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Article: 2020-2021 Restart Update 8-7-20

2020-2021 Restart Update 8-7-20

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August 7, 2020

Tolles Families:

Over the past few years, I have found the Tolles’ community and our associate schools to be an extremely collaborative community that comes together to find solutions to issues. We do this with a strong sense of pride and dedication.  I recognize we will not all agree on how to facilitate school during COVID-19, and regardless, we will still work together to provide high-quality career-technical education to our students.

Our goal has been to create comprehensive instructional plans that provide flexibility to meet the ever-changing demands of COVID-19.  This summer we worked with several groups of people, including parents, medical professionals, teachers, students, and administrators to redesign and rethink the way in which we will approach the upcoming school year.  The Governor released guidelines which were used to solidify our plan: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/schools/K-12-Schools-Guidance.pdf

Comprehensive Plan:
After much collaboration, our workgroups landed on a spectrum of instructional delivery ranging from blended options to remote learning. There will be numerous considerations driving the instructional model decision:
 


Starting School:
In order to give staff ample time to prepare for new clearing procedures, flexible instructional plans, and professional development, our first day of school will be August 24th. Administrators have designed plans aligned to the Instructional Model, Blended 2 Learning, and will communicate directly with parents prior to the beginning of the school year. Transportation will be provided by our associate schools, and we encourage you to contact them with specific questions. Moreover, families are encouraged to visit our district website at http://www.tollestech.com/ to access information about the reopening of school. This can be found in the top banner. 
 

To start school, Tolles will operate on the Blended 2 Instructional Model:
-5 Hours of career-technical instruction divided into a morning block and an afternoon block
-90 minutes in the middle of the day for lunch and academic support
-Academic classes conducted remotely via Google Classroom
-Most Level I (First Year) students will be on campus either Monday or Tuesday with all academics online
-Most Level II (Second Year) students will be on campus either Thursday or Friday with all academics online
-All students can schedule additional assistance and schedule time to come to school outside of their scheduled day(s) in half-day or full-day increments.  Details forthcoming.
-Families will be contacted with specific schedules based on the career-technical lab their student is attending.
-Student orientation to get to know the staff and especially academic teachers, will be held in the first two weeks of school.  It is important that we know our students to design the best possible educational environment for them. 
-All students in career-technical labs will receive two (2) hours of remote instruction in their career-technical classes each week, in addition to the days they will attend the Tolles Career Campus for full-day, hands-on learning.  Students who are Half-Day Students have the option to enroll in online academics with their associate school or work with Tolles and their associate school administrators to be excused from attendance of some academic classes in lieu of full-days of training at Tolles.
-Families with more than one student attending Tolles should contact the Career Campus Office.  We will work to coordinate schedules as much as possible.  614-873-4666

More detailed information on our planning process, Blended 2, and health and safety protocols can be found here:  Tolles Restart Plan 2020-2021.

Health and Safety Guidelines:

      At Home Symptom Checks - 
            Every day families and staff must commit to the following risk assessment:

  • In the last 14 days, have you been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, has coronavirus, or is under evaluation for coronavirus?
  • In the last 72 hours, have you experienced any of the following symptoms?
    • Chills or a fever of 100.00F
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea  

     

    ****If the answer is YES to ANY of the above questions or symptoms, you cannot come to school!

     

-In-School Sickness: The building has a designated quarantine room. If a student displays symptoms of COVID-19 during school hours, he/she will be separated from other students and monitored by health clinic staff in the designated quarantine room until a parent arrives.  The parent will be asked to take the child for testing.  Staff members that display the symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and referred for COVID-19 testing. Communication of COVID-19 cases or exposures will come from Tolles, in Partnership with Madison County Public Health.

  
-Facial Coverings - All staff members are required to wear cloth facial coverings.  All students will be required to wear cloth facial coverings.  Tolles Face Covering Policy can be found here. Tolles Face Covering Policy


-Hygiene Practices - Our schools will implement regular hygiene practices throughout the school day. This will include hand washing or hand sanitizing when entering new spaces, hand washing throughout the day, utilizing refillable water bottles instead of drinking fountains, minimizing shared materials, and other practices to help keep each other healthy.

 
-Physical Distancing - The guidelines recommend 6 feet of space between individuals within the school building. This is not easy given the social and relationship-driven nature of school buildings; however, we must do our absolute best to ensure a distance of 6 feet.  Per state guidance, physical distancing is not considered a substitute for wearing cloth masks, rather cloth masks and social distancing must both be utilized concurrently to add another layer of prevention. Wearing cloth masks are even more essential when physical distancing is difficult.

Technology:
Regardless of the school instructional level throughout the school year, each student will be assigned an iPad to use.  On-site students will continue to use normal procedures when they encounter any technical issues.  Off-site students will email ccrain@tollestech.com when they encounter any technical issues.

Routine Cleaning:
The following mitigation plan will be in effect throughout the school year:
-Staff must reduce the number of shared objects in classrooms, common areas, and offices
-Teachers wipe down classroom desks, light switches, and doorknobs between class changes or at the end of each day
-Staff clean copy areas/lounge/workrooms after use
-Air is regularly, actively circulated out of the building
-Support staff will wipe down light switches, doorknobs, and tabletops in their areas periodically during the workday
-Tabletops and high touch areas will be cleaned throughout the day 
-Trash cans will be emptied regularly and not allowed to overflow
-All common areas including restrooms will be cleaned by custodial teams daily
-All classrooms will be disinfected by custodial teams each ‘off day’ during the week, or daily as the school schedule dictates

Food Service:
All meal lines in the cafeteria have physical distancing measures in place. Lines will be directional with visual guides to assist in moving foot traffic efficiently through the kitchen areas. There will be no self-service.

Parents are strongly encouraged to prepay for fees, breakfast, and lunches with MyPaymentsPlus in order to limit contact.  Online 24/7 at  MyPaymentsPlus.
Meals will be a 'grab and go' option to be eaten in the classroom or an area designated by administration. Options are being explored to address families with hardship who need a school meal when they have a scheduled day of at-home learning.

Social-Emotional Support:
Regardless of the school instructional model throughout the school year, we are committed to supporting your student’s academic and social-emotional needs. Further, we recognize that our students and families have experienced a variety of events and hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, closures, and restrictions. School counselors, along with partners such as Syntero, are available to students.

For updated information, please check out the top banner at www.tollestech.com.

Together we will LIFT ALL STUDENTS!

Sincerely,

Emmy Beeson
Superintendent

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