Northwest school district unveils reopening plan
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Northwest Public School District announced its Return to School plan on Thursday as schools across the country figure out how to reopen amid this pandemic.
The Return to School plan provides a framework for how the district will respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the education program during the 2020-2021 school year.
Superintendent Jeff Edwards revealed the plan exactly two weeks before the start of the school, which is planned for August 13.
During his announcement, he wanted to caution that this plan is based on the information that the district knows at this time. He adds that what we’ve all learned in this pandemic is that change happens almost day to day.
There are number of different options being discussed for what school will look like in the fall. Schools across Nebraska and the country are trying to narrow down a plan.
Northwest Public Schools said they have two scenarios that they will be dealing with.
The first scenario is that school is back in session for all students and staff on August 13. This is the plan they are focusing on. It will encourage social distancing and also encourage face masks. There will be safety precautions implemented.
The second scenario will be remote learning. This will be necessary in the event of a mandated school closure of more than 2 weeks.
There are also two other scenarios in the plan but those will only be used if the education commissioner or governor mandates it.
The district will be taking it day by day using a Tier Model with guidance from the Central District Health department.
- Tier I: That is green and means there is zero to low risk of spread. School in session. Visitors are allowed in this tier and masks are optional. Students and staff will not be asked screening questions as they enter the facility and will not have their temperatures taken.
- Tier II: That is yellow and means moderate risk of spread. School in session. No visitors will be allowed but masks will remain optional. Students and staff may be asked screening questions and may have their temperatures checked upon entering.
- Tier III: That is orange for high risk of spread. School in session, modified or perhaps closed. Screening questions and temperature checks will be done. Masks may become required.
- Tier IV: That is red meaning severe risk of spread, school will likely be closed and learning will be done entirely online.
It goes into the plan for screening, academics, food service, cleaning, transportation, extracurricular activities and wellness. Each is broken down using the tier system, showing how each may be impacted depending on what tier schools fall into.
Superintendent Edwards stressed that if your student doesn’t feel well or is showing signs of COVID-19, they need to stay home.
“With everyone’s’ help, we’ll be able to navigate through this,” he said.
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