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Safe Return to School Plan

Contact Wade Adler; wadler@santeeschools.org


Considerations for Re-Opening Santee Community Schools

Safe to Return to School Plan

 

This document is to provide a framework for SCS as we build and plan for school in the fall of 2020-2021. The purpose of this framework is for communication, preventing, responding to, and recovering from a pandemic outbreak and any resulting life-threatening complications that may impact SCS. SCS will continue to monitor CDC, state agencies, local district health departments, and local health directors for guidance and comply with all directives as they are issued.

 

SCS will use a Green, Yellow and Red framework system for communication with its community regarding pandemic preparedness. Below is the system we will follow with specific information regarding each vital area of the school. All considerations apply to the next level with added guidance as the levels progress. The Santee Tribal Covid Task Force voted in favor of requiring all staff and students wearing masks on their return to school.

 

In the event that a Santee Community Schools has a positive test for Covid-19. We will follow the guidelines in the  North Central Health District guidelines.  During this time the entire school will close for 72 hours for deep cleaning and reopen following the closure.

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES

 

LOW/NO SPREAD

 

(Building open as usual)

MINIMAL/MODERATE SPREAD

 

(Modified use of buildings)

SUBSTANTIAL SPREAD

 

(School buildings shut down)

 

School buildings are open, with minimal restrictions. The district may choose to initiate preventative practices or additional proactive protocols.

School buildings are open, but use may be minimal, altered, or staggered. Such use may be based on social distancing directives.

School buildings are closed. The closure may be short-term or extended and will likely be based on state (NDE) or district health declaration(s).

 
  • Full Practice and competitions

 

  • For away contests AD will contact host schools to determine if any local guidelines.

Refer to NSAA

 

 
 

 

CUSTODIAL/HEALTH

 

 

EMPLOYEE & STUDENT SAFETY

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

Screening

Any student or staff with symptoms should stay home.

Health checks at entrance

Different entrances for students (PK/ELM/HS)

Staggered start times/groupings of students

  • Students will not be allowed in the buildings.

Face Masks

  • Students and staff will be provided masks and are to wear face protection
  • Students and staff will be provided masks but are optional
  • Students will not be allowed in the buildings.
  • Consider whether staff are required to wear masks.

Social Distancing

  • Consider social distancing to the extent possible, especially in commons areas, busing, activities.

 

  • Staggered start times
  • Lunch served in classrooms or staggered, avoid large gatherings
  • Follow 6 foot guidelines
  • School Buildings are closed

 

Visitors

  • Allow parents and visitors into school building in designated areas only for appropriate circumstances determined by the district and school officials
  • Vendors required to wear face masks
  • All visitors required to wear masks in building (if allowed)

 

  • School Buildings are closed

 

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LOW/NO SPREAD

 

(Building open as usual)

MINIMAL/MODERATE SPREAD

 

(Modified use of buildings)

SUBSTANTIAL SPREAD

 

(School buildings shut down)

School buildings are open, with minimal restrictions. The district may choose to initiate preventative practices or additional proactive protocols.

School buildings are open, but use may be minimal, altered, or staggered. Such use may be based on social distancing directives.

School buildings are closed. The closure may be short-term or extended and will likely be based on state (NDE) or district health declaration(s).

 

 

FACILITIES CLEANING

District/School may consider:

*Increase the frequency of fogging/sanitizing in high touch areas

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

Student Desks

  • cleaning supplies available to clean between classes. Designate who will be responsible for this cleaning.

 

  • Clean between classes by students entering. Clean their desk/seat.
  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Teacher Workspace

  • Have cleaning supplies available to

clean.

 

  • Clean before, at lunch and at the end of day by the teacher in the classroom.
  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Classrooms

  • Have cleaning supplies available to

clean.

  • UV light use weekly in each room
  • UV Light use at least 2X weekly in each room
  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Gym/Lockerrooms

  • CLeaning daily
  • UV Light use
  • UV Light used 2X weekly
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  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Buses

  • Sanitize before and after each route.
  • Sanitize before and after each route.
  • Health checks prior to bus loading.
  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Restrooms

  • Daily cleaning and supplies available for janitorial staff.
  • Hand Sanitizer before and after entering the restroom.
  • Signage, STRESS handwashing!

 

  • Checked hourly by janitorial staff.
  • Sanitize spray/fogger every 90 minutes
  • UV Light use 2x/weekly
  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Playgrounds

  • Have cleaning supplies available
  • Sanitizer spray/fogger after each group.
  • No sharing of toys or equipment.

 

  • Consider shutting down playground equipment.

 

Water fountains, knobs, handles, High Touch surfaces

  • Recommend everyone have

their own water bottle.

  • Have wipes/spray available to use on door knobs and handles

when used.

 

  • Clean door knobs, handles 3x/day
  • Clean water fountains 3x/day
  • Consider shutting down water fountains and providing water bottles
  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Multipurpose/Common Areas

  • Cleaning between each group
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  • Arranged seating, scheduled lunch times. Consider expanding the commons area to classrooms and the gym. Clean or sanitize between groups of students.

 

  • Deep cleaning as needed.

Inventory & Supply Needs

  • Normal Supply
  • Use existing inventory and maintenance procedures for HVAC and filters           
  • Increase supplies as necessary for cleaning and personal protection
  • Increase inventory and replace filters more often
  • Increase inventory and consider replacing filters weekly.
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FOOD SERVICE

 

 

 

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

Serving Meals/Distribution of food

Follow directives from NDE food service

Serve in cafeteria, with no student self-service items

Consider serving meals in classrooms or other areas

Follow the DHM and other health department guidelines in regards to food service.

Consider outside seating if possible

 Use foam or disposal trays

  • Packaged meals will be distributed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTION/CLASS SIZE

 

 

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

Professional Development (PD) on delivery of effective formative interim and summative assessments both on-line and in the classroom;online/virtual delivery of instruction;

social emotional supports for

students & staff; Reach out to ESU

for professional learning supports

and supple

 

  • Consider holding virtual Conferences, workshops, and meetings.

 

  • Consider limiting travel to instate conferences only and to areas with low virus spread.

 

  • Ensure all faculty and staff have remote access and device capability.

 

Grading

K-8: Standard Grading; 9-12:

Standard Grading

 

K-8: Completion Grading;

9-12: Standard Grading

 

K-8: Pass/Fail;

9-12: Completion Grading

 

Technology

  • Plan for the future and not being in school
  • Teachers full utilize technology
  • Teacher trained and prepared for online learning
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  • Consider having technology in students' hands when they leave school.
  • Teachers full utilize technology
  • School has Learning Management System: K-5: SeeSaw; 6-12 Canvas
  • Implement Google Chat, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.

 

  • Implement teacher expectations for teaching and learning, fully operational.
  • Communicate District expectations for teachers and students, follow through, etc.

 

 

  • In the event that we must limit the capacity within our building or classrooms the following Rotation Schedule will be implemented. There will be very clear communication about this, if or when this must be used.
    • Students in Daycare and Preschool will attend daily with normal schedules as long as we can facilitate.
    • Students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 attend school daily from 8:30am-11:30am.
    • School closes from 11:30am-12:30pm for cleaning
    • Students in grades K, 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12 attend school daily from 12:30pm-3:30pm.
      • Food service will be provided to each student for breakfast and lunch regardless if they are “in” school during serving times.

 

 

 

PERSONNEL 

 

 

 

 

District/School may consider:

District/School may consider:

Considerations: As level of spread increases the following will be revisited

  • The difference between a health condition and fear of returning to work
  • Reminder that, due to COVID-19, duties may be assigned in which nobody is thinking about. For example, extra lunch room duty, extra cleaning, etc.
  • If  a sports season or activity is cancelled no stipends will be given for that season
  • Questions about FMLA (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla)
  • Review teacher certification endorsements for all teachers, as districts may need to be creative or change assignments to meet student/district/staff needs.
  • If we are in Green or Yellow all employees are expected to report to work, unless the proper procedure is followed for leave and then leave may be used as allowed.
  • If we are in a Red status, communication will be sent out to all staff about who should report. At this time please plan to report during all color system levels; including Red.
  • The situation is fluid and we will revisit all the important topics related to Covid-19 and school opening/closure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPED/504

 

 

SPED/504

The nature of this document is to provide suggestions, guidance, and considerations for a wide-variety of

scenarios that school districts may encounter when planning for school opening in the fall in relation to SPED/504 Planning. It is imperative that each school district take into account the health status of the local community, the resources that are available to each school, and to remain flexible in meeting the educational, social, emotional, and health needs of each child. These practices and considerations are intended to be relevant for all stages of school operations.

 

 

Best Practice

Revisit IEP and determine if goals can be accomplished under current operating conditions.

  • If YES, carry out services to support goals.
  • If NO, bring together the IEP team to determine how services can be modified to reflect current    operating systems. Schools may want to consider remote learning, teletherapy, small on-site learning, sending staff to student homes, or having one-to-one service delivery.

 

Schools should ask the following question to Parents and IEP Team Members when reviewing all IEP’s and 504 Plans prior to school starting: “Have the student’s needs changed based on lack of in-person instruction?” Include a written response to this question as a Covid Impact Statement in the Plan.

  • If NO, carry out services to support goals. Document parent response to this.
  • If YES, bring together the IEP team to determine how services can be modified to reflect current operating systems. Document parent concerns and response. Schools may want to consider remote learning, teletherapy, small on-site learning, sending staff to student homes, or having one-to-one service delivery.
  • Suggestion is to include a COVID Impact Statement that details the answer to this question in the Notes of IEP or 504 Plan.

 

 

Considerations

  • If there is a directive or mandate that in-person education is “banned” then that will trump the IEP. If the DHM or guidance is just a recommendation to cease in-person education, then schools can use best judgement about how to best serve the students.
  • Schools should follow the guidelines put forth by the local Health Departments, such as social distancing and use of PPE devices. Therapists and service providers may encounter situations where work with PPE devices or social distancing is not possible. This should be addressed to determine the best way to still deliver services, but these barriers should not be an automatic reason to stop services.
  • If there is a local outbreak, schools will need to make a decision on what services will look like if schools will move to a modified schedule or if schools need to close. If services can still be delivered to identified students in a small group or a one-to-one environment, continuation of services should still be a consideration. This is a local decision that will need to be addressed and determined. Considerations in this scenario are staffing, availability of rooms and spaces, number of students to be served, services to be provided, parental willingness to implement the plan, etc.
  • Compensatory and recoupment of lost learning. If you have concerns or need guidance on this, please refer to Launch Nebraska Document.
  • When making decisions regarding student services, school districts may want to consider putting all student services type considerations into one target area to ensure that no consideration area(s) get overlooked. This would include academic services, behavior services, OT services, PT services, SLP services, OHI services, and 504 Plans.
  • Launch Nebraska Health Document currently recommends homogeneous grouping for small schools and sets static group sizes at 20 students. Students can leave the homogenous grouping for services and/or the SPED teacher/therapists are able to come into the homogeneous classroom. See Best Practice statement at top of document and be very mindful of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) when grouping students. DO NOT just put all students that qualify for SPED services in a group for easier access. LRE is still required and expected.
  • When budgeting, school administrators may want to consider that funding may need to be adjusted if it is necessary to provide a new level of services to students. This may be due to personnel, equipment, contracted services, etc.
  • If needing to make changes to IEP/504 Plans to address changes in instructional delivery (i.e. in-person to remote learning), a PWN should address this change until the IEP/504 plan is due for review/renewal. Districts do not have to hold an IEP/504 meeting for all students prior to the start of the school year. See Best Practice Section at top of document.

 

 

 
 

SPED at SCS

  • Normal expectations
  • Begin to teach social distancing, hand washing, and other vital changes related to a pandemic
  • At SCS in the event that school times are staggered students who are in specialized programs will every day, as much as possible.
  • Continue to teach social distancing, hand washing, and other vital changes related to a pandemic
  • School Building is closed
  • Provide accommodations and modifications based on IEP’s/504’s in remote learning

 

 


The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.

"We need to use all available tools to get 100% of us connected in this country and this program is an essential part of making that happen." Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:Emergency Broadband Benefit alt logo

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;

  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or

  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.

Which Broadband Providers Are Participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit?

Various broadband providers, including those offering landline and wireless broadband, are participating in the Emergency Broadband Benefit. Find broadband service providers offering the Emergency Broadband Benefit in your state or territory. 

Broadband providers can find more information about how to participate here.

FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.

The FCC has announced that eligible households can apply for the program starting May 12, 2021 in three ways: 

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.  

  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.

  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742. 

Individuals who use videophones and are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) may call the FCC’s ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275 (videophone).  

On April 13, the FCC and ACL hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the benefit, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and the FCC’s partner toolkit materials. Webinar materials are now available:



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