Mt. Stuart Elementary

Re-Opening Plan 2020-2021

Re-Opening Plan 2020-2021

Principal’s Message

We are so looking forward to beginning a new school year, and although we are facing new and unprecedented challenges, our commitment to building strong connections with our students and families, and providing high quality instruction and learning will remain our priorities. Our teachers and staff have embraced facing these challenges with grace and perseverance, and I am confident you will be inspired by their ability to meet all your child’s learning needs regardless of the model of learning we are in.

As we make our way through the course of this school year, there will undoubtedly be many shifts and transitions, but together, we will make it an amazing year.

Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with our re-opening plan which outlines how we have put protocols in place in our best effort to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff.


Sincerely,

Kathi Keefer


LOGISTICS

Before Arrival

All students (or parents) and staff will complete a Daily Attestation Form through Skyward (our student information system) prior to entering any school building. This form takes a few seconds each day to complete, and can be accessed through the Family Access Display and/or through the Skyward App on any Android or Apple Device.


Bus Transportation

Students will be encouraged to stay socially distanced while at the bus stop. This must be a joint education effort between families and school personnel. Students will be spaced apart as much as the physical capacity of the bus allows and will be required to wear masks. Bus drivers will have disposable masks to hand out to students in the event a student does not have his or her mask. Ventilation will be incorporated into the bus by having the windows down as appropriate for weather conditions. Per CDC guidelines each bus will be cleaned once daily, and drivers will wipe down high-touch areas between each run.

Parent Drop Off/Pick Up

Parents that drop their student off at school will be asked to stay in their vehicle and observe the one-way traffic flow signs on campus.

For car pick-up in the afternoons, parents arriving before busses have departed will park in a parking space and remain in their vehicle until ALL busses have departed. Parents will then proceed through the parking U (bus lane). Staff members will monitor students’ as parents arrive at the red zone and help students to their parents’ cars from the sidewalk.

Upon Arrival

All students will enter Mt. Stuart via the main parking lot. Those who have already completed their daily attestation will proceed to their cohort’s recess area. Those who forgot or need more assistance will access and complete the attestation with a staff member.

Face masks will be required for all students and staff at all times while they are in the building. NOTE: Any staff or student that is experiencing symptoms will be placed in an isolated room on site and evaluated by a school nurse.


Controlled Campus Movement

All spaces in the school will have controlled movement for students and staff. This will include one-way lanes for hallways, limited bathroom occupancy, staggered release times for classes at the end of the school day, and social distancing protocols for everyone while they travel. Staff members will escort class changes to ensure steady flow of students with no congregation in hallways. In addition, each class has a socially distanced line up space for returning to class after recesses.

Classroom Modifications

All classrooms have been modified to maintain 6’ social distancing between desks and chairs, and will all face the same direction where possible. Each classroom will have a hand sanitizer station available for staff and students. Staff will be provided necessary disinfecting supplies to wipe down or clean surfaces in their classroom as well.

Extracurricular & Athletics

Extracurricular activities will be done virtually where feasible. Our district will follow guidance from the Kittitas County Public Health in accordance with CDC guidelines if in-person extracurriculars are approved.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Cleaning & Sanitizing

Our custodial staff will clean all classrooms, restrooms, and common spaces regularly. In those classrooms with sinks we will have students wash their hands.

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required based upon best available data and input from the health department and the CDC. Social distancing is not always possible in school settings, therefore, students and staff will be provided with reusable masks and expected to wear them while on campus where social distancing is not possible and when exemptions do not apply. Each staff member and student will be provided a mask if they do not have one.

School administrators will monitor face mask use and will ensure that all students and staff are wearing them consistently. Please remember that there may be persons that have existing medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing a mask.

Social Distancing

Students will practice social distancing from the arrival on campus through departure. Students will load on school buses from back to front, increasing social distancing and limiting exposure to others. Grab-and-go breakfasts will be available, and eaten in classrooms in order to deter students from congregating in the lunchroom. Lunches will be grab and go as well, and each class will have their own socially distanced space in which to eat their lunch.

Limited Access to Visitors and Volunteers

It is essential to create a healthy and safe environment by limiting potential COVID-19 exposure whenever possible. Mt. Stuart Elementary will be limiting access to visitors and volunteers by appointment only. A request must be made 24 hours in advance. Any approved visitor will need to complete an attestation form at the main office.

Common Area Modifications/Specialist Classes

Students will be monitored in all common area locations to encourage social distancing practices. Specialist classes such as Physical Education, Library and Music will adhere to social distancing while limiting collaborative activity and shared resources. Cleaning and disinfection will occur between classes.

Meal Service

Classes will have designated socially distanced lunch spaces and will receive meals in a grab-and-go style delivered to that location. Lunch areas will be supervised by a staff member to encourage and enforce a safe and sanitary eating environment. Lunch spaces will be cleaned before and after each use.

Mass Gatherings

For the safety of staff and students on campus, assemblies and other large gatherings will not be permitted until further notice.

Before and After School Programs

When cleared to resume before or after school programs, student-to-staff ratios will be reduced to promote social distancing. Staff and students will practice frequent hand washing. Students will be assigned to small, separate groups with staggered outdoor activity time as appropriate/needed.

Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmation Response

Communication: Upon notification of a positive result, a parent or employee will notify the Mt. Stuart front office immediately. The principal will notify the superintendent, who will notify the Kittitas County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Larson.

An individual who tests positive for COVID-19: Individuals should follow the recommendations of their healthcare provider for isolation protocol.

Returning to campus: Any student or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 must have written clearance from their healthcare provider before returning to Mt. Stuart Elementary.

Contact tracing: Mt. Stuart Elementary will collaborate with the Department of Health to conduct contact tracing if needed. Upon notification of a positive case on campus, the health department will contact those impacted individuals and families as needed.


Family Expectations

Attendance

All ESD attendance and truancy policies will apply to all students. When students are ill or will be missing school for any reason, parents will be expected to contact your child’s school to report absences as you have done in prior years (509) 925-8400. On synchronous, or “Zoom” days, attendance will be taken during the Zoom. On asynchronous, or “independent work” days, attendance will be taken when students log in to their Schoology account by 2:00 PM daily.

Communication

Parent-Teacher communication is a vital cornerstone to maintain the relationship between the school and parents. Teachers are the parents’ first point of contact for academic questions. For students to succeed in remote learning, parents are expected to maintain responsiveness to email, newsletters, phone, and or video communications with the teachers and the school. Professional, courteous two-way communication is always encouraged.

Learning Environment

  • Provide a learning space best suited for your learner’s needs for studying and academic work.

  • Have a set schedule for the school day, including breaks, lunch, and physical activity.

  • Talk to your student daily about what they are learning.

Day-To-Day Operations (Hybrid)

Before School

  • In the Hybrid Schedule, school will start at 7:30am.

  • Students will not be allowed into the building before 7:30am and should not arrive before 7:15am.

  • Attestation app MUST be completed before a student will be allowed to enter.

  • Students who eat breakfast at school will pick up a grab and go meal at 7:25am and proceed to their socially distanced class line-up spot.

  • At 7:25am, students who do not get breakfast, will line up at their socially distanced class line-up spot.

Drop-Offs

  • Parents will be asked to remain in their vehicle when dropping off children.

  • Drop off will occur in the main parking lot, accessed from 15th Avenue. NOTE: Parent drop-off is one-way traffic only, through the U and continuing back out to 15th Avenue. There will be no access to school from Cora Street due to construction of the New Mt. Stuart.

  • Students will ONLY be permitted to enter the school through the main parking lot. Staff members will be checking for each student’s mask and verifying attestation is completed upon arrival.

Pick-Up

  • Parents arriving before all busses have departed will park in a parking space and wait in their vehicle.

  • When busses have departed, parents may proceed through the main U to the red zone for student pick-up.

  • This will be a drive through pick-up and will occur in the main U parking lot, accessed from 15th Avenue. NOTE: Parent pick-up is one-way traffic only, through the U and continuing back out to 15th Avenue. Staff members will assist students quickly and safely to parents.

  • Please be patient. Student safety is extremely important to all of us.

School Office

  • Parents picking up a sick child will be asked to remain in their cars or outside. You may call the office at (509) 925-8400 and we will escort your student to your vehicle.

  • Items that need to be dropped off for a student will be placed at our ‘drop zone’ in the main courtyard. Parents can give our office staff a wave or phone call from the courtyard with specific instructions. We will ask the parent to write the student's name and attach it to the item. Staff will then get the item to the student.

What Is Synchronous Learning?

Synchronous learning is a general term used to describe forms of education, instruction, and learning that occur at the same time, but not in the same place. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of televisual, digital, and online learning in which students learn from instructors, colleagues, or peers in real time, but not in person. For example, educational video conferences, interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions, and lectures that are broadcast at the same time they delivered would all be considered forms of synchronous learning.


Synchronous Learning = Live Instruction

  • Teacher directed

  • Guided practice

  • Peer collaboration



What Is Asynchronous Learning?

Asynchronous learning is a general term used to describe forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or at the same time. The term is most commonly applied to various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own—that is not being delivered in person or in real time. Yet asynchronous learning may also encompass a wide variety of instructional interactions, including email exchanges between teachers, online discussion boards, and course-management systems that organize instructional materials and correspondence, among many other possible variations.


Asynchronous Learning = Independent Activities

  • Working on your own

  • Working at your pace

  • May be completed offline


Reporting Growth

All assessment of student growth and learning during in-person and remote learning will continue to take place throughout this school year. Students will be assessed frequently to determine growth and achievement of skills and standards. Satisfactory performance is based on student participation in and demonstration of mastery of grade level standards. This growth will be reported to parents at regularly scheduled intervals via report cards and individual parent/teacher conversations.


Attendance

Regular participation in classes is critical to student success. It helps to keep students motivated and keeps them connected with their teachers and peers. Virtual attendance will be taken each day and students are required to participate daily as they would in an in-person classroom. Attendance will be taken through participation in online class meetings or live instruction as well as through participation in online coursework and assignments housed in Schoology. Parents are expected to contact the Mt. Stuart office to notify or excuse student absences (509) 925-8400.


Communication

Teacher-student communication is critical to success in remote learning. Students and teachers must respond to one another in a timely manner for all correspondence and should be checking their email, Schoology, and Remind messages multiple times each school day. Responses should be provided within one school day.


Internet Connectivity

High-speed internet access is critical to success in remote learning. If you do not have high-speed internet for any reason, please contact your school office and they will assist you in requesting support for internet access. All students taking part in remote learning will be provided a district chromebook to use at home. Parents may choose to decline this Chromebook but must guarantee an adequate computing device is available for students to use regularly.


Technology Support

For district technology issues (e.g. Chromebook/iPad issues), we will provide a helpdesk option like we did in the spring. There will be ESD IT staff to daily monitor and respond to these issues in a timely manner. Internet issues will have to be directed to your internet provider.




Curriculum

All approved ESD curriculum will be used for remote learning. It may be packaged and presented differently than in-person, but students will be expected to learn the same standards at roughly the same pace. We are planning a year where we could see many changes between in-person and remote learning. Utilizing our already existing curriculum and having our very talented teaching staff develop units and lessons around the curriculum they are already familiar with will be best for our students and allow for the ability to switch between remote and in-person learning more easily.


Schoology and Edgenuity will be used to provide learning opportunities from the teachers. Offline materials such as textbooks, novels, workbooks, packets, and other materials such as science and art equipment may be distributed as needed or from time to time. Any non-consumables will be expected to be returned at the end of the year or upon a change from remote learning to in-person.


Stay Connected

Skyward: Ellensburg School District’s student management platform.


Email: An important communication tool for students, staff and parents to remain connected through the school year. All staff will be checking emails daily. All staff emails can be found on our website and follow this format: firstname.lastname@esd401.org


Zoom: A video conferencing tool to connect people through video or audio. Teachers will use zoom for class meetings, instructional videos or working with students during office hours. It is important for students to practice appropriate zoom etiquette at all times.



Schoology

  • Schoology is our districts learning management system (LMS) and is the one place that all students and families can go to find out about what learning is available and expected.


  • Intended Use: Schoology is the single launch point for all students K-12 to find their learning materials as sell as to submit materials back to the teacher for feedback. All students should be able to find everything they need on a daily basis for instruction by visiting their courses with the Schoology platform.


Edgenuity

Edgenuity offers standards-aligned video-based curriculum for middle and high school blended learning environments. The program allows educators to customize the curriculum for their students, who monitor their own progress while completing lessons, assessments, and interactive activities.


Special Programs

Special Programs supports a variety of categorical programs and a continuum of services and placement options. Students who are eligible for special services or who participate in a special program often spend the majority of their school-day in the general education environment. Inclusive practices and strategic planning will be utilized to ensure access to grade-level content and essential learning standards as well as supplemental services. Collaboration between special services staff and general education staff is critical in order to ensure successful outcomes for students. Students and families will work with their general education teacher, case manager, program staff, school counselor, principal, and/or Student Services support staff regarding programming and services within a remote learning environment.


Students With An IEP

• Students will be provided with the special education services identified in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or IEPs will be amended by the IEP team as needed.

• Students who receive services in a resource room setting will receive remote instruction from their general education teacher(s) and supplemental IEP services in accordance with their IEP.

• Students who receive services within a district-level program will be included in general education classrooms in accordance with their IEP.

• IEP case managers will collaborate regularly with general education teachers and other service providers to plan instruction for students with disabilities, which includes ensuring that appropriate accommodations and modifications are provided.

• Limited in-person IEP services will be provided to students, beginning with those with the most significant disabilities.


Students With A 504 Plan

Eligible students will be provided Section 504 accommodations as indicated in their 504 plans during remote learning. If there is a need to discuss specific accommodations related to the remote learning environment, the student’s counselor should be contacted.


English Language Learners (ELL)

  • ELL students participate fully in core grade-level classes.


  • Within each class, EL students will be provided appropriate supports to assist them in accessing content (eg. visual support, relatable context, repetition) and responding to the content (eg. sentence frames and varied response options), as well as opportunities for oral practice of new language, including academic content language (eg. Synchronous: structured interactions with the teacher and other students, Asynchronous: student-recorded responses that are scaffolded and practiced


  • Grade level and content teams will collaborate with the school EL Specialist to plan for the implementation of appropriate supports for ELs in classes and co-plan for effective instruction.


  • Classroom activities, assignments, and assessments will be differentiated and accessible for EL students and align with English language development standards that support grade-level content standards.



Title Services

Students participate in their general education classroom with supplemental small group sessions/ lessons provided by the Title teacher and/or staff focused on skill-based interventions and pre-teaching.



Families Experiencing Homelessness

Established district procedures are used by the school office to determine which students qualify for McKinney Vento services. In the case of students who are new to the state and not previously identified, qualification for services will be determined through the district housing survey which is conducted at the beginning of school or upon registration. If your family is currently experiencing homelessness, defined as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,” contact your student's school counselor for more information. Ellensburg High School counselors work with families to determine eligibility for McKinney Vento services and provide outreach for resources and services needed.
































In-person Hybrid Schedule


Mt. Stuart Elementary

Hybrid Schedule

2 days at school/3 days home

Monday

A Day Hybrid Students Only

Tuesday

B Day Hybrid Students Only

Wednesday

Thursday

A Day Hybrid Students Only

Friday

B Day Hybrid Students Only

Before 7:15am

No students on campus--No supervision--No students on campus--No supervision--No students on campus

7:15-7:30am

Drop off & Health Attestation Check

Parents Remain in Cars

Before School Recess-Masks Required





All students learning remotely from home.

Teachers will assign weekly activities in

Schoology.

Drop off & Health Attestation Check

Parents Remain in Cars

Before School Recess-Masks Required

7:25am

Breakfast Pick-up & Line-up for Class

Breakfast Pick-up & Line-up for Class

7:30am

Class Begins

Class Begins

1:45pm

Bus Rider Dismissal

Bus Rider Dismissal

1:55pm

Walker and Parent Pick-up Dismissal

Parents, please park your car in a parking space and wait in your vehicle until ALL buses have left, then proceed through the bus lane to pick up your child.


Walker and Parent Pick-up Dismissal

Parents, please park your car in a parking space and wait in your vehicle until ALL buses have left, then proceed through the bus lane to pick up your child.


Mt. Stuart Elementary

Horario Híbrido

2 días de la escuela

3 días de la casa

lunes

Estudiantes de dia A

Solamente

martes

Estudiantes de dia B

Solamente

miercoles

jueves

Estudiantes de dia A Solamente


viernes

Estudiantes de dia B Solamente

Before 7:15am

No hay estudiantes en el campus--Sin supervisión--No hay estudiantes en el campus--Sin supervisión

7:15-7:30am

Entrega y Control de Salud

Los padres permanecen en los coches

Antes de que la escuela receso-máscaras requeridas





Todos los estudiantes que aprenden remotamente desde casa.

Los maestros asignarán actividades semanales en

Schoology.

Entrega y Control de Salud

Los padres permanecen en los coches

Antes de que la escuela receso-máscaras requeridas

7:25am

Obtener su desayuno--Alineación para la clase

Obtener su desayuno--Alineación para la clase

7:30am

Comienza la clase

Comienza la clase

1:45pm

Despido de los usuarios del autobús

Despido de los usuarios del autobús

1:55pm

Despido de caminantes y recogida de coches por parte de los padres

Padres, por favor estacionen su coche en una plaza de aparcamiento y esperen en su vehículo hasta que TODOS los autobuses hayan salido, luego procedan a través del carril del autobús para recoger a su hijo.


Despido de caminantes y recogida de coches por parte de los padres

Padres, por favor estacionen su coche en una plaza de aparcamiento y esperen en su vehículo hasta que TODOS los autobuses hayan salido, luego procedan a través del carril del autobús para recoger a su hijo.












SCHEDULE FOR DISTANCE HYBRID LEARNING

K-5 Weekly Teacher Schedule (Hybrid Model When Distance Only)

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:00-8:15am

Class Prep

Class Prep

Class Prep

Class Prep

Class Prep

8:15-8:30am

8:30-8:45am

Whole Group SEL and ELA Minilesson

Whole Group SEL and Math Minilesson

Whole Group Science/Social St.

Whole Group SEL and ELA Minilesson

Whole Group SEL and Math Minilesson

8:45-9:00am

9:00-9:15am

Attendance/Prep

Attendance/Prep

Attendance/Prep

Attendance/Prep

Attendance/Prep

9:15-9:30am

ELA Group 1

Math Group 1

ELA Group 1

Math Group 1

9:30-9:45am

Feedback/Student Check Ins

9:45-10:00am

Tech Prep

Tech Prep

Tech Prep

Tech Prep

10:00-10:15am

ELA Group 2

Math Group 2

ELA Group 2

Math Group 2

10:15-10:30am

10:30-10:45am

Tech Prep

Tech Prep

Tech Prep

Tech Prep

10:45-11:00am

ELA Group C3

Math Group 3

ELA Group 3

Math Group 3

11:00-11:15am

11:15-11:30am

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

11:30-11:45pm

11:45-12:00pm

Assessment/Feedback/Student Check Ins

Assessment/Feedback/Student Check Ins

Feedback/Student Check Ins

Assessment/Feedback/Student Check Ins

Assessment/Feedback/Student Check Ins

12:00-12:15pm

12:15-12:30pm

12:30-12:45pm

12:45-1:00pm

1:00-1:15pm

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

Prep

1:15-1:30pm

1:30-1:45pm

1:45-2:00pm

PLC

SST/LIT/Staff Meeting/PD/Collaboration

SST/LIT/Staff Meeting/PD/Collaboration

PLC

SST/LIT/Staff Meeting/PD/Collaboration

2:00-2:15pm

2:15-2:30 pm

2:30-2:45pm

2:45-3:00pm

Office Hours

Office Hours

Office Hours

Office Hours

Office Hours

3:00-3:15pm

Class Prep

Class Prep

Class Prep

Class Prep

Class Prep

3:15-3:30pm


For more information or questions please contact:

Mt. Stuart Main Office: 925-8400


Kathi Keefer, Principal

kathi.keefer@esd401.org


William Lorenz, Dean of Students

william.lorenz@esd401.org


Malarie Benfield, Counselor

malarie.benfield@esd401.org