Return to In-Person Learning Five Days per Week

Huntsville City Schools (HCS) leaders announced plans during Thursday night’s board of education work session for traditional students to return to school Mondays through Fridays for the second nine weeks beginning Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.  To find out more, please click the more information button below:

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BES Re-Entry Plan

Dear Blossomwood Families,

We are excited about our district’s efforts to begin allowing our students to return to campus! The first step calls for grades PreK - 6 “traditional” students to return to the school building starting Monday, September 14th on a staggered schedule using a Cohort A/Cohort B model.

This is meant to provide the most up-to-date information for your family, and we ask that you keep the following principles in mind as we move forward this year:

  • Things change and progress requires change as well as flexibility from each of us.

  • People have widely varying concerns and opinions about face coverings, social distancing, and other limits related to the current health situation. Please be respectful of other perspectives.

  • Every student, every parent, and every staff member will be respected and valued. Please share your encouragement, concerns, and suggestions to the appropriate party: teacher, counselor, administrator, or PTA.

  • This has been and continues to be a time of high stress for both our families and our teachers.

  • Together we will succeed. #CollectivelyCommitedToExcellence  

Cohort Calendar: (See HCS Reset Plan - p. 40)

  • The Cohort calendar will allow you to know the days your child will attend in-person classes.

  • Please remember that this does not impact students enrolled in the Huntsville Virtual Academy (HVA).

COHORT A

COHORT B

August: 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 31

August:  20, 21, 26, 27, 28

September:  1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29

September:  3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30

October:  12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28

October:  1, 2, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30

November:  2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 30

November:  4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

December:  1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 21, 22

December:  2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

January:  4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 19, 20, 25, 26

January:  7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

February:  1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 16, 17, 22, 23

February:  4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

March:  1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23

March:  4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

April:  5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27

April:  8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

May:  3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25

May:  6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

TOTAL DAYS IN-SCHOOL:  89

TOTAL DAYS IN-SCHOOL:  89

  • Please keep in mind that due to the unusual nature of this school year class rolls are subject to change in order to keep classroom numbers balanced.

Wellness Screening at Home:

  • The first line of defense is in the home. Below are a few symptoms that will necessitate your child staying at home. If you notice any of these, please contact our school nurse, Ms. Tiffinie Rupert, and keep your child at home.

    • Elevated temperature (100.4 or higher)

    • Exposure to someone that has tested positive for Covid-19 in the previous 48 hours

    • Symptoms of possible Covid-19

      • Fever of 100.4 or higher

      • Chills

      • New cough or shortness of breath

      • Recent loss of taste and/or smell

      • Nausea and/or diarrhea in the previous 24 hours

  • Parents will be asked to take their students’ temperature within thirty minutes of school drop-off. Per Alabama Dept. of Public Health (ADPH), any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher MUST be kept at home.

  • Students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (Tylenol, Advil, etc.) before returning to school.

Facial Coverings:

  • Classroom teachers and other HCS employees will wear face coverings while on campus.

  • Students will wear face coverings while on campus except during a meal.

Arrival, Dismissal, and Campus Access: (More info coming on picking up your carline sign)

  • The school day is 8:00 am - 2:30 pm. – Students will report to classrooms at 7:45 am.

  • Students can be dropped off at 7:30 am, but they must remain in their car until directed by a faculty member to exit and enter the building.

  • We will have all non-classroom teachers assisting with arrival and dismissal during the first two weeks of the staggered schedule to ensure students know how to get to and from his or her classroom.

  • Parents will not be allowed to walk their children to the classroom.

  • Check-in and check-out procedures will be accomplished by calling the school office at 256-428-7020 upon arrival and waiting in the parking lot for your child to be walked either in or out by an adult.  

  • There will be no check outs after 2:00 pm, and dismissal will begin at 2:30 pm.

  • Bus riders will be the first group to be dismissed. Then, the walkers will be released second.

  • Students, including car riders, will remain in their classrooms until their names are called.

  • All parents must go through the car line.  Parents will not be allowed to park and walk to pick up their students.

  • There will be five cars called at a time.  When these cars are loaded the next five cars will move through the line.

  • At this time, there will be no after school care offered.

  • If a student forgets his/her lunch or laptop, parents may drop this off at the front lobby by calling the school office at 256-428-7020.

  • Please make every effort to get to school on time each morning for your child’s scheduled face to face instructional days. If your child is tardy, parents/guardians must park, come to the front doors and ring the doorbell to check in your child. Upon entering the lobby you must: wear your mask, sanitize your hands (we have sanitizer available), have your temperature checked, and answer a few health questions. Parents will not be allowed to enter the school past the lobby/office area at this time.

Classroom Hygiene Procedures:

  • Custodial staff will sanitize classrooms and common areas daily.

  • When feasible, desks and tables will be cleaned during transition times.

  • Students will not be allowed to share items, supplies, or equipment with each other.

  • Student desks will be spaced apart as much as possible and will be in forward-facing rows.

  • Student desk assignments will be implemented in all classrooms.

  • Personal items brought to and from home should be limited, easy to clean and disinfect, and stored in individual containers. Non-essential items should not be brought to school.

  • Each classroom will have hand sanitizer, paper towels, and sanitizing spray.

Breakfast/ Lunch and Water:

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served in the classrooms.

  • There will be no sharing of food. At this time, parents may not send snacks or food to share with other students.

  • Money can be placed in students account through EZSchoolPay.com

  • There will be a limited number of a la carte items offered each day.

  • Trash from breakfast and lunch will be collected by custodian following each meal.

  • It is suggested that each student bring a water bottle each day with their name written on it.

Transportation:

  • HCS will transport every student who meets pupil transportation criteria as outlined in the HCS student-parent handbook located on the HCS website.

  • While we are operating on a staggered schedule the buses will stop at every stop along a route on both A days and B days.  As the year progresses, routes and stops will be adjusted to reflect actual ridership.

  • Students will board the bus at their assigned stop, and they will be checked in by the driver according to the bus roster.

  • Driver will apply hand sanitizer to each student.

  • Students will proceed to the farthest empty seat as directed by the driver, ensuring that students do not pass other students.

  • Each student must wear a mask while on the bus.

  • There will only be one student per seat; however, siblings may sit two to a seat.

  • Students will exit the bus from the front to the back as directed by the driver.

  • Buses will be cleaned after morning routes as well as following evening routes.

  • Window will be open one notch to enable air circulation.

Social Distancing/Overall Hygiene:

  • Schools and campuses will be cleaned and disinfected frequently in accordance with ADPH and CDC guidance to include regularly disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces. In the event of a school or building closure, impacted campuses will be cleaned and disinfected.

  • Classrooms will be set up to maximize social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

  • The gym will be marked off to allow for social distancing.

  • The cafeteria tables are marked off to allow for the social distancing of students for morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.

  • Signage will be used to remind and direct both students and staff of appropriate health and wellness best practices.

  • Hallways will have spacing markings (paw prints) at six feet intervals to encourage social distancing.

  • Students will not check out library books at this time, but they will have access to an online library of digital books called MyOn.

  • Custodial staff will sanitize classrooms and common areas daily.

  • When feasible, desks and tables will be cleaned during transition times.

  • Students will not be allowed to share items, supplies, or equipment with each other.

  • All students, faculty, and staff will a wear mask on campus except during breakfast or lunch. Masks may be removed to eat and then put back on when finished. Consider adding a lanyard to your child’s mask to help them keep up with it throughout the day.

  • The playground is closed at this time, but students will go outside for recess as often as weather permits. Students will participate in non-contact, social distanced activities during recess. Shared equipment will not be used.

Staggered Schedule Instruction:

  • PE will take place in the gym and outside. Both areas will be spaced and marked to allow for social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

  • Students will participate in non-contact, social distanced activities during PE. Shared equipment will not be used.

  • Art, Music, ETA, Guidance, and Library classes will remain virtual.

  • Classroom teachers will instruct similarly to how they are instructing in the remote setting.

    • Teachers will teach both groups daily, whether students are face to face or remote. Remote students should log in for live lessons that the teacher is teaching to both remote and face to face. Teachers will continue to record and upload lessons to be viewed later if needed.

    • New lessons will be taught each day, so it is important that students who are not face to face either participate in the live lessons or watch the recording later.

    • Whether your child is in Cohort A or Cohort B, everyone will follow the same daily schedule. The only difference is one cohort will be face to face and the other will be tuning in remotely or watching the recorded lesson.

    • All assignments given will be due on Sunday. Assignments will be uploaded by Monday morning of each week.

Transitioning from face-to-face instruction to virtual instruction:

In the event student attendance is suspended, the following steps will be taken:

  • Students' instruction will return to remote learning.

  • Classroom teachers will send parent communication outlining instruction modes, how support will be provided, and how parents can contact teachers during remote learning.

  • A Schoolcast message will be sent out informing parents of the school closure and information will be placed on the school’s webpage.

Student Plan:

The following plan will be in place for students who become sick or have the need to self-isolate:

  • Parents are asked to notify the school should a student become sick or need to self-isolate.

  • The classroom teacher will assign work through the Schoology management system.

  • Parents will be notified of instructions on how to access and submit assignments.

  • Lessons will be recorded daily and uploaded into Schoology for student access.

  • The classroom teacher will provide instruction, assignments, and support virtually and/or telephone until the students return to the school campus.

Elementary Curriculum Resources:

Huntsville City Schools Literacy & Math Pathways-A compilation for teachers of best practices, procedures, routines, and resources designed to guide HCS teachers in providing effective, research-based literacy and math instruction.

SchoolsPLP-Fully virtual digital curriculum used for every core subject for traditional school and Huntsville Virtual Academy. This digital curriculum choice makes it easy to focus on the basics across all subject areas.

enVisionMATH – Math curriculum that focuses on deep conceptual math understanding aided by visual models, student-centered projects, 3-act tasks, and personalized learning.

 

Collaborative Literacy (Being a Reader, Making Meaning, Being a Writer, SIPPS)-Literacy curriculum whose programs and carefully selected trade books help children appreciate the ideas of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world.

Freckle Math-A supplemental math platform that covers K-9 standards. Students start off with a diagnostic, and after that, Freckle algorithms show them problems at their own skill level.

Lexia Core5-A supplemental reading platform that supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5.

MobyMax-Supplemental adaptive learning platform in all K-8 subjects. MobyMax offers differentiated learning that help close learning gaps.

Renaissance myON® Reader-A student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.

ChessKid-A supplemental engaging online chess curriculum where kids can learn and play chess and parents and coaches can teach chess.

Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and commitment.

Sincerely,
Bradley A. Scott, Ed.D.

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