Wolf Creek Local School District
Opening of School August 2020
The first day of school will be August 24, 2020. We will be dismissing students at 1:00pm for the first five days of school (August 24, 25, 26, 27, 28). This will allow for teacher collaboration and extra cleaning in the buildings. Kindergarten students will begin school on August 27th, beginning August 31st, we will resume full days of instruction.
It is our goal to keep our schools open, extra-curricular activities taking place and make the educational experience for our students as normal as possible. With that being said, there are many changes to the way things have been done compared to in the past. The purpose of this document is to detail as many of the changes as possible to our normal protocol for the safety and health of the students and staff. This document will not be an end to the changes as we will continue to update as we experience and see the need for additional changes.
The district will be ONE to ONE in the area of technology. This means every student will have a Chromebook assigned to them with their name on it. There will not be a need to share electronic devices. Students in grades K-8 will leave their chromebook in their classroom when they are not using them. In Grades 9-12, students will continue to keep their Chromebook with them at all times. One to One will eliminate the need to share devices throughout the school day. Also, in the event a student would need to be out of school for an extended period of time or school was shut down, we would send the device and charger home with students to use for educational purposes.
Being Healthy and Safe Starts at Home
It is critically important that if your child is sick please keep them home. There are several symptoms presented by COVID-19. Please check your child's temperature daily before they leave for school. If your child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, keep them home and contact your family doctor.
Common Symptoms include:
- Fever or Chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
We will also be taking measures to address safety and health of the students and staff while they are at school. Some of the examples are:
- We will be conducting rapid, touchless temperature checks of students as they enter the buildings each day.
- We have purchased and installed more bottle filling stations for both buildings. Community water fountains will be turned off. We ask that all students carry their own refillable water bottle.
- We have added numerous hand sanitizing stations throughout the buildings in common areas, near restrooms, entrances and in the cafeterias. This is in addition to the hand sanitizer in the classrooms and officers.
- The custodians schedules have been modified to allow for more classroom and high touch point cleaning throughout the school day.
- The District will be adding additional /custodial staff to assist with additional cleaning duties.
- If a student begins to show signs or symptoms of COVID while at the school during the school day. The student will be escorted to an area of isolation with a staff member, who will be wearing a mask and protective clothing. This staff member will remain with the student until the nurse is able to check on them. The School Nurse will contact parents and handle the case at this point.
We will not be recognizing students for perfect attendance this school year. Although we feel attendance at school is very important. At this time we do not want to encourage students to be in attendance while sick.
If your child becomes sick or displays COVID Symptoms while at school, they will be escorted by school staff to a room away from other students. The student will wear a mask and the staff member will also wear a mask. The parents will be called to pick up their child. Please cooperate with the school if your child becomes ill during the school day.
We have given much consideration to the transportation of our students. One way you can be of assistance is by transporting students to and from school. This will help reduce the number of students riding buses each day. In the event of a student needing to ride a different bus, plan ahead of time and contact the school office. We may not be able to accommodate due to the number of students currently riding that specific bus. We are currently reviewing the bus routes to determine the best avenue to move forward.
Changes to our Current Busing Routines
In an effort to keep students distanced we will be loading and unloading students in a staggered schedule. Buses will unload as they arrive at the school. Students will be dismissed at the end of the day by bus. This will assist in limiting the number of students who are congregating in an area at one time.
In working with the Health Department we have developed guidelines for riding the bus:
- Loading the bus from back to front. Students who are picked up first on a route will be sitting closer to the back on the bus. This will assist in the students being in another student's space while loading the school bus. The bus's high seats will assist in being a barrier to those students who are seated in front of them.
- Unloading bus from front to back.
- Assigned seats for all students.
- Two students per seat. There will be an attempt to have these be students from the same household as much as possible.
- Three students per seat when they are all from the same household.
- Students will wear masks while riding the bus.
Classroom Safety Measures
Additional safety measures will be in place in all classrooms to assure that staff and student safety is our number one priority. These measures include:
- There will be no community supplies in the classrooms. Each student will need to have their own classroom supplies that will be kept with them.
- Classrooms will be marked for social distancing to be followed.
- All staff members will wear a mask.
- Masks will be required for students in grades 3-12 and they will be strongly recommended for students in grades PK-2.
- Additional cleaning will take place throughout the day on high touchpoints.
- Students will be assigned a desk and will remain in their space the majority of the school day to reduce cross contamination of areas.
- Cafeterias will be limited to 50% capacity. There will be additional areas where students can receive their meals. This will include classrooms and outdoor seating.
- Social distancing and masks will be required at events.
- Temperature checks will be conducted for entry.
- COVID-19 Symptom questionnaire will be completed.
Remote Learning option for students - Please contact your students building Principal if your child will be taking this option.
- Blue Sky online learning that will allow the students to receive their education exclusively online while remaining a student at Wolf Creek Local.
- If a student chooses to complete their education online, they will be requested to complete this based on a nine week grading period. They will not be permitted to jump between an online class back to a live class within the nine week period. This adjustment will be permitted at the beginning of each nine weeks. This will assist in the continuity of the child’s education.
This plan will continue to be updated as additional guidance comes from the State and Local Health Department or if the cases and leveling of the county increase.
March 13, 2020
Beginning on March 16th we will be closed until April 6th. This comes as a statement that was made by Governor DeWine statement that all public schools K-12 will close for three weeks beginning on March 16th. We will use the remaining three calamity days. (3/16, 3/17, 3/18). We will use three blizzard bag days for the next three days (3/19, 3/20, 3/23). At this time we are waiting for guidance from the state on when the remaining days will be made up.
Student Assignments and Instruction
Students will be encouraged to bring home all instructional materials with them on Friday March 13th. They will either be given the work for the Blizzard Bags or instructed where to find the information. All Blizzard Bag materials will be available on the District website. The materials beyond the Blizzard Bag days will be made available online as well as in a pick up box located near the front door of the Elementary Building. These packets will have a week’s worth of work in them. There will also be a tub in which completed work can be returned to the school. Students will be expected to complete this work while they are off as a grade will be taken on each of the assignments. Students should be encouraged to complete the work prior to returning to school, however they will be given two weeks to complete and submit the work once we return. Additional information will be provided as this process will be evaluated on a regular basis.
**The Kindergarten and First Grade teachers plan to send this work home with students today.
End of the Nine Weeks
The nine weeks ends on March 13. However, the grades will not be finalized until students return so that students have the opportunity to complete any work from being absent this week or complete assignments that are in progress. All work that is completed during the next three weeks will be graded and recorded during the fourth nine weeks.
Activities and Facilities
All facilities, both inside and outside, will be shut down during this time. All activities will be canceled during this three week period. This will impact both school sponsored and outside groups that have planned to host events at the school.
●Lunch Services - It is the intent that a lunch will still be provided to students who receive free or reduced lunch or any other student who is interested. All students will be charged as they are eating at the school. Parents are encouraged to call the High School to order lunch and breakfasts in the morning by 9:00. These can be picked up at the elementary school from 11:00-1:00 daily. If you are interested in getting a lunch for your student but are unable to get to the school during this time, please contact the High School office (740-984-2373) to make other arrangements.
●Life and Purpose Counseling - The Counselor will be permitted to use the office at the High School to continue to provide services to her clients. Please work with her to make arrangements. Transportation will not be provided at this time. There will be a letter coming home with these students today.
The District will continue to monitor information that is provided from the Governor's office and the Ohio Department of Education as we are all entering a new territory with this closure. Please be patient with us as we are continuing to do what is best for our students and community. Please continue to monitor the District Website and Social Media Accounts to stay up to date on any additional information that may be coming.
March 11, 2020
Important Announcement from Wolf Creek Local Schools
Yesterday, Governor Mike DeWine took safety precautions in regards to preventing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Outlined here is important related information regarding the school.
●Wolf Creek Local Schools continue to operate as normal. We are regularly disinfecting our buses and school buildings, as we always should during all flu season. We are emphasizing to our students’ proper handwashing, coughing, and sneezing procedures. If your child has a severely compromised immune system, please contact the school nurse.
●If your child is sick with a fever or other health issues, your child should not return to school until at least 24 hours of being symptom-free (without the use of medication).
●When attending evening school-related events, please take advantage of available hand sanitizer. Please do not attend large public events if you are sick or have a compromised immune system.
●Wolf Creek Local has a school closing plan that includes the use of online learning and blizzard bags on school closing days #6, #7, and #8. Our plan includes a schedule of make-up days that are marked on our school calendar. In extreme school closing cases, our administration may work with our Board of Education to make adjustments.
●Perfect Attendance Awards will not be effected for students who choose to stay home due to this illness.
Some additional strategies to assist all in remaining healthy:
● Increase/encourage handwashing with soap and water (min. 20 seconds) if available at least: before eating, after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing/using a tissue,
And before touching your eyes, nose or mouth (MORE OFTEN if possible)
●Encourage the vampire cough or sneeze: burying the nose and mouth in your bent elbow/sleeve.
●Use of hand sanitizer if soap and water is not possible
●Reduce shaking hands
●Sanitize items routinely touched by others (doorknobs, desks, chair seats, and backs, etc.)
●Stay out of each other's faces (3 feet of suggested space)
●Protect anyone with chronic illnesses and the elderly, by reducing exposure to crowds and others as much as possible (kids visit grandparents by phone, deliver groceries to them)
●Contact your physician if you feel symptoms in your chest (shortness of breath, dry cough)
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact the building administrators or the school nurse.
Superintendent School Nurse