Harrison County School District announces reopening plan for 2020-2021 school year

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The Harrison County School District has announced their plans for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Harrison County Board of Trustees has adopted a modified traditional plan, which consists of on-campus learning with specific limitations and social distancing.

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In person school attendance will be required unless the school principal is provided medical documentation of specific health reasons a student cannot attend, as per district policy.

It is important to note that this restart plan is subject to change.

  • Classes will start on August 6, 2020, in a modified traditional manner.
  • Until further notice, all students will follow the 2020-21 school calendar as adopted by the HCSD Board of Trustees.
  • Students will be required to attend on-campus classes daily.
  • Transportation to and from school will be provided by HCSD buses.
  • HCSD will follow federal, state, and local guidance to ensure a safe, sanitary, and secure learning environment (MDE & local guidelines are evolving. HCSD will notify families as adjustments are made.)
  • Students and bus drivers will wear masks or face coverings that follow dress code while inside the bus (Mandatory).
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on each school bus.
  • Drivers will sanitize the bus at the conclusion of all bus routes with spray sanitizer.
  • Parents will be informed of the precautionary measures being implemented by HCSD.
  • Parents will be informed of their expectations: Ex. Sick students should not ride the bus,etc.
  • Efforts will be made to implement social distancing where possible.
  • HCSD recommends parents transport students to and from school when possible.
  • No field trips.

Students and staff will be required to wear a mask at school that follows dress code unless social distancing can be maintained. The issue of masks will be revisited frequently in order to comply with updated health recommendations.

Guidelines for Student arrivals

The following guidelines will be for students who walk to school:

  • Staff will supervise social distancing considerations provided by CDC.
  • Students will enter through a designated entrance.
  • Students may have their temperature checked upon entry of the building each day.
  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations will be available upon entry of building.
  • Students will report to a designated area as assigned by the principal.
  • Anyone showing symptoms or having a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be retained in a designated area and parents will be contacted.

The following guidelines will be for car and bus riders:

  • Staff will supervise social distancing considerations provided by CDC.
  • Students will enter through multiple drop-off locations or entrances.
  • Number of students exiting at one time will be limited.
  • Students may have their temperature checked upon entry of the building each day.
  • Multiple hand sanitizer stations will be available upon entry of building.
  • Students will report to a designated area as assigned by the principal.
  • Anyone showing symptoms or having a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be retained in a designated area and parents will be contacted.

 

Guidelines for student dismal:

Car rides and walkers:

  • Staff will supervise social distancing considerations provided by CDC.
  • Staff will monitor the gradual, controlled release of students.

Bus riders:

  • Staff will supervise social distancing considerations provided by CDC.
  • Staff will monitor the gradual, controlled release of students.
  • Schools may provide multiple loading locations or limit the number of buses loading.

 

Guidelines for school visitors:

Check in/ check out:

  • Signs will be posted with protocols for check in and check out.
  • Schools will establish a designated time and location for checkouts.

Visitors:

  • All visitors will be required to wear a mask.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in areas where students are involved in activities.
  • Parent/teacher meetings shall be held via video conference or phone to the extent possible.
  • Visitors on campus are discouraged, for the protection of our employees and students.

Guidelines for P.E. and assemblies:

  • Current executive order allows no more than 50-percent building capacity.
  • Classes or group exercise activities are permitted. Participants shall maintain a minimum of six feet between each individual at all times.
  • Shared equipment will be sanitized by a coach before and after each practice or class. Gym floors shall be deep cleaned daily.

 

Cafeteria Staff Personal Protection Equipment Provisions

  • Gloves & Masks
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Temperature taken before clock-in

Cafeteria Facilities

  • Hand washing sink and sneeze guards
  • Floor taped in congregateareas/lines
  • Sanitized between serving periods
  • Restricted to school meal service only (No facility requests)
  • Restricted to HCSD students & staff only (No visitors)
  • Student touchless hand sanitization stations at each serving line

Removed from Meal Service:

  • Self-serve produce stations
  • Share tables
  • Condiment stands
  • Pin pads at cashier stands
  • Extra a la carte food sales

Changes in Meal Service

  • Cashiers will remain behind serving line sneeze guards.
  • Daily rosters will be provided to the cashier by teachers.

Changes in Schedule

  • Additional lunch periods may be scheduled by the principal.
  • Classes may alternate between eating in the cafeteria and the classroom.

Changes in Seating

  • Single-sided seating,
  • Social distancing and classroom dining to decrease occupancy.

 

Sanitization

Supplies

  • Touchless hand sanitizers will be placed at all school entrances.
  • Touchless hand sanitizers will be placed in all cafeterias.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available in all classrooms.
  • Additional disinfectant wipes have been ordered for each classroom.
  • HCSD has purchased spray sanitizing equipment to spray large spaces.

Custodial Staffing

  • HCSD has hired additional custodians to assist with cleaning & sanitizing school facilities as often as possible.
  • Procedures Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Every effort will be made to wipe down surfaces and materials during class change.

Class Operations

Classrooms

  • Teachers will arrange their classrooms to maximize social distancing.
  • Students will not share materials or supplies to the greatest extent possible.
  • Strict seating charts will be maintained.
  • Staff will ensure all classrooms, restrooms, and all high-traffic areas are routinely cleaned and sanitized throughout the school day.

Class Transitions

  • Each school will design a traffic flow plan for class changes to maximize social distancing. The plan will depend on the layout of each building.

Recess

  • Elementary students will have recess and be encouraged to social distance. The number of students on the playground may be limited.

Each student may have his/her temperature checked daily by school staff. Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined from school and school-related activities for at least 14 calendar days.

Individuals previously diagnosed with COVID must be fever or symptom free for 72 hours before they can return to school.

Parents will be notified of students/staff who have been in close contact with the positive COVID-19 individual and their child will also be quarantined from school and school-related activities for 14 calendar days, as per current Mississippi Health Department Guidelines.

Parents must notify the school principal immediately upon their child receiving a positive COVID-19 test result. HCSD will follow guidance of the Mississippi Department of Health.

Each campus will have access to a school nurse and social worker/counselor.

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