In-Person Learning 2020-2021
We know the importance of in-person learning, and we look forward to welcoming students back into school. In-person learning will take place at school in a traditional classroom environment. To reduce the risk of virus transmission, we are implementing many health, safety, and hygiene protocols.
General safety measures include instruction about infection prevention, frequent handwashing, and daily wellness checks. Hand sanitizer also will be available and encouraged. Social distancing will be practiced as much as possible. Large gatherings, such as assemblies, will not be scheduled. Visitors to the school and classroom will not be permitted. School bus transportation will be available for those who need it.
For information about Potential Adjustment Plans, scroll down.
Alternative schedule - A/B Days for grades 6-12
Due to the number of students who selected in-person classes, the District is implementing an alternative schedule for in-person classes for grades 6-12. This alternative schedule allows for fewer students in the high school and middle schools each day. Smaller class sizes allow for the opportunity for greater physical distance and smaller cohort groups.
Students in grades 6-12 are divided into two groups: A and B.
- Group A - In-person classes on Monday and Wednesday; virtual classes on Tuesday and Thursday.
- Group B - In-person classes on Tuesday and Thursday; virtual classes on Monday and Wednesday.
- All students - Virtual classes on Fridays.
To divide students into even groups, while allowing blended families to attend in-person classes on the same days, the Tyler Student Information System (SIS) family group number was used to determine whether a student is in group A or B. This is different from a student’s individual identification number.
Even family group numbers were assigned to group A, while odd family group numbers were assigned to group B. Emails to families on July 29 and July 30 provided the assigned group.
Due to scheduling complexities, changes to group assignments will not be honored without significant extenuating circumstances being present. This decision has been made as a means to ensure consistency and fairness. We must keep groupings balanced as a way to ensure safety protocols are able to be followed.
More information regarding course schedule/teacher assignments will be coming within the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please note: This plan only affects students in grades 6-12. Students in elementary school would continue with a full 5-day in-person experience.
Other potential adjustment plans
Note: These plans are not necessarily sequential. Any of these adjustments may be implemented at any time as conditions warrant.
- In the event of isolated positive cases of the virus, and as directed by the Cass County Health Department, there may be periodic classroom or school closures with a transition to short-term distance learning for those groups of students.
- Continue providing elementary students with a full 5-day in-person experience by spreading out using space at the elementary and middle schools. In this scenario, the District would transition grades 6-12 to a full virtual environment with opportunities for small group intervention instruction at the high school for our middle and high school students. (This option does not impact students K-12 who had already selected the VIPR option.)
- Full virtual instruction model for all students.
What about recess?
Students in PreK-5 will have recess, but times will be staggered to limit the number of classes on the playground. Staff will monitor for physical distancing, and commonly touched equipment will be disinfected between groups of students, when feasible. Handwashing will take place before and after recess.
What about lunch?
Breakfast and lunch will be consumed in the classroom, if possible. Disposable packaging and utensils will be utilized. Students will select pre-assembled meals from the cafeteria.
What about face coverings?
- Face coverings will be utilized by students and staff members whenever physical distancing of 6 feet for grades 6-12 and 3 feet for grades K-5 cannot be achieved. This includes when moving throughout the school during such times as arrival, dismissal, passing time, bathroom break, transitioning to a special class, etc.
- Face coverings will be required in the classroom when physical distancing of 6 feet for grades 6-12 or 3 feet for grades K-5 cannot be achieved.
- For students with special needs, exceptions to face coverings may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
- Face coverings will be utilized by students and bus employees while on the bus.
MSHSAA Guidance and Recommendations for opening sports and activities
On July 15, 2020, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and the MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) issued these Guidelines and Recommendations for Opening Sports/Activities.