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ReOpening MBJH Oct. 19

Opening Message

  • Many thanks to Derek Kennedy and Brook Gibbons for organizing teams in order to effectively plan these protocols. Our two MBJH assistant principals have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Thanks also to our faculty and staff who have used every ounce of energy and creativity available to take care of our student body.
  • Click here to access information from the district, including the most current MBS Reopening Plan.
  • The purpose of this document is to provide faculty, staff, students, and parents with answers to questions about reopening MBJH to 100% student capacity.

What will be different now that we're all back together?

  • With all students on campus, MBJH will operate a normal bell schedule┬áMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, as opposed to an alternating Green/Gold schedule. Wednesdays are designated as Virtual Days. Since our teachers are supporting traditional and virtual learners simultaneously, the virtual day will allow them time to plan and support both groups of students. It also will provide opportunities for students to continue their learning and receive support and intervention to combat the challenges of the first nine weeks.
  • Lunch will take place in more locations than just the cafeteria. MBJH will use the lunchroom, outdoor space, the auditorium, and classrooms when necessary.
  • Classrooms will be even more spread out to ensure proper distancing whenever possible. Even with these measures, distancing between and among individuals may not meet the CDC recommendation of 6 feet due to space constraints within our buildings. MBJH will do its best to space students as far apart as possible in all situations. By choosing the traditional option, families accept a level of risk regarding COVID-19 transmission and quarantine requirements.
  • Students will have staggered dismissal times from each class period. Currently a bell rings three minutes before class ends to signal teachers to begin the cleaning process. With all students on campus, half of the class will be dismissed at the three-minute cleaning bell so hallways are not crowded.

What will be the same once everyone is back together?

  • Most importantly, students are expected to follow The Big Three: masking, distancing, and proper hygiene. Individuals can determine what type of cloth facial covering is most comfortable for them, but it needs to cover the nose and mouth.
  • Classrooms will remain distanced and teachers will continue with safe practice instructional strategies.
  • All students will enter at a designated location: 7th grade: Auditorium/Gym, 8th grade: Main Entrance, 9th grade: Library.
  • Dismissal will take place in two phases. Phase one will begin at 3:06 when car riders and bus riders are released. Phase two will begin at 3:10 as athletes and any students remaining on campus are released.

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What expectations are in place for physical distancing?

  • MBJH will make every effort to distance students physically to the maximum extent possible. It is important to note the distancing between and among individuals may not meet the CDC recommendation of 6 feet due to space constraints within our buildings. MBJH will do its best to space students as far apart as possible in all situations. By choosing the traditional option, families accept a level of risk regarding COVID-19 transmission and quarantine requirements.
  • MBJH has plans for large common spaces and will avoid large group gatherings.
  • MBJH will continue with plans to ensure safe traffic flow into, out of, and within the building. Students will enter and exit through designated locations.

What expectations are in place for personal hygiene?

  • All students and employees will continue to practice enhanced personal hygiene. They should wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer after every class/activity change. Hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol will be available in every instructional and common area throughout school buildings.
  • Students and employees also will practice cough and sneeze etiquette to mitigate the transmission of airborne pathogens. They are also encouraged to use personal water bottles or plastic cups at water fountains.
  • Students will keep backpacks and personal items in individual containers, cubbies, or lockers, and will use individualized instructional materials.
  • Click here for video on personal hygiene.

What expectations are in place for facial coverings?

  • To most effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19, MBJH will continue to require all students and employees to wear a cloth facial covering on campus.
  • Individuals can determine what type of cloth facial covering is most comfortable for them, but it needs to cover the nose and mouth. Any graphics or wording should comply with the Mountain Brook Schools Code of Conduct.
  • Each school will have a supply of extra masks in case a student or employee forgets their mask at home or it breaks during the day. Mask wearing will be enforced with the same strategies used to address other rules violations.
  • Click here for a video on the importance of masking.

What should families do before leaving the house each day?

Have instructional spaces been altered in order to effectively distance all individuals in class?

  • Yes, teachers and staff are working again to repopulate classrooms with furniture necessary to accommodate students. Classroom furniture had been reduced to allow for more spacing between students; however, teachers are actively setting up classrooms again.
  • Outside spaces will be utilized when weather permits.

What will Wednesdays look like?

  • Wednesdays have three main goals: to provide support and extension opportunities for our students, to ensure teachers have protected time to manage the increased workload of preparing for and instructing students in both traditional and virtual school, and to give our custodial crew a chance to perform more deep cleaning in classrooms.
  • Since our teachers are supporting traditional and virtual learners simultaneously, the virtual day will allow them time to plan and support both groups of students. It also will provide opportunities for students to continue their learning and receive support and intervention to combat the challenges of the first nine weeks.
  • More details about the structure of the day and how students may leverage the available support sessions will be distributed next week, but for now students and families should know the morning is dedicated for teacher preparation and the afternoons are in place for student support both on campus and virtually.
  • Students may have class extension or connection activities to complete on Wednesdays, but they should not expect the day to be dedicated to new instruction communicated remotely.

What in-classroom protocols are in place?

  • Though each classroom and each teacher is in some way different, there are some centralized expectations for each class location.
  • Students will have assigned seats.
  • Students will be spaced as best as possible in the given location, masked, and following social distance protocols.
  • Students will come into the room and sit immediately. All students will be facing the same direction and will remain masked at all times.
  • Classroom phones will not be used by students. Students and parents will email for any school day communication.
  • Students will use individualized instructional materials, including Chromebooks.

Will instructional spaces be cleaned in between classes?

  • Yes. Teachers will start cleaning at 3 minutes to the bell. Students will stand behind their space while the teacher cleans their area. Once the bell rings teachers will dismiss half of the students while the others wait for the class change bell.

What will in-class instruction look like? Will students be sent to overflow rooms?

  • In-class instruction will look different in each classroom and likely within each class period. Fortunately for MBJH, some classrooms are large enough to house students six feet apart. In classrooms where this is not possible, teachers will work creatively to effectively instruct students while also mitigating the virus and making every attempt to prevent quarantine (though there is no guarantee). Teachers may move their class to an alternate location (outdoors, larger class in another part of the building), access open rooms across the hall during independent work, and use other instructional design strategies and movement to keep students safe and at school. "Overflow rooms" may be used by teachers when students are working independently, with the teacher rotating between the locations in order to provide instruction and support. Even though we are employing mitigation measures in our classrooms, our professionals are dedicated to providing a challenging, effective, and engaging education to every one of our students.

How will students access instruction and content while at home?

  • If a student is quarantined for any period of time, teachers will work with the student through Schoology, email, phone call, and/or Google Meet. Students are expected to stay current on coursework through the learning management system.
  • Students will use online textbooks and should not share any materials.

When a student is not at school, can she log in and watch the class live?

  • Students are unable to remote in to live classroom lessons. Some teachers may record lessons for students to observe at a later time.

Some students arrive to school early. What plan is in place for students as they enter MBJH?

  • Students may arrive at school beginning at 7:15 a.m. Students who arrive before 7:30 will move to a designated location (lunchroom, gym, auditorium) to wait for teacher rooms to be opened. Beginning at 7:30, all students in the building will move directly to 1st period. Once in 1st period, all students will stay in their class until school officially begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • All students will enter at a designated location: 7th grade: Auditorium/Gym, 8th grade: Main Entrance, 9th grade: Library.
  • Click here for information on arriving to campus.

Is there new or additional signage placed around the school? What plans are in place for class changes?

  • Yes, MBJH has signage in place to direct students, faculty, and staff.
  • Click here for a description on navigating hallways safely.
  • Students will be dismissed from class in two waves to ensure hallways are not overcrowded.
  • Students and teachers will wear personal protective equipment and travel on the right side of the hall (all halls are marked with tape).
  • Students should use floor signage to navigate certain hallways that are labeled for one way travel, up/down stairwells, and entrances/exits to the building.
  • Students will be given more time for class change in order to ensure protocols are followed.

Will all students also be dismissed as normal at 3:06?

  • Not necessarily. Dismissal will take place in two phases. Phase one will begin at 3:06 when car riders and bus riders are released. Phase two will begin at 3:10 as athletes and any student remaining on campus are released.
  • Click here for arrival and dismissal procedures.

So the Athletic Bus to MBHS will still run each afternoon?

  • That is correct. Students who ride the bus to MBHS at 2:13 and 3:06 will continue to do so with new protocols in place to assure safety. While on the bus, students will have an assigned seat and spacing protocols will be enforced.
  • When weather allows, windows will be lowered to allow air to circulate.

Will students access lockers?

  • Yes, students will continue accessing lockers. Locker assignments were made to ensure spacing requirements between individuals are followed. Students will be given more time for class change in order to ensure protocols are followed.

Will we have AO?

  • Yes, AO is a part of the daily schedule. Beginning Oct. 19, students will remain in their 2nd period class in order to limit transitions in the halls; however, students will be able to follow procedures to get help from a teacher.

Where will students eat for lunch?

  • MBJH will utilize the lunchroom, outdoors spaces, auditorium, and classrooms for lunch.
  • Signage will be used to ensure proper spacing between individuals. Lunchroom tables and individual seating will be labeled to follow proper social distancing protocols.
  • Students will use a scanner and barcode for purchasing meals in order to assure touch-less transactions. Please make sure money is loaded into your account.
  • Seating charts will be in place for each lunch wave (A-F).

Will students be able to access the library?

Are the visiting protocols still in place?

  • Yes. Drop offs are not allowed during this time (food, school resources, athletic clothes, etc.).
  • Visitors will wear a mask, sanitize hands, use the badge system, and answer a series of screening questions.
  • Upon arrival, visitors will buzz in at the front door as usual.
  • Most conferences will occur virtually, but if there is an absolute need to meet in person, the meeting will be limited to one parent and all attendees will wear personal protective equipment and observe distancing of 6 feet or more. Teachers will meet parents in the main office and escort them to the meeting location.

May parents enter the building to check out students?

  • Yes, Parents/Guardians may check out students. Click here to see the proper protocol for checking out a student.
  • All individuals who enter the building must have a mask and follow social distancing protocols. After checking out your student, parents will be asked to wait just outside the main entry doors to reduce inside traffic.

Are any restrooms off-limits for students?

  • Students will be allowed to enter all student restrooms. Each area is labeled with a maximum occupancy to ensure proper social distancing protocols are followed. As with any other location, students are expected to wear a mask while in the restroom.

Is the counseling office open?

  • Yes. Please contact your grade level counselor for more information.

Will students still have PE? If so, will they dress out?

  • 7th and 8th Grade Students will participate in physical education without dressing out or accessing the locker room. We recommend students bring closed-toed shoes and wear clothes that lend themselves to moderate physical activity.
  • Students will participate in activities that limit shared equipment and allow students to properly space and interact.

Will the Fillin' Station be open after school for students to purchase concession items?

  • The Fillin' Station is closed until further notice.