Tekonsha Community Schools
Tekonsha Community Schools

Return to School Plan 2020

 

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

(Executive Order 2020-142 District Preparedness Plan Template)

 

Approved: 7:00 PM

07/28/2020

 

 

 

Name of District: Tekonsha Community Schools

 

Address of District: 245 S. Elm St., Tekonsha, MI

 

District Code Number: 13130 

 

Web Address of the District:  www.tekonshaschools.org

 

Name of Intermediate School District:  Calhoun Intermediate School District

 

Name of Authorizing Body (if applicable): Terrance Lunger, Superintendent, Calhoun Intermediate School District. 

 

Preparedness Plan Introduction

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-142  “provides a structure to support all schools in Michigan as they plan for a return of pre-K-12 education in the fall. Under the order, school districts must adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they will cope with the disease across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan. In turn, the accompanying Michigan Return to School Roadmap offers a guide to the types of safety protocols appropriate during each phase. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution: What works in Lansing may not work in Sault Sainte Marie. Districts will retain the flexibility to tailor their instruction to their particular needs and to the disease conditions present in their regions.”  (EO-2020-142)

Each district (public, public school academy (PSA), nonpublic, and intermediate school district (ISD) that educates pre-K-12 students) shall submit a single completed Assurance Document and Preparedness Plan to its Board in time for approval by August 15 or seven days before the first day of school, whichever comes first.  This template, when completed, serves as a single Assurance Document and Preparedness Plan.

 

The Preparedness Plan will be collected by the Intermediate School District for public school districts, the authorizing body for public school academies, or the chief/designated school administrator for nonpublic schools for transmission to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Treasurer by August 17, 2020. Additionally, this Preparedness Plan must be posted on the district’s/PSA’s, or nonpublic school’s public website home page no later than August 17, 2020.   A single application should be filed by the district rather than multiple applications for individual schools within a district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Plan Assurances

The District agrees to meet all of the following requirements of Executive Order 2020-142

  • The District assures that when it provides in-person instruction to its students without disabilities, the district must also provide in-person instruction to its students with disabilities, consistent with their individualized education programs (IEPs).
  • The District assures that when schools are closed to in-person instruction, districts must strive in good faith and to the extent practicable, based upon available resources, technology, training, and curriculum, as well as the circumstances presented by COVID-19, to provide equal access to any alternative modes of instruction to students with disabilities from birth through age 26. This assurance includes the provision of auxiliary services under section 1296 of the Revised School Code, MCL 380.1296.
  • The District assures that while any state of emergency or disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it shall comply with guidance from the United States Department of Education, including its Office of Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the Michigan Department of Education concerning the delivery of alternative modes of instruction to students with disabilities in light of the impact of COVID-19.
  • The District assures that it shall, to the extent practicable and necessary, make individualized determinations whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed for students with disabilities in light of the school closures during the 2019–2020 school year.
  • The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will close its buildings to anyone except: (a) District employees or contractors necessary to conduct minimum basic school operations consistent with a Preparedness Plan, including those employers or contractors necessary to facilitate alternative modes of instruction, such as distributing materials and equipment or performing other necessary in-person functions. (b) Food-service workers preparing food for distribution to students or their families. (c) Licensed child-care providers and the families that they serve, if providers follow all emergency protocols identified by the state.
  • The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will suspend athletics, after-school activities, inter-school activities, and busing.
  • The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will provide for the continued pay of school employees while redeploying staff to provide meaningful work in the context of the Preparedness Plan, subject to any applicable requirements of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • The District assures that in Phases 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will provide for the continuation of food distribution to eligible students.
  • The District assures that during Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will prohibit indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom.
  • The District assures cooperation with the local public health department if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, and agrees to collect the contact information for any close contacts of the affected individual from two days before he or she showed symptoms to the time when he or she was last present in school.

 

 

Preparedness Plan

Every district must develop and adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (“Preparedness Plan”) that is informed by Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap (“Return to School Roadmap”) from the COVID-19 Task Force on Education and Return to School Advisory Council.

In accordance with Executive Order 2020-142 a plan must include all the following parts:

  1. The policies and procedures that the District will follow when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.
  1. Describe how the district will offer alternative modes of instruction other than in-person instruction and a summary of materials each student and the student’s parents or guardians will need to meaningfully access the alternative modes of instruction included in the Preparedness Plan. If the Preparedness Plan relies on electronic instruction, the Preparedness Plan must consider how the district will aid students who lack access to computers or to the internet. This is also in the Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan submitted in April.  You may want to update and link to this plan in your response below.

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • Providing we are in phase 1,2,or 3, Tekonsha Community Schools would implement a hybrid model/multimedia mode of instruction using online learning platforms, grade level and subject specific textbooks, and hard copy instructional materials.  Teachers will communicate with parents and students via the internet, email, cell phones to deliver assignments, and/or the use of hard copy materials.  Hard copy materials can be mailed or picked up at the school at designated times.  Chromebooks for distance learning will be provided by the district.  Internet service may also be provided by our district based on need and service areas in and around our school district as determined on a case by case basis. 
  • All students will need access to paper, pencils, and crayons.  These supplies will be provided by the district for those that do not have them.
  • No pupil will be penalized for their inability to fully participate. However non participation will negatively affect academic performance and achievement. 
  • Teachers will be required to make contact with parents and/or students a minimum of twice a week.  This may be done through the use of a variety of technology platforms such as: Google Hangout, Google Classroom, Remind 101, DoJo, See Saw, email, or other means of communication.
  • Every effort will be made to individualize each student's needs in grades K-12 based on the various means of communication. 
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s education if for some unfortunate reason we are put back in phase 3 and are forced to close school.  This is especially important for the younger students (K-5) that may not be adept at using technological devices.  Tekonsha Community Schools totally understands the difficulties that may result from school being closed and ensures all parents that every effort will be made to provide all students a quality education.
  • Teachers will evaluate assignments in a timely fashion and enter them in our student information system (Skyward) in order to assist parents and students in monitoring their academic progress.

 

 

 

  1. The policies and procedures that the District will follow when the region in which the District is located is in Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.  Those policies and procedures must, at a minimum, include: 
  1. Face coverings (p. 22)
    1. Please describe how the district will implement requirements for facial coverings that at a minimum require the wearing of face coverings, except during meals and unless face coverings cannot be medically tolerated, for:
  1. All staff and all students in grades preK-12 when on a school bus.
  2. All staff and all students in grades preK-12 when in indoor hallways and common areas.
  3. All staff when in classrooms.
  4. All students in grades 6 and up when in classrooms.
  5. All students in grades kindergarten through grade 5 unless students remain with their classes throughout the school day and do not come into close contact with students in another class.

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • The expectations for the wearing of face coverings will be included in district to parent communications.
  • Facial coverings are required for all staff during the day in all settings except for meals.
  • Facial coverings are required for all students 6-12 during the day in all settings except for meals.
  • K-5 students will not be required to wear a face covering once they are situated in their classroom unless the classroom activity places them in close proximity to other students.
  • Any staff or student who is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering or is incapacitated, or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one and is required to provide the district documentation from a doctor. 
  • Students who are capable of wearing a face covering and refuse to do so in an area where a face covering is required will be issued a face covering by a school official. Parents will be notified of non-compliance.
  • Guests to the school building (substitute teachers, etc) will be issued a disposable face covering upon signing in at the main office and will be instructed to wear the face covering at all times.  Instances of non-compliance will result in the guest being escorted from the building by the building administrator. 
  • Students that refuse to participate in the requirements established by the Governor’s return to school plan may be assigned to work virtually from home.  This would be determined on a case by case basis.  It is our hope that everyone complies to this requirement, Tekonsha Community Schools has no choice but to implement this requirement and is seeking everyone’s cooperation. 

 

  1. Hygiene

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for hygiene protocols

from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 22-23).

 

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • Every classroom, and common areas such as cafeteria, gym, etc. will have hand sanitizer readily available. 
  • Handwashing times will be scheduled at the elementary school at least two times a day.
  • Signage will be posted around each building reminding students/staff/guests about the importance of adequate hand washing and hygiene processes.
  • Sharing school supplies will be limited.
  • Custodial staff will monitor cleaning/hygiene supplies and replenish as needed.

 

  1. Cleaning

Please describe how you will implement the cleaning requirements for cleaning protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 27).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • In concert with custodial staff, administrator, and our teaching staff, we will establish schedules for checking on soap/sanitizer levels and establish and post cleaning protocols for all required areas mentioned in the Michigan Safe Start Plan (library, computer labs, playground equipment, classrooms, etc.). 
  • We will be establishing protocol with our staff that will dedicate time at the end of each class period to cleaning desks, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Appropriate cleaning material and PPE will be provided by the district as required by the MI Safe Start Plan

 

 

  1. Athletics

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for athletics protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 27).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • Tekonsha’s Athletic Director will review and become familiar with the guidance published by the MHSAA and share this information with the entire coaching staff, students, and parents. 
  • Proper handwashing and other appropriate hygiene measures will also be taught, monitored, and enforced, as will the cleaning of all equipment.
  •  Individual water bottles will be utilized instead of group hydration stations. Water fountains will not be available for use based on recommendations from the Health Department.  
  • State requirements for spectators will be communicated to parents and athletes. 

 

  1. Screening

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for screening protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 24).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • A Covid-19 Toolkit has been provided to our district by the Calhoun County Public Health Department. We will follow the guidance in this document.
  •  Each building will have a designated isolation area. This room will be outfitted with appropriate PPE.
  • From the time of identification of potential infection, a student  will not be left unattended until the student or staff member is safely removed from the building.
  • Parent communication will be made immediately with clear and concise directions on where and how to pick up the student and where to report for testing.
  • During the time of quarantine, the student will be asked to self-identify the location and individuals they came into contact with for the past 48 hours to the best of their recollection.  Priority will be placed on those individuals that they were in contact with for a sustained 15 minutes of more.
  • All school staff will be required to conduct a health safety self-assessment at home prior to coming to work. All students must be assessed prior to coming to school.  The Health Department has determined that any student or staff member with a temperature of 100.4 or higher should not be in school.
  • Staff who are unable to work due to displaying COVID-19 systems will be required to report this to the school in a timely fashion. 
  • Positive tests for staff members will result in a required quarantine away from school for 14 days.  Days of quarantine for COVID-19 positive results will NOT count against employee sick time allocations.

 

  1. Testing

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for testing protocols from the Return to School Roadmap  (p. 25).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • The district will work with the Calhoun County Public Health Department to establish appropriate testing procedures for students and staff. If a student/staff member, or visitor tests positive for Covid-19, the district will work with the CCPHD to establish appropriate responses from communication protocol to possible building closures.
  • The Calhoun County Public Health Departments plan is on our school website at www.tekonshaschools.org

 

 

  1. Busing and Student Transportation

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for busing and student transportation protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 28).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

 

  • Each bus will be equipped with hand sanitizer and all students and drivers must use hand sanitizer upon entering the bus.
  • The bus driver, and all students, if medically feasible, must wear face masks while on the bus. Disposable face masks will be available at the bus entrance in the event the student doesn’t have one.
  • Busses will be will be properly cleaned at the end of each day after the bus run.
  • Weather permitting, bus drivers may keep windows open.
  • If a student, or driver becomes sick during the day, they will not be allowed to ride/drive the bus until symptoms no longer exist.
  • Students will be assigned specific seating by bus drivers to separate students to allow as much spacing as possible.   

 

  1. Describe the policies and procedures that the district will follow when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

All of the above requirements will be considered “Strongly Recommended” to staff and students in the event our region reaches Phase 5.

 

1. Indicate which highly recommended protocols from the Return to School Roadmap the district will include in its Preparedness Plan when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

We will continue to educate students and staff on proper hand washing protocol and proper hygiene.  We will also continue to establish a “quarantine area” and designate a staff person to care for those students who are ill.  Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be sent home from school and should be kept home unless these students/staff  either test negative for Covid-19 or symptoms have completely dissipated.  We will also encourage all students, staff, and parents to monitor their own health and conduct daily self-examinations (temperature, etc.).

 

2. Indicate which highly recommended protocols from the Return to School Roadmap the district will not include in its Preparedness Plan when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

  • Facial coverings will be considered but not required in grades 6-12.
  • Space desks six feet apart in classrooms. Class should  be kept to the level afforded by necessary spacing requirements(Not required)
  • Teachers should maintain six feet of spacing between themselves and students (Not required)

 

 

  1. After considering all the protocols that are highly recommended in the Return to School Roadmap, please indicate if a school plans to exclude protocols that are highly recommended for any of the categories above in Phase 4.

 

  • Yes   

 

Final Steps for Submission

Each district shall submit a single completed Assurance Document and Preparedness Plan to its Board of Education (in the case of a PSA, the Academy Board of Directors; in the case of a nonpublic school, the chief or designated school administrator ) in time for approval by August 15 or seven days before the first day of school, whichever comes first.

 

Date of Approval by the District Board of Education, PSA Board of Directors, or nonpublic school chief/designated school administrator:                     August 3, 2020

 

Link to the Board Meeting Minutes or Signature of Board President, or signature of nonpublic school chief/designated school administrator:  [Google.doc Link]

Link to the approved Plan posted on the District/PSA/nonpublic school website:

The Preparedness Plan will be collected by the Intermediate School District for public school districts, the authorizing body for public school academies, or the chief/designated school administrator for nonpublic schools for transmission to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Treasurer by August 17, 2020. Additionally, this Preparedness Plan must be posted on the district’s/PSA’s, or nonpublic school’s public website home page no later than August 17, 2020.

 

Name of District/PSA/Nonpublic Leader Submitting Plan: Jeffrey Kawaski, Superintendent

Date Received by the ISD/Authorizing Body/Chief or designated School Administrator: August 3, 2020

Date Submitted to State Superintendent and State Treasurer:  To be completed by ISD Superintendent

Contact Us:

Address:

   245 S Elm St.

   Tekonsha, MI 49092

Phone:

   (517) 767-4121 

Fax:

   (517) 767-3465

Office Hours:

   7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Print Print | Sitemap
© Tekonsha Community Schools

This website was created using 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite.