2020-21 Fall Opening Plans

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JWP Campus—Fall Opening Plans

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  1. Promoting behaviors that reduce spread.

We will require and teach personal protective measures for school personnel and students (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, social distancing).

  • When Sickness Occurs

-Children and school personnel who show symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 infection are required to stay home.

-Sick school personnel or students may not return until they have met requirements outlined in section 5.

-Families are required to monitor themselves and their children for COVID-19 symptoms, take their temperatures daily, and to keep their children home if they have a fever or any other symptoms.

-School personnel are required to daily monitor their temperatures and other symptoms, and to remain at home if they exhibit any symptoms.

-Any individual with a fever (100.4F or above medication free), cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal upset, new loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, chills/shaking, or any of the other signs of illness will not be permitted to enter the school.  Symptoms of COVID-19 found more specifically in children that will also be screened for include:  sore throat, runny nose, congestion, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea.

  • Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

-We will teach and reinforce proper handwashing techniques with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among children and school personnel.

-Adults and children must wash hands upon entering and leaving school building, classrooms or other spaces in the school building.

+If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used (teachers will administer hand sanitizer to youngest children, when necessary).

-We will educate students on the importance of avoiding touching their faces throughout the day, and washing their hands when they do.

-School personnel will practice proper respiratory etiquette (coughing/sneezing into elbows, using tissues, washing hands afterwards).

-We will educate children in proper respiratory etiquette and increase monitoring to ensure proper techniques are practiced.

-Cleaning supplies (e.g., disinfectant wipes) will be available and will be used regularly for cleaning of high-touch surfaces.

  • Cloth Face Coverings

-School personnel are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times in the school building, and when social distancing outside (staying at least 6 feet apart) is NOT possible. 

-Children in grades two and above are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times in the school building, and when social distancing outside (staying at least 6 feet apart) is NOT possible. [NB-The mask or cloth face covering requirements may be adjusted as the beginning of the school year approaches.]

-Children over the age of two years old are recommended to wear masks or cloth face coverings when social distancing is NOT possible, and required when moving from their classrooms to other spaces in the school building (ie–bathrooms, hallways, etc…).

-Parents and/or their designees are recommended to wear masks during drop off and pick up, and required to wear masks if they must enter the school building.

  • Signs and Messages that promote everyday protective measures will be posted throughout the school buildings.
  • Social Distancing

-All persons in the school building will be required to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) whenever possible.

-Hallways, stairwells and other walkways will be marked to designate social distances and proper directions of travel.

-All classrooms at Jackson will be furnished with individual desks that are placed at least six feet apart from surrounding desks; large tables for group work will be removed.  At Walnut Park only one child will be permitted to sit at a table, and each child will have his/her own designated work rug which will be placed at appropriate social distances.

-Lunch will take place in the classrooms.

-Students will be allowed to use the bathrooms one at a time.

-Outdoor playground time will be scheduled to avoid large numbers at any one time.

-Students will not travel to other classrooms within the school building.  Instead, they will be based in their classrooms during the school day, with specials classes being conducted by teachers via distance learning or other appropriate methods that enable the classroom cohorts to remain exclusive.

  1. Daily cleaning of the school environment.
  • Cleaning crew will thoroughly clean and disinfect all school buildings daily using approved cleaning agents and procedures.
  • Frequently touched surfaces (e.g.,, door handles, sink handles, light switches, etc…) will be cleaned and disinfected regularly during the school day.
  • Use of shared objects (e.g., gym or physical education equipment, classroom materials) will be eliminated as much as possible, or cleaned between use, and children will be encouraged to wash hands after using shared objects.
  • Playground areas will be reserved for a single class of children at a time, and high touch surfaces (railings, grab bars, gate latches, etc…) will be cleaned after use.
  1. Modified drop off and pick up procedures

Walnut Park Montessori School–drop off

  • Doors to WPMS will open to all at 7:45am
  • School personnel will take their temperatures daily prior to arrival at school and will certify health and compliance with a school-based COVID app.
  • Half day and full day parents will park cars in front of school and escort children to a tent outside front entrance of WPMS.  Parents will take children’s temperatures daily prior to arrival at school and provide a daily temperature and symptom certification using a school-based COVID app at front entrance.
  • Toddler parents will enter back parking lot through 515 Washington Street entrance; toddler parents will escort children to back door of WPMS (off parking lot) for daily temperature and symptom certification.
  • Parents will leave children with WPMS personnel outside of school building and return to their cars.  Parents will not be permitted to enter the school buildings.
  • For students arriving after 8:30am, parents should call the office upon arrival and escort children to the certification station where a member of school staff will meet them to verify the daily temperature and symptom certification.

Jackson School–drop off

  • Doors to Jackson will open to all at 7:45am
  • School personnel will take their temperatures daily prior to arrival at school and will certify health and compliance with a school-based COVID app.
  • Parents will utilize two lanes of traffic in the Jackson car line.  Parents will take children’s temperatures daily prior to arrival at school and provide a daily temperature and symptom certification using a school-based COVID app. School personnel supervising drop off will come to individual cars to receive daily temperature and symptom certification.
  • Students will exit cars and enter through the front door of the school.  Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building
  • We will not be using the back parking lot entrance for drop-off.
  • For students arriving after 8:10am, parents should call the office upon arrival, and escort children to the front door where a member of school staff will meet them to verify the daily temperature and symptom certification.

Walnut Park Montessori School–dismissal

  • Children being dismissed outside of normal dismissal times should have parents either call the office or come to the front door.  Parents will not be admitted into the building.  Students will be dismissed to parents outside of the building.
  • Morning dismissal procedure will begin at 11:20am; afternoon dismissal will begin at 2:20pm.
  • Toddler dismissal at 11:20am will take place at the WPMS back door (off parking lot).
  • Half day and full day parents will park in front of the school and remain in cars.  Name cards will be issued at the beginning of the school year and should be placed in a prominent location on the dashboard so that school personnel can easily read them.
  • School personnel will radio to classrooms to have children brought out to cars.

Jackson School–dismissal

  • Children being dismissed outside of normal dismissal times should have parents either call the office or come to the front door.  Parents will not be admitted into the building.  Students will be dismissed to parents outside of the building.
  • Afternoon dismissal will begin at 2:40pm.
  • Parents will utilize two lanes of traffic in front of Jackson School.  No dismissals will take place from back parking lot.
  • Name cards will be issued at the beginning of the school year and should be placed in a prominent location on the dashboard so that school personnel can easily read them.
  • School personnel will radio classroom teachers to have children brought out to cars.

Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children.

  1. Screening procedures
  • All school employees and children will be required to take their temperatures daily and complete a temperature and symptom certification using a school-based COVID app.
  • Persons who report a fever of 100.4 (38 C) or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the facility.
  • If a school employee or child fails to present a daily temperature and symptom certification, they will not be allowed into the school buildings.
  • Children who have had symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea must remain home for at least 24 hours after the last episode and must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without being given fever-reducing medications.
  • Any staff member with any symptoms must not report to work and should self-isolate, contact their doctor, and follow medical guidance. Staff members must present a medical clearance to return to work.
  • Children and adults will sanitize hands upon first entering the building.
  1. If someone is or becomes sick at school
  • If a child becomes symptomatic while at school, he/she will be immediately separated from other children to minimize exposure, and teachers will call the school nurse.

-The nurse will evaluate the child and make a determination as to whether parents should be contacted to take the child home.  If so, the family should consult their healthcare provider to determine if any testing or other medical care is indicated.

  • If a staff member becomes symptomatic while at school, the staff member should cease duties immediately and be isolated from others until she/he is able to leave.

-The staff member should return home to self-isolate and contact his/her healthcare provider to determine if any testing or other medical care is indicated.

  • Designated isolation rooms will be the Walnut Park Art Room and the Jackson Cafeteria–each of these rooms has an exit adjacent to the space.  These spaces will be set up to accommodate children presenting with potential  COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Masks or other cloth face coverings will be available for use by symptomatic children (age 3 and older) and staff until they are able to leave the premises.
  • If a sick child or staff member has been isolated in the school, areas will be cleaned and disinfected as necessary after the individual has left the building.
  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member they may not return to school until they have tested negative for COVID-19 and must produce a doctor’s note to that effect.
  • If a child or staff member has been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of whether the individual has symptoms or not, the child or staff member will not be permitted to come to school. Exposed individuals must stay home for at least 14 days after the last day of contact with the person who is sick. The child or staff member must test negative for COVID-19 and produce a doctor’s note to that effect before they will be allowed to return to school.
  • If a member of a classroom cohort (teacher or student) has a confirmed case of COVID-19, then the school will assume that anyone in the cohort may have been exposed.  In that case, the classroom cohort will transition to a distance learning model for a minimum of 14 days while appropriate testing can occur.
  • In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, school administrators may notify local health officials, staff, and families of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality.
  • If a critical mass of students and/or classroom cohorts are exposed or test positive for COVID-19, the administration, in consultation with local health agencies, may need to suspend campus operations and transition to a whole school distance learning model.
  1. Monitoring and planning for staff absenteeism 

Walnut Park Montessori

  • Outside substitute teachers will not be used for the time being.
  • Each room will consist of one or more classroom cohorts supervised by two or three classroom teachers.
  • Each room will also be assigned a Walnut Park staff member who will be able to enter and interact with students and staff in that room exclusively.
  • In the event of a faculty absence, the remaining classroom teachers will cover for the absent teacher, calling upon the WP staff member if necessary.

Jackson School

  • Outside substitute teachers will not be used for the time being.
  • Each room will consist of one cohort, with supervision by one or two-grade level teachers.
  • Each grade will also be assigned a Jackson specials teacher who will be able to enter classrooms and interact with students and staff in those grade levels exclusively.
  • In the event of a faculty absence, the remaining classroom teacher will cover for the absent teacher, with assistance from the specials teacher.

7. Evaluate whether there are students or staff who are at higher risk of severe illness

  • JWP will make every attempt to accommodate the needs of children and families at risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

-Teachers will develop plans for students to continue to work or receive educational services while at home.

  • School personnel who are at a higher risk of severe illness will be re-assigned to duties outside of the classroom in order to mitigate their chances of exposure.
  1. Non-essential visitors/deliveries
  • No adults outside of school personnel will be allowed inside the school building.
  • All deliveries will be exchanged at the front door of the school building.
  • Parent-teacher conferences and parent meetings will be virtual (phone or zoom).  The same guidelines will apply to guest speakers or reading programs.
  • Vendors who must enter the school building (eg–for repair purposes, etc…) will have their temperatures checked before entry and will be required to wear masks while in the school building.
  1. Daily Life at Walnut Park
  • Classroom setups/class groupings: Children will remain in their classroom cohorts at all times, observing appropriate social distancing, including at recess.  Cohorts will be limited to a finite amount of students and teachers. Children aged 2 and above are recommended to wear masks or face coverings in the classroom, and required to wear them when outside of their classrooms (eg–hallways, bathrooms).
  • Outdoor classrooms: Each grade or class will have an outdoor space on campus designated for its use.  When possible, teachers will make use of the outdoor space as an extension of the classroom in order to minimize the amount of time spent inside the classroom and to provide mask breaks while conducting class.
  • Moving around the building: When children leave their classroom or cohort (to go to the bathroom, to go to their cubbies, to walk to recess, to walk to dismissal), they will put on masks or cloth face coverings.
  • Visual cues will be used in hallways and common areas to indicate where children should stand/wait, and in which direction the traffic flows. These will include markers on the floors at six-foot intervals, arrows pointing in the direction of traffic flow, and other reminders.
  • Bathroom policy: Children will go to the bathroom one at a time. A staff member will be stationed in each bathroom to ensure proper supervision at all times. Children will wear their masks or cloth face coverings while in the bathroom.
  • Storage of belongings/cubbies: Each child will have an individual cubby in which to store all belongings. All belongings should be properly labeled with the child’s name.
  • Handwashing:  Children will wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon entering the classroom, before and after eating, at regular intervals throughout the day, when leaving the playground, after using the bathroom,  and after sneezing/coughing/using a tissue. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used (teachers will administer hand sanitizer to youngest children, when necessary).
  • Snacktime/lunchtime: Children will eat food for snack/lunch that is brought from home. Children will eat snack/lunch outside when possible. When it is not possible to eat outside, children will eat on their individual work rugs, at individual tables, or at tables where it is possible to sit 6 feet apart.
  • Water bottles:  Because of the high traffic, water bubblers will not be available to students during the school day.  Each student will be required to bring a filled water bottle to school daily.  Classroom teachers will facilitate re-filling of water bottles periodically during the school day.
  • Nap time: When napping, children’s rest mats will be placed at least 6ft apart. Toddlers will use sheets and blankets  sent from home to cover their rest mats. These will be laundered at school weekly. Parents will provide a back up sheet and blanket to be kept in the child’s cubby.
  • Diapering: The diapering procedure (for Toddlers) will be the following:

(1)Prepare (includes gathering all supplies, washing hands, and putting on gloves).

(2) Clean the child.

(3) Remove trash (soiled diaper, wipes, and gloves)

(4) Wash hands and put on clean gloves.

(5) Replace diaper.

(6) Wash the child’s hands.

(7) Clean up the diapering station.

(8) Remove and dispose of gloves.

(9) Wash hands.

  • Recess/playground use:  Children will remain in their classroom cohorts when using the playground/school grounds. Recess times will be staggered to avoid mixing cohorts.  All shared toys will be removed from the playground.  High touch points will be cleaned after each cohort’s use of playground equipment.
  • Wellness issues: In addition to the physical safety of the children, the emotional/social/psychological well-being of the children is of utmost importance. We have a full-time School Counselor who is available to talk with children and consult with parents around issues of stress, anxiety, or fear that may be related to COVID or any other causes.
  1. Daily Life at Jackson
  • Classroom setups/class groupings: Children will be based in their classroom cohorts during the school day.  Classrooms will be arranged so that social distancing between desks exists.  Specials classes will be conducted by teachers via distance learning or other appropriate methods that enable the classroom cohorts to remain exclusive.  Children in grades two and above are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings at all times in the school building.  Children in Kindergarten and grade one are recommended to wear masks or face coverings in the classroom, and required to wear them when outside of their classrooms (eg–hallways, bathrooms). [NB-The mask or cloth face covering requirements may be adjusted as the beginning of the school year approaches.]
  • Outdoor classrooms: Each grade or class will have an outdoor space on campus designated for its use.  When possible, teachers will make use of the outdoor space as an extension of the classroom in order to minimize the amount of time spent inside the classroom and to provide mask breaks while conducting class.
  • Moving around building: After arrival at JWP, movement around the building will be kept to a minimum.   Children will be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings when moving around the building.
  • Visual cues will be used in hallways and common areas to indicate where children should stand/wait, and in which direction the traffic flows. These will include markers on the floors at six-foot intervals, arrows pointing in the direction of traffic flow, and other reminders.
  • Bathroom policy: No more than two students will be allowed to use a bathroom at one time, and will be reminded by teachers to wash their hands thoroughly when finished. Children will be required to wear their masks or cloth face coverings while going to the bathroom.
  • Storage of belongings/cubbies: Storage areas and cubbies will be used by one child per unit, and materials in those areas will not be shared between children.  All belongings should be properly labeled with the child’s name.
  • Handwashing:  The school nurse and all teachers will reinforce proper handwashing techniques and remind students to wash their hands regularly.  Children will wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds upon entering the classroom, before and after eating, at regular intervals throughout the day, when leaving the playground, after using the bathroom,  and after sneezing/coughing/using a tissue. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used (teachers will administer hand sanitizer to youngest children, when necessary).
  • Snacktime/lunchtime: Snack and lunchtime will be held either outdoors (weather permitting) or in the classroom, observing social distancing.  The school cafeteria will not be open for use until further notice.  Children should bring their own snacks and lunches to school daily.  School milk service will be suspended until further notice–parents should plan to send drinks to accompany snacks and lunches (no carbonated beverages please!).
  • Water bottles:  Because of the high traffic, water bubblers will not be available to students during the school day.  Each student will be required to bring a filled water bottle to school daily.  Classroom teachers will facilitate re-filling of water bottles periodically during the school day.
  • Recess/playground use: Children will remain in their classroom cohorts when using the playground/school grounds. Recess times will be staggered to avoid mixing cohorts.  High touch points will be cleaned after each cohort’s use of playground equipment.
  • Wellness issues: In addition to the physical safety of the children, the emotional/social/psychological well-being of the children is of utmost importance.   We have a full-time School Counselor who is available to talk with children and consult with parents around issues of stress, anxiety, or fear that may be related to COVID or any other causes.
  1. Kid’s Corner
  • Hours:    
    • Session I: 11:30am-2:30pm
    • Session II: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
  • After the school day ends, Kids’ Corner staff will continue to monitor children for symptoms as outlined above in section 5, “If Someone Becomes Sick at School.”
  • Children will follow the same procedures as stated above in sections 9 and 10, “Daily Life.”
  • Children who attend Kids’ Corner will stay in their classrooms when inside the school building.
  • Children will remain outside as much as possible, weather permitting.
  • We will provide dedicated time each day for Jackson students to do homework.
  • Kids’ Corner materials will be distributed each day and washed following the cleaning guidelines.

Dismissal: Parent calls the Kids Corner phone. Children will be brought out to the car and parents sign the dismissal sheet as the child gets in the car.

  1. After School Activities

After School Activities procedures will be determined once school has begun and we are able to assess the effectiveness of the procedures we have in place for the school day and Kid’s Corner.

JWP Campus–Fall 2020 Opening Plans