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2020-2021 MSD Plan for Reengagement
Melissa Blackburn
Friday, July 31, 2020

The Marmaduke School District (MSD) has developed a re-engagement plan with the goal of providing an excellent educational experience while maintaining the safest environment possible.

The District will follow the guidance of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in developing and implementing this plan. The plan will be revised as circumstances change and additional guidance is provided from the ADH and DESE. Be sure to visit the website on a regular basis to stay current on the latest procedures and guidelines.

School will begin in the Marmaduke School District on Monday, August 24, 2020. The date could change if the ADH or DESE sends updated guidance altering the beginning date of school for students.

MSD is offering two options of learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Option one (1) is Blended (On Site) Learning. Option two (2) is Virtual (Off-Site) learning exclusively at home. At this time, there is NOT a plan to schedule alternating days or half days for students. All blended learning (on site instruction) will occur five (5) days a week.

Option 1 Blended Learning (On Site).

Blended Learning provides students a combination of in class instruction from a certified teacher as well as the opportunity to access curriculum and instruction from home if school needs to be closed or the student can’t physically be present in the classroom. Onsite instruction will be provided by a classroom teacher with internet based instruction and videos being used as a supplement. The purpose of blended learning is to prepare students in using technology such as Lincoln Learning, Google Classroom, and Microsoft Teams in the event that instruction must be provided off site for a period of time. Blended Learning also provides students and parents with additional resources that can be used to support the learning process on a day to day basis.

MSD will be using Lincoln Learning (LMS) to fulfill the need for a blended learning curriculum. We will also be using Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams as additional means to meet this requirement. Microsoft Teams will be used as the avenue to provide students with face to face interaction with their teachers if they are not present in the classroom.

Students will attend a full day of school, five days a week, at this time the plan is to not provide half or split days of blended learning.

Option 2 Virtual Learning (Off Site)

Virtual Learning (exclusively off site online learning) is a curriculum that is offered completely online for students. Students will receive instruction in grade appropriate level standards and will include teacher lead, digital and interactive online instruction. Students can expect to spend at least 4-5 hours of daily instruction with expectations of performing independent work. If needed, laptop computers can be checked out in order to participate in virtual learning. Students enrolled in virtual learning will be allowed to participate in clubs and organizations. These students will also be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities such as athletics, choir, and band. The high school principal will work with parents and students to arrange a schedule for participation. If a student participates in extracurricular activities, they will be required to follow the same requirements, such as attendance, as onsite students.

In the event that the school is closed to on site instruction, all students will transition to virtual learning.

Students will be expected to participate in their learning using Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and Lincoln Learning. Students will be required to be online at specific times, and participate in classroom activities, such as face to face online meetings. High speed internet is required in order for students to participate in virtual learning if chosen as the long term option.

Speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dyslexia and mental health services will be offered through tele therapy, with parent consent. Special Education services will be provided as determined by the students IEP through online means. 504 students will also receive the necessary accommodations.

Transportation

At this time, there are no changes to scheduled bus routes. However, routes will be updated as needed to provide the safest and most efficient transportation of students.

Social distancing will be provided on the buses to the extent possible. Students will use hand sanitizer when entering the bus. All buses will be sanitized after each route. Due to the confined area of a bus where physical distancing is not feasible, students 4th grade and up will be required to wear a mask while riding a bus. All mask requirements will be reviewed individually for students with disabilities and students with specialized transportation needs. It is strongly recommended that students below grade 4 wear a mask. Bus drivers will try to work with parents if they want a child below the fourth grade to wear a mask while on the bus.

There may be exceptions for students with special needs and these will be considered on a case by case basis. Students should maintain a distance of six feet apart while waiting on the bus to arrive. Parents should use the current ADH Guidance to screen each student prior to sending the student to board the bus.

Field trips will not be scheduled until ADH and DESE guidance supports them.

Parents

Student drop off and pick up lines will remain the same. However, due to the possibility of additional parents using the drop off and pick up line, it will be possible that changes to the line may be needed.

Parents and guardians will not be able to walk children in the school, but they may walk their child to the school entrance.

Communication with all stakeholders is an important aspect of the plan. The district will utilize the school website, Apptegy, and Facebook in order to provide ongoing and timely communication. Apptegy is a smartphone app that is new for this year. It can be found by searching Marmaduke School District in the app search tool.

Information typically provided during Open House will be provided electronically when possible. In the event that parents and/or students need to pick up items or complete schedules (7-12), the school will provide information regarding procedures and schedules to complete these tasks.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be completed by phone. Teachers will communicate directly with parents at least once per quarter. Priority will be given to communicating with parents whose child is struggling academically, socially, or emotionally.

Health and Safety

Face masks will be required to be worn by students in grades 4-12 when social distancing is not feasible. Students in grades 3 and below may also wear masks and are strongly encouraged to do so when social distancing is not feasible. According to the ADH guidance, face masks should not be used by anyone who has trouble breathing or unconscious; or anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face mask without assistance. Students will be provided with two face masks, but may bring their own provided the design/print does not cause a disruption to the learning environment. A student can wear a sleeve (pulls up from neck) instead of a mask. Bandanas will not be allowed because it is difficult to maintain proper fit and required health performance. Face masks that may cause a disruption to the school environment will be removed and students will be provided a substitute mask. MSD will follow the guidance from ADH in regards to wearing masks. If a student has sensory issues, or any other health related issues that would prohibit him/her from wearing a mask, he/she would not be required to wear the mask. It is recommended that, as appropriate, the expectations regarding an eligible student's wearing of a mask be addressed in the student's IEP or 504 plan.

School staff will not be checking student temperatures each day. Parents will be responsible for screening their children each day before sending them to school. Students should be checked for fever and kept home if the temperature is 100.4 F or higher. Students having fever or other symptoms will be sent home from school.

Parents should use the current ADH Guidance to screen each student prior to dropping children off at school or sending the student to board the bus.

1) Have you had a fever of 100.4 F or greater in the last two (2) days?

2) Have you had a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste and smell?

3) Have you been in contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 within the previous 14 days?

Large group gatherings such as pep rallies and assemblies will not take place until ADH guidance allows.

Additional staff will be in place to continuously disinfect often touched surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, and locker handles.

Water fountains will not be in use. Alternative water sources Students will be able to bring water from home in clear containers. The student’s name must be on the bottle.

Students will receive instruction regarding the importance of frequent hand washing, cough etiquette, and other steps to reduce the risk of spreading infections.

Teachers will disinfect classrooms at times during the day when students are not present.

One way traffic will be used in hallways when possible.

Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and in the cafeteria.

Social distancing will be observed as much as feasibly possible but at times, students could be closer than the recommended 6 ft. apart. When social distancing requirements cannot be maintained students will be expected to wear face coverings. Attempts will be made to redesign classrooms and support spaces to provide the 6ft space between students but the recommended 6 ft. apart may not always be available. Every effort will be made to provide distance but not limit students’ ability to interact and communicate with others in the classrooms. Supplies and materials should NOT be shared by students.

K-6 students will have outdoor play time within ADH guidelines. These guidelines include limiting the number of students on the playground at one time and the disinfecting of equipment between groups of students.

Each teacher will be provided with disinfecting supplies. Custodians will disinfect often touched surfaces throughout the day. Each classroom will be cleaned and disinfected at night. School buses will be disinfected after each route.

Teachers and janitorial staff will be trained regarding the effective and safe use of sanitizers and disinfectants.

Academics

The 2019-2020 school year ended nine weeks before the schedule date. While efforts were made to provide students with rigorous assignments during this time, unfinished learning took place. MSD will utilize the Arkansas Back-to-School Playbook provided by DESE to make sure each student is on track for success.

Students in grades 7-12 will have an opportunity to come to school before the first day in order to receive information such as scheduling, locker assignments, and orientation. The high school principal will be sending out more information regarding this matter at a later date.

Special attention will be provided to kindergarten and first grade students during the first few days of school. The elementary principal will be sending out additional information at a later date.

Grades K-8 will use the Renaissance diagnostic test periodically throughout the year to identify and steer remediation of academic weaknesses.

Grades 9-12 will use the Star Assessment to assess students and identify areas of academic weak areas.

MSD will utilize strategies during the school day as well as after school tutoring to remediate academic weaknesses.

In situations where it is necessary for the student to have a clear view of the teachers’ mouth, such as phonemic awareness, the teacher may use a clear plastic shield instead of a mask.

Students will have special classes (art, music, library, computer lab, and physical education). For physical education, students may go to the gym or outside. For all other special classes, the teacher may go to the classroom to deliver instruction.

Transitions (changing classes) will be unique to each grade level. Up through grade 6, students may not transition for special classes except for PE and recess. Teachers will transition to students. Students in grades 7-12 will transition throughout the school day and will be required to wear masks during transitions. These procedures may change as updated guidance is given by the ADH and DESE. In the elementary school teachers will transition to the classrooms and not the students. The exceptions to this will be for PE and Library. The PE teacher will come to the class and lead the students to the gym. K-2 library will be in the classrooms. The librarian will come to the 3-6 class and lead the students to the library.

Technology

In the event of a school closure, laptop computers will be distributed to each student. Curriculum and instruction will be provided through the internet if it is available in the home. If not, students can access curriculum and instruction by means of hot spots located on the school parking lot, as well as hot spots located around the district and county. If students do not have adequate internet connection and cannot travel to a hotspot, the district will provide thumb drives each week with the needed curriculum and instruction.

Laptops will be checked out from the classrooms under the guidance of the administration and technology department. Laptops will be checked back into each classroom.

If an unanticipated closure occurs students will be able to come to school at scheduled times to check out the needed technology. This process will be done in such a way as to provide social distancing during the process. If a student is unable to come to school to check out the technology then it will be delivered to them.

Nutrition

Elementary students will eat breakfast in their classrooms.

High School students will eat breakfast in the high school cafeteria. Only high school students who are eating will use the cafeteria in the morning. All other students will be provided social distancing in the auditorium, lobby, and/or gymnasium.

Both the elementary and high school cafeterias will be used and lunch schedules may be adjusted so that students can social distance during lunch.

Parents are encouraged to use the EZ Pay program on our website to pay for meals so that exchange of money can be kept to a minimum.

Salad bars will be closed. However, high school students may choose from the main entrée, sandwich line, or chief salad.

Parents and guardians will not be able to eat lunch with their child.

Outside food will not be able to be delivered during the school day.

Students can bring lunch and a drink from home to be eaten during the scheduled lunch period.

Class schedules and teacher assignments may be adjusted if needed to alleviate large classes. Large spaces such as the auditorium and cafeteria may also be used to provide social distancing for large classes.

School Nurses

Unused classrooms will be used so that the school nurses can provide increased space for students while visiting the nurse. If students exhibit Covid-19 type symptoms parents will be contacted and students will be isolated from other students but within the view and constant care of the nurse.

If a student comes to school sick, the school nurse will screen the student and check, their temperature. If the temperature is over the ADH guidance, the student will be sent home and will need to be fever free for 48 hours without medication before returning to school. When the child returns to school they will check in with the school nurse.

The ADH controls the procedures to follow if a staff member or student tests positive for Covid-19. MSD will follow the guidance and direction from the ADH.

If a student needs to see the nurse, the teacher will use the intercom to notify the office or call the nurse directly. The nurse will respond in the same manner to notify the teacher when she is ready to see the students. This process will help insure that the nurse’s office does not get overcrowded. If a student needs assistance to the nurses’ office, assistance will be provided by the nurse or other school personnel.

Miscellaneous

Attendance Policy

A student will be counted present if the student is:

1. Present for onsite instruction provided by the district,

2. Participating in a planned district-approved activity, or

3. Engaged in scheduled instruction at an off-site location, including remote learning.

Visitors

Visitors will not be allowed beyond the elementary and high school foyers.

Outside agencies who are not visitors such as mental health, occupational, and physical therapists will allowed but will be screened before entering the building.

Re-engagement committees will meet with school administrators throughout the year to review and improve upon this plan.