RETURN TO A “5 DAY/FULL WEEK” INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL
When will students be returning to a full week/”5 day” model of in person instruction?
Elementary students (grades Kdg-4th grade)- Monday, October 12, 2020
Middle School and High School students- Monday, October 19, 2020
Is Wednesday, October 14, 2020, still a scheduled Teacher In-Service Day (no school for all students gr. Kdg-12?
YES, Wednesday October 14, 2020 is still a scheduled Teacher In-Service Day. Students will not report for school this day.
When is Picture Day scheduled this year?
Picture Day is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, October 22, 2020. Informational flyers/order forms will be sent home soon.
How/When will the cycle day rotation change?
Beginning Monday, October 12, 2020, the 6 day cycle rotation will resume its normal rotation for all students (grades Kdg-12). See below.
Mon., Oct 12 (day 1) Tues., Oct 13 (day 2) Wed., Oct 14 (NO SCHOOL) Thurs., Oct. 15 (day 3) Fri., Oct 16 (day 4)
Mon., Oct 19 (day 5) Tues., Oct 20 (day 6) Wed., Oct 21 (day 1) Thurs., Oct. 22 (day 2) Fri., Oct 23 (day 3)
Mon., Oct 26 (day 4) Tues., Oct 27 (day 5) Wed., Oct 28 (day 6) Thurs., Oct. 29 (day 1) Fri., Oct 30 (day 2)
And so on…
Will my child continue using the device issued to them at the beginning of the year?
Yes! This year all students in grades K-12 received a device (Chromebook or iPad) for use throughout the entire academic year. Parents were required to review and sign off on the “Acceptable Use Policy” prior to their child being issued a device. These electronic devices are integrals resources that will continue to be a part of their education throughout the school year and will be the sole source of contact should there be a need to transition to remote learning.
OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE SCHOOL DAY
Will the arrival and dismissal at each elementary school change with the move back to full week in-person instruction?
No, the arrival and dismissal times will remain the same for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Loyalsock Valley Elementary School day begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Private car dismissal will be 2:50 p.m. Bus dismissal will begin shortly after.
The Lyter Elementary School day begins promptly at 8:20 a.m. Private car and walker dismissal will be 2:45 p.m. Bus dismissal will begin shortly after.
Will elementary students still have recess?
Yes! Our elementary students will be able to get outside, play, and burn off some energy at school. Recess will occur by grade levels. Students will be required to wear a face covering while at recess. All students will wash their hands upon reentry to the building.
Will my child have access to breakfast?
Yes. Breakfast will continue to be available for purchase from our food service provider via a grab-and-go model to eat in the classroom.
How will my elementary child eat lunch?
Elementary students will eat lunch in the cafeteria or in their assigned classrooms. Elementary students will be able to purchase lunches from the school cafeteria. While this might look slightly different in each school, we want to ensure that students are supervised in a way that still allows for interaction with their friends.
Students will maintain social distancing to the extent feasible while waiting in line and will sit in a fashion that maintains maximum distance between students. Individuals will be required to sanitize or wash their hands prior to, and after, eating.
PREPARING TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Does my child need to wear a mask all day?
YES, based on the “Updated mask requirements released by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health” revised on 8/17/20. It can only be removed when eating and/or drinking. All students will be issued a cloth face mask, a gaiter, and a face shield on the first day for their use. Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate face covering for the first day of school. Students will be permitted to choose which face covering they prefer to wear. We will provide face covering breaks when students can be at least 6 ft. apart. If your child cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, a note MUST be provided from a doctor. If students refuse to comply with the face covering requirement, parents will be notified.
Is my child permitted to bring a water bottle to school?
Yes. Water fountains have been turned off as per the guidance from the CDC and, therefore, the district has installed water bottle fillers in all buildings. Students are encouraged to bring their own bottle.
Will school activities (field trips, assemblies, walk-a-thons, evening events, etc) still occur?
Our staff will make sure that school remains a FUN place to be! However, we must do so safely. At this time, all field trips and other activities where proper sanitation cannot be easily maintained have been canceled for 2020-21. Unfortunately this will include the cancellation of the annual elementary Veteran’s Day program for November 2020. We will continue to monitor state guidelines for possible resumption of these activities that support our educational program.
Will visitors be permitted in the building?
All non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities* (including assemblies and classroom parties) that involve outside groups or parental supervised programming will not be allowed at this time. By greatly limiting additional individuals in our schools, we will be directly following CDC and PA Department of Health guidance and reducing the potential for viral transmission in the school environment.
What should each family consider each morning before the school day?
The district is responsible for assisting to conduct its own contract tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. Families are asked to monitor and assess their child(ren)’s health each morning before school. Families may complete and submit data to this pre-screening survey each morning before school: