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Crawford County Community School Corporation, in conjunction with local health officials, has developed a plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Guidance from IN-CLASS (Indiana’s Consideration for Learning and Safe Schools), legal counsel, and survey data collected from parents and other stakeholders has been utilized in the creation of this comprehensive document.

General Information

  • Families should prepare for unexpected closures and the transition to eLearning days with a positive COVID-19 case. Health department officials will determine the length of time the school will remain closed.
  • Given the fluidity of current information, this document is subject to change.
  • Access to the school buildings by the general public will be limited to essential business only.
  • Water fountains will not be utilized in the buildings. Students are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle to take home to sanitize each night.
  • Disinfectant sprayers will be utilized for deep cleaning facilities after school hours.
  • Positive cases of COVID-19 will warrant further disinfectant measures with sanitizing equipment.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed near office windows.
  • Access to the office by staff and students will be limited.
  • Students and staff will walk on the right side of the hallway when travelling between classes.
  • Face coverings will be required in the hallways and other common areas (when not eating).
  • Face coverings will be required for all students in 3rd grade and up.
  • Assigned seating on buses, in classrooms, and in cafeterias will be required.
  • Students will continue to travel to Prosser, externships, etc.
  • Recess equipment will be sanitized after each group returns to the classroom.
  • Families will choose between traditional learning or virtual learning (see below).

Virtual Learning

  • Families will choose between traditional learning or virtual learning.
    • Virtual learning will only be available during the pandemic. Once the pandemic is declared over (as defined by the CDC and the Indiana Department of Health), students will return to traditional learning at the beginning of the next nine weeks.
    • If the pandemic continues across multiple nine week grading periods, families can choose at the start of the new nine weeks again between traditional learning or virtual learning.
      • First nine weeks: August 4, Second nine weeks: October 12, Third nine weeks: January 4, Fourth nine weeks: March 8
    • Families choosing virtual learning must have internet access options; no packets will be provided.
    • The school corporation will provide a list of businesses or organizations with WiFi available to students from their buildings or parking lots.
    • Virtual learning students’ assignments will have required due dates.
  • Students utilizing virtual learning may be required to take state assessments on site.

Classrooms

  • Sanitizing equipment will be available in each classroom to be used throughout the day or in between classes.
  • Sharing school supplies will not be allowed.
  • Where possible, students will be kept in “cohort groups” for the purposes of “contact tracing” and reducing possible exposure.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged in the classroom.
  • Face coverings are recommended in the classroom but not required for PK-2nd grade.
  • Face coverings are required in the classroom for 3rd-12th grade.
  • Classrooms will be disinfected.
  • PE equipment will be sanitized after each class.

Transportation

  • Bus routes will operate on normal schedules.
  • Face coverings will be required on buses for all students, monitors and drivers.
  • Buses will be sanitized before and after each route.
  • Students will be required to sit in assigned seats and family members will be seated together.
  • Bus drivers and monitors will receive training to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.

Field Trips

  • Field trips will not be taken in the first semester. This decision will be revisited when appropriate.

Attendance

  • No perfect attendance awards or incentives will be given this year.
  • Students should be kept home with fever or symptoms of COVID-19 and report to the school the nature of these symptoms.
  • Students who utilize virtual learning will be counted as absent when work is not turned in on time.

Athletics

  • Athletic considerations will follow guidance set forth in IN-CLASS, Appendix C.

Food Services

  • Additional lunch sessions may be added to enable social distancing
  • Meals may be eaten in classrooms.
  • If eating in the cafeteria, seats will be assigned.
  • Self-service stations will be eliminated.
  • Cafeteria areas, including tables and high touch surfaces, will be sanitized between groups.
  • Meals may be available for pick up on eLearning days.
  • Meals may be available to students choosing virtual learning.

Health Services

  • Students and staff will perform self screenings on a daily basis and self-report if symptoms are present.
    • Self-Screening (at home every day)
      • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Chills, repeated shaking
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Vomiting, diarrhea
  • Buildings will have separate areas for non-COVID-19 symptom & COVID-19 symptom students and staff
    • Mask, gloves, and face shields will be required for anyone caring for individuals with suspected COVID-19 symptoms
    • Individuals with suspected COVID-19 symptoms will wear a face mask
    • COVID-19 symptom holding area will be sanitized after each use
    • Access will be restricted to the COVID-19 symptom holding area to essential staff only
    • Maintain COVID-19 symptom holding room use log for purposes of contract tracing.
  • Education for staff, students, and parents will be provided on the following topics:
    • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Handwashing
    • Importance of face covering
    • Self-screening procedures
    • Reporting of positive cases/symptoms
  • The extent and length of closure of a room, building, or corporation will be a local health department decision, as will quarantining all who were in contact with a positive case.
  • The following will be immediately reported to the building principal:
    • Positive COVID-19 test result in household
    • Under quarantine by the health department
    • High risk in household
  • Procedure for sending symptomatic students and staff home
    • Students will be isolated in the COVID-19 symptom holding room
    • Students will be walked out of the building to their guardian
    • Staff will be sent home immediately
    • Students/staff will be strongly encouraged to visit a doctor
  • Students and staff may return to school after displaying symptoms if they meet the following (students will be transferred to virtual learning during this time):
    • Untested - Not otherwise explained; all three must be met:
      • At least 10 calendar days after symptoms first appeared
      • Fever free for 72 hours (three full days, no fever without medication)
      • Other symptoms have improved
    • Tested positive - Symptomatic
      • At least 10 calendar days after symptoms first appeared, and
      • Fever free for 72 hours (three full days, no fever without medication), AND
      • Other symptoms have improved
      • Or two negative tests at least 24 hours apart
    • Tested positive - Asymptomatic
      • 10 calendar days after test without symptoms
      • Released by healthcare provider
    • Tested negative - Symptomatic
      • Fever free for 72 hours (three full days, no fever without medication), AND
      • Other symptoms have improved
  • In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 student or staff member, the following steps will be taken by the school corporation.
    • The school will contact the local health department.
      • The health department will:
        • Contact all positive cases
        • Inform direct contacts of exposure
        • Instruct regarding self-quarantine and exclusions
    • eLearning will be announced for the number of days required by the health department for the school to be extensively sanitized and cleaned.
    • Extracurricular activities will be cancelled.