Students reporting to school for in-person instruction will receive instruction from their assigned teacher. Teachers will be using Microsoft Teams and Seesaw for daily lessons to familiarize students with the platform and prepare them for seamless transitions to distance learning if needed. Teachers will also use these platforms to offer instruction to quarantined students during missed class sessions.
Schley County Schools are currently 1:1 for grades 2-9. Devices are available for students in alternate grades for distance learning as needed. Schley County Schools has devices also assigned within the high school courses which can be individually assigned to students. We can accommodate most device requests at this time. A user agreement and/or insurance fee of $15 is required.
While cellular coverage throughout the county remains an issue, locations for WiFi Rangers have been coordinated with local agencies. Virtual and distance learning students now have this as an option for internet service. Personal hot spot devices have been purchased but are in limited supply to accommodate individual learner needs. More locations are planned as additional equipment becomes available. All locations are open daily with internet access available from 9 to 3.
Temperature scan stations have been established at three points of entry for both schools. Automatic scan stations with facial recognition are set up for car riders and bus riders. Hallway traffic will be directional and duty stations will be maintained to help socially distance traffic. Temperature scan devices are set to alert at 100.3. If a student shows an elevated temperature, they will be separated from students, and the nurse will recheck for accuracy.
Students will load buses by one grade level at a time. Car riders will be released according to the car line up in the Elementary school, and by grade level for the Middle/High School. Mass dismissal on one bell will not take place. Additional pick-up lines for Pre-K only students are located at the front of SCES and on the side of SCMHS. These additional lines have been added to help relieve a mass concentration of students waiting for their transportation home.
Breakfast will be served upon arrival. Students may pick up meals as they enter and report to homerooms to eat. Lunchroom capacity will be under 50% for in-cafeteria dining at lunch. Lunch meals are individually prepared and in serving containers for pick up. Classes will rotate weekly between dining in the cafeteria, the classroom, or outside. Spaces for social distancing in the cafeteria have been marked.
Masks are required for any student riding the bus. Students within the same family or bus stop will sit together in order to maintain groupings. Students may not change buses for an alternate afternoon location. They may receive bus notes for an alternate bus stop if it is on their regularly assigned route.
Transitioning Between Classes & Mitigating Large Groups
Teachers will change classes in grades 6-8. Students will remain in their cohort group within their assigned homeroom class. Elementary recess time will maintain cohort groupings within zoned playground areas. High school students will change classes in a carousel fashion in order to maintain low numbers within the hallways.
All faculty will wear masks on campus. Visitors are required to wear masks within the building. All students will be required to wear masks on school buses. Students will be strongly encouraged to wear masks while at school. In areas where social distancing is an issue, masks may be required for that setting. A teacher may require masks within a classroom if they have a pre-existing health condition.
Cleaning/ Sanitation Protocols
Cleaning protocols have been established to sanitize daily. Electro-charged sprayers with Ecovasive product will be used within computer labs between each class. All commons areas and classrooms have been equipped with air purification systems. All buses and playground equipment will be treated after routes and on a scheduled routine. Restrooms and fixtures throughout the building will be sanitized regularly. Hand sanitizer stations are placed along the main hallway and at entry points. Teachers are supplied with hand sanitizer for students within each class.
COVID-19 Student and Staff Protocols
STAFF - Do not report to work if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) of an individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Guidance for Parents
- If you come in contact with someone that is a confirmed Covid positive person, and you meet the standard of less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes ----- Stay at home 14 days. You are considered a close contact and should quarantine 14 days. You may after 5 days from exposure test. With a negative test result and no symptoms, you may return after 7 days have passed. You should wear a mask and watch for symptoms for the remainder of the 14 day period. After 10 days and no symptoms, you may return with a mask and continue to watch for symptoms for the remainder of the 14 day period.
- If you have a reason to be tested and are awaiting testing ----- Stay at home until you have test results. You will be advised from the health care professional what to do next based on test results.
- If you have fever ----- Stay at home. You must be fever free for 24 hrs without the aid of fever reducing medications.
- If any household member is Covid positive ----- Stay at home. This is a household exposure and a 14 day quarantine. If other members become positive during this time, the time frame changes. Consult your local health department or health official for further guidance.
- If a family member has serious symptoms, i.e. a high fever overnight, err on the side of caution and keep exposed siblings at home until you have the condition relieved or diagnosed.
- If a family member is quarantined for a close contact exposure, you must monitor that person for any symptoms. As long as the quarantined close contact individual has no symptoms, other household members are not quarantined. It is important to try and maintain distance within the home. This also means wearing a face covering/ mask is a good measure.
Faculty and students meeting the contact tracing guidelines will be notified by phone. In classrooms where a positive case is detected, parents will be notified by class messaging system and/or letter. Due to privacy laws, we will not identify any students or staff within these messages. We sincerely ask that everyone show respect in each case and avoid speculation.
Phased Operational Plan
Student population/ Proposed limits for Level 4.
Total ES students attending in-person: 581
Total MHS students attending in person: 693
Total : 1274
Moving to Level 3 and 4 will be determined by the above percentages which are calculated by the total number of current Covid positive added to the number of quarantined students (.5 value) divided by the total number of in-person instruction students. If we exceed the 4% value with Covid influenced absence, we will move to phase 3. If the number of Covid influenced absences reaches the 8% value, we will advance to phase 4. Faculty absenteeism due to Covid among faculty and staff will be an overriding factor regardless of the percentages of student cases.