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Continuum of Operations Plan Lawrence County School System - Updated 7/22/20

Lawrence County Schools (LCSS) will return to the classroom for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year. While the return to a "brick and mortar setting" is the first priority of LCSS, it may cause some parents concern. LCSS has prepared learning options for students during the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is important for students, parents, and teachers to understand each model’s implementation is contingent upon the level of community spread in Lawrence County. LCSS has consulted with Local Health Officials, Staff, Parents and Community members in the development of this plan. Changes to the plan may occur pending new information from CDC, Dept. of Health, Governor’s Office and TN Department of Education.

SCHOOL REOPENING SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

August 3-7: Teachers return to school.

August 10-14: Students return to school.

Note: The Lawrence County School System will make the final decision regarding Fall opening based on the most recent and relevant information from state and local health officials and in consideration of new mandates from the TN Governor's Office and the TN Department of Education. These decisions are tentative pending further guidance or future mandates from the Governor’s office or new directives from the State Board of Education.

Safety & Precautions

Schools will:

  • Teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as handwashing, covering coughs, and face coverings if social distancing is not possible.
  • Encourage “Gel in/Gel out” procedure. Providing hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to students and staff as they come in and out of the building each day.
  • Provide hand soap, sanitizer, paper towels, and no-touch trash cans in all bathrooms, classrooms, and frequently trafficked areas.
  • Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread. COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols.
  • Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects after each use.
  • Encourage students and staff to bring hand sanitizer and face masks/coverings to use from home.
  • Encourage students and staff to wear face masks/covering, and other appropriate PPE as desired.
  • Ensure water fixtures and features are cleaned regularly.
  • Turn off water fountains, provide water, and allow students and staff to bring water bottles from home.
  • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase the circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, as long as this does not pose a safety or health risk to students or staff.
  • Conduct deep cleaning of schools prior to students/staff returning; schedule periodic cleanings during weekends or school holidays/breaks (to the extent practicable).
  • Schools will be provided thermometers for daily temperature scans for students and employees as needed. Readings of 99 will be monitored and 100.4°F (38°C) or higher will result in isolation/guardian called for student pick up.

Transporting Students/Buses

Implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:

  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and bus drivers.
  • Require face masks/coverings for bus drivers and students.
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  • Utilize spaced seating (to the extent practicable).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on the bus at least daily.
  • All buses will undergo weekly cleaning/disinfecting.
  • Encourage parents to drop off and pick up their child(ren), if possible, to limit the number of students riding buses.

Arrival/dismissal

  • Signage posted in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to communicate how to stop the spread. COVID-19 symptoms, preventative measures (including staying home when sick), good hygiene, and school/district specific protocols.
  • Unnecessary congregations of students and staff will be limited.
  • Students and staff will be screened (to the extent practicable in Hybrid model).
  • Essential Visitors only/Screening and face mask required.
  • Protocol for other essential visitors will be established: (Ex: calling the front office before entering the office and/or remaining in marked areas in the office area).
  • Individual schools may reschedule arrival times to accommodate smaller groups of students.
  • Protocols will be established for bus stops, loading/unloading students to minimize the congregation of children from different households (Hybrid).
  • Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their child(ren), if possible, to limit the number of students riding buses.

Transitioning classes

Schools will:

  • Conduct cleaning of hallways and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day.
  • Designate areas of the hallway (i.e lanes) to walk to keep students separated (to the extent practicable).

Hybrid Model Considerations

Schools will:

  • Limit mixing between groups (to the extent practicable).
  • Provide additional time for transitions.
  • Designate areas of the hallway (i.e.lanes) as flow paths to keep students separated.
  • Plan staggered class (ex: by hall, odd/even room numbers, grade/ discipline) changes to decrease the number of students in hallways at one time.

Serving meals

Schools will implement standard operating procedures while taking preventative measures such as:

  • Student and staff hand washing before and after meal service.
  • Provide hand sanitizer for students and staff.
  • Avoid sharing of foods and utensils/ No self serve using shared utensils.
  • Conduct cleaning and sanitizing of cafeterias and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day.

Hybrid Model

Same as above and include:

  • Use disposable plates, utensils, etc.
  • Mark spaced lines to enter the cafeteria and serving lines (to the extent practicable); designate entrance and exit flow paths; stagger use.

Alternative serving models

Grab and Go carts scattered throughout the school.

Meals in classrooms.

Serving meals in cafeterias with:

  • Spaced serving lines (marked on floors).
  • Spaced seating (utilize outdoor space as practicable and appropriate).
  • Longer meal periods for more staggering meal delivery.

Social & personal

  • Schools have opportunity for in-service training for faculty on Restorative Practices.
  • Principals, Teachers and Parents will have access to resources for Mental Health Services/AWARE, Family Resource services, Social and Personal Competencies (8 modules), identifying depression and anxiety.
  • Teachers and counselors will be encouraged to have daily communication with students about any concerns with COVID-19 and the unsettlement of our country.
  • Resources and information on Mental Health resources can be referenced below:

Academics

As we enter the 2020-21 school year, we will face learning situations that will challenge our traditions and beliefs. Our district is committed to supporting our staff as they design and deliver instruction in a variety of educational environments and our families and their students as they choose the best learning situation for their families. LCSS, in accordance with guidance from the Tennessee State Board of Education, has worked to offer a traditional, hybrid, and remote options. Our teachers will continue to meet in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to prepare, plan, and monitor students learning and mastery.

Remote

Remote learning will occur at different times during the Continuous Learning Plan.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten instruction and assignments will be provided by teachers for students using the platform Google Classroom. To fully cover the required curriculum, students should expect to spend up to 22.5 hours per week engaged in learning as required by the Tennessee State Board of Education. Recorded instruction and daily checks on progress will be combined with independent work supplemented by LCSS learning materials. All learning activities and materials will be aligned to the Tennessee State Standards for all subjects.

Grades 1 - 12

Grades 1-12 instruction and assignments will be provided by teachers for students Google Classroom. To fully cover the required curriculum, students should expect to spend up to 35 hours per week engaged in learning as required by the Tennessee State Board of Education. Recorded instruction and daily checks on progress will be combined with independent work supplemented by LCSS learning materials. All learning activities and materials will be aligned to the Tennessee State Standards for all subjects.

The required hours for remote learning engagement include synchronous and asynchronous video instruction, reading, completion of tasks and assignments, writing, experiments, homework, and other activities. This is not designed nor intended to be sitting in front of a screen for all of these hours. Students may complete assignments at their own pace which could impact their engagement times.

Remote Learning teachers are highly qualified in their assigned subject and grade levels. All teachers hold valid Tennessee certification and have completed all necessary fingerprinting and background checks. Each teacher is available to students via email or during onsite appointment times.

Attendance for Remote Learning

Per the Tennessee State Board of Education and Continuous Learning Plan Policy, Lawrence County School System will track and report daily attendance. Every student must participate in traditional, hybrid, or remote learning every instructional day. Schools will provide students in grades 1 through 12 access to 7 hours of instructional time each school day and students in Kindergarten with access to 4.5 hours of instructional time each school day.

Absences during remote instruction will be noted, and any resulting attendance interventions administered, according to the School Board Attendance Policy. Schools shall seek and receive daily visual, verbal, and/or written verification of student participation in instructional time. Attendance expectation accountability includes the following:

  • Teacher phone contact with the student
  • Teacher phone contact with a parent or guardian
  • Remote instruction attendance log through Google Classroom
  • Student work completion through remote platform
  • Other remote formats initiated through the school system

A copy of the Lawrence County School System attendance policy can be reviewed at www.lcss.us by clicking below. Board policies are subject to change at any time as the Lawrence County School Board meets monthly.

Make-up Work

Students with absences are expected to complete the work missed. The student should communicate with teachers within 2 school days of returning from absences to make arrangements to complete work missed. The teacher will allow a reasonable amount of time for the student to make up his/her work. A reasonable amount of time should be a least a day for each day of absences pulse one extra day. LCSS teachers and staff are entitled to provide an additional amount of time for students on a case-by-case basis.

assessment for learning loss

Due to the Spring 2020 closure, LCSS is planning to assess all K-12 students in the core academic subjects with a variety of tools when school resumes. These may include daily formative assessment to determine academic gaps from the previous year, assessments included with our purchased materials, and Universal Screening. RTI Coordinators will support teachers through PLC meetings as they determine students’ individual academic positions and supplement with additional instructional resources as needed. This important process will occur for all students.

New academic & intervention programs

The following programs are being purchased for ELA & Math instruction and intervention.

  • Smarty Ants by Achieve3000 - K-2
  • Achieve3000 Literacy - 3-8
  • Achieve3000 Literacy & Math - 9-12 Intervention
  • Ready Math - K-8
  • iReady Intervention - K-8
  • CKLA/Amplify ELA Curriculum - K-8
  • MyPerspectives ELA Curriculum - 9-10

Course progress & Grading

The student has the sole responsibility to complete the work for his or her courses. LCSS teachers will support and/or tutor students as needed over the course of the academic term. Any student who needs support should inform the teacher.

Parents play a vital role in their child’s remote education. Parental support and encouragement are critical for students working in online courses. Parents shall ensure access to the necessary technology to support digital learning. Monitoring of a student’s progress will be a key component to student success and should occur at regular intervals during the day and week.

LCSS teachers will make several individual contacts with students and parents during the academic term to provide regular feedback to students, but ultimately the student must take the initiative to complete the work to stay on track for completion. Students who fall significantly behind or who struggle with completion may be required by the teacher to attend academic support sessions to develop the skills needed to ensure their completion of the content.

Parents and students can, and are encouraged to, monitor grades through the Skyward portal and student work and teacher feedback through Google Classroom.

academic honesty expectations

Lawrence County School System insists on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic honesty applies to all students in all classes. Schoolwork must be based on a student’s original ideas, while fully acknowledging the work of others. Teachers will provide guidance on when and how to use acknowledgments and how to paraphrase.

Examples of failure to follow the Academic Honesty Expectations include:

  • Plagiarism: the act of passing off someone else’s work as your own;
  • Fabrication of data: manufacturing data for a table, chart, survey or similar requirement;
  • Collusion: supporting academic dishonesty of another student, as in allowing work to be copied or submitted by another;
  • Duplication of work: the presentation of the same work for different assessments and/or course requirements;
  • Also including, but not limited to, any other behavior that creates an unfair advantage: taking unauthorized material into an assessment environment, disrupting an assessment by misconduct, any effort at passing on information related to an assessment, failures to comply with assessment instructions, impersonating another student, stealing assessment materials.

response to intervention (rti)

All students will be universally screened in Reading, Math, and Writing and all data will be considered by the RTI team to determine if services are needed. All K-2 students will complete CKLA "Boost" to remediate and support Foundational Skills learning. iReady Intervention will be in place for K-8 students for remediation and acceleration. Students in K-2 will be screened using easyCBM tests, students in grades 3-8 will be screened using STAR Reading & iReady Math, and students in 9-12 will be screened using an Early Warning System. If your student qualifies for RTI services, we will contact you with more information. Any student needing RTI services will receive them whether traditional, hybrid, or remote, according to state and federal RTI guidelines. These guidelines include daily research-based intervention of appropriate duration and intensity, bi-weekly testing in the area of need, review of progress by the team to determine growth and modify future intervention to meet needs, and monthly communication with parents about student progress. As in classrooms, instruction will be provided through Google Classroom which may include synchronous or asynchronous assignments, instructional videos, activities to be done with family members, and/or live video chats with instructors. For families of students in K-8, please note that intervention will begin after the universal screening process has been completed.

English as a second language

Upon initial enrollment in the Lawrence County School System, the parents of all students will complete the Home Language Survey. Students requiring screening in grades K-12 will be screened using a WIDA screener (WAPT for kindergarten and WIDA Screener for grades 1-12). If your student qualifies for ESL services, you will be contacted with additional information. Any returning English Language Learner who has not tested English Proficient (using the state’s exit criteria for the spring 2020 WIDA Access test) will continue to receive ESL instruction during the 2020-21 school year.

All students needing ESL services will receive them through either on-site or remote instruction, according to state and federal guidelines. Student testing and other sources of student performance will be used to establish learning goals and to create an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that is reviewed and updated each four and one-half weeks. Remote instruction will be provided through Google Classroom which may include synchronous or asynchronous assignments, instructional videos, activities to be done with family members, and/or live video chats with instructors. Further instructions and ways to contact the ESL teacher for assistance will be provided on the LCSS website for families of students receiving intervention.

special education/iep

Students with disabilities will be provided with special education instruction and related services per the student’s Individualized Education Plan. Special education students will utilize the Academic Remote section previously mentioned. IEP meetings will be held in-person, via teleconference or video conference. Questions regarding testing or special education programming should be directed to the Special Education Department at the LCSS Central Office.

504

All accommodations for students with a 504 services plan will be provided during traditional, hybrid, and remote as needed.

homeless

The Lawrence County School System Homeless Liaison will continue to provide McKinney-Vento Services to students. Services will be provided remotely via phone calls, emails, and online meetings. The Homeless Liaison will ensure all necessary information is posted on our website and widely shared throughout the district.

ready graduate

High School and Ayers counselors are focusing on scheduling to ensure students have no gaps in classes and classes are aligned to the students' post secondary goals. Counselors are available to meet with students and parents virtually or by appointment.

Due to the early dismissal of the 19-20 school year, the upcoming high school seniors will be given an opportunity to take the ACT in the fall.

Protecting vulnerable populations

If your child has a pre-existing health condition that may make him/her more susceptible to COVID-19, please be sure to report this to your child’s school along with any supporting medical documentation.

Technology

Technology devices will be available for all students in the Lawrence County School System and will be issued by each student’s assigned school. If a student device is available in the home, parents may choose to use that home device; however, the district technology staff will be unable to provide technical support for home devices. While efforts will be made to issue similar devices across the district, some school-level variation may occur. These devices can be used with or without internet access at home through access to Google Classroom. Teachers have been trained in using these devices to integrate technology into their curriculum through digital resources, collaboration, and Google Meet.

For families in need of internet access, hot-spot have been set up at each school campus. Community hot-spots will be available at a later date.

response to covid-19 cases in schools

  • Students who are identified as having a fever and/or symptoms of COVID-19 will be placed in an isolation area to be reviewed by a nurse or another trained staff member.
  • The school nurse will provide an assessment to check for COVID-19 symptoms. If symptoms are present, the parent will be called and instructed to report to the Lawrence County Health Department or their personal health care provider for a test.
  • Students who test positive should notify their school administrator upon their knowledge of this positive result. (Student/staff will remain confidential).
  • We will utilize the document below from the TN Dept of Health to determine when student/staff can return to school.

Special considerations

These decisions are tentative pending further guidance and future mandates from the Governor’s office or new directives from the TN State Board of Education.

  • Open House/Mass Gatherings- TBD
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences- TBD
  • District In-service for July 29th will be school based
  • Parents eating with children- Will not be allowed until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns
  • Parties/Celebrations in classes- Suspended until further notice
  • Athletics- Will be guided by TSSAA/TMSAA guidelines
  • Extracurricular Activities - TBD
  • Pep Rallies/Assemblies- Suspended until further notice
  • Field Trips- Suspended until further notice
  • Fire Drills/Emergency evacuations- Same as normal with social distancing considerations

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