Bright Local School District - Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan

Bright Local School District

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan 

In compliance with American Rescue Plan: 
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ARP ESSER)


This plan was developed in coordination between district certified and non-certified staff, administrators, students, parents, and community agencies.


As we plan for the return to In-person instruction we must recognize the Covid-19 virus is still a threat to the safety and welfare of our staff and students. The Bright Local School District must be vigilant in our approach to ensure the safety of all our stakeholders as a result the following principles will guide our district as we move forward with the opening of schools.

  1. The Bright Local School District will implement recommended safety protocols to the highest degree possible.

  2. The Bright Local School District will work closely with the Highland County Health Department to promote health and safety in all school buildings

  3. The Bright Local School District will be transparent with all stakeholders that some level of risk will always be present when children and school district employees occupy school facilities.


UNIVERSAL AND CORRECT WEARING OF MASK


Effective June 2, 2021, The mask mandate for the State of Ohio will expire. However, we will continue to follow the Governor's orders and have created the following face-covering guidelines should the order be reinstated.


All school staff and volunteers must wear face coverings unless it is unsafe to do so or where doing so would significantly interfere with the learning process.


Exceptions include:

  • Facial coverings in the school setting are prohibited by law or regulation

  • Facial coverings violate documented industry standards.

  • Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons.

  • The facial covering violates school documented safety policies.

  • Facial coverings are not required when the staff works alone in an assigned work area.

  • There is a functional (practical) reason for a staff member to not wear a facial covering in the workplace.


Face shields can be used as an alternative to cloth face coverings.



PHYSICAL DISTANCING


The Bright Local School District will implement the recommended safety protocols but any students who attend school will incur some levels of risk. The district will decrease the likelihood of infection with hygiene, cleaning, and safety procedures, but being in a public place has a certain level of risk that cannot be eliminated.


HANDWASHING AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE


  • The district will reinforce frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among teachers, students, and staff.

  • The district has provided multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings as well as placing visual clues such as handwashing educational posters.

  • The district has provided touchless water stations to decrease the possible spread of the virus.


CLEANING FACILITIES/VENTILATION


  • The district will continue to disinfect and sanitize common areas based on a schedule provided by the administration. The custodians will ensure that staff is provided with daily disinfectant spray and paper towels for the daily cleaning of the student desk. 

  • The district will contract with a heating and air conditioning vendor to replace the heating/air controls system (‘21-’22) including the addition of an air quality control system.

  • The district will purchase additional sanitation/cleaning supplies including 2 new floor scrubbers, carpet cleaners, and sweepers.

  • The district will add air hand dryers in the Elementary for increased sanitation.


VACCINATIONS


  • The district will continue to coordinate with the Highland County Health Department to provide vaccinations and release time to our staff.

  • The district will continue to coordinate with the Highland County Health Department to provide vaccination opportunities for our students.


TRANSPORTATION

  • The district will allow two students per seat and in some cases three if the students are younger and therefore smaller.

  • The district will continue to sanitize busses regularly.


FOOD SERVICE

  • The district will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch for the ‘21-’22 school year in compliance with all state and local requirements

  • The district will continue to provide meals for identified students through the Seamless Summer Food program throughout the summer of 2021.


STUDENT ILLNESS

Any student with a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit should stay home.


Any student that has the following symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home from school and should see a primary care provider to be assessed for COVID -19

  • Any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever (measured or subjective), chills, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, GI issues ( nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)


RETURNING TO SCHOOL AFTER ILLNESS

  • If a student is diagnosed as having COVID-19, they must meet the following criteria to return to school:

  • 3 days with no fever (without using fever-reducing medication) AND

  • Other symptoms improved AND

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared

Students that only have a fever and no other symptoms and have not had any contact with an individual that as COVID- 19, may return to school after he/she has been fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication.


Any other illnesses should be handled routinely according to our district policies


To return to school the child must be transported to school by the parent and checked by the school nurse.


Communication of a positive COVID-19 case in a student or staff member will be developed in cooperation with the Highland County Health Department.


CONTINUITY OF SERVICES 

  • The district will use data collected through several sources including IXL program, STAR reading, Edulastic, Reflex math assessments, Reading Fluency data, classroom assessments, and RTI data. This data will be analyzed to determine student areas of need. Instruction will be differentiated to meet the needs of all students. Each grade level or the curricular area  will determine measurable learning objectives and clear instructional plans will be developed that focus on targeted deficient in content areas

  • The district will offer a summer learning program for both High school and Elementary students. The Whiteoak High school program will utilize data to identify the most significant needs. The program will run from 9:00 to 12:00 daily (June 1st through 11th) and will focus on credit recovery and learning loss. The  Bright Elementary program will be held from June 1st through June 4th and will be from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm daily. Transportation will be provided as well as lunch. Students will receive intense individualized instruction in each of the core subject areas.

  • The district will continue to provide a Student Health and Wellness Coordinator to address the students’ social and mental health needs. The district will continue to collaborate with The Counseling Source to provide mental health services to identified students.

  • The district will continue to build its technology infrastructure utilizing ESSER funds to provide 1-1 Chromebook technology for all students K-12, to be used both at home and at school.

  • Teachers will be provided Chromebooks with cameras for possible remote learning. 

  • Teachers will be provided with upgraded interactive teaching boards

  • The district will hire two Academic Coaches/ STEM tutors to specifically address learning loss and provide remediation to struggling students. 

  • The district will add a fourth section of Kindergarten to reduce class-size numbers and increase physical distancing.

  • The district will paint and re-floor the old gym to create additional student space for classrooms and professional development for staff. 

  • The district will add additional storage facilities to assist in the storage of additional sanitation supplies and provide increased student physical spacing within each building. 

  • The district will add new school busses to address crowding on busses and to assure proper physical distancing.

  • The district will upgrade our playground equipment at the elementary campus to assure proper physical distancing at recess. 

  • The district will add an extra special education aide to address the specific learning needs of students with disabilities. 


REVIEW AND PUBLIC INPUT


  • The Bright Local School District will review this plan bi-annually through September 30, 2023

  • The Bright Local School District will hold a public forum to review the plan on June 23, 2021, prior to the regularly scheduled Board meeting.


This document is subject to change due to state and local health department guidelines or Governor’s orders













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