CMCS Reopening Plan FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - Updated 7/27/20

Reopening Plan 2020-2021

We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding our School Reopening Plan. We hope that you find this information helpful; we will be updating as needed.

We will continue to evaluate the most up-to-date information and make changes as appropriate. All policies and procedures are subject to change.

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Updated 7/8/20 - Will CMCS be able to offer two learning options for the fall: Traditional Brick & Mortar and Distance Learning?

CMCS will be offering a Traditional (Brick & Mortar) option and full Distance Learning (CMCS Online) option for Semester 1 of the 2020-2021 school year. Parents must fill out the Student Intent to Return form by Monday, July 13th at 9:00 pm to make their selection. Parents must fill out one form for each student attending CMCS.

Updated 7/8/20 - If allowed, what would CMCS Online (Distance Learning) look like?

Students will have scheduled virtual lesson times, synchronous class meetings, and digital resources and assignments. Students will not be required to be on a computer/device for 6-hours daily. Students will spend a portion of their day completing work independently. We understand that for some of our learners, especially our younger learners, that this might require some parental assistance at home. Teachers will be available during school hours.

CMCS Online will be a mix of recorded lessons, live lessons, and live virtual meetings in large and small group.

Students in grades 4-8 will be issued a school-based iPad. Any student opting for Distance Learning will need a device and working internet. Limited iPads will be available to check out from CMCS.

If my student chooses CMCS Online, will I be given my student's EduKit materials?

Yes, students who choose CMCS Online will be given their EduKit materials.

Updated 7/27/20 - Will teachers teach both traditional and online classes?

Yes, for most classes we will be running a concurrent class model.

Updated 7/22/20 - Has the start date for the 2020-2021 school year changed?

UPDATED: Pasco County Schools has pushed back the start of the school year by two weeks. The first day of school for students will be Monday, August 24th. Teachers will report on Monday, August 17th.

Again, CMCS also follows Pasco County School's calendar and school closures. This information is subject to change.

Will your start and end times be changing?

Our goal is not to change our start and end times; however, we might have to adjust arrival and dismissal times.

Also, students will be socially distanced by cohort during afternoon dismissal.

Will you be doing temperature checks upon arrival?

At this time, we anticipate that we will be doing temperature checks upon arrival for students and staff. We are still working this out and will be consulting state and district guidelines.

Will parents and volunteers be allowed on campus?

For Semester 1 parents, volunteers, and visitors will not be present on campus. That will be revisited for Semester 2.

For Birthday Walks, we are looking into offering virtual options for parents.

Updated 7/8/20 - Will students wear masks in classrooms and at school?

Students will not be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings in the classroom, but they are certainly allowed.

We will follow the district's mandates regarding masks for students in the classroom. At this time, they are not required.

Students WILL be required to wear masks or face coverings during both morning and afternoon Car Line, while moving about the campus (i.e., walking to PE or recess), as well as during Before Care and After Care.

Will teachers and staff wear masks in school?

Due to Superintendent Kurt Browning's current mandate (6/23/20), masks or face coverings will be required of teachers and staff on campus at CMCS. This is subject to change based on the Superintendent's rulings.

Will students be expected to socially distance?

In many school settings, students will be socially distanced by cohort to the extent possible.

At the elementary school level, where social distancing will be extremely difficult, students will spend most of the school day interacting only with students in their cohort (class group). Students in a cohort group will not be expected to stay 6 feet from one another.

Class assignments will be impacted by the number of students returning to traditional school and teacher assignments. Our goal is to keep students in current classrooms, if possible.

In Middle School, we will be social distancing by cohort will be grade-based. This means that each MS grade will be its own cohort. Sixth graders will mix only with other sixth graders. The same will happen for 7th and 8th graders. Again, students in a cohort group will not be expected to stay 6 feet from one another.

By limiting exposure to a smaller number of students, we reduce the chance of infection. And if a student becomes ill, the immediate cohort is affected, not the entire school.

Updated 7/8/20 - Will you be offering Before and After Care?

Yes, we will be offering Before and After Care. Because Before and After Care will be mixing cohorts, students will potentially be required to wear masks during these times. We will also work toward implementing social distancing and/or alternative locations (i.e., outdoors) for these programs.

Students will be required to wear masks during both Before Care and After Care due to mixing of cohorts.

What steps will be taken to ensure that surfaces are clean in classrooms?

Teachers and assistants will clean frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. Our cleaning company will conduct overall enhanced cleanings at the conclusion of every day. Other non-custodial staff members will be expected to do their part keeping surfaces clean, and will be provided with cleaning products. Teachers will have access to cleaning supplies for their classroom.

CMCS will be hiring a full time Custodial Care Specialist who will assist with additional daily cleaning of the school as well as assisting with the clinic.

Updated 7/8/20 - What other steps are being taken to ensure a healthy environment?

CMCS will partner with students, parents, teachers, and staff in education on the importance of hand washing, hygiene, and social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be made available in classrooms and workplaces.

All staff will receive COVID-19 training (including transmission, prevention and use of mask) with opportunity for Q & A.

Signage will be posted describing signs/symptoms, proper hand-washing, social distancing, and when to stay home.

What will my student’s school do if a classmate or staff member is infected with COVID-19?

We will send a clear message to parents and staff that if they are exhibiting any symptoms, they should not come to school or report to work. If a student exhibits symptoms at school they will be taken to a location at the school set aside for possible COVID-19 cases and their parent or guardian will be notified to take them home or to visit a medical professional. Additionally, we will take all necessary steps when we receive clear guidelines from the Florida Department of Health.

What if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

The Pasco County Health Department will notify the district if a student or staff member tests positive. We will notify parents, while not specifically identifying the student or staff member. We will cooperate with the Health Department as they conduct the appropriate notifications of individuals who have been in contact with the person infected. Our Reopening plan is designed to limit the chances of infection and to limit the disruption to a school or workplace in the event of an infection.

What steps will be taken to limit exposure during lunches?

As much as possible, we would like our students to continue eating outdoors. We will be moving picnic tables so that cohort groups are socially distanced and/or cohort groups will take turns eating outside. Hand washing will occur prior to lunches, and hand sanitizer will be available in all dining areas.

Updated 7/8/20 - How will you address the social emotional needs of students?

Starting last year, we implemented social-emotional learning in all of our classrooms. We will continue to give those lessons as well as incorporate coping strategies to deal with our current pandemic and national events from the past year.

CMCS teachers will provide more frequent check-ins with students regarding their social-emotional needs. We have also partnered with a local Licensed Mental Health Counselor to help develop a plan for supporting staff, students, and families. We will be rolling out those programs at the beginning of the school year.

Will you be holding Student Orientation, Parent Orientation, Assemblies, Middle School Dances?

At this time, large in person gatherings will not be allowed 1st semester, and we will re-evaluate for 2nd semester.

We are still exploring the safest options for Student Orientation and Packet Pick Up. We will most likely have packet pick up (drive through) on Friday, August 7, but will not have Student Orientation as typically planned. We are considering having only 1st graders and students new to the school attend in their cohorts. We are exploring options for virtual Student Orientation and Meet the Teacher Day. More information to come.

Parent Orientation (Thursday, August 20) and Assemblies will be held virtually.

We do not typically have a MS dance during the first semester. We will reevaluate for semester 2.

What will Specials/Electives look like?

At this time, PE and recess will be held outside. Recess will be scheduled so that cohorts are not out at the same time. Cohorts will be given recess equipment that will not be shared. We are considering a staggered schedule for use of the playground due to the need to disinfect between cohorts.

Music will happen in the cohort's room or outdoors. Instruments will not be shared.

Art & Spanish will happen in the cohort's room or outdoors. Materials will not be shared.

Added 7/6/20 - Will Middle School students have to wear PE uniforms?

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Middle School students will NOT be wearing PE uniforms for the first semester. We will revisit this for the second semester.

Again, Middle School students will stay in their CMCS uniform polo and uniform bottoms for the entire day. They will not be wearing PE uniforms or changing during the first semester (August - December).

Added 7/8/20 - What you can do to support the education of your student with instruction in either model?

  • Keep in touch with teacher on a regular basis and let them know if your child is experiencing specific challenges, like grief over a family loss or heightened anxiety due to the pandemic.
  • Talk to your child regularly to make sure he/she understands work expectations.
  • Talk to your child regarding how they are feeling. Be patient and accept how they are feeling during this stressful time.
  • Maintain a daily routine around school and schoolwork.
  • Do check-ins with your child regarding academics, including checking Google Classroom and myStudent (MS students only).
  • As you have academic check-in, make sure you do check-ins about your child emotional or mental health as well.
  • Reach out to your child’s teacher or student services staff with any changes that may impact your child’s success. This way we can develop supports for your child prior to the first day of school.

Added 7/8/20 - What you can expect regarding access to special programs for your student, if necessary?

CMCS is committed to providing free and appropriate educational opportunities for students with disabilities, to the greatest extent possible in alignment with public health guidelines. Collaboration with families has always been an integral part of the special education process and continues to be essential during this time. To address the unique needs of students with disabilities staff will continue the work with families to collaboratively identify the most essential services for each student that can be provided. Individual Education Plan’s (IEPs) will be reviewed for the circumstances of the learning environment that the family selects.

All students attending CMCS Online will have access to the many accommodations that naturally occur in the virtual setting. In addition, CMCS Online will provide any accommodations listed on the IEP that are applicable to the online educational environment. Please note that some accommodations may not be possible to implement in the online educational setting. The IEP team, (general education teachers, special education teachers, related services providers, and families), will work collaboratively if it is determined an accommodation is not appropriate or successful in a particular setting.

CMCS, in conjunction with Pasco County Schools, will continue to identify, locate, and evaluate students suspected of having a disability and needing special education and related services. At the same time, we will be mindful that some students have been displaced from their typical learning environment when initiating the referral process. Some evaluation procedures can be completed in remote learning situations. Some evaluations require in-person contact with students or observations of students in school settings. CMCS and Pasco County Schools are conducting evaluations remotely and in-person while adhering to public health guidelines for the safety of students and staff.

Added 7/8/20 - Will you be offering Enrichment Programs after school?

For Semester 1, we will not be offering Enrichment Programs. We will reevaluate for Semester 2.

Added 7/8/20 - Will I come into school to drop off my child's medication?

No, medication will be counted and collected curbside. All medication forms can be found on our website under Parent Links-Health Info.

Added 7/8/20 - If a student gets sent home with COVID-19 symptoms, what are the return to school guidelines?

Possible COVID-19 symptoms-students who exhibit any of these symptoms during the school day must be excluded from school:

  • Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

*This list does not include all possible symptoms and will be continually updated based on CDC guidance.

According to CDC guidelines, students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms would need to stay home for:

  • At least 3 days after fever has resolved (without medication like Tylenol), AND
  • All other symptoms have improved, AND
  • It has been at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms

Students may return in fewer than 10 days after meeting one of these conditions:

  • With verified medical documentation of alternative diagnosis as reason for symptoms, OR
  • With documentation of negative COVID-19 test

Added 7/12/20 - Will there be teachers assigned specifically for these online students or will they be tuning into a live classroom for instruction?

Since we just received approval for CMCS Online and are awaiting numbers from our final parent survey, we are still developing our guidelines for our online instruction and staffing. We will share information as soon as possible. There will be synchronous lesson times that students will be required to attend during school hours (8:30 am-3:00 pm), independent work time on follow up assignments, and asynchronous lessons/videos that could be done at any time. Students will not be sitting in front of a computer for 6 hours a day. We have extra devices to check out to families in need.

Addes 7/12/20 - What actions would be taken if a child in a classroom gets tested positive for COVID-19, will the entire classroom be sent home to quarantine? What type of instruction will be given during those circumstances?

That is determined by the Health Department based on their investigations, and we will follow their guidance. We are still developing our procedures on how we will educate students if they are sent home to be quarantined.

Added 7/12/20 - How will students who have Progress Monitoring Plans be provided interventions if they participate in CMCS Online?

Students who participate in CMCS Online will be provided with the same interventions through their PMP that they would be provided with if they were in school. Interventions would be provided virtually, like we did in the Spring with Distance Learning.

Added 7/12/20 - Will students who participate in CMCS Online be tested? Will attendance count for those students? Will the be required to attend lessons at a certain time?

We are currently working on a Student/Parent Agreement for CMCS Online that both the parent and student will have to sign. Students will be tested, under strict guidelines, in this platform and those assessments will be part of their grade (based on current classroom structures).

Students will be required to attend certain live lessons (between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm based on a preannounced schedule) and will be counted as absent if they do not attend.

Again, we are still developing our guidelines for this new program. More information will follow.

Added 7/12/20 - As stated, a student exhibiting symptoms would not be able to return to school in less 10 days from the onset of symptoms. During that time, would the student continue school via CMCS Online?

We are still working on our policy for this. Most likely, it will work just like students who are absent for an extended period of time during a normal school year. Teachers would work with the student to make up work during their absence. We know that students who are sick are not likely to be able to work, so teachers would adjust accordingly. Students would not be switched to CMCS Online for an absence of this length. Again, this is subject to change.

Added 7/12/20 - Some doctor’s appointments cannot be scheduled outside of school hours. Would we be able to drop off later in the morning or pick the student up early? If so, is that done curbside to avoid additional people entering the school? If not, and the student would be required to stay home, could they do CMCS Online that day?

Students will be checked out curbside. We are working a system for the front office window to allow staff to take in/scan parent IDs without parents entering the school. Students would then be delivered to parents outside. Again, we are still developing our exact procedures for this.

Sudents cannot switch between traditional and online learning from day to day. It would be too difficult for planning and consistency to move back and forth in this way. We ask that parents make a choice for the semester.

Added 7/13/20 - Will there be guidelines for student masks/face coverings (color, type, solid color, designs allowed)?

All student masks must be school appropriate and free of inappropriate wording and/or graphics. As much as possible, we ask that they be as plain/solid colored and/or have patterns that are not busy or distracting to the learning environment.

Added 7/20/20 - What will the model be for instruction?

After looking at the data, we have determined that our best course of action is to have a concurrent class model as our base strategy.

A concurrent class model is one in which, in most classes, the teachers in the classroom will be assigned both traditional and online students. They will teach and manage both groups, and the groups will interact with each other. There will be a few exceptions to this model.

Added 7/20/20 - Will I be able to change my decision from Traditional to CMCS Online or vice versa during the semester?

With the concurrent model, there will be greater flexibility to allow students to move from home to classroom (or vice versa) without having to change teachers. This movement will be limited to 1-2 designated times within the semester and for reasons related to COVID-19.

If a student or family member becomes ill due to COVID-19 and must miss a large number of days, we will evaluate moving them from Traditional to to CMCS Online outside of those designated transition times. Transitions between educational options will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Added 7/20/20 - How many students are you expecting to have in each Traditional classroom?

Lower Elementary - Around 20 students per class

Upper Elementary - Around 17 students per class

Middle School 6th Grade - Around 25 students

Middle School 7th Grade - Around 16 students

Middle School 8th Grade - Around 20 students

Added 7/27/20 - What will happen because of the two week delay to start the school year?

Because of this two-week delay to the school year, we will NOT have any Noon Dismissal days for the first semester.

Since our school day is longer than other schools, we will NOT need to add any additional minutes to our school day to make up time for the two-week delay for the start of the school year. A revised calendar will be shared soon.