USD 394 COVID-19 FAQs
Onsite Learning Format – Our goal is to provide an educational setting in the classroom with a professional teacher. The Onsite Learning Format will be utilized when COVID-19 case numbers are low and it is safer to be in the buildings. Class schedules will be as normal as possible for those attending onsite.
Q: Will all students be required to wear masks all day?
A: The Center for Disease Control, American Association of Pediatrics, and the Kansas COVID-19 Workgroup for Kids are all recommending face coverings for everyone in the building at all times. There is some recognition that education may require some alternative options for masks, but it is in the type of face coverings and not in the option of not wearing a mask. The alternative options include wearing a mask, face shield, or cloth face covering. We will also encourage and remind students to social distance while wearing their face coverings. Students will not be required to wear a face-covering while in an outside classroom setting, at recess, during intense physical education activities, or while eating during lunch/breakfast. Most elementary schedules could require students to wear a face-covering 1 to 2 hours at a time, depending on when the lunch and recess times are for that grade level and the number of outside activities that can be planned. Middle school and high school students will likely be required to wear a face-covering for 2 to 3 hours at a time again depending on their lunch and possible PE activity schedules. We are encouraging each classroom designates a safe place where students may be able to take a mask break for a couple of minutes during the day if it is needed.
Q: What is the dress code requirement for face coverings?
A: The dress code refers to no obscene or vulgar messages or inappropriate advertising. This is the same as the dress code requirements for T-shirts.
Q: Do we need as many school supplies if we are not sharing supplies?
A: Although we believe there may be a few extra things needed for this school year, like face coverings and water bottles (these items can be discussed when your teacher contacts you before school starts to welcome you), we do expect students to need the same supplies for the year. The school supplies will be kept individually with the student for use.
Q: Will elementary students be required to social distance?
A: All students will be asked to social distance. We will still organize lessons and activities to encourage student interactions and we will continue to place an emphasis on caring, but our sharing and physical interactions will be limited. Our elementary students will still run and play. We will still have classmate/classroom discussions. We will still have partner work and teamwork activities. We will not have a spacing stick for every teacher or assign students to the violating social distancing informer job duty. We will encourage students to maintain spacing between them and their classmates so that we have the best chance of staying together in school this year. Rose Hill Schools is a loving and caring place because the people love and care about each other. That will not change.
Q. Will there be an updated school calendar?
A: We will release an updated 2020-2021 School Calendar upon approval from the USD 394 BOE following their meeting on August 17th, 2020.
UPDATE: The USD 394 Board of Education approved the revised calendar and the new one-page calendar is posted on the district website and can be found here.
Q: Will medical exemptions for not wearing a mask be honored?
A: Medical professionals have told us that there really is no medical condition that would prohibit the use of a mask. There are however some disorders that would prohibit the individual from wearing a mask. We have tried to make some concessions for these situations by allowing individuals to wear face shields instead of masks. If that is not possible, we will require the doctor orders exempting the face covering because the face covering is for others protection and we need to verify who is required not to wear the mask for the protection of others.
Q: If everyone is wearing masks at all times, and the masks are supposed to stop the spread, why do people have to quarantine due to exposure?
A: The KDHE guidance that we use does not suggest that a mask will stop the exposure of the virus, but rather that masks and quarantine are two strategies that are used to reduce the spread of COVID-19. So, masks will not eliminate quarantine, but both of these efforts are used to reduce exposure and increase the potential of keeping our kids healthy.
Remote Learning Format – Our goal is to provide a learning format for our health fragile students and families and during high COVID-19 case numbers for all students that still provide access to a teacher and classroom setting on a daily basis. This Remote Learning will look very different from the Continuous Learning that we did last spring. The State Department of Education is requiring all Remote Learners to spend the same amount of time on the learning activities as those in the onsite model and cover the same material and assessments. Our best chance at that is to have Remote Learners attend class every day through an Internet connection to the classroom. Participants need to verify that their child can attend daily and has a tablet/computer and a strong Internet connection to connect to the classroom.
Please Note: The application for choosing the Remote option has closed.
Q: Can students access the remote learning format if their class becomes quarantined during the year or if they are just sick and have to miss the day or two?
A: Whether the class is quarantined or the COVID-19 case numbers increase and require all students to be educated from home, students will have access to the classroom remotely. If the child is sick, we want them to focus on getting well, but we are working on an option to record the classroom session that would allow students to view them when they feel better and catch up on the lessons taught. Transitioning between onsite and remote learning formats may be something we have to experience throughout the year. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and our local Butler County Health Department will help us in determining when case numbers warrant a move to the remote learning format for all.
Q: Will we still need the same school supplies as when we were in the classroom?
A: Students will be engaged in the same classroom activity as onsite students. This will require the expectation that they have the same supplies available to them as their onsite classroom peers.
Q: Are the enrollment fees the same for all learning formats?
A: Whether the student is attending the class Onsite or from the Remote Learning option, the accessed fees are the same. They can be paid through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. In the Virtual Learning Format option, students receive their instruction through the Orion Education Service Center and they would need to just pay the Orion program fees. The enrollment for the Virtual Learning for students in grades 6-12 can be done through the middle and high school counselors.
Q: Will we receive a device for remote learning?
A: No. One of the requirements for selecting the remote learning format is that you have a device and strong Internet connection to be able to utilize the live streaming of the remote learning format. Different than in the spring, all of our devices are being used by those students who are onsite. Providing a device would mean someone onsite would need to do without. If this situation changes, we will be glad to revisit and contact those who have a need.