WHO IS REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE COVERING AND WHEN?
As per WCSD and HDMS Board of Directors mandate, each adult and child on campus is required to wear a cloth face covering.
WHY ARE YOU REQUIRING YOUNG CHILDREN TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS WHEN THE GOVERNOR’S DIRECTIVE EXEMPTS CHILDREN UNDER AGE 10?
The Governor’s directive allows entities to take additional safety measures beyond what is recommended. Our Board of Directors determined that it is important for students of all ages to wear face coverings to help protect their fellow students, families, and staff. Families are encouraged to begin having their children practice wearing face coverings and should teach them how to put it on and take it off safely.
WHAT IS THE PLAN IF KIDS STRUGGLE TO WEAR MASKS? CAN WE ADDRESS FACE SHIELDS VS. MASK – WITH A SENSORY KIDDO
Please see the CDC Guidelines regarding Cloth Masks vs Face Shields. Face Shields MAY be permitted on a case by case basis as part of an accommodation plan. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html
The Governor’s directive 024 states those with medical conditions or disabilities are exempt from wearing a face covering. Staff will work with parents and guardians of students who are medically unable to wear a mask considering modifications such as providing an alternative face shield and adhering to physical distancing. Please contact the school to arrange for these accommodations.
HOW WILL STUDENTS – EVEN HALF OF THEM – MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS?
Students, and staff alike, will be facing new expectations as we return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Significant effort will be made in the first few weeks of school to teach, and reteach, new routines expected of students such as maintaining social distancing. Visual aides will be used at doorways, in hallways, at bathrooms, and elsewhere to remind students of social distancing expectations.
WILL THERE BE TEMPERATURE CHECKS AT THE ENTRANCE EVERY DAY?
Yes. You should plan for your child’s temperature to be taken each morning at drop off before you leave the premises. As per our Communicable Disease Policy, any child or adult who has an oral temperature of 101 degrees or higher or an axillary (armpit) temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be excluded. Children or adults with fever shall not be readmitted until fever has been gone for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication).
WOULD YOU PLEASE DO QUALITY CHECKS ON THE THERMOMETERS, AND COMPARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF THERMOMETERS TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE CHOOSING THE MOST RELIABLE AND VALID THERMOMETER AVAILABLE?
We have recently ordered new, high quality thermometers for both campuses.
WHAT IF A STUDENT COMES TO SCHOOL SICK OR DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS WHILE AT SCHOOL?
If students are exhibiting any cold and flu related symptoms at school, they will immediately be sent to the clinic area near the front desk. They will be isolated from other students and screened for symptoms. Parents or guardians will be contacted and asked to pick up their children.
WHAT IF A STUDENT IS EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
If households suspect their student has been exposed to Covid-19, they should contact the health district and HDMS immediately. HDMS will work with the Washoe County Health District to determine the severity of the exposure and conduct contact tracing. Students should not return to school until cleared.
WHAT IS THE CONTINGENCY PLAN WHEN SOMEONE (TEACHER OR STUDENT) TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID? DOES THAT CLASSROOM MOVE TO DISTANCE LEARNING FOR TWO WEEKS? WHAT IF THE STUDENT HAS SPED SERVICES AND HAS EXPOSURE BEYOND THE CLASSROOM?
We are working closely with the Washoe County Health District and will follow their guidance on a case by case basis.
WITH THE TIGHTER REGULATIONS ON STAYING HOME WHEN SICK, HOW WILL YOU MAKE SURE TO HAVE ENOUGH SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS?
HDMS is always hiring substitutes. In addition, we have several teaching assistants with substitute teaching license who could be used in the classrooms as needed. We encourage all families to reach out to those who may be interested and encourage them to apply.
ARE THE TEACHERS EXPECTED TO DEAL WITH HOW TRAUMATIZED KIDS WILL BE AND HOW TRAUMATIZING IT WILL BE FOR THE KIDS DEPENDING ON WHAT THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WILL BE NOW? WILL TEACHERS BE SUPPORTED BECAUSE THIS IS NO DOUBT GOING TO BE TRAUMATIZING FOR THEM AS WELL.
Our staff will be receiving ongoing training including courses such as the American Red Cross’ “Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19”
HOW ARE TEACHERS AND OTHER ADULTS WHO WORK IN THE BUILDING GOING TO BE PROTECTED?
Please see the “Safety Procedures” section of this newsletter.
WILL MY CHILD EVEN BE ABLE TO LEARN IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WILL MOST LIKELY BE SCARY FOR THEM?
We all miss our students and their families. We will do our best to return to normal routines and develop new routines where the old way is not possible. We will continue to create a safe and respectful learning environment for all children.
IF THE CHILD DOES NOT COMPLY WITH WEARING A MASK, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN?
We understand wholeheartedly that wearing a mask, especially with our younger children, may be a challenge. All teachers will be teaching grace and courtesy lessons specifically for mask wearing.
DO THE PRE-K KIDS NEED TO WEAR MASKS DURING NAPS?
We will not require students to wear masks while sleeping.
ARE THE KIDS ALLOWED TO BE MASK-FREE DURING OUTSIDE RECESS AND IF SO HOW MANY CHILDREN WILL BE ON THE PLAYGROUND AT ANY GIVEN TIME?
Children can play during recess without masks as long as they are maintaining a reasonable social distance. Groups will be limited in size at all times.
WHAT DO LUNCHES LOOK LIKE REGARDING PROXIMITY WITH KIDS?
We will maintain a six foot social distance between children while eating.