Willow Springs 2020 Summer School Protocols
- By offering a traditional summer school with smaller class sizes, the Willow Springs School District can responsibly and safely support our community with summer school.
- Bus transportation both to and from school is being provided for every student who is in need of transportation. By doing this, we hope to provide summer instruction to a greater number of students to help off-set the instructional opportunities that were disrupted during the regular school year.
- All attending students will be fed both breakfast and lunch, free of charge.
- To best meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students, the Willow Springs School District is taking a traditional summer school approach while providing full transportation services and increased safety measures.
- Summer programming is an opportunity for high school students who are behind on credits to recover credit towards graduation. Most academic classes will be accessed in our computer labs as virtual classes.
- Summer school instruction for grades K-8 will focus on math and language arts. By focusing on these areas, we hope that every student will be ready to learn grade-appropriate content at the start of the next school year.
General Expectations-- Parents:
- Educate your child on viruses and the signs of illness.
- Screen your child for temperature each day before sending them to school and keep them home if they have an elevated temperature of 100.0 or higher. Families who are in need of a thermometer can contact the school nurses’ office to be supplied with an inexpensive thermometer.
- Teach appropriate hand washing, good hygiene and social distancing.
- Help explain to your child why “material sharing” will be limited right now.
- Teach your child how to wipe down surfaces at home, as they will also use disinfectant wipes on their desk at school.
- Teach your child how to appropriately wear a mask and when to use them (if desired).
- Educate your students on viruses and the signs of illness.
- Make time in the day for good hand-washing.
- Train each student to use the hand sanitizer each time that they enter or leave the classroom.
- Have students maintain personal supplies vs. communal supplies.
- Have students wipe down desks daily.
- Teach students how to maintain social distancing.
- Teach your students how and when to appropriately wear a mask (if desired).
Measures that will be taken to decrease students congregating in one location:
- Students will report straight to their classroom upon entering the building and staff will monitor to ensure that no congregating occurs.
- Students will be required to stay with their class and not co-mingle with other classrooms.
- Restroom breaks, by class, will be scheduled with good handwashing after use.
- Students will sit at individual desks appropriately spaced apart. Students will not sit facing other students.
- In locations where students line up, teachers will help promote social distancing.
Minimizing Building Access:
To minimize the need for people to be in the building, other than necessary employees and students, the Willow Springs School District requests the following:
- Parents are encouraged to call ahead if they have a need to visit the school (except for emergency situations).
- Parents will not be allowed beyond the school entryway (except for emergency situations).
- Parents will not be allowed to visit the classroom or eat lunch with their child.
- Visitors will not be allowed in the building.
- Custodians will work their regular school shifts during Summer School to allow for thorough sanitization of the buildings after each day.
- An additional custodian will be on duty during the day to sanitize high traffic areas, including door knobs, handrails, etc.
Students and employees will adopt these hygiene measures:
- All persons will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they come to school and throughout the day.
- Students will be encouraged to leave personal items at home, including backpacks, unless necessary. If personal items are necessary and brought to school, they must be stored separately from others.
- Students will be required to use hand sanitizer as they enter and exit the classroom throughout the day.
- All persons will be required to wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing or after contact with bodily fluid.
- Classes and employees are encouraged to create their own hand signals to replace shaking hands, hugging, or giving high-fives.
Students and employees will be excluded from summer school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based upon CDC guidance that is not otherwise explained.
- A fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Each teacher will be equipped with a digital thermometer to check student’s temperature as needed.
Additional criteria for exclusion may be provided by the local health department at the time of exclusion based upon the most current CDC guidelines.
Students should be screened at home before coming to school. Those exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations will be prohibited from coming to school, and if they do come to school, they will be sent home immediately.
Wearing Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
- Any person is welcome to wear a mask or PPE in the school building.
- Parents who send their child with a mask should teach them appropriate usage.
Return to School After Exclusion:
Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return only if they satisfy the recommendations of the current CDC guidelines, which are subject to change. At the present time, the CDC guidelines state:
1. Untested. Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but have experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may return when all three of the following are met:
- They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (three full days) of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers, and
- Other symptoms have improved (for example—when your cough or shortness of breath have improved), and
- At least ten (10) calendar days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
2. Tested. Persons who have experienced symptoms and have tested positive for COVID-19 may return when all three of the following conditions have been met:
- They no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fever), and
- Other symptoms have improved (for example—when your cough or shortness of breath have improved), and
- They have received two (2) negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
- Tested with no symptoms. Persons who have not had symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 may return when they have received two (2) negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
Siblings or Other Students in the Household:
If a student is excluded from school due to COVID-19 symptoms or has had a positive COVID-19 test, his or her siblings or other students living in the same household will be quarantined for 14 days past the date that the excluded sibling is released. The district will continue to consult with local health authorities for further guidance in this instance.
If a student or employee has recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19 or has recently traveled somewhere considered to be a “hot spot” by the CDC, the district may exclude the student or employee from the school building and recommend that they self-quarantine for 14 calendar days.
District Response to Exclusion from School or Self-Quarantine:
As soon as the district becomes aware of a student or employee that may have COVID-19 or that has been excluded from school or recommended to self-quarantine, the custodial staff will be informed so that all desks, lockers, and workspaces of the person are thoroughly disinfected. If the school is not open when the notification occurs, the custodial staff will wait 24 hours or as long as possible prior to disinfecting and instead will block off the area so that others do not have contact. However, if that is not possible or school is in session, the cleaning will occur immediately.
Separation While in School:
Each school will have a separate room or space where students who are symptomatic or have an elevated temperature will wait for pickup. Students will be given a mask to wear. Only essential staff and students assigned to the room may enter. The room will be disinfected several times throughout the day. Strict social distancing is required and staff must wear appropriate PPE. Students will be walked out of the building to their parents.
The school district will run the six bus routes that are normally ran during summer school and will provide transportation for any student wishing to attend summer school. Every effort will be made to provide a safe and clean environment on the bus. Each bus will be equipped with hand sanitizer dispensers and students will be required to use them upon entering and exiting the bus. Buses will be sanitized every other day. However, the district cannot ensure total and proper social distancing of students on the bus. Students riding the bus are encouraged to wear PPE as desired. The seat directly behind the driver will remain empty. Students will sit one-person per seat unless multiple family members ride the same bus. In that case, family members are encouraged to sit together to make room for other students. Once the one-person-per-seat capacity has been reached, students will then need to start sitting two-persons-per-seat, etc.
Arrival at School:
Summer school will start at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m. Students not arriving by bus should remain with their parents in their vehicle to promote social distancing. Students being dropped off may enter the building and go to their classroom at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving by bus will be dismissed by bus in an orderly fashion so appropriate social distancing can be maintained during arrival.
Dismissal From School:
Students being picked up at school by parents will be released before the students who ride the bus. Parents should remain in or near their cars. Students who will be riding buses will be dismissed according to a schedule which will allow appropriate social distancing as students go to the buses.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students at no charge during summer school. No “grab and go” meals will be provided after June 26. Social distancing will be maintained for all meals. There will be opportunities for picnic lunches outside, but only in classroom groups. Students will not be able to co-mingle with other students from different classrooms. Students who bring their own lunch will need to make sure that it is secure in a lunch bag and not handled by other students. Tables (desks) and chairs will be disinfected before and after each meal.
Elementary students will participate in daily recess, weather permitting. Play will include “no contact” activities. Playground equipment (slides, climbing structures, etc.) will not be used due to the inability to effectively disinfect after each use. Good handwashing should take place after each recess. There will be walking field trips only and no bus field trips.