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A Guide to Reopening Schools During Covid-19

A GUIDE TO REOPENING SCHOOLS DURING COVID-19

By Superintendent Bill Day
Thursday, Ausgust 13, 2020

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USD 405 has created a plan for reopening schools that was developed with guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), the Rice County Health Department (RCHD), the USD 405 Board of Education (BOE), parents and community members, and staff at USD 405, and utilizing the guidelines presented in the KSDE Navigating Change Document and Executive Order 20-59. This document is to inform stakeholders of the plans to create an environment where students and employees’ risks are minimized for the spread of COVID-19. It is the district’s belief that educating students in our facilities provides the greatest opportunity for academic, social, and emotional growth. This document will also provide information about both a hybrid and remote models of instruction, if that guidance is given by health professionals that those options may be the best option for learning. This document informs students, employees, parents, and community members what our plan is to provide instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The document provides further guidance when students are in the building under the following categories:

  • Health Guidance
  • Classrooms
  • Common Spaces
  • Transitions
  • Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities
  • Food Service
  • Transportation
  • Facilities
  • Some of the guidance in this document is broken down into three restriction levels: for low, moderate and high restrictions in the learning environment. These levels of restrictions will allow the district to respond to COVID-19 by increasing or decreasing the restrictions in the learning environment to enable the district to continue providing different levels of in-person instruction while also reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. The district administration, in conjunction with guidance from the Rice County Health Department, will determine the level of restrictions appropriate for the learning environment.

    If additional measures need to take place, USD 405 may choose to operate in a Hybrid or Remote learning format. The hybrid model of learning will allow students to receive part of their daily instruction in our buildings and part of their learning remotely at home. This model will allow USD 405 to reduce the number of students in our buildings while still being able to provide instruction for an in-person format.

    Remote learning will take place when USD 405 students are not able to attend school due to parent preference, COVID exposure, mild illness, hybrid model, or building closure. This plan is designed to provide a platform that allows student learning to continue when the need arises based on any of the above circumstances.

    At any point in time the information in this document is subject to change. If changes are made students/parents and employees will be notified as soon as possible.

    Health Guidance General Guidance: All guidance regarding the health and wellness of students, staff and visitors was developed from recommendations from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Rice County Health Department and the KSDE Navigating Change Document.

    Facemasks/Coverings/Shields

  • Facemasks/coverings/shields will be required of all students, staff, and visitors inside of district facilities and outside when social distancing is not possible.
  • Facemasks/coverings/shields are not required for students participating in school sponsored athletic activities or physical education, students in band, students who may have disabilities that cause them to need to remove the mask/shield/covering, and student or employees that are doing a job duty that imposes a risk if they were to wear a mask/shield/covering.
  • Facemasks/Coverings/Shields can have messages, drawings, pictures, etc., if they do not impede or disrupt the learning environment. All dress code policies regarding messaging and pictures on articles of clothing will be enforced with facemasks/shields/coverings.
  • Facemasks/coverings/shields allow USD 405 students and staff to operate within the 6- foot guidance for social distancing. This has an impact on our students and staff’s ability to provide instruction with all students in the building.
  • Teachers and administrators will create opportunities for mask breaks for students and employees.
  • Hygiene Measures
  • To best battle COVID-19, it is highly recommended to practice good hygiene.
  • Teachers will review/teach hand washing techniques with students including the use of soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to staff and students in a variety of locations throughout the building.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged when able.
  • Students will not be allowed to share lockers and will be encouraged to sanitize all personal items.
  • Students and staff will be encouraged to cover their mouths for all coughs and sneezes. Students and staff will be allowed to use hand sanitizer or wash hands immediately following a cough or sneeze.
  • Staff is encouraged to come up with hand signals to use instead of shaking hands, hugging, or giving high fives.
  • Signage will be posted to encourage good hygiene practices throughout buildings.
  • Hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer will occur every hour daily.
  • Considerations for the School Nurse
  • The nurse will have necessary supplies to complete her duties on a day to day basis.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to the nurse including N95 masks that have been fitted to her personal needs.
  • A separate room will be made available for students or staff who are showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms and are waiting to be picked up.
  • Cleaning materials will be made available for the nurse to sanitize her room after student or adult visitors leave her office.
  • Touchless thermometers will be made available for daily screenings and when needed to evaluate the health of a student or employee.
  • The nurse will be in communication with families if there is a concern about the onset of symptoms that are aligned with COVID-19.
  • The nurse will be in communication with families of students who may be at additional risk and review health plans with the family and building administration.
  • Medication schedules will be revised to limit the number of students in the nurse’s office at one time.
  • The nurse will provide daily health reports related to COVID-19 to building and district administration.
  • The nurse will be the official district liaison between the schools and the RCHD and will make referrals to them.
  • Exclusion from School
  • Students and employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without other obvious explanations are prohibited from coming to school. If they do attempt to come to school, they will be sent home immediately.
  • Parents will be required to pick up a student immediately upon receiving communication from the school regarding symptoms that coincide with COVID-19.
  • Current KDHE guidance for symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • o Fever (100.4 or higher)

    o Muscle or body aches

    o Headache

    o Sore Throat

    o Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing

    o New loss to taste or smell

    o Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

    Temperature and Symptom Screening

  • Staff should self-screen daily prior to coming to work by taking a temperature prior to leaving the home.
  • Staff will be screened daily upon entering the building.
  • Staff should make visual inspections of students for signs of illness. If a student seems ill, a staff member will send that student to the office to be evaluated by a nurse.
  • Touchless thermometers will be used by staff members when doing temperature screenings.
  • Staff will wear masks when administering temperature checks.
  • Temperature screenings will occur daily.
  • Defining a Case Of COVID-19
  • A student or staff member is considered as a confirmed case of COVID-19 if they have tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus by a diagnostic test.
  • According to KDHE, a student or staff member is considered infectious 2 days prior to the onset of symptoms through at least 10 days after the onset of symptoms. For students and staff members who are asymptomatic, the infectious period is considered 2 days prior to the date the sample was collected through a minimum of 10 days from the date the sample was collected.
  • Cases must remain in home isolation until they have met the criteria for release set forth by KDHE and/or the Rice County Health Department.
  • If a student is excluded from school due to a positive test, other students and/or employees living in the same household will be excluded from schools for a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
  • If a student or employee has a family member who has been excluded from school because they have been identified as a close contact of the case, they are then considered a contact of a contact and do not have to be excluded from school.
  • Close Contact Definition
  • Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an individual for longer than 10 minutes who has had a positive test result of COVID-19.
  • Travel Quarantine
  • If a student or employee has recently traveled from a location on the KDHE Travel Related Quarantine List, the student or employee will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine starting the day after they return to Kansas.
  • Contact Tracing
  • Schools will assist County Health Department on any contact tracing of a confirmed case that has been present in a school setting.
  • Return to School After Exclusion
  • Students or employees may return to school once they have satisfied the recommendations of the KDHE or Rice County Health Department.
  • Students or employees who choose not to receive a test proving or disproving SARS CoV-2, but experience symptoms, may return if 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared and they have been fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine and other symptoms have improved.
  • If a student or employee has shown symptoms and are awaiting test results, the student or employee should be isolated at home until test results are received.
  • Schools Response to Student or Employee in Isolation or Quarantine
  • As soon as a positive case of a student or employee is confirmed, custodial staff will complete a thorough disinfection of the areas in contact with the student or employee.
  • The school will contact the Rice County Health Department.
  • The school will assist the Rice County Health Department in identifying other individuals who may have been in close contact of the individual.
  • The RCHD will contact parents/students and employees of the positive case.
  • The individual who tested positive will not be identified to the school community at large.
  • Parents or Employees Response to a Positive Case, Isolation or Quarantine
  • It is the responsibility of a student/parent or employee to inform the district if they have received word of confirmation of a positive case and/or they are placed in isolation or quarantine.
  • Classrooms General Guidance: Classrooms will look different depending upon the content that is taught and the building that the classroom is located in. It is recommended that parents and students make no more than one voluntary change from on-site to remote or from remote to on-site learning during the school year, and that if a change is made, it is between quarters. Social distancing in learning spaces will be encouraged when feasible.

    Low Restrictions

  • Practice good hygiene
  • Transitions will occur between classrooms/specials
  • Students can use shared materials that can be disinfected
  • Seating is sanitized twice a day by teachers/students
  • Moderate Restrictions
  • No shared materials between students
  • No soft material seating
  • Assigned seats
  • Seating sanitizing 3-4 times a day by teachers/students
  • Rotate in specialized groups
  • High Restrictions
  • No shared materials
  • Hard desks and chairs with sanitization occurring hourly (limit flex seating)
  • All students facing the same direction (i.e. in a testing type atmosphere)
  • Dividers in place when proper spacing is not available
  • Common Spaces General Guidance: Common spaces would include library, front office, health rooms, hallways, bathrooms, teacher work rooms, commons areas, cafeteria, playgrounds, gymnasiums, auditoriums, or any other shared space.

    Low Restrictions

  • Access to lockers/cubbies with masks
  • Students in cafeteria/commons during class time
  • Teachers may eat in teacher lounge with social distancing
  • Minimal number of classes using playground but not restricting to a single area
  • Students allowed in library during free time with social distancing
  • Students allowed to socialize in commons before school starts with social distancing
  • Students allowed in locker rooms for PE classes and sports but spread out into multiple locker rooms
  • Moderate adherence to sign up for Maker Spaces/computer carts
  • Teacher workroom open to any teacher as needed with social distancing
  • Kids use their own water bottle and can use the bottle filling stations
  • If teachers bring a class into a shared area, they are in charge of disinfecting said area
  • Auditorium usage with students in every other seat
  • Moderate Restrictions
  • Access to lockers/cubbies with staggered times
  • Teachers eat in small groups in either classroom or lounge
  • Disinfecting occurs between transitions
  • Staggered passing periods
  • Line students up in classrooms and not hallways
  • Teacher workroom open but with limited number of adults (1 or 2)
  • High Restrictions
  • Zero access to school lockers/cubbies
  • No class use of commons/cafeteria during class time
  • Teachers eat in rooms with students
  • One class on playground/area at a time
  • Librarian takes books to students. Library is closed to small groups only
  • Students will go straight to classroom at the start of the day
  • No locker room usage during the school day
  • No access to Maker Spaces/computer carts
  • Teacher workroom limited to 1 teacher at a time
  • No mass gatherings or all school assemblies - speakers done virtually
  • Limit specials classes (only taught in students home classroom)
  • Transitions General Guidance: Transitions occur anytime that movement is made by a group of classes during the school day. Limiting transitions will ultimately be beneficial to limiting the risk of spreading COVID-19. It is understood that transitions are necessary throughout the day but may be limited in order to keep students in the buildings.

    Low Restrictions

  • Stagger transitions for specials and lunch
  • One class/grade in the hall at a time
  • Use outdoor routes when possible
  • Visual cues in halls to assist with social distancing
  • Restroom breaks as needed, not whole class breaks, each grade level uses specific restrooms
  • Teachers open doors to rooms
  • Arrival: Social distancing recommended
  • Parents encouraged to social distance when picking up students
  • Moderate Restrictions
  • Increase staggered transitions to specials and lunch. One class/grade in the hall at a time.
  • Use outdoor routes when possible
  • Visual cues in halls to assist with social distancing
  • Adults stationed at outside doors to let students in
  • No lockers
  • High school students not allowed in other buildings
  • Student arrival: limit the amount of time in commons or in one setting. Space out students in multiple locations.
  • Dismissal: Adults stay in cars at pick up lanes.
  • High Restrictions
  • Use outdoor routes when possible
  • Visual cues in halls to assist with social distancing
  • Restroom breaks as needed, not whole class breaks, each grade level uses specific restrooms
  • Open Doors to rooms
  • Students should arrive to school and go directly to their class
  • Dismissal: Adults stay in cars at pick up lanes.
  • Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities General Guidance: Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular activities are essential for developing the whole child and have a positive impact on students social and emotional state. It is recommended that students wishing to participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities attend classes on-site rather than remote. Guidance from the Kansas State High School Activity Association will also be considered when making decisions regarding Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular activities.

    Low Restrictions

  • Sterilize classroom/equipment after class period/practice
  • Locker rooms cleaned and disinfected every evening
  • No restriction on class size
  • Assigned seats/spots
  • Social Distance when possible
  • Spectators may attend but have to wear masks in accordance with local guidelines
  • Moderate Restrictions
  • Social Distance with only limited contact
  • Sterilize continuously in class
  • Sterilize after each class in locker rooms
  • Spectators at events, but have to social distance and wear masks
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before entering classroom or attending activity
  • Social Distancing required in choir and band
  • High Restrictions
  • Have activities, but no spectators - Guidance from KSHSAA will be considered
  • No shared equipment
  • Band/Choir only performs outside with proper social distancing
  • Food Service General Guidance: It is important to ensure all students have access to school meals. If a hybrid model or remote learning occurs, the district will continue providing meal service to students. All National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program regulations would apply except approved waivers.

    Low Restrictions

  • Students are required to wash hands or utilize hand sanitizer prior to lunch
  • Students will disinfect their hands prior to using Pin pads
  • Food service or adults serve food to students
  • Grab & Go breakfast taken to classroom
  • Masks will be worn when not eating
  • Assigned seating for elementary students
  • Assigned dismissal for elementary students
  • Increase trash can availability to limit gathering
  • Adjust meal serving time to limit congestion and large student populations during lunch when necessary
  • Sanitize food bar and tables after each serving group
  • Moderate Restrictions
  • Assigned seating and social distancing required in the lunchroom
  • Visual cues for social distancing when standing in line
  • Offer multiple locations to eat lunch/breakfast – limit seating at tables
  • Cafeteria, gym, outside-lawn/playground, classrooms
  • Offer some foods prepackaged
  • High Restrictions
  • Eat in classrooms
  • Grab and go lunches(sack or to-go containers)
  • Teachers in rooms with students
  • Transportation General Guidance: The following are guidelines for transporting student in school buses, activity buses, and school passenger vehicles.

    Guidelines:

  • Students’ temperatures will be checked before boarding the bus
  • Frequently touched surfaces, window latches, student bus seats, driver cockpit areas, and entrance handrails will be sanitized after each route or trip
  • Open bus doors and windows during cleaning to improve air circulation
  • Masks are required by all drivers and riders
  • Students will sanitize hands prior to entering a bus
  • There will be assigned seats for all students on all routes
  • Students from the same household are required to sit together on all routes
  • Students unload from the front of the bus first to limit exposure
  • When possible, windows should be open to improve air circulation
  • Stagger loading times if possible to limit student congregation
  • Students will be encouraged to social distance at all bus stops while waiting to load the bus
  • Facilities General Guidance: The following are guidelines for school facilities regarding the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Guidelines-

  • Hand washing should occur throughout the school day. Guidance for proper hand washing should be placed in all bathrooms in school facilities
  • Hand Sanitizer will be made available at all major entrances to the buildings. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms. If an employee has a disposable hand sanitizing bottle, it is recommended that the employee keep the bottle, and maintenance will refill with available solution
  • Social distancing and face masks/coverings/shields signage and other visual cues will be placed strategically around the buildings to help remind students, staff and visitors of guidelines set forth in this document
  • Trash receptacles will be increased in common space areas like lunchrooms and gymnasiums
  • The custodial department will monitor receptables frequently to minimize exposure
  • Maintenance will continually evaluate HVAC filters and change frequently
  • Water fountains will be shut off for student and staff use. Students and staff will be provided with their own water bottle or they may bring another water bottle or bottled water. Bottle filling stations will be accessible.
  • Lockers will be cleaned daily when in use. Lockers will be assigned to individual students. Shared lockers will not be allowed.
  • Maintenance and custodial departments will utilize CDC-recommended cleaning materials approved to reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • High touch areas will be prioritized for daily cleaning and at times mid-day cleaning
  • Teachers and students may assist with cleaning during the school day in classrooms
  • The Maintenance Department will provide cleaning agents to teachers in classrooms
  • Limiting non-school sponsored events and activities housed in school buildings may be essential to limiting the exposure or risk to students and staff. Outside groups will not use school buildings until the pandemic label is lifted.
  • Hybrid Learning Model General Guidance: The Hybrid Model of learning will allow students to receive part of their daily instruction in our buildings and part of their learning remotely at home. This model will allow USD 405 to reduce the number of students in our buildings while still being able to provide instruction for an in-person format. A decision to move to the Hybrid Model will be made by District Administration with guidance from the Rice County Health Department on the rate of spread and risks for exposure.

    PK-5 Hybrid Model: Direct instruction in the brick and mortar setting is critical for the success of skill development in our younger students. We feel that keeping our younger aged students in the building is best for our Hybrid Model. In doing so, we will limit the exposure of students to a smaller self-contained model. This will ensure daily supervision for our younger students and would allow older students to focus on their learning instead of providing instructional support and supervision to their younger peers.

  • All personnel and space will be utilized throughout the day to create smaller cohort self- contained classes. Specials teachers will work with grade level teachers to develop lesson plans, deliver lessons, assist students, and evaluate student progress.
  • Teachers would teach all contents, including specials, to students in their self-contained classrooms.
  • Students would remain self-contained with the same teacher all day (lunch, recess, etc.).
  • Lunch would be delivered to the classrooms.
  • Extend recess and movement opportunities to allow for brain breaks and some additional social interaction with smaller cohort groups.
  • LMS Hybrid Plan: The Lyons Middle School Hybrid Plan is designed to ensure students stay safe while still gaining a high-quality education. This plan will divide grade levels approximately in half to allow for social distancing in the building and ensure a safe environment for learning. Measures have been taken to address and meet the needs of all students while learning in person and remotely.

    Schedule:

  • Monday/Thursday - A group in building / B group remote learning
  • Tuesday/Friday - B group in building / A group remote learning
  • Wednesday - Remote Learning for all students with focus on skill building based on MTSS data *Wednesdays will be used for deep cleaning, IEP meetings, Teacher planning periods for the week (since in this model there would be no transitions/planning periods during the other school days), and Student Improvement Team Meetings.
  • Dividing Groups:
  • Groups A and B will be determined by students’ last name with adjustments made if needed to keep numbers low and families attending school on the same day.
  • Connecting with Students:
  • Each morning will start with a homeroom Zoom for all students.
  • Teachers will schedule a planned Zoom time for remote learning students to check-in/ask questions during the day.
  • Remote Learning:
  • Students will be given daily agendas with specific tasks/assignments/choice boards to be completed according to a set schedule. On Wednesdays, all students will focus on skill work based on their individual needs. Teachers will use Wednesdays to contact parents concerning specific student needs.
  • Communication Plan:
  • LMS staff will clearly communicate with parents the expectations for the hybrid model as they differ from the continuous learning model used in the spring.
  • Social media, mail, IC messages, emails, newsletters, and direct communication will occur to ensure parents are informed about the hybrid model.
  • Lyons High School Hybrid Plan: The Lyons High School Hybrid Plan is designed to ensure students stay safe while still gaining a high-quality education. This plan will divide grade levels approximately in half to allow for social distancing in the building and ensure a safe environment for learning. Measures have been taken to address and meet the needs of all students while learning in person and remotely.

    Schedule:

  • Monday/Thursday - A group in building / B group remote learning
  • Tuesday/Friday - B group in building / A group remote learning
  • Wednesday - Remote Learning for all students with focus on skill building based on student data *Wednesdays will be used for deep cleaning, IEP meetings, Teacher planning periods for the week (since in this model there would be no transitions/planning periods during the other school days), and Student Improvement Team Meetings.
  • Dividing Groups:
  • Groups A and B will be determined by students’ last name with adjustments made if needed to keep numbers low and families attending school on the same day.
  • Connecting with Students:
  • LHS will host Advisory Zooms for all students.
  • Teachers will schedule a planned communication time for remote learning students to check-in/ask questions during the day.
  • Communication Plan:
  • LHS staff will clearly communicate with parents the expectations for the hybrid model as they differ from the continuous learning model used in the spring.
  • Social media, mail, IC messages, emails, newsletters, and direct communication will occur to ensure parents are informed about the hybrid model.
  • Remote Learning Model General Guidance: Remote learning can take place if a student(s) is not able to attend school due to a COVID exposure, mild illness, hybrid model, or building closure. Remote Learning can also be the choice of the parent. Students will be provided an educational opportunity that meets similar competencies and/or standards for learning. Due to state regulations, parents are required to log hours of instruction for students. USD 405 will provide a log with a detailed explanation of the responsibilities of the parent and student. A decision to

    move to the Remote Learning Model will be made by District Administration with guidance from the Rice County Health Department on the rate of spread and risks for exposure.

    PK-5 Remote Learning Plan: PK-5 remote learning will be accomplished through Seesaw. Remote learning may be virtual and/or packet depending on certain family situations. Remote learning will take place when USD 405 students are not able to attend in person due to parent preference, COVID exposure, mild illness, hybrid model, or building closure. This plan is designed to provide a platform that allows student learning to continue when the need arises based on any of the above circumstances.

    Teacher Expectations:

  • Daily contact with students
  • Daily video/virtual contact with individual/groups and/or class
  • Lessons will be conducted in real-time by the teacher(s)
  • Lessons may need to be recorded by the teacher to be shared with students and/or other teachers
  • Includes assessments and grading of competencies
  • Grade level team planning
  • Use Seesaw platform
  • Student/Family Expectations:
  • At least 6 hours a day
  • Direct instruction 1-3 hours, with additional individual work time expected (math, reading/writing, science, social studies, physical and health education, music education, STEAM education, library education, social/emotional education)
  • Accountability-families keep a daily log that student and parent must sign and submit
  • Daily contact with teacher
  • Completion of work by specific times
  • Use Seesaw, Google or other web conferencing/collaboration platform
  • Please contact the office at 620-257-5624 for Park Elementary or 620-257-5612 for Central Elementary by 8:00 am if your child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment, or will be participating in remote learning for the day.
  • District Expectations:
  • A device will be provided for each student
  • Technology support for teachers and families
  • Support with family contact if needed
  • Lyons Middle School Remote Learning Plan: Remote learning will take place when USD 405 students are not able to attend LMS due to parent preference, COVID exposure, mild illness, hybrid model, or building closure. This plan is designed to provide a platform that allows student learning to continue when the need arises based on any of the above circumstances.

    Teacher Expectations:

  • Teachers will connect daily with students via telephone and/or video conferencing and weekly with parents with their preferred method of communication.
  • Teachers will increase communication with students and parents based on student needs.
  • Teachers will provide six hours of a variety of online/at-home engaging learning experiences for students based on competencies provided by the state.
  • Teachers will provide a daily log to students/parents.
  • Student/Family Expectations:
  • Students will participate in daily telephone and/or video meetings with their teachers.
  • Parents will stay continuously engaged in communication with their student’s teachers.
  • Students will participate in and complete six hours of teacher assigned learning activities.
  • Students will log their progress daily.
  • Student and parent(s)/responsible adult will sign the student’s daily log verifying completion of work.
  • The daily log will be submitted to the assigned teacher.
  • Please contact the office at 620-257-3961 by 8:00 am if your child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment, or will be participating in remote learning for the day.
  • Drop off procedures will be established for students who need to physically turn in work
  • Technology Expectations:
  • USD 405 will provide devices for remote learning
  • Students will follow the signed technology acceptable use policy upon enrollment
  • Devices are for student school use only
  • Students/parents will contact the district’s tech support for assistance with tech issues
  • Hybrid Wednesdays:
  • Students will complete a set number of choice board activities provided by teachers
  • Choice boards will include a mix of skill based and extra-curricular activities
  • Six hours of activity is required and will follow the guidelines above
  • Lyons High School Remote Learning Plan: Remote learning will take place when USD 405 students are not able to attend LHS due to parent preference, COVID exposure, mild illness, hybrid model, or building closure. This plan is designed to provide a platform that allows student learning to continue when the need arises based on any of the above circumstances.

    Teacher Expectations:

  • Teachers will connect daily with students via telephone and/or video conferencing and weekly with parents with their preferred method of communication.
  • Teachers will increase communication with students and parents based on student needs.
  • Teachers will provide six hours of a variety of online/at-home engaging learning experiences for students based on competencies provided by the state.
  • Teachers will provide a daily log to students/parents.
  • Student/Family Expectations:
  • Students will participate in daily telephone and/or video meetings with their teachers.
  • Parents will stay continuously engaged in communication with their student’s teachers.
  • Students will participate in and complete six hours of teacher assigned learning activities.
  • Students will log their progress daily.
  • Student and parent(s)/responsible adult will sign the student’s daily log verifying completion of work.
  • The daily log will be submitted to the assigned teacher.
  • Please contact the office at 620-257-5114 by 8:00 am if your child is sick, has a doctor’s appointment, or will be participating in remote learning for the day.
  • Drop off procedures will be established for students who need to physically turn in work
  • Technology Expectations:
  • USD 405 will provide devices for remote learning.
  • Students will follow the signed technology acceptable use policy upon enrollment.
  • Devices are for student school use only
  • Students/parents will contact the district’s tech support for assistance with tech issues.
  • All student handbook and attendance policies apply during remote learning unless otherwise noted.