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Reopening Plan August 2020
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Updated 8/19/2020

(419) 943-2801 • St. Mary’s Street • Leipsic, Ohio 45856 •ls.noacsc.org

Updated 7/22/2020

St. Mary’s Plan Reopening Plan for 2020-2021

Preface: The Putnam County Schools, Educational Service Center and Putnam County Health Department have shared general guidelines for the county. This document discusses specific guidelines for St. Mary’s students, staff, families and community.

If we want our students to return to school these are the sacrifices that we must make. Many people have different beliefs about our current national situation, but in consultation with the Putnam County Health Department, we believe these guidelines give us the best chance of starting our school year as normal as possible.

St. Mary’s General Guiding Principles

● St. Mary’s will implement safety protocols tailored to fit our district, family and community

● St. Mary’s will continuously work with the Putnam County Health Department to promote safety in each school building

● St. Mary’s will be transparent with all stakeholders that some level of risk will always be present when children and school district employees occupy school district facilities

● St. Mary’s acknowledges the need for consistency in areas of operations while also acknowledging that individual differences in classroom spaces, school facilities and overall building operations may lead to some inconsistencies

● St. Mary’s are planning to maintain their previously-approved school calendars with some potential adjustments due to staff training and preparedness

● Each of these general guiding principles will be common to all Putnam County School districts

St. Mary’s Daily Health Assessments

● Employees are expected to take their own temperature before reporting to the school building

● Students who are able are expected to take their own temperature before reporting to the school building

● Parents or guardians of students who are unable to take their own temperature are expected to conduct temperature checks on their son(s) and/or daughter(s) before reporting to the school building

● Each student will have their temperature taken during the first 30 minutes of the school day, prior to the start of class.  Any student with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be directed to the isolation room to wait for parental pick up

●All visitors will need a health assessment that includes their temperature taken and questionnaire completion.  

● Students and Staff must stay home if any of the following conditions exist that cannot be diagnosed as a non-COVID condition (i.e. seasonal allergies, etc.):  If a student or teacher is subject to experiencing any of the listed symptoms due to a non-COVID condition, the school is requesting a note from their physician that indicates the condition and possible symptoms. ● Experiencing any or all of the following symptoms: ○ Cough...one of the “Big 3” symptoms ○ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing...one of the “Big 3” symptoms

○ A temperature in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit

○ Experiencing any or all of the following symptoms:

○  Fever or chills...a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is one of the “Big 3” symptoms

                ○ i. A student/employee must be “fever-free” for at least 24 hours before returning to school...if a fever is their only symptom ii. If other symptoms are present with the fever, the student/employee must be “fever-free” for 72 hours before returning to school

○ Cough  one of the “Big 3” symptoms

○ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  one of the “Big 3” symptoms

○ Fatigue

○ Muscle or body aches

○ Headache

○ Loss of taste or smell

○ Sore throat

○ Congestion or runny nose

○ Nausea or vomiting

○ Diarrhea

Communications when a Student/Staff Member has been diagnosed COVID-19 Positive

● Communication will be developed by the Putnam County Health Department and shared with each Putnam County school district

● Communication will be shared based on the protocol set forth by the Putnam County Health Department

● School districts will cooperate with the Putnam County Health Department’s work in contact tracing and quarantine requirements

● The Putnam County Health Department, consistent with statewide protocols, will define what is considered “exposure” to COVID-19

● The Putnam County Health Department will determine the quarantine protocol when a student is exhibiting CoVid -19 symptoms

●Students will immediately be sent to an isolation room

Protocol when a student is exhibiting CoVid -19 symptoms

●Employees should contact the principal to inform them they are exhibiting symptoms and leave the building ASAP.  

●The employee should immediately contact their health care provider or local health department in regards to CoVid-19 testing.

●Each school office will be submitting a weekly report to the Putnam County Health Department

Isolation Area Guidelines

The Putnam County Health Department will provide guidance/investigations with regards to contact tracing and potential quarantining orders.  

St. Mary’s Face Mask Guidelines

○  AS OF AUGUST 4, 2020:  THE GOVERNOR OF OHIO HAS ORDERED THAT ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES K-12 WEAR FACE MASK WHILE AT SCHOOL.  Any student or staff with a significant physiological issue may be exempted from wearing a face mask but a medical doctor must draft a letter indicating that the student can not wear a face mask at school due to a medical condition.  (MD, DO, CNP)

○  St. Mary’s requires face masks for all students and staff to be accessible so they can be worn when the situation warrants a face mask.

○ Situations that warrant a face masks at all times for all K - 8 students and staff:

■ Face masks are mandatory upon entering the building

■ Face masks are mandatory in every classroom

■ Face masks are mandatory on all school buses

■ Face masks are mandatory in the hallways and classroom exchanges

■ Face masks are mandatory in the kitchen/serving line

■ Face masks may be removed when actively eating or drinking while a student remains in their seat.  

■ Students must replace their face mask when they have finished eating and drinking

■ Face masks should always be put on and taken off by handing the ear loops

■Face masks are mandatory for the Preschool Students when entering the Public School building for lunch

○ Face masks are required for students in Grades K - 8 at all times except under certain circumstances such as mask breaks, outdoor activities, and other acceptable situations.  Please practice wearing face masks with your children.  

○ Appropriate face masks include any disposable face masks, purchased face masks, homemade masks, or neck gaiters that adequately cover the mouth and nose area.

  1. Daily Mask - worn entering the building and throughout the school day
  2. Back-up Mask - to be placed in a zip lock bag in their backpack
  3. Classroom Mask -  to be placed in a zip lock bag labeled with the student name and given to the teacher the first week of school. This will be stored in the classroom in case the student loses or breaks his/her mask.

○Unapproved Face Masks

The administration reserves the right to disallow any and all face masks on a case by case basis.

● Any requirement may be waived for individual students or staff with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing a face covering. In that instance, proper documentation must be provided to the school.

● Parents are advised that any current recommendations on face masks may become mandates

● Changes to any face mask policy may be made at either a county or district level

Classrooms

● Safety protocols for all learning spaces will be in place

● Classrooms will attempt to be arranged for social distancing of 6 feet whenever possible.  Non classroom space can be used to assist with social distancing.  

● If possible student will face the same direction

● Upon entering and leaving the classroom, students must wash or sanitize their hands.  

● Students will be provided with a tri-fold plexi glass to place on their desk.  

Even if social distancing can be maintained, students/teachers are not permitted to remove their masks while in the classroom.

●Within the first week of school the teacher will teach and model the CoVid 19 protocols.

● Classroom occupancy will be determined based on each individual circumstance with the maximum amount of safety considerations possible

● Classroom doors should remain open during the school day to eliminate the need to use door knobs and push bars

● It is recommended that desks and seats be sanitized frequently.

● Employees are permitted to take students outside, socially distance and take a break from wearing face mask

● Classes that utilize shared materials will need to develop a sanitizing regiment that is approved by their principal (art, music, PE, science lab.  

● STREAM room - teachers will sign out items and sanitize them before returned to the STREAM room

● Water Fountains will remain on as a filling station, but students are highly encouraged to bring their own water bottle.

● Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom and at all main entrances

Ventilation is the #4 preventive measure per the Health Department the windows should remain open

Hallway

●Lockers will be used in a limited fashion.  Students are encouraged to use bookbags to limit trips to their lockers.

●Drinking fountains will only be use to refill water bottles

        ●Students are not permitted to drink directly from the fountain

●Students may bring reusable water bottles to school...the principal have the right to determine the appropriateness of the water bottle

Food Service/Cafeteria Use

● Leipsic Public  will offer food service

● Food service employees will need to answer the following questions each day prior to work.

● Logistics will be determined by individual districts in compliance with the Putnam County Health Department

● Students and employees are required to wash/sanitize their hands before entering the kitchen/serving area

● Individuals should also wash/sanitize their hands prior to returning to the classroom or proceeding to recess

● Social distancing will be observed in the serving line

● Face masks are strictly mandated while students/employees proceed through the serving line.

        ● Face Masks should be removed while eating; however, the face mask should be used when returning the lunch tray and discarding garbage

●  No self-service of any kind

        ● Students/employees will be permitted to enter their numbers on the touchpad

        ● Cashiers should periodically disinfect the touchpad when the time allows

● Individual condiment packages will be distributed

●  Socially-distanced seating in the cafeteria and adjacent eating spaces

●  Encouragement for students to wash their hands before and after eating lunch

●  Sanitization of the cafeteria and adjacent eating spaces between each lunch cycle

● Silverware will be offered in a sanitary package such as individually wrapped bags

● Plastic trays will be used until further notice

● Meal plans and a la carte choices will be reduced this year

Transportation

● Reminder:  Students should have their temperature taken prior to boarding the school bus

        ● If a student's temperature is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, the student should remain home

        ● Students will have their temperature taken again after arriving at school

● Face masks are required for all drivers and riders to and from school building

        ● Students who do not have a mask or refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to board the bus

● Drivers will create strict and specific seating arrangements for each bus route that students must

adhere to

        ● When possible only one student should occupy a seat unless the two students are from the same family or babysitter

● Hand sanitizer will be provided for use as students enter and exit the school bus; however, whenever possible students should wash their hands prior to boarding the school bus

● Parents who are uncomfortable regarding the ability of the district to successfully maintain a

safe and healthy setting on the school bus are encouraged to personally transport their son(s)

and/or daughter(s) to and from school.

        ● Parents should contact the school to inform Leipsic Public, McComb Local, Pandora-Gilboa, or Miller City schools that your child/children will not be riding the school bus so that safe seating assignments can be constructed.  

Playground/Recess

● St. Mary’s will make every effort to maintain consistency with other safety procedures

● Hand sanitization/washing of hands must take place prior to and after use of school playground equipment.

● The Putnam County Health Department has indicated that it is not necessary to disinfect the playground equipment between use due to the fact that the equipment exists in the open air and is exposed to sunlight.

● Other recess items such as jump ropes, balls and frisbees will need sanitized between student use

● Indoor Recess will take place in the classrooms.

Start of Day/End of Day

●Reminder:  Students should have their temperature taken prior to arriving to school

●Hand sanitization/washing of hands must take place prior to and after use of school playground equipment.

●Measures will be taken to prevent students from congregating before and after school

● Measures will be taken to improve the flow of student traffic entering and exiting the building before and after the school day

● When students arrive at school students will go directly to their classroom.  Students will  not be allowed to enter the building until 7:45.  

●Parents must remain in/near their vehicles when dropping off their children.  Parents will not be able to walk their child/children to the front door or the classroom.  Staff members will be present to monitor the students safety as they proceed into the building.

●Preschool students will enter the building through the West doors.  

●Kindergarten - 8th grade will enter the building through the East Doors.  

●Students who walk or get picked up at the end of the day will be dismissed by families.  

Visitors/Volunteers

● Until further notice there will be no volunteers, mentors, permitted in the building

● Parents are only permitted to visit the school to drop off their late arrival student or pick up their early dismissal student

● Parents will remain in the foyer until an office employee presents them with a late-arrival/early dismissal signature sheet

●Parents will be required to call ahead and set up a meeting via the school office to visit the school for any other reason that is approved by a school official

        ●Unannounced school visits will be prohibited

●A health assessment that includes a temperature screening upon arrival will be required prior to granting entry into the building

●A temperature reading of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher automatically excludes any visitor from entering the building

Cleaning and Sanitation Protocols

●Classrooms should be sanitized by teachers frequently throughout the day

        ●Each classroom will be supplied with hand sanitizer, antiviral spray and microfibers towels to sanitize rooms.

        ●At the end of the day, teachers need to deposit the used towel at a location determine by each principal so that the towels can be laundered  

        ●If additional supplies are needed or utilized by teachers, the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) must be available for all products.

●The Putnam County Health Department has indicated that the playground equipment does not need to be sanitized.  

●Employees should schedule periodic hand washing for the students to minimize the use of classroom hand sanitizer

        ●Make sure that this time is scheduled so that more than one classroom is not trying to use the restroom at the same time.

●Drinking fountains are for water bottle refills only

●Students are not allowed to get a drink directly from the water fountains

●Fountains will sanitized on a daily basis

●Library books will need to be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days upon their return to the school.  

Special Education

● Services Provided

○ Plan 1 - Traditional In-Person Learning

i. Definition: All students attend school on a daily basis with added safety protocols

ii. Continue with progress monitoring

iii. IEP/ETR meetings may be held in person with all individuals wearing face masks

1. Remote or phone conferences may be held with verbal agreement as requested by the parent/guardian

○ Plan 2 - Blended Learning

i. Definition: All students participate in a blended learning environment that includes receiving instruction through a remote, digital platform AND selected groups of students attend in-person (at school) to participate in learning activities such as labs and other in-person learning activities

1. Students who struggle to make progress in learning may be scheduled to attend in-person instruction at school

2. Students on an IEP may be scheduled to attend in-person instruction at school

ii. Parent letter/PR-01 sent home outlining special education process during Blended Learning

1. Plan days to have special education students attend in-person to work on classwork, assessments, progress monitoring (possibly 1 day weekly, for 2hr block of time, with no more than 4 students at a time)

2. A plan must be put in place to complete assessments for progress monitoring documentation (in-person OR remote) 7

3. Make sure students know which Learning Management System (LMS) to use to find resources uploaded by the intervention specialist and their general education teachers

4. Work with general education classroom teachers to provide accommodations and modifications per student IEP

5. Daily Google Meet time to work with students remotely

6. IEP/ETR meetings done virtually or by phone with verbal agreement of parent/guardian 7. Weekly communication with parents through a mutually agreed upon method:

a. Home guidelines for blended learning

b. Establish a schedule for home blended learning and modify as needed

c. Determine access to technology

d. Be flexible with staff hours to be available to support parents

○ Plan 3 - Remote Learning

i. Definition: All students will be required to complete lessons remotely with no students reporting to the building at any time.

ii. Parent letter/PR-01 sent home outlining special education process during Remote Learning

1. Make sure students know which LMS to use to find resources uploaded by the intervention specialist and their general education teachers

2. Daily Google Meet time to work with students remotely

3. All progress monitoring done remotely through LMS and Google Meet opportunities...a plan must be put in place to complete assessments for progress monitoring documentation remotely

4. Work with general education classroom teachers to provide accommodations and modifications per student IEP

5. IEP/ETR meetings done virtually or by phone with verbal agreement of parent/guardian

6. Weekly communication with parents through a mutually agreed upon method:

a. Guidelines for remote learning

b. Establish a schedule for remote learning and modify as needed

c. Determine access to technology

d. Be flexible with staff hours to be available to support parents

Learning Plans

St. Mary’s s is currently operating on Plan 1. If there is a change to another plan, we will communicate that information via Parent Square. Consistent with all Putnam County schools, parents/students are not permitted to choose which plan they prefer.

Plan 1 - Traditional In-Person Learning

● Definition: All students attend school on a daily basis with added safety protocols

● Social distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained when possible...including student desk positioning of 3-6 feet

○ When social distancing is not possible, face masks become even more critical

Plan 2 - Blended Learning

● Definition: All students participate in a blended learning environment that includes receiving instruction through remote, digital platform AND selected groups of students attend in-person (at school) to participate in learning activities such as labs and other in-person learning activities

○ Students who struggle to make progress in learning may be scheduled to attend in-person instruction at school

○ Student requested appointments

● Make sure students know where to find resources uploaded by their general education teachers

● Weekly communication with all students through a mutually agreed upon method:

○ Home guidelines for blended learning

○ Establish a schedule for home blended learning and modify as needed

○ Determine access to technology

○ Be flexible with staff hours to be available to support parents

● Limit the sharing of supplies

○ Sanitize supplies after each use

○ Sanitize tables/chairs/equipment after each use

Plan 3 - Remote Learning

● Definition: All students will be required to complete lessons remotely with no students reporting to the building at any time.

○ Make sure students know where to find resources uploaded by their teachers

○ Weekly communication with all students through a mutually agreed upon method:

i. Guidelines for remote learning

ii. Establish a schedule for remote learning and modify as needed

iii. Determine access to technology

iv. Be flexible with staff hours to be available to support parents

Risk-Level Guidelines as per Governor DeWine’s Orders from July 2, 2020

The state has created a color-coded system of guidelines to assess the amount of spread of COVID-19 per county (Yellow, Orange, Red, and Purple). School officials will collaborate regularly with the Putnam County Health Department to review Putnam County's rating and determine what adjustments, if any, need to be made to daily school operations throughout the school year. Therefore, we strongly urge parents, students and staff members to practice the ongoing and strongly recommended safety measures to further prevent the spread of COVID-19:

● Physical and social distancing

● Wearing a face mask

● Good hand hygiene

The practices we engage in now and over the next six weeks will determine whether Putnam County school districts can allow our children to go back to school in late August which is where we all know they need to be.