On-site instruction includes three modes:
How will the District determine which mode will be used?
Daily monitoring of local conditions, including health department statistics of disease spread in the area, absence rates, and other metrics
What will the hybrid schedule look like at RMS and BHS?
On any given day, teachers will instruct both the in-person and remote students in their classes simultaneously. All students will have access to their classroom teachers during the class period whether they have selected on-site or remote.
Length of Day and Lunch at BHS and RMS
What does learning look like in the hybrid (Crimson/Gold) mode when my elementary child is at home?
Here’s a list of FAQ’s for On-site learning.
To start the school year, elementary students who chose on-site learning started in hybrid mode, alternating between learning at home and at school (crimson and gold days). RMS and BHS students transitioned to the hybrid mode starting in the months of October and November. You can find details of this transition HERE. While our goal is for all elementary students to attend every day, the hybrid mode will continue for the foreseeable future.
We started every day learning for kindergarteners on Monday, October 26, 2020 and First Graders on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Principals are doing frequent walkthroughs of the classrooms and frequent check-ins with the teachers to evaluate this new mode.
Here is the current calendar. This will continue to be updated as we move through the year.
* Attendance days will vary for early childhood and certain special education programs
Enhanced Cleaning Protocol
An enhanced cleaning protocol was implemented to clean and disinfect throughout the school day and each evening. All classrooms and shared spaces are deep cleaned and disinfected daily. Frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, handrails, sink handles, common tables, and surfaces, and elevator buttons are disinfected multiple times throughout the day.
Cleaning kits were provided to each classroom. Students and teachers are responsible for cleaning their desks and chairs prior to occupying their seats. Teachers limit the number of objects handled by more than one person and are responsible for cleaning any instructional materials they are providing that will be used by someone in the class. Students and teachers are expected to ensure shared surfaces (desks, shared objects, etc.) are clean before each use.
Disinfectants are reserved for high touch surfaces (doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.). Students may not use disinfectants. Furniture with soft and porous material will be removed from classrooms and common spaces. All cleaning products will be centrally purchased and meet CDC guidelines and EPA approval.
All individuals are expected to wash hands or use sanitizer frequently. Washing with soap and water whenever possible; hand sanitizer is allowed in instances where a sink is not available. Here is a handwashing demo video.
Hands must be washed or sanitized upon arrival at school and before and after recess, meals, and sharing objects.
Immunization and Physicals
All regular immunizations and physicals are required. Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccine will be shared as soon as it is available. Like the flu vaccine, the COVID vaccine will not be required.
Avoid use of shared objects to the extent practical. Students will wash or sanitize hands before and after each use. Shared objects cleaned after each use.
Face Coverings Required
All persons, including students, staff, and visitors, must wear a face covering when present in school. Any person not wearing a face covering will be dismissed from school. Exemptions will not be considered for individuals who have a personal objection or preference.
Face coverings are masks or other cloth that cover an individual’s nose and mouth. All face coverings must:
Here is some updated guidance from the CDC on Gaiters, and how to select and wear a face covering appropriately.
Face coverings may be temporarily removed:
Strict adherence to social distancing must be maintained when face coverings are removed in limited situations. Please review CDC recommendations on how to properly wear a face covering. Masks intended for healthcare workers, such as N95 respirators, should not be worn.
A request for medical exemption must include a written letter, signed by a medical doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, demonstrating that wearing a face mask poses a medical risk to a person’s physical well-being and is medically contraindicated.
Face mask exemptions pose a risk to other individuals and will only be granted when accommodations can be made to protect the safety of others. All exemption requests will be considered on an individualized basis if a person’s medical needs can be safely accommodated.
All exemptions, if granted, will require strict compliance with an individualized safety plan and may exclude the individual from certain activities that may pose an increased risk to others. Considerations for exemption include:
All students will be six feet apart when they eat and tables will be cleaned prior to each use. All meals must be pre-ordered online; no lines or cashiers will be used.
All lunch items are scratch made, include a main entree and two sides, and milk or juice.
All breakfast meals consist of a whole grain, protein, and fruit with milk.
All meals will be individually packaged, heat sealed, and labeled with its contents. Pickup options will be made available for students attending remotely and off-days (crimson/gold).
Check HERE for current foodservice information.
To avoid lines, all student meals must be ordered in advance through SchoolCafe by 7 a.m. on the day of service. There will be one breakfast and three lunch options available each day:
To order a meal:
Note: you can pre-order up to a week in advance. This helpful video will walk you through the ordering process. You can also set low balance alerts, automatic payments, and purchase restrictions in SchoolCafe. As always, no one will be left hungry.
To avoid traffic congestion, all families are encouraged to walk or bike to school as much as possible.
When riding a bus, face coverings required at all times. No more than 50 students will be assigned to a bus route. Students will load back to front and siblings will sit together. No paid busing options will be offered.
School visitors will be limited to essential business only; no volunteers.
To the greatest extent possible, students will be spaced six feet apart. Non-essential furniture removed to increase space and students will sit in assigned seats.
Face coverings required. Limited to less than 10 minutes. Some hallways and staircases may be directional.
Lockers and Student Belongings
No hallway or PE lockers. Students are encouraged to carry as little as possible and will need a backpack to hold their personal belongings nearby throughout the day.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students may arrive up to 20 minutes before school starts and will proceed directly to their classroom.
Dismissal will be school-specific, with staggered release for bus riders.
Use discouraged during passing periods. Each classroom may release one student at a time during class.
Classroom Ventilation (HVAC)
Improve ventilation and increase airflow and outdoor air. Natural ventilation (open windows) will be used when weather (temperature and humidity) permits.
Classroom temperatures may vary significantly more than normal and be uncomfortable.
Each day, all students and staff will complete a daily symptom screener before arriving at school. The school nurse or designee will perform the screening for any non-compliant individuals upon arrival.
Students and staff must stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or illness that are not caused by a known condition in the absence of other symptoms (asthma, Crohn’s disease, migraine headaches, post intense workout, etc). If in doubt, stay home until your healthcare provider has confirmed you are safe to return.
If a student will be absent from in-person or remote learning due to illness or any other reason, parents must report the absence to the school’s attendance line just as they normally would.
Need a thermometer? Request a free thermometer for your family.
If a staff member or student is COVID positive, the district has a process in place that:
Here is a video with Superintendent Lisa Hichens and District Certified Nurse Lori Carbonell about monitoring and responding to local cases.
Other FAQs related to COVID cases: