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Norwood Public School Safe Return Plan 2021-2022
Norwood Public School Safe Return Plan 2021-2022
Superintendent Keith Fisher
Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Norwood Public School

In an effort to keep the campus of Norwood School open for the 2021-2022 school year, the following guidelines, practices, and protocols will be followed.  The district commits to being proactive in terms of safety and maintaining the health of all students, staff and patrons who visit the campus. Our procedures will be adjusted to observe the best practices possible under the most recent CDC and/or OSDH guidelines.  Therefore, this plan is ongoing and is subject to change and may be amended, added to, revised, edited, or changed at any time.

Safe Return Plan

2021-2022

Norwood Safe Return Plan Consultation Committee Members

Keith Fisher – Superintendent, Homeless Liaison,  JOM and Indian Education Coordinator

Rhonda Leatherman – Administrative Assistant, Federal Programs Director

Aerial Shrum – Parent Representative

Mark Vance – Deputy Executive Director Cherokee Nation Educational Services

Tammi  Ben – Teacher representative

Diana Garnatz – After School  Program Director

Tammy Hutchins – Child Nutrition Director

Terry Blue – Parent Representative

Jerri Welch – Technology Director

Michelle Gariepy – Teacher Representative

Kim Hahn – Special Education Director, Testing Coordinator

Chris Jenkins – Cherokee County Commissioner

 

Tim Leatherman – Director of Operations and Transportation


Health Protocols and Guidelines:

  1. All parents will be asked to ensure their children are free of all known Covid-19 symptoms before sending them to school each day.  Symptoms may include: 
  2. Students who arrive at school with any of the known symptoms listed above will be isolated at school until a parent/guardian arrives and then will be sent home until cleared by a medical doctor as being Covid-19 negative and fever free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication.
  3. Staff will continually monitor student’s health and temperatures will be taken if needed.  Students will be sent to the office for further evaluation if a student begins to display any known symptoms of the Covid-19 virus.
  4. Students and staff will wash hands frequently. Hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfecting wipes will be available in every classroom. Students will be instructed, and signs will be placed throughout campus on proper hand washing procedure.
  5. Students and staff will follow respiratory etiquette by covering mouth during coughs and sneezes.
  6. The district will regularly maintain and disinfect all high traffic areas such as halls, bathrooms, gym, cafeteria, playground, etc. This will help with the spread of the virus, but it will NOT guarantee that someone may contract the virus on campus.
  7. All HVAC units on campus will be set to operate during school hours to circulate air and to improve ventilation. Filters will be changed regularly and as needed. Our new ultraviolet disinfecting system will be utilized as well as our entry air curtains.
  8. Parents will notify the school if student has had known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have Covid-19 and if exposure to the active confirmed case occurred within the last 14 days. 
    • Norwood School will follow contact tracing and quarantine protocols and guidelines recommended by the CDC, OSDH, and/or Cherokee Nation Health Services, including the current recommendation of quarantine protocol for fully vaccinated individuals.
    • During required quarantine, students may continue lessons through distance learning and will be counted as present if distance learning attendance guidelines are followed. 
  9. If a student or staff member becomes infected and tests positive for COVID-19, that person will be isolated at home for the recommended days of isolation from the CDC, OSDH, and/or Cherokee Nation Health Services.
    • The District will report positive cases and/or contacts with positive cases, to the OSDH via the State Infection Reporting System.    
    • The areas of the school building where the individual spent more than 30 minutes will be disinfected with approved cleaners in accordance with CDC and/or OSDH guidelines. 
  10. At any time, we feel that it is in the best interest of our students and staff, or we can no longer reasonably meet the most recent CDC and OSDH guidelines, we will transition to Distance Learning.  Parents will be notified of school closures, positive cases, or quarantines via phone call, with our school app, letter from the district, or school website.
  11. Norwood School will partner with the Cherokee County Health Department and the Cherokee Nation Health Service to provide vaccinations for staff and students when recommended.  Norwood School will provide a location for vaccination administration to staff, students, or community if needed by either entity.
  12. Norwood School will partner with Cherokee County Health Department and the Cherokee Nation Health Service to provide diagnostic and Covid-19 screening testing as needed, for staff and students. 
  • Fever, greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Existing Law provides that anyone with a communicable disease is prohibited from attending a private or public school. It is the duty of the parent or guardian, and the school, to exclude such persons from school until the period of isolation or quarantine ordered for the case expires or until permission has been given by local health officers. See 63 O.S. § 1-507.
  • A parent that contacts the school in regard to their child that is experiencing any of the known symptoms, but has a doctors’ note that they are being treated for the cause of the symptom(s), are not contagious, and are fever free for 24 hours with no fever reducing medication, will be allowed to send their child to school.

 

Protocols and Guidelines for Parents and Students:

  1. Norwood School will refer to the CDC and/or OSHD guidelines when making decisions in the categories of instruction, health protocols, and activities. The Superintendent will also take an Oklahoma State of Emergency Declaration into consideration.  We will use data provided by OSDH on community transmission of Covid-19 to guide our recommendations and protocols. 
  2. Norwood School will follow CDC and/or OSHD recommendations on masking for fully vaccinated individuals. 
  3. 3.The Norwood Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to determine the level of masking appropriate for the District, given the circumstances in the community and the reasons listed above. The Superintendent shall designate a level of masking as specified in the Norwood Masking Policy. 
  4. Students will be issued (1) face mask or bring their own if desired and must have one each day when the District is in a level that requires student masking. Masks must be cloth or disposable masks of tightly woven material or clear, solid face shield.  Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.  Students with disabilities will be provided modified face coverings to meet specific needs. 
  5. Every effort will be made to maintain the CDC recommended distance between the students at school, when possible.
  6. Entrance inside the school buildings for parents and visitors will be limited and only as needed.  Parents are encouraged to conduct school business via phone, text, or email. The office will have plexiglass sheeting across the office counters to shield patrons and staff from each other.
  7. While on campus, parents/guardians agree to follow the masking policy level and social distancing requirements that are currently in place.
  8. Students will need to bring a clean, non-breakable water bottle to school each day.  Drinking fountains use will be limited and we will use water bottle fill stations.
  9. Parent/Teacher Conferences, Open House, and Family Night will be held in person if possible. 
  10. Students who plan to start school in Virtual or Distance Learning, will need to attend an orientation session on August 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to pick-up electronic devices, textbooks, paper packets, and sign a learning contract. 
  11. We will offer the afterschool program until 5:30 pm.  All protocols in this document, apply to the afterschool program. 
  12. Code of Conduct: Students are expected to adhere to all public health guidelines, protocols, and procedures. Attendance at school will serve as agreement to these terms.
  • Level 1: All individuals—including students, staff, and visitors—may wear masks while on school premises or while engaged in school-sponsored activities. Mask usage is optional.
  • Level 2: Visitors must wear masks on school premises.  Students and staff are highly encouraged to wear masks but are not required.  Students must wear masks on school bus.   
  • Level 3: Staff and visitors must wear masks on school premises.  Students on school premises or engaged in school-sponsored activities must wear masks in situations where social distancing is unlikely or impossible but may otherwise remove their masks. For example, students must wear masks on school buses and when traveling outside classrooms but may not be required to wear masks in classrooms. Teachers may determine when students are required to wear masks in their classrooms, subject to administrative approval.
  • Level 4: All individuals—including students, staff, and visitors—must wear masks while on school premises, on school buses, or while engaged in school-sponsored activities.

The Superintendent shall provide notice to the school community if the masking level moves beyond Level 1.   When mask wearing is not mandated, individuals who prefer to wear a mask may do so. As warranted under the circumstances, the Superintendent may designate a different level of masking at any time and will provide timely notice of any change in masking level to the school community.

Pathways and Continuity for Learning:

  1. Parents with students not already pre-enrolled, will enroll students for the 2021-2022 school year at the front office. Enrollment of students whose parents are unable to come to the school will be handled on an individual basis. All students, regardless of learning pathways, MUST have an enrollment form on file.
  2. The primary goal of Norwood School to continue to safely offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible.  We strongly believe the best educational opportunity is provided to our students through an in-person environment. 
  3. Norwood School will offer the following pathways to learning for the 2021-2022 school year:
    • OPTION 1 - Traditional Learning: Students will attend school in-person and full-time.  Students will be on campus working as traditional students. Students will be provided with curriculum and all materials needed as a traditional learner. Students will be accountable for the completion of all assignments and will be graded according to the grading procedure in the student handbook.  If Traditional Learning is selected, students will be required to stay in traditional learning for a period of (two) weeks before transitioning to a different option. Any changes in the pathway to learning must be approved by administration. Students will not be allowed to transition back and forth between options. An exception will be if a student is required to quarantine or if the school transitions to distance learning.   
    • OPTION 2 - Distance Learning:  Students will join their class fulltime from home using their school provided device via Google Meets. Students will be on the same daily schedule as the traditional students and taught by a Norwood teacher. Attendance will be taken daily/hourly for distant learners or as required by teacher. Students will be provided the same curriculum and materials as a traditional student. Students should make themselves presentable, just as they would be if they were in a traditional setting. Students should be the only person on our Google meets. If a parent has a concern, they should contact the teacher or administration privately.  Students will be accountable for the completion of all assignments and will be graded according to the grading procedure in the student handbook. The teacher will be the authority in the classroom. This option is open to all students, PK through 8th grade. This option must be approved by administration.   Parent and student will be required to sign a Distance Learning Contract.  If a student is not successful in this option (poor attendance, multiple assignments not completed, or failing grades), the student will be required to transition to Traditional Learning.    
    • OPTION 3Blended  Learning:  We will use this path for any student that is enrolled traditionally but because of health concerns, such as quarantined because of Covid19, cannot be present for a period of time.  That student would automatically transition to our virtual program until the time they could return to the traditional setting.  This will require approval from administration.  This will ensure the student’s educational process won’t be interrupted.
  4. Norwood School has made plans for continuity of learning to exist alongside planning and responding to loss of learning through modifications of curriculum, pacing, targeted assessment, and remediation opportunities.  Teachers will continue to guide instruction and create lessons with evidence-based curriculum.  Focused and targeted instruction will occur in all classrooms. 
  5. Students who do not benchmark on a screening instrument or have been identified as having a learning gap through assessments or progress monitoring, will receive tutoring and/or explicit, systematic intervention services by the classroom teacher, reading specialist, and paraprofessionals.  Diagnostic testing will be administered as needed to provide more specific information and guide interventions. 
  6. Students in need of special services, including English Learners and Special Education will be provided intervention and tutoring services as well as instruction based on the student’s Language Instruction Education Plan and/or Individualized Education Plan.  Services will be provided by classroom teacher, reading specialist, special education teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and paraprofessionals.
  7. Students with 504 plans and identified gifted and talented students will continue to receive differentiated and accommodated instruction.
  8. The evidence-based online program Edmentum, 3 P Learning, and Renaissance Learning will be utilized for all students and the evidence-based online program. Study Island, along with fore mentioned learning tools, will also be utilized for special education students. Norwood School will also utilize Go Guardian to monitor student’s progress.
  9. An afterschool program, which includes tutoring and intervention services, will be available to all students.   
  10. Students who are falling behind on classroom instruction will receive tutoring via study hall hours. Or after school intervention. 
  11. If the District is required to transition to Distance Learning for all students due to quarantine or inclement weather, traditional students will join their classroom teacher(s) from home using their school provided device via Google Meets. Students will be taught by their classroom teacher.   Attendance will be taken daily/hourly or as required by teacher. Students will be provided the materials needed for lessons.  Students will be accountable for the completion of all assignments and will be graded according to the grading procedure in the student handbook. 

All students (traditional and virtual) will be issued a devise (chrome book or tablet) at the beginning of the school year.  Students will be responsible for maintaining the devise and will check it back in at the conclusion of the year. Parents may be financially responsible for negligence or damage of school issued equipment.  We will do our very best to check out “hotspots” to any family that doesn’t have connectivity.  Furthermore, all traditional students will have at least one virtual day weekly while in the classroom with their teacher.  This process will ensure that students and staff will be able to navigate the system in the event we are forced to close our school temporarily because of a high case of Covid19 infection.  We hope this is not the case but we want to be prepared.

We would also like to thank Lake Region Electric Company for installing a high output internet signal that will be broadcast to our parking lot.  This will be beneficial in the event we had to temporarily switch to all virtual instruction due to a high Covid19 outbreak.  Parents would be able to drive to the school to download pertinent curriculum for their students and the educational process wouldn’t be interrupted.

If for any reason we are required to suspend our traditional learning path and close our school temporarily all students will transition to our virtual path until the time it is deemed safe for our students/staff to return.  Virtual days could also be used for inclement weather or an interruption of campus utility services if the need arises.

Norwood School has adopted the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s county color coded Covid19 alert system for transmission to help guide our decisions in keeping our school for traditional learning.  The Oklahoma Department of Health and the Cherokee County Health Department guidance input will also be considered.

 

Protocols and Guidelines for Technology:

  1. Every student will have an electronic device checked out to them to use daily and to take home if needed for distance learning.  Students with disabilities will be provided adaptive equipment as needed.
  2. Hot spots will be checked out for families that do not have internet access at home during Virtual or Distance Learning.
  3. Students will not share devices, supplies, and materials if possible.
  4. Students who plan to start school in Virtual or Distance Learning, will need to attend an orientation session on August 10, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. to pick-up electronic devices, textbooks, paper packets, and sign a learning contract. 

 

Protocols and Guidelines for Bus:

  1. Every effort will be made to social distance students on the bus.  Student’s will have assigned seats and will need to stay in that seat. 
  2. All bus routes will run with some windows down (weather permitting), creating as much air circulation as possible.
  3. Buses will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
  4. The bus driver will be the authority on the school bus.

    

Protocols and Guidelines or Food Service:

  1. All Norwood students will receive free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year based on a waiver from the USDA.
  2. Students in grades 1st – 8th will go to the gym upon arrival and be taken to breakfast beginning at 7:25.  PK and Kdg students will eat breakfast in the cafeteria after 8:00. 
  3. Students will sit with their class while at lunch in the cafeteria.  Cafeteria schedule will be adjusted to provide social distancing.  Cafeteria tables will be sanitized before the next class enters.
  4. The district staff will frequently maintain and disinfect the cafeteria.
  5. Students who are participating in the Norwood Virtual or Distance Learning option may pick-up breakfast and lunch providing parents call the office by 10:00 am the previous business day to place an order.
  6. Norwood school will assess the food security of our homeless students, foster care students and students of low socioeconomics status.    

 

Protocols and Guidelines for Staff:

  1. Teachers will remove all furniture and items that are not easily sanitized from inside the classroom.
  2. Teachers will remove all furniture and items that are not essential to the classroom.  This will allow for better social distancing.
  3. Teachers will position essential classroom furniture and items in a strategic manner, creating the most possible distance between student’s desks.  Students will have assigned seats and will need to stay in that seat as much as possible to assist with contract tracing if needed. 
  4. Staff will teach all students good hygiene habits as recommended by the CDC.
  5. Staff will frequently sanitize all high traffic areas such as door handles, counters, small group tables and classroom items. The district will regularly maintain and disinfect all high traffic areas such as halls, bathrooms, gym, cafeteria, etc. This will help with the spread of the virus, but it will NOT guarantee that someone may contract the virus on campus.
  6. Staff will continually monitor student’s health. Students will be sent to the office for further evaluation if a student begins to display any known symptoms of the Covid-19 virus.
  7. Staff will be provided with face masks, shields, and gloves as needed.

Extracurricular Activities: 

  1. The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to determine the level appropriate for the District given the circumstances and Covid-19 spread in the community. The Superintendent may designate a different level at any time and will provide timely notice of any change in level to the school community.  Norwood Public School will follow occupancy recommendations and orders from the State Government Agencies at all levels.
  2. All Norwood students, staff, and spectators must follow the protocols, put in place by the hosting school when traveling to their site for competitions, events, field trips, games, or activities. 
  3. Students who choose distance or virtual learning, may participate in extracurricular activities, but must attend all meetings and practices in-person to participate.  Distance and virtual learning students will have the same eligibility requirements as all traditional students.
  • Level 1 – Practices, competitions, meetings, field trips, events, activities, and games will be permitted.
  • Level 2 – Practices, competitions, meetings, field trips, events, activities, and games will be permitted.  Social distancing will be a part of all planning by the Norwood staff and administration. Spectators will be allowed to attend activities, events, and games.  Facial coverings are recommended when social distancing cannot be achieved. 
  • Level 3 – Practices, competitions, meetings, events, activities, and games will be permitted only if social distancing can be achieved. Social distancing will be a part of all planning by the Norwood staff and administration and capacity will be limited.  Facial covering must be worn by students and coaches/sponsors during all times social distancing cannot be achieved.  Spectators must agree to always wear a facial covering.
  • Level 4 - All extracurricular activities including practices, competitions, meetings, events, field trips, and games will be suspended.

Social-Emotional Learning:   

  1. Norwood School will utilize Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) guidelines to support students.  Classroom teachers will embed SEL opportunities throughout their instruction.
  2. Our school team will target their instructional delivery and support of students based on feedback from students, families, and staff.  SEL opportunities will be differentiated for students based on observations of students needs and behaviors. 
  3. Our school will use the Character Strong program to deliver a character strengths-based intervention to students via classroom instruction.  Tier I intervention reaches all students.  Tier 2 interventions will reach students with more specific SEL weaknesses, including students of lower socioeconomic status.  This program is evidence-based and has shown to improve academic achievement and improve school climate for both students and staff.
  4. Norwood staff will commit to identifying students in need and providing extra support and reporting to school counselor when they feel a student is in crisis. Staff will serve as mentors to the identified students.
  5. Norwood school will continue partnerships with contract counseling services to provide SEL services to identified students. 
  6. Norwood school will reach out to other agencies such as Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Cherokee Nation Child Welfare Services to assist our students with specific needs.
  7. Students who have emergency needs will be addressed by counselor and referred for outside services.

 

Opportunities for Public Comment:

  1. June 8, 2021 – Safe Return Plan Consultation Committee Meeting
  2. June 22, 2021 – Initial Safe Return Plan posted on school website www.norwood.k12.ok.us.  All stakeholders are encouraged to contact Superintendent Keith Fisher at 918-478-3092, or fisherk@norwood.k12.ok.us  for feedback and comments.
  • June 28, 2021 – Revised and final Safe Return Plan presented to the Norwood School Board for approval.
  • The Safe Return Plan will be reviewed and updated every six months and as needed when guidance and recommendations change. 

Translation Services:

  1. This document will be made available in other languages to parents that have limited English proficiency.

If you have any input, ideas or questions please contact Superintendent Keith Fisher at 918-478-3092 or by email at fisherk@norwood.k12.ok.us