District Updates Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic & Our Plan for Fall 2020
Last Updated 9/17/2020 5:45pm
September 17, 2020
Dear OCFSD Families,
As we continue our planning for Phase II and partial in person instruction, the health and safety of our students and staff remains at the forefront of the planning process and our decision-making. We have appreciated the questions many of you have asked and our ongoing partnership with the Oak Creek Health Department as both have informed and guided our health and safety planning.
Please carefully review the health protocol information below. This is PART 1 of our communications to families regarding our health protocols. The Part 2 family communication will be sent on Monday, September 21 and will include an explanation of quarantine decisions and family notification processes.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) -
Upon our return to partial in person instruction in Phase II, we will continue to require staff and students to wear face coverings during the school day. This will remain the requirement even after the expiration of the state order which is scheduled, at this time, to end on September 28. Therefore, please send your child to school each day wearing a face covering. A face shield alone is not allowable. As we head into Phase II, we will continue to closely monitor our district supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Each school has a supply of cloth face coverings, disposable gloves, and face shields for use by staff and students as needed.
MONITORING STUDENTS’ DAILY HEALTH
Daily Home Health Screening - We are asking all parents and guardians to monitor their children daily for illness, including symptoms of COVID-19. Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, will not be done at school. Therefore, please consider the following questions each morning prior to sending your child to school:
- Has my child had any signs of symptoms of a fever in the past 24 hours, such as chills, sweats, "feverish" feelings, or had a temperature that is elevated or greater than 100.4?
- Does my child have any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, body aches, headache, fatigue, loss of taste and/or smell, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting?
Please keep your child(ren) home if they have any of these symptoms and notify your child’s school of their absence. School office staff or a school nurse may contact you with some follow-up questions regarding your child’s absence or to offer further guidance.
EXCLUSION FROM IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
According to the WI Department of Health Services, symptoms of COVID-19 infection in children may mimic a number of other childhood viral infections. Because of this, schools are encouraged to use a liberal approach when determining whether to send a child home due to illness.
Any student who displays symptoms during the school day which meet the criteria outlined on either side of the table below will be sent home from school. Students who present with these symptoms will be treated and monitored in a separate, isolated health room specifically designated for this purpose. Parents/Guardians will be contacted to pick their child up from school as soon as possible. These students will be asked to remain at home for 10 days and to follow-up with a medical provider for further guidance.
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
New onset of ONE of the following above BASELINE for your child:
At least 2 of the following above BASELINE for your child:
When can my child return to school? We recognize that returning to school is important to your child. Your child’s return, however, must be done safely and when they are well enough to come back. Listed below are the expectations for a student’s return to school after having displayed symptoms of COVID-19.
- If your child is symptomatic but did NOT get tested for COVID-19:
- Students may return to school AFTER remaining home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND they are fever free without medications AND have improved symptoms.
- If your child was symptomatic and tested negative for COVID-19:
- Students may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and documentation of negative test results.
- If your child was symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19:
- Students may return to school after self-isolating at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND they are fever free without medications AND have improved symptoms
- If your child was symptomatic and was seen by a medical provider who determined your child’s symptoms are NOT COVID-19 related:
- Students may return to school once they are symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications; AND
- Students must also have an alternative diagnosis from a medical provider.
Once again, a communication on additional health protocols will be sent on Monday, September 21. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions on the information in this letter or on any other areas.
Thank you for your partnership in helping us to keep all students safe and healthy!
- 1. Will class sizes be reduced or adjusted to support greater physical distancing among students?
- 2. Will children and teachers returning to school be required to get tested before the first day of school?
- 3. Will face coverings still be required in schools after the WI mandate requiring them expires and students/staff return to school buildings?
- 4. What does it mean to quarantine?
- 5. Can my child still attend sports or other extracurricular activities if they have been notified that they need to quarantine?
- 6. How are quarantine and isolation different during COVID-19?
- 7. Will my child still need to wear a face covering after the end of the state order requiring them?
- 1. How will OCFSD start the school year with students?
- 1. What is the plan for instruction in the event individual classrooms, grades or schools are required to close temporarily or quarantine?
- 2. What will temporary remote learning look like? How will it be different than the spring 2020 virtual learning experience?
- 3. Has the district considered a hybrid instructional programming format? (such as A/B days or weeks - some in person time and the remainder virtual)
- 4. Will my child require a medical excuse or need to have an underlying health condition to choose a full-time virtual option?
- 5. Has the district considered make OC Virtual an option that is selected by semester instead of the entire year?
- 6. Why is the school district working with Edmentum to offer virtual learning to 6th-12th grade students?
- 7. If a student in the in person instruction is required to quarantine due to close contact and the rest of his/her class does not have to, how will he/she receive instruction and class assignments?
- 1. Can my high school student change his/her schedule now that we are in a remote phase? If so, how?
- 2. How will the academic needs of advanced learners be addressed during the initial phase of remote teaching and learning?
- 3. What will lunch options be like during remote teaching/learning?
- 4. Will middle school students have art, music, choir, band and PE classes during this remote teaching & learning start to the school year?
- 5. Are families still required to pay annual school fees? Will they be adjusted or prorated?
- 6. Will the deadline for purchasing high school parking passes be extended?
- 7. Will students need to have access to a printer during remote teaching & learning?
- 8. Is the district considering any other data or criteria other than the 5% positivity rate to monitor community spread and determine when it is safe to move into Phase 2 or the return to school plan?
- 9. Will yearbooks be distributed at the start of the school year?
- 10. How frequently will teachers be available for office hours? Can students receive tutoring or reteaching during teacher office hours?
- 11. Will there be fall sports at the middle school level? If this is deemed safe, will virtual students be able to participate?
- 12. How do I find out my child’s schedule or teacher/house assignment?
- 13. Will high school fall sports be offered to students?
- 14. Will fans and parents be allowed to watch fall sport events or competitions?
- 15. How do I get a computer or device for my elementary student?
- 1. What cleaning and disinfecting plans and protocols will be in place?
- 2. How will you clean shared materials and supplies like computers throughout the day?
- 3. Has the OCFSD evaluated the effectiveness of the ventilation system in each building to ensure that airflow is functioning safely?
- 4. Do the systems within each building meet the criteria for exchanging and filtering with ALL classrooms to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
- 1. What will happen with students who are sent to the nurse with fevers or other COVID-19 symptoms?
- 2. If a student comes down with a fever will they be required to get tested for COVID-19?
- 3. How will students be monitored for symptoms?
- 4. Do you have nurses and what training do they provide?
- 5. Will students have their temperature taken daily at school?
- 6. What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19?
- 7. When can my child return to school after testing positive for COVID-19?
- 1. How will I be notified if my child has been exposed to COVID-19?
- 2. How will contact tracing be communicated?
- 3. Will my child be required to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19?
- 4. What is considered an "outbreak" that would close a building, and for how long?
- 5. What is considered "close contact"?
- 6. Will I be contacted if there is a positive case in my child's class?
- 7. Will my other children be required to quarantine if one of my children’s classes is required to quarantine for 14 days?
- 1. What prevention measures will be in place for those students who ride a bus to school?
- 2. How will Riteway get everyone to school if they are short on bus drivers?
- 3. If a student tests positive and is a regular bus rider, will the students and/or driver that ride that bus also be quarantined?
- 4. What will bus ridership be like? Will there only be one student per assigned seat on the bus?
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