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Return to School Plan

The 2020-2021 school year at the MSD of Decatur Township will begin on Monday, August 3, 2020. We will offer face-to-face, in school instruction every day (Monday-Friday) for students who are able to return to school. Decatur Township will assume your student(s) will be returning in person unless you complete the formal request for the Remote Learning option by Friday, July 24, 2020. This remote learning option is accessible on our Skyward system. Online learning will be available for students whose risk factors or health issues or those who have immediate family members with health issues. If you have any questions, please contact our administrative office, 317-856-5265.

Learning at school or home

Pre-School
Due to the fact that there is not a state requirement for children to attend pre-school, NO remote learning option will be provided. Choices for pre-school are to either pay tuition and attend in person at Liberty, or choose not to participate in the pre-school program.

For students with medical and/or educational based disabilities who are not able to attend their preschool program due to COVID 19 considerations, a case conference committee will be convened to discuss appropriate accommodations for individual students.

Elementary (K-6)

  • Students will return to school on Monday, August 3rd, unless otherwise designated by the parent through the request and completion of the Remote-learning Request via Skyward.
  • All remote learning requests must be approved by District Administration.
  • A Remote Learning teacher will be designated by grade level to deliver instruction to students.
  • Students will receive instruction in the areas of English Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • Special Area classes such as PE, STEAM, Music and Media will not be offered through this remote learning option.
  • Delivery of instruction will be provided via WebEx through a blended model of recorded lessons and whole group check-ins.
  • There must be a minimum of 20 students for Kindergarten remote learning to occur.
  • There must be a minimum of 30 students district-wide per grade level for Grades 1-6 remote learning to occur.
  • If a student is designated to the remote learning option, the commitment to this option is a nine week grading period minimum. Moving back to the traditional classroom option will only take place at the conclusion of each nine weeks grading period.
  • Ipads will be disseminated to students who choose the remote learning option by the Technology department.
  • All Textbook Rental and Student Fees will remain the same for students who choose the remote learning option as the traditional building option.
  •  A case conference will be conducted for any student who has an IEP or 504 to determine specific accommodations. ·

Decatur Middle School (7-8)

  • Students will return to school on Monday, August 3rd, unless otherwise designated by the parent through the request and completion of the Remote-learning Request via Skyward.
  • All remote learning requests must be approved by District Administration.
  • A remote Learning teacher will be designated by grade level to deliver English Language Arts & Math instruction to students.
  • Science and Social Studies will be offered via APEX Learning. This is an independent study option that is not teacher directed.
  • Related Arts classes will not be offered through this remote learning option.
  • Delivery of instruction will be provided via WebEx through a blended model of recorded lessons and whole group check-ins.
  • There must be a minimum of 30 students per grade level for Grades 7-8 remote learning to occur.
  • If a student is designated to the remote learning option, the commitment to this option is a semester minimum. Moving back to the traditional classroom option will only take place at the conclusion of each semester.
  • Ipads will be disseminated to students who choose the remote learning option by theTechnology department.
  • All Textbook Rental and Student Fees will remain the same for students who choose the remote learning option as the traditional building option.
  • Any exceptions to courses or Middle School Offerings will be discussed on a case by case basis by District Administration.
  • A case conference will be conducted for any student who has an IEP or 504 to determine specific accommodations.

Decatur Central HIgh School (9-12)

  • Students will return to school on Monday, August 3rd, unless otherwise designated by the parent through the request and completion of the Remote-learning Request via Skyward.
  • All remote learning request forms must be approved by district administration.
  • DCHS Core teachers will live stream lessons for their classrooms while students watch from home if they choose remote learning.
  • A mix of APEX Learning and remote learning will be utilized for student learning.
  • Not all classes can be delivered remotely for grades 9-12.
  • If a student is designated to the remote learning option, the commitment to this option is a semester minimum. Moving back to the traditional classroom option will only take place at the conclusion of each semester.
  • Ipads will be disseminated to students who choose the remote learning option by the Technology department.
  • All Textbook Rental and Student Fees will remain the same for students who choose the remote learning option as the traditional building option.
  • A case conference will be conducted for any student who has an IEP or 504 to determine specific accommodations.
  • Any exceptions to course offerings will be discussed on a case by case basis by District Administration.

Decatur Township School For Excellence (7-12)

  • Students will return to school on Monday, August 3rd, unless otherwise designated by the parent through the request and completion of the Remote-learning Request via Skyward.
  • All remote learning request forms must be approved by District Administration.
  • DTSE 9th and 10th grade students will utilize a teacher directed remote platform.
  • DTSE 11th & 12th Grade students will use the APEX Learning Platform.
  • If a student is designated to the remote learning option, the commitment to this option is a semester minimum. Moving back to the traditional classroom option will only take place at the conclusion of each semester.
  • Ipads will be disseminated to students who choose the remote learning option by theTechnology department.
  • All Textbook Rental and Student Fees will remain the same for students who choose the remote learning option as the traditional building option.
  • A case conference will be conducted for any student who has an IEP or 504 to determine specific accommodations.
  • Any exceptions to course offerings will be discussed on a case by case basis by District Administration.

eLearning

In the event that a school or the entire district needs to close, we will move to eLearning, which will look different than the above options outlined. All teachers who conducted in-person learning will move to Canvas and WebEx to support the students they teach. The permanent eLearning option will continue as status quo since building closures would not affect the permanent eLearning option.

Social Distance

  • Desks placed 4-6 feet apart facing one direction.
  • Eliminate the use of pods or table style seating as much as possible.
  • Arrange for the teacher to maintain 4-6 foot distance from students; use facial covering if needed to do direct, individual student instruction.
  • Arrange for some classes to take place outside.
  • Do NOT allow for non-essential visitors.
  • Do NOT use attendance incentives for students.

Mask Information

Cloth facial coverings/masks or face shields are required (Per order of Mayor Hogsett as of July 9th), for all students, teachers, support staff and administration when outside or in any indoor area where social distancing is not possible. This order by the Mayor came out as of 7/02/2020. This may be subject to change as we approach the beginning of the school year. We will keep you posted if there is a change as soon as possible.

Transportations Plan

  • Transportation by personal vehicle is encouraged
  • Bus drivers and students are expected to wear face coverings 
  • Students will be given assigned seats when riding the bus
  • Students will be spaced apart as much as possible  
  • Siblings will be assigned seats with each other.
  • Facial coverings will be required during loading/unloading of students at schools and encouraged all other times so long as it does not inhibit ability to safely operate the school bus.
  • Bus Monitors will wear face shields. They will sanitize hands before and after each physical interaction with a student.
  • Assigned seats will be required, families seated together and spacing as far apart as possible
  • High traffic surfaces will be sanitized after each group of students is released from the school bus. 
  • Specific windows and roof hatches will remain open on the bus to facilitate good airflow.
  • Schools will dismiss students to and from buses one bus at a time to encourage social distancing while entering and exiting the schools.
  • Every bus surface will be sanitized a minimum of once per week with an electrostatic sprayer.
  • Monofoil has been applied to every bus.
  • In the event that someone has been Covid19+ on a school bus, that school bus will be disinfected and inactive for 24 hours.

Food Service Plan

  • Assigned seats will be used.
  • Social distancing will be implemented, and may look different at each building, based on size and schedule of classes. 
  • Students and building staff will follow social distancing guidelines in the serving and seating area. 
  • All foods will be completely enclosed/packaged.
  • Eliminate communal access to napkins and silverware.
  • Eliminate food sharing and share tables
  • During lunch time, water will be provided for all students, per USDA guidelines.
  • Students and staff must thoroughly wash hands and/or sanitize hands before entering the cafeteria and upon leaving the cafeteria.
  • The kitchen and serving area will be cleaned every 2 hours or when visibly dirty with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. 
  • Sanitizer will be checked for effectiveness before use and replaced every 2 hours or when soiled.
  • Between every group of students seating areas will be cleaned and sanitized.
  • All high contact surfaces in the kitchen, serving line, and seating area will be regularly sanitized.
  • At the end of the day, germicidal detergent will be applied to disinfect seating areas and all high-contact kitchen surfaces.
  • Germicidal detergent will be applied to the staff bathroom twice daily, once at closing.

Health Service Plan

Playground

  • Kids are encouraged to wear face masks.
  • 6 feet Social Distancing when possible.
  • Hand sanitizing before and after each use.
    • Hand sanitizer on fences, if applicable
    • If no fence, pedestal brought out by custodian in the AM and brought in each PM

Self Screening

Symptoms of COVID-19 self screening - This is the CDC link for self screening. The phone number for Marion County Board of Health is 317-221-2000 if you feel you or your child is at risk. (www.marionhealth.org) We encourage all families to utilize the self screening process to determine if your child should or should not come to school.

Increased Disinfecting

  • Increase access to cleaning supplies for each classroom
  • Increase accessibility to hand sanitizer for staff & students
  • Extended bathroom breaks for adequate handwashing
  • Clean & disinfect “high-touch” areas throughout the day
  • Clean & disinfect playground equipment

No School Visitors

No visitors will be allowed inside buildings for any reason other than to pick up or drop off their child beginning on the first day of school. This includes walking your child to class, eating lunch with your child, class parties, events and convocations. Masks must be worn at all times by parents or anyone that is able to enter the building.

  • All Parent meetings will be held via phone or virtually. This includes parent/teacher conferences, or IEP/504 meetings.

Dr. Matthew Prusiecki

mprusiecki@decaturproud.org Superintendent

Return to School Planning

Additional resources

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention