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COVID-19 Mitigation and Re-Opening Plan
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On July 28, 2020, the Rescue Union Board of Trustees voted to offer families the opportunity for full time distance learning or a hybrid model for in person learning.  This plan addresses the on campus hybrid learning option.  It provides actions that will be taken to provide a safe learning and working environment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and shall supersede any conflicting language in existing procedures and protocols until such time as the Rescue Union School Board determines that the need for this plan no longer exists.  The Board acknowledges that, due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, federal, state and local orders impacting district operations are subject to change without notice.   In the event that any federal, state or local order may conflict with this plan, the order shall govern.  The Rescue Union School District Board may also adopt resolutions  or take other actions as needed to respond to such orders or provide further direction during the pandemic.
Thank you in advance for your involvement and commitment to our school and your child’s education.  We appreciate your grace, patience and flexibility while we do our best to provide a safe learning environment for your children.
Student Support
Rescue Elementary recognizes that the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including fear for one's safety, the economic crisis, the loss of school-based relationships, and disruptions in student learning, impact all students but may have a disproportionate effect on the youngest students, students with disabilities, those students most vulnerable to basic needs insecurity or child abuse and neglect, and other at-risk students.
As our school campus reopens, staff shall provide a caring and nurturing educational environment for students. Rescue Elementary will look to provide instruction on social-emotional well­being to all students, including information on how to deal with stress and anxiety in healthy ways and the importance of emotional well-being for academic success.
Staff shall pay careful attention to students' increased mental health concerns. Counseling, other support services, and/or referrals to other agencies shall be available to assist students in dealing with the social and emotional effects of COVID-19, such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief, social isolation, and post-traumatic stress disorder. As needed, the district may provide referrals of students and families to basic needs assistance or social services, and may assess students for eligibility for the free and reduced-price meal program or assistance under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
At the direction of the Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees, Rescue Elementary shall offer a choice between an on campus hybrid model and a virtual distance learning model.  The hybrid model will be composed of an AM cohort and a PM cohort (See the bell schedule for specific times).  This will allow for smaller class sizes and free up the ability for students and staff to observe proper social distancing in accordance with health and safety guidelines.   A portion of instruction will take place virtually through Fuel Ed program.  Teachers will facilitate learning activities with their students and families through this platform. 
The virtual distance learning program hereby referred to as the Frontier Virtual Academy will offer a virtual learning experience facilitated by credentialed teachers through the use of the Fuel Ed program.  Teachers in the Frontier Virtual Academy will communicate with their students and families to deliver synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities that meet the California State Standards.
For distance learning, lessons may be delivered through live video sessions, pre-recorded lectures, or other technology-based distance learning platforms and/or the district may supplement on-campus instruction with home assignments. As much as possible, distance learning shall be provided through small-group synchronous learning. All students will have access to materials and lessons through online and/or printed platforms.
Appropriate training shall be provided to teachers and other instructional staff involved in distance learning, including training on how to use any technology or the Fuel Ed platform approved for distance learning by the school and opportunities for the sharing of best practices among instructional staff. Available training resources may also be provided to students and parents/guardians when necessary.
Health Screening of Students
All students shall be pre-screened for COVID-19 symptoms by parents/guardians before boarding a school bus and/or before arrival at school each day. If students have COVID 19 symptoms, they should remain home and not enter the school bus or campus.
The Rescue Union School District shall work with local health officials to determine the appropriate means of screening on campus, which may include temperature checks with a no­touch thermometer. If the screening indicates a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, or if the student exhibits symptoms at any time during the school day, the student shall be placed in a supervised isolation area until the student's parent/guardian is contacted and the student can be transported home or to a health care facility.
Student Absence and Attendance
Rescue Elementary recognizes that COVID-19 will continue to impact the attendance of students following the reopening of our school campus. The Superintendent or designee shall notify students and parents/guardians of expectations regarding school attendance. Such notification shall direct any student who contracts the virus or lives with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home in accordance with state and local health directives so as to curtail the spread of the disease.
Students who are infected with COVID-19 shall be excluded from on-campus instruction until a medical provider states in writing that the student is no longer contagious.
When a student is absent, the student's parent/guardian shall notify the school of the reason for the absence. A physician's verification of a student's illness or quarantine may be requested.
If a student would otherwise be required to attend on-campus instruction but is kept home by the parents/guardians due to concerns for the welfare of their child, the principal or designee shall work with the student and parent/guardian to find alternative means of instruction, which may include distance learning, independent study, printed class assignments, or other reasonable means.
The Rescue Union School District shall maintain enrollment and student attendance data, including the participation of students in distance learning, and shall report data in accordance with state requirements.
Social Distancing
In order to maintain a campus environment that allows for social distancing, Rescue Elementary shall assess the capacity of school facilities, including classrooms, cafeterias, multi-purpose rooms, gyms, and outdoor areas, and determine the means by which the facilities can best be utilized considering space and time alternatives. To the extent reasonably possible, the district may:
  • Within classrooms, space desks so students are at least six feet apart and position them in a way that limits students facing each other.
  • Mark six-foot boundaries within classrooms, common areas, outdoor spaces, and places where students are likely to line up, so that students and staff are more readily aware of and can more easily abide by social distancing requirements
  • Utilize restroom stalls and sinks in a manner that allows for social distancing, such as limiting the number of students and/or staff who may use the restroom at a time
  • Minimize the mixing of students from different classrooms in common spaces, such as in cafeterias and libraries
  • Conduct recess and physical education classes in a manner that allows for social distancing and minimizes the use of shared physical education equipment
  • Assess the capacity of school buses and develop a plan for bus routes and bus seating consistent with social distancing objectives
Large gatherings, such as assemblies, rallies, field trips, extracurricular activities, and athletic events, shall be suspended until the Rescue Union School District determines, consistent with guidance from state and local health officials, that it is safe to resume such activities. Rescue Elementary may grant an exception if an activity can be arranged to take place in phases or per class, or modified in a manner that would keep participants from violating social distancing recommendations. When deciding whether an activity may resume, Rescue Elementary may consider the size of the group that participates, the extent to which the students have physical contact, whether the activity can be modified to avoid physical contact, if shared equipment is required for the activity, and if social distancing can be maintained.
Personal Protective Equipment and Hygiene Practices
In accordance with health guidelines, students, staff, and visitors are required to wear PPE while on school campuses or school buses, especially in high-traffic areas and/or when social distancing is not possible. The district shall provide PPE to students and staff who do not bring their own personal PPE. Students and staff shall be provided instruction in the proper use, removal, disposal, and cleaning of PPE.
Face coverings shall not be required for children in grades Transitional Kindergarten through 2nd grade, but are strongly encouraged.  Students in grades 3 -5 are required to wear face coverings.  Reasonable accommodations shall be made for anyone who is unable to wear a face covering for medical reasons.
Rescue Elementary also encourages students and staff to practice good hygiene, such as appropriate covering of coughs and sneezes and regular hand washing of at least 20 seconds, including before eating and after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing. Rescue Elementary shall provide adequate time and opportunity for students to wash hands, and shall make hand sanitizer available in areas where hand washing is less accessible. Signage regarding healthy hygiene practices and how to stop the spread of COVID-19 may be posted in and around school facilities.
Sanitization of Facilities and Equipment
School facilities, school buses, and shared equipment such as desks, tables, sports/playground equipment, computers, door handles, light switches, and other frequently used equipment and supplies shall be cleaned and disinfected after each cohort ends daily with appropriate cleaning agents.
Rescue Elementary shall ensure that ventilation systems are operating properly and that air flow and ventilation within district facilities is increased, to the extent possible, by opening windows and doors and using fans and air conditioning. Garbage shall be removed daily and disposed of safely.
Food Services
The Rescue Union School District shall ensure that students have access to clean drinking water and food which is procured, stored, and served in a manner that reduces the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission and follows state and national guidelines for nutrition.
During the AM Cohort, students will have access to the school breakfast program and a “Grab and Go” lunch at the end of their day.  The PM Cohort will have access to lunch on the school campus.  For meals that are consumed on school grounds, Rescue Elementary shall ensure that students will be able to minimize the mixing of students from different classrooms while eating. In order to do so, lunch distribution will be staggered to ensure social distancing. 
Follow-Up with Infected Persons/Contact Tracing
The Rescue Union School District shall work with county health officials to track confirmed cases of students and staff with COVID-19, including, but not limited to, following up with students, their parents/guardians, and staff who exhibit symptoms while at school and those who report an absence or miss work due to illness. Rescue Elementary shall report any confirmed cases to the Rescue Union School District who will then confirm with local health authorities.
The following document has been published by the El Dorado County Office of Education about the 2020-2021 school year. Page 28 of the document outlines the guidelines when a student or staff exhibits symptoms, is exposed to, or has a confirmed case of COVID-19.  Please click here. 
If a student, family member of a student, or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, the Rescue Union School District shall assist local health officials in conducting contact-tracing to identify potentially exposed individuals and ask them to self-quarantine, which may include not participating in on-campus instruction. While maintaining the privacy of the infected person, the Rescue Union School District shall inform other students and staff with whom the infected person may have had contact in school.
Community Communication and Involvement
Rescue Elementary shall use a variety of methods to regularly communicate with students, parents/guardians, and the community regarding district operations, school schedules, and steps the district is taking to promote the health and safety of students.
School volunteers and visitation is currently suspended in order to comply with all district protocols for COVID-19. Rescue Elementary will place signage around the school advising that visitors and volunteers may be required to use PPE while on school sites and interacting with school personnel, and may keep a supply of such equipment available for their use.
Use of school facilities by persons or organizations for community purposes involving large gatherings shall be suspended until the Rescue Union School District determines, consistent with guidance from state and local health officials, that it is safe to resume such activities.
Potential Reclosure of Campus
Rescue Elementary shall monitor student and staff absences and data provided by local health officials to determine if there is a risk of resurgence of COVID-19 and a need to reclose school campuses for the protection of students, staff, and the community. Any confirmed cases will be immediately communicated with the Rescue Union School District and protocols followed in accordance with state and health department guidelines. 
If any person diagnosed with COVID-19 is known to have been on site, The building should be closed until cleaning and disinfecting of the building can be completed and the district can consult with local health officials to determine, based on up-to-date information about the specific cases in the community, whether an extended closure is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.
If local health officials report that there has been no community transmission of COVID-19, or minimal to moderate transmission in the community, school campuses may not necessarily be closed, but the district shall continue to take all preventative measures as governed by the health department.
If local health officials report substantial community transmission of COVID-19, campus closures of more than two weeks may be necessary, and the Superintendent or designee shall cancel group activities and events during that period. Campuses shall not reopen until recommended by local health officials.
Specific Plans for Re-Opening Rescue Elementary School
  • Students line up at their classroom for the 1st week of school.
  • Teachers train students on lining up at their respective spots on the blacktop to observe proper social distancing.
  • Students will then line up on those spots.  Parents may wait with their student, but must wear face coverings.
  • Kindergarten report to their building; Parents need to be with their student, social distance and wear face coverings.
  • Kindergarteners that arrive on the bus will go into the Gym and staff will walk them to class. 
School Office
  • Drop off box for materials being handed in.
  • Limit of numbers of people in the office; Folks wait outside to come in.
  • People cannot come past the front counter.
  • Parents only enter/exit through the front door; Students can only access the student entrance.
  • Spots will be provided for visitors to wait in line observing proper social distancing. 
  • Reduce seating to accommodate 6ft distancing.
  • Limit number of people in the office, dots on the floor for students signing in tardy.
  • All deliveries of lunches, etc. left in the office, no parent delivery to classes.
Health Office
  • The Health Office is available for all student health needs.
  • Students may come up to take medications as done in the past.
  • All surfaces will be wiped down after each student’s visit. 
  • Sick Students
    • Send sick students to the office for evaluation.
    • Call ahead and let us know they are coming.
    • Limited number of students allowed in the Health Office to ensure social distancing.
    • Family communication will be provided consistent with school and district protocols.
    • Use “Isolation Room” for students that may display COVID or other symptoms (D-1).
      • Health Office Nurse will supervise that space.
      • Office staff will assist in the Health Office if this occurs.
  • Staff are required to wear face coverings.
  • Students in grades 3-5 are required to wear face coverings; students in grades TK-2nd grade are not required, but strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. 
  • Desks all facing forward and seating will be organized to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Chromebooks will be issued to each student.
  • Commonly used areas will be cleaned and disinfected daily after each cohort ends.
  • Students all have their own materials (crayons, scissors, pencils, glue, ruler, etc).
Students in the Office
  • No students should be sent to the office to finish work or for classroom timeout unless on a referral from principal.
  • Students sent to the office for discipline must have a referral and staff must call ahead to let the office know they are coming.
  • Buddy classes will not be able to be used for the time being for discipline or other time outs.
    • Principal or Teacher-in-Charge may need to go and pick up that student.
  • Recesses will be staggered to promote social distancing for the school.
  • Each recess cohort will have their own equipment to use during their recess (i.e. rubber balls, soccer ball, basketball, jump ropes, hula hoops, etc.).
  • Equipment will be disinfected by staff after each use.
  • Students wash their hands at the end of recess. 
  • Yard Supervisor stationed at restrooms to monitor student entrance.
  • Non-contact activities will be offered.
  • Basketball is 3 on 3 only and half court.
  • Other activities:  4 square, soccer pass back,
  • Classes line up in their designated spots when recess concludes.
Physical Education
  • Classes will line up on their spots outside for warm ups.
  • Students will wash their hands at the beginning and end of PE.
  • Units will be noncontact activities with social distancing encouraged.
  • PE specialist and principal will evaluate possible seating arrangements for students during inclement weather days.
  • Equipment will need to be cleaned each day.
Food Services
  • AM Cohort
    • Breakfast will be provided before school for the AM Cohort.
    • 2nd Chance Breakfast will be provided for the AM Cohort during their recess.
    • “Grab and Go” lunches are available for the AM Cohort at the end of their day.
  • PM Cohort
    • “Grab and Go” lunches are available for PM Cohort students to eat on campus before school
    • 2nd Chance Lunch will be provided for the PM Cohort during their recess.
  • Social Distancing will be required for students eating on campus. 
  • Closed before and after school.
  • Students in grades 2-5 can reserve books using Destiny/Follet.
  • Mrs. Allen will put out books for students in grades K-1 to checkout.
  • All books will be cleaned when returned to the library. 
  • Reading Counts will be available for families at home.
Afterschool Pick-Up
  • Kindergarten
    • Students will be dismissed at the west gate of the Kindergarten playground.
    • Parents will wait behind the gate and are required to wear face coverings while maintaining proper social distancing.
    • TK students will be released to their parents from their classroom to their waiting area in front of C-9.
  • On Campus Parent Pick up
    • Parents picking up for 1st through 5th grade will wait at either picnic table/Lower Blacktop area or by Rescue West. 
    • Parents are required to wear face coverings and maintain proper social distancing. 
    • No waiting outside of classrooms.
  • Car Line
    • Students will be seated outside of library on spots that encourage social distancing.
    • Parents will place name cards in their windshield to assist staff with pick up.
  • Bus
    • Students will line up in the Multipurpose Room by bus with social distancing encouraged.
    • Staff supervision will monitor to ensure students are lined up appropriately.