Poplar Road Elementary School

2020 Reopening of Schools

Your child's health and safety has been and will continue to be a priority for the Coweta County School System and Poplar Road Elementary School School. As we look towards our reopening of schools in August, our staff has been working tirelessly on protocols and procedures to maximize safety and keep everyone healthy. School reopening guidelines have been developed with the guidance of the Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Coweta County Emergency Management Agency. These are subject to change.


We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we move to reopening school and providing students with an environment to work together toward purposeful pursuit of excellence.

What will a typical day look like?

Arrival at School

Parents or guardians who drop off their children in the morning will need to stay in their vechicle. Parents and guardians will not be allowed to enter the building, even on the first day of school.


If a student is late to school, the student will enter the building by themselves and someone from the front office will check the child in.

Dismissal

As in the past, parents and guardians will stay in their vehicle, their child will be called, and the child will be brought to the car. Parents and guardians are not allowed to exit their vechicle or enter the building. A limited number of students will come out at a time and, once loaded, another group of students will be called. This may delay the car rider line a little, but we will work as fast as we can to get students to their vechicle in a safe and orderly fashion.


In the event a child needs to be picked up early, the parent or guardian will enter the school and remain in the lobby until the child comes to the front lobby to leave. Students and parents will be asked to observe social distancing while in the lobby, are subject to temperature checks, and may be asked to complete a health screening checklist.


Students and parents are subject to temperature checks and may be asked to complete a health screening checklist.

Hallways/Transition

Our pawprints have been put down with social distancing in mind. Students will be directed to walk on the right side of the hall and space themselves using the pawprints as a guide (they are 3 tiles apart).

Lunch

Classes will alternate days to eat lunch in the cafeteria or in their classrooms. While in the cafeteria, students will be able to skip seats to allow for social distancing. Students will also have pawprints to guide them in line to be able to put distance between students while waiting in line.


Unfortunately, we will not be allowed to have visitors at lunch until further notice.

Classrooms

Teachers are setting up their classrooms to maximize distancing for students. Students will keep their items with them during the day and will not share materials. If the grade level departmentalizes, the teacher will change classrooms, not the students.


Students will still have the opportunity for specials (art, music, PE, computer) each day. All specials' classes will encourage physical distancing where feasible and limit student contact. Any instruments, equipment or materials used will be disinfected between classes to keep materials sanitary.

Orientation

This year's Orientation will look very different from previous years. However, will do our best to reach out and welcome parents.


We will contact parents through email, letter, or phone call before school begins in order to introduce their child's teacher and welcome them to a new school year. Homerooms will be available on Parent Portal beginning August 3rd.


PreK and Kindergarten students will be contacted by their child's teacher to schedule a specific time to visit his or her classroom. Appointments will be made and only a limited number of parents and students will be allowed in the building at a time. Parents (as with all visitors) will be screened upon entry.


As soon as we have information about bus routes, we will post and share this information so that parents can look up their child's morning and afternoon bus number.

Virtual Learning (Empower Online Academy)

The Coweta County School system has created a virtual learning platform in which students can register and participate in virtual learning sessions led by Coweta teachers. Parents will have to register their student for the virtual learning option and must commit to virtual learning for a period of at least one semester.


Click here to see the system's online learning platform. Registration will be from July 6-17th, and the registration form can be found on the Empower website (www.onlinecowetaschools.net)


For students who receive special education services, parents who register for virtual learning will contact the special education office (in our central office) and they will arrange a meeting to discuss a plan for each student.



For students who receive gifted and other services, the system will have a teacher serve students by providing services for the week (probably not per day). This will depend upon the number of parents who choose the virtual option. Once they know who has registered, a schedule for services will be set.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students be able to use water fountains?

No. All water fountains will be temporarily shut down to stop the spread of germs around the school. All students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school. Water filling stations may be available for students to refill their water bottles during the day, but students will be encouraged to fill their bottles at home each morning.

Will my child have to wear a mask?

In accordance with current state guidance, students are encouraged, but are not required, to wear face masks at this time.

Will the school employ social distancing measures?

Yes, as much as possible. Coweta County School System employees, students, parents, and visitors will be encouraged to stay approximately 6 feet away from others, if possible, and avoid contact with others. Schools will implement several practices where feasible to follow best hygiene practices and assist in social distancing, including encouraging handwashing and face coverings and not sharing personal items, electronics, toys, books and other games or learning aids,minimizing student traffic flow and developing traffic flow patterns to maximize social distancing, increasing desk spacing where possible, turning desks to face in the same direction, minimizing group settings and limiting mixing between groups. Students at increased risk of severe illness should implement individualized plans for distance learning.

Will my child's teacher have to wear a face mask?

Staff will not be required to wear masks while in classrooms or during instruction when a social distance can be maintained. They will be required to wear them in areas where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing (for example,in hallways with other classes and in the cafeteria or during car/bus duty).

Can I visit my child at school?

Until further notice, no parents, guardians, volunteers, or mentors will be allowed on campus. The only people allowed on campus will be school system employees.


Parent conferences and meetings will be held via phone, email, or through virtual meetings, when feasible.


If a visitation is absolutely essential and approved by school administrators, visitors will be subject to a temperature check and questionnaire. These instances will be on a limited basis.

Can I have something delivered to the school? (ex. food, gifts, etc.)

Until further notice, no outside food or packages will be received at school (examples: food from outside school, gifts, flowers, balloons, etc.).

What protective measures will be taken on my child's bus?

Bus drivers will clean bus seats, handles, and railings before each route and students will be separated on the bus to the best extent possible.

Will my child still have recess?

Yes, all students will still have the opportunity for recess each day. Grade level classes will either have staggered times or play in different areas to limit contact with other students, and students will be encouraged to socially distance while playing.

What if a child begins to display symptoms of COVID exposure at school?

A list of COVID-19 symptoms to screen for can be found here.

If a student displays COVID symptoms at school, or has a temperature above 99.5 degrees that does not decrease over time (multiple checks will be taken) and/or displays other symptoms that cannot be explained, the child's parents or guardians will be contacted to pick up the student.

The student will be moved into an isolation room until picked up by a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians will be given a reasonable time to pick up their child. If a parent cannot be reached or a student is not/cannot be picked up within a reasonable time frame, 911 will be notified and the child will be transported via EMS to a local hospital.

Parents should contact their child’s school regarding any subsequent diagnosis of a child sent home from school, or who otherwise has exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses. Similarly, parents should notify their child’s school if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student will not be able to return to school until released by the system's lead nurse (who can be contacted by calling 770-254-2799. Calls will be returned as soon as possible). Even if the child has a doctor's note, the child will still have to be cleared by the system's lead nurse.

Any siblings or any other student living with a student who is sent home for fever or other symptoms may stay at school, unless they also display symptoms. Any siblings or any other student living with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will also be required to quarantine, and may not return to face-to-face instruction until cleared to do so by the system’s lead nurse.

All emergency and clinic cards need to be updated with current contact numbers and returned to school as soon as possible. Please include the name and numbers of any person (family or otherwise) who is able to pick up your child.

If a case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, local health and school system officials will be notified. Department of Public Health guidance will be followed, and local health and school officials will determine the next steps the school will follow, which may range from deep cleaning areas to school closing. Local public health officials will determine when or if letters will be sent home. The privacy of student, family and employee health matters will be maintained.


Please keep your child home if they have the following symptoms:

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