Dear Parents and Guardians:
The following information contains additional details about FMCSD’s Return to Learn planning that continues to be reviewed and discussed for the Fall of 2020. Please know that our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of students and staff.
The three learning models that Iowa school districts were to plan for are: Face to Face; 100% On-Line Required Learning, and a Hybrid Learning Model. Each model is explained below.
Based upon where we are today, having students back on a regular schedule with face to face instruction is the prefered educational plan.
Please complete this parent survey after you’ve had an opportunity to review the information below. We need to gather feedback from you as parents regarding the learning models and how they are best utilized for our students.
The information below is where we are today and is subject to changes based on guidance from Governor Reynolds, the State of Iowa Department of Education, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Iowa Department of Public Health and the Lee County Department of Public Health.
Thank you for your continued understanding as we work to process guidance, remain flexible in our planning based on data, and continue to work and plan to provide your child with the best possible educational experience.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any district or building administrator.
Dr. Erin M. Slater
Superintendent of Schools
FACE TO FACE LEARNING MODEL
We anticipate this will be our model to start the school year having all students back in school on August 25 in person.
With the district in the Face to Face plan, any student will be able to select full online learning as their option for coursework, if desired.
Increased Cleaning Protocols
We will increase access to cleaning materials for staff and increase the frequency of cleaning public spaces and high touch areas by our custodians in all buildings.
Classrooms may take increased breaks to ensure all students are washing their hands more frequently while at school.
Hand Sanitizer Availability
There will be increased access to hand sanitizer throughout the buildings for students and staff use.
Students and staff will not have their temperatures screened daily. Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their child’s temperature daily, and, as always, take precautions and not send students to school when they are not feeling well. Staff should also monitor their temperatures and not report for work if they are not feeling well. Any student or staff member who reports to the nurse’s office and has a fever (above 100.3 degrees) will be sent home immediately.
Water fountain use will be discouraged. We recommend all students bring their own water bottle (labeled with their name) to use and refill bottles at refill stations.
Face Masks and PPE
Students will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks or face shields. The district will especially encourage mask use during transition times and in hallways. Masks will be provided as available. At this time, all staff will be required to wear masks or face shields while working with students.
Minor First Aid
Minor first aid such as band aids will be taken care of in classrooms. We hope to reduce the flow of students to the nurse’s office during the school day.
All students will enter and exit through the normal entrances and exits of our buildings. Parents are encouraged to remain in their vehicles when picking up or dropping off students.
Social Distancing (classrooms, hallways, cafeterias)
Every effort will be made to maintain social distancing of students within classrooms, hallways, and cafeterias.
Classrooms will not visit the bathroom as a group. Instead, small numbers of students will visit the bathroom at appropriate times. This helps reduce congestion of students waiting in the hall during bathroom breaks.
Sharing of school supplies should be limited. Staff and parents should attempt to ensure all students have their own supplies. In some cases in which sharing is necessary, additional effort will be made to frequently sanitize supplies.
We are temporarily suspending full building assemblies and parent nights at school buildings. We hope to be able to reintroduce these events later in the school year.
REQUIRED ONLINE LEARNING MODEL
If the school district is forced to close by the Governor’s proclamation, CDC or Health Department guidance, the district will deploy required online learning for all students. Attendance, grades, assessments and daily work will all be required.
Required Online Learning will be an option for students and families in a Face to Face learning model.
Learning Management System
Each building has defined a learning management system to facilitate online learning for students. Students in grades 7-12 will continue to use Canvas, while students in PK-6 will use See Saw. These tools will be used in conjunction with other tools for online learning.
FMCSD will continue to provide Wi-Fi hotspots to allocate to families in need. The district will partner with local organizations to provide locations for Wi-Fi access if we move to 100% Required On-Line learning.
The district is also exploring Wi-Fi buses. Students would not be required to be on the bus to access Wi-Fi. Rather, we would simply park the bus in a location that allows for community access from a distance.
The district has surveyed staff on potential professional development needs and will be conducting a variety of training sessions to ensure staff are ready to support learners in an online environment.
The district will partner with families to ensure protocols and strategies are implemented to perform fall testing requirements. Our typical fall testing helps us screen students for additional support.
Ensure Teachers Have Proper Tools/Spaces to Teach Online
Our staff will be allowed to teach online from home or from their classrooms. Staff will be able to access district print resources in the building. They are already allocated a computer device for daily use.
Ensure All Students Have Access to a Device
Currently, the district has enough devices for all grade K-12 students.
Deploying Other Materials
In some cases, print and hard-copy materials will need to be distributed to students. These will be delivered via bus routes, through the postal service or via pick-up services at each building.
HYBRID LEARNING MODEL
In the case the Governor declares that school districts must move to less than 100% capacity or the district determines the need for greater social distancing due to an increase in COVID-19 cases locally, the district will incorporate a hybrid model to serve students. This model will allow for students to receive face to face instruction on some days and engage in online learning other days.
To the greatest extent possible, the district will ensure students in the same families attend on the schedule.
With the Hybrid plan, any student will be able to engage in a full online option for coursework, if desired.
Grades 9-12 – A/B Sample Schedule
For grades 9-12, students will be placed into A and B groups. On Mondays and Tuesdays, students in group A will come to school for their normal schedule while students in group B are learning online. On Thursdays and Fridays students in group B will attend school for their normal schedule and A day students will learn online. Wednesdays will be deep cleaning days between groups as well as weekends.
Grades 4-8 – A/B Sample Schedule
For grades 4-8, students will be placed into A and B groups. On Mondays and Tuesdays, students in group A will come to school for their normal schedule while students in group B are learning online. On Thursdays and Fridays students in group B will attend school for their normal schedule and A day students will learn online. Wednesdays will be deep cleaning days between groups as well as weekends.
Grades PK-3 – A/B Sample Schedule
For grades PK-3, students will be placed into A and B groups. On Mondays and Tuesdays, students in group A will come to school for their normal schedule while students in group B are learning online. On Thursdays and Fridays students in group B will attend school for their normal schedule and A day students will learn online. Wednesdays will be deep cleaning days between groups as well as weekends.
We ask that all families complete this Family Needs Survey