Middle School Reentry Plan - April 28

A red circular seal with "Re-Opening" in the center.

 

Plan for Reentry of grades 7 and 8

 

 

Overview

  • A revised Remote/Hybrid Master Schedule will be in place effective April 26, 2021.
  • Students in grades 7 and 8 will return in-person beginning April 28, 2021.
  • If more students choose to return in-person than we can safely fit in classrooms at one time, PVPA will apply for a waiver to use a hybrid model.
  • Middle and high school students will be on the same master schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revised Remote/Hybrid Master Schedule

 

MONDAY 

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY 

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

First period includes 5 minutes for morning announcements

9:00-10:10

A

7-8

Advisory/Support

B

A

7-8

Advisory/Support

B

A

7-8

Advisory/Support

10:15-11:20

B

C

C

D

C

11:25-12:30

D

E

D

E

E

12:30-1:10

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

1:10-2:15

H

F

F

G

F

2:20-3:25

G

H

G

H

Community Time

         

Collaborative Time
(Faculty/Staff ONLY)

3:35 - 4:20

 

Instructional model

  • Both remote and in-person students will participate in all essential core instruction.
  • Work expectations, assignments, and assessments will be the same for remote and in-person students.
  • Class activities may differ based on remote and in-person formats.
  • All students will continue to engage in both synchronous and asynchronous work to meet course objectives.
  • Each middle school core academic classroom will have a camera with a tracking mechanism that allows remote students to follow along with the speaker and/or activities as they occur; these cameras will be used for most instructional time, but may be turned off during some small group work times at the teacher’s discretion. Arts studios and classrooms do not have tracking cameras.
  • All classes will continue to use Google Classrooms to organize and share weekly agendas, assignments, and other class materials.

Preparation and Training for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • All COVID Essential paraprofessionals working in-person with the high needs students received YMHFA training on April 1.
  • All teachers who teach middle school students who have not yet received YMHFA training will be given the opportunity to complete the training prior to the return of students to in-person learning
  • All teachers, instructional support professionals, and paraprofessionals will participate in a professional development day from 8:30 to 3:30 on April 9. Teachers will provide asynchronous work for their students that day. The day will include a rotation of workshops on topics including, health and safety protocols, behavior expectations, and instructional practices. An emphasis will be placed on the need to address social-emotional learning, first, before students can move on successfully with their academic growth. Concrete steps will be identified to help teachers implement social-emotional learning strategies and structures with students as they transition back to their in-person education.
  • Returning teachers will have access to schedule half-hour meetings with PVPA’s facilities manager to view the instructional space(s) they will be using beginning the week of April 5.
  • All middle school academic classrooms will be outfitted with videoconferencing systems to support concurrent hybrid instruction. Teachers will have access to the new equipment by appointment to experiment with the new technology.

Health and Safety Protocols

Masks

Students and teachers will be required to wear a mask that fits as snugly as possible to the face - covering the chin, mouth and nose up to the nose bridge at all times when in the building, except when eating in assigned areas while following COVID eating protocols. 

Public health experts recommend “double masking,” or wearing a cloth mask on top of a procedural (often referred to as a ‘surgical’) mask for maximum protection. Students will be offered single-use procedural masks to wear under their cloth masks on a daily basis while attending the program. We highly encourage students to follow this practice in order to help further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

 

Physical Distancing

Students will be required to sit in assigned seats in all instructional spaces. For classrooms, desks have been arranged with 3 feet of distance between students and a 6’ deep teacher area along the front of the room has been provided.  Students will be required to receive permission before moving from their assigned space in a classroom.  If students need to switch desks during class time, (ie. power needs or other) it is the expectation that the classroom teacher disinfects the student desk during moving using disinfectants and PPE that are also supplied in each classroom.

 

Eating 

PVPA will continue to provide breakfast and lunch through the National School Lunch Program. Food is prepared at South Hadley High School and picked up daily just before lunch time. Microwaves and vending machines will no longer be available.  Both breakfast and lunch will be provided to students at no cost for the remainder of this year. Menus must be completed in advance to allow for the school to provide the appropriate number of meals each day.  For eating, students will be seated 6 feet from each other and facing the same direction. Students will be allowed to move from their assigned lunch seats only after cleaning their area and placing their mask over their mouth and nose. Eating and drinking in instructional areas will not be permitted unless determined necessary and safe by the administration.

 

Chromebooks / Laptops & Headsets 

Students will be expected to bring in either their own (FULLY CHARGED) personal or school issued electronic device, power cord and headphones or earbuds with microphone into school daily. 

 

Bus Transportation

PVPA will continue to contract with Five Star Transportation to provide two bus routes with the same stoops that have been in place. No fees will be charged for riding the bus for the remainder of the year. However, there will be an application to obtain permission to ride the bus and to reserve a seat.  PVPA will no longer sell the daily bus passes for single rides to or from school.  Buses will be operated following guidelines issued by DESE including health and safety protocols such as mask wearing and physical distancing. Windows are required to remain open two inches while students are onboard and students will be assigned seats with the first students picked up sitting in the back of the bus and subsequent students filling the seats going toward the front of the bus as they board. Exiting the bus at the school will be done single file. In the afternoon, students will enter the bus according to their assigned seats and once on the bus students will not be allowed to exit until they have reached their destination. For in-person students Bus forms and menus must be returned no later than April 14, 2021.

 

Breaks and restroom use

Students needing a break to drink water, use the restroom, or remove their mask during class time will be required to receive permission from their teacher before taking a break. Only one student will be allowed to use one of the restrooms at a time so students may have to wait momentarily after requesting a break before leaving the room. Masks must remain fully covering the mouth and nose at all times while students access the restroom. Breaks that involve the removal of a face mask will require adult supervision and will take place outside or in a designated area inside the building where a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing can be maintained.

 

Pooled testing

PVPA has been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to implement a free COVID-19 pooled testing program for students and staff at our school.  Pooled testing involves mixing several individuals’ test samples together into one “pool” and then testing the pooled sample for COVID-19. This approach increases the number of individuals that can be tested at one time and allows us to regularly test our school community for COVID-19.

The pooled tests will be performed once per week, on Mondays, with a shallow nasal swab for all participating students and staff members. PVPA will receive the pool results within 24-48 hours. If the result of the pool is negative, then all individuals are presumed to not have COVID-19. If the result of the pool is positive, then all individuals in the pool must be retested individually. Because pooled testing does not give individual results, caregivers will only be notified if their child requires follow-up testing. Our school will be providing the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests for follow-up testing, so that students and staff in a positive pool can be tested as soon as possible and receive individual results in 15 minutes.

Members of our staff have been thoroughly trained on how to administer pooled testing, as well as the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Diagnostic Tests, if they are needed for follow-up testing. PVPA will notify individuals who are part of a positive pool who require follow-up testing. PVPA will also provide notice of the individual follow-up test results to individuals with information about next steps as needed.

PVPA will report all follow-up test results to DPH.  PVPA will also provide positive follow-up test results (without names or other identifying information) to DESE’s Rapid Response Help Unit.

 

Isolation room

PVPA has designated room 412 as an isolation room for the purpose of assigning students who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID or have been identified as having a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. Students assigned to the isolation room will remain there until they are picked up by a caregiver. Please make sure that PVPA has  current phone numbers for all caretakers and emergency contacts. All students must have an adult who is listed as either a legal guardian or emergency contact available to pick them up during the school day while they are attending in person.

 

Responsibility to report symptoms, close contacts, and positive test results 

If a student shows symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive, or is considered a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, caregivers are responsible for keeping their child home, getting them tested, and consulting with the school nurse to develop a plan for returning to school.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves:

  • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0)
  • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches or body aches
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

 

Required quarantine or isolation

Your child may be asked to stay at home and quarantine or isolate for a period of time according to DPH guidelines after showing symptoms, being a close contact of someone who has tested positive, or testing positive for COVID-19. The length of the quarantine will be determined on a case by case basis in consultation with the school nurse.

Failure to comply with PVPA’s health and safety protocols will result in students being sent home. Students will not be allowed to reenter in-person instruction until the student and at least one legal guardian attends a reentry meeting held by video conferencing with administration.
 

Making a decision about returning in-person or staying remote

  • Caregivers will be asked to decide between having their child return to in-person instruction on April 28 or to continue to participate in school remotely.
  • Caregivers must communicate their decision by 4 pm on April 8.  
  • If the decision is made to attend in-person, parents may opt out and have their child return to remote learning at any time.
  • Once the decision has been made for a child to participate remotely, a parent may request for their child to return in-person. Once the request is made, the child will be placed on a wait list. Caregivers will be notified if a spot becomes available for their child to return and will be required to respond within 48 hours if they would like to accept the spot. If the school does not receive a response, the spot will be offered to the next student on the list.