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Boundary County School District 101

BOUNDARY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #101

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    Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Community Members,

    The health and safety of our students and staff come first! Boundary County School District #101 will work diligently to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school. In the process, we will need help and support in order to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. We believe strongly our students need to be in school, while reducing risks and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 with the most current information available.

    Our reopening plan reflects three categories: Green – Category 1, Yellow – Category 2, and Red-Category 3.

    The category we are operating under will be governed by our School Board with input from the Governor’s Office, State Board of Education, Department of

    Education, and Panhandle Health. It is crucial for our students’ education that we are fluid and flexible in moving between each category.

    Category Definitions

    Student Instruction

    1

    No or Isolated Community Transmission

    Students will attend school full-time in person. We will implement practical social distancing. A remote learning option will be available for students.

    2

    Minimal/Moderate Community Transmission

    Students will attend school 2 days per week in person and two days remotely. Group A will attend on Mondays and Tuesdays and Group B will attend on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We are working to have families attend school on the same days. Remote learning will be available for students.

    3

    Substantial Community Transmission

    Students will attend school remotely. Individualized plans will be in place for at-risk students.

    Based on recommendations from the Idaho Back to School Framework 2020, leaders and teachers from our district, feedback from our parent/guardian survey, and the most current information from Panhandle Health we created our district’s reopening plan.

    We are extremely fortunate to live in our community. In difficult times, we come together to support and protect each other. As we reopen schools, please be mindful that decisions change rapidly and we want to minimize the stress on our students. Our students and staff need your support, care, and trust now and in the future. Thank you in advance for helping us have a safe, healthy, and productive 2020-2021 school year!

    Sincerely,

    Boundary County School District #101

    Reopening Committee

    Kari Dameron, Teacher

    Josh Knaggs, Teacher

    Luke Omodt, Teacher

    Sara Yoder, Special Education Director

    Gina Brown, Principal

    Kevin Dinning, Principal

    Lisa Iverson, Principal

    Tammy Schneider, Food Service

    Bill Irwin, Transportation

    Andrea Fuentes, Instruction

    Harmon Newhouse, Principal

    Jan Bayer, Superintendent


    During any category we are operating, we are requesting the following to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

    • Wash your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds;
    • Stay 6 feet apart or as practical as possible;
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth;
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes;
    • Wear a face covering/mask;
    • Clean frequently touched surface often; and
    • Stay home if you are sick and/or showing symptoms.

    Below is a list of preventative measures the district will use prior to the opening of school. The preventative measures will be reviewed often to increase the safety and health for our students and staff:

    • Facilities, prior to opening, will be assessed to ensure ventilation systems are operating properly, water systems are safe, and the school has undergone a deep cleaning.
    • Provide clearly visible signage on entrances/buses to communicate symptoms, preventative measures, good hygiene, and school / district protocols including staying home when sick.
    • Provide an established location in each building for students and staff exhibiting signs and symptoms of infection. Individuals will remain in the location until they can return home.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available in entryways, on buses, and throughout school buildings.
    • Sneeze guards and partitions will be in place in areas where it is difficult for individuals to practice practical 6 feet social distancing.
    • Screening measures will be in place for visitors and volunteers. The screener measures may include taking temperatures and a checklist to determine if the visitor or volunteer are showing symptoms.
    • The district and schools will evaluate the use of rooms and specific locations based on which category we are operating in and whether or not we have confirmed and/or possible cases.
     

    Category 1 - GREEN (No/Isolated Community Transmission) - Protocols and Expectations

    The school buildings will remain open, students are in school with practical social distancing and increased cleaning protocols, and there is little to no community spread throughout the community (maybe isolated cases, but no evidence of exposure in large gatherings).
    Prevention
    Practices
    Instruction
    Food Service
    Transportation
    Extra/
    Co-Curricular
    Activities

    Masks or shields required for staff and recommended for students – unless there are local mandates in place that change our

    plan.

    Face-to-face instruction in the school buildings.

    Online option available focusing on Essential Learnings (ELs)

    Staggered entry into cafeteria

    Protocols for picking up and returning items

    Cohort Seating

    Practical Social Distancing Assigned Seating

    Families sitting together

    IHSAA Guidelines

    IML Guidelines – Under development

    Temperatures taken for staff and students –

    location identified until parents/guardians arrive

    Minimal sharing of

    materials/supplies

    Assigned seats

     

     

     

     

    Minimal Entry into buildings

    Cohort grouping as

    practical

     

     

     

    Increased cleaning per CDC guidelines

    Devices available to all

    students

     

     

     

    Practical Social Distancing

     

     

     

     

    Category 2 - YELLOW (Minimal to Moderate Community Transmission) - Protocols and Expectations

    The school buildings are open on a limited basis, increased social distancing from Category 1, and widespread and/or sustained transmission with the potential for rapid increases in cases.
    Prevention
    Practices
    Instruction
    Food Service
    Transportation
    Extra/
    Co-Curricular
    Activities

    Masks or shields required for staff and expected for students

    Temperatures taken and symptom checklist for staff and students – location identified until parents/guardians arrive

    Minimal Entry into buildings – meetings must be scheduled

    Virtual meetings encouraged

    Increased cleaning per CDC guidelines

    Practical Social Distancing

    Students attend 2 days per week in groups with remote learning the other 2 days.

    Group A attends on Mondays and Tuesdays

    Group B attends on Wednesdays and Thursdays

    Groups based on family/households attending in the same group.

    All desks facing the same

    direction and enhanced                                practical social distancing

    No sharing of materials or supplies, unless cleaning occurs between use

    Traditional grading on Essential Learnings (ELs)

    In Buildings

    • Protocols for picking up and returning items
    • Cohort Seating

    Remote

    • Meal pickup and/or grab and go

    Practical Social Distancing Assigned Seating

    Families sitting together

    IHSAA Guidelines

    IML Guidelines– Under development

    Category 3 - RED (Substantial Community Transmission) Protocols and Expectations

    The school buildings will be closed to everyone, unless identified as essential. All learning will be remote, unless an individualized plan is in place. At this time there is large-scale community transmission with multiple confirmed cases within large group settings.
    Prevention
    Practices
    Instruction
    Food Service
    Transportation
    Extra
    /Co-Curricular
    Activities

    Only essential personnel present (Less than 10 people in a room)

    Remote Learning

    Individual plans for students at-risk

    Sack breakfasts and lunch will be available at specific locations

    Meal delivery

    May add routes for students at risk

    IHSAA Guidelines

    IML Guidelines – Under development

    Masks or shields required

    for staff and students

    Temperatures and symptom checklists taken for staff and students – location identified until parents/guardians arrive

     

    Limited instruction in building, in small groups, based on individual plans

    All desks facing the same direction and enhanced practical social distancing

    Increased practical social

    distancing with clear space markers

     

     

    Activities cancelled

    Building closed to general public

    No sharing of materials or

    supplies, unless cleaning occurs between use

     

     

     

    Virtual meetings expected

     

     

     

     

     

    Increased cleaning per CDC guidelines

    Traditional grading on

    Essential Learnings (ELs)

     

     

     

    6 feet social distancing expected

     

     

     

     

    Each school will be designing plans to address the following criteria:
    Location/Activity
    Expectations

    Entering Building

    Individuals entering the building will have their temperatures taken, but entrance points will be determined

    at the building level.

    Transitions

    Transitions will maximize practical social distancing.

    Large Group Gatherings

    Follow practical social distancing. In Category Yellow, use extreme caution for any large group gatherings such as school events, assemblies, and gatherings and Category Red does not permit large gatherings.

    • Choir and PE activities will be adjusted.

    Small Groups

    Practical cohort grouping

    Individual school buildings will have expectations posted and shared with parents/guardians and students. Please check school websites for more information after the 1st week of August.

    Protocol If We Have a Confirmed COVID – 19 Case

    • If a student and/or staff member tests positive for COVID – 19, please notify the district as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for communicating with us.
    • The building(s) will close for 1-3 days for additional cleaning. Remote learning for all students is the expectation.
    • The district will work closely with Panhandle Health to communicate potential exposure/close contact to students and staff while maintaining confidentiality as required by FERPA, HIPAA and the ADA.
      • The definition we are using for close contact is “any individual who was within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset.”
    • Students and staff in close contact with a COVID – 19 individual should self-isolate at home for 14 days.
      • If symptoms appear, please contact your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider or if you are under insured, please call Panhandle Health.
    • The student and/or staff member may return to school/work when ALL of the following criteria are met:
      • Minimum of 10 days have passed since positive test date;
      • Minimum of 10 days since symptoms appeared;
      • Symptoms are improving; and
      • No fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

    Decision Tree for Close Contact or Individuals Showing Symptoms

    • We will use this decision tree to determine what to do if a person has close contact with a positive individual or is showing symptoms.
    • If a person is awaiting a test result, has been in close contact with a person who has tested positive, and/or is showing symptoms they need to stay home.
    • It is recommended by Panhandle Health for an individual to be tested 5-7 days after exposure because they may be asymptomatic.
     
       
    Vulnerable Students
    • Students may attend school remotely or in-person.
    • Parents/guardians, please watch our website the first week of August to determine what will be best for your child. 

    Vulnerable Staff

    • We will follow CDC definitions and/or physician documentation.Reasonable accommodations will be made.
    • Please check with the payroll and personnel clerk for your available options.

    Please note: This reopening plan is a living document and will be updated in accordance with new guidance from the CDC, Governor’s office, SBOE, SDE, IHSAA, Panhandle Health and other state and local officials. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Flexibility is critical at this time to protect the safety and health of our students and staff.

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