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Updated Reopening Plan for Friend School

 

 

FRIEND SCHOOL
RETURN TO LEARN PLAN

UPDATED REOPENING TRADITIONAL OPTION 2020 - 2021 


 

 

The faculty and staff of Friend School are looking very forward to returning to school on August 13, 2020. We have a Plan A and a Plan B so that we are hopefully prepared to meet whatever challenges may come our way.  It is our desire to bring some normalcy back to our students and families. As we plan to reopen in August, Friend School is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone.  

 

We are very grateful for your support and patience as we plan and work toward having safeguards in place to protect all our students and staff.  You will find common elements in most plans schools are posting.  These include social distancing; handwashing; sanitizing buildings and buses; masks being made available; and lots of time invested into discussing the importance of these measures.  

 

Even though academics are very important, our top priority continues to be keeping our students, families, and community safe and healthy.  Please know our plan will continue to be a work in progress as we are trying to stay current on the latest information from the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the Center of Disease Control, The World Health Organization, and our local health organizations in Grady County.  

 

Our plan involves a couple options - one involves students returning to school for instruction.  A second option is a virtual one for those families that have high-risk family members or have someone in their household who may have contracted COVID 19.  The District is planning to use the Acellus Learning Management System coupled with a free resource from the State called Exact Path.   Each of these platforms will serve our needs well, and will also prove helpful should there be an outbreak of COVID 19  and there is a need for a temporary school closure at some point during the school year. If you are interested in the distance learning option, you will need to contact the office at 224-3822 by the end of the day Monday, August 10, 2020. The information to follow will help you see how we plan to respond and take precautions with COVID-19.

FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

On behalf of the Friend School Board of Education, and the Faculty and Staff, I want to welcome you back to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Whether you will be joining us in the building or starting the first nine weeks virtually we are so excited about the new year.  Friend School has quite a history built over the past 100+ years.  Little did we know how we would be adding to that history ending out the last school year and beginning the new year as we are in the midst of a global pandemic and unrest throughout our nation.

 

The pride, tradition, and teamwork at Friend School has been critical from the time the school first opened, throughout last year, and I know will continue to be instrumental in moving us forward through this year and well into the future.  We are Falcon Strong!  There has been much time and consideration put into the many aspects of reopening our school this fall.  Nothing is more important to our Board, our staff, and to me than to keep our learning environment safe and to promote a healthy school and community.  

 

Our Reopening Plan is a work in progress and will continue to be throughout the year.  We are committed to working through the challenges that lie ahead.  From trying to stay current on information provided to us, I cannot overemphasize the importance of handwashing, social distancing, face coverings, and keeping our buildings disinfected and clean.  Our Board has reviewed policies, discussed procedures, and have approved our Return to Learn Plan on August 4, 2020.  We understand that this will be a year calling for flexibility, patience and adjusting to meet challenges that we will face as conditions change with the pandemic.

 

The district follows the Guidelines from the Center of Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Oklahoma Department of Health, the Oklahoma Department of Education, Grady County Emergency Management, the Grady County Health Department, and the Grady Memorial Hospital.  Decisions will be made putting our students and staff members health and safety first.  

 

There have been lots of questions about safety protocols, and what we are doing to safeguard our students.  The Friend Team is very excited about the opportunity to have students back at school.  With them being back comes the awesome responsibility of keeping our students and staff healthy so we can continue to be here.  The OK State Board of Education has provided recommendations for us to use along with guidelines mentioned above to make decisions for school.

 

The Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System has a designation assigned to each of our counties to update everyone on public health conditions.  There is an alert level and course of action for each designation.  The color code/levels are designated as follows:

  • Green - There are fewer than 1.43 cases per 100,000 people. Schools are expected to offer in-person instruction aligned with the Reopening Plan.  Masks are worn when social distancing is not possible for students and staff.  Additional hygiene practices and school cleaning practices are in place.

  • Yellow - There are more than 1.43 cases, but fewer than 14.39 per 100,000.  We will continue to offer in-person instruction.   Masks are worn when social distancing is not possible for students and staff.  Additional hygiene practices and school cleaning practices are in place.

  • Orange 1 - There are more than 14.39 cases but fewer than 25 per 100,000 people.  The district will consider the best decision for moving forward.  This may involve reducing the number of students on-site or possibly moving to distance learning depending on local information available in regards to community spread.  Masks will be worn.  

  • Orange 2 - There are more than 25 but fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people.  The district will discuss a possible increase in remote learning or reducing the number at school.  Masks will need to be worn at all times if in school.  Extracurricular activities may be canceled.

  • Red - There are 50 or more cases per 100,000 people.  Friend School will transition to distance learning for all students. No extracurricular activities will be permitted.  All staff will be on-site to provide instruction.  

 

An all out effort is being made to do our part in bringing our county to a green level.  Please help us in trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 so that we can remain in school.  Masks protocols for our district are based on a variety of factors, all designed to help keep our school open so that our students will continue to be able to enjoy the benefits that come from being in a classroom with their peers and teachers.  

 

The following scenarios will help with when masks are required, and when there is social distancing and students will be able to take the mask off.  If a teacher is working with a small group of students where social distancing is not possible, masks will be required.  When a student is sitting at their desks they can slip the mask off.  When we are in high traffic areas students will need to wear masks. There are exceptions to wearing masks when children are eating, naptime, and recess.  It is our hope that this information will help with understanding our intent and requirements.  It is understood that there may be some exemptions to masks for adults and students who are physically unable to wear them. More information follows in our plan. Face coverings will be provided by the district for students and staff.  Please also remember we are charting new waters and things continue to change.  We will monitor and evaluate the plan on an ongoing basis, and make adjustments as needed.  

 

Work over the summer has allowed us time to select and purchase a learning management system, Acellus which will be used to make distance learning more user friendly for everyone should you choose that option or should we have to close school temporarily due to community spread of COVID-19.  The Oklahoma State Department of Education is also offering Exact Path which will be a great help in placing students and intervening in areas they may need more help.  We will also continue to use Google Classroom.  

 

The number of devices at Friend have been increased over the past year and will continue during this year.  Our goal is to have a device for each student. This will also make a transition to distance learning much easier should we need to do so.  We have been granted hot spots for homes who may not have connectivity which will help us in closing the gap with internet capabilities in our community.

 

We look forward to having our students back at Friend and are very excited that they will have the opportunity to socially engage with other students again.  It continues to be our desire for our students to have the opportunity to dream, to imagine, and to be inspired. We want them to be prepared to solve problems, be critical thinkers, and to be able to work collaboratively with others.  Some of these things may look a little different this year,  but still are our goals.  We look forward to coming back together to see what this year holds in store.  Let’s work to make it our best year ever at Friend.  Thank you for your support and help during these challenging times.  Again, we are Falcon Strong!

 

FRIEND SCHOOL RETURN TO LEARN PLAN

REOPENING TRADITIONAL OPTION 2020 - 2021


The following information will hopefully help give you a look at our day and the safeguards we have put into place for our students.  Please feel free to call our office with any additional questions you may have after reading our current plan.

 

Communications

In these unprecedented times, communication is more important than ever.

 

Calling in Sick

Due to our current health crisis, please do not come to school if you are sick or begin developing symptoms similar to the self checklist below.  Please contact the school:

  • Employees are asked to call Ms. Schmidt or Ms. Smith.

  • Parents, please notify Ms. Kristi Smith if your child is not feeling well and will not be in school.

 

Staying Up to Date

In the event of any COVID related updates and or school closure, you will be notified in the following ways:

  • Automated Call

  • Friend School Website

  • Friend Facebook Page

  • Local TV Stations

Preparing for School Each Day:

Staff and students are asked to self monitor daily which involves ensuring you do not have a temperature above 100 degrees without taking any medications or any other possible COVID-19 symptoms such as:

  • Loss of smell or taste

  • Muscle Aches

  • Chills

  • Cough

  • Fatigue

  • Shortness of Breath

  • Sore Throat

  • Headache

  • Congested

  • Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite

  • Exposed to COVID-19, been asked to quarantine or isolate by a public health official

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 please contact the school office. 

Morning Arrival:

All parents who are able are strongly encouraged to transport their students to and from school. If your child rides a BUS to school - 

  • Buses will run routes as normal as possible.

    • Hand Sanitizer will be available on the bus.

    • Students will be asked to have masks on before getting on the bus due to the space and the possibility of not being able to social distance.

    • Students will have assigned seats.

    • Buses will be disinfected after each trip.

  • All students in Pre K will go to the cafeteria for breakfast. The PK teacher and her assistants will pick up their classes and take them to their classrooms.

  • Students in Grades 4 - 8 who are eating breakfast will go to the cafeteria. Those not eating will go to their classrooms.  A teacher will come for those students and will take them to their classroom.

  • Kindergarten - 3rd Grade will have breakfast in their classrooms.

  • Students should have masks on when entering the building.

  • All students will have their temperatures taken as they enter the building.

    • Any temperature above 100 degrees: students will be moved to a waiting room, and parents will be contacted to take them home.

    • Hand Sanitizer stations will be located at each door/the entrance to each classroom as well as in high traffic areas.

Requirements at School:

  • Masks will be required for staff and students upon entering our school and while at school when social distancing is not possible.

  • Individuals medically unable to wear a mask include:

    • Individuals with a pre-existing health condition that would be adversely affected by mask usage and the individual has provided or will provide within a reasonable period designated by the Superintendent, a health care provider’s statement explaining the inability to wear a mask for either a short or extended time; indicating whether the individual can safely wear a mask; and alternative measures recommended by the health care provider; or the individual is having difficulty breathing and/or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 

    • For more information see our policy on face coverings.

  • Masks should be school appropriate. No offensive graphics are permitted.  

  • Two free reusable cloth masks will be provided to all staff and students. This will allow one to be worn while the others are being laundered.   Student’s names will be put on the back of the masks.

  • Adding classes in our early childhood classrooms, Pre K - 3rd allows for more social distancing.

  • You should keep your hands clean by washing them throughout the day for at least 20 seconds each time.

  • It is the responsibility of instructors/students to disinfect frequently touched and shared spaces and objects.

  • Keep unnecessary movement within the building at a minimum.

  • Breaks will be staggered to avoid having more than one class in the hallway at a time.

In the Classrooms:

  • Students will be socially distanced as much as possible.

  • Classroom seating charts will be made available for each class.

  • Each student will have his/her own individual supplies. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and used at various times throughout the day.

  • Students will wipe down their desk area at the end of the class period or day.

  • The building will be cleaned thoroughly each day.  All high traffic surfaces will be disinfected daily. 

Lunch:

At lunch, students will be separated by classes at a safe distance with no more than 60 students in the cafeteria at one time.

  • All tables and seats will be sanitized after each use.

  • Lunch will be limited by class to maintain social distancing between students.

    • Students will be assigned a seat in the cafeteria

    • All condiments will be served by the cafeteria staff. 

  • All cafeteria staff will wear gloves and a mask.

  • Students may sit outside when weather permits.

Recess Time:

  • Recess times will be staggered to limit the number of classes and students on the playground at one time.

  • No outside toys/equipment will be allowed at school or on the playground.

 

 

Physical Education:

  • P.E. will be held outdoors as much as possible.

  • Any equipment used during class will be disinfected after each class period.

  • Students will bring water bottles with them and may refill the bottles at the fountains. 

  • All high traffic surfaces will be disinfected daily. 

Visitors:

  • All visitors will be screened and temperatures taken before they are allowed to enter into the building.

  • Only limited visitors will be allowed in the building.  

  • Parents picking up students during the day will need to call the office.  The office will take the child outside to the parent. 

  • Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles during drop off and pick up.

Students/Teachers Who May Become Ill:

  • If symptoms develop:

    • Any student who enters with a fever or develops a fever during the day will be taken to a designated waiting room until picked up by a parent.  When the student leaves the room will be cleaned and disinfected.

    • The student/employee should immediately notify a personal physician or health care provider.  

    • The surfaces in the student or staff member’s workspace will be cleaned and disinfected.

    • If the student or employee tests positive for COVID-19 they should notify the school office. 

    • The applicable county health department will be notified, and recommendations will be followed.

    • Areas used by the person testing positive will be closed off for 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting.  

    • Employees and students using the same space will be informed (with respect to HIPPA) by the applicable health department.  CDC recommendations and health department guidelines will be followed to determine exposure prior to determining who will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

    • If an individual has any symptoms related to COVID-19 they will need to be symptom free for 10 days/as directed in the most current CDC Guidelines, fever free for 24 hours without medication, and symptoms improved or produce a letter from a licensed physician/ health department of a negative test before returning to school

  • Any student or teacher who has had close contact with an individual who tests positive, which is defined in the CDC Guidelines as within 6 feet for 10 minutes/ as directed in the most current CDC Guidelines will need to self-quarantine for 14 calendar days from the last time of contact.

Confirmed Case Outbreak:

  • In the event Friend Public School or the Friend Community experiences an outbreak of confirmed COVID-19 cases, additional steps and precautions will be implemented.  These precautions can range anywhere from meals in classroom to school closure/virtual instruction for all students. These decisions are not taken lightly and all options will be considered.  The health and safety of our students and community will continue to be our top priority.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we chart our way through these unknown waters.

Virtual Learning:

  • Available for students in grades PK-8.

  • This fully online option is for those families that have high-risk members or have someone in their household who has contracted Covid-19.

  • A Curriculum Management System will be used for online instruction and will be supervised by a certified teacher.  We will be using the following platforms:

    • Acellus

    • Exact Path

  • Contact with students and parents will be made by phone, email, and text messaging.

  • Assignments, tests, and lessons will have to be completed daily and in a timely manner to meet attendance requirements.

  • Daily attendance requirements will still apply to virtual students.

  • Technology and internet accessibility will be provided as needed and where available.

  • Students who use the virtual option can participate in athletics and extracurricular activities.

  • This option will require a pre-enrollment meeting with Mrs. Schmidt.

  • Should there be a large community spread and the school should go to distance learning these same systems will be used and devices made available to students.  

  • Employees will report to school and regular schedules will be followed.  

  • OSDE recommendations will be used as guidelines for determining the number of people permitted in our schools.

  • Each week as mentioned in the Superintendent’s Letter, OSDE and OSDH assign a color to each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties according to the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  Each color represents an alert level and course of action.

Virtual Learning:

If your child chooses the Virtual Learning Option you will meet with the principal to discuss the plan, policy, and review and sign the contract for Virtual Learning.  In the case the school needs to move to distance learning the following gives some information on what the transition will look like.

Instructors:

Will work regular school hours.

 

Will take student attendance daily.

 

Will give assignments, progression and weekly feedback as needed.

 

Will contact parents weekly to discuss progress.

 

Will be expected to assign grades.

Students:

Attendance is expected daily while virtual.  

 

Grades will be affected if students are not making adequate progress and/or not meeting program progression requirements.

 

Sign in to the student’s information system each day.

 

Complete assignments given by your teacher.  

 

Participate in group class meetings and/or online discussions as teacher schedules.

 

Read announcements and information shared from your instructor.

 

Do your own work.  Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated.

Travel:

If you have traveled recently and believe that you might have come into direct contact with someone infected with COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone awaiting test results, please notify our school office.  A 14-day quarantine is required for anybody who travels internationally. 

Questions:   Please feel free to contact our school office with any questions or concerns you may have.Thank you for your patience and support as we work through the challenges we will be facing this school year.

Friend School1307 County Road 1350Chickasha, OK  73018

405-224-3822

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