July 31, 2020
Dear Delwood Families,
As you know, there has been endless guidance by the Governor’s Office, Department of Education, Iowa Department of Public Health and local agencies regarding The Return To Learn Plans for the upcoming year. The challenging and often frustrating part of developing and communicating plans has been the changing guidance. Since June 25 and even yesterday, there has been monumental changes to new guidance at the state level that has forced districts to publicly change plan after plan.
To recap, we have a face to face learning model, a Remote Learning Option for families that are not comfortable yet with a face to face learning environment and a Remote Learning model if we were to shut down the building and be completely online for everyone.
Yesterday, we met with staff to go over what our face to face learning plan could look like. We have a very detailed plan that includes classroom settings, cleaning, moving about the building, lunch schedules and recess. The face to face learning is what we plan to open with on Aug. 24. I would like to share the work that has been completed for this to occur. I have included the basics for each model and there would be more details released if we went completely online as a building.
Another area that will impact Delwood slightly this year is the transporting of 7-12 grade Delwood students to Maquoketa. Maquoketa has canceled their Wednesday Early Dismissals, PD throughout the year and will have remote learning on Fridays. Delwood will continue to transport and pickup students to Maquoketa and we will make sure that busing will not be interrupted for any of our PK-6 and our students attending Maquoketa. We will be having conversations with 7-12 grade families that use the Delwood busing to better understand their needs.
Please understand that this year is going to be different in so many ways. We are trying to plan something that we have never been asked to do before. We will need everyone’s grace and flexibility as we enter the New Year. We are trying to put the best educational plan we can in place along with providing a safe and secure atmosphere for staff and students to flourish in.
Important dates and items for the 2020-2021 year-
*2020-2021 Calendar has not changed
*Please provide a water bottle for child to fill during the day
*Designated Grade Level Entrances/Exits
*Staggered release times at the end of the day-
3:20- Students walking
3:25- Students being picked up
3:30- Bus and after school
*Washing Hands- Before Lunch and After lunch and after recess.
*Hand Sanitizer-Before specials and after, entering room in morning and before leaving school, entering the room after transitions
*Sanitize Tables when transition occurs between same grade levels
*End of the Day-Teachers spray and wipe desks and hard surfaces
*Wipe down cafe tables and seats after each lunch
*Custodial staff wiping down and sanitizing high contact areas during the day
*Buses wiped down daily before and after routes. Social distancing when feasible. Masks recommended
*Masks/Face shields optional at this time. All staff will be provided a personal face shield
*Desks in classrooms social distanced/Some classes will be split
*Plexi glass dividers for students/staff for small group instruction
*Plexi glass protection for front office and cafeteria, silverware prepackaged
*Limiting visitors during the day.
*Large assemblies and field trips canceled for at least the first semester
1. Face to Face Return With All Students-
*Parents please check the student's temperature in the morning. 100.4 is the threshold for fever. Also, be aware of any potential symptoms-
High Risk- new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of
taste or smell
Low Risk- fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose,
congestion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Students should be kept at home if they are exhibiting ANY of the High Risk Symptoms or TWO OR MORE of the Low Risk Symptoms. Families are advised to seek an evaluation by a healthcare provider.
*If a positive case of Covid-19 occurs we will follow State and local health agency
protocol. This information is being developed with State and Local Guidance.
*Students enter the building in a staggered time/fashion from different locations.
Before school students line up at their designated entrance.
7:50 students enter and put items in lockers and go right back outside.
Students exit outside through the same doors to the playground..
Support staff on duty explain grade level locations for before school recess.
8:05 Students line up on spots on the playground and then are released to their specific entrance and they will go to their designated classroom. If students are in a split class they will go to that split room.
(Students will use these grade level entrances and exits throughout the entire day)
North PK Classroom Doors- PK and Childcare
West Preschool Hall Doors- K and 1st
Front Door- 2nd and 3rd
South Side Door- 4th, 5th and 6th
West Cafe Door- Breakfast students
If it is raining- Will be in the gym spaced out
*Some classes separated between a teacher and support staff for core classes. Students will switch after instruction is delivered.
K- STEM room (Para Support)
1st- In classroom all together with social distancing
2nd- In classroom all together with social distancing
3rd- Library (Para Support)
4th- Intervention room (Para Support)
5th- Afterschool room (Para Support)
6th- In classroom all together with social distancing
*Movement within the building will be controlled with little interaction between grades.
Grade levels will have specific routes that are specific for specials
*Staggered lunches and social distancing
* Students will enter the door, get food, get milk, and will follow line to a seat that will be marked for them to sit. There will be a green circle on either the seat or top of table.
*Recess will be grade level controlled and monitored
*Staggered dismissal at the end of the day by 10 minutes for town and bus.
*Town students leave at 3:20
*Students being picked up 3:25
*Bus/Afterschool Students 3:30
*Dismissal through the same door as the entrance in morning.
*Drinking fountains only for filling. (Water Bottles Brought from Home)
*Lockers will be assigned to reduce interaction between grade levels
2. Option For Families That Choose To Stay At Home- (More Detailed Information Available)
If families choose the remote learning option of Edgenuity there will be a
time commitment of a semester (Aug. 24-Jan. 4) before coming back for face to
face learning. Families will have the option to continue the 2nd semester
of Edgenuity if desired. A technology device will be provided by the Delwood
District if needed.
*School District will purchase an on-line curriculum called Edgenuity. Edgenuity is a K-12 On-Line Curriculum that provides Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and electives
*Edgeunity provides a certified, highly qualified Iowa Teacher for coursework.
*This is the recommended time for Edgenuity coursework per day-
Language Arts- 60-75 Minutes per day
Math- 45-60 Minutes per day
Social Studies- 30-45 minutes per day
Science- 30-45 minutes per day
Other- Art/Music- 30-45 minutes 2X per week
*All courses include videos for every module, independent study, tutorial videos, learning support tools and student dashboard for parents to see and monitor. Delwood teachers could see dashboard and have access to progress and grades.
* Parent/Adult support needed
* All coursework is required and mandatory.
* Attendance is mandatory and will be monitored for state accountability
Please contact the school for more information or to sign up. Deadline to sign up is August 14th.
3.Remote Learning For All Students-
If the local county Covid positivity percentages reach 15-20% over a 14
Day period AND there is 10% absenteeism among students, the school district has the
option to request a temporary 14 day waiver from the State of Iowa to close the
building or district.
*Google Classroom will be the online format used by teachers, students and families for finding assignments, videos and feedback.
*Specific expectations for students, families and teachers have been developed.
* Expectations for families, students and staff for daily/weekly learning.
*All students will have access to a tech device- (IPADS K-2) (Chromebooks 3-6)
*We will be instructing and teaching students during the first 2 weeks of school how to access Google Classroom, view assignments and view videos.
I hope this helps with the understanding of what we are planning to accomplish this year. Remember that these plans are fluid and could potentially change at any time based on guidance from the Dept. of Ed, Governor’s Office, IDPH and local health agencies. There will be challenges but we will get through them together. Please contact Mr. Marshall or myself if you have questions about the 1) Face to Face Plan, 2) The Remote Learning Option or 3) The Remote Learning Plan for entire building.
Todd Hawley and Marty Marshall