Return to Learn Plan
1. All parents will be asked to ensure their children are free of all known Covid-19 symptoms before sending them to school each day. Symptoms may include:
· Fever, greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or chills
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
Existing Law provides that anyone with a communicable disease is prohibited from attending a private or public school. It is the duty of the parent or guardian, and the school, to exclude such persons from school until the period of isolation or quarantine ordered for the case expires or until permission has been given by local health officers. See 63 O.S. § 1-507
2. All students and staff will have temperatures checked before entering the classrooms. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more will be sent to the isolation room and further evaluated by the school nurse.
3. Students who arrive at school with any of the known symptoms listed above will be isolated at school until a parent/ guardian arrives and then will be sent home for 10 days or until cleared by a medical doctor as being Covid-19 negative and fever free for 3 days with no fever reducing medication.
· If a parent notifies the school that their child has a known symptom as listed above and informs the school, they will keep their child home, the student will receive an excused absence.
· A parent that contacts the school in regards to their child that is experiencing any of the known symptoms, but has a doctors’ note that they are being treated for the cause of the symptom(s), are not contagious, and are fever free for 3 days with no fever reducing medication, will be allowed to send their child to school.
4. Parents will notify the school if student has had known close contact (more than 10 minutes of contact in less than 6 feet of space) with a person who is lab confirmed to have Covid-19 and if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days.
· Student will quarantine at home until 14 days after their last contact with person.
· Student may continue lessons through distance learning and will be counted as present if distance learning attendance guidelines are followed.
5. If a student or staff member becomes infected and tests positive for COVID-19, that person will be isolated at home for 10 days from date of positive test.
6. After being informed of a COVID-19 positive student or staff member that has been on campus:
· An effort will be made to identify and close areas of the school building where the individual spent more than 30 minutes. After a minimum 24-hour period, school staff will disinfect the area with approved cleaners in accordance with CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health guidelines.
· The district will contact Cherokee County Health Department and report the case. We will follow their recommendations for contact tracing, quarantines, and closures.
7. At any time we feel that it is in the best interest of our students and staff or we can no longer reasonably meet the most recent CDC and OSDH guidelines, we will transition to Distance Learning Parents will be notified of school closures, positive cases, or quarantines via phone call, letter from the district, or school website.
Protocols and Guidelines for Parents and Students:
Woodall School will follow the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s, Oklahoma Schools Safety Protocol. It provides recommendations in the categories of instruction, health protocols, and activities. The document uses the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s, Covid-19 Alert System, and its color categories, by county, to guide the recommendations. For your information, here is a link to the Oklahoma Schools Safety Protocol https://sde.ok.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/Oklahoma%20School%20Safety%20Protocols.pdf
2. The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to determine the level of masking appropriate for the District given the circumstances in the community. The Superintendent shall designate a level of masking consistent with the following:
Level 1: All individuals—including students, staff, and visitors—may wear masks while on school premises or while engaged in school-sponsored activities. Though mask usage is optional, the District highly encourages individuals to wear masks.
Level 2: Staff and visitors must wear masks on school premises or while engaged in school-sponsored activities. Students are highly encouraged to wear masks but are not required. Students must wear masks on school bus.
Level 3: Staff and visitors must wear masks on school premises. Students on school premises or engaged in school-sponsored activities must wear masks in situations where social distancing is unlikely or impossible but may otherwise remove their masks. For example, students must wear masks on school buses and when traveling outside classrooms but may not be required to wear masks in classrooms. Teachers may determine when students are required to wear masks in their classrooms, subject to administrative approval.
Level 4: All individuals—including students, staff, and visitors—must wear masks while on school premises, on school buses, or while engaged in school-sponsored activities.
The Superintendent shall provide notice to the school community about the level of masking that is to be required. When mask wearing is not mandated, individuals who prefer to wear a mask may do so. As warranted under the circumstances, the Superintendent may designate a different level of masking at any time and will provide timely notice of any change in masking level to the school community.
AS OF AUGUST 10, 2020, WOODALL’S LEVEL OF MASKING IS LEVEL 3
3. Students will be required to bring their own face mask and must have one each day.
4. While it will be difficult, every effort will be made to maintain distance between the students at school, when possible.
5. The first day of school for students is August 20th.
6. Students and staff will wash hands frequently. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available in every classroom and disinfecting wipes will be provided.
7. Students may not arrive at school before 7:30 a.m. School gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and students will go directly to their classroom. There will be no supervision before 7:30 a.m. The school day will start at 8:00 a.m.
8. Breakfast will be served in the classrooms for grades 1 – 4. Grades 5-8 will go to cafeteria upon arrival and get a grab-and-go breakfast to take back to the classroom. PK and K students will eat breakfast in the cafeteria.
9. The district will restrict entrance inside the school buildings to students and staff only. Parents are encouraged to conduct all school business via phone, text, or email. All visitors to the school will be required to remain in the school office away from student populations. The office will have plexiglass sheeting across the office counters to shield patrons and staff from each other.
10. While on campus, parents/guardians agree to face coverings and maintain social distance of six feet.
11. Students will need to bring a clean, non-breakable water bottle to school each day. Drinking fountains will be closed and we will use water bottle fill stations.
12. Students in grades PK-5, will stay with the same students and the same teacher as much as possible.
13. Students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th will stay with the same students in one classroom. Teachers will travel to the classrooms to provide instruction.
14. Students in grades 7th and 8th will utilize lockers that are spaced out. No student will share a locker and students will go to lockers in small groups (3-5). 6th grade textbooks and supplies will be placed in cubbies.
15. Every student will have an electronic device checked out to them to use daily and to take home if needed for distance learning. Computer labs will be closed.
16. Hot spots will be available for families that do not have internet access at home during distance learning.
17. Students will not share devices, supplies, and materials if possible.
18. Students will sit with their class while at lunch, in the cafeteria. Cafeteria schedule will be adjusted to provide social distancing. Cafeteria tables will be sanitized before next class enters.
19. Only one class of students will play on the playground at a time. Playground will be disinfected frequently.
20. The district will regularly maintain and disinfect all high traffic areas such as halls, bathrooms, gym, cafeteria, etc. This will help with the spread of the virus, but it will NOT guarantee that someone may contract the virus on campus.
21. We will use the e-Hall Pass program to limit student numbers in the restrooms, halls, office, and library.
22. Open House/Meet the Teacher night is canceled. You will be contacted by a teacher and informed about the beginning of school. Parents and guardians are asked to prepare any questions they may have about school start up and be prepared to ask them when contacted by the teacher.
23. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held remotely. There will be no regular parent/teacher meetings on campus or in person this year. For the normal conferences held twice a year, parents will be contacted by their child’s teacher to be informed about student progress.
24. Students who plan to start school in Distance Learning, either Blended or Online only, will need to attend an orientation session on August 18th to pick-up electronic devices, textbooks, paper packets, and sign a learning contract. Only one parent may attend with the student and face coverings are required.
25. There will be no field trips, classroom parties, assemblies, or large group activities until further notice.
26. Parents with students involved in extracurricular activities must understand and accept the risks involved with those activities. 7th/8th athletics and chorus will have 7th and 8th grade students combined for that hour.
27. We will offer the afterschool program until 5:15 pm. Students will be grouped by grade level and stay with that group. All protocols in this document, apply to the afterschool program.
28. Extracurricular activities have been postponed until September.
29. Code of Conduct: Students enrolling for in-person learning are expected to adhere to all public health guidelines, protocols, and procedures. Attendance at school will serve as agreement to these terms.
30. Parents who are not comfortable with their children returning to campus will be given an option of other pathways for learning. Please contact the counselor or principal.
Protocols and Guidelines for Bus:
1. Every effort will be made to social distance students on the bus. Student’s will have assigned seats and will need to stay in that seat. Seating charts will be filled out and provided to the Cherokee County Health Department to assist in contact tracing
2. We encourage parents to transport their child to and from school if possible.
3. Because social distancing on the bus will be difficult, bus drivers and students will be required to wear a mask while on the bus.
4. All bus routes will run with some windows down (weather permitting), creating as much air circulation as possible.
5. Parents must take their child’s temperature before student gets on bus. Student’s temperature will not be taken by bus driver before riding a bus in the morning. Student will have temperature taken upon arrival to campus.
6. Buses will be disinfected at completion of morning and afternoon routes.
Protocols and Guidelines for Staff:
1. Teachers will remove all furniture and items that are not easily sanitized from inside the classroom.
2. Teachers will remove all furniture and items that are not essential to the classroom. This will allow for better social distancing.
3. Teachers will position essential classroom furniture and items in a strategic manner, creating the most possible distance between student’s desks. Students will have assigned seats and will need to stay in that seat as much as possible. Seating charts will be filled out and provided to the Cherokee County Health Department to assist in contact tracing.
4. Staff will teach all students good hygiene habits as recommended by the CDC.
5. Staff will frequently sanitize all high traffic areas such as door handles, counters, small group tables and classroom items. The district will regularly maintain and disinfect all high traffic areas such as halls, bathrooms, gym, cafeteria, etc. This will help with the spread of the virus, but it will NOT guarantee that someone may contract the virus on campus.
6. Staff will continually monitor student’s health. Students will be sent to the nurse’s isolation room for further evaluation if a student begins to display any known symptoms of the Covid-19 virus.
7. Staff will be provided with face masks, shields, and gloves.