back to school plan

Mid Del Back to School Plan

Update to In-Person A/B Plan Effective 9-28-2020 (Board Approved Calendar Revisions)

Dr. Cobb's letter 9-21-2020 Update

Letter part 2

letter page 3

Revised A/B Calendar 9-21-2020

Changes begin Monday, September 28, 2020. All Wednesdays through October 30, 2020 are Remote Learning days for students.

Revised calendar 9-21-2020

ALTERNATING A/B SCHEDULE

To download a PDF of this letter, please click  HERE.

MID-DEL SCHOOLS COVID-19 INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

This plan outlines Mid-Del Public Schools’ strategy in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a pandemic, specifically COVID-19, in a collective, community approach. It serves as a guide for the safe reopening of the schools in Mid-Del. This document, based on local, state, and federal guidelines, will continue to change and develop over time.

We'd like to thank our parents and staff for participating in district-wide surveys that were used to help make important decisions for the new school year. We'd also like to thank the members of the District's COVID-19 Advisory Committee for volunteering their time to help us plan for the new school year. The COVID-19 Advisory Committee was made up of students, parents, teachers, administrators, healthcare officials, and community members. 

All plans are subject to change based on the most current COVID-19 related information. 

SAFETY PROCEDURES

Daily Temperatures:
Each morning we will ask families to take student(s) temperatures before boarding school vehicles or arriving at school. If the student has a fever of 100.4 or greater, please keep your child home to monitor for additional symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours.

Face Coverings:
The district will require students and staff to wear a face covering during the school day. Evidence shows a decrease in COVID-19 when a face covering is worn. Students and staff will be responsible for providing face covering. All students and staff will be provided a neck gaiter at the start of school. Acceptable face coverings for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Social Distancing:
While it will be difficult to maintain distance between students in our schools, each school site will be working to the best of their ability to provide distance between students in classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, gyms, buses and common areas. The majority of our student procedures will be site-specific due to the layout and function of each individual building. We are asking principals to work collaboratively with staff to accomplish this in the best manner possible. This will include such considerations as passing periods, lunches, and playgrounds, to name a few.

Hygiene:
Students will be reminded to wash their hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be provided throughout our campuses.

Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks:
Students will be reminded to sanitize their hands prior to eating and after finishing meals. Hand sanitizing stations will be located in all of our Mid-Del cafeterias. Students will not be permitted to bring shared snacks for classrooms (ex: birthday parties, classroom celebrations, etc.). Visitors will not be permitted in the cafeteria during the lunch period.

Daily Cleaning of School Buildings and Classrooms:                The district will have a Hypochlorous Acid generator that will produce disinfectant that is on the EPA's N-list for killing Coronavirus. Hypochlorous Acid is simply a non-toxic disinfectant that is safe to use around all students and staff. Teachers will spray the disinfectant each day throughout their classrooms and buses will be sprayed twice daily. Our cleaning crews will spray it in each common area every evening with electrostatic sprayers. This is above and beyond our current cleaning regimen with our cleaning contract with ABM Industries. We will also be providing hand sanitizer for each classroom, each bus, each cafeteria, and common area. We will also ensure that each school has a complete supply of soap and paper towels, for both the student and adult restrooms.

Will social distancing be observed on buses and how will seating arrangements be determined?
Students will be spaced as much as possible by the bus driver. Mid-Del has dozens of bus routes each day, so maintaining a six-foot radius between each student is not possible. The bus driver and students will be required to wear face coverings. The bus driver and students will use hand sanitizer that will be provided when boarding the bus. Students are required to remain seated at all times and keep their hands and arms to themselves. Students should not touch each other or share any items. School buses will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day.

How can I help the school as a parent?

  • Donations of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, no-touch thermometers, and additional school supplies would be helpful at each site.

  • Taking your child’s temperature on a daily basis prior to them leaving the house.

  • Keeping students home if they exhibit any symptoms of any illness.

  • Preparing your home and child with supplies and devices for remote learning if possible and feasible.

  • Having masks or other appropriate face coverings available for students to have at school if needed.

  • Openly communicating any concerns regarding the health or academic needs of your student directly with your child’s teacher or school site.

  • Practice wearing a face covering with your child to help successfully protect our staff and other students who may be in the vulnerable population.

  • Working with the school site as they change visitor protocols and the check-in/check-out processes as warranted.

  • Assisting with COVID tracing through the State Health Department.

Face Coverings:
The district will require students and staff to wear a face covering during the school day. Evidence shows a decrease in COVID-19 when a face covering is worn. Students and staff will be responsible for providing face covering.

School Supplies:
Students will not be sharing supplies. Students will keep items at his/her desk or designated space in the classroom. Items that must be shared will be disinfected between each student's use.

Arrival and Dismissal:
When our students begin to arrive at school, they will be directed to their classroom or designated space. Parents and/or visitors will not be permitted to walk students inside the buildings to classrooms. All parents will be asked to remain in cars while students are being dropped off or picked up. Students will be escorted to cars at the end of the day.

Recess:
Play is an important part of the educational day. Students will have designated recess times. Recess plans will vary at each school site.

Library/Media Centers:
Providing reading and research opportunities for our students is an important focus for our students. We do plan to keep our library/media centers open for that purpose. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.

Latchkey Before and After Care:
Mid-Del Schools contracts with Latchkey services for before and after school care. Latchkey will adhere to the procedures Mid-Del Schools has in place.

Enroll at: www.Latchkey.us or in person at Latchkey Child Services located at 1211 N. Shartel Ave, Ste 1100, OKC, OK 73103. For more information, please call 405-236-2069.

Water Hydration Stations/Restrooms:
The Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation provided water bottle filling stations for all of our school sites. Any remaining traditional "water coolers" will not be in service as a form of prevention. Students and staff are encouraged to bring water bottles to remain hydrated throughout the day.

School restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day. In addition, schools will be creating restroom schedules to maintain small groups of student traffic throughout the day.

Will buses run?
Yes, transportation will continue to be provided for all who qualify. Bus transportation is provided for students beyond the determined walking area from their home school.

How will you address social-emotional or mental health concerns?
Counselors are available to support students academically, socially, and emotionally and can provide mental health support or resources for families who may be struggling emotionally. Access to schedule a meeting with a Mid-Del counselor can be found by contacting your school site directly. To ensure staff is equipped to address social and mental health concerns, Mid-Del will continue to host training opportunities including trauma-informed care, mental health first aid, and social-emotional learning.

Face Coverings:
The district will require students and staff to wear a face covering during the school day. Evidence shows a decrease in COVID-19 when a face covering is worn. Students and staff will be responsible for providing face covering.

Arrival and Dismissal:
Arrival routines will look different this year in an effort to allow students to maintain a safe physical distance from one another as they wait for their first hour bell to begin class. Each site will work with the layout and options in their specific building to maximize opportunities for distancing in the minutes before school begins. At the end of the day, students will be released in a staggered manner to avoid all of them traveling simultaneously through the hall’s towards the same exit.

School Wide Assemblies:
All school assemblies will be limited at the beginning of the school year to avoid the likely possibility of exposure that would occur when large numbers of students gather. As the year progresses, such events may be reinstated based on virus infection levels.

Locker Use:
Lockers for middle and high school students will not be used this school year. At every opportunity, we will be seeking ways to minimize unnecessary materials and items being brought into the school.

Library/Media Centers:
Providing reading and research opportunities for our students is an important focus for our students. We plan to keep our library/media centers open for that purpose. Books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back into circulation.

Water Hydration Stations/Restrooms:
The Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation provided water bottle filling stations for all of our school sites. Any remaining traditional "water coolers" will not be in service as a form of prevention. Students and staff are encouraged to bring water bottles to remain hydrated throughout the day.

School restrooms will be cleaned throughout the day. In addition, schools will be creating restroom schedules to maintain small groups of student traffic throughout the day.

How will you address social-emotional or mental health concerns?
Counselors are available to support students academically, socially, and emotionally and can provide mental health support or resources for families who may be struggling emotionally. Access to schedule a meeting with a Mid-Del counselor can be found by contacting your school site directly. To ensure staff is equipped to address social and mental health concerns, Mid-Del will continue to host training opportunities including trauma informed care, mental health first aid, and social-emotional learning.

School and Sanctioned OSSAA Activities:
Extra and co-curricular activities such as marching band, vocal music, drama, pom and athletics of all descriptions are vital elements of a secondary student's experience. Responses to COVID-19 in these environments will vary, always with a keen eye to proven practices in prevention and protection.

Attendance at Athletics and Extracurricular Activities:
While we cannot guarantee what our fall and winter athletics and extracurricular activities will look like, we will follow recommendations from the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association (OSSAA) and the CDC. Information about practices and precautions will be posted through each activity’s sponsor or department. We do expect our fan experience will look different. While inside our athletic facilities, fans are required to wear a face covering and social distance. While outside our athletic facilities, fans are required to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE INFORMATION

  • Anyone who has had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure, based on the time it takes to develop the illness. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet of a positive person for at least 15 minutes or in a small space (i.e. classroom) for at least one hour.  Students should have no symptoms upon return to school.

  • Any child who tests positive or has COVID-19 symptoms may return to school after 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication) AND diminished respiratory symptoms AND ten days since symptoms first appeared.

  • As always, be sure to call the school to report your child's absence.

COVID-19 Symptoms While at School:
If a teacher or school employee suspects that a student has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, he/she will be seen by designated school office staff. Parents or guardians may be contacted to pick up their student. Symptoms include:

  • Fever (100.4) or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

For more information, visit the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Illness at School
If a student is identified with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or begins exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, he or she will be isolated, sent home immediately, and encouraged to be tested. If found to have COVID-19 or been directly exposed to COVID-19, these individuals should not return to school until they have met the CDC’s criteria for being around others. This criteria includes 24 hours with no fever and respiratory symptoms have improved and 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

When students are sent home from school with COVID-19 like symptoms, they will have to check-in at the front office prior to returning to school. In order to return to school the following must be present: 1) No symptoms for 24 hours without medication, 2) Negative COVID-19 test, or 3) a release from a physician stating they may return to school.

Communication, Cleaning, and Closing after a Positive Test

In the event that we receive confirmation that a student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at a school site, we will do each of the three following things as quickly as possible:

  1. We will notify families and employees that an individual has tested positive. We will be as specific as we legally can while still protecting the privacy of the student or staff member.

  2. We will use seating charts from classrooms and buses to determine who has been in close contact, defined by the Centers for Disease Control as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.” We will notify any individual we determine has been in close contact that they need to self-quarantine for 14 days from exposure to the infected individual.

  3. We will sanitize every touch surface in affected areas with enhanced cleaning methods, such as using the Clorox 360 systems the district owns.

Since our schools range in enrollment from 240 students to more than 1300, and since each campus has a different layout, the amount of time a school would need to be closed for cleaning will vary. The amount of contact tracing we are required to do will also vary by situation. Our goal will be to get back to having school the next day if possible. We will remain in communication with families and staff throughout the cleaning and re-opening process.

If after a positive case, we need to quarantine an entire class, a grade, a school, or even close down the whole district for a period of time, we will shift to Remote Learning Days, as described in the plan we released last week.

Visit our Mid-Del Virtual Academy Page for more information!

What is Virtual Instruction?
Virtual Instruction means the student takes all of his/her courses in a virtual setting away from the school regardless of schools being open or closed. A certified teacher directs the instruction through the use of a content management system. The Virtual Instruction option is a year-long commitment. Virtual Instruction is offered K-12. Students enrolled in Virtual Instruction may participate in extracurricular activities. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from extracurricular activities. During the school day, students will have access to their Mid-Del teachers; however, students may work at any time of the day, including the weekends. All assignments will be tied to the Oklahoma Academic Standards and will be developmentally appropriate.

How will virtual school be different from at-home learning during the closure last spring?
Students who select virtual school will be required to participate in content daily, and instruction will be led by a certified teacher. Virtual school this year will be a full course load of instruction and assignments that is comparable to what students who are attending school in-person will be required to complete. Students will be responsible for providing their own device/internet connection.

What is a content management system?
A content management system that provides an online/digital learning curriculum for students who wish to learn in a full-time virtual classroom setting.

What is Canvas and/or Seesaw?
Canvas and Seesaw are learning management systems/portals where students will access their assignments, communication, and grades. The system streamlines all the digital tools and content that teachers and students use, for a simpler, more connected, learning experience.

How do I enroll my student in virtual instruction?
If interested in the virtual option, an application and intake process must be completed and finalized. Some students may not meet the requirements for the program. The appropriateness of these options for individuals will be determined through the application and intake process. 

If I choose one learning option and want to change the choice later in the year, can I make a switch?
Semester enrollment for virtual instruction must be completed by August 7th in order for Mid-Del to properly staff the program. Those enrolled for virtual instruction are expected to commit to the program for at least one semester

Will meals be provided for students who select virtual instruction?
Not at this time. There are currently no state or federal regulations that allow districts to serve meals to students who are not present on campus, although guidelines are expected in the near future. Options are being explored for providing meals to qualified students who select virtual school.

How many hours per day will my student be online? 

We expect that students in the MDVA will have experiences that will vary. In many cases, the amount of time each student spends on coursework each day will be less than the typical school day - probably three to four hours. For younger students, it may be less. For students in higher grades, or those taking advanced coursework, it may be more. During the school day, students will have access to their Mid-Del teachers; however, students may work at any time of the day, including the weekends. All assignments will be tied to the Oklahoma Academic Standards and will be developmentally appropriate.

Will my secondary students be able to participate in activities?

Secondary students enrolled in the MDVA will still be considered students at their home site and eligible for extracurricular activities. They will be responsible for providing transportation to and from the school site for these programs and will not be permitted to remain at the school site outside of their specific activity classes. Their grades will show up in PowerSchool, just like those of students in traditional, face-to-face classrooms. 

Classroom Precautions

  • Masks are required for students and staff

  • Disinfect desks, keyboards, and screens

    • Schedule desk sanitation during the school day at appropriate transitions

    • Custodial staff routinely clean highly touched surfaces in evenings

  • Desks -- arrange to account for physical distancing as possible

  • Hand sanitizer available in every classroom

  • Integrate good hygiene practices into instruction and classroom expectations

  • Limit the use of shared materials and spaces

    • Keep student belongings separate

    • Avoid sharing supplies

    • Avoid sharing electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids

    • Avoid sharing of music instruments

  • Avoid outside food in the classroom

    • Students eating lunch off campus will not be allowed to bring food into the classroom

    • Class parties will not take place

  • Students and staff use personal water bottles and water bottle filling stations rather than hallway/classroom drinking fountains

  • Every teacher will have Canvas or Seesaw set up for their classroom or course sections

Remote Learning Days

In the event of school closure due to COVID-19, Mid-Del will be prepared to offer a robust remote learning environment for our students. These remote learning days will count as instructional days, with students learning new material with teacher support through Canvas and Seesaw LMS (learning management system). Attendance will be taken.

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers and peers through virtual interactions. Regular support and contact from Mid-Del staff will take place until on-campus class can resume. Remote learning days may extend beyond COVID-19 closures and could include inclement weather or other unforeseen conditions. Devices will be provided to families (rather than individual students) based on identified need and availability.

In the event of a remote learning day, will laptops be given per household/family or per student?

Laptops will be provided for families based on need and availability. Parents/Guardians will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to receiving the devices. Any devices issued during school closure/remote learning will be expected to be returned promptly when school reopens. Families will be responsible for providing internet access.