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COVID Updates

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    October 20, 2020

    Parents/Guardians,

    Plains School will be transitioning to a full 4 day attendance schedule beginning Monday (October 26th).  With the transition to full attendance, a few things will change.  We have listed these changes below so that you are aware of how the school will operate as we navigate through this school year with COVID-19.  As you all know, things are rapidly evolving and we are going to try to be flexible and fluid as the year progresses.  

    Parents can still opt out their child from physically attending school during this time.  This option is called the “Homework Delivery” option.  For the elementary, we will continue to treat this like we have in the past when dealing with a student who is out sick.  We will have their homework available in the office for parents to pick up in the office on Thursday afternoons and some google classroom work for certain grade levels.  High school students who choose to participate in the homework delivery option will be required to complete an online check in form for each of their classes on a daily basis.  The online check in will be considered the attendance check for each day.  Failure to check in will be considered an absence and will be treated as such regarding homework and schoolwork due dates & deadlines.      

     NEW DATES FOR PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES! 

     Parent/Teacher Conferences will be rescheduled to November 11th and 12th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each evening. Parents will be able to attend in person or have a phone conference.  Elementary students will have their appointment forms sent home on Monday, October 26th.  That form will have a section where parents can choose what conference format they would like.  Some teachers will conduct all of their conferences via the telephone.  7-12 parents who would like to do telephone conferences can call the school to schedule times for each teacher.  

     School Doors - Students will be allowed to enter the school building at 7:50 a.m.  This means the doors will not be open for students until 7:50 a.m.  The playground will continue to be closed before the start of the school day.  

    1. Breakfast & Lunch - Breakfast will still be served in the classroom and offered to high school students as they enter the building in the lobby.  Lunch for high school students will be conducted in the gym lobby.  We will have cafeteria tables that we will set out each day in the lobby for students to sit and eat.  Junior high students will eat in the cafeteria.       
    2. Elementary: Breakfast will be served in the classroom.  Lunch will be served in the cafeteria for grades K-4.  Grades 5 & 6 will eat lunch in the Middle School hallway.
    3. Temperature Checks - We are going to begin doing student temperature checks approximately 10-15 minutes after the 1st period tardy bell.      
    4. K-12 Face Coverings - Plains school will continue to follow the face covering/mask policy as outlined in school policy 1905 which follows the directive of face covering/mask requirement when there are 4 or more active cases in our county.     
    5. Busing - Students will ride the bus as normal.  
    6. K-12 Clubs/Organizations - Student body government, Skills USA, NHS, and some after school programs will resume.  After school detentions and academies will resume as normal.
    7. Visitors - Visitors to the school will continue to be limited and will require checking in to the office.  
    8. Elementary: No visitors beyond the office.  
    9. Release Times: Students will be released in the same manner as we have been conducting. Release times are: K-2 will release at 3:50, 3 & 4 at 3:55, and 5 & 6 at 4:00.  Buses will leave campus at 4:05.
    10. Chromebooks - Chromebooks will be required to be returned beginning October 26th unless a student has chosen the Homework Delivery option.

     Please feel free to call the school if you have any questions.  

    Thanks,

     Kevin Meredith                     Jim Holland 

    Plains 7-12 Principal                     Elementary Principal

    In the Event of a confirmed positive case

    A confirmed positive case within the school (staff or student) will initiate a minimum 2 day school shutdown in the 7-12, and a 2 day multi-grade level (K-2, 3-4, or 5-6) shutdown in the elementary for cleaning and collaboration with the county health department.  These plans are subject to change as guidance from the local, state, and federal authorities changes.  

     

     

     


     

     

    The mission of the Plains School District, in partnership with the community, serves to provide each student a diverse education in a safe, supportive, caring environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. The school's organization, curriculum, and co-curricular activities are child centered to assist our leaders of tomorrow in succeeding and contributing responsibly in a global community.

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