MJHS Re-Opening Plan

Revised Re-Opening Plan SY 2020-2021

Dear MJHS Parents and Students,

Thank you for completing the most recent District survey regarding the District and School Re-Opening Plans. First and foremost, we want you to know we read through each and every one of the responses. We appreciate and value the comments, suggestions, and additional ideas you shared. Though not all of the decisions solely rest with school-level administrative teams, there have been some changes to the MJHS School Reopening plan based on the feedback we received from the survey. Additional careful planning and discussions have taken place over the last several days, as we diligently work to continue reopen the building for school. We continue to recognize that so much surrounding COVID-19 is in flux, with guidelines changing weekly to be responsive to community needs. 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.

Models of Digital Instruction

The models of instruction that will be employed by MCS this school year are:

Options for grades K-12:

· Face to Face – the student is at their assigned school daily taking courses as usual (July 30th start)

· Online – the student is at home accessing course work in a digital format. Each school will have a digital learning lab that will be utilized as a face to face assessment location for ALL online learners and used for remediation for those students needing additional help and support. As per the Tennessee Department of Education, Online Learning will begin, July 30th, 2020.

Option for grades 8-12 only:

· Hybrid Model - A digital learner, one who takes most classes virtually, may wish to take courses that involve projects, instruction, and assignments that require hands-on, face-to-face work with the teacher in the classroom. (examples: Culinary , or 8th grade Shop) The hybrid learner will participate primarily as a digital learner, with a few select on-campus courses.

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

We encourage families to remain with the selected delivery format (traditional or digital) for nine week intervals. Students may transition from digital to traditional (or vice versa) at the natural breaks (fall break, winter break, spring break). It is requested that students only make one instructional delivery change per year.

Daily Schedule:

· Continue 5 period day

· Eliminate morning break

· Adjust to 4 lunch sections to allow for greater social distancing (A, B, C, and D)

· Parents may drop-off students beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the back of the school building

Building Organization:

· School Clinic relocated to 1st floor

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

· Divide the hallways with directional floor stickers and signage to remind students to social distance as much as possible

· Library, gym, café, and auditorium will be open to students

· Second load bus riders will be organized and released from the gym at the end of the school day

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

· Locker assignments will be issued upon request

· Backpacks will be allowed in classrooms

Safety Protocol:

Social Distancing and Face Masks, 8-12 Students

Students in grades 8-12 are expected to wear face coverings when physical distancing is difficult. While the district does not intend to require mask wearing as part of the enforceable dress code, the faculty and staff will make it clear it is a strongly encouraged and expected practice. When students can be social distanced of 6 feet within classrooms, then mask prompting and encouragement will lessen. However, in crowded spaces (changing classes, riding a bus, transitional breaks, close proximity environments, interactive student work sessions) reminders and prompts to wear a mask will be issued from teachers and administrators. In addition, announcements, posters, and daily communication will detail the merits of wearing a mask throughout the school day. Staff members will wear masks and model those opportunities with their students, and families will be asked to also support responsive mask wearing. A face covering will be provided to every student and staff member in grades 8-12. Teachers will implement social distancing, strategic seating/grouping, and hand sanitizing/handwashing as often and feasible as possible.

Mask Wearing

· All faculty and staff are required to wear a face covering in common areas, large gatherings, class changes, anytime outside their classroom, and in the classroom when they cannot social distance of at least 6 feet.

· Students in grades 8-12 are expected to wear a face covering when physical distancing is difficult (e.g., changing classes, riding a bus, transitional breaks, close proximity environments, interactive student work sessions, etc.).

· Announcements, posters, and daily communication will detail the merits of wearing a mask, but mask wearing will not be part of the enforceable dress code. Students in grades 8-12 will be provided a mask or they can wear their own.

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


· Plexiglass shield in the main office reception area.

· Cafe cashiers will wear a face shield.

· Plexiglass shield in library circulation desk area.

· Breakfast will be contactless/grab-n-go items.

· 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.

· 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.

· No outside groups may rent/use facilities until after Labor Day without special authorization of administration.

Classroom Procedures:

· Teachers will implement social distancing, strategic seating/grouping, and hand sanitizing and handwashing/hygiene as often and feasible as possible."

· Teachers will reminded and encourage students to wash hands prior to lunch.

· Teachers will require students to social distancing from the “lecture area” in the classroom.

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

· Spiral notebook for hall pass sign-out and sign-in –no longer carry hall pass.

· Teachers will expect students to wear face coverings for close proximity work; group work.

· Teachers/students will 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.

· MJHS will provide additional cleaning protocols and more frequent disinfection of the classrooms.

What we cannot promise or guarantee:

· Continual social distancing of 6 ft in the school building at all times

· Class size capacity to ensure at least 6 ft between individuals

· Students wear face covering at all times

· No transmission of Covid-19 or any other illness

· Ensure no large crowds or interactions

Open Houses:

· Hold Sneak Peak open house July 24th on a staggered drop-in schedule; movement directional arrows and markers on the floor to remind people to distance as much as practical and reasonable; and expect face coverings to be worn.

· August 6th evening open house canceled; teachers record a class intro video post 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. We hope the majority of our families will find a reasonable level of safety to return to the school building. We will be responsive to our community’s data and COVID-19 tracking. As the District directs, we will tighten our restrictions to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We miss our students and strongly desire to bring back some normalcy in routines, social engagement, and academic learning.

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