Students will return to public schools in the parish of Lafayette on August 12. Here’s what to expect on day one, according to the Learn Lafayette 2021-2022 reopening plan that will be discussed at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.
While strongly encouraged, vaccinations are not mandatory for students or school staff, but face coverings are, following the governor’s last term that went into effect this week.
Masks are compulsory for staff and children aged 5 and over on buses and in schools, at least until September 1.
Non-essential visitors to campus will be limited, as will activities involving outside groups or organizations.
Are schools going to close?
Closures of individual classes and / or schools may be necessary, depending on the plan. These decisions will be made locally and based on the level of community transition, the number of students or teachers affected, and the risk of spread to the school.
If a class or school needs to be temporarily closed due to transmission rates or quarantines, students will be given devices to complete their homework. The LPSS has one device for every student in the district from Kindergarten to Grade 12, according to the plan.
The district will revert to hybrid or virtual learning platforms as needed. Students would receive instructions from their base school on homework, homework, and return-to-school dates.
“The top priority of the Lafayette parish school system is student learning,” the plan reads. “While our virtual and hybrid learning platforms were needed for the 2020-21 school year, our goal this year is for students in PK-12 grades to attend school in person to receive significant face-to-face instruction. face.”
Based on COVID-19 transmission rates, schools could move to a blended or 100% virtual learning platform, either school-by-school or district-wide.
In the event of a class or school closure:
- Students will receive a device to complete their homework.
- School leaders and teachers will communicate with families and students about teaching and learning.
- Teachers will facilitate learning and offer support and advice.
- Marks will be awarded.
- Attendance will be recorded daily.
- Students identified as needing Internet access at home will be assigned a mobile hotspot.
- Students unable to connect to digital learning will receive paper assignments.
- Smart buses with Wi-Fi connectivity are available at all school sites.
Students with disabilities will continue to receive special education and related services in the least restrictive environment.
Take-out meal pickup services will be provided.
When to quarantine
People with symptoms of COVID-19 should not report to work or school; those already in school will be moved to an isolated space and their parents called to come and pick them up immediately.
People with confirmed cases should stay home and remain in isolation until they meet the CDC’s end-of-isolation criteria.
Schools will communicate with employees and parents of students who were in close contact with the person concerned.
Close contacts of a COVID-19 positive person should stay at home for 10 days after exposure. A 14-day quarantine is recommended in daycares and other school settings.
Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in a 24 hour period or having direct contact with an infected person, such as touching, hugging, kissing , sharing eating or drinking utensils, or being sneezed or coughed by the person.
There is an exception that applies only to students and should not be used for teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom. If the case and contact were engaged in the consistent and correct use of a properly fitted mask and were within three to six feet of each other, then these close contacts do not need to occur. quarantine.
Close contacts who have already been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days and who remain asymptomatic do not need to be quarantined.
Those at risk will not participate in K-12 sporting events where distance is not maintained until the full 14-day quarantine has been completed.
Sharing of spaces and disinfection
Schools should limit the use of shared indoor spaces, such as cafeterias and gymnasiums, and ensure physical distancing and the appropriate use of face masks. The areas will be cleaned between each group use.
The water fountains will be operational this year and cleaned frequently throughout the day. Students and staff are always encouraged to bring bottled water from home.
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All employees will participate in health and safety training throughout the school year.
Students and staff should wash or disinfect their hands upon arrival at school, before and after eating and using outdoor play equipment, and before leaving school. Students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after changing classes, and teachers whenever a new group of students enter their class.
Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned at least twice a day. This includes switches, doors, benches, bathroom fixtures, surfaces and items in libraries and other “practical” areas of the school, as well as playground and sports equipment.
Hallway areas will be designated as lanes or flow paths to separate students and minimize congregation.
PE uniforms will not be required for middle and high school students this school year, and changing rooms should not be used for changing. If the guidelines change later in the year and students have access to the changing rooms, students will be allowed to bring appropriate shorts, shoes and t-shirts to school.
Where possible, outdoor spaces will be used for physical education. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. All personal use equipment will be disinfected at least twice a day.
Field trips and bus trips
Families are encouraged to drive their children to school if possible in order to reduce the number of students on the buses.
All passengers should use hand sanitizer when entering the bus and maintain a physical distance at bus stops and avoid gathering in groups while waiting for the bus. Buses will be unloaded in stages at the school to minimize the size of groups of students entering the school and to allow a distance of six feet upon entering.
Seating plans for school buses will be created and applied consistently. Windows should be open to facilitate air circulation when weather conditions permit.
Buses should be cleaned and disinfected daily and heavily affected surfaces, such as seats and handrails, cleaned twice a day.
Field visits can take place on a priority and limited basis if they strictly follow the masking, regrouping and transport requirements, only after the prior approval of the site administrator and district staff, as per plan. reopening of the district.
Field trips will not be approved during times of high transmission rates in the community or school. Opportunities for outdoor educational trips should be prioritized.