1. Will my student be able to participate in sports if he or she chooses the virtual online option 2?
Yes your student will be able to participate in sports.
2. Why does my 12 year old have to wear a mask?
The Governor's Executive Order is considered a law and all school districts are required to comply by law. We are also required to comply with all health department orders and guidelines. If a school district fails to follow orders and guidelines set forth during a pandemic, the District and those in charge of the District and schools are considered negligent.
3. What is the current recommendation by the School Board for masks in school. Currently we are following the Governor's Order which states all students 11 years old and up as well as adults will be required to wear a mask unless the said person has a medical condition that makes it impossible for them to wear a mask.
4. Why can't we put all students on a bus route as we did in years past?
The current guidelines set forth by the CDC, CDE, CDPHE, Tri-County Health, and the Governor's Office states that students must be socially distanced on a bus so therefore every other seat on both sides of the bus cannot hold students. Families will be allowed to sit together on a bus.
5. Will my gifted student continue to be challenged and allowed to take her coursework in the schedule?
Every opportunity will be made to make sure that students are challenged within in the cohort and curriculum is aligned to meet their needs whether they are gifted and talented, English Language Learner, or a special education student. The curriculum is not being changed.
6. What is the online format that is being used?
The format is titled See Saw, it allows for families to be grouped together so parents can log into one portal and follow their children's education. Teachers will be using the flipped classroom, Zoom, and some aspects of Google Classroom. These will all be linked through SeeSaw. Parents and students will have orientation to learn how to access the curriculum, the SeeSaw Portal, and any questions will be answered for parents and students. Please stay tuned for more information on the orientation.
7. What cleaning procedures are being used?
Our custodial and maintenance staff are attending intensive training on cleaning procedures with the health department as well as in-service training within the District both this week and next. All cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be followed using the information from the link below:
Here is an excerpt from our plan in regards to a known case in the building:
- In the event of a COVID exposure; the schools will be cleaned and disinfected following all health department guidelines before re-opening using the following procedures:
- When a positive case is identified, access will be restricted and outside doors and windows will be opened to increase air circulation to the exposed areas. A minimum of 2 hours -24 hours will be completed before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for exposure to respiratory droplets. b. Droplet precautions when cleaning/disinfecting a room or area that has been occupied by a COVID-19 positive person will be followed: gown, isolation mask, face shield or protective goggles, disposable gloves and shoe covers. c. Clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
8. What cleaning will the night crew of custodians do:
We will have both a day crew and a night crew that will not only be cleaning but disinfecting which is the important piece to keep COVID at bay in the buildings. The night crew will use a fogger machine with chemicals to disinfect each classroom, workrooms, hallways, and offices everyday. They will also wipe down commonly used surfaces with antibacterial wipes each evening. The night crew will clean the building as well which includes: vacuuming, dusting, windows, restrooms, locker rooms, floors, etc.
The day crew will clean and disinfect restrooms throughout the school day and will disinfect areas that are touched throughout the school day as well as disinfecting workrooms that are used for meetings after each use. They will also remove all trash and clean.
9. What does cleaning of the buses look like:
The buses will be fogged and disinfected after every use. They will be cleaned as needed. Please keep in mind that cleaning and disinfecting are two separate things and during COVID, disinfecting is more intensive then regular cleaning to keep the virus off surfaces.