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2021-2022 Pandemic Plan

2021-2022 Pandemic Plan

 

The Black Hawk School District has approved the COVID-19 opening plans for the 2021-2022 school year.  The plan was passed on Monday ,July 12 by the Black Hawk School Board.  The plan incorporates in-school face to face instruction with Covid-19 mitigation strategies, based on current disease metrics. Included in this document are the strategies the district will implement dependent on current metrics.

 

MS/HS students who are in virtual instruction due to a quarantine will be expected to follow the schedule of their classes - engaging in their classes as they occur within the school day. Virtual will not be an option for the 2021-2022 school year. It may be used for quarantined or home-bound students.

 

The current in-school instructional school day will run from:

 

                                   8:05 a.m. - 3:24 p.m.  Instructional Day

The schedule will return to normal for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

The beginning of the 2021-2022 school year will be August 30. The first two days of school are technically considered “Summer2School” days which are used to acclimate students to new classes, protocols, and routines.

 

The following are the Covid-19 mitigation strategies that will be implemented as new procedures of the 2021-2022 school year:

 

Green/Yellow/Red Status

The district will use three different statuses to determine which mitigation strategies are implemented.

 

Green - no active cases in the school (students or staff), Community transmission is low (0-9 new cases per 100,000 persons in the last 7 days), Percentage of Positive test in the past 7 days <5%

 

Yellow - 2 or less active cases in the school (students or staff), Community transmission is moderate or low  (0-49 new cases per 100,000 persons in the last 7 days), Percentage of Positive test in the past 7 days <7.9%

 

Red - More than 2 active cases  in the school (students or staff),

or

 *Community transmission is moderate or low  (0-49 new cases per 100,000 persons in the last 7 days), Percentage of Positive test in the past 7 days >8%

or

* Community transmission is substantial or high  (>50 new cases per 100,000 persons in the last 7 days), Percentage of Positive test in the past 7 days <7.9%

or

* in the school (students or staff), Community transmission is  substantial or high  (>50 new cases per 100,000 persons in the last 7 days),  Percentage of Positive test in the past 7 days >8%

 

Health Checks

Parents and Staff Must Conduct Health Checks Daily

Each child’s parent must assess their child for any of the following symptoms. If the child has any of the symptoms the child shall be kept home and it is recommended they are taken to a doctor. Each staff member must do a health check on her/himself.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher

 

Students will be monitored during the school day. If a student presents any symptoms of illness they will be sent to the office. Students will be required to wear masks if the school is in a yellow or red status when reporting to the office with any illness. Teachers/support staff will notify the office and children will be escorted by available staff.

 

Students that are suspected of possibly being infected with CORONA-19 will be quarantined in one of the following areas until a caregiver can pick the child up:

  • Office bathroom
  • Area in office to the left of the entry
  • Nurses office

 

Office staff will be trained in appropriate protocol to handle a potentially infected child.

 

  • Students who get bumps, bruises, etc. can be handled by the classroom teacher and recorded in the binder as usual

 

Personal Protective Equipment(PPE)

Face coverings for the purpose of mitigating transmission of viruses by the student/parent’s choice may be worn at any time.

Transportation/Bussing This is currently a federal rule for all public transportation which includes school busses

Families will be contacted to confirm if children will be riding the bus

  • Face coverings shall be  worn by drivers & riders.
  • There will be assigned seats and the busses will be filled from back to front and released from front to back to limit contact.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance of the bus
  • Windows will be opened on the busses when the weather allows
  • Bus unloading will be at staggered times
  • Students will be directed to different entries dependent on grade level
  • Students with disabilities and other considerations will be allowed to ride without masks
  • Drivers will spray disinfectant throughout the bus and wipe off commonly touched areas  routinely.

 

School Entry & Morning Procedures

Students will enter the building at designated locations

 

Green - Face covering will not be required, students may report to lockers/ cubbies and breakfast

 

Yellow - elementary students will be required to wear face coverings, students may report to lockers/ cubbies and breakfast

 

Red - All students will wear face coverings upon entering the doors.. Students will proceed immediately to their classroom (MS/HS students will proceed to their 1st period class).

 

  • MS/HS students will not have access to lockers before the beginning of the school day. Students will be allowed to have backpacks during the school day to carry class supplies and textbooks. Breaks during the first and last periods of the day will be created for students to visit lockers. This will be done on a class by class basis.
  • Electronic devices will be placed in school lockers during the 1st period locker break for both middle school and high school students.
  • Breakfast will be delivered to first period classrooms or homerooms for elementary. 

 

Hygiene Procedures

Social stories, visuals (posters displayed in rooms, hallway, bathroom) with hygiene protocol  will be used to encourage appropriate hygiene. Staff will be trained on all hygiene and safety protocols to protect students and staff.

 

  • All staff will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among students and staff.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all entries to the building and classrooms. Whenever an individual enters/exits a room they are expected to use hand sanitizer.
  • There will be scheduled bathroom breaks for hand washing and using the restroom.
  • In the elementary teachers will spray disinfectant on desks and other surfaces when children leave the room for lunch and some specials. The disinfectant kills gems as it evaporates.
  • MS/HS teachers will be encouraged to spray the desks with a bleach solution on a routine schedule
  • Drivers will be encouraged to spray a disinfectant throughout the bus and wipe off commonly touched areas in a routine manner
  • A schedule will be developed to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces (e.g., playground equipment, door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains)
  • Shared equipment will be limited and when necessary disinfected between uses
  • Students and staff will need to use water bottles for water

 

Locker/Cubby Usage

 

Green - lockers and cubbies may be accessed as allowed by teachers and during passing periods

 

Yellow - lockers and cubbies may be accessed as allowed by teachers and during passing periods

 

Red -

  • Teachers will  monitor cubby use within self-contained elementary classrooms
  • Lockers will not be accessed by students prior to the first period or between periods. Staggered  scheduled breaks  will be used for students to visit their lockers during 1st and the last periods, as well as prior to their lunch break.

 

Virtual Learning

The district has implemented Schoology district wide. Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) which will be used for communicating and sharing instruction with students and parents. The format will be similar at all grade levels with age appropriate adjustments being implemented.

 

Virtual Learning will not be offered as an optional instructional strategy for the 2021-2022 school year. Students who are quarantined will be required to engage in classes via virtual learning. Students who are homebound due to a medical or other emergency will be offered virtual learning.

 

Families who request homebound instruction must have  signed medical documentation. Administration will have final approval for homebound instruction requests.

 

Student Training

Schoology is the Learning Management System (LMS) that 4K-Grade 12 will utilize to support student learning.

  • Staff will utilize schoology throughout the day to get students familiar with the system by having students submit assignments, conferences, etc.. 
  • Mr. Firgens and Mrs. McCauley will use their time with students to have  students log in and practice specific skills on the schoology platform.
  • Common practices will be implemented in all classes and grade levels for ease of use for students and staff, appropriate grade level adaptations will be made
  • Ground rules will be established in the first 2 weeks of school with the students and expectations regarding assignments, using schoology, etc.

 

Virtual Instruction

If a student needs to engage in virtual learning due to quarantine or being homebound the following will apply.

Students will be provided specific training related to each of the following areas:

  • Online etiquette training (youth protection training)
  • Use of Schoology as LMS 4k-12
  • MS/HS students will be expected to follow the schedule of their classes - engage in the class as it is occurring at school. This means that they will be scheduled in a minimum of seven courses each semester.
  • All teachers will follow specific lesson plans that will support new learning of and command of appropriate standards
  • The district will emphasize  recording of lessons that can be accessed at home, whenever a child is quarantined or otherwise needs to access virtual learning.

 

Technology

The district is 1:1 with Chromebooks. The district has classroom sets for ECH-5 and will issue a Chromebook to each child in grades 6-12. Each Chromebook in the classroom sets will be assigned to an individual child..

 

The District will use the 1:1 initiative in the following manner:

  • To support virtual learning via Schoology and supporting technology
  • Students will  keep the same chromebook from year to year.
  • Chromebooks are returned at the end of each school year for maintenance and redistributed at the beginning of each school year.
  • Chromebooks will be distributed during the open house or on the first day of school
  • Proper protocol for use of equipment and computer issue tickets will be funneled through the students 1st period teacher. Students will not be allowed to send tickets to TC Networks.

 

Accommodations

  • Students who have unique needs will be given special considerations to assist their learning.

Red -

  • Students with needs that demand face-to- face instruction will be provided the opportunity to attend school in person when virtual learning is implemented if the circumstances allow.

 

Field Trips/Gatherings

  •  Administrative approval will be  required for all field trips
  •  Travel/destinations need to meet district PPE/social distancing requirements. Dependent on the green/yellow/red  status
  • Parent - Teacher conferences will be in person unless we are in the RED status

 

Open House:

  • No meal will be served
  • 1 PM until 7 PM time frame
  • Chrome books will be handed out at open house to 6-12 students, and  assigned in elementary

 

School Transitions

Green - transition as in normal years

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 intervention & enrichment will be held in classroom cohorts

 

Yellow - elementary students must wear face coverings

  • Social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible (3’ as recommended by the CDC)
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 intervention & enrichment will be held in classroom cohorts

 

Red -

  • Students must wear masks when transitioning
  • Social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible (3’ as recommended by the CDC)
  • Elementary students will not be in the hallway at the same time as MS/HS students.
  • MS/HS transition times between classes will be staggered by grade levels.
  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 intervention & enrichment will be held in classroom cohorts
  • Tier 3 interventions will still happen outside of the classroom as required by law.

 

Bathroom Breaks

Green - resume pre-Covid protocol

 

Yellow - elementary must wear face-coverings

 

Red -

  • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings
  • MS/HS restroom breaks will be scheduled by class.  Access to the restrooms and refill stations will not be allowed during hallway transition time.
  • Students will be required to use hand sanitizer leaving & entering room

 

Emergency Drill Procedures

The district will use the following protocol for emergencies

  • Immediate emergency takes priority over Covid transmission

 

Green - pre-Covid practices

 

Yellow  - pre-Covid practices w/elementary wearing masks

 

Red -

  • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings
  • Practice drills in small groups, versus school wide, only doing actual drills when necessary
  • Face coverings and social distancing will be used as much as practicable.

 

Food Service (Breakfast/Lunch

 

Green - resume pr-covid practices, maintain 3’ distancing when can be accomplished

 

Yellow - 3’ distancing when spacing can be accomplished, elementary wear masks to and from lunch, remove face coverings while eating and drinking

 

Red -

  • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings
  • Students will eat breakfast in classrooms
    • Elementary will have breakfast delivered to the rooms.
    • MS/HS students will “grab their breakfast as they enter the building.

 

  • Lunches will served as follows:
    • Elementary classes will be served in the cafeteria with the exception of 4th and 5th, which will be served in the classrooms
    • Lunch times were adjusted to allow for social distancing
    • MS lunches will be served in the upper and lower commons
    • HS lunches will be served in the upper and lower commons
      • Warrior Pass- accepted for seniors with parent permission.
    • Additional seating will be added to accommodate numbers and social distancing

 

Recess

Green -

  • Divide the playground area into sections-black top, equipment, 2 grass areas.
  • Assign cohorts to specific areas per day with a maximum of 3 grades on playground max

 

Yellow -

  • Divide the playground area into sections-black top, equipment, 2 grass areas.
  • Assign cohorts to specific areas per day with a maximum of 3 grades on playground max
  • No face covering required while students are outside

 

Red -

The following protocol will be implemented to mitigate risk during recess times:

  • Staggered recess times for elementary
  • Provide additional locations for recess (i.e. - behind the football bleachers)
  • Divide the playground area into sections-black top, equipment, 2 grass areas. 
  • Assign cohorts to specific areas per day with a maximum of 3 grades on playground max.
  • Rotate assigned areas daily
  • Require hand sanitization before and after recess
  • MS use of other outdoor spaces for “recess”  north end of gym parking lot/bleachers//behind bleachers…
  • Possibility of outdoor sitting area
  • No face covering required while students are outside

 

Specials

  • Students will use their own supplies as much as possible
  • It is recommended that shared resources will be sanitized on a regular basis

 

Athletics/Co-Curriculars

Waiting for further WIAA guidance before action is taken

 

Visitors/Volunteer

Green -

  • Regular volunteers for educational purposes are allowed under the following conditions:
    • They follow a regular schedule
    • Administrative approval has been given
    • All district PPE and Hygiene is followed

 

Yellow -

  • Regular volunteers for educational purposes are allowed under the following conditions:
    • They follow a regular schedule
    • Administrative approval has been given
    • All district PPE and Hygiene is followed
  • No parent/caregivers in the building for drop off or pick up of students. Students may be dropped off and picked up at the doors.

 

Red -

The district is implementing the following protocol to protect students and staff:

  • No visitors in the building without appointment.
  • No parent/caregivers in the building for drop off or pick up of students. Students may be dropped off and picked up at the doors.
  • Vendors/deliveries will be allowed entrance but will be required to follow PPE  protocol.
  • Support service providers to follow staff ppe/distancing requirements.
  • Regular volunteers for educational purposes are allowed under the following conditions:
    • They follow a regular schedule
    • Administrative approval has been given
    • All district PPE and Hygiene is followed
  • No volunteers for elementary parties will be allowed
  • Sporting event protocol to follow after the recommendations of the WIAA are considered

 

Transition Between Models

Transition between models will occur as outlined by the parameters for each color coded model. The district can/will move to a more restrictive model at any time. Once the more restrictive model has been chosen the district will remain in that model for at least two weeks and not before the parameters for a less restrictive model have been achieved.

 

Communication Protocols

The district will work diligently to communicate with staff, students,  parents and community  to keep all informed of the current status of school and measures being taken to mitigate risk of the current pandemic. The district will minimally use the following protocol:

  • Teachers will use Schoology as the primary tool to communicate 1:1 and en masse with students and parents.
  • Elementary Teachers may use Class Dojo as a secondary tool provided the communication goal desired is better met by Class Dojo
  • The District will use Skylert, The School Website, The School Facebook page to communicate 1:1 and en masse with students and parents.
  • Provide communication in languages other than English when needed

 

 

Potential Positive COVID-19

The district will work with the county Department of Health Services to appropriately identify and quarantine students/staff who have potentially been exposed or are infected with COVID-19. The current recommendations are as follows:

  • Symptomatic confirmed cases must be isolated at home until they are well (free of fever, productive cough and other acute symptoms of respiratory infection) for at least 72 hours AND at least 10 days have passed since their date of symptom onset
  • Asymptomatic confirmed cases (or cases where onset date is unclear) must be isolated at home until 10 days have passed since the date their tested specimen was collected.
  • Persons who are ill but test negative for COVID-19 can return after they have been symptom-free for 24 hours. If an ill person tests negative for COVID-19 but positive for another disease, they should be excluded according to the disease criteria on the Wisconsin Childhood Communicable Diseases wall chart.

 

ANY CONTACT who has been vaccinated and remains asymptomatic is not required to be quarantined

 

ANY CONTACT who becomes ill and is not tested for COVID-19:

  • Must isolate at home until they have been free of fever, productive cough, and other symptoms of respiratory infection for 72 hours, AND at least 10 days have passed since the date of symptom onset, AND at least 10 days have passed since their last exposure to the case.

 

ANY CONTACT who becomes and tests negative for COVID-19

  • Must isolate at home until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND symptoms have improved, AND at least 10 days have passed since their last exposure to the case or 7 days if a negative test is secured after the fifth day of last exposure

 

ANY PERSON IDENTIFIED AS A CLOSE CONTACT WHO HAS NOT BEEN VACCINATED

  • May be required to isolate at home for up to 10 days have passed since their last exposure to the case or 7 days if a negative test is secured after the fifth day of last exposure

 

***COVID-19 tests for the purposes of quarantine must be performed by a trained professional. Tests purchased as “at home” do not meet the criteria to shorten quarantine time frames.





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