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HAHS Return to Learn Plan
HAHS Return to Learn Plan
John Klaber
Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Hoopeston Area High School

Return to Learn Plan

Introduction:

This plan was created by a committee of teachers, administrators, and HEA.  To assist in the creation of the plan, the committee:

  • reviewed the ISBE/IDPH Transition Joint Guidance

  • surveyed parents and staff

  • consulted with legal counsel and the district insurance carrier

The committee strived to balance the need to provide for the overall health of students and staff, viewing health as just not physical health but also academic health, mental health, social health, and emotional health.

Student Attendance Options:

  • In-person attendance 

  • Remote learning

At the conclusion of the first quarter, students will have a one time opportunity to opt in to or out of remote learning.

Social Distancing:

The ISBE and IDPH recommend a minimum six feet of social distancing to the greatest extent possible within schools. Within many of our district classrooms, six feet of social distancing will not be a practical consideration; therefore, many students will not be able to social distance throughout their days.

Cleaning Protocols:

Cleaning protocols are being established at the District level and should include daily sanitization of student desks/tables, student seats, stair railings, door handles, work surfaces, etc…  HAHS will have quantities of masks, wipes, and gloves, among other items.  Adults will perform most sanitization.

Face Coverings:

  • All persons in the school building are required to wear a mask unless they have a medical exemption. (If a medical exemption is given, those students would be required to wear a face shield instead)

  • Students MUST wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times. 

    • Exceptions:

      • At breakfast or lunch when eating

      • Outdoors when able to maintain proper social distancing (defined as at least 6 feet apart from others)

      • While playing a musical instrument that requires breath

    • Face coverings include:

      • Face Masks

      • Neck Gaiters (worn around the mouth and nose)

  • Parents are encouraged to provide face coverings for their students. The district will have face coverings available should a student need one. 

  • Refusal to wear a mask will result in the student being sent home for non-compliance with health requirements.  Students who are sent home are still accountable for their work for the day and need to continue their day remotely.  The student may return at any time they comply with the mask requirement. The second time a student refuses to wear a mask, they will be switched to remote learning for the remainder of the semester.

    • "As required by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education, all individuals present at or seeking entrance to any school building shall be required to wear a face covering.  All individuals in the building shall wear face coverings at all times within the buildings, and no person shall be permitted entry without a face covering.  Persons desiring entry at the school building or school bus who do not possess or refuse a face covering will be denied entry." 

ISBE and IDPH health and safety guidelines are embedded throughout the following school procedures:

Upon Arrival and Entering the School:

  • If your student is a bus rider, please see the transportation information for screening and temperature check information provided by the district.

  • Students will be directed to enter through either the main doors or the trophy case hallway doors.

  • If your student is not a bus rider, the student will be asked a series of three questions and given a temperature check upon entering the building.

    • Students will be socially distanced as much as possible.

    • Students will sanitize or wash their hands

  • Breakfast items will be available for pick-up at designated locations

    • Breakfast will only be served until 8:15 am

    • Students will wait to eat until they get to their Homeroom

  • Students can access their lockers and then are to report immediately to their Homeroom. The auditorium and cafeteria will be closed.

    • The “Keep it Moving Policy” will be enforced in the hallways at all times.

Lockers:

  • Every student will be assigned a locker

  • Book bags can NOT be carried to classrooms and must be stored in their locker.

  • Students will have access to their lockers upon arrival and throughout the day according to the following schedule:

    • Students with an even number locker number can access their locker after even number periods;

    • Students with an odd number locker number can access their locker after odd number periods.

Lunch: 

  • Lunch will be a Grab and Go system

  • Sack lunch will be made available to students as they exit the building

Restrooms:

  • Students will be socially distanced as much as possible

  • Students will wash and sanitize their hands after leaving the restroom 

  • Staff will monitor the restrooms during passing periods

In the Classroom: 

  • Students will be socially distanced as much as possible

    • Seating charts will be utilized

    • Movement within the classroom will be limited as much as possible

  • Sanitation procedures will be followed in each classroom

  • No food in the classroom, (the exception being school-supplied breakfast)

  • Only water in a clear and see-through container is allowed in classrooms

  • Some classes/subjects have unique procedures and guidelines that will be followed. That information will be shared by the individual teacher.

  • HAHS Grading Practices will be in effect for remote learners as well as in-person learners.  As in a normal year, to advance to the next grade at the end of school year 20-21, students will need to demonstrate proficiency in grade level standards.

Passing Periods:  

  • Hallways will be marked to indicate traffic flow patterns in order to socially distance students as much as possible.

  • The “Keep it Moving Policy” will be enforced in the hallways at all times.

  • As a reminder masks must still be worn in the hallways and during passing periods.

  • Keep in mind that locker access is limited, reference the locker section above.

End of the Day:

  • At dismissal, students will grab their lunch from designated locations and exit the building  

  • Students will be dismissed according to the following schedule:

    • Seniors and Juniors will be dismissed at 12:16

    • Sophomores and Freshmen will be dismissed at 12:20

  • Students who need to ride a bus will get their lunch and meet in the library

  • Students are expected to complete at least 1 hour of remote learning that may compose of:

    • Homework completion

    • Reviewing instructional materials

    • Project completion

    • Preparing for assessments

  • The District will establish an after school program to support students who wish to stay until 3:20. Details about this program will be sent out by the District.

Wednesday Remote Learning Day

  • Please reference the District Remote Learning Plan for guidelines and expectations

  • If a student has set an appointment to meet with a teacher at the school, the following procedures will be followed:

    • Students need to arrange with the teacher(s) an appointment time for Wednesday

    • When a student arrives at school they will need to report to the Main Office for a temperature check and to answer the series of three questions. 

    • Students will then report directly to the teacher they have an appointment with

    • Students are NOT allowed to bring other students or family members with them to the appointment

    • Parents/Guardians who have brought the student to the school should wait for a few minutes to ensure the student clears the temperature and wellness check

    • Once the student has completed their appointment(s) they are are to leave the building immediately

College Express/DACC Higher Learning Center:

  • Due to scheduling conflicts on the Block Schedule, student schedules may be changed. The school counselor will meet with each student to discuss their options.

    • Students may have their 4th and 8th hour classes rescheduled during 5th, 6th, or 7th hour.

    • Students may have to complete remote learning for their 4th and 8th hour classes because those classes can not be rescheduled during 5th, 6th, or 7th hour. 

  • Students attending College Express will have the opportunity to eat lunch starting at 11:25 and load the buses at 11:50. Students will NOT be allowed to eat on the bus. The bus will return to HAHS between 2:20-2:30. Students will be responsible for their own transportation home.

    • Students are NOT allowed to transport themselves to DACC, they must ride the bus.

    • If a student has not attended school for the day, they will be asked a series of three questions and given a temperature check upon loading the school bus.

    • On Wednesdays, all students will be required to answer the series of questions and have a temperature check upon loading the school bus because this is a remote learning day.

      • Students are responsible for their own transportation to the school on Wednesdays  

    • Students will be socially distanced as much as possible.

    • Masks are required on the bus and at the DACC campus. Students will also be subject to additional screening when arriving at the DACC campus.

    • Students are expected to follow the College Express attendance and grading policies 

    • Upon arrival at the DACC campus, students are to report DIRECTLY to their class.

  • Students attending the Higher Learning Center (Dual Credit and Health Occ. students) will be expected to report to their classes on time and provide their own transportation.

    • Students are expected to follow the Higher Learning attendance and grading policies 

    • Masks are required at the Higher Learning Center. Students will also be subject to additional screening when arriving at the Higher Learning Center.

    • Students will not be able to utilize the Higher Learning Center on Fridays as a study center

Symptoms Checks & Medical Concerns

  • Student, Staff, Visitor - Symptom Check Process:

    • All who enter HAHS will go through a symptom check process that consists of 3 items:

      • 1  Temperature check (IDPH defines fever as 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above)

      • 2  Question 1 - Covid-19 symptoms

      • 3  Question 2 - Direct contact with some who has been diagnosed with Covid-19

  • All screening information is confidential and will only be known to the screeners and office staff.

  • Protocol for Ill Students/Staff:

    • Guidelines developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health will be followed in these situations.  HAHS has developed quarantine areas for students who become ill at school and are awaiting pickup. 

  • School Visitors:

    • All visitors entering HAHS must go through a symptom check and wear a face mask.  Visitors to school buildings are discouraged.  We would like to suggest the following accommodations:

  • To drop off an item at school, call the office from the main office door and you will be met at the door.

  • To pick up your student from school, call the office from the main office door and the student will come to you.

  • Classroom volunteers will not be used until normal learning resumes.

  • Any parent who wishes to meet with a school staff member should arrange to come after 1:30.


The 2020/21 Hoopeston Area High School Return to Learn plan can also be accessed at the following link.


https://docs.google.com/docume...