Re-Entry 2020-21

Reopening Plan
The Reopening Plan provides the School Corporation with the capability of conducting its essential operations under all threats and conditions with or without warning. Having a plan to recover from any type of disaster regardless of the severity and consequences of the emergency is critical to recovery of operations and can minimize the impact on the Corporation’s teaching and learning, personnel, facilities, technology, transportation, food service, and other functional resources.  Under any re-entry strategy, there may be some families in which, given unique and individual circumstances, students are unable to physically attend school. As a result, a virtual program will be available to all K-12 families with dedicated virtual teachers for each building so that students will remain connected to their home school. 
 
Information on this webpage will be updated frequently and communication will also be sent directly to families via Parent Square. We appreciate your patience and support and look forward to a safe 2020-2021 school year. For more information on Parent Square, please click here.

MSD of Lawrence Township Re-Entry Plan 2020-2021

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The MSD of Lawrence Township is committed to providing a safe and optimal learning and working environment for all, and has been working diligently on plans to reopen schools under conditions that are as safe as possible. Guidance has been provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Indiana State Health Department (ISDH), the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD), and the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) for districts to use as they make local decisions that meet both their unique circumstances and available resources. 
 
Given the nature of the pandemic, it will be important to recognize that even within our own district, buildings will face unique needs and challenges with regard to re-entry. Please keep in mind that, once a plan is in place, procedures may continue to change given the fluidity of the situation and the possibility of resurgence. 
 

MSD of Lawrence Township Communication  
Parent Square will be utilized for all communication throughout the Reopening process.


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MSD of Lawrence Township Community Forum - July 15 12:00PM 

Lawrence Township Reopening Overview
The following serves as areas of consistency for re-opening public schools in Marion Country.  Areas not mentioned in this document that have been listed in the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) IN-CLASS document or Center for Disease Control and Prevention document serve as guidance and are not requirements.

 
CALENDAR
Opening Dates
 
  • August 10 – Teachers Return
  • August 13 – Students Return – First Day of In-Person (K-6), Hybrid (7-12), & Virtual (K-12) Programming.
 
School Days
  • Schools will follow regular school calendars.
  • School will be in person or virtual 5 days per week for elementary students (K-6).
  • Schools will be hybrid or full virtual 5 days per week for secondary students (7-12). 
  • Schools will offer a Virtual Programming Option  
HEALTH / SAFETY
Symptom Screening
 
Cleaning and Disinfection
  • LT will implement an enhanced cleaning plan. Click here to read our cleaning plan.
  • Increase access to cleaning supplies for each classroom and increase accessibility to hand sanitizer for staff and students.
  • Elementary Related Arts teachers will clean high-touch areas and materials between classes.
  • Provide bathroom breaks to facilitate adequate handwashing.
  • Custodians are expected to clean and disinfect high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • Playground equipment will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. 
Cloth Facial Coverings and Masks or Face Shields
  • LT staff and students are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times. (Click here to read the CDC/MCHD's Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings
  • Per the Indiana State Department of Health, valve masks should not be worn by students/staff, as they are one-way valves, and do not protect others when breathing out.
  • Exceptions for face coverings will be considered with appropriate documentation to supervisor for staff or to school nurse for students.
  • Other Exceptions:
    • When staff or students are performing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a face covering: eating, drinking, etc.
    • Any student unable to remove a face covering on his/her own.
    • When the wearing of a face covering or mask by a teacher is determined to impede a student’s learning, a face shield may be considered for use by the teacher.   
  • Students will receive one reusable face covering issued by the Governor at the beginning of the year. Parents/Guardians have the responsibility to supply face coverings for students beyond this one time issue. Free Face Masks for Marion County Residents
  • Staff will receive one reusable face covering and face shield issued by LT at the beginning of the year.  Staff have the responsibility to supply face coverings beyond this one time issue.
Click here for IDOE Back to School Face Covering Guidance for Families - English
Click here for IDOE Back to School Face Covering Guidance for Families - Spanish
 

Social Distancing

  • Students will be seated 3-6 feet apart and facing in one direction to facilitate social distancing when feasible.  
  • Classrooms will limit the use of pods or table style seating as much as possible.
  • Arrange for the teacher to maintain a 3-6 foot distance from students; if not, face covering is required.
  • Passing periods will be extended or staggered where feasible.
  • Consider moving some classes outside if possible.
  • Unfortunately, we must restrict all school visitors to promote health, safety and social distancing. 
  • LT will not be utilizing attendance incentives for students.
  • In large areas such as cafeterias, auditoriums, and gymnasiums caution will be used to allow social distancing of at least 6-feet between people with special emphasis on reducing crowding in the space while entering or exiting when feasible. 
  • For areas of the school where lines may regularly develop such as the front office or bookstore, the building administrative staff will mark off designations for places to stand to provide a visual cue for social distancing.
  • Dividers may be used when social distancing is not possible.
Cohorting
  • Students will be cohorted to the extent possible using a team approach; having the same students stick together and rotate as a team where possible.
  • Students will go to recess as a cohort, avoiding contact physical activity and encouraging social distancing as much as feasible.. 
  • A permanent seating chart will be maintained for each class to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Students will eat together as a cohort to the extent possible, seated in a socially distanced configuration. Utiliizing a normal sanitary dishwashing process or disposable plates and silverware.  Salad bars and self-serve buffets will not be available. 
Student Health & Safety
  • There will be a designated area in each school where symptomatic students can wait for pick-up separate from the clinic area.
  • Items to be shared by students will be limited. Each student should have their own designated supplies when possible.
  • Frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged at the minimum: upon arrival at school, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
  • LT will require all students who are sick to be fever free for at least 24 hours before return to school. Click here for Symptom Screenings 
TRANSPORTATION
  • Transportation by personal vehicle is encouraged.
  • Bus Drivers will wear face coverings where and when safe to do so. 
  • Students will be spaced apart as much as is feasible.
  • All LT buses will utilize a seating chart. 
  • Students are required to wear a face covering or mask during transportation.
  • Buses will open windows for cross ventilation as weather permits and consider alternate routes to reduce duration of trips where possible.
  • In the event that a confirmed COVID-19 case is determined and that person was on a bus it will be taken out of service until disinfected.
  • All field trips are on hold until further notice.
   
High Risk Categories of Staff Staff who may be health compromised should contact Human Resources on an individual basis following all legal requirements.
 
COVID TESTING Will take place under the direction and guidance of MCDPH. You can access all of Indiana's testing locations here.
 
Public Events in School Facilities

 

FOOD SERVICE
Serving Meals & Cafeteria

  • The LT Cafeterias will be open for meal service. The following Safeguards will be in place:
    • Eliminate self-serve food items.
    • Napkins and silverware (disposable if possible) are provided directly by café staff, not for individuals to grab.
    • Install sneeze guards in cafeteria serving lines.
    • Place floor markings to promote social distancing while waiting in line.
    • Prohibit food sharing.
    • Limit cash transactions. Café staff handling cash should not also handle food.
    • PPE should be provided to all food service staff serving food.
    • Meal identification will be provided for students with documented allergies or special dietary needs.
    • Menus will be limited.
    • Meal payments will continue to be collected through on-line payments.
    • Students will scan an ID card at checkout instead of using a keypad.
    • Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal service.
Water Fountains
  • Water Fountains will be closed.  Students will be allowed to bring a water bottle to school.
   
Back to School Events
  • Plans for back to school events are still being evaluated. More information on these events will be coming at a later date. 
Visitor to school protocols

 

  • Unfortunately, we must restrict school visitors to promote health, safety and social distancing.
Exceptional Children
  • The Special Services Department has reviewed guidance related to serving students with special needs. Individual implications of the COVID-19 reopening plan for students will be discussed and decided through parent meetings, case conferences, teacher of record communication, etc.
     
 
 

  MSD of Lawrence Township Virtual Program Option

The MSD of Lawrence Township is committed to providing a high quality, off-site learning experience for families who are not comfortable having their child on campus this fall as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a virtual program will be available to all K-12 families with dedicated virtual teachers for each building so that students will remain connected to their home school.
 
Those who prefer an off-site virtual model will be committing to either nine weeks or a full semester of remote instruction. Students in Kindergarten through grade six will commit to nine weeks of remote learning, at the end of which they will have the option to return to on-campus instruction. Students in grades seven through twelve will commit to a full semester of virtual programming. At the conclusion of the semester, they will have the option to return to on-campus instruction. Please keep in mind that there will be limits to the courses that are offered virtually at the high school level. For a complete list, please click here. Students participating in virtual programming will be eligible to attend school in-person for a desired course that is not offered virtually. 

Click here to read a virtual program overview.

Click here to read a virtual program overview in Spanish.
 
Registration for virtual programming has been extended to August 27, 2020. Please fill out one form for each student.
 
Please click here to complete the Virtual Program Enrollment Form.

Please click here to complete the Virtual Program Enrollment Form in Spanish.
 
On July 30, at the direction of the Marion County Public Health Deparment, it was recommended that the MSD of Lawrence Township shift to an in-person hybrid model for secondary students in grades 7-12. This will replace the full time in-person option, though the full virtual option will still be available (see above).
Given this change of course, it is possible that some secondary (7-12) families will wish to opt out of their previous full virtual selection and instead pursue this hybrid model. To do this, please follow the links below to complete the virtual un-enrollment form. One form should be completed and submitted per student. Please note that those who elect to remain in the virtual model will still be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities.

Click here to complete the form for Removal from the Virtual program – English
Click here to complete the form for Removal from the Virtual program – Spanish  

Please contact your building principal with questions specific to your child’s instructional plan.

In the event that a virtual student's 1:1 device needs repair, below are the disinfecting procedures that will be ulitized.

Click here to view the 1:1 Device Disinfection Procedures - English
Click here to view the 1:1 Device Disinfection Procedures - Spanish
 

COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Reporting Guidance
Parent and Staff Education and Guidelines
Parents need to be attentive to the daily health of their children and ensure their child is symptom free and safe to attend school each day. School staff will also be receiving professional development on how to recognize potential COVID-19 symptoms.
Click here for COVID-19 Screening Information for Parents - English
Click here for COVID-19 Screening Information for Parents - Spanish

A procedure for our school clinics will be implemented to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 when symptoms are exhibited by staff or students. These procedures will follow the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Screening Decision Tree.  If a student or staff member has one or more of the following symptoms they will be excluded from school. Please do NOT send your child to school if they exhibit one or more signs of COVID-19 infection including but not limited to:
 
  • Fever above 100 º F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Staff or students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, as determined by the school nurse, will be safely isolated under appropriate supervision in the school/building until they can leave. Parents/guardians who are contacted to pick-up a student exhibiting symptoms must arrive within 60 minutes.  The MCPHD encourages staff and students to contact and work with their appropriate health care providers on COVID-19 concerns and follow guidance on self-screening and self-reporting symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19. The state website has a list of over 200 testing facilities, their location, and hours of operation. This list is updated frequently.

Sick Day Guidelines and returning to school after COVID-19 symptoms.
Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently those guidelines are:


Untested
Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following four conditions are met:
  • They have not had a fever for at least 24 hours no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Tested Positive - Symptomatic 
Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 may return to school if the following conditions are met:
  • The individual no longer has a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medication); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
Tested Positive - Asymptomatic
Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for COVID-19 may return when they have gone 10 calendar days past their test without symptoms and have been preferably released by a healthcare provider.If the individual develops symptoms, then isolation time starts on day 1 of symptoms (see symptomatic tests positive)

Not Tested with Alternative Explanations - Symptomatic (strep, influenza, etc. as determined by a provider) – may return to school after 24 hours resolution of fever AND note (including email and fax) from provider stating the individual has an alternate diagnosis and the provider believes it is appropriate for the patient to return to school. 

Tested and Negative – Symptomatic – If no alternative explanation, isolate for at least 10 days from the first day symptoms appeared AND 24 hours fever-free without use of fever reducing medications and with improvement of respiratory symptoms. The test may have been a false negative. The individual can return to school if tested negative AND with a note from from the provider stating they believe the patient to have an alternate diagnosis and it is appropriate for the patient to return from school.

Tested and Negative – Asymptomatic – May proceed with attending school. EXCEPTION: A known close contact (within 6 ft of a confirmed case for more than 15 minutes) must complete a 14-day quarantine, even if test results are negative for COVID-19
 
Close Contact – Asymptomatic (within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes of someone with confirmed COVID 19 and has no symptoms) - Quarantine for 14 days before returning to school even if the individual has an alternate diagnosis for symptoms. Must remain symptom free. If individual develops symptoms, then refer to the symptomatic scenarios.

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases
 
  • If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will follow direction from the Marion County Public Health Department. This may include closing a classroom, school or schools for a period of time and/or shifting quickly to eLearning at home for students who are impacted. Many of our new procedures are designed to support contact tracing should a confirmed case occur. This will assist the Health Department with quickly identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed.
School Clinics
Changes you will see in school clinics:
  • Separate areas will be created in each clinic - one area for everyday care and an isolation area for anyone who presents with signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Parents will no longer be allowed to bring medication into the clinic.  If your student needs to take and/or keep medication at school, a nurse will meet you in a designated area to take care of you. Please do not send medication to school with your student.
  • Per CDC guidelines, the use of nebulizer treatments will be suspended at school. Please talk to your medical provider about getting a rescue inhaler with spacer for school use.
  • Additionally, new criteria for staying home from school when ill and returning to school after illness will be followed according to Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.
  • Please reach out to your school nurse if you have any questions or concerns about these changes.

MSD of Lawrence Township School Operations & Safeguards
Lawrence Township Schools COVID-19 Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures 
All school buildings will have a deep cleaning prior to the start of school and a heightened daily cleaning overnight.  There will be ongoing cleaning of high touch student areas throughout the day in alignment with public health recommendations. The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (MSDLT) is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, which includes undertaking enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. The Operations Department has developed enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures for MSDLT facilities to follow during the COVID-19 Pandemic including but not limited to enhanced cleaning and disinfection for spread prevention and enhanced cleaning and disinfection after notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19. 

ENHANCED CLEANING FOR PREVENTION 

1. General guidance
Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces, such as front offices, restrooms, exercise rooms, media center tables, cafeteria tables, handrails, faucets, doorknobs, and any regularly shared items.  Frequency of cleaning and disinfecting with attention to these areas helps remove bacteria and viruses, including the novel coronavirus. 

Practice good hand hygiene after cleaning: 
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • If soap and warm water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
2. Safety guidelines during cleaning and disinfection: 
  • Custodial staff will wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Gloves should be discarded after each use. Hands should be washed immediately after gloves are removed. 
  • Eye protection is to be worn when there is potential for splash or splatter to the face. 
  • Chemicals are to be stored in labeled, closed containers and kept in a secure area away from students and food in a manner that prevents tipping or spilling.
3. Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces:
Custodial staff will clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled first. If surfaces are dirty to sight or touch, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.  Custodial staff will clean and disinfect surfaces as soon as possible in areas where a person with respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing, sneezing) was present. Custodial staff will use an EPA-registered disinfectant for use against the novel coronavirus such as Betco Quat-Stat 5.
 
ENHANCED CLEANING AND DISINFECTION AFTER NOTIFICATION OF A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 
 
This protocol is for cleaning and disinfection of areas where a person with COVID-19 spent time in MSDLT spaces. It is applied from 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms until seven days have passed since the person was present in a MSDLT space.  After notification of a person with confirmed COVID-19 on an MSDLT campus, the following cleaning and disinfecting protocol will be followed: 
 

A. Buildings and/or specific rooms and areas where a COVID-19 positive person spent time will be assessed on a case-by-case basis under the guidance of the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD). The cleaning scope will be implemented based on the risk of potential contamination as determined by the MCPHD and in coordination with the impacted school building.

B. Operations staff will do the following (as applicable): 
 
  1. Contact the MCPHD to report the incident. 
  2. Communicate in writing the scope of cleaning to the building principal.
  3. Identify areas that require restricted access during and immediately following enhanced cleaning. 
  4. Communicate with impacted department(s) and with building principal.
C. Cleaning Large Surface Areas

When cleaning and disinfecting rooms with increased surface area due to a large numbers of desks, tables, and other furniture, and where a spray application of disinfectant is needed, the Operations Department will notify the building principal in advance if the spraying will occur during normal school hours. Advance notice allows building occupants to be apprised of the schedule for disinfection of the space and any areas that may require restricted access during cleaning. All efforts will be made to have such an activity occur after school hours.
 

D. Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention

The cleaning crew will follow the Enhanced Cleaning for Prevention guidance outlined in this document. 

1. Increase air circulation, if possible. 

2. If possible, wait 24 hours after the ill person was present in a space prior to beginning cleaning and disinfection. 

3. If an outside contractor is used for cleaning and disinfection, the proposed scope of work, including the products and their respective safety data sheets and application methods must be reviewed by the Operations Department prior to work commencing. 

4. Wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE) during cleaning and disinfecting including: 
  • Disposable gloves, gowns or a lab coat to protect contamination of clothing 
  • Safety glasses/goggles when there is a potential for splashing/spraying the disinfectant. 

MSD of Lawrence Township Co-Curricular Activities

Curricular and Co-Curricular Participation – Virtual Program Students
Students attending virtual learning may participate in extracurricular and/or co-curricular activities at the secondary level. If a virtual student chooses to participate and the activity is not offered virtually, the participation is required to be in-person and transportation will not be provided, unless permitted by the presiding body of the competition or activity.

- ALL SUMMER ACTIVITIES ARE VOLUNTARY -

Athletics
The MSD of Lawrence Township Athletic Re-Entry Plan is following IHSAA recommendations.

Click here to view the IHSAA COVID-19 Re-Opening FAQs.

Click here to view the IHSAA Athletic Re-Opening spreadsheet.

OVERVIEW OF PHASESPlease note that all phases are subject to change.
 

PHASE I: July 6-19, 2020
  • Student athletes should be limited to 15 hours per week on campus.
  • For contact sports, no contact is allowed.
  • No formal competition is allowed.
  • No locker room use.
PHASE II: July 20-August 15, 2020
  • Contact is allowed in contact sports.
  • Locker rooms may be used at 50% capacity.
  • No formal competition is allowed with the exception of Girls Golf.
PHASE III: August 15, 2020 –
  • Competition may begin.
  • Spectators, media, and vendors can be present but should implement social distancing and follow established mass gathering guidelines.
 
Performing Arts
The MSD of Lawrence Township Performing Arts Re-Entry Plan is following least restrictive guidance from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) guidelines for returning to HS Marching Band, IMEA’s Task Force Guidelines for Choral, Band, & Orchestra, American Choral Directors Association COVID-19 Response Committee Guidelines, & and Indiana Department of Education IN-CLASS Guidelines.

OVERVIEW OF PHASESPlease note that all phases are subject to change. 

PHASE I: July 6-19, 2020
  • Social distancing should be observed when music is being taught. Students may learn the music standing still, spaced at a minimum of 6-foot intervals. If teachers need to move within the 6-foot area to correct a student’s playing position, embouchure, posture, etc. they should do so briefly and then move back away.
  • Instruments, equipment and sheet music should not be shared without proper cleaning and disinfecting, including drumsticks and color guard equipment.
  • Only essential student performers, student participants, directors, medical staff, related supervisors, and security should be in attendance.
  • Each student should have their own area designated for their case and other equipment that is their space alone and not touching other students’ belongings.
PHASE II: July 20-August 15, 2020
  • Directors will implement a plan for getting instruments from the band room to the practice facility that allows for social distancing and sanitation.
  • Social distancing should be observed when music is being taught. Students should learn the music standing still, spaced at a minimum of 6-foot intervals. If teachers need to move within the 6-foot area to correct a student’s playing position, embouchure, posture, etc., they should do so briefly and then move back away.
  • Shared musical equipment should be disinfected thoroughly before and after an individual’s use of equipment.
  • Only essential student performers, student participants, directors, medical staff, related supervisors, and security should be in attendance.
  • No formal competition or performance is allowed.
PHASE III: August 15, 2020 – Beyond  
  • A record should be kept of all individuals present. 
  • When not directly participating in rehearsal, care should be taken to maintain a minimum distance of 3 to 6 feet between each individual. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and directors.
  • Shared musical equipment should be disinfected thoroughly before and after an individual’s use of equipment.
  • Social distancing during Contests/Events/Activities
    • Appropriate social distancing should be maintained during contests and events. Consider using tape or paint as a guide for students and directors.
    • Group people into tiers from essential to non-essential and decide which tiers will be allowed at an event.
      • Tier 1 (Essential): Student participants, directors, adjudicators, event staff, medical staff, security
      • Tier 2 (Preferred): Media
      • Tier 3 (Non-essential): Spectators, vendors
Note: Only Tier 1 and 2 personnel will be allowed to attend events until state/local health departments lift restrictions on mass gatherings.
 
  • Adjudicators and volunteers should be given the option to wear face coverings (may use artificial noisemaker in place of whistle when needed).
  • Hospitality rooms for adjudicators, directors, etc. should not include shared food service and should allow space for social distancing. Individual waters and pre-packaged snacks may be made available.
  • Spectators, media, and vendors can be present but should implement social distancing and follow established mass gathering guidelines.
  • Concessions may be sold if food handlers and cashiers use appropriate PPE and only prepared, prepackaged food is available.

  IMPORTANT LINKS  
 

Covid-19 RESOURCES:

Bailey, John, P, Hess, Frederick, M., “A Blueprint for Back to School,"
American Enterprise Institute., May 4, 2020.
 
Indiana Considerations for Learning and Safe Schools (IN-CLASS) Guidance,         
June 5, 2020.
 
Coronavirus disease 2019, K-12 District Reopening Checklist,. Washington
Association of School Administration Hanover Research, May, 2020.
 
Salmon, Karen, B., “Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education,” Maryland
Together, May 2020.  
 
United Nations, Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on children, 15, Apr,
2020, https://www.un.org.
 
Marion County Public Health Department
 
Indiana Department of Health