Ludlow Independent Schools

Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

The Options

1. ON-CAMPUS: Monday through Thursday, students will attend half-day on campus, either a morning or afternoon session, with additional work being completed online. On Fridays, all students will work remotely from home.

2. OFF-CAMPUS: Families may choose a fulltime virtual option for their child(ren), where students stay off campus and work virtually from home. Students will be expected to log in every day to watch teacher instructional videos, complete work, and connect online.

Once a parent makes their decision on which option they are choosing for their child, this will remain in place for the semester. At the end of the semester, a parent can re-evaluate the situation and change their child's learning environment plan.

The Schedule for On-Campus Students

MORNING SESSION (Monday-Thursday)

7:35-7:50 AM Arrival

7:50-11:05 AM

  • Elementary classes will concentrate mainly on language arts and math
  • High school will meet in periods 1, 2, 3 on Mon/Wed, and periods 4, 5, 6 on Tues/Thurs
  • Students will work remotely from home on the remaining content of the day

11:05 AM Dismissal


11:45 AM-12:00 PM Arrival

12:00-3:15 PM

  • Elementary classes will concentrate mainly on language arts and math
  • High school will meet in periods 1, 2, 3 on Mon/Wed, and periods 4, 5, 6 on Tues/Thurs
  • Students will work remotely from home on the remaining content of the day

3:15 PM Dismissal

For Your Planning

If our district is at any point required to close for an extended period of time, all students will participate in the remote learning plan. This requires students to log in every day to access teacher instructional videos, complete work, and connect online through Google Meet.

Student Meals

Because of social distancing restrictions, our students will not gather or eat in the cafeteria. However, they will still receive free meals.

Students in the morning session will receive a breakfast upon arrival and will eat it in their classroom. As they dismiss, they will take a lunch and snack with them to eat at home.

Students in the afternoon session will receive a lunch upon arrival and will eat it in their classroom. As they dismiss, they will take a snack and breakfast (for the next day) with them to eat at home.

On Fridays, all students can pick up a Grab & Go Breakfast & Lunch between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on Oak Street.

Students staying at home and doing work virtually will be able to pick up meals, if they choose, each day between 12:15 and 1:15 PM on Oak Street.

Entrance Procedures

Since we must limit the congregation of students, there will be a small window of time when students can enter the building. Upon entering, students will have their temperature taken. If the temperature is higher than 100.4 degrees, a parent would be contacted to pick up the child. Students will then report to their classroom. Upon entering his/her classroom, students will be asked the required series of "Healthy at School" questions to ensure they are feeling well.

All students must come to school with a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Cloth masks will be provided to on-campus students, or they can choose to wear their own. Cloth masks should be washed regularly.

Parents/Guardians, your support is critical with this process. Please help monitor your child's health. If they have a fever or aren't feeling well, we ask that you keep them home. Please don't administer medicine to break a fever, then immediately send them to school. We ask for support with reinforcing the importance of mask-wearing and proper hand-washing.

Maintaining a Healthy School Environment

We are taking many, many steps to ensure a healthy environment, following the Healthy at School Guidelines:

  • NEW GUIDANCE Updated on August 31, 2020: Staff and students (Grades K-12) will wear masks (that cover nose and mouth) as they enter the building and will keep them on during the school day. They will be allowed to pull down masks only when eating or drinking.
  • Students in preschool will need to wear a mask as they enter and exit school.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in all rooms and throughout hallways. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer as they enter and exit a room. Proper hand-washing technique will be reminded and encouraged.
  • Desks will be used in classrooms, students will all face the same way, and they will space out at least 6 feet from others. Desks will be sanitized in between each class change.
  • Hallway traffic will be directional. When changing classes, students will travel in the same direction, as designated, in each hallway.
  • Lockers will not be used. Students will keep their bookbag with them.
  • Each evening, rooms will be sanitized using a fogger system. On Fridays, while students are working remotely at home, a deep clean will take place in each classroom.
  • Common areas such as restrooms, stairwell rails, and door handles will be cleaned often throughout the day.
  • We've installed more water fountains that allow for filling water bottles. Students may bring a water bottle to school with them to use during class. Drinking directly from a fountain will be prohibited.
  • An Isolation Room will be set up for students not feeling well so that they may be secluded and not sit in the main office area. Parents will be contacted for pickup.
  • Large group activities, such as assemblies, will not take place. We will limit the number of visitors/guests admitted into the building. Guests coming to school, such as for a parent meeting, will be temperature-checked and will need to wear a mask.
  • We will follow the Health Department's guidance if there is a positive test of COVID-19 for a student or staff member. Once that is reported to the health department, they will assist us with contact tracing, and will notify the appropriate person/group as dictated by their regulations. Our Decision Flowchart will help parents better understand the procedures we are required to follow.
  • We will close our campus as needed based on guidance from the health department due to exposure or positive test results of students or staff members. These closures could be from a day or two, to a week or more, or for an extended period, depending on the situation. Families would be notified as soon as these decisions are made. Please be aware that they could be announced quickly due to the circumstances, and students should be ready to work from home as needed.
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How Can Families Assist with the Year?

Following these steps can help ensure a safe and enjoyable school year:

  • Help reinforce the importance of the safety rules. Let your child(ren) know they need to wear a mask, they should use the hand sanitizer, and use proper hand-washing techniques regularly. Practice social distancing as much as possible. We can all remind students of our positive behavior motto: Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible.
  • Keep your child at home if they aren't feeling well. If their temperature is over 100.4 degrees, they should stay home. Please do not administer medication to break the fever, then send them immediately to school. When calling your child in sick, letting our office staff know his/her symptoms is helpful as we gather data on illnesses.
  • Don't hesitate to contact someone in the school office or your child's teacher if you are concerned or need assistance with their emotional, social, or academic progress.
  • If your child has a chromebook at home, please help them charge it each night and bring it with them to school, fully charged, the next day.
  • We ask for your confidence in our handling of sick students or staff members. We assure you that we will follow proper regulations with the health department when it comes to notifying families about positive tests or possible exposures. We are required to follow their steps. Please, please, please help by refraining from social media posts to ask about possible sick students or staff members. Many of our students, or even staff members, may be in the office, the isolation room, or visiting the nurse for a wide variety of reasons, many not COVID-19 related. Please help by maintaining a calm demeanor if your child tells you that a friend, classmate, or staff member was seen in the office or with the nurse, was absent, or is rumored to be positive for the virus. We promise that the safety of our students and staff members will remain our top priority throughout the year. The tools and reports found at are updated regularly to help parents see the data and resources about their county, community, and school.

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