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Reopening Plan 2021-22

July 12, 2021

 

Malcolm Public Schools families,

We have carefully monitored national, state and local health/public safety conditions, as well as recommendations from the Nebraska Department of Education, the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). At the present time, based on all of the information we have collected, the following document is our proposed safe re-opening plan for the 2021-22 school year. As with many protocols and plans during the duration of the pandemic, this plan is fluid and will be constantly monitored and changed as necessary. Please feel free to reach out to the administrative offices if you have any comments or concerns.

For the 2021-22 school year, Malcolm Public Schools will conduct operations based on guidance from, and conversations with, LLCHD. We strongly believe that the best possible scenario for families, students and staff, is to have students in school, in a normal school environment, as much as safely possible. Although we don’t anticipate being as restrictive as we were at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, we are aware that certain variants of the virus could pose a significant threat moving forward. With this plan, we hope to be efficient and effective in our response to the changing requirements and recommendations.

Accommodations will be considered for students and staff with individual health or family health concerns. For students who are not able to attend in person, we will consider some type of synchronous learning platform—synchronous means remote students log-on to receive instruction with their class at certain set times during the school day. The use of a synchronous model will be discussed with individual families upon need. However, these accommodations will be considered in extreme cases only—instruction for the rest of MPS, will be in-person unless there is a change in the LLCHD, DHM that changes what is considered best practice.

Please keep in mind, there are (currently and potentially in the future) mandates that are out of our control. At any point, LLCHD, CDC, NDE, or the Governor of Nebraska can mandate certain health practices or restrictions that we must implement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part I: Proposed Reopening Plan for the 2020-21 School Year:

  • Self-Monitoring
    • All students and staff are asked to continue with self-monitoring
    • Do not come to school if you have a temperature at 100.4 or higher
    • Do not come to school if you have two or more symptoms listed on the ………………..
  • Face Coverings
    • The MPS plan for face coverings will be based on local health/public safety conditions and recommendations from the LLCHD. As of right now, there is no DHM that requires masks for staff or students. Unless that changes, we will not require masks for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Please note: As mentioned in the opening, this plan is fluid and will be adjusted if necessary. Although we do not anticipate any mask mandate at the start of the year, this could change.
    • Although face coverings will not be mandatory, they are optional—any staff, student, volunteer or visitor that chooses to wear a mask as a personal choice, can do so. Please note: For any individual that is not fully vaccinated, face coverings are highly recommended.
    • FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN IN ALL BUSES AND SCHOOL VEHICLES—DAILY ROUTES AND ACTIVITY ROUTES …..THIS IS A CDC MANDATE
  • Quarantine and Isolation

Although we are relaxing some of the restrictions for this school year, we will still employ the quarantine and isolation protocols as determined by consultation, and at the direction of the Lincoln Lancaster Health Department. Please refer to the following protocols for close contact with a positive case:

Vaccinated individuals WITHOUT symptoms need to self-monitor—staff and students

Unvaccinated individuals WITHOUT symptoms—quarantine for 10 days without testing, or 7 days if they receive a negative test after the 5th day.

ALL close contacts WITH symptoms still need to quarantine for the full 14 days, even with a negative test result.

Part II: Safe School Operations IF Public Health Conditions Deteriorate and More Restrictive Measures Are Necessary.

(***This is essentially our plan from the 2020-21 school year, and is only included as a contingency if necessary)

Essential Planning Questions:

  • How can we effectively serve Malcolm students educationally regardless of the modality and circumstances in which we are asked to serve them?
  • Do school calendars, start times, or days of operation need to change in order to serve students within the guidelines to operate our schools safely?
  • What health screening will need to take place at our buildings? Who will do the screening? What equipment will we need?
  • What school operations do we need to be prepared to alter on short notice as public health guidance changes when students and staff are on campus?
  • As a rural campus, how do we get students to campus and concurrently honor public health guidelines such as social distancing?
  • How can we meet social distancing and/or cohort grouping guidelines and still operate with some or all students on the Malcolm campus?
  • How do we protect and deliver high quality instruction to high risk/immunosuppressed students; 1) on campus, 2) remotely
  • How do we protect staff in high risk categories when school is in session on campus and still operate a school effectively?
  • How do we safely deliver an extracurricular program for sports, fine arts, and other co-curricular experiences; 1) students, 2) staff
  • What needs to be communicated to staff regarding contact tracing within Malcolm Public Schools for positive cases?
  • What safety measures and equipment need to be in place to resume some degree of in-person instruction in the fall (e.g., screening, ppe, social distancing, cohort grouping)?
    • Thermometers
    • Masks
    • Clear face shields
    • Sanitizer dispensers
    • Signage
  • How do we improve the quality of the remote learning experience for students and staff should an extended school closure be needed again in the 20-21 school year?
  • What professional development, support, or planning opportunities do we need to provide to Malcolm staff (pre-fall) in order to prepare them for the 2020-2021 school year?
  • What supplies and other resources do we need to acquire proactively in order to ensure we can carry out any on campus plans next fall?
  • What steps can we take to promote best practices for personal hygiene for students, staff, and families?
  • How can we meet the communication needs of Malcolm stakeholders (families, students & staff) in a systematic way so that our efforts are not overwhelming and yet sufficient to explain the “what,” “why,” and “how” any plans we make and implement?
  • How will we respond if someone that has been on the Malcolm Public Schools’ campus, and has interacted with students and staff, tests positive for COVID-19?
  • How do we handle students and/or staff that are unable to report to campus because they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been recommended for self-quarantine?
  • How should the Malcolm Public School District begin the 2020-2021 school year (instructionally and operationally)?
  • What would we do differently if we are forced to engage in remote learning for all…again?
  • How often should we meet?
    • Evaluate the success and efficacy of our plan
    • Make adjustments
  • What legal issues will we be facing?
    • Students
    • Staff
  • Anticipated transportation issues and protocol.?.?
    • Daily Routes
      • Social Distancing
      • Barriers
      • Masks
      • Temperature Screening
    • Activity Routes
      • Social Distancing
      • Barriers
      • Masks
      • Temperature Screening
  • Food service issues and protocol.?.?
    • Serving
    • Trays and utensils
    • Dining Room
      • Seating
      • Area
    • Classroom dining
    • Salad Bar
    • Breakfast
  • Grounds and Facilities
    • Cleaning of high traffic areas
    • Cleaning of classrooms
      • Nighttime custodial crew
      • Daily wipe-down procedures for teachers
    • Cleaning of offices
    • Cleaning of gymnasiums and locker-rooms
    • Playground equipment
    • Use of disinfectant gun
    • No water fountain use—bottle fillers only
  • Concession stand protocol
    • Packaged food only?
    • Face coverings?
  • Music classes and performances
    • Vocal
    • Instrumental
  • Drama Production
    • Practices
    • Cleaning and disinfecting protocol for equipment and facility

 

 

 

 

 

Potential 2021-2022 School Year Scenarios:

Scenario “A”: Open school August 12th (as scheduled), in person, with designated mitigation strategies in place.  Please Note: This is how we plan to operate, and it will be as close to “normal” as possible.

Scenario “B”: Use a hybrid, in-person/remote learning model. Although the details would need to be worked out, this scenario could be done many different ways. The objective, regardless of how it looks, would be to effectively serve our students—both in-person and in a remote setting.

Scenario “C”:  To experience scenario “C”, the pandemic would need to take a drastic turn that threatens the overall health and safety of the community.  Scenario “C” would be 100% remote learning, and it would be a directive from the Governor or LLCHD.

Core Planning Tenets:

Governance: includes this document as the core structure that will guide decision making and the response to the public health crisis in addition to board policy, administrative regulations and memorandums which will guide the application of the district vision/mission during the pandemic.

Mitigation: includes steps taken to assess students and staff for COVID-19 symptoms prior to engaging in the school environment, or the use of other mitigation strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus.

School Operations: includes operational aspects of how schools run such as arrival/dismissal, passing periods, visitor access, student movement throughout the school, staff meetings, recess, student attendance policies, etc.

Food Service: includes school meal services such as breakfast, lunch, and grab and go when school is operating on campus.

Facilities/Custodial: includes guidelines for custodians and staff for how to proactively avoid the spread of germs and illness, how to respond when someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been on campus, and any safety related facility modifications made.

Extracurricular Activities: includes sports, activities, field trips, and co-curricular functions beyond core, within school day.

Academics: includes plans to address unfinished learning, continuity of learning (remote learning) in the event of extended school closure, and the delivery of educational services to special populations (e.g., special education, LEP, etc.).

Technology Services: includes promotion and support for the use of instructional technology for in-person and remote learning as well as logistics related to the distribution of devices and technology support (device repair, internet access strategies, etc.) in the event of an extended school closure.

Transportation: includes plans to keep students safe and healthy on school buses within guidelines provided by public health experts.

Health Services: includes the delivery of services by health aide on campus during the pandemic including but not limited to the location of the health office, how to handle symptomatic students, and monitoring of on campus illness and absentee rates.

Wellness: includes social and emotional supports and programs for students and staff as well as the strategic promotion of good personal hygiene habits across the Malcolm campus.

At-Risk or Vulnerable Populations: includes strategies to protect students and staff in higher risk categories.

 

Risk Level: Low

Zero to Minimal Risk for Contraction or Spread

Risk Level: Moderate

Minimal to Moderate Risk for Contraction or Spread

Risk Level: High

Moderate to High Risk for Contraction or Spread

Risk Level: Severe

High to Severe Risk for Contraction or Spread

Confirmed COVID-19 Case (PK-12)

  1. Short-term closure 2-5 days depending the case/cases,

-Number of cases and exposure risk

-Rooms to be sanitized

  1. Intermediate Closure 6-14 days depending the case/cases,

-Number of cases and exposure risk

-Rooms to be sanitized

  1. Long-term closure 14+ days due to a local health/government official, or an outbreak within the school

 

Tenet: Governance

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination:

  • Daily operations will be normal
  • District Operations will be normal

Risk Level: Moderate

With a moderate risk determination:

  • Daily operations may be impacted by a directed health measure, county government, or state government guidance.
  • District operations may be impacted by a directed health measure, county government, or state government guidance.

Risk Level: High

With a high risk determination:

  • Daily operations may be impacted by a directed health measure, county government, or state government guidance.
  • District operations may be impacted by a directed health measure, county government, or state government guidance.

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk determination:

  • Daily operations may be impacted by a directed health measure, county government, or state government guidance.
  • District operations may be impacted by a directed health measure, county government, or state government guidance.

 

Tenet: Mitigation

Risk Level: Low

For on-campus education that happens when the risk level is low, the following mitigation strategies will be in place:

  1. Good hygiene practices will be encouraged.
  2. At home screenings will be expected.
    • For at home temperature screening, 100.3 degrees is our acceptable threshold…at 100.4 degrees, the student needs to stay home
  3. Enhanced screenings at school where necessary.
  4. Hand sanitizer will be available in classroom and commons areas.

Risk Level: Moderate

For on-campus education that happens when the risk level is moderate, the following mitigation strategies will be in place:

  1. Staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear face covering while inside of the buildings, where/when feasible.
    • MPS will provide face coverings for all students—if you would like to acquire/make one (or more) for your child, that will also be acceptable.
    • New or freshly laundered face covering will be required daily—do not reuse disposable masks, and make sure any reusable mask is washed daily.
  2. PK-3 students will operate in cohort groups.
  3. At home screenings will be expected.
    1. For at home temperature screening, 100.3 degrees is our acceptable threshold…at 100.4 degrees, the student needs to stay home
  4. Enhanced screenings at school and in school vehicles.
    • See Transportation for school vehicle protocol
  5. Hand sanitizer will be available in commons areas, and will also be available and distributed in classrooms.
  6. Social distancing will be emphasized—student congregations will be discouraged.
  7. During the school day, high touch surfaces will be disinfected when feasible.
  8. Water fountains will not be available:
    • Students should bring a water bottle for personal use.
    • Bottle fillers will be operational
  9. 5-12 students will have lockers, but are encouraged to carry backpacks during the day to reduce the need to use lockers.

Risk Level: High

In-person schooling would only happen if district administration and LLCHD thought it was safe for students and staff to be on campus. Otherwise we would be 100% remote (scenario “C”) or would be using a hybrid model (scenario “B”).

 

For any on-campus education that happens when the risk level is high, the following mitigation strategies will be in place:

  1. 100% of staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear face covering while inside of the buildings.
  2. Enhanced screenings at school and in school vehicles.
  3. At home screenings will be expected.
    1. For at home temperature screening, 100.3 degrees is our acceptable threshold…at 100.4 degrees, the student needs to stay home.
  4. Social distancing will be mandatory--student congregations will be prohibited.
  5. Hand sanitizer will be available in commons areas, and will also be available and distributed in classrooms.
  6. Cohort grouping will be in effect where feasible.
  7. Hallway traffic patterns will be established and implemented.
  8. During the school day, high touch surfaces will be disinfected frequently.
  1. Water fountains will not be available:
    • Students should bring a water bottle for personal use.
    • Bottle fillers will be operational.
  2. 5-12 students will have lockers, but are encouraged to carry backpacks during the day to reduce the need to use lockers.

 

Risk Level: Severe

School would not be meeting in-person.  Our remote learning plan (scenario “C”) would be used until district administration and LLCHD thought it was safe for students and staff to return to campus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenet: School Operations

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination:

  • School will operate on time with no calendar changes.
  • School will operate on regular school hours

Risk Level: Moderate

With a moderate risk determination:

  • School will operate on time with no calendar changes.
  • School will operate on regular school hours

Risk Level: High

With a high risk level determination:

  • If feasible and needed, we would use Scenario “B” (hybrid in-person/remote learning model).

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk level determination, school will not operate on campus—everything will be done remotely

 

Tenet: Food Service

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk level determination:

  • K-12 would demonstrate good hygiene practices as well as social distancing where feasible.
  • Minimal modifications to the regular lunch schedule.

Risk Level: Moderate

With a moderate risk level determination:

  • K-12 would demonstrate good hygiene practices as well as social distancing where feasible.
  • Lunch times would be modified as needed.
  • Eating locations would be modified as needed to reduce the number of bodies in the lunchroom at any one time.
  • Students will not self-enter their lunch number in the point of sale system.
  • Disposable trays and utensils will be used for all K-12 students.
  • No self-serve options (fresh vegetable/salad bar) will be available.

Risk Level: High

With a high risk level determination:

  • K-12 would demonstrate good hygiene practices as well as social distancing where feasible.
  • Lunch times would be modified as needed.
  • Eating locations would be modified as needed to reduce the number of bodies in the lunchroom at any one time.
  • Students will not self-enter their lunch number in the point of sale system.
  • Disposable trays and utensils will be used for all K-12 students.
  • No self-serve options (fresh vegetable/salad bar) will be available.

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk level determination:

  • On campus lunches will not be served with remote learning.

 

 

 

 

Tenet: Facilities/Custodial

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination, the facilities will be cleaned as normally scheduled.  Access to the facility will be normal with certain agreed upon operational expectations.

 

Risk Level: Moderate

With a low risk determination, enhanced cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing will occur on a daily basis.

  1. Outside groups/organizations will be allowed to use the facility with restrictions, agreed upon operational expectations, and by appointment only.
  2. Non-parent/Non-guardian visitors will be allowed by appointment only.

 

Risk Level: High

With a high risk level determination, enhanced cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing will occur on a daily basis.

  1. No outside groups/organizations will be allowed to use the indoor K-12 facility.
    1. The Board Room in the business office can be used upon request
    2. Youth Sports groups can use the outdoor facilities upon request
      1. They must submit a Plan of Operation
      2. They must have all coaches and players sign a waiver
  2. Non-parent/Non-guardian visitors will be prohibited.
    1. Parents/guardians will need to schedule the visit and remain in their car until asked to come into the building.
    2. If the visit does not require entry into the building, the parent/guardian will be asked to remain in their vehicle and school personnel will serve them outside (i.e. picking up an item, dropping off an item, paying a charge, etc.)

 

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk level determination, school will not operate on campus. The school will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized once the school is closed, and prior to any reopening that may occur.

  1. No outside groups/organizations will be allowed to use the facility.
  2. Non-parent/Non-guardian visitors will be prohibited
    1. Parents/guardians will need to schedule the visit and remain in their car until asked to come into the building.
    2. If the visit does not require entry into the building, the parent/guardian will be asked to remain in their vehicle and school personnel will serve them outside (i.e. picking up an item, dropping off an item, paying a charge, etc.).

 

Tenet: Academics

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination, teaching and learning will be normal.

Risk Level: Moderate

With a low risk determination, teaching and learning will be as close to normal as possible.

Risk Level: High

With a high risk level determination, if feasible, we would use Scenario “B” (hybrid in-person/remote learning model). Teachers/administrators will determine the breadth and depth of the learning and assessments.  This could vary from time-to-time based on the determination of essential learnings.

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk level determination, school will not operate on campus—everything will be done remotely. Teachers/administrators will determine the breadth and depth of the learning and assessments.  This could vary from time-to-time based on the determination of essential learnings and the feasibility of delivering the content remotely—either synchronously or a-synchronously.

 

*If families have an immunocompromised student, or the family is not comfortable sending any student(s) to school (regardless of risk level), please contact your building administrator to set up an individual learning plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenet: Technology Services

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination:

  • No change to normal operations.

Risk Level: Moderate

With a moderate risk determination:

  • No change to daily operations.
  • Validate student/staff information on remote learning access to internet resources.
  • Proactive preparation for remote learning in a synchronous and a-synchronous environment.

Risk Level: High

With a high risk determination,

  • Hybrid remote learning in a synchronous and a-synchronous environment—determination of which model will be dependent on a number of logistical factors.
  • Network, hardware, software, and application support from the technology department.

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk determination,

  • Remote learning in a synchronous and a-synchronous environment—determination of which model will be dependent on a number of logistical factors.
  • Network, hardware, software, and application support from the technology department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenet: Transportation

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination, hand sanitizer will be available and good hygiene practices (i.e. cough into the fold of the elbow, sneeze into a tissue, etc.) will be emphasized.

Risk Level: Moderate

With a moderate risk determination, face coverings will be required, hand sanitizer will be available and temperature screenings will be done as the students enters a school vehicle.

  • 100.3 degrees is our acceptable threshold…at 100.4 degrees, the student will not be allowed on the bus.
  • Parent/Guardian must stay with the student until the temperature screening is complete and the student is allowed on the bus.

Risk Level: High

With a high risk determination, face coverings will be required, hand sanitizer will be available and expected to be used, and temperature screenings will be done as the students enters a school vehicle.

  • 100.3 degrees is our acceptable threshold…at 100.4 degrees, the student will not be allowed on the bus.
  • Parent/Guardian must stay with the student until the temperature screening is complete and the student is allowed on the bus.

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk determination, no school district transportation will be provided.

 

 

 

Parents are encouraged to transport their own students if/when feasible. Although we will not make this mandatory, and understand it is logistically impossible for some families, this would cut down on the number of riders, thus resulting in less of a chance of COVID transmission. If you have a bus rider, and plan to personally transport them at any time, please communicate that intent with the Business Office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenet: Health Services

Regardless of risk level, we will have health service protocols in place that include screening, isolation (symptomatic staff or students), communication, and general response.  These protocols will be modified and implemented as needed on a case-by-case basis.

Risk Level: Low

Risk Level: Moderate

Risk Level: High

Risk Level: Severe

 

 

 

 

 

Tenet: Extracurricular Activities

MPS will abide by the governance and guidance from the Nebraska School Activities Association for all extracurricular activities that they govern. As it stands now, we plan to participate in all activities (that we currently have) that are offered by the NSAA.  As is always the case, families will need to make personal decisions (based on individual risk assessments) on participation in extracurricular activities.

 

Decisions regarding all extracurricular activities not governed by the NSAA, will happen on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the activity organizations and health department recommendations.

 

Risk Level: Low

Risk Level: Moderate

Risk Level: High

Risk Level: Severe

 

 

 

Tenet: Wellness

 

Risk Level: Low

With a low risk determination:

  • Social and emotional support will be available upon request—students are encouraged to let staff know about other students that need support.
  • Promotion of personal hygiene practices, mitigation practices, response to symptoms or a positive diagnosis, etc.

Risk Level: Moderate

With a moderate risk determination:

  • Social and emotional support will be available upon request—students are encouraged to let staff know about other students that need support.
  • Promotion of personal hygiene practices, mitigation practices, response to symptoms or a positive diagnosis, etc.

Risk Level: High

With a high risk determination:

  • Social and emotional support will be available upon request—students are encouraged to let staff know about other students that need support.
  • Promotion of personal hygiene practices, mitigation practices, response to symptoms or a positive diagnosis, etc.

Risk Level: Severe

With a severe risk determination,

  • Social and emotional support will be available upon request—students are encouraged to let staff know about other students that need support.
    • With remote learning, staff contact information will be published for students to contact staff when needed.
  • Promotion of personal hygiene practices, mitigation practices, response to symptoms or a positive diagnosis, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tenet: At-risk/Vulnerable Populations

All students have unique learning and physical needs.  For most, their needs do not interfere with their ability to participate in an in-person learning environment. However, there are some students that put themselves at increased risk if they are exposed to potentially contagious counterparts. In addition, considering this pandemic is due to a “novel” coronavirus, some parents/guardians may not feel comfortable with the potential exposure to their student(s), for a myriad of reasons.  We can empathize with both scenarios.  For that reason, we are asking parents/guardians who choose not to send their students to school, to contact your building administrator before the start of school in August, to develop an individual learning plan that can be done remotely.

 

 

Risk Level: Low

Risk Level: Moderate

Risk Level: High

Risk Level: Severe

If you have any questions please contact Ryan Terwilliger.

402.796.2151 x3

ryan.terwilliger@mps148.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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