• Q: What do I do a a parent if I need to come in and have a medical condition?

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    A: We are able to conduct almost all school business with parents without the need to enter the building, especially if you are unable to wear a mask. If it's necessary for you to enter the building, then please contact the building principal to make special arrangements. We have significantly limited visitors entering the building during school hours for everyone with or without a mask.

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  • Q: How will my child get their assignments if they need to quarantine?

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    A: Please read our HHSC Re-Entry Plan

     

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  • Q: If my child has a common cold how will this be handled?

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    A: Call the attendance line if they have a cold and need to stay home. If the symptoms are more severe, call our nurse to discuss the situation further.

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  • Q: How will the elementary students be seated in their classrooms?

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    A: HHES classrooms will still have flexible seating choices in the classroom. Teachers will assign students to specific spaces for atleast one week or longer. Teachers are setting up their classrooms an idetifying spots that students will sit throughout the day. Student seating will not be 6 feet apart, but teachers will strategically spread out the seating spaces in the classroom.

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  • Q: With 8th grade taking their backpacks to first period, are clear backpacks required?

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    A: Clear backpacks will not be required. We will have students set the bags outside of their classrooms or against a classroom wall to improve safety. Sixth grade students have taken their backpacks to last period in previous years to improve the efficiency of loading the buses. Our goal is to balance school safety and the health of students and staff. At this time, we believe these adjustments strike that delicate balance.

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  • Q: What is the plan if someone tests positive in the school or in my child's class?

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    A: We will contact the Hamilton County Health Department, identify students and staff who were in close contact with the infected students, communicate with affected students and families, complete contact tracing, and follow the recommendations of the Hamilton County Health Department regarding transitioning to E-Learning for some or all students. We will communicate important information to all HHSC families once we know our response so that they clearly know the next steps.

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  • Q: When can we pick up school supplies purchased through EduKit and should I buy a backup set?

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    A: Purchased school supplies will be waiting for your child in their classrooms on the first day of school.

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  • Q: Are clear face shields acceptable?

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    A:  Yes, face shields are acceptable.

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  • Q: Can the staff take forehead temps as students arrive and why are parents self screening?

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    A:Temperature screenings for all students will be very time consuming and we do not have the staff resources to do this. Each building clinic will be stocked with touchless thermometers to check student temperatures when needed. This information is included in the IDOE IN-CLASS guidance document: Temperature Screening - Using temperature checks for screening purposes can present challenges. Most districts/schools do not have enough staff and equipment to screen temperatures as students and staff are entering the building and/or loading buses, and there is a shortage of accurate, touch-free thermometers and other medical devices to conduct the screenings. Even if a district/school has the resources to screen temperatures, these efforts will not eliminate the risk in the building and/or on buses. Each district/school needs to determine if this method of screening is worth the expense independently. The district/school may take the temperature of students, employees and visitors on school property on a random basis or in situations where there is reason to believe that the person may be ill. Touch-free thermometers are recommended

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  • Q: How will K-4 navigate through the normally congested hallways between activities?

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    A: We will have classroom teachers stagger the times they leave classrooms when all are leaving for the same destination like specials, lunch, and recess. Masks will be required when walking in the halls and transitioning from one location to another.

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  • Q: What will be used to clean areas, how much cleaning will the kids be doing, and how often?

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    A: Please see the Buildings and Cleaning Process on page 14. Our goal is to have a practice of simply cleaning our areas and materials after we use them. We will use an approved bleach-water solution and/or disinfectant wipes when they are available to clean and sanitize the areas we use. No student will be required to clean. We will simply make this option available to students and staff to help protect the safety of students and staff as we share spaces and equipment.

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  • Q: Why are masks not required?

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    A: **UPDATE The re-entry plan has been updated to include the Governor’s new executive order REQUIRING students, staff, and visitors to wear masks on the bus and in hallways, lines, restrooms, and other places throughout the school buildings.

    When we initially developed our plan, we used the phrase “Highly Recommend” because we wanted everyone to wear a mask, but we didn’t want it to become a discipline issue. Our goal was to use education and encouragement to get most people to wear a mask.

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  • Q: Can we tour HHMS before the start of school & when will the new HHMS handbook be posted?

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    A: Mr. Bailey is working to schedule several small group tours of 20 or fewer people over the next few weeks. Look for a link to sign up for these tours soon. The handbook has been updated and can be found on our HHMS website. The updated handbook is also available in the program you used to register for the school year.

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  • Q: How will physical distancing be implemented on the buses?

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    A: Please see the Busing and Transportation section outlined on page 13. Students are required to wear masks and sit no more than two to a seat. Students will also sit in assigned seats.

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  • Q: How will you space out elementary students during lunches?

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    A: Elementary students will be eating in the cafeteria by grade level. The wall between the cafeteria and LGI will be open so that we can space out our cafeteria tables to provide better physical distancing.

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  • Q: Do off-site students have assigned teachers & do they change if/when the student returns?

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    A: We have developed different plans to support students who participate in the Off-site Learning Program depending on the results of the Off-site Learning Form responses that are due July 26. Some of these details are outlined in the School-specific Re-Entry Plans. The support will depend upon how many students choose Off-site Learning. We will share more details with families once we analyze the results of the Off-site Learning Form.

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  • Q: Can an off-site student who gets speech therapy still get therapy through Zoom?

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    A: Yes, please contact your child’s SLP or TOR to develop a plan for this service and support.

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  • Q: Why are off-site learners not permitted to participate in athletics?

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    A: We believe that the risks of participating in Middle or High School sports are equal to or greater than attending school; therefore, students who choose not to do On-site learning should not participate in sports activities. Having said that, we believe that we can safely provide instruction and safely allow participation in sports if we are following the guidelines in the HHSC Re-Entry plan and the HHSC Athletic Re-Entry plan. 

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  • Q: What would cause the schools to close on-site learning?

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    A: Please see the Essential Questions and Answers for Re-Entry section that we have outlined in the plan above. We will work closely with the Hamilton County Health Department to contact trace and collaborate with them on if and when to close schools.

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  • Q: Are high school students still going to the old MS and will they need to share lockers?

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    A: Yes, high school students are still attending school at the old middle school building for the first semester. No, there will be no sharing of lockers. There are plenty of lockers for all of our students, even (ideally) without using the 6th grade hallway.

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  • Q: Will entry/ dismissal times and locations be strategically planned?

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    A:  Yes, all three buildings will be doing everything possible to make sure we are intentional about how students enter and exit the building specifically concerning social distancing: staggered dismissals for classrooms, ensuring physical distancing, and highly recommending wearing a mask during these times.

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  • Q: What improvements have been made to virtual learning plans over the summer?

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    A:  HHES now has a learning platform (SeeSaw) they can use to better deliver material.  Off-site learners at HHES will also be able to take home school-issued iPads. Teachers at all levels have been provided additional training over the summer on how to better deliver instruction to Off-site learners. MS/HS staff will also use a consistent format for classes in order to improve accessibility for students and parents. Using CARES Act funding, we have created 19 additional positions for staff to compensate them for the extra time and efforts needed to provide quality Off-site learning support for our students.

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  • Q: Have you been able to add custodial staff or are you addressing this need in other ways?

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    A:  We have not added additional staff but we are more appropriately staffed going into the start of school this year than in the past because we kept the past level of staffing but will only be cleaning three buildings most of the time. The Student Activity Center will not be used throughout the day after the high school moves back to the regular campus. We have also purchased additional cleaning equipment that will allow our current staff to be more efficient and thorough in their cleaning efforts.

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  • Q: How will recess be handled?

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    A:  Recess will take place in grade level cohorts. Students will be reminded of social distancing guidelines prior to each recess. Students will sanitize their hands on the way out to recess and at conclusion of recess.

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  • Q: Are COVID-19 tests mandatory for students who will be completing school on-site?

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    A:  No, students are not required to take a COVID-19 test prior to coming to school. If a student is showing symptoms, we recommend getting a confirmation of the diagnosis by having the student tested for COVID-19.

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  • Q: Can a student go to school every other day rather than each day of the week?

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    A:  No, a student needs to choose whether to participate in the On-site or Off-site learning program. We are not offering a combination of the two options at this time.

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  • Q: Will the school provide devices for off-site K-12 students?

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    A: Yes, student devices (for K-12) can be picked up between 1:00-7:00 on August 5 and 6 at the Elementary School for those students who are approved for Off-site Learning. Please use the car rider drop-off and pick-up line. We will provide a drive thru service. 

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  • Q: What are the specific details for the off-site learning plans?

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    A: HHSC Off-site Learning Plan

       HHSC Off-site Learning Request Form (due 7/26/20 11:59PM)

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  • Q: Will Students be allowed to carry specific medications like an asthma inhaler?

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    A: Yes, the parent/guardian must make a request for the physician to complete the Asthma Action Care Plan and mark the box that states the student has permission to carry the inhaler. The student’s school simply needs a copy of the completed form on file.

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  • Q: Will students have mask breaks during the day?

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    A: Yes, mask breaks will be allowed in a manner that follows CDC guidelines for social distancing without a mask

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  • Q: May I send gloves for my student to wear at school?

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    A: Yes

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  • Q: Students may be asked assist with cleaning; what chemicals will be used?

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    A: The only cleaning/disinfecting in the classroom or gym that students will be asked to assist with is the cleaning of desks, chairs, or equipment they use. Each classroom will have a bottle of bleach water that teachers will spray and students will wipe clean with paper towels. Students might also use disinfectant wipes. Students who are sensitive to cleaners will not be responsible to help with any cleaning. 

    • Bleach water (in a specific ratio with water) is a CDC approved disinfectant for COVID-19.

     

     

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  • Q: How will classes like Band, Choir, PE, Art, Music, Business, PLTW, etc, be handled?

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    A: HHSC is gifted with a tremendous team of teachers in these classes. Classes in these areas will be handled in as normal manner as possible with appropriate social distancing and guided by suggestions from state and national teacher organizations in those areas.

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  • Q: Can off-site learning ms/hs students participate in sports?

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    A: MS and HS students who participate in Off-site learning will NOT be eligible to participate in fall or winter sports during the same semester they are participating in Off-site learning. Students will be eligible to participate in Winter Sports when the Fall Semester concludes in December, assuming they are planning to do On-site learning second semester.

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  • Q: Can my child bring his/her own hand sanitizer to use at school?

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    A: Yes, students are permitted to bring their own hand sanitizer to use during the school day.

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