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When will we return to all-in?
Tuesday, March 23.
Monday, March 22 is now a day for teachers to set up and prepare their classrooms.
What will all-in be like?
“All in” means all students will have teacher-directed learning in classrooms. Students will attend school for full school days, five days/week. A distance of three feet between students will be maintained. The learning tools that were necessary for hybrid and remote learning (e.g., Google Classroom, Zoom classes) will no longer be used to deliver content and instruction or to support remote contact with peers in the classroom.
What is double-masking?
Adding more layers of material to a mask (layering) is a good way to reduce the number of respiratory droplets containing the virus that come through the mask.
One way to do this is to wear a medical procedure mask underneath a cloth mask. A recent study conducted in a laboratory found that this “double mask” combination provided much better protection to the wearer and to others as compared with a cloth mask by itself or a medical procedure mask by itself.
More effective fabrics for cloth masks are
- Tightly woven fabrics, such as cotton and cotton blends
- Two or three fabric layers
Medical procedure masks (sometimes referred to as Surgical Masks or Disposable Face Masks)
Medical procedure masks are single-use masks that are not made of cloth and are not designed to be washed or laundered. They are sold online and through large retail stores. These are not the same as other medical masks.
What are mask combinations that should not be used to double mask?
Do not combine two medical procedure masks to create a “double mask.” Medical procedure masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing a second medical procedure mask on top of the first medical procedure mask does not help to improve the fit. You shouldn't combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.
What meets the standard of "compulsory double-making or CDC equivalent thereof"?
Where can we purchase masks that meet the District's standards of a CDC equivalent?
Why wasn’t a survey sent prior to the District’s recommendation to go all in?
The District's objective has always been to return to all-in learning as soon as it was considered safe to do so. The District makes all recommendations to shift learning modality in conjunction with guidance from the Evaluation Team and partnership with the bargaining units representing faculty and staff. All plans and decisions to change learning modalities must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Education prior to taking effect.
The District respects each family's choice to decide what is best for their child and will continue to offer an e-learning option through SchoolsPLP for any family who wishes to enroll for the 4th quarter. The use of the word “survey” in the February 12 community email misrepresented our objective to determine which students would attend in person and which would participate in eLearning for the Board to approve a change in learning modality.
What scientific studies have the Evaluation Team considered in their guidance?
What data does the Evaluation Team review during its weekly meetings?
The BCS Evaluation Team assesses the latest case and attendance data in the district and transmission data in the county and city of Bexley.
Sample Evaluation Team Meeting
Will students use desk barriers and dividers in classrooms?
Yes, desk barriers/dividers will continue to be an option for classroom use. The district has ordered an additional 1,000 barriers.
How will social distancing look in the classrooms and hallways?
We will have distancing of a minimum of three feet between students at all times, and six feet whenever possible. The district has re-measured classrooms and large gathering spaces to know our capacities if we move to no less than three feet of distance between people.
What are the plans for locker usage?
Bexley High and Middle School: Students will continue to utilize lockers at the beginning and the end of each day, as well as during lunch, whenever possible. Students are asked not to loiter at lockers and only visit them once or twice a day.
Cassingham Elementary: Current a.m./p.m. enrollment will determine locker assignment so student lockers are not next to each other. Students will head directly to their classroom upon arrival to school and will be dismissed in small groups to put items in their lockers. This same process will happen at the end of the day, too.
Montrose Elementary: All students use cubbies. students will be released to their classroom's cubby area individually or in small groups to avoid groups gathering at the beginning and end of the school day..
Maryland Elementary: For classrooms that utilize lockers, current a.m./p.m. enrollment will determine locker assignment so student lockers are not next to each other. Students will head directly to their classroom upon arrival to school and will be dismissed in small groups to put items in their lockers. This same process will happen at the end of the day, too. For classrooms that have cubbies, students will be released to their classroom's cubby area individually or in small groups to avoid groups gathering at the beginning and end of the school day.
Does the district have proper ventilation for the all-in return?
The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) publishes Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality Standards and recommends 5-6 air changes per hour for schools and 6-12 air changes per hour for schools that may contain viruses. The total number of room air changes per hour in BCS facilities is 10.14. The Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) of Air Filtration in schools is a rating of 13 or higher out of 16. Montrose Elementary and Maryland Elementary schools have a rating of 13, while the Cassingham Complex has a rating of 15.
What will lunch look like?
There will be six-feet distancing between students during lunch. The district will have portable barriers set-up (pictured below) for students. We will also have overflow spaces setup with additional seating and barriers for students to eat lunch. Weather permitting, students will be encouraged to eat outside. Students who are able to eat lunch safely at home are encouraged to do so to decrease time without masks in a larger setting.
Will lunchtimes be adjusted so that it’s easier for students to walk home, eat and get back to class on time?
At this time, there is no plan to adjust lunch schedules.
What will school hours be?
Bexley High School: 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Bexley Middle School: 8:39 a.m. to 3:38 p.m.
Elementary Schools: 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How will recess operate?
Elementary students will be assigned to specific areas of the playground based on their teacher assignment (pods) and will not mingle with students across classes. These assigned areas will rotate throughout the week so students will be able to experience different play areas.
If the weather is inclement, elementary students will enjoy recess from their classroom and would engage in activities from their assigned seats.
Bexley Middle School will have additional support to ensure proper social distancing is maintained throughout recess.
What option is available if families do not wish to have their student return to school full time?
The other option is for students to enroll in our e-Learning program delivered through SchoolsPLP. In many ways, making the move from on-site instruction to e-learning (or vice versa) is like changing schools with new teachers, new procedures, and new textbooks. Although such moves are sometimes necessary for a variety of reasons, they can be disruptive to the learning process. For that reason, we strongly advise families to only make a move into e-learning for the fourth quarter if it is required to meet a significant need within the family, such as a medical necessity. Additionally, in order to ensure continuity in learning, students will not be able to switch between on-site and e-learning or vice versa after March 22. We encourage families considering this option to review the frequently asked questions specific to e-Learning a https://www.bexleyschools.org/elearningFAQ.aspx.
Will moving to e-Learning midway through the semester create learning gaps or transition challenges for students?
The SchoolsPLP courses are aligned to Ohio standards, which are the basis of Bexley curriculum. However, there are challenges when enrolling in e-learning at this time. Courses are full courses and will include assignments for content for the entire year (in some cases semester), even if the student already learned that content while in school up until this point. It will be up to the family and student to determine if learning tasks can be viewed quickly before taking related assessments and moving on. Additionally, several secondary grade electives and Advanced Placement courses are not available for students who newly enroll at this time.
What will be the option for students who wish to move to e-Learning but have classes that are not offered by SchoolsPLP?
While the SchoolsPLP platform has a very broad course catalog, there are some Bexley secondary courses that are not available at this time. This includes some specialty electives, Latin, and Advanced Placement courses. We will work with students and counselors to determine if an alternative plan or course can be arranged or if the course needs to be dropped. This may impact progress toward graduation requirements, so careful thought should be given before making a switch to e-learning for the first time during the fourth quarter. These discussions will begin with individual students and families once the enrollment window has closed on February 24 and we know the specific students and courses involved. For more information about SchoolsPLP and the Bexley e-Learning Academy, please visit https://www.bexleyschools.org/eLearning.aspx.
Quarantined middle and high school students will also be assigned a case manager, who will provide information about how to stay engaged in their learning and access additional academic and mental health resources. Students will receive regular reminders about Canvas, email, and access to a help desk. Students who are physically well enough will be expected to view their classes through provided pre-recorded video lessons or Zoom links.
While watching recorded versions or live streams of class, students may not experience the same level of interaction that they do when in-person, but they will have a window into the learning environment.
A school counselor will reach out to your student within the first few days to provide an opportunity for emotional support, encouragement, and connection. School counselors and administrators remain available to all students and families as needed.
How are we addressing student-specific plans requiring accommodations?
We will continue to implement the plans of students with identified special needs. For the majority of students, however, their learning needs will be met each day with direct contact with faculty & staff.
What option is available for families who do not wish to have their student(s) attend “all in” but do not want to move to the e-Learning Academy on the SchoolsPLP Platform?
All in and our e-Learning Academy would be the only two Board-approved options.
What would cause the District to return to hybrid or all remote learning?
The BCS Evaluation Team will continue to follow our Learning Mode Decision Tool and meet weekly to consider the latest case and attendance data in the district and transmission data in the county and city of Bexley. A change in learning modality would be based on these factors.