MJHS Re-Opening Plan

Re-Opening Plan SY 2020-21

Dear MJHS Parents and Students,

Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year! As we reflect on our time away, we are grateful for the partnership we share in ensuring the best educational opportunities possible for our students. Careful planning and many discussions have taken place over the last several weeks, as we diligently work to re-open our building for school. We recognize that so much surrounding COVID-19 is in flux, with guidelines changing weekly to be responsive to community needs. This newsletter will outline key points as we prepare to open our doors and welcome students back into our building on July 30th. MJHS has drafted the re-opening plan keeping current guidelines in mind. Although we hope to have all students back face-to-face in July, we understand that each family's decision, whether online or on campus, will be made in the best interest of their student's health.

Available Instructional Models:

· Traditional Face-to-Face: the student is at MJHS daily taking courses as usual (July 30th start).

· Digital Learning Online: the student is at home with course work in a digital format. Each school will have a Digital Learning Lab, which will be utilized as a face-to-face remediation and assessment center for online learners (August 10th start).

· Hybrid Learning: a blending of the traditional and digital learning opportunities. The student takes a majority of courses at home in a digital format, but may be given permission to complete a course in the traditional face-to-face format on campus that are not conducive to a digital format (or in unique situations). Each school will have a Digital Learning Lab that will be utilized as a face-to-face remediation and assessment location for online learners. Administration approval is required (Traditional face-to face starts July 30th, and Digital will start August 10th).

· Athletics and Extracurricular Activities: Students participating in any of the above instructional models may participate and attend athletic and extracurricular events.

Daily schedule:

· Continue 5 period day

· Eliminate morning break

· Adjust to 4 lunch sections (A, B, C, and D)

· Staggered Arrival

  • 9th Grade between 7:30 -7:45 a.m.
  • 8th grade between 7:45 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Both Grades between 8:00 - 8:10 a.m. during the first month of school

Building Organization:

· School Clinic relocated to the 1st floor

· CDC signage posted at entrances, in bathrooms, and common areas

· Divide the hallways with directional floor stickers

· Library open for students with reduced capacity

· Before school holding areas: Gym 8th on one side and 9th on other side (no pick-up games); designated areas for 8th and 9th graders in Café, Library, and Auditorium

· Utilize the entire gym to identify busload seating areas for second load

· Re-design drop-off and pick-up procedures

· Limit locker assignments only to those who request them (distance between lockers based on the number of lockers requested to be assigned)

Safety Protocol:


· Students may elect to wear a mask at any time.

· Students will be encouraged to wear masks in common areas, during class changes, and in large group interactions (students will be given a school mask).

· Faculty and staff may elect to wear a mask at any time (faculty and staff will be given a mask and face shield).

· Faculty and staff working with medically fragile students must wear a mask/shield at all times.

· Faculty and staff assigned to check temperatures must wear a mask/shield at all times.

· Faculty and staff are encouraged to wear a face covering (mask/shield) when physical distancing is difficult-close proximity to a student (general guidelines of less than 6 ft for more than 10 minutes).

· Faculty and staff are asked to be good role models and wear a face covering (mask/shield) when in common areas, during class changes, when in the hallway, and during large group interactions.

· Café staff required to wear mask in serving area.

· The specific guidelines for wearing masks will be adjusted by the district based upon current CDC guidelines, community cases, and risk analysis and large group interactions.


· Plexiglass shield in the main office reception area.

· Plexiglass shield in the lunch cashier areas.

· Plexiglass shield in library circulation desk area.

· Contactless serving line for lunch distribution –no self-service.

· Strategically place additional hand sanitizer dispensers around the school, café, in common areas, and entrances.

· Daily staff and student temperature checks upon arrival as per District Daily Screening Guidelines.

· Staff and students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be required to wear a mask isolated, and sent home.

· Limit contact in PE, smaller groups; following athletic guidelines for group size and contact as per CDC Guidelines.

· Two day porters on campus for more frequent disinfection of the school public areas throughout the day; high touch areas between class periods.

· Encourage students to purchase bottled water from the vending machine or fill their own flasks at the water bottle filling stations—rather than drinking directly from the fountains.

· Students will be given a reusable water bottle to refill.

· Students use barcode ID for café line, check-out books, and check-in and out of the office. A lanyard will be provided to students for the barcode ID badges.

Classroom Procedures:

· Teachers encourage students to use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom and before leaving for lunch.

· Students are encouraged to wash hands prior to lunch.

· Students may remove or leave masks on during class.

· Teachers may require students to social distance, at least 6 ft, from the “lecture area” in the classroom.

· Spread student seating as the floor space will allow; is practical and feasible.

· Use doorstops for class changes to limit door handle contact.

· Spiral notebook for hall pass sign-out and sign-in. Students will no longer carry a hall pass.

· Group work permitted –teachers recommending students wear masks when group work begins.

· Teachers/students wipe down desk/table surfaces at end of each class period.

· ABM, the evening cleaning crew, will utilize increased sanitation protocols.

· District will provide deep cleaning process once a week for each classroom with specialized sanitation equipment.

What we cannot promise or guarantee:

· Social distancing of 6 ft

· Reduced class sizes

· All teachers and students wear face coverings at all times

· No transmission of Covid-19 or any other illness

· Ensure no large crowds or interactions

· Implementation and following all of the CDC guidelines

Open Houses:

· Hold Sneak Peak open house July 24th; directional arrows and markers will be placed on the floor to remind people to distance themselves as much as practical and reasonable.

· August 6th evening open house canceled; teachers will record a class intro video, and post it to Canvas for parents to view.

Other Changes:

· Outside guests will be limited to essential and pre-approved visitation. Cafeterias will be closed to parents and outside guests, as well as the utilization of volunteers, except by a pre-approval system with the school administrator.

· Field trips – Curricular field trips may still be approved on a case by case basis, but will be limited in scope and size.

· Athletic events, concerts, and school program guidelines will be made available prior to each event and closely mirror the district’s overall guidelines to allow for parental choice of participation.

Final Thoughts:

Our number one priority continues to be the health and safety of our students, and we appreciate the support and flexibility of our MJHS families as we determine the best ways to serve our students during the midst of a pandemic. Regardless of which option families select, traditional, digital, or hybrid (with approval), we will continue to provide all of our students the quality education that is expected and has been the history of Maryville Junior High School.

"Building a Bridge to Success for Every Student through Unified Efforts"