Manchester Academy School Re-Entry Plan 2020-21
(The following plans will be continually reviewed and revised as we learn new information.)
PLANS OF OPERATION:
Campus is open with few restrictions; on-campus learning.
Students will return to school in a safe, face to face learning environment with limited restrictions.
Safety measures are put into place to encourage social distancing and group sizing as stated by the CDC and local officials.
Janitorial staff will apply cleaning products throughout the day and in the evening to disinfect the classrooms daily. Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched.
- Campus access for visitors and parents will be limited. Visitors/parents must call the front office to verify admittance. Once admitted, all visitors/parents must wear a face mask and remain in the front office waiting area until further assistance is provided.
A combination of both on campus and distance learning (The administration defines distance learning as a combination of passing out packets with assignments for elementary students and remote learning with laptops through Canvas for secondary students.)
STATE OFFICIALS HAVE ISSUED STRONGER RESTRICTIONS
A hybrid of both on campus and distance learning-Campus is open with heightened restrictions.
All entrances will be locked. Visitors and parents must call the front office.
Return to school with restricted numbers on campus. All classes will meet each day with the classes divided into smaller groups in appropriate spaces.
Distance learning and childcare for elementary students.
ONLY ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES ARE OPERATING AS DEEMED NECESSARY BY STATE OR LOCAL OFFICIALS.
Distance learning and childcare
Campus is open to essential personnel only including childcare.
If DEEMED ESSENTIAL-teachers will come to school.
If DEEMED NONESSENTIAL-teachers will teach from home.
Classes will meet during normal class times and school work will continue until 3:00.
Tests/Assessments will have designated due dates.
Childcare ages 3-12 will continue on campus.
All students will shift to distance learning.
Distance learning for all students and no childcare available
STATE MANDATED CLOSURE OR EXTENDED CLOSURE DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, ETC.
• Campus is open to essential personnel only.
• Distance learning for 3K-12th students.
• No child care available.
MA is preparing for any potential waves of interruptions to on-campus learning. In the event our local community experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases and interruption of physical operations occurs, a shift to distance learning will happen immediately. The COVID-19 pandemic is very fluid. Information and guidance are changing as scientists and public health experts learn more about the virus. Please understand that as guidelines and recommendations change, we might be forced to alter our plan. If this happens, we will communicate any and all changes as quickly as possible to our families. Please be patient throughout this whole process as we begin this school year. All updates can be found on our website. We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the latest updates.
COVID-19 CAMPUS CHANGES
Institution of capacity limits to allow for social distancing in common spaces or large gathering spaces:
Institution of capacity limits to allow for social distancing during:
- Pep Rallies (All pep rallies will be outside in the home bleachers.)
Train staff on healthy hygiene practice so they can teach these to students.
Ensure hand washing strategies include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing you nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Cleaning/Sanitizing-Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched. This may include cleaning objects surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily (i.e. doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops).
Facilities-All facilities, both indoors and outdoors, will have heightened visible signage stating common COVID-19 symptoms as information and reminders for employees, students, and parents/ guardians.
It may be necessary to modify programs and events in compliance with limits on crowd sizes and social distancing measures.
Changes to campus access for visitors and parents-No parents/adults/guests will be allowed to exit their vehicles for any reason during morning and afternoon carpool. Visitors/parents will not be allowed in the building during the day for any reason. All visitors/parents must contact the front office by calling 746-5913. Upon gaining admittance, visitors/parents must wait in the front hall area. An administrator will meet the visitor at that time. ALL VISITORS AND PARENTS MUST WEAR A MASK UPON ENTERING THE BUILDING.
Continued use of distance/virtual learning models with in-person services to keep in-person contact at safer levels in the areas of academic instruction, student activities, Zoom/Skype classroom sessions, and more.
Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts.
Water: Students will not be allowed to use the water fountains. Therefore, we encourage students to bring a bottle of water with them. Please send water in either a clear water bottle or a non-breakable water bottle.
Masks: We ask that you send a mask to school with your child every day. Students in grades 5-12 will be required to wear masks during the school day as well as in the classroom. They will be required to wear a mask in highly congested areas such as, while entering the building, changing classes, picking up lunch, and during school dismissal. Students may also be asked to wear a mask at the discretion of teachers or administration. Elementary students will not be required to wear a mask on the playground. Masks should be conservative, in good taste, and not disruptive to the learning environment. Masks may not contain words or graphics of any kind.
Temperature-Students and staff will be screened on a daily basis for fever and other symptom indicators. All students and staff will have his/her temperature taken upon entering the building every morning. Any staff or student showing a fever of 100.4 or higher or potential symptoms of the virus will be sent home immediately. However, we also ask that you screen your child every morning before sending them to school. Please take your child’s temperature before leaving for school. If your child has a temperature of 100.4 or higher or any symptoms of the virus, please keep your child at home. Students must be fever-free for 72 hours before returning to school.
Positive COVID Test-If a teacher tests positive for the virus, he/she and all their children/family will be quarantined for up to 10-14 days. If a student tests positive for the virus, he/she will be quarantined along with all siblings for up to 10-14 days. Someone who tests positive in the residence of a student(s) will result in that student(s) to quarantine for up to 10-14 days. A negative COVID 19 test result or doctor’s excuse will be required to return to school. Manchester Academy will follow the guideline set forth by the CDC for return to school following positive COVID-19 symptoms or test. Students that exhibit symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to return to school for at least 10 days out from the start of symptoms with the last 3 days being symptom and fever free. If you want your child to return to school before the 10 day time period ends, you must provide the school with documentation from a physician that the student is cleared to return to school.