Reopening of Pulaski County Schools

Parents and Guardians,

                 I know many of you are anxious to about plans to return to school.  School is expected to open August 24, 2020.   During this time of a pandemic, we must make some hard decisions.  Some will not be popular and I understand, but we must try to make the best decisions for students given the expectations from state agencies.  My staff and I have developed a plan that follows the expectations of the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Health.  These plans are based around three common principles: social distancing of at least six feet, wearing a mask when you cannot socially distance, and grouping of students when possible to contact trace if the covid-19 virus is present.  Parents will be able to choose a virtual option to keep their children at home or they may choose to send their children to school on a 5-day normal schedule observing the state expectations for social distancing.  Both options will have conditions that parents must consider when making their decision.  Below is the framework that will guide our school reopening plan.

 

Transportation

  • Symptom screenings will be performed by parents and guardians at home before students enter the bus.
  • No students with symptoms will be sent on a bus or brought to school.
  • Drivers and monitors will check their temperatures and do screenings before they begin their route.
  • High touch surfaces will be disinfected after each bus route and as often as possible.
  • Students will be in assigned seats with attendance sheet for AM/PM riders.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus unless they are medically waived.
  • Drivers and monitors will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus unless they medically waived.
  • Students will use hand sanitizer getting on and off the bus.

School Building

  • Students will have temperature checks before entering the school building.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask upon entering the building.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask during all transitions or movement in the building.
  • Classrooms will be setup to ensure maximization of social distancing.
  • Students will be assigned seats and daily attendance log will be recorded.
  • Students may remove their mask when seated at their desk, if able to be six feet socially distance.
  • Students will be grouped together when possible to reduce the amount of movement in the building as to increase the ability contact tracing.
  • Staff and students will continually be made aware of signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Staff and students will report to the nurse immediately if feeling symptomatic.
  • When students are not able to social distance adequately, masks will be used.
  • All high touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.
  • All individuals in the school will sanitize or wash their hands frequently.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all commons areas, hallways, and classrooms.
  • Classrooms and common areas will be ventilated with additional outdoor air when possible using windows, and doors.
  • High traffic hallway use will be limited when feasible, by staggering class
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  • Non essential visitors not will be allow on campuses.

Instruction

In class

  • Parents may choose to send students to school following the procedures set forth and approved by the department of public health.

 

Virtual School

  • Parents may choose for their students to attend school virtually.  In doing so the parents and students must sign a contract to adhere to the requirements of internet, accountability of attendance, and accountability to complete content virtually.   This will not be the same type instruction as  ILearn days.  Virtual school may look different for each student and each class.  Parents will need to understand that their student will be required to spend significant time in front of the computer viewing lessons or completing assignments.

 

Due to the possibility of intermittent closures, all students may be asked to be virtual at some point during the year.

Cafeteria

  • Lunch will be prepared and served by lunchroom staff(no self-serve).
  • If cafeterias are used, seats will be assigned and social distancing will be required.
  • Students will remove mask when seated.
  • If a school chooses not to use a cafeteria, students will eat in their classroom.
  • Lunchroom staff will be required to wear mask.
  • Staff will disinfect all eating areas after students are finished eating in the classroom or cafeteria.

Recess

  • Students will practice social distancing when at recess.
  • Students will not be involved in sharing of recess materials or be involved in close contact activities.
  • Playground equipment will not be utilized.

Restrooms

  • Restrooms will be disinfected regularly during the day.
  • Restrooms will be monitored so that overcrowding will not take place.

Employees

  • Employees will be required to check temperatures upon arrival to work.
  • Employees will be required to wear a mask during direct instruction of students.

Please understand that these plans could change due to ever changing guidance from government agencies.  We are still working out details of the in school and virtual options.  Our school administration and teachers are working diligently to best meet the needs of our students.  I ask for your patience as we continue to prepare for the opening of school.





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