Virtual Parent Town Hall
Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli hosted a virtual town hall on Monday, October 19th to discuss the hybrid and virtual learning plans. Chief of Elementary Schools, Wyetta Hayden, and Chief of Secondary Schools, Erin Dooley, accompanied Dr. Lolli to discuss specific school information.
Below is a recap of the information shared during this town hall.
Each morning, we ask that parents check their student’s temperature, and check for symptoms of COVID-19, before students get on a DPS bus or are dropped off at school.
All students must wear face masks when moving or sitting on a bus.
Buses will be loaded back to front, so that students being dropped off first are seated closest to the front. In the mornings, students being picked up first will be seated in the back. This will ensure students do not cross one another’s path while entering or exiting.
Students must wear face masks while riding the bus. Bus drivers will also be wearing face masks.
Students will also have temperature and symptom checks upon arrival at school.
If a student has a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, he or she will be isolated and monitored by the school nurse until a parent arrives to pick them up.
Students must wear face masks. Masks will be provided by the district.
Face shields while sitting 6 feet apart and not moving can be used for “mask breaks” in classrooms.
Face shields provided by the district must be left at school. Each day, as appropriate, students will sanitize their shields with disinfecting wipes.
All desks will be at least six feet apart, in accordance with the safety requirements set forth by the Health Department.
All desks will be arranged in rows that face forward, and no small group pods or desks facing each other will be allowed.
At school, movement outside of the classroom will be minimized to prevent students from passing others or congregating in the hallways.
At the elementary level, teachers will change classrooms rather than students. For music, art and physical education classes, movement in the halls will be limited to one class at a time.
The high school and middle schools will remain on their current schedules with clearly defined traffic patterns and rules for student engagement in the halls. High school students will remain on the 75 minute period schedule to minimize hallway movement.
No visitors will be permitted in any school.
Each building will have a thorough cleaning and sanitation schedule. Areas such as bathrooms and cafeterias will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day, as will “hotspots” such as door knobs, railings and light switches. A deeper cleaning will take place when students are not present.
Plexiglass barriers will be in each main office to protect front desk workers and anyone entering the office. Plexiglass will also be in art rooms to separate students at tables and in various other rooms.
Each building will open windows to allow fresh air to circulate when appropriate, which may take place before or after school.
Students and staff must also practice proper handwashing. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
Hallways and staircases will have one-way lanes, markings on the floor will help students maintain a six-foot distance from others, and signs throughout the building will encourage frequent, proper handwashing.
Lunch will still be served in the cafeterias. However, plexiglass between seats has been installed. Students will be staggered in a seating pattern to assure distancing.
All DPS staff will also follow strict preventative measures.
All employees currently have their temperatures taken and are screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day upon arrival.
If an employee suspects COVID-19 prior to arriving at work, he or she is asked to stay home and contact his or her healthcare provider immediately.
If an employee has a high temperature or symptoms upon arrival at the building, he or she must leave the building immediately and seek guidance from a healthcare provider.
If an employee is positive for COVID-19, his or her workspace is shut down immediately and thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
The district will contact the Montgomery County Department of health to facilitate contact tracing whenever there is a positive case of COVID-19.
Anyone identified by the health department as being potentially exposed to the virus must quarantine and contact his or her healthcare provider for guidance. He or she cannot return to work until a doctor has released them to do so.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing:
If an employee suspects COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, or has been identified by the health department as being potentially exposed is asked to remain home, contact his or her healthcare provider for guidance, and is not permitted to return to work without a doctor’s release.
Parents who suspect their student may have COVID-19 are asked to keep the student home, consult a doctor, and inform school personnel if there is a confirmed diagnosis.
The district works closely with the Department of Health whenever there is a positive case of COVID-19. The Department of Health will facilitate contact tracing.
Parents of students potentially exposed will be contacted. If the health department determines a positive case warrants a classroom or building shutdown, parents affected will be notified by the school immediately.
Due to federal privacy laws, the district cannot release the names of individuals affected, but will provide all relevant details to parents because we feel it is our responsibility to do so.
Each elementary building has announced its starting time. Students should arrive at school or log in at the building’s starting time.
The only day that the virtual face to face time is different will be on Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12. These days virtual face to face students will begin 90 minutes later, so the classroom teacher has time to review the safety procedures and requirements with the Monday Tuesday face to face students and then with the Thursday, Friday face to face students. Classes will begin for all face to face students (those who are attending virtually also) 90 minutes later than usual on those two dates
As buses bring our elementary students to school, there will be a staff member in position to take student temperature as they unload. For students that are car riders, family members should remain in their vehicles. A staff member will come to your car to check your students temperature. Students will not enter the building until they have been cleared through a temperature check.
Students should not bring anything to school — no book bags or back packs -— each student will receive their own container of school supplies that they will use at school. If a student chooses to bring lunch to school please make sure it is in a disposable container.
Students that have Chromebooks at home do not have to bring them to school.
Once students enter the building, they will follow routes that principals have determined to minimize cross traffic as much as possible. Breakfast remains Grab and Go.
Every building and all classrooms have developed safety plans to ensure transitions within the classroom and building are safe. There are stairwells designated as up and stairwells designated for going down. In addition we have markings for social distancing on our floors and reminders posted throughout the building. Students will become familiar with routines and procedures as they do at the start of every school year.
Reminder for our 4th - 6th grade departmentalized classrooms, Teachers travel, students do not. There will be NO community supplies used in any classroom. All supplies will be provided by the district and should be used only by the student they are assigned to.
There will be no paper pencil homework. When homework is required, it will be an online piece.
Elementary students will transition to bathroom, Unified Arts classes and lunch with appropriate social distancing.
Schedules have been created for whole group bathroom visits and also for travel to Art, Music and PE. Principals have designed alternate routes to limit cross traffic. Students will not change clothes for physical education.
We have purchased extra materials/supplies and special sanitizing supplies for unified arts classes, so that there will be no sharing without sanitizing.
Lunch times have been expanded. We will have more lunch periods with smaller sizes. We will have staggered entry and exit and adequate time to clean/sanitize between lunches. There will be a minimal number of students going through the line at a time. All students will be served. There will be no self service. In addition, plexiglass dividers will be placed on all lunchroom tables to enhance safety.
The curriculum will continue to be the Dayton Public School/Ohio Department of Education curriculum. The district pacing guides will be used to continue to progress through the required standards.
All testing will be done as it was before COVID-19. It is important for the student to attend class or log in on the virtual days from home. All students are responsible for the taught curriculum.
Each class should have a scheduled 15 minute recess, either connected with their lunch period or a separate recess supervised by the classroom teacher, and only that same core group of students. Students should wear masks to the designated play area, but they may remove their masks while playing and mask up before returning to the building. Each classroom should have recess equipment bags (a few balls, jump ropes...) that they will be required to sanitize daily. Students can play normally in small groups, without a mask but adults should be masked. Common area playground equipment will not be used in grades K - 6.
Dismissal: PM buses will need to be loaded by route stops from last off in back to first off in front.
Middle/High School Information:
Middle and high schools will start at 9:00 am. Middle school students eligible for transportation service will arrive at school at approximately 8:45 AM. Students will have their temperatures taken when getting off the bus, will enter the building, and will go through the normal security check. Some middle schools will have their students pick up breakfast items and take them to their classrooms and other schools will have breakfast items delivered to the classrooms.
7th and 8th graders who attend Edwin Joel Brown, Wogaman, and Wright Brothers middle schools will follow the same 6 period day that they have been following during our remote learning time. Stivers and Belmont 7th and 8th graders will follow the high school schedule.
Half the school will attend Monday and Tuesday and the other half of the school will attend on Thursday and Friday. No students will report to the building on Wednesdays, this is a virtual school day for everyone. It’s important to remember that all students are expected to participate in classes for 5 days each week. If you are in the Monday/Tuesday group, for example, you will still attend classes virtually on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Your teachers will be teaching new lessons each of the 5 days, so whether it’s your turn to learn in the building or you’re learning from home, school continues each and every day.
High school students should arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:45 AM. Students will have their temperatures taken, will go through the normal security check, and will follow the building’s plan for breakfast. All students should be in class ready to go at 9:00 AM. High school students will attend periods 1 - 4 on the first day, and periods 5 - 8 on the second day. HS students will attend all 8 classes on virtual Wednesday for shorter periods of time. Our transition back to school is occurring during the middle of the semester. HS students will finish the courses on their current schedules to ensure that credit is earned.
Middle school students at Wogaman, EJ Brown, and Wright Brothers WILL NOT have access to a locker. School personnel have created a building specific plan in which the expectation regarding coats, supplies, restroom, water, etc. have been addressed. These expectations will be shared and taught to students during their first week back to school. The plans were created to help students streamline the volume of items that they carry back/forth to school. All necessary school supplies will be provided for each student and will only be used by that student. Community classroom supplies such as staplers, hole punchers, scissors, etc. will have to be requested from the teacher. Therefore, backpacks ARE NOT necessary. Small purses, handbags and lunch boxes will be permitted to be carried, but will be subject to a search upon entry. Chromebooks that students are currently using at home should remain at home. Students may bring their own water bottle since drinking fountains will be closed. Water will be made available at each building.
In high schools, locker access will be limited. In order to maintain social distancing in hallways, students will be allowed access to their locker only at designated times. This impacts the items that students should bring to school. High school students may bring one backpack to school. We are expecting students to streamline the volume of items that are carried back/forth to school. High school students will need their own pencils, pens, paper, and notebooks — basic school supplies. Community classroom supplies such as staplers, hole punchers, scissors, etc., will have to be requested from the teacher so that those items can be cleaned before and after each use. Students will NOT need to carry their Chromebooks back and forth to school and should remain at home. Students may bring their own water bottle since drinking fountains will be closed. Water will be available in the cafeteria throughout the day.
Each building has developed a COVID-19 safety plan that aligns with that of the district. This plan outlines how student movement will occur between classes and in the cafeteria. Stairways have been designated as up or down, directional arrows are on the floors, and all students are to move in one direction on the right side of the hallway. Signage is posted to remind students to stay 6 feet apart. Each classroom teacher is developing a classroom-specific safety plan that defines how students are permitted to move inside the classroom. Procedures are defined so that students know how and when to turn in work, sharpen pencils, get a kleenex, or throw something in the trash can. It is important that students follow the classroom safety plan so that they remain socially distanced throughout the class period.
Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria. Plexiglass dividers will be placed on the cafeteria tables to create barriers between students. Cafeteria procedures for throwing away trash and moving in/out of the cafeteria are part of the building’s safety plan. Meals for three days will be sent home with students on their last day.
Because middle and high school students have to change classes and can’t move as one unified group, the student desks will be wiped down between classes. Before the class period ends, students will wipe down their desk and chair. When the next class comes in, the desk and chair will be wiped down by the incoming student. Therefore, each student desk/chair will be wiped down twice between classes.
Students who attend schools with uniforms will be required to wear their uniforms during the two days they are in the building. It is imperative that students wear their masks and shields at all times. A properly fitted mask covers the mouth and the nose, it does not hang down below the chin. Principals and teachers are not going to engage in power struggles about masks — it is the expectation that they will be properly worn throughout the day. If a student refuses to wear the mask, he or she may be moved to the virtual schooling option. Everyone in the building must follow the mask-wearing rules at all times.