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Hume R-VIII School District

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan (SRCSP)

School year starting August 30, 2021

 

At home before school:

Families are asked to screen students at home for any concerning COVID symptoms before they come to school each day. We ask that you please keep your student at home and consult your primary care physician if necessary if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms. 

Symptoms to watch for:

. Cough

. Fever over 100

. Shortness of breath

. Chills

. Muscle aches

. Sore throat

. New loss of taste or smell

. Vomiting/Diarrhea

 

Any absences occurring during the school year related to illness or quarantine due to COVID will not negatively impact your student’s attendance under the following circumstances: 

Students who are placed in isolation quarantine by the LPHA (Local Public Health Authority) qualify for home bound instruction and must participate in 5 hours of instruction (can be virtual) in order to be considered “present” or school attendance purposes. However, if the student does not participate in this virtual instruction, they must be counted absent. If virtual learning is not possible, packets can be used and will need to be turned in upon return to school. 

All schoolwork will continue to be provided in either paper or electronic form regardless of the students’ participation in the 5 hours of “homebound instruction”.

 

Bus Routes:

Parents are encouraged to transport their children to and from school if possible. This will place fewer students on routes and allow for better social distancing.

Buses will be loaded from the rear to the front with family clusters, regardless of age.

Students will be socially distanced as much as possible on the bus routes.

Bus windows will be open, when possible, to allow for better ventilation.

Masks or face shields are required on buses.

 

Breakfast:

Students should not arrive at the school before 7:35am. Breakfast will be grab and go. Students will report to their first hour class immediately upon arrival. If a student chooses to eat breakfast they will go to the cafeteria, pick up their breakfast, and then go straight to their first hour class to eat it. Vocational students will be able to eat in the cafeteria and will practice social distancing.

 

Lunch:  

Elementary will be divided into 2 lunch periods to promote social distancing. Jr. high and high school will be divided into 2 lunch periods as well. PK will have lunch within their classroom. 

 

Hornet Pride:

Hornet pride will be socially distanced and coordinate with lunches. If you are on A lunch you will be on B hornet pride. If you are on B lunch you will be on A hornet pride.    

 

Classrooms: 

Classes will maintain 6 feet of social distancing between students or as close to 6 feet as possible. 

All areas of the campus are mask friendly and if staff or students wish to wear a mask, they are more than welcome to do so.

Sanitation of desks and high touch surfaces will be completed multiple times throughout the day. Grades 7-12 will sanitize desks at the end of each class period.

We will avoid having students share materials in class whenever possible. Shared materials such as calculators will be sanitized before being used by another student. 

 

Recess:

K-6 will have a staggered recess schedule to minimize co-mingling. Each grade level will need to bring their own equipment (basketballs, footballs, jump ropes, etc.) All equipment should be sanitized after each recess.

                                                                                          

Backpacks:

Backpacks will be permitted. Jr. high and high school students will need to carry as many items as possible within backpacks to cut down on traffic in the locker mall area. We recommend that students carry a box of Kleenex in their backpack.

 

Lockers:

Students will be assigned a locker by the principal. Students should use their lockers as little as possible during passing periods.

 

Restrooms:

Restrooms will be limited to a max occupancy of 4. 

Restrooms will be routinely sanitized throughout the day.

 

Staff/Student wearing masks:

For staff and students, it is recommended that they wear masks or face shields when they are not able to social distance.

 

Students who become ill at school:

If a student becomes ill at school or shows two or more of the before mentioned symptoms, or one serious symptom the student’s parents will be contacted, and they will be sent home to self-monitor with recommendations to contact their primary care physician. If a student or staff member is exhibiting concerning symptoms, they may return to school once they are symptom and fever free for 24 hours or receive a note from a doctor.  

 

Students and staff members with possible COVID:

We will be working closely with the Local Public Health Authority (LPHA) to manage any possible cases of COVID. If confirmation is received that one of our students or staff members has COVID, we will assist them with contact tracing and the LPHA will be responsible for reaching out to anyone considered a close contact. A close contact is identified as being within 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more with a confirmed positive case. The district’s sole source for this confirmation is the LPHA. Any person considered to be exposed to the student or staff member will be quarantined as directed by the LPHA and will be able to re-enter school at the end of their quarantine if no symptoms are present. It is certainly possible that school could be shut down for several days as a result of cases or quarantines.

If a student has confirmed COVID or is placed in quarantine due to contact tracing instruction will continue in a virtual or paper packet format for those students. Staff members will check in with students throughout their absence and provide feedback via email, Google classroom, phone, etc. In order to be considered “present” for attendance purposes, the student must engage in 5 hours of instruction virtually. If virtual learning is not possible, packets can be used and will need to be turned in upon return to school to count for attendance. Phone calls between the students and teachers will be used for collaboration and follow up. All schoolwork will continue to be provided in either paper or electronic form regardless of the students’ participation in the 5 hours of homebound instruction.

 

Re-entry after illness guidelines: 

Current guidelines reflect the following-

Positive cases may return to work or school after isolation as directed by the LPHA if they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours

Contact traced quarantined individuals must remain quarantined for the assigned length of time as dictated by the LPHA.

Notes from doctors are recommended upon returning. 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Participants will be allowed to ride to events with their parents to help decrease the number of students on the bus and allow for better social distancing. Parents are encouraged to haul their students to the events to assist with this. A bus will be sent to events when needed to haul the students whose parents are unable to take them. Social distancing will be maintained on the bus as much as possible. Masks will be required on the bus.

Participants must bring their own drink bottles. Managers will not be allowed to handle individual water bottles. 

Participants will bring their own towels, if needed. Teams will not be able to share towels.

Social distancing is expected when possible if not actively engaged in physical activity.

Masks are recommended if social distancing is not possible when not actively engaged in physical activity.

 

Field Trips: 

All field trip requests will be dealt with on a case by case basis and approval processes will still go through the principal.

 

Other considerations:

All students should bring a water bottle to the school to be filled rather than drinking directly from the fountain. The school is happy to provide a water bottle to anyone who cannot provide their own.

7-12 students will be encouraged not to congregate at their lockers during passing time.

All classes will have mandatory seating charts which will be turned in to the office to assist with contact tracing if needed. 

Visitors to school must seek prior approval from administration to ensure we are able to provide contract tracing to the LPHA.

 

Mitigation Strategy                                                      District Plan  

Masking                                                                          Masks are recommended.

 

Physical distancing and cohorts                                     Social-distancing whenever possible

                                                                                        Mandatory seating charts

                                                                                         Grades PK-6 will remain in cohorts whenever possible.

 

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette                           Students will be frequently reminded to wash hands.

                                                                                         Proper handwashing taught and reinforced.

                                                                                        Sanitizer and tissue provided.

 

Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities,                  Increased cleaning for high touch surfaces. 

including improved ventilation.                                     Upgrades to HVAC as funds and materials are available 

 

Contact tracing in combination with isolation               Contact tracing by the local public health authority

and quarantine, in collaboration with the                       with assistance from LEA.

state, local, territorial, or tribal health dept.                   Quarantine and isolation orders from the LPHA.

 

Diagnostic and screening testing                                    COVID testing is available at the local health 

                                                                                         department and local medical clinics.

                                                                                         Students and staff with concerning symptoms

                                                                                         Will be assessed by the school nurse and sent

                                                                                         home if necessary.  

 

Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators,                District communicates opportunities available

other staff, and students, if eligible.                              in local communities to become vaccinated

                                                                                      if desired. 

 

Appropriate accommodations for children                   Accommodations as necessary or as mandated by 

with disabilities with respect to the health                   Individual Education Plan.

and safety policies.                                                               

 

Continuity of Services:

The district returned to in-person learning in August of 2020 and continues to provide in-person instruction moving forward.

If further interruptions occur with in-person learning due to quarantines or temporary closures, the district will provide instruction online. Students with disabilities will continue receiving services as outlined in their IEP.

The district will continue to provide for the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and staff during in-person or online instruction. Our at-risk coordinator and counselor will be available in-person and virtually to all students and staff.

 

Understandable language: 

The SRCSP is available in languages understandable to stakeholders. The SRCSP will be available in English or Spanish in the district office. Stakeholders who need a copy in another language may contact the office.

 

This plan is relevant as of 8/18/2021. We are required to review the plan and revise, if necessary, at least every six months. (The review will include the following stakeholder groups: students, parents, teachers, and administrators at all levels.) This plan is subject to change as public health guidelines are updated.    

 

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Hume R-VIII School District 

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan 

At this point in time, we expect to begin the school year in phase 2.

 

Phase 1:

School is in regular session. Extra cleaning will take place. 

 

Phase 2:

Social distancing will be in place throughout the school campus. Enhanced handwashing for staff and students as well as enhanced use of hand sanitizer will be in place. Parents will not be permitted into the building for pick-up of their child or drop off. The parent must call ahead of time to set up a meeting to enter the building. Masks will be recommended for any authorized visitor and recommended for all students and staff. Extra cleaning will take place. Extra sanitation methods will be used to keep the school disinfected. Extra cleaning and sanitation will be used on the buses as well.  

 

Phase 3:

Students and faculty will wear masks or face shields when they cannot be social distanced. Masks will be required for any authorized visitor. Continuation of phase 2.

 

Phase 4:

School is shut down. Students will begin 100% online courses. Only administration and janitorial staff will be permitted to enter the building.

 


Parent access to the building:

Phase 2-4:

Parents will no longer be permitted to enter the building to pick up their child. They must wait outside for their child to be released. Preschool and elementary teachers will escort their students out of the classroom and outside for their parents to get them. 


Student arrival:

Phase 2: Administrator and nurse will visually check students entering the school. Asking students how they are doing or looking for signs of symptoms. If a student is thought to show symptoms, they will be referred to the nurse’s station for further examination.

Phase 3: Extension of phase 2. Everyone entering the building may be subject to temperature checks.

 

Hallway passing period:

Phase 2: Lockers will be socially distanced as much as possible. Students will be assigned lockers. Students will be permitted to carry their backpacks and will be asked to use lockers as little as possible.

Phase 3: Extension of phase 2. Students and staff will wear masks or face shields in the hallway. Restricted locker use. Emergencies only.

 

Social distancing in the classroom:

Phase 2: Classes will maintain 6 ft. social distancing between students or as close to 6 feet as possible. 

Phase 3: Extension of phase 2. If a student needs one on one assistance and social distancing is not possible students and faculty are required to wear masks or face shields.

 

Online learning: 

Teachers are to use google classroom as their platform for online learning. If a student chooses the Edmentum option they will use the required courseware for that. 

Phase 2: Teachers will require some assignments online. Students will need to get accustomed to online learning and what the teachers will ask of them.

Phase 3: Extension of phase 2. Teachers will require more online learning assignments and lessons.

Phase 4: 100% online learning. Virtual IEP and 504 needs will be incorporated.

 

Lunch:

Phase 2-3: Elementary will be divided into 2 lunch periods to promote social distancing. Jr. high and high school will be divided into 2 lunch periods as well. PK will have lunch within their classroom.

 

Breakfast:

Phase 2-3: Breakfast will be a grab and go. Students will report to their first hour class immediately upon arrival. If a student chooses to eat breakfast they will go to the cafeteria, pick up their breakfast, and then go straight to their first hour class to eat it. Vocational students will be able to eat in the cafeteria and will practice social distancing.

 

Hornet Pride:

Phase 2-3: Hornet pride will be socially distanced and coordinate with lunches. If you are on A lunch you will be on B hornet pride. If you are on B lunch you will be on A hornet pride.

 

Recess:

K-6 will have a staggered recess schedule to minimize co-mingling. Each grade level will need to bring their own equipment (basketballs, footballs, jump ropes, etc.). All equipment must be sanitized after each recess.


Backpacks:

Phase 2-3: Backpacks will be permitted. Junior high and high school students will need to carry as many belongings as possible within backpacks to cut down on traffic in the locker mall area. We recommend that students carry a box of Kleenex in their backpack.

 

Lockers:

Phase 2-3: Students will be assigned lockers by the principal. Students should use their lockers as little as possible during passing periods.

 

Protocol for positive case:

As case numbers increase or decrease, we will be in constant contact with our local health department. We will move from phase to phase based upon their guidance. 

 

Protocol for symptoms:

Students will be quarantined in the sick bay area. The school nurse will check the student and make a referral. If the student shows 2 or more symptoms, the student’s parents will be contacted and the child will be sent home.

 

Staff/Student wearing masks:

Phase 2: Staff and students are recommended to wear masks or face shields when they are not able to social distance.

Phase 3: Staff and students are required to wear masks or face shields when they are not able to social distance.

 

Bus Routes:

Parents are encouraged to transport their children to and from school if possible. This will place fewer students on routes and allow for better social distancing.  

Buses will be loaded from the rear to the front with family clusters, regardless of age.

Phase 2: Students will be socially distanced as much as possible on the bus routes. Students    and bus drivers are recommended to wear masks or face shields on the bus.

Phase 3: Extension of phase 2. Students and bus drivers are required to wear masks or face shields on the bus. 

 

Bathrooms: 

Phase 2: Bathroom use will be limited to a max occupancy of 4. 

Phase 3: Bathroom use will be limited to a max occupancy of 2.

 

Absences:

All Phases: Any absences occurring during the school year related to illness or quarantine due to COVID will not negatively impact your student’s attendance under the following circumstances:

Students who are placed in isolation quarantine by the LPHA qualify for homebound instruction and must participate in 5 hours of instruction (can be virtual) in order to be considered “present” for school attendance purposes. However, if the student does not participate in this virtual instruction, they must be counted absent.

All school work will continue to be provided in either paper or electronic form regardless of the students’ participation in the 5 hours of “homebound instruction”.

 

Contact Tracing:

All Phases: In the event of a confirmed positive case contact tracing will be done by the local health department and they will be assisted by Hume School Personnel.

 

COVID Testing: 

All Phases: Testing is available at the local health department and local medical clinics.

 

Vaccinations:

All Phases: Vaccinations are available at the local health department and local medical clinics for anyone that is eligible and wishes to receive a vaccine. 

 

Accommodations:

All Phases: Accommodations will be made as necessary or as mandated by an Individual Education Plan with respect to the health and safety policies.

 

Continuity of Services:

-       The district returned to in-person learning in August of 2020 and continues to provide in-person instruction moving forward.

-       If further interruptions occur with in-person learning due to quarantines or temporary closures, the district will provide instruction online. Students with disabilities will continue receiving services as outlined in their IEP.

-       The district will continue to provide for the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and staff during in-person or online instruction. Our counselor will be available in-person and virtually to all students and staff.

 

Understandable Language: 

The SRCSP is available in languages understandable to stakeholders. The SRCSP will be available in English and Spanish in the district office. Stakeholders who need a copy in another language may contact the office.

 

This plan is relevant as of 6/9/2021. We are required to review the plan and revise, if necessary, at least every six months. It will be evaluated again on August 18, 2021. This plan is subject to change as public health guidelines are updated




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Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, families that qualify for free or reduced price meals at school may be eligible for a new one-time Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) of up to $302 per child (Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 12) to help cover the cost of meals students have eaten at home on days that schools have been closed. Students can receive P-EBT benefits even if they have been or continue to receive meals provided by the school district during the school closure. If your child was not previously eligible for free or reduced price meals, but you have now lost income, you may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits (review the P-EBT Eligibility Criteria document below).

The benefit is placed on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card families use to buy food. If you received Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, do not apply for these new/additional benefits. The full $302 will automatically be loaded to your existing EBT card. If you did not receive Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits in March, you must apply for this benefit by June 30, 2020 (see below).

The most efficient way to apply is to submit your application online at EmergencyMealSurvey.com/MO. You will also likely experience a faster approval process. If you’re not able to apply online, you can 

follow the link below to the paper application. The fillable PDF document can then be emailed or mailed to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). You will find complete instructions and additional details in the letter to families below.


Please review these important documents carefully:




· P-EBT Paper Application (hard copy to fill out and email or mail to DESE if you’re not able to submit the application online)



To request a paper application be mailed to you, please contact our Food and Nutrition Services office at XXX-XXX-XXXX. Please do not send completed applications to your school; see the letter to families above for application submission information.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) will send families a letter indicating they are approved or denied. If you have questions on how to apply for the P-EBT benefit, contact DSS through the online chat feature at mydss.mo.gov or call 855-373-4636. For more information on the EBT card, visit: mydss.mo.gov/food-assistance/ebt.


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