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Re-Entry Plan B

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2020-2021 

West Wilkes Middle School 

Students & Families Re-Entry Plan

Plan B - Blended Instruction

 

**Please note this document is subject to change due to COVID-19 updates and direction from the district or state.  It is not intended to replace the student/parent handbook but rather to address day-to-day operations under Plan B. 

 

 


ATHLETICS:

Athletics will be determined by the NCHSAA.  As of now, a student on remote instruction is allowed to play sports. 


ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURES:

Attestation Form:  

The attestation form is signed by a parent/guardian that the questions on the form have been completed and the health and well-being of the student has been verified daily prior to boarding the bus or entering the school.  The attestation form should be signed with all their statements checked and attached to their Chromebook case.  The attestation form will be called the student’s CovidTag (CT).    



Carline Arrival: 

Before students exit their car, the students will be asked 3 questions about their health and will have their temperature screened by a staff member and will need to present their CovidTag (CT) in the carline parents/guardians will not have to answer the questions.  Upon arrival, students must put on a face mask.    Any student with a temperature lower than 100.4, will be allowed to enter the school, receive breakfast, and then go directly to their homebase/1st block class.  If a parent/guardian attests “yes” to any of the attestation questions, then the student will be asked to learn remotely for the day and follow up with the school nurse or administrator to determine return to school procedures. 


If the student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, then that parent/guardian may be asked to park and wait ten minutes in the car with their child. After ten minutes, the student will have their temperature re-checked. If the temperature is 100.4 or higher at that point, the student will need to learn remotely for that day. The student can come back to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours without medicine and have documentation from a doctor with a confirmed alternative diagnosis.


Carline Dismissal:

Students will continue to maintain social distancing while waiting to be picked up in the carline.  Students will sit or stand on the carline dots.  Students will continue to wear masks until they are safely in their vehicles.


Bus Loading & Arrival: 

Buses will run with 1 student per seat. Siblings will be allowed to sit together.  There will be seating charts for every route. 


Whenever possible, we encourage parents/guardians to stay with their student(s) at the bus stop. Before students board a bus, they will have to provide their CovidTag (CT)  with a parent signature answering 3 questions about their health.  When students cannot present the form, they will have their temperature screened before being allowed to board the bus.  Cloth face coverings are required prior to boarding the school bus and should be properly worn the entire time.  Students will board the bus from the back to the front.  Students will exit the bus from the front to the back.  


When students exit the bus to enter the building, they will have temperature screenings again by a staff member. Any student with a temperature lower than 100.4, will be allowed to enter the school, receive breakfast, and go directly to their homebase.  


Students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to wait 10 minutes to have temperature screened again.  These students will go to the dance and drama room, where they will be safely socially distanced from others, while waiting to be screened again.  If a student’s  temperature remains 100.4 or higher the student will need to be picked up and learn remotely for that day.  If the student’s temperature is lower than 100.4, they will be directed to their hallway.


Bus Dismissal: 

Students will follow social distancing protocols to board the bus.  Students will proceed from back to front to their assigned seats.  Cloth face coverings are required prior to boarding the school bus and should be properly worn the entire time. 


ATTENDANCE:

Attendance will be taken by the homebase teacher  daily in Powerschool. Protocols for determining attendance will be:

  1. Student engagement (completion of assignments)
  2. On pace (participation in class or virtual classroom)
  3. Offering academic and emotional support (communication with student and family)

Homebase teachers will contact students/families directly in the event that there is no student contact or work completion after 3 days. 

***For a student to be counted absent the student would not be present for class, engaged in the content, or be able to be contacted. ***.  

BATHROOM BREAKS:

Bathroom breaks will be scheduled on the grade level hall and social distancing will be practiced in the hallway and the bathroom.  


CAFETERIA:

The school cafeteria will prepare and serve breakfast and lunch each day for both in school and remote learning students. 


Remote learning students will be able to pick up meals at the cafeteria entrance located at the back of the school each day between 12:30-1:00.


All middle school students will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch for this school year.  


Breakfast (In School):

A breakfast cart will be located at each entry point.  


While waiting to be served in the breakfast line, students will practice social distancing.  Once breakfast has been received, students will proceed directly to their homebase.  Students will eat their breakfast in their homebase classroom.


Lunch (In School):

Teachers will accompany their students to the cafeteria to receive their lunch each day.  

While waiting to be served in the lunch line, students will practice social distancing.  

Once all students in a class have been served, teachers will escort students back to the classroom.


CELL PHONES: 

Students will not begin the year with lockers, therefore if a student brings their cell phone to school it must be turned off upon arrival and stored in their bookbag.  

 

Failure to comply results in: 

1st offense:  Student warning/ 1 matrix point

2nd offense:  1 matrix point/ Teacher confiscates phone until the end of the day/ Parent contact

3rd offense: 1 matrix point/ ISS lunch/  Teacher confiscates phone until the end of the day/ Parent contact with final warning

4th offense: 1 matrix point/ 1 day of ISS/  Teacher confiscates phone until the end of the day and parent must retrieve/ Student is no longer allowed to bring their phone to school


CLASSROOMS:

Students will be seated in every other desk to provide social distancing.  Student desks, and all high-touch surfaces, will be cleaned and sanitized between transitions and at other times periodically throughout the day.

Each room will have hand sanitizer.  Frequent hand washing/sanitizing is highly recommended and will be encouraged by school staff.

COMMUNICATION:

Student  Communication:  Teachers will use Remind 101, email, and Canvas to communicate with their students.  Teachers will have office hours posted.  


Parent Communication:  Teachers will use Remind 101, phone calls, and email to communicate with parents/guardians.  Parents will need to download the Remind 101 app.  If you need assistance downloading the app, please contact your child’s teacher.  


Office Hours: Teachers will have daily office hours to communicate with remote learners and parents/guardians. These will be posted on our website as well as communicated by teachers. 


COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS OR EXPOSURE:

Close Contact: If a student has had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been advised by the health department or health care provider to quarantine, the following applies:


The student should not be at school.  The student can return 14 days after the last time they had close contact with someone with COVID-19.


Symptoms: If a student has had any of these symptoms, (fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), the following applies:


The student should go home, stay away from other people, and call their health care provider.


COVID-19 Diagnosis: If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19 based on a test, their symptoms, or does not get a COVID-19 test but has had symptoms, they should not be at school and should stay at home until they meet the “Return to School Criteria” listed below.


Returning to School: A student can return to school when a parent/guardian can ensure that they can answer YES to ALL three questions:

  1. Has it been at least 10 days since the student first had symptoms?
  2. Has it been at least 3 days since the student had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine)?
  3. Has it been at least 3 days since the student’s symptoms have improved, including cough and shortness of breath?

If a student has had a negative COVID-19 test, they can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.


If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but does not have symptoms, they should remain out of school until 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.


If a student has been determined to have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, they should remain out of school for 14 days since the last known contact, unless they test positive.  In which case, criteria above would apply.  They must complete the full 14 day quarantine even if they test negative.  During the quarantine, the student must participate in remote learning and complete assignments. 


**Note** The COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure procedures also apply to all teachers, staff, and other essential personnel that have access to the school building.


FIELD TRIPS: 

There will be no field trips until further notice.  


LIBRARY BOOKS:

Students will be allowed to check out books from the media center.  Returned books will be properly cleaned and sanitized before returning to circulation.


LOCKERS: 

Students will not begin the year with designated lockers due to social distancing.  


Students will be allowed to carry their bookbags with them throughout the day.    


We prefer students to purchase clear or mesh bookbags.   

These can be purchased at the following locations or links below just to name a few: 

In-store Walmart

Walmart.com

Amazon.com


MASKS(Cloth Face Coverings):

Wearing a mask/cloth face covering is required by all students, staff, and other persons that enter the school building.  Masks are to be worn properly at all times, no matter the distance apart.  Exceptions would include strenuous physical activity, eating, and drinking.  Whether persons are 8 feet or 6 feet apart does not change this requirement.  Brief mask breaks following the proper protocols will be scheduled periodically throughout the day.  Students engaging in outside activities will follow the mask protocol that has been established for athletics.  


Exceptions are as follows:

  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
  • Anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health need.  This need must be professionally documented. 

REMOTE INSTRUCTION PLAN:

Grading/Instruction:

Students will receive regular grades in all classes whether attending school in person or remotely. The options provided last semester for students will not be available this grading period. Grades will be updated weekly in Powerschool, as before, so that parents and students are aware of their progress throughout the grading period. 


    1. The process for submission of student work will be repeatedly reviewed during the school year.  It is expected that teachers will give explicit due dates for all work.
  • Teachers will hold office hours each day.  Teachers office hours will be located on their Canvas pages and our school website.  
  1. Instruction will be in the I Do, We Do, You Do format.
  2. Teachers will have a clearly defined, easily accessible learning target for every lesson and assignment.  The learning target will be standards aligned and created in a way as to measure student progress.  
  3. Lessons should be posted daily or at the most, weekly, but never more than a week in advance. 
  4. Descriptive feedback to assignments will be given during remote instruction within 3 days of receiving a student’s assignment. 
  5. Assignment due dates will be spread out throughout the week and need to be submitted via Canvas or other teacher forums. 

   

Isolated Remote Instruction:
On isolated remote learning days, students could be engaged
in independent practice, spiral review assignments, and/or formative assessment.  New instruction will not occur, but teachers may use this time to provide remediation or direct instruction.  Teachers may use Zoom/virtual meetings, flipped instruction, or telephone calls to support these students with remote direct instruction. 


During isolated remote instruction, student assignments should be graded or feedback given within three days.


Students will have two days after returning to school to turn in assignments.

Important note:  We must repeatedly remind students that there will be grades given.  There will be no P19 or W19! 


Extended Remote Instruction:
Teachers are expected to provide daily lessons that include: direct instruction, practice and application.  

If Plan C or Extended Remote Instructional Day:

The following are required elements of extended remote instruction days:

  • Learning targets posted every day
  • Direct instruction 
  • Assignments with clearly stated instructions, clear due dates, and if to be graded, clear expectations or rubrics 
  • Descriptive feedback or descriptive grade for every assignment within the week
  • Daily contact with students

Teachers will have established office hours to support student needs on these extended remote instruction days.  


Students will have one week for late work submission.

Important note:  We must repeatedly remind students that there will be grades given.  There will be no P19 or W19!


Remote Instruction Best Practices:  

District strategies will include:

  • Designate a quiet place to work and reduce distractions during work time
  • Help your child create a daily schedule/routine for completing school work
  • Ensure your child completes his/her schedule each day
  • Check in with your child each day regarding his or her school work
  • Encourage your child to reach out to his/her teachers if they have questions 
  • Encourage your child to take scheduled breaks
  • Prioritize physical activity
  • Make adjustments if your child works better in the evenings or for shorter periods of time
  • Reach out to teachers if your child is struggling or needs additional support

Students with an IEP/504:

Students with disabilities are regular education students first.  All students have access to remote instruction from their teacher in the most appropriate manner as determined for each individual student. Every teacher is knowledgeable of students’ IEP or 504 plans and the needed accommodations for those students.

 

EC teachers will continue to provide accommodations remotely as well as any other related services indicated in their IEP as appropriate.  

 

EC teachers will collaborate with the classroom teacher to make sure IEPs are being followed accurately, plan appropriate instruction, and determine if the student needs extra support.

 

All EC teachers will establish and maintain consistent communication with parents/guardians for early

detection of parent concerns.

 

All students who are identified as 504 will receive their needed accommodations from their teachers.

IEP and 504 meetings will still take place, virtually as necessary.


ELL Students: 

  • EL teachers will periodically collaborate on assessment results, planning and for professional development.
  • Follow the EL Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP) plan for EL students
  • EL teachers will provide individual interactions with newcomers via Zoom, phone, email or packet in a language and format easily understood by students and parents. 
  • EL teachers will provide classes via Zoom to meet with the various levels of students in small groups or individually. EL teachers will be available with office hours for all students and parents to access, when needed, via Zoom or phone.  Interpreters will be scheduled for parent and family communication if needed.

Scheduling

  • A/B Schedule with 50% of students in attendance each day (Students are divided into Group A and Group B, with each group attending school on alternate days. 
  • Students living in the same household are placed in the same group, even if they attend different schools. (Siblings go to school on the same days).

WCS district A/B Day Schedule Link: 

https://4.files.edl.io/f103/07/21/20/130644-41d424d8-7dbc-4169-8e5d-d943a02d9a0a.pdf

This calendar will remain in effect as long as we remain on Plan B.  


SAFETY PROCEDURES:

  • All students and staff  will be practicing proper safety measures, including frequent hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing, and wearing required masks/cloth face coverings.
  • Social distancing measures are in place throughout the entire facility.   
  • Extra cleaning precautions will be taken each day before and after school and throughout the school day.  
  • Temperature checks are required for all personnel and students before entering school facilities. (Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home).  There will be areas set aside in the school to isolate those who become symptomatic or sick.  

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: 

Due to COVID-19, our teachers will be compiling a basic daily supply list for students to bring with them each day.  Students do not have to bring in their entire school supplies list at the beginning of the school year.  


SHARING MATERIALS:

Students should not share any personal items or supplies.


STUDENT WORK SUBMISSION:

Student work will be submitted through Canvas for all students unless otherwise directed by their teacher. Assignments will have due dates and grades will be assigned for student work.  Assignments will be graded with feedback within 3 days of the assignment being turned in.


TECHNOLOGY:

Every student will have the opportunity to check out a Chromebook.  Students will be responsible for taking the Chromebook home each day and having it when they return to school. Repeated failure to comply will result in a matrix point.  Parents must read and sign the Chromebook check out agreement before a student is allowed to take the device off campus.  Parents that sign the agreement are responsible for damages resulting from neglect or abuse and for the full cost of the device if it is lost or not returned to school.


If your child is experiencing technology problems, the first point of contact is their teacher.


It is the responsibility of the student to charge their chromebooks at home each night. 


TRANSITIONS: 

Limiting transitions is a part of our daily safety plan, however when transitioning is essential social distancing will be practiced.  Students will use hand sanitizer.  The student desks will be cleaned prior to students sitting and using their assigned desk.  


TRANSPORTATION:

Bus assignment and schedule information will be a part of the orientation packet.


Buses will run with 1 student per seat.  Siblings will be allowed to sit together.  There will be seating charts for every route.


WATER FOUNTAINS:

Water fountains will be accessible for bottle fill only.


We are strongly encouraging every student to bring a clear refillable water bottle to school each day.   Due to COVID-19 state guidelines, students will not be allowed to drink directly from the water fountain. 


VISITORS:   

Schools are required to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations.


If visitors need to come to the school during the school day, they will need to ring the bell located at the main office entrance and wait for assistance and instructions as everyone must be screened prior to entering the building.


If you are scheduled to meet with a teacher or administrator the office will be notified in advance.


To allow parents the ability to drop off items for a student, check a student into school, etc. this year under these new safety guidelines, we will have a plexiglass  window available in our entrance foyer.  


All visitors will undergo the safety protocols for screening visitors before entering the building.