Norfork High School Plan to Reopen School
BOBBY HULSE-PRINCIPAL KAREN GREVE-TECHNOLOGY
ANNA CANTRELL-COUNSELOR PAM BRAUN-TEACHER
MONICA SHIELDS-SECRETARY STACEY BRADBURY-TEACHER
MAKAYLA RANGEL-SCHOOL NURSE BRAD MORRISON-TEACHER
The purpose of this document is to provide our building employees, students, and parent/guardians with a reasonable set of guidelines to adhere to during the course of opening and conducting school during the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a team, we all agreed that we wanted to make some common sense decisions to help keep school as safe as possible while maintaining as much normalcy as possible. While we cannot guarantee that any individual will not contract COVID-19 while on campus, we have done our very best to set guidelines to minimize this possibility. We also understand that this is a fluid document. Guidelines, requirements, and best practices are quickly changing and will be monitored to determine if and when changes to this plan need to be made. We also cannot plan every scenario that we may encounter throughout the year. In these situations the building and district administration will do their best to make reasonable decisions at that time.
Beginning/Ending of Day Procedures:
Parents will be provided a screening guideline and will be required to screen their child each morning before they come to school.
- Masks will be required when social distancing is not possible, such as hallways, bathrooms, and cafeteria lines.
- Once a student is seated in the classroom with social distancing in place, they may remove their mask.
- If the student has forgotten to bring a mask to school, one will be provided to them by the district.
- If a student refuses to wear a mask without a medical excuse, the parents will be called, said student will need to either put on the mask provided or the parent will need to come and pick up the student.
- Parents/Guardians should remain in the vehicle unless your child needs assistance getting in/out of the vehicle.
- Students getting out of separate vehicles should social distance as they enter the building.
- Students will then be required to go directly to their first period class after stopping at their locker.
- Student will put mask on before entering the building ( Once they are seated in the classroom/cafeteria , they may remove the mask. )
- Parents/Guardians should pull around to the Junior parking lot to wait for your student. Your student will exit out the side door of the building.
- Parents/Guardians should remain in your vehicle unless your child needs assistance getting in/out of the vehicle.
- Students will remain seated with their masks on until the driver opens the door for exit of the bus.
- Only one bus at a time will unload students
- Students will go directly to their first period class after stopping at their lockers. (Once they are seated in the classroom they may remove the mask.)
- Staggered release of students will be implemented for loading and unloading buses.
- All Students will put on a mask to walk to and load the bus.
- Within reason, all classrooms will be set up to promote social distancing.
- All students will leave their mask on until all students are seated and teacher instructs the students that it is safe to remove their mask.
- Teachers will use the last 5 minutes of class to sanitize surfaces.
- All students will wear their masks when in crowded hallways and common areas indoors
- All faculty and staff will wear masks when feasible and when social distancing is not possible. ( hallways, inside common areas, etc. )
- Water fountains will not be available for drinking ( We will provide one water bottle for each student.)
- Bathroom breaks will be monitored to limit the number of students in the bathroom. Students will still be able to use the bathroom at times other than their set break-time, with proper procedures.
- Students should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 30 seconds before leaving the bathroom.
- We are installing motion activated, touch-less, water faucets/soap/towel dispenser in each bathroom.
ACADEMICS (Blended Learning/On Campus):
- All students choosing to participate in on-campus will be using blended learning techniques.
- All teachers will be trained in two Learning Management Systems ( Lincoln Learning and Google Classroom) Which will be important tools for students to access learning should on-campus instruction need to be suspended for a time.
- Teachers will incorporate the technology into the daily instruction so that students are adept in using the LMS.
- Should on campus learning be interrupted or suspended, teachers will provide all students/parents with multiple methods of contact and appropriate times to contact.
- The district will announce the locations of wireless “hot spots” for internet access.
- The district will provide a device (Chromebook) if requested.
- The students may provide a location for parents to print student work. An appointment may be required to access this service.
ACADEMICS (Virtual Learning/Off Campus)
- Parents will have the option to select Virtual Learning (VL) for their child.
- Once the parent chooses VL, the choice will be for the semester. Parents will have the option to review their choice and keep or change their decision at the beginning of each semester.
- Students who choose VL may be allowed to participate in on-campus events/extracurricular activities at the discretion of the building principal.
- The district will announce the locations wireless “hot spots” for internet access. Those who choose VL are responsible for having quality internet access or bringing their child to one of the provided hot spots.
- The district will provide a device (Chromebook) if requested.
- The district may provide a location for parents to print student work. An appointment may be required to access this service.
- Parents are encouraged to provide transportation for their child/children.
- Since social distancing is not feasible, ALL students will be required to wear a mask when riding a school bus.
- When possible, students will sit 1 to a seat and siblings/families may be required to sit together.
- Hand Sanitizers will be mounted at the entrance of all buses and ALL students will use sanitizer each time they enter/exit the bus.
- If your child has specific medical issues that are concerning, please contact the Principal-Bobby Hulse or the Nurse- Makayla Rangel.
- Students with respiratory issues which may be complicated by mask wearing MUST contact the nurse to receive a form for the PCP to complete. This form must be signed by the PCP or your child will be required to follow the mask-wearing procedures set in place.
- Non-district employees will only be allowed in the building if it is absolutely essential.
- Parents/Guardians will remain in the foyer when checking students in /out.
- Visitors who must enter the building will be screened and will proceed immediately to the designated ( instructed) area.
- Visitors will leave the building and campus immediately at the conclusion of said business.
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT CHECKOUT:
There will be some new guidelines put in place for when a parent or guardian comes to the High School to check out a student. This is to limit the traffic from outside sources during this pandemic. Those guidelines will be as follows.
- Parents and/or Guardians will only be permitted into the High School building if they have and appointment. At which time they will be screened before entering the building.
- Persons checking out a student will buzz the office through our notification system in the foyer of the building to let the office know they are there and needing to pick up which student.
- If you are not recognized through the camera, someone from the office will come get your ID to verify you are on the student’s pick up list. (Please have your ID available to this reason.)
- The student will be signed out as usual on the clipboard in foyer.
- The student will then exit the building with whomever is checking them out.
The same procedures will be used for dropping items off to students. Parents will buzz the office and someone from the office will come get the items needing to be dropped off.
There may be policies in the student handbook that will need to be adjusted during the year. The State Board of Education has granted Norfork School District a waiver to be able to change policies that are affected by situations arising from the pandemic as needed during the school year. One example will be the attendance policy. We will certainly need to be lenient and use common sense when students are absent due to factors such as quarantine or possible COVID exposure. As changes are needed, parents and students will be notified.
MEDICAL guidelines are still being decided at the district level.