Fall Re-Entry & General Information

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Dear Families,

 We appreciate the support and cooperation of our families and community as we work together to respond to the COVID pandemic.  Your children have grown and flourished despite the challenges we have faced because of the positive action you took in partnering with us.  There are many unknowns and a lot of changing guidance regarding the best way to keep our students and staff safe.  Guidance from DESE, the CDC, and area health departments is being utilized to create plans to support safe re-entry to school.  We must all work together to the best of our ability to adhere to these guidelines and remain flexible to respond to new guidance as it develops. The school district urges families to work with the health department and school to ensure proper notification is allowed for the protection of the entire school district.  Social distancing will be utilized throughout the school day and many modifications will be made to the way we typically operate the school including transportation, arrival, dismissal, breakfast and lunch, recess, cleaning procedures, curriculum, grading, and more.

 

General Guidelines

Because of the seriousness of COVID-19, parents and students must work with staff to follow all guidelines.

–       The nurse will be on campus and will closely monitor student and staff health.

–       Parents must closely monitor their child for symptoms of  COVID-19. If they or any member of their household or person they have been exposed to are exhibiting symptoms including, but not limited to: fever, dry cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pains, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache (lasting), nausea and vomiting, and/or abdominal pain they should not attend school and must call the school immediately to report illness or contact.

–       Any instance of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or testing of a student or individuals a student has come in contact with must be immediately reported to the school district.

–       Students must bring their own water bottle. Water fountains will not be used, but the water bottle station of the fountain will be available.

–       Parents are asked to provide face masks for their children. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory at this time.  Students are encouraged to wear masks while on the bus or during transitions. Mask requirements and guidance are continually changing and may become mandatory at some point in the future.

–       Students in grade PK-2 will be issued an i-Pad and 3-12 students will be issued a Chromebook. Insurance and user agreement information will be sent home during the first days of school.

–       The school will report any instances of positive COVID testing or suspected COVID cases to the health department.  We will coordinate with the health department and follow their instructions to support contact tracing and parental notification.

As we gain new information and guidance from DESE, the CDC and area health departments we will change procedures. If you have questions or if your child is experiencing concerns related to COVID-19, please contact the school at 417-458-3333.

 Below you will find an explanation of the three phases of learning that students may experience at some point throughout the school year.   At this time we plan on opening school on August 24th in Phase 3.   Arrangements will be made for students whose parents have decided that their child(ren) will not be returning to seated courses.  Please contact your child’s school for more information or to arrange virtual education.

PHASES OF LEARNING

The Plato R-V School District has created the following three phases to address potential COVID-19 guidelines during the 2020-21 school year. The district will be in only one phase at a time and the phase will be determined by the status of the pandemic.

Phase 3 Seated Classes:  Schools are open, but with precautions.

  • All students will be in the seated classroom, five days a week.
  • In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, it is possible that one or more classrooms may be temporarily closed while others remain open.
  • Attendance will be taken in person and all students will be held accountable for their performance.
  • Transportation to and from school will be provided with restrictions and in accordance with health department guidelines. If possible, students and families are encouraged to provide their own transportation to and from school.  Students that ride the bus will be assigned seats on the bus with household units.
  • Pick up and drop off procedures may be changed to allow for meeting health guidelines.
  • The district will meet or exceed state and local COVID-19 sanitation guidelines.
  • Regular health checks, such as temperature, respiratory symptoms screening, etc. may be enacted on a daily basis.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged.
  • Use of masks may be required in certain circumstances.
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will be taught and implemented.
  • All students will minimize their time in crowded areas and staggered times may be used for activities such as recess.
  • Guidelines for admitting parents and visitors to the building will become more stringent. Please remain in your vehicle and call the office once you arrive at the school if assistance is needed.
  • Breakfast and lunch may need to be eaten in classrooms and or in groups of fewer than 50, depending upon state and local guidelines. 

Phase 2 Blended Learning: Schools are open, but under social distancing restrictions and virtual learning is also being used.

  • Students in grades PK-5 will be seated in the classroom in our buildings; however, to maintain social distancing, students will be divided into two groups and will attend school in person two days a week.

○      On days that students in grades PK-5 are at home, students will be required to login and participate in online activities.

  • A limited number of students with unique learning needs in grades 6-12 will be invited to attend school in person where they will remain in one classroom all day. All other students in grades 6-12 will participate in online learning as outlined in Phase 1.
  • In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, it is possible that one or more classrooms may be temporarily closed while others remain open.
  • Attendance will be taken in person and online and all students will be held accountable for their performance.
  • Transportation to and from school will be provided with restrictions and in accordance with health department guidelines. If possible, students and families are encouraged to provide their own transportation to and from school.  Students that ride the bus will be assigned seats on the bus with household units.
  • Pick up and drop off procedures may be changed to allow for meeting health guidelines.
  • The district will meet or exceed state and local COVID-19 sanitation guidelines.
  • Regular health checks, such as temperature, respiratory symptoms screening, etc. may be enacted on a daily basis.
  • Teachers will use a limited number of technology platforms to provide direct instruction.

○      The district will provide parent training and resources for the approved platforms.

  • Handwashing, respiratory etiquette and social distancing will be taught and implemented.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged.
  • Use of masks may be required in certain circumstances.
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette will be taught and implemented.
  • All students will minimize their time in crowded areas and staggered times may be used for activities such as recess.
  • Guidelines for admitting parents and visitors to the building will become more stringent. Please remain in your vehicle and call the office once you arrive at the school if assistance is needed.
  • Breakfast and lunch may need to be eaten in classrooms and or in groups of fewer than 50, depending upon state and local guidelines.
  • If a parent experiences issues managing multiple students in the online environment or accessing the internet, the parent should contact their child(ren)’s school.

Phase 1 Online Learning: All school buildings are closed to students, but learning will continue.

  • Online learning will occur for all students in grades PK-12.
  • All courses will be taught by Plato R-V teachers.
  • Students will have a minimum of two days to complete an assignment.
  • Students will be expected to:

○      Log in, be in attendance and participate in online learning and individual practice during regular school times: 7:45 to 3:35 Monday-Thursday and 7:45-2:35 on Fridays.

○      Spend more time learning online to align with the state’s new online learning expectations as compared to the district’s expectations from March-May 2020.

  • Teachers will use a limited number of technology platforms to provide direct instruction.
  • A building-level schedule will be developed to avoid overlapping of online instructional sessions.
  • The district will provide parent training and resources for the approved platforms.
  • If a parent experiences issues managing multiple students in the online environment or accessing the internet, the parent should contact their child(ren)’s school.

 

Individual Virtual Students

  • Arrangements will be made for students whose parents have decided that their child(ren) will not be returning to seated courses.  Please contact your child’s school for more information to arrange virtual education.

WCC Students

  • Students will follow the Waynesville School District’s phase level guidelines.

If you have questions or if your child is experiencing concerns related to COVID-19, please contact the school at 417-458-3333.

The Plato Administrative Team

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