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Thursday, October 8th

Hybrid Special Edition

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Wednesday will look the same way for all students as it does currently.

Remote Learners (Not coming to campus at all) - Core Classes

For remote learners, core classes will look similar to what they currently do in regards to pacing and class instruction.

Remote Learners (Not coming to campus at all) - Elective Classes

For remote learners, elective classes will potentially look different depending on the teacher and the way they are planning to instruct. Some teachers may continue as they have been, and teach remote and hybrid (online and in-person) students at the same time. Some teachers may utilize the check-in process and allow student asynchronous learning during the rest of the class period.

Hybrid Learners (On campus 2 days a week) - Core/Elective Classes

For hybrid students, they will be on campus 2 days a week, and will see each teacher 1 day a week. For days they are not on campus, the teacher will either have a check-in and allow the asynchronous time or will continue to teach in the same way they are now and allow the students to login virtually via Webex. Teachers will provide that information once they have determined what works best for them and their students.

Families have the option to choose 100% Distance Learning instead of the Hybrid Model by completing this form for each student: ( https://forms.gle/bifDxCD2s2DxpN888 ) by October 9, 2020.

ONLY complete this form if you are choosing the 100% Distance Learning option.

Families will be given another opportunity to change their student's enrollment for the second semester, which begins January 19.

Health Office Information from USD497

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Prior to coming to school each day, it is important to monitor your student for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. For the health and safety of all students and staff, please conduct a Daily COVID-19 Assessment. If the answer is yes to any of the questions, please call the attendance line and inform them that your child is staying home, state their symptoms, and contact your building nurse if you have any questions.


In the past 24 hours, has your student shown any new COVID-19 symptoms?

  1. Cough

  2. Shortness of Breath

  3. New loss of taste/smell

  4. Fever (temperature of 100.0 or higher)*

  5. Sore throat

  6. Headache

  7. Chills

  8. Fatigue

  9. Runny nose

  10. Congestion

  11. Muscle/body aches

  12. Nausea

  13. Vomiting*

  14. Diarrhea*

Per current LDCPH Isolation Protocols:

If yes to one symptom 1-3, your student must stay home 10 days or get a note from a physician to return to school.

If yes to two symptoms 4-14, your student must stay home 10 days or get a note from a physician to return to school.

NOTE: Contact your school nurse before returning to school regarding up-to-date LDCPH guidelines as the above information may change

  • In the past 14 days have you been within 6 feet of someone for 10 minutes or greater that was diagnosed with COVID-19? If the answer is YES, stay home and contact your school nurse for additional instructions.

  • In the past 14 days, have you had contact with the mucous/salvia of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? If the answer is YES, stay home and contact your school nurse for additional instructions.

  • Are you or anyone in your household currently being tested for COVID-19 and have not received test results? If the answer is YES, stay home until you have the test results. Notify your school nurse of the results before returning to school.

  • Have you traveled to a location requiring quarantine? If the answer is YES, stay home for 14 days and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, stay home and contact your primary healthcare provider. See link below for the latest travel quarantine information.


*If your student has one of these symptoms, fever (100.0 or above), vomiting or diarrhea, they will need to stay home for at least 24 hours and must be symptom free before they can return to school.

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Mask Basics at School

Masks must be worn at all times by all enrolled students, staff, visitors and vendors

Masks may be removed under the following circumstances:

  • Outside AND 6-foot distancing is maintained

  • While eating/drinking AND maintaining 6-foot distancing

  • In a room alone with a door

Acceptable masks are:

  • Store bought or homemade cloth masks

  • Disposable (surgical type) masks

  • Neck gaiters that can be pulled up to fit tightly around the nose and mouth

  • Bandanas/any cloth face coverings that can be worn tightly over the nose and mouth

  • N95 masks or KN95 masks without valves (these are not needed for normal daily use, but if this is what you have bought, you may use them). N95s are only effective when fit tested and a cleaning protocol is established.

Masks with valves are NOT acceptable and will not be allowed. A replacement mask will be given for those who arrive at school with valved masks. The purpose of a mask is to be a barrier to prevent droplets from being exhaled. The valves allow you to exhale your breath into the air defeating the purpose of a mask.

Your mask should:

  • Cover your nose and mouth at all times

  • Not fall down

  • Fit snug to your face with no gaps

  • Be comfortable so you are able to wear it all day

  • Not hurt your ears

  • Meet school dress code (no inappropriate images/words on mask)

Proper way to put on and take off your mask

  • Sanitize your hands before putting on your mask

  • Put your mask on using the ear loops

  • Make sure it covers your nose completely and fits snugly, adjust as needed

  • Sanitize your hands after touching your mask

  • Remove your mask using the ear loops

  • Put your mask on your lanyard or into a paper bag

  • Sanitize your hands when finished

Do not share your mask with others.

Masks that become visibly soiled or wet should be changed. Bring an extra mask per day. If you don’t have another mask, a disposable mask will be provided to you.

Face shields are not an acceptable face covering alone and should always be worn with a mask. Consider a clear mask that still meets the criteria of fitting snug to the face.

Please have your student start practicing wearing their mask for longer periods of time each day.

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Nebulizers- ​Lawrence Public Schools will not allow students to receive nebulizer treatments

while at school. ​Nebulizers​ are small air-compressor machines that people with asthma breathe into and out of to administer a liquid form of albuterol. Exhalations through ​nebulizers​ used by someone with ​COVID​-19 can spray the virus into the air.​ Please speak to your doctor about alternative treatments, such as a metered dose inhaler with a spacer, for your child’s school asthma plan.

Metered Dose Inhalers​- All metered dose inhalers will require a personal spacer for administration (see picture below). Parents must provide a spacer with their child’s inhaler at

school. If your child does not have a spacer, please contact their health care provider.

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Because meals require us to remove our masks, each school will be making adjustments to its scheduled meal time procedures. Each school will determine the safest location for meal

consumption and share that information to parents.

Keeping these changes in mind, the district will continue to reference the U.S. Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention’s Voluntary Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies. The

following guidelines will be implemented during meal time:

  1. A staff member will provide supervision in the designated meal time location where meals or snacks are being eaten and served.

  2. Handwashing will be enforced before and after eating.

  3. Surfaces will be cleaned following any meal or snack.

  4. Students will not be allowed to trade or share food.

  5. Students will be assigned a designated table and seating location, and will be spaced 6 feet apart for all meals and snacks.


According to the CDC, when used consistently and correctly, masks are important to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All school district staff and students will be required to wear a protective face covering while on school property. While masks are strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, LPS recognizes that in the CDC guidelines there are specific instances when wearing a mask may not be feasible. In these instances, parents may complete a USD 497 mask exemption form signed by a physician and submit it to their school for review and approval.

USD 497 Mask Exemption Form

*Please send an extra mask with your student each day.

​**USD 497 prohibits the use of ​masks​ with vents or valves. The CDC changed its guidelines to read that vented ​masks​ do ​not​ help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The following information is provided for you by the CDC regarding face masks and children:


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