Return to School Plan - August 4, 2020 Update
Dear Haslett Families and Staff,
Last night, the Haslett Board of Education approved Superintendent Cook’s recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year fully online. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for their countless hours of work developing learning plan options for the board and administrators to evaluate before reaching this decision. We would also like to thank our parents and families for sharing their thoughts and concerns.
Our top priority in making the final decision to begin the school year fully online was based on our ability to maintain the health and safety of our staff and students. On June 30, 2020, the Governor released her Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap. This plan outlined the safety and security measures required to allow schools to bring back students in a safe and timely manner. After extensive review and discussion, we do not believe the challenges faced in implementing the safety measures that are required and/or recommended in the Roadmap will allow us to safely bring back staff and students to begin the school year. With time, proper planning and implementation, we are hopeful we can meet the requirements necessary to resume in-person instruction very soon.
We understand that there is not a decision regarding a Return to School Plan that will fully meet the needs of every family in the district. We also recognize that the shift to online learning that occurred in the spring was not without issues. Unlike the sudden and mandatory shift that occurred in the spring, staff have been working for months to make this year’s educational experience (whether in person with significant changes to practices and procedures, or online) as robust and comprehensive as possible. Our goal is to continue providing an A+ quality education to all students of Haslett Public Schools utilizing Haslett’s exceptional faculty, while also enhancing the technology supports that have been in development within the district over the last several years. We hope to offer a few in-person opportunities to students who need additional supports, as well. Information on implementation of the 100% online plan will be shared over the next few days. Parent forums will be offered to help navigate all aspects of online learning.
We know that our students, staff and the community are anxious to resume “normal” classroom instruction. In reality, face-to-face instruction will not be normal any time soon. It is our hope we can achieve the goal of returning to our buildings in a timely manner. We appreciate your support and understanding as we work through this unprecedented and challenging time. Please feel free to reach out if you have additional questions or concerns.
Tammy S. Lemmer
President, Haslett Board of Education
Steven L. Cook
Superintendent of Schools
View the Return to School Plan recommendation that Superintendent Cook presented at the August 3, 2020 Board of Education special meeting.
Responsive Return to School Plan FAQs
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Haslett Public Schools Responsive Return to School Plan for Fall 2020.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTONS
General Questions and Safety Concerns
- Will there be daily health screenings for staff and students?
- Staff will be required to provide a health screening every day, including a temperature check.
- At this time, parents are required to perform health screenings prior to coming to school. We may require an online or paper screening form each day.
- Will the district have hand sanitizer for every classroom, restroom, hallway, etc.?
- The district has purchased hand sanitizer that will be available throughout the buildings in strategic locations. We will also have hand sanitizing stations at the entrance to all buildings to use before entering the building.
- How often will hard surfaces be cleaned?
- Desks and tables that are used during class will be disinfected once per class change, per the Governor’s Michigan Return to School Road Map.
- What steps are being taken regarding ventilation in the classrooms?
- All classroom unit ventilators are being equipped with a new Ultra-Violet light in-duct air purification system. This new technology is currently used in hospitals and health care facilities to kill bacteria while air is being circulated in the classrooms. Filters will be changed on a monthly basis, rather than quarterly.
- Will students and staff be required to wear masks?
- All staff and students (K-12) will be required to wear masks. Medical exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Will family members or other guests be allowed in school buildings?
- No family or guests will be allowed in the buildings except under extenuating circumstances.
- How will spacing and movement be handled with students and staff?
- Desks will be spaced six feet apart in classrooms.
- Signage will be posted to indicate proper physical distancing.
- Staggered movement in hallways will be maintained to minimize the number of persons in the hallways, as possible.
- Other procedures will be followed as recommended in the Michigan Return to School Road Map.
- Will indoor assemblies or field trips still happen?
- Indoor assemblies and off-site field trips that require transportation are suspended.
- Will students still be able to purchase school provided breakfast and lunch in the lunchroom?
- Students will be able to purchase breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria.
- Lunch may be served in multiple locations or in the classroom in order to maintain proper physical distancing.
- Will students still be able to go out for recess?
- Recess will be conducted outside, when possible, with proper social distancing and cohorts of students.
- What if a student/staff member tests positive for Covid-19?
- The school will immediately contact the Ingham County Health Department.
- The Ingham County Health Department will evaluate each case individually and determine how to move forward with regard to notification of parents and staff, contract tracing, and what steps we will take to quarantine the student and anyone exposed. They will also determine what portions of the building we may need to close.
- The health department can issue an official letter releasing the student/staff member from quarantine and allowing them to return to school/work.
- Will bus transportation be offered?
- Yes, transportation will be provided to students who already qualify.
- Masks will be required to ride on all buses. Medical exceptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- All students will be required to use district-provided hand sanitizer before entering the bus.
- Buses will be sanitized after every route.
- If a student becomes sick during the day, they must not use district-provided transportation to return home.
- Physical distancing will be practiced, when possible.
- Will athletics still proceed as usual?
- HPS will follow MHSAA guidelines for all athletic activities.
- Students may participate in athletics if they choose to be 100% virtual.
- When will I receive my device for learning?
- A distribution plan is being developed for individual learning devices. More details to follow.
- The district will be offering an optional device insurance plan. It is recommended that parents purchase insurance to cover accidental damage and theft. Ability to pay will be considered for all students.
- Students will be required to have the device available every day.
- Students and parents will be required to sign a mobile device agreement.
- A carrying case will be provided to protect all devices.
- Students may be required to turn in their devices at the end of the school year.
On-Line Learning Questions
- Will online learning be taught by Haslett teachers?
- Yes, Haslett teachers will provide instruction for online learning. Exceptions may occur for secondary students currently enrolled in classes with Michigan Virtual.
- Will the online learning schedule be similar to a normal instructional day?
- Yes, student schedules will be similar to the normal six-hour day in an in-person format.
- We are still designing schedules that will be utilized at each level and will be shared with families, when complete.
- We are planning parent forums to explain schedules and what student expectations will look like. Dates will be shared with families very soon.
- Will online learning offer live instruction?
- Online learning will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning during the day. Live lessons will be recorded and posted in Google Classroom for students who are not able to watch the lessons during the time they are given.
- Will grades be given?
- Grades and participation will be given similar to our current grading system.
- Will Specials and Electives still be offered to online students?
- It is our hope to be able to keep all specials/electives in our schedule. Each area will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if appropriate safety measures can be taken, while staying true to the curriculum. Students and families will be made aware of any course changes that need to happen, prior to school starting.
- Will students be able to switch to the 100% Virtual platform during the school year?
- Students will be able to move to 100% Virtual if they started the year in the Hybrid Learning Plan.
- What curriculum will be used for the online learning?
- Teachers will be teaching HPS curriculum that is aligned with state standards.
- What classroom management systems will be used for learning?
- Seesaw will be used for kindergarten and first grade (K-1). Google Classroom will be used for grades two through twelve (2-12).
- How will student mental health issues be monitored?
- Student mental health is a top priority for our district. Students will have access to our school counselors and social workers.
- Our mental health professionals will be completing routine check-ins with our students, as needed.
- Our staff has been trained on Trauma Informed practices and will pay close attention to signs and symptoms that may arise to monitor students.
- Mental health staff, teachers, and administrators will reach out to families who need assistance to assess need and support with resources and referrals.
Hybrid Learning Plan Questions
How will Cohorts be determined for the Hybrid Learning Plan?
- Cohorts will first be prioritized by family members. We will then attempt to break up the groups by size and teachers. We will need to make sure we can practice physical distancing in all classrooms.
- Will I be able to switch from 100% Virtual to the Hybrid Learning Plan?
- Students will be able to switch from 100% Virtual to the Hybrid Learning Plan if physical distancing can be achieved within all classrooms.
- What curriculum will be used in the Hybrid Learning Plan?
- Teachers will be teaching HPS curriculum that is aligned with state standards.
- Will a classroom management system be used for the Hybrid Learning Plan?
- Seesaw will be used for kindergarten and first grade (K-1). Google Classroom will be used for grades two through twelve (2-12), whether in-person or online.
- Are materials that were presented at the July 27, 2020 Board Meeting available online?
- The PowerPoint presentation is linked on the main page of our website.
- When will the Board of Education make their final decision on a learning plan?
- The Board of Education will make their decision at a Special Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM. The Zoom link can be found on the district website.