out for lunch in the fellowship hall or in the Family Life Center.   Microwaves will continue to be available for grades 3-8.  Students will be required to use a paper towel or napkin to push buttons or open the microwave. Hand sanitizer will be stationed nearby.

What is happening with hot lunch?

We plan to offer hot lunch this year.  Our hot lunch staff will follow FDA/CDC guidelines.  Meals will include prepackaged items when possible.

What is happening with BASC (Before & After School Care)?

We intend to provide before and after school care in a manner similar to last school year. Care will be offered in the fellowship hall. Please reach out if you are interested.

What’s happening with sports?

We hope to be able to have our students participate in both cross country and volleyball (masks required).  We may have fewer meets/games this year.  We hope to live stream volleyball games to limit in-person fan attendance.  Basketball is TBD.

How will we practice social distancing?

Classrooms are being reconfigured and organized to maximize spacing.  Some departmentalized teaching duties have been reassigned to limit interactions between classrooms.  Students will be at their own desks as often as possible.  While some students will move from classroom to classroom, we plan to start the year with teachers rotating classrooms whenever possible.  Alternate rooms (sanctuary, empty classrooms, fellowship hall, gym, etc.) are being utilized to maximize spacing.  Even with these steps, all students may not be six feet apart all day long.

Are visitors allowed this year?

We are limiting visitors and volunteers (including parent volunteers).  Visitors/volunteers must be pre-approved by the Principal.  If you are interested in helping, please reach out as soon as possible.  We are investigating remote volunteer opportunities.

Can I bring my preschool child to his/her classroom?

Yes.  Preschool parents may bring their children to their classroom.  Please limit how many people accompany your student and observe the Governor’s mask order.

Will the school close if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

If your student tests positive, please let us know immediately.  We will work with the Health Department to conduct contact tracing and implement an appropriate response.  The response will include communicating with parents that there has been a positive test (we will maintain student privacy), deep cleaning the facility, and notifying families whose students may have had close contact with the person who tested positive.

Will drinking fountains be used?

No.  We have installed additional water bottle fillers.  Please have your student bring a water bottle to school each day.

Will the library be open?

Yes, the library will be open, but with some modifications. Instead of students going to the space, library staff will bring the books to them. Returned books will be stored separately for a period of time before returning to the shelves.