High School Guidelines & Parent Choice Form for 2020-2021 School Year

July 28, 2020

Please complete this Remote Learning Survey for the High School.

Entry to Building

  • Temperature/Symptoms Checks in the morning prior to entering building.
  • Students will be assigned a designated entry per their grade level.
  • Students report immediately to classrooms at beginning of school.
  • No classroom visitors.
  • No lunch visitors for students or staff.

Hallways

  • No lockers to start school year. Lockers may be assigned later when the weather gets colder.
  • One-way hallway and stairs in academic wing.
  • Monitored restrooms limiting the number of students in at one time.
  • Signage throughout the building enforcing guidelines.

Academics

  • 2:03 dismissal every day. Eliminate FL and add additional time to class periods. See schedule on next page.
  • Students can choose in person or remote learning. Must opt in to remote learning for full semester.
  • All attendance incentive policies will be removed.
  • No final Exams – First Semester
  • Labs are possible but supplies and materials must be cleaned after every use.
  • Study Halls will be held in classrooms or cafeteria.
  • Staff and student will be trained on all new policies and procedures at the beginning of the school year.
  • Students are allowed to bring personal computers/Chromebooks to school to use during the day.

PE/Weights

  • No dress for PE or weights. No Locker room lockers assigned.
  • PE and Weights will take classes outside as much as possible. This will allow masks to be taken off if students are able to social distance.
  • No more than 50 people will be in the gym at one time.

Class Size/Classrooms

  • 25 max per class - 20 preferred
  • No tables, only desks in the classroom if possible. The desks are all spaced minimum of 4-6 feet apart facing forward. Spacing desks 6 feet apart might not always be possible.
  • Remove some elective courses from the master schedule for this year creating more sections of required courses. Courses no longer being offered: Ag Mech & Tech, Film Study, Accounting, Journalism, Psychology, and Sociology. Current Events will only have 1 section and Adv. Design will be incorporated with Design.
  • Graduation and class load requirements will be adjusted for the Class of 2021. Please see the detailed plan at the end of this document.

Lunch

  • Lunch in cafeteria, gym, library, outside, and possibly one classroom. There will be no more than 50 students in one area.
  • Students will be spaced out allowing for social distancing during lunch.
  • Facemasks can be removed to eat during lunch.
  • No microwaves
  • Limited lunch choices will be offered. Students can bring their own lunches to school.
  • All tables and chairs will be disinfected between lunch periods.

Band and Choir

  • An additional section of Band will be added to schedule to allow for smaller class size.
  • Student will be spaced out within the Band/Choir room according to the NFHS recommendations.
  • Students in choir must keep mask on while singing.
  • Students in band may take off mask to play, but must put mask on if not playing.
  • Percussion players must keep masks on at all times.
  • Conductors must be positioned 10 feet away from singers and band members.
  • Classes will be held outside whenever possible.

Health and Safety

  • All staff and students are required to wear facemask.
  • If a student has a medical reason (physician’s note) stating they can’t wear a facemask, they will have two options.
    • Wear a face shield while at school
  • Choose the Remote Learning option
  • Students clean desk and computer when they enter the room.
  • Use fogger to disinfect classrooms during prep periods. Rooms will be disinfected after school as well. Deep clean and sanitation of building will occur on Wednesday and over weekend.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and throughout the school.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available in every room.
  • Frequent reminders about washing hands and personal safety.
  • Drinking fountains will be unavailable. Water bottle filling stations will be open.

Other

  • No back to school night
  • No field trips
  • No overnight trips
  • No classroom food days



Updated Remote Learning Procedures and Policies

  • Remote Learning (Student Choice)
    • Students will be given a daily schedule to follow.Students are expected to attend class via live stream. If student is unable to attend class, they must communicate with the teacher the reason why and how they will get caught up. This communication must take place the day they miss class.
    • Attendance will be taken on a daily basis. Students must be visible through live stream during class.
    • Live stream classes will be done through Google Meets. Google Classroom will serve as their virtual classroom.
    • Due dates will be set, all assignments will be collected, and grades will be given as if they were in attendance at school.
    • Test and assessments will be given and graded.
    • Mini lesson videos will be created to view or review on a weekly basis.
    • Students needing to take a test or complete labs at the school will be able to do so on Wednesdays when students are not at school.
    • Teachers will have office hours on Wednesday for all students to provide additional assistance.
    • Attendance and grades will be kept in Skyward to help parents monitor student progress. Parents will also be invited to all Google Classrooms so they receive notifications.
    • Remote Learners will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities.
  • Remote Learning for all (Entire school is placed on Remote Learning)
    • Students will have 4 classes per day 4 days a week. Wednesday will continue to be a work day and office hours for the teachers. There will be no live instructions on Wednesdays.
    • Live lessons and video lessons will be available for students.
    • All assignments will be submitted through Google Classroom. Students work will be graded but due dates and grading guidelines may be adjusted.
    • Attendance will be taken on a daily basis.
    • Printed packets will not be provided to students unless required through an I.E.P or 504 plan.
    • Students in need of a device (Chromebook) or internet access will be able to request either or both through the school.

Schedule

8:05-8:53

8:57-9:33

9:37-10:13

10:17-10:53

11:27-12:03

10:57-11:33

12:07-12:43

12:47-1:23

1:27-2:03

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th A

5th B

6th

7th

8th

L10:53-11:23

L11:33-12:03



First Week Schedule

  • Monday - Seniors 8:05-2:03
  • Tuesdays - Juniors 8:05-2:03
  • Wednesdays - Remote Learners (Virtual) 8:05-2:03
  • Thursdays - Sophomores 8:05-2:03
  • Fridays - Freshman 8:05-2:03

Class of 2021

  • First, we recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a negative impact on the Class of 2021. This class has lost opportunities in and out of the classroom, and it appears that will continue into this school year. This return to school plan is designed to help get all students back to in-person instruction. By reducing the MFHS graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 and removing senior level electives, this enables us to lower the average class size throughout the entire school and allow for increased distancing between students. We realize this is not the senior year any of us envisioned for the students, and we know that they have lost
  • a lot, but we will do everything in our power to make the Class of 2021 senior year the best it can be.
  • Graduation requirements for the Class of 2021 will be reduced from 28 to 25 credits, however, all other graduation requirements stay the same.
  • Students will need to take classes they still need to graduate plus electives to reach the 25 credit hours.
  • Students will be allowed to take additional classes if they choose and can take up to 8 classes per semester.
  • Class of 2021 students will have open campus and are not required to stay at school if they do not have a scheduled class. (Similar to Semester Exams)
  • The administration will work with all seniors to ensure they have the classes they need to meet all graduation requirements as well as college admission requirements.
  • Students who plan on participating in IHSA activities must be enrolled and passing a minimum of 5 courses to be eligible to participate. This rule is currently under review by the IHSA and could change.
  • Elective classes available to seniors include: RCC Intermediate Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Stats, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, Anatomy/Physiology II, Zoology, Ag Business, Horticulture/Landscape, Intro to Ag, Band, Choir, Music Appreciation, Intro to Business, Current Events, all Spanish classes, and all Art classes.
  • Informational meetings will be held on August 3rd at MFHS for seniors and parents. There will be 4 different meetings and we can have no more the 45 people attend each meeting. This will be a great opportunity for students and parents to ask questions and make decisions about their 2020-21 schedules. We will also be able to answer question about RCC dual credit courses, Illinois Virtual School options, and the Heartland Tech Academy. If you would like to attend one of the meetings, please sign up HERE. Please include the names of everyone attending.

Bus Transportation

  • If possible, students and parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation to and from school.
  • Students will be screened by a bus monitor before entering a bus (temperature checks done and hand sanitizer distributed).
  • Students will have assigned seats.
  • Family members will be seated together whenever practical.
  • All drivers and students will be required to wear a mask during transportation.
  • Windows will be open for cross ventilation when possible.
  • Number of students on buses will be fewer than 48 (no more than 2 per seat).
  • Routes will be adjusted to accommodate as needed.
  • Drivers will wipe down high touch surfaces after each route.
  • Buses will be fogged after each route.
  • Students will only be allowed to ride their assigned bus.
  • Parents must inform the school district if they are using bus transportation or driving their children to school.
  • The choice for bus transportation or not is a commitment for the entire 1st semester.

2020/2021 BUILDING CLEANING/DISINFECTING PROTOCOL

Below are instructions and guidelines for daily classroom cleaning and disinfecting. These are minimum standards that must be followed to insure cleanliness and prevent the spread of disease.

*Each classroom will be equipped with sanitizer and disinfectant/cleaning supplies. Personal protective equipment will also be available in each room.

Custodians:

Normal daily cleaning schedules will be followed as well as extensive disinfecting procedures. CDC guidelines will be used to insure proper disinfecting of buildings.

1. Daily classroom/library/office cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Floor sweeping

Emptying of trash

Vacuuming of rugs if present

Disinfecting all hard surfaces (tables, desks, chairs)

Disinfecting high touch areas (door handles, door frames, handles and fixtures)

At minimum once daily disinfectant fogging of these areas

2. Common area cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Floor sweeping

Vacuuming of carpet if present

Disinfecting all hard surfaces (benches, tables etc.)

Disinfecting outside surface and handles of lockers

At minimum once daily disinfectant fogging of common areas

3. Restroom cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Multiple cleanings throughout the day following a set schedule

Disinfectant fogging will take place daily in all restrooms.

Repetitive disinfecting of restroom fixtures, knobs, and handles

4. Cafeteria cleaning will include but not be limited to:

Floor sweeping

Emptying of trash

Hard surface disinfecting (tabletops, chairs)

At minimum once daily disinfectant fogging of cafeteria

(If lunch is provided in classrooms, additional instruction will be added)

*All other areas of building not listed will follow a similar disinfecting and cleaning schedule

Teachers- All teachers will be asked to clean and disinfect their personal workspace. This will include their desk, chair, phone, computer and small desk items. Keeping a small amount of things on the desk surface will make the process easier. Cleaning must be done daily and is recommended to be done at the end of each day.

Work Schedule

Custodial work hours could exceed a normal 40-hour workweek. This may include extended hours throughout the week or additional hours on the weekend.

In additional to our normal custodial staff, Wednesdays will potentially include the participation of bus drivers and kitchen staff. A set schedule will be provided to these additional staff, and they will work their normal amount of daily hours. These employees will be involved in disinfecting of the buildings under the guidance of custodians and Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.


COVID-19 Supplies Purchased (as of July 21, 2020)

The following items related to school disinfecting have been purchased. These supplies are intended for COVID-19 related cleaning and protection equipment and are in addition to our normal cleaning supplies.

6 handheld corded disinfecting foggers

2 handheld battery disinfecting foggers

8 manual 2 gallon disinfecting sprayers

8 manual 1 gallon handheld disinfecting sprayers

(48) 20oz handheld sprayers

40 gallons of non-toxic disinfectant to be used with above listed sprayers

6 cases of Virextb disinfectant

64 gallons of bleach

6 cases of foaming disinfectant cleaner

8 gallons of disinfectant concentrate

Hand Sanitizer- Adding to this daily

(24) 64 oz. refill bottles

(75) 16 oz. pump bottles

15 floor stands and no touch sanitizing stations (ordered but not yet received)

Wipes- Adding to this daily

50 containers

PPE

20 boxes of gloves (1000 pair total)

2400 disposable masks

150 face shields

Plexiglass shields for GS/HS office areas and MS/HS kitchen areas

Signage- Work in progress

(10) 50 ft. rolls of floor signage

(50) 8” keep six-foot distance floor decals

Multiple wall signs


Frequently Asked Questions

(As of July 23, 2020)*

* Please refer to the date of the FAQ as we anticipate answers to change.

What is the first day for students?

We have changed the first day of school to not be on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 but rather depending on your child’s grade will start on the week of Monday, August 31. More details from the building principal will be send out regarding the opening week schedule. Planning demands and COVID-19 data support this change. The school year will end June 4 then instead of May 27.

Will face coverings be required?

The Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring all individuals inside school buildings to wear a face covering at all times except while eating and during band. Unless this changes, we will have to require all students and staff to wear them while on school property.

Do we need to provide masks for our students or will they be provided?

Yes, parents need to provide masks for their children. The schools are equipped with masks in case a mask gets lost or is dirty.

Will bus transportation be provided?

We will continue to provide transportation for students. We understand some families may prefer to avoid having their student on a bus and will transport their child to and from school. Students will be required to wear a face covering when riding the bus. And, we plan on temping students upon boarding the bus.

How normal will the day be for a student?

We are all adjusting to a new normal, but we strive to continue to provide a nurturing, educational environment. Frequent and regular sanitation will occur throughout all facilities and buses each day.

Will students at the elementary school still have extra classes like PE, art, music, guidance, and library?

Classes like band and PE are still being analyzed so that we can provide the safest environment possible to our students. All other extra classes will continue as planned but may be adjusted slightly by taking place in the student’s classroom to reduce the amount of cleaning necessary.

Will my elementary student still have recess?

Yes, students will still have outdoor play time with physical distancing observed as much as is possible and practical. At this time, playground equipment will not be used.

Will physical distancing guidelines be observed?

As much as is possible and practical, physical distancing will be observed. At times when students will be closer than 6 feet, such as class exchanges, students will be in face coverings. Practically, 2 to 4 feet distancing with masks will be more of the normal reality.

Will classrooms be arranged differently to protect students?

Classrooms and cafeteria spaces will be redesigned to increase the space between students. We cannot guarantee it will be 6 feet, but we will do our best to space out students.

Will students attend school every day, or will we have some type of alternative schedule?

Parents will have the choice between sending their kids to school for in-person learning or keeping children home for remote learning. We ask that parents commit to one or the other for the entire semester.

In order to provide our students with both learning options and to give our teachers time to prepare plans for two types of student learning options, our school days will end earlier 2:03/2:13 M, Tu, Th, F, and Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all. And, we will be able to deep clean the school mid-week as well as on weekends

If an individual should test positive for COVID-19, what will happen?

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, we will follow the latest guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. This could result in a brief closure of a single school or the district as a whole while the school is sanitized and contact traced. The local and state Health Departments control the decision on school closures related to COVID-19

Will students and adults be screened daily?

Yes, we are working on a plan to do just that. We are also contemplating a plan to have parents self-certify that their children are safe to come to school. More details to come.

If I don’t want my student to return to a traditional classroom, what are my options?

We are offering remote learning to all of our families. We realize some students are high risk or live in a home with a high-risk family member.

If a student is enrolled in Online Learning, will they be able to participate in extracurricular activities?

Yes, but you must be in our Remote Learning option and this does not apply to Homeschooling.

Will Online Learning students be provided with a device?

We will be surveying students who want Remote Learning now so that we can determine who needs internet access or a device to complete Remote Learning assignments. We are also working on a long term plan to supply all of our students with Chromebooks.

Will internet service be provided at my home?

We will make sure all students have the ability to work from home as needed by providing Hotspots.

Will we have an open house?

We must stay at 50 people or less for these type of events so open houses will not occur as normal. We are looking into what modifications can be made so that we can still hold an open house in some fashion.

Will lunch time be in the classroom?

We will make every effort to continue to feed students while maintaining appropriate physical distancing during mealtimes. Traditional water fountains will not be available to students, but the bottle filler fountains will. We are working on spaces in and around our cafeteria spaces to accommodate lunch periods but yes, it is a possibility that students may eat in their classrooms.

Will I be able to come to the school and eat lunch with my student or deliver food for them?

Access to the buildings will be limited to essential business only.

What special precautions will be implemented in regard to cleaning and sanitizing?

High-touch surfaces will be cleaned routinely throughout the day. All school buildings will be deep cleaned on Wednesdays and weekends as well as the normal overnight cleaning schedules.

If a student comes to school sick, what will happen?

The school nurse will screen the student and check their temperature. If the student has a temperature that is above the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, the student will be sent home. Before the child can return to school, parents will need to show a negative COVID test, and the child will need to be fever free for 72 hours without medication.

How will you help fill any gaps my student has from the previous year?

Students will be assessed and missed essential standards will be addressed when students return.

What happens if we have school closures again?

If we are forced to shut down, we will provide Remote Learning to our students. We are working to improve Remote Learning for all students.

Will our students have the same arrival and dismissal times?

We anticipate arrival times being the same or close to the same and dismissal times will be adjusted to 2:03 at grades 6-12 and 2:13 for grades PreK-5.

What advice do you have for students with special needs (autism, asthma, panic attacks, anxiety, etc.) or students with weakened immune systems and pre-existing conditions?

It will be up to parents to determine what is best for their children at this time, whether that is In-Person learning or Remote Learning.

What will happen if a student refuses to wear a mask and/or is having difficulties keeping the mask on?

We will work collaboratively with the student and parents to come up with a game plan to meet the mask requirement. If this cannot be achieved the Remote Learning option will need

to happen. If there is a signed off doctor’s note not requiring the mask another option might be to use a face shield/plexiglass barrier in an isolated classroom. All situations case by case.

Why are you not offering a 5 day In-Person option?

Our survey data along with special circumstances causes us to offer a Remote Learning option. If we have to provide an In-Person Learning experience AND provide Remote Learning at the same time, it is not possible at this time to offer In-Person 5 days a week.

If a vaccine becomes available, will students or staff be required to get one?

We are unable to answer that question at this time.

What will be the expectations for the Remote Learning Day for ALL on Wednesdays?

No new material will be taught. No live streaming will be conducted. Assignments will be made for that day related to practicing skills already learned. Teachers will hold “office hours” and be available to support students.

What are the requirements for the type of masks that must be worn?

The mask should fit snugly around the mouth and nose. Have more than one mask so they can be laundered daily.

Can my child ride a friend’s bus home?

No. At this time, we must be consistent with same group of students on a bus.

Will the plan that was released in July of 2020 be applied to 2nd semester?

We are unable to answer that question at this time. However, we anticipate that our 2020-21 school plan could change at any time during the course of the 1st semester. It is likely we will have a different plan for 2nd semester. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the 2nd semester plan and be able to make different or other choices depending on what that plan looks like. Everyone must be flexible as changes are anticipated.


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For more information about the 2020-2021 school year please click here.


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