COVID-19

Crete Public Schools

Return to Learn Plan
 

The purpose of this plan is to provide a framework for how Crete Public Schools will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the educational program during the 2020-2021 school year. The framework is structured using tenets and tiers to allow the District to be agile and responsive to changing public health circumstances. The presence of a formal plan will also support the District in articulating its plan for next fall in a clear, comprehensive, and transparent manner.

Core Planning Tenets:

Academics: includes plans to address unfinished learning, continuity of learning (remote learning) in the event of extended school closure, and the delivery of educational services to special populations (e.g., special education, LEP, etc.).

Cleaning Practices: includes guidelines for custodians and staff for how to proactively avoid the spread of germs and illness as well as how to respond when someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been on campus.

Crisis Team: includes delivery modification plans related to providing crisis support for students, staff, and the Crete community in the event of a tragic incident or death during the pandemic.

Extracurricular Activities/External Facility Use: includes sports, activities, field trips, and co-curricular functions beyond core, within school day, instruction as well as access to school athletic facilities by external groups.

Food Service: includes school meal services such as breakfast, lunch, and grab and go when school is operating on campus and during extended school closure.

Human Resources: includes policies and programs related to staff absenteeism, strategies to address personnel shortages,

School Operations: includes operational aspects of how schools run, such as passing periods, visitor access, student movement throughout the school, staff meetings, recess, student attendance policies, etc.

Screening & Health Services: includes steps taken to assess students and staff for COVID-19 symptoms before engaging in the school environment as well as the delivery of services by school nurses on campus during the pandemic including but not limited to the location of the health office, how to handle symptomatic students, and monitoring of on-campus illness and absentee rates.

Technology Services: includes promotion and support for the use of instructional technology for in-person and remote learning as well as logistics related to the distribution of devices and technology support (device repair, internet access strategies, etc.) in the event of an extended school closure.

Transportation: includes plans to keep students safe and healthy on school buses within guidelines provided by public health experts.

Wellness: includes social and emotional supports and programs for students and staff as well as the strategic promotion of good personal hygiene habits across CPS.

Tiered Model: Many of the elements in the plan below have tiered levels of response from the school District. The intended definition of each tier has been provided below. Depending upon public health guidance and other local context, the application of the tiers may be applied more rigorously than the degree of spread indicated in the chart. For example, public health recommendations may compel the use of tier II or III strategies, even when no area spread exists. Likewise, the school District may choose to apply tier II actions in one tenet area when the conditions and public health recommendations will only result in the use of tier I practices. In this way, the real intent behind the tiered model below is to proactively outline the progressively rigorous actions the District may take as circumstances change throughout the pandemic.

Green

No to Minimal Area Risk/Spread

All students PK-12 will attend school in person.

Yellow

Moderate Area Risk/Spread

All students PK-12 will attend school in person.  Accommodations will be made for PK-12 students with a 504 plan or an IEP that would require them to utilize eLearning to receive instruction with their class at scheduled times of the day.  Staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings.

Orange

Substantial Area Risk/Spread

All students in grades PK-12 will attend school in person. Accommodations will be made for PK-12 students with a 504 plan or an IEP that would require them to utilize eLearning to receive instruction with their class at scheduled times of the day.  If required, hybrid schedules will be considered.  Staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings.

Red

High Risk of COVID-19 Spread

All CPS buildings will be closed, and all students will participate in eLearning from home.

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