The purpose of the program continuity plans are to provide specific guidance and expectations for students and staff regarding instruction and safety protocols through phases of the MI Safe Start Plan and MI Safe Schools:Michigan 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap.  

These plans are intended as guidance, but it is NOT intended to replace the guidance given by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Ingham  County Health Department. As information changes, this document will be updated. 

Ingham ISD Beliefs and Assumptions 

In these unprecedented times, Ingham ISD needs to apply proactive measures to support students. With the Michigan 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap in place, we want to continue to fulfill our goal of the achievement and success of all learners. 

  •  The following beliefs and assumptions are guiding our response to this crisis:  
  • The overall safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. We are committed to provide a learning environment that ensures the physical and emotional well-being of all parties. 
  • Education saves lives and during this unprecedented time we, as educators, have a responsibility to support the social, emotional, educational, and physical needs of our students. 
  • Relationships are extremely important to learning and we need to continue to work to build and strengthen relationships with students and families 
  • Families are an essential component to continuity of learning and we need to build the capacity of families. 
  • We believe it is our moral responsibility to support the needs of all students especially in this time where access to resources could multiply disparity and address the needs of each learner. 
  • Staff will need to customize the support they provide as they best know the needs and capacity of their students and families. 

MI Safe Start Phases 1-3 

During Phases 1-3, schools will be closed for in-person instruction and teachers will be required to provide instruction remotely. Services, schedules, and instruction will be determined on an individual basis to best meet the needs of students while attempting to resemble their regular daily schedule. All IEP related services will be provided as determined by the IEP team. 

MI Safe Start Phase 4 

During Phase 4, schools are permitted to resume instruction in person with more stringent safety protocols in place. Schools are allowed to offer online or hybrid models of instruction (blend of in person, online and/or paper pencil assignments) in order to meet the needs of the student during this phase. 

Students will be expected to attend classes daily. Attendance will be taken following pupil accounting procedures.  

East Lansing will follow the ELPS Preparedness and Response Plan. Stockbridge will follow Stockbridge Strong: Return to School Plan. Both of these plans will direct individual IEP choices for instruction.  

Face Coverings 

Facial coverings will be worn by service providers during the work day, except during meals and if alone during travel, in a closed office space, or work station. Facial coverings may be cloth or disposable and provided by the employee or District as needed. Service providers may wear clear face masks provided by the District during direct work with students as appropriate. Service providers working in East Lansing and Stockbridge will also follow guidelines for use of facial coverings in that specific work location in addition to Ingham ISD guidelines. Necessary additional or specialized Personal Protective Equipment will be issued to staff based on the individual work assignments in coordination with their supervisor. 

If a student is unable or unwilling to wear a mask, staff should make their supervisor aware immediately to ensure that a plan is in place. For students who cannot wear a mask, it should still be a consideration to be taught in the classroom as this is a life skill that is needed in the community. Staff will work with families to ensure that all medical precautions are considered. 

Supplies 

Ingham ISD will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors including but not limited to hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol), gloves, face shields, disposable masks, gowns, portable polycarbonate panels. 

Hand Sanitizer will be provided to each staff person given the nature of their work. Proper handwashing and use of hand sanitizer will be reviewed and reinforced with staff. All service providers will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after each interaction with students and colleagues. Service providers will require students to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after each session with a staff person. Staff will need to notify their Supervisor when they are in need of additional hand sanitizer. 

Cleaning 

Service providers will be provided training on cleaning materials and protocols through virtual department meetings prior to the start of school. This training will show the use of PPE when cleaning/disinfecting, protocols for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms/work areas, and storage of cleaning materials. 

Supplies specific to individual students may be provided, including student specific storage whenever necessary. Manipulatives, toys, and paper materials that cannot be disinfected between student uses will be provided to students individually as single use items.  Shared student supplies, equipment, and work areas will be disinfected before and after each use utilizing the appropriate clearing procedures outlined in Ingham ISD district implementation plan. 

Many therapy/instructional materials that can be cleaned/disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant will be sanitized appropriately and allowed to air dry completely. Assessment materials will also be cleaned and disinfected after use each use.  Plastic barriers may be applied to testing materials before use with a student to the extent possible as well. 

Screening 

Ingham ISD itinerant/related service providers who are working with students in local districts and schools will monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 during their provision of service. If a student becomes symptomatic of COVID-19, the Ingham ISD employee will follow the quarantine and isolation protocols established by the local district and school in which they are working at the time. Identified school staff caring for these children should wear a surgical mask, with the exception of students with special needs requiring aerosolized procedures in which an N95 mask is required. 

Service providers are required to complete and submit the health screening and protocol established for the local district in which they are assigned to work when entering a school or building during each work day. If scheduled to work in multiple districts and/or schools during a work day, they are required to complete and submit the health screening for each school or building they are entering. This will allow for effective contact tracing efforts with itinerant and Ingham ISD employees as per health department recommendations. 

Instruction 

The students in the East Lansing and Stockbridge ASD programs are integrated in general education classrooms. Each program has built a strong relationship with their school and community. Both programs will closely follow their school’s plan for instruction and safety.  

Classroom staff work with many service providers to support the varied needs of students. Communication between providers, staff, and families is vital to the success of students.  

Service providers will continue to provide direct instruction and related services (e.g. speech/language, school social work, occupational/physical therapy, school psychology, adaptive PE, low incidence teacher consulting services) as per each assigned child's current IEP. Staff will utilize multiple digital platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, Seesaw, email, text, phone, and print activity packets) to provide services based on family needs. Staff may utilize face to face instruction or virtual instruction. 

Service providers will provide direct and consultative services to assigned students, families and/or local district personnel as per a student’s IEP to support the growth and development of the whole child. The needs of the student and family will determine the frequency, amounts of types of services provided. 

Service providers will provide direct services to students and/or families.  Staff may use email, phone, or texts to contact families and can provide activity packets via email or mail based on family needs. 

Service providers will maintain a log to document the services and contacts scheduled and provided to each child and family. These logs will also include progress on individual student goals/objectives being addressed. 

Food Service 

Individual lunches delivered to students with disposable utensils. If staff assistance is necessary, all necessary PPE will be utilized by staff. 

Busing and Student Transportation 

Self-transportation will be encouraged if possible. 

Dean Transportation Plan 

Ingham ISD will be closely collaborating with Dean Transportation to ensure the safety of staff and students on the bus. Ongoing meetings and communication between the ISD and Dean Transportation will occur regularly to review and discuss any concerns or issues that may arise. 

Communication will be sent to families to outline bus processes and procedures before the beginning of the school year and as needed throughout.  

Requirements from the Michigan Return to School Roadmap (Phase 4) 

Drivers will require the use of hand sanitizers before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer must be supplied on the bus. 

The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades preK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus. Note: there may be situations where it is not safe for the bus driver to wear a facial covering. Decisions about these situations should be made on a case-by-case basis with local public health officials. 

Transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every transit route. Children must not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.  

Frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle will be cleaned and disinfected (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes. 

Equipment including items such as car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected daily. 

Create a plan for getting students home safely if they are not allowed to board the vehicle. 

If a student becomes sick during the day, they will not use group transportation to return home and must follow protocols outlined above. If a driver becomes sick during the day, they must follow protocols for sick staff outlined above and must not return to drive students. 

Weather permitting, doors and windows will be kept open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.  

Weather permitting, keeping windows open while the vehicle is in motion will be considered to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe. 

MI Safe Start Phase 5 

While the roadmap indicates that schools in Phase 5 can open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols, Ingham ISD’s plan is to continue the safety protocols that are being followed under MI Safe Start Phase 4. 

MI Safe Start Phase 6 

Phase 6 is considered Post-Pandemic with schools open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols in effect. 

MI Safe Start Plan Phases 1-3

During Phases 1-3, schools will be required to provide instruction remotely.  Heartwood instructors will be holding class in a remote setting and will be required to record them for use anytime if students are unavailable for real-time learning.  Instructors will have the opportunity to access their classrooms in order to conduct remote learning from there and create materials, but no students are permitted on campus.

Mason Food Service (Phase 3)

Remote learning only. Students' breakfast and lunch will be delivered or picked up.

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 4

Step 1 

Students will start remotely until September 18.

Step 2

Starting September 21st, students will be on an a/b cohort schedule with 2 days of in-person learning and 3 days of virtual learning. Wednesdays will be virtual for the entire Heartwood building to allow for deep cleaning. Families wanting a remote only option will be offered. 

Step 3

All students back in the building 4 days in person and 1 day (Wednesday) of remote learning for all to clean. 

Current Information for Phase 4 Learning

Ingham ISD Preparedness and Response Plan 2020-2021 

Transition Programs Continuity of Learning Companion Plan

Covid-19 CDC Health Screen for Families & Staff

Dean Transportation Document

ASL: Coronavirus Symptoms

CDC: Coronavirus Symptoms (print)

CDC: Coronavirus Symptoms (video)

Rationale for Remote Start
 

  1. Safety of All Learners
  2. Safety of Staff
  3. Transition time for training staff and families on google classroom, handwashing, masks, PPE protocols, video trainings, etc.
  4. Create Social Stories about PPE equipment on staff and school area closures
  5. Alter classroom environments - removal of furniture, addition of separated desks to ensure every possible 6 foot space potential is used.
  6. Create library cart, music therapy cart, etc. for traveling learning during cohorts
  7. Create school vIdeos on changes within school building to prepare students
  8. Assessment of current regression level for students
  9. Roll out potential new online/in-person curriculum materials to our ASD/SCI/SXI classrooms
  10. Gather all equipment that has been lent out to families (bikes, all PT/OT standers, chairs, etc.)

Rationale for A/B Schedule
 

  1. Safety of All Learners
  2. Safety of Staff
  3. Increased in- person 6 foot distance opportunities with fewer students per classroom.
  4. Combination of in-person and remote learning.
  5. Less exposure risk for our most vulnerable populations.
  6. Provide opportunities for collective healing, community building, and strengthening relationships with teachers and peers.
  7. Help students learn and practice new routines so that they can thrive in the new structure.
  8. Ensure that all students have the technology and materials they need to move seamlessly between in-person and remote learning.
  9. Provide immediate interventions for students who you know will need extra support re-connecting or engaging in learning.
  10. Identify transition, social and academic needs, and match students with appropriate interventions.

Phase in Plan for Staff and Students (Phase 4)

Step One

Remote learning for all students until at least September 18th. This will be time spent to communicate with families, preparation for cohort models, and assess regression of students - Phase 4 - Current Phase

Step Two

Starting no earlier than September 21st, Cohort a/b schedule with Wednesdays virtual for all learners for adequate cleaning. Remote only option for families if they choose.

Step Three

Evaluation of COVID numbers and state mandates, slowly move towards all students back in building M, T, Th, and Fr with Wednesdays remote only for cleaning. 

Phase 4 Paraprofessional Roles

Teacher Support
 
  • Resource Development (manipulatives, kits, visual schedules, etc.)
  • YouTube Private Teaching Channel Lessons
  • Data Collection
  • Job Site Development
Parent Support
 
  • Instructional Support
  • Technology Support
  • (Google Meet, Google Classroom, Zoom,etc.)
  • Small Group Meetings 
  • Family Engagement
Student Support
 
  • Team Conference to Determine Recovery Services, Development & Implementation
  • One on One Instructional Support
  • Instructional Support
  • Job Site Development
Classroom Support
 
  • Safety Monitor
  • (PPE, supplies, hourly disinfecting, etc.)
  • Individual Assessments
  • Online lesson development under the direction of the teacher
  • Job Site Development

Heartwood Cohort Schedule

Cohorts remain together for in-person learning
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Cohort A
Students
IN-PERSON
Cohort A
Students
IN-PERSON
Cohort A & B
ONLINE
Asynchronous
Learning
Cohort B
Students
IN-PERSON
Cohort B
Students
IN-PERSON
Cohort B
Students
ONLINE

Cohort B
Students
ONLINE

Cleaning/
Disinfecting
Cohort A
Students
ONLINE
Cohort A
Students
ONLINE


Visual Supports and Education Resources

Use visual supports in the form of social narratives to make the situation clearer. This can be done with words or pictures to help them understand the need for good hygiene and how they may be feeling. Let them know their feelings are normal. 

Social Narrative: COVID-19

Social Narrative: Coronavirus

Social Narrative: Greeting People

Social Narrative: Giving People Space (Social Distancing)

Social Narrative: Giving People Space When Talking

Hand washing Pictures

Hand washing Task Analysis

Task Analysis: Using FaceTime

Task Analysis Template

Educational Resources for Kids

Google Teach from Anywhere (for families and teachers)

 

Hybrid/Flipped Classroom 

  • Instruction delivered remotely in real-time/also recorded and posted for future need
  • Buildings open for student attendance  on A/B schedule 

Cohort A - Monday & Tuesday

Cohort B - Thursday & Friday

Wednesday - No students on campus to allow for cleaning  between cohorts

 

Heartwood Activities During Phase 4

Remote Teaching – includes remote lesson recording, live format and recorded/posted. Can be done in person, in assigned classroom or outside with assigned classroom (weather permitting).

Sensory Rooms – will not be used in Phase 4.

Music Therapy – includes remote lesson recording, live format and recorded/posted. Can be done outside with assigned classroom (weather permitting).

Physical Education – includes remote lesson recording, live format and recorded/posted. Can be done outside with assigned classroom (weather permitting).

Library – can be done in-person, in assigned classroom using the cart on a rotation.

Tiger Way Store -  can be utilized in a designated area, one classroom student at a time.

Playground – can be utilized via a schedule outside with assigned classroom (weather permitting).

Online Format for Heartwood Students Cohort
 

  • Google Meet & Zoom (live and recorded lessons)
  • Individual & Group Sessions based on IEP and transition goals & objectives

Online learning systems include:

  • Google Meet & Zoom
  • Unique Learning Systems
  • Class Dojo
  • News 2 You

Social Distancing

Social distancing is a simple yet very effective mechanism to prevent potential infection, that relies on simple distance to avoid infection.  In practice this means:

  • Staying at least 6 feet from others as a normal practice
  • Eliminating contact with others, such as handshakes or embracing coworkers, visitors, or friends
  • Avoiding touching surfaces touched by others to the extent feasible
  • Avoiding anyone that appears to be sick, or is coughing or sneezing

Social distancing in our school includes classrooms, common areas, entrance/exit areas of work locations, and offices. 

  • Flow of foot traffic should be directed in only one direction.  If one-way flow is not possible, hallways can be divided with either side following the same direction.
  • Efforts will be made to keep six feet of distance between people in the hallways. Staggered movements at incremental intervals should be used if feasible to minimize the number of persons in the hallways as able.

Efforts to Prevent Spread & Avoid Spread

Disinfection measures have been put in place and are taken routinely, 

  • The facility was completely sanitized and disinfected before re-opening
  • All employees have an active part in keeping our school disinfected. 
  • Frequently touched surfaces including light switches, doors, benches, bathrooms, must undergo cleaning at least every four hours with an EPA-approved disinfectant. 
  • Student desks/tables must be wiped down with, an EPA-approved disinfectant, after every class period/after each activity.                                                                 
  • Playground structures will be disinfected between classroom uses.                                 
  • Safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children, with adequate ventilation when staff use products.
  • Staff must wear gloves, surgical mask, and face shield when performing all cleaning activities.

Efforts to Prevent Spread & Avoid Infection
 

  • Capacity: Heartwood will be monitoring/limiting the number of employees in the offices while the risk of infection exists and begins to diminish. 
  • Conference Rooms: Conference rooms will be closed until further notice. Signage indicating closure will be placed on conference room doors. All meetings are required to use Zoom as a virtual option even for employees in the office or school. 
  • Staff Lounge/Shared Equipment: Closed for use during Phase 4 of Michigan Safe Start Plan. This includes the use of shared appliances such as coffee machines, refrigerators, and microwaves. Staff mailboxes will be moved to lounge. The laminator will be located in lounge for staff use. 2 people max capacity in lounge.
  • Copy Room: one person at a time - copies can be made by the administrative assistants in advance when given notice.
  • Digital Files: Send email to the administrative assistant with the number of copies and specific instructions (number of copies, double-sided, laminated, date/time needed). The administrative assistant will print them and deliver them to your pocket folder placed outside the lounge.
  • Copies of a book/paper: Place them in the box outside of the back entrance of the office, with the attached note to indicate specific instructions. The administrative assistant will print them and deliver them to your classroom, where they will be placed in the holder outside your classroom door. 
  • Nursing Office and Supply Room: CLOSED for drop-in care and supply gathering during phase 4. If your classroom/staff needs Kleenex, gloves, sanitizer, you will fill out the nursing supply request form. Supplies will be delivered to your classroom by office staff.    
  • In the event of an ill student: staff will call the nurses office or the front office. The nurses will come to your classroom to assess the student/staff once appropriate. 
  • Transported Students: To avoid congestion, and maintain social distancing to the extent possible, the following procedure will be in place: 
  • Arrival: Students will get off bus and go to their assigned/ marked waiting spot on the sidewalk. Classrooms will be dismissed to their classrooms in a manner not to congest the hallway.
  • Dismissal: Students will wait in their classrooms and await a dismissal announcement to board their busses. 

Bus Drivers/Bus Protocols
 

  • Require the use of hand sanitizer before entering the bus. Hand sanitizer will be supplied on the bus.  Parents may be asked to assist with application of hand sanitizer to their own children.
  • The bus driver, staff, and all students in grades PreK-12, if medically feasible, must wear facial coverings while on the bus. 
  • Facial coverings will be worn by PreK-Transition students, staff, and bus drivers during school transportation.   Following Ingham County Health Department guidelines, staff will be required to wear a face covering unless they meet one of the exceptions (currently only for those with facial deformities or a diagnosed neuro-behavioral disorder). Any staff or student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one. Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.  
  • Weather permitting and in consideration student’s medical needs, busses may keep windows open while the vehicle is in motion to help reduce the spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe. 

Transportation Cleaning Protocol
 

  • Busses/Transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every transit route. Students will not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in the vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected (e.g., surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
  • Equipment including items such as car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools daily, will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected.  Equipment that remains on the bus will be cleaned by the bus drivers; other equipment will be cleaned by classroom staff.  
  • Weather permitting, doors and windows will be left open when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.

Plan for Ill Drivers and Students

If a student becomes sick during the day, they will not be permitted to use district owned transportation to return home and must follow protocols outlined above. If a driver becomes sick during the day, they must follow protocols for sick staff outlined above.  

Disinfection of the School Facilities

Category Area Frequency
Workspaces Classrooms, Offices

At the end of each use/day

Appliances
(Phase 4- Closed

Phase 5 Instructions)

Refrigerators, Microwaves, Coffee Machines

After every use

Electronic Equipment

Copier machines, Shared computer monitors, TV’s, Telephones, keyboards

After every use 

iPads/tablets - alcohol wipes after each use

Classroom Materials

Manipulatives, CORE Boards, etc.

After every use 

General Used Objects

Handles, light switches, sinks, restrooms

Minimum every 4 hours 

Common Areas
(Phase 4- CLOSED 

Phase 5 Instructions)

Cafeteria, Library, Conference rooms, Gyms, Common Areas

At the end of each use/day; between groups

 

Staff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
 

  • Our top priority is protecting our people- STAFF AND STUDENTS. 
  • PPE for ALL Staff is REQUIRED when others present/common areas including all classrooms, nurse stations and support staff areas at All Times.
  • PPE includes: 
    • Masks (with clear fronts to see mouth)
    • Shields (MUST wear with Mask)
    • Wear if at risk of bodily fluid getting into myes
    • Gowns
    • Gloves (during feeding/toileting)
    • Scrubs (optional)
  • Administrative staff and office staff PPE includes:
    • Masks (with clear fronts to see mouth)
    • Shields (MUST wear with Mask)

Student Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Heartwood will implement requirements for facial coverings that at a minimum require the wearing of face coverings, except during meals. Exceptions may be made based on medical necessity.   

  • All students in grades PreK-Transition when on a school bus. *Facial coverings will be worn by PreK-Transition students, staff, and bus drivers during school transportation when applicable.  Following Ingham County Health Department guidelines, staff will be required to wear a face covering unless they meet one of the exceptions (currently only for those with facial deformities or a diagnosed neuro-behavioral disorder). Any staff or student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one. Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks. 
  • All staff and all students in grades PreK-Transition when in indoor hallways and common areas. 
  • All students and staff when in classrooms.
  • Homemade facial coverings should be washed daily.
  • Disposable facial coverings should be disposed of at the end of each day.

Video Demonstrations
 

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
 

  • Heartwood will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors (including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for safe use by staff and students, paper towels, tissues, and signs and social stories reinforcing proper handwashing techniques).
  • Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be taught and reinforced via Social Stories (personalized and for group) via video and text-based formats. Each classroom will have a handwashing schedule, using soap and water every 2-3 hours.  Schedules to be posted in your classrooms. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the classrooms and throughout the school building for staff and student use -discuss with facilities.
  • Encourage covering of coughs and sneezes with a tissue.

Exiting and Entering HWS 
 

  • Only entering through door 1 MAIN ENTRANCE - all staff will enter only thru the main entrance and ensure that they have used the Covid-19 Health Screening Questionnaire using the QR code that facilities laid out. Please see Steve Rusnock should you have concerns related to the screening process. 

Time Clock Punch in and Punch Out System
 

  • Staff will sanitize the machine with a sanitizing wipe after each use. 

Front Office Procedures
 

  • Office doors will be locked. 
  • Only Office staff and Administration permitted in office.
  • Staff will fill out a request form for things needed from the office that the office staff will set in a designated area outside the office for them
  • Mailboxes will be utilized for things needing to come to the office.

Sharing Materials
 

  • Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.  For example, sharing of school supplies. If in need of supplies, please contact the office. 
  • Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
  • Limit the use of supplies and equipment by one group of children at a time and clean and disinfect between use.  - EX computer labs, library books

Mason Food Service
 

  • Classrooms will eat in their classrooms when in session.
  • Remote learners will still be provided meals - delivered and picked up (need to plan)
  •  Serving and cafeteria staff should use barrier protection including gloves, face shields, and surgical masks.
  •  Students, teachers, and food service staff should wash hands before and after every meal. 
  • Staff should wear PPE when feeding students. Support Staff will assist whenever possible. 
  • School-supplied meals will be delivered to classrooms with disposable utensils.

Assemblies
 

  • Prohibit indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom. 
  • Large scale assemblies of more than 50 students are suspended.            

Field Trips
 

  • Off-site field trips that require bus transportation to an indoor location are suspended. 

Visitors 
 

  • Family members or other guests are not allowed in the school building except under extenuating circumstances determined by the principal.                                                 
  • Adult guests entering the building should be screened for symptoms, wear a facial covering, and wash/sanitize hands prior to entering. Strict records, including date and time, should be kept of non-school employees or other visitors entering and exiting the building. 

 

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 5

Will look similar to Phase 4 with all students back in building at least 4 days/week with Wednesdays off for cleaning.

Assemblies
 

  • All gatherings, including those that occur outdoors (e.g., graduations) will comply with current and future executive orders that set caps on congregations of people. 
  • Schools should offer telecasting of assemblies and other school-sanctioned events if able. 

Field Trips
 

  • If field trips occur, they will comply with transportation guidelines within this document, including mandatory facial covering. 

Visitors
 

  • Parents or guardians are not allowed in the school building except under extenuating circumstances as determined by school officials. Only one parent or guardian per child should be allowed to enter except under extenuating circumstances as determined by the Principal.                                      
  • Adult guests entering the building should wash or sanitize their hands before entering.

Mason Food Service
 

  • Serving and cafeteria staff should use barrier protection including gloves, face shields, and surgical masks.
  • Students, teachers, and cafeteria staff wash hands before and after every meal.

Hybrid/Flipped Classroom 

 

  • Instruction delivered remotely in real-time/also recorded and posted for future need
  • Buildings open for student attendance  on A/B schedule 

Cohort A- Monday & Tuesday

Cohort B- Thursday & Friday

Wednesday- No Students on campus to allow for cleaning  between cohorts

Heartwood Activities During Phase 5

Remote Learning – includes Zoom, live format and recorded/posted, in-person with assigned classroom, and outside with assigned classroom

Music Therapy – includes Zoom, live format and recorded/posted, and in-person with assigned classroom

Physical Education – includes Zoom, live format and recorded/posted, outside with assigned classroom, and in designated area (gym, art room, library with guidelines)

Swim - in designated area (gym, art room, library with guidelines)

Library – in-person with assigned classroom (on classroom carts)

Tiger Way Store - in-person with assigned classroom and in designated area 

Playground – can be utilized via a schedule outside with assigned classroom (weather permitting).

 

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 6

Return to normal full-day in-person instruction with safety protocols in place. 

MI Safe Start Phase 1-3 

When the state is deemed to be in Phase 1-3 of the MI Safe Start Plan, as outlined by Governor Whitmer in the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap (6/30/20), home visiting in-person services will be suspended. Instead, services will be provided to families through alternative methods such as virtually (e.g., Zoom), by phone, and/or email and text. Services will be dependent upon comfort levels of families with service delivery options (e.g. Tele Practice, text, email, video sharing, phone).  We will work with families to find and supply them with the necessary technology.  Any necessary equipment will only be distributed if there is an outpatient therapist who can work with the family and coordinate proper instruction. 

MI Safe Start Phase 4 

Update October 2020: Limited home visits are being tested within the office and outside to determine what can occur moving forward.

When the state is deemed to be in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan, as outlined by Governor Whitmer in the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap (6/30/20), home visiting programs will be providing services through a combination of synchronous (i.e. phone calls and Tele Practice) or asynchronous (i.e. email, video sharing, text).  Services will be provided virtually until September 30. 

Conversations with Families 

  • Staff will contact families and explain that our services will continue to be provided virtually with some in-person visits that are deemed necessary by the team. 
  • Families are free to contact Administration with any concerns (contact information listed on Service Delivery Options Document) 
  • Staff can discuss with Administration any concerns that they have or that family has
  • The method for service delivery will be documented by each service provider for each family on their caseload using the Service Delivery Family Plan.  After consultation with a supervisor and team, special consideration may be given to allow an in-person visit to a family during this time 

Conversations In Childcare Settings 

  • Services in Childcare Settings will be virtual 

  • Tele Practice, text, email, video sharing, phone for home and childcare 

  • Collaborate with Childcare Setting to find the best way to share intervention strategies  

In person visits will be deemed necessary by the team using the following criteria

  • Special Education Evaluations when virtual evaluation and assessment is not reliable 
  • Equipment pick up or drop off requiring fitting
  • Families without  internet or device 
  • Child outcomes that cannot be accomplished virtually  see controlled environments section below 

Required Mitigation Strategies 

All PPE for staff and families will be provided by the district to include face coverings, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and gowns/scrubs. 

Controlled Environments for In Person Visits deemed necessary 

  • Consider holding visits in an outdoor setting 
    • Park 
    • Front or Back Yard 
  • Consider holding visits in the Early Childhood Services Building 
    • Over 50% of the visits must still be in the Natural Environment 
    • Use Tele Practice for the majority of visits 

Health Screenings 

  • For Staff prior to beginning their workday if they are entering one of the ISD buildings or going to each permissible in-person visit.  In addition, staff will take their temperature in front of the family prior to entering the home. 
  • For Families  
    • At least 30 minutes prior to each home visit, providers should send their family the Health Screening.  If the family does not respond, send a second time.  If there is no response following the second request, the home visit is to be rescheduled.   
    • Staff will take the temperature of everyone who will be participating in the visit. 

Cloth Face Coverings 

  • Providers must wear a cloth face covering when doing an in person visit if they are medically able.  
  • Providers must wear a disposable or clean face covering for each visit. Used face coverings should be isolated (e.g., placed in a plastic bag) until the provider has completed his/her work day, after which they should be sanitized or thrown away.  
  • Providers should consider the use of a face covering that has a clear section in front of the mouth to allow for better communication.  

Face Shields 

  • Providers should also consider wearing a face shield when doing an in person visit. 

Social Distancing 

  • Although space limitations in some homes may make social distancing difficult, it should be maintained to the degree possible.  
  • Providers should ask families to limit the number of people participating in the visit, recognizing that this may not always be possible.  Ideally, the visit would consist of one home visitor, one caregiver and one child. 

Hand Hygiene & Sanitizing  

  • Sanitize in, sanitize out 
    • Providers should use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol upon arrival. If possible, it is always preferable to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. 
    • Providers should sanitize or wash their hands frequently during the visit if they perform tasks where they are touching items that people have touched or have direct contact with a child or family members. 
    • Once the provider leaves, they should sanitize or wash their hands  

Cleaning/Disinfecting 

  • Upon leaving any in person visit the provider should disinfect any items that they brought into the visit (this should be limited to phone, pen, keys and contact sheet whenever possible) 
  • Any equipment provided to the family under the following conditions: 
    • Equipment that does not need sizing or specialized instruction will be delivered to you as “contactless” as possible 
    • Any equipment that is loaned to a family will be disinfected prior to delivery  
    • Equipment will be cleaned by the family prior to pick up and disinfected by staff 
  • Providers should schedule a minimum of 30 minutes between visits to allow for proper cleaning/disinfecting 
  • Providers should schedule no more than 3 in person visits in a day to allow for proper cleaning/disinfecting 
  • All disinfectant wipes and disposable masks should be placed in a bag and disposed of at the end of the work day. 

Additional Mitigations Strategies for Home Visits can be found in the Home-based Early Childhood Services Document 

See Addendum - Home Visiting Checklist  

MI Safe Start Phase 4 Ongoing Evaluation based on Local Data 

Providers should discuss with the families they serve to assess their readiness to return to in-person services. Providers should contact families and:  

All mitigation strategies from Phase 4 are recommended and will be discussed by the parent and the provider. 

MI Safe Start Phase 5 

Parents who request in person visits will receive in person visits.  All mitigation strategies from Phase 4 are recommended and will be discussed by the parent and the provider. 

  • Review Service Delivery Options and Requirements for Phase 4 with families emphasizing that we need to keep all options open and that we may need to change between options if conditions change 
  • Include in each conversation a discussion of  basic needs, the family’s social/emotional wellbeing and the importance of everyone’s health and safety 
  • Consult with the family about the risks and if they would meet the critera for in-person services including if anyone in the family is at greater risk of transmitting infection or having complications if infected by COVID-19 
  • When exploring Face to Face Visits Families – share one of the Family Handouts 
  • Consult with the family if children (in particular) have chronic health conditions, families may want to consult with their primary care provider to determine if it is safe to resume in-person services 

MI Safe Start All Phases 

Play Groups 

The continuation of play groups located at outside agencies will be considered based on the agency’s policies and in accordance with any Executive Order limiting the number of people allowed in indoor or outdoor community settings.  Providers can continue offering alternative playgroup service methods such as virtual groups or pre-recorded videos/activities. Further, play groups could occur in-person within community settings, dependent on the limitations of the setting. For example, groups could be held at a park, following the safety procedures outlined in this document such as social distancing and hygiene. Further, providers should consider any legal requirements issued by the governor or current executive orders regarding community settings. Communication should also occur with families to determine their comfort level and needs.  

Referrals & Evaluations 

Referrals will continue to be processed, with timelines beginning at the time they are received. Staff will continue contacting families to schedule distance intake, screenings and evaluations. 

For Early On services, evaluation teams will work closely with families to determine what evaluation information can be collected at a distance, and whether additional evaluation data and/or eligibility areas will need to be collected/considered in-person in phases 4 or 5.  A combination of Virtual or Outdoor setting (to see the child in the natural environment) and in the Early Childhood services building. 

Addendum - HOME VISIT CHECKLIST 

Before the Visit 
 
  • Contact the family and ask their permission to come. 
  • Prepare the family.  Help them understand how the visits will proceed with new guidelines, share expectations about face coverings, social/physical distancing, and hygiene.  Answer any questions. 
  • Send the health screening questions.  Do not visit if the screener is not returned or if anyone is sick. 
  • Take your temperature and anyone participating in the home visit’s temperature.  Do not visit if anyone is sick. 
  • Plan how to practice social distancing and hygiene during and after the visit. 
During the Visit 
 
  • Wear a cloth or disposable face covering and require the family you are visiting to do the same. 
  • Provide a cloth or disposable face coverings if the family needs them. 
  • Sanitize your hands upon arrival. 
  • Explain the precautions you will take during the visit due to COVID-19, including social distancing. 
  • Do your best to respect any additional precautions families ask you to take while in their home.
After the Visit 
 
  • Sanitize your hands. 
  • Update your records about who was at the visit in case contact tracing is needed. 
  • Sanitize any items you used during the visit and your vehicle. 
  • Discuss any COVID-19 related concerns with your supervisor.

MI Safe Start Plan Phases 1-3

During Phases 1-3, schools will be closed for in-person instruction and teachers will be required to provide instruction remotely. Services, schedules and instruction will be determined on an individual basis to best meet the needs of students while attempting to resemble their regular schedule.

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 4

Implementation

Itinerant/related service providers will collaborate with local district teachers to incorporate activities into instructional tasks and/or continuing parent coaching to provide support on embedding practices in activities. Coaching will continue to include paper materials and manipulative equipment sent home, assistive technology and adaptive equipment sent home, instructional videos, and asynchronous resources. 

Itinerant/related service providers assigned to local districts will provide services (e.g. speech/language, school social work, occupational/physical therapy, school psychology, adaptive PE low incidence teacher consulting services) as per each assigned child's current IEP.  Itinerant/related service providers will work within the guidelines of their assigned districts plan, providing services directly or remotely through online instruction (synchronous and asynchronous) and/or hard copy materials/activities based on family needs. Itinerant/related service providers may use multiple virtual communication (Zoom, Google Meet, email, text and/or phone, etc.) to communicate regularly with families and/or students based on their preferences. Itinerant/related service providers will coordinate with parents/guardians to hold Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings virtually or via phone provided parents’ consent and are able to fully participate in the meeting. Further, in keeping with required state and federal timelines and the district’s child find obligation, evaluations for children suspected of having a disability and re-evaluations will be conducted by the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) when it is determined that valid and reliable assessment data may be gathered remotely to make an appropriate recommendation of eligibility. 

Face Coverings, Supplies Provided & Hygiene

Facial coverings will be worn by itinerant/related service providers during the work day, except during meals and if alone during travel, in a closed office space, or work station. Facial coverings may be cloth or disposable and provided by the employee or District as needed. Itinerant/related service providers may wear clear face masks provided by the District during direct work with students as appropriate. Following Ingham County Health Department guidelines, staff will be required to wear a face covering unless they meet one of the exceptions (currently only for those with facial deformities or a diagnosed neuro-behavioral disorder).  Ingham ISD itinerant/related service providers working in local district schools and buildings will also follow guidelines for use of facial coverings in that specific work location in addition to Ingham ISD guidelines. Necessary additional or specialized Personal Protective Equipment will be issued to staff based on the individual work assignments in coordination with their supervisor. 

Ingham ISD will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors including but not limited to: hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol), gloves, face shields, disposable masks, and/or portable polycarbonate panels, thermometers. 

Hand Sanitizer will be provided to each staff person given the itinerant nature of their work. Proper hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be reviewed and reinforced with staff. All itinerant/related service providers will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after each interaction with students and colleagues.  Itinerant/related service providers will require students to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after each session with a staff person. Staff will need to notify their Supervisor when they are in need of additional hand sanitizer. 

Cleaning

Itinerant/related service providers will be provided training on cleaning materials and protocols through virtual department meetings prior to the start of school. This training will show the use of PPE when cleaning/disinfecting, protocols for cleaning and disinfecting classrooms/work areas, and storage of cleaning materials. 

Supplies specific to individual students may be provided, including student specific storage whenever necessary. Manipulatives, toys, and paper materials that cannot be disinfected between student uses will be provided to students individually as single use items.  Shared student supplies, equipment, and work areas will be disinfected by the provider before and after each use utilizing the appropriate cleaning procedures outlined in Ingham ISD district implementation plan. 

Many therapy/instructional materials that can be cleaned/disinfected with an EPA-approved disinfectant will be sanitized appropriately and allowed to air dry completely. Assessment materials will also be cleaned and disinfected after use each use.  Plastic barriers may be applied to testing materials before use with a student to the extent possible as well. 

Screening

Ingham ISD itinerant/related service providers who are working with students in local districts and schools will monitor students for symptoms of COVID-19 during their provision of service. If a student becomes symptomatic of COVID-19, the Ingham ISD employee will follow the quarantine and isolation protocols established by the local district and school in which they are working at the time.  At this time, if an Ingham ISD itinerant/related service provider may take the temperature of a student they are providing service to. 

Building to Building Travel

Itinerant/related service providers are required to complete and submit the health screening and protocol established for the local district in which they are assigned to work when entering a school or building during each work day. If scheduled to work in multiple districts and/or schools during a work day, they are required to complete and submit the health screening for each school or building they are entering. This will allow for effective contact tracing efforts with itinerant and Ingham ISD employees as per health department recommendations 

Ingham ISD itinerant/related service providers who are traveling between buildings on a daily basis will need to follow all local district requirements including: wash/sanitize hands, wear a mask (should be changed or discarded after each use), complete health screening (every location), gloves (single use), gown/scrub (single use), shields (disposable or disinfect daily), disinfect area after usage.   

Itinerant/related service providers will only be traveling into approved locations to provide services. 

Instruction

Itinerant/related service providers will continue to provide related services (e.g. speech/language, school social work, occupational/physical therapy, school psychology, adaptive PE, low incidence teacher consulting services) as per each assigned child's current IEP. Staff will utilize multiple digital platforms (e.g. Zoom, Google Meet, email, text, phone) and print activity packets to provide services based on family needs.  Virtual learning strategies may be appropriate for certain students based on individual considerations. As with any other service delivery strategy, virtual therapy should not be provided unilaterally to all students with IEPs as individualized considerations are central to IDEA.  Virtual services could occur, if the district is face to face.  All participants would need to agree and plan accordingly.  Staff may work with groups of students, if in accordance with local policies. 

Itinerant/related service providers will provide direct and consultative services to assigned students, families and/or local district personnel as per a student’s IEP to support the growth and development of the whole child. The needs of the student and family will determine the frequency, amounts, and types of services provided. 

Itinerant/related service providers will maintain a log to document the services and contacts scheduled and provided to each child and family. These logs will also include progress on individual student goals/objectives being addressed. 

Audiology Office Procedures

Ingham ISD operates the audiology office.  In the past, many visitors came into the office daily by appointment.  It is recommended that there be no more than 5 audiology exams in one day.  All Ingham ISD audiology office visitors will arrange for an appointment.  Visitors will remain outside (in the vehicle) until the audiologist is prepared for the visitors to enter the audiology office.  The audiologist will communicate with the parent/guardian via phone or text when ready for the visitor (or by signaling from the door they are ready).  There will only be one parent/guardian and child allowed in the audiology office at any given time.  Upon entry, the parent/guardian will complete the sign-in, Ingham County Health Department screening questions and take temperature.  If they answer “yes” to questions and/or have temperature over 100.0 degrees, the visitors may not enter.  The parent/guardian will wear a mask while in the audiology office.  Once the audiology exam is complete, the parent/guardian and child must promptly leave the audiology office.  It is recommended that the parent/guardian bring a small toy or other form of comfort for the child.  Ingham ISD audiologists will disinfect necessary areas and equipment after each visitor.  Ingham ISD audiologists will sanitize toys and other materials that have been touched. 

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 5

The MI Safe Schools Roadmap indicated that schools in Phase 5 can open for in-person instruction. Many of the required safety protocols from Phase 4 will continue in Phase 5.

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 6

Phase 6 is considered Post-Pandemic with schools open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols in effect.

MI Safe Start Phases 1-3

During Phases 1-3, schools will be closed for in-person instruction and teachers will be required to provide instruction remotely. Teachers will be holding online classes following their regular daily schedule. Teachers will conduct remote live instructions from their classrooms (Evergreen, Ingham Academy, (Secondary Learning Center) or from their homes (Malcolm Williams School & St. Vincent Home School) following their regular daily schedule. 

Students will be expected to attend online classes daily as if they were face to face. Attendance will be taken following pupil accounting procedures. Parents will be contacted if a student is absent.  

Students who need technology support will be provided with an iPad or Chromebook as available. In addition, the school will work to provide internet access to those students who have limited or no internet access as mifi (mobile hotspots) become available. 

Evergreen 

School will run from 8:30-2:50 with a lunch break from 11:30-12. The building has two SmartBoards so the teacher will have the capability to group students for instruction with the support of paraprofessional staff. Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to each student. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur weekly. 

Ingham Academy 

School will run a one tier class schedule with students scheduled from 8:30-3:25 with a lunch break from 12:10-12:50. Academic instruction will be provided using GoogleMeet and students will follow their typical daily 7 class hour schedule. Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to each student. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur weekly. Teachers will conduct remote live instructions from their classrooms using the SmartBoard or desktop. Paraprofessional staff can also have a parallel GoogleMeet going on a laptop to assist students. 

Malcolm Williams School 

School will continue to run from 8:15 to 3:10. Academic instruction will be provided using GoogleMeet and students will follow their typical daily 6 class hour schedule with a 30 minute lunch break. Teachers will conduct remote live instruction from their home using their laptop to remote into the classroom SmartBoard. Paraprofessional staff can also join the GoogleMeet by joining the teacher on the SmartBoard or setting up a parallel GoogleMeet on a laptop allowing them to work with individual or small groups.  

Secondary Learning Center 

School will continue to run from 7:55-2:15. Academic instruction will be provided using GoogleMeet and students will follow their typical daily 6 class hour schedule with a 30 minute lunch break. Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to each student. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur weekly. Teachers will conduct remote live instructions from their classrooms using the SmartBoard or other device. Paraprofessional staff can also have a parallel GoogleMeet going on a laptop to assist students. 

St. Vincent Home School 

School will continue to run from 7:55 to 2:45. Academic instruction will be provided using GoogleMeet. K-5 students will follow their daily schedule with a 30 minute lunch break. Grades 6-12 will follow their typical daily 6 class hour schedule with a 30 minute lunch break. Teachers will conduct remote live instruction from their home using their laptop to remote into the classroom SmartBoard. Paraprofessional staff can also join the GoogleMeet from home setting up a parallel GoogleMeet on a laptop allowing them to work with individual or small groups.  

MI Safe Start Phase 4 

During Phases 4, schools are permitted to resume instruction in person with more stringent safety protocols in place. Teachers will be holding face to face classes following their regular daily schedule. Schools are allowed to offer online or hybrid models of instruction (blend of in person, online and/or paper pencil assignments) in order to meet the needs of the student during this phase. 

Students will be expected to attend classes daily. Attendance will be taken following pupil accounting procedures. Parents will be contacted if a student is absent. 

Evergreen 

School will run from 8:30-2:50 with a 30 minute lunch break. Students who are in face to face instruction will follow their daily schedule as developed by the teacher. Students who are not in F2F instruction will remote into the classroom using GoogleMeet to participate in instruction following their daily schedule. Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to these students. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur weekly.  

Ingham Academy 

School will run a one tier class schedule with students scheduled from 8:30-3:25 with a lunch break from 12:10-12:50 for an approximate enrollment of 80 youth. They will follow a cohort schedule with students alternating between F2F instruction and remote instruction. In addition, thirty students will be F2F for 4 out of 7 classes and attend the Youth Career Academy (Peckham work-based learning) the equivalent of 3 out of 7 class hours. (See schedule below.)  

Academic instruction when students are remote will be provided using GoogleMeet and students will follow their typical daily 7 class hour schedule whether F2F or remote. Paraprofessional staff can also have a parallel GoogleMeet going on a laptop to assist students. 

Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to each student for their work at home. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur on days when they are F2F. 

Week One
LOCATION Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
In school

Cohort 1
40 

Cohort 1
40 
Cohort 1
40 
Cohort 2
40 
Cohort 2
40 
At YCA full day (Peckham) 

 
Cohort 2
15 
Cohort 2
15 
Cohort 2
15 
Cohort 1
15 
Cohort 1
15 
Remote from home (GoogleMeet)  25 
 
25 25 25 25
TOTAL STUDENTS  80 80 80 80

80

 
Week tWO
LOCATION Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
In school

Cohort 2
40 

Cohort 2
40 
Cohort 2
40 
Cohort 1
40 
Cohort 1
40 
At YCA full day (Peckham) 

 
Cohort 1
15 
Cohort 1
15 
Cohort 1
15 
Cohort 1
15 
Cohort 1
15 
Remote from home (GoogleMeet)  25 
 
25 25 25 25
TOTAL STUDENTS  80 80 80 80

80

 

  • Students (50) will be in face to face school 5 out of 10 days & remote 5 out of 10 days out of a 2 week period. 
  • YCA students (30) will have 10 full days of programming (YCA hours 8:45-3:30 with a 30 minute lunch break) over a two-week period. 

Malcolm Williams School 

School will continue to run from 8:15 to 3:10. Academic instruction will be provided F2F and students will follow their typical daily 6 class hour schedule with a 30-minute lunch break.  

Secondary Learning Center 

School will run from 7:55-2:15. Academic instruction will be provided F2F and students will follow their typical daily 6 class hour schedule with a 30 minute lunch break. Students who are not in F2F instruction will remote into the classroom using GoogleMeet to participate in instruction following their daily schedule. Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to these students. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur weekly. The schedule will be as follows:* 

  • August 26-28, 2020 - Face to Face/Remote as requested by family 
  • August 31-September 3, 2020 - Face to Face/Remote as requested by family 
  • Beginning September 8, students will attend face to face/remote on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with Wednesday being a remote day for all students. Chromebooks and iPads will be provided and teachers will run the established daily schedule. 
  • *The District will review this every 2-4 weeks to consider when to add Wednesday as a face to face day. 

St. Vincent Home School 

School will  run from 7:55 to 2:45. Academic instruction will be provided FF2F and students will follow their typical daily 6 class hour schedule with a 30 minute lunch break. 

Textbooks and written assignments will be provided to each student for their work at home. An exchange of completed work and work for the following week will occur on days when they are F2F. 

MI Safe Start Phase 5 

While the roadmap indicates that schools in Phase 5 can open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols, Ingham ISD’s plan is to continue the safety protocols that are being followed under MI Safe Start Phase 4. 

MI Safe Start Phase 6 

Phase 6 is considered Post-Pandemic with schools open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols in effect. 

Safety Protocols 

Programs for Emotionally Impaired and Adjudicated Youth will follow all Safety Protocols identified in the Ingham ISD Continuity of Learning Plan (8.6.2020.) Each program will have a handbook identifying safety protocols which will include Ingham ISD protocols, as well as those of the residential settings and county building. 

Personal Protective Equipment 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Personal Protective Equipment as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

Evergreen - as written 

Ingham Academy - as written with the additional requirement that staff from all agencies must wear face masks 

Malcolm Williams School - as written with the additional requirement that staff from all agencies must wear face masks 

Secondary Learning Center - as written 

St. Vincent Home School - as written with the additional requirement that staff from all agencies must wear face masks; K-5 classroom will wear masks when transitioning outside of the classroom to and from school and the unit, on their way to the playground 

Hygiene 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Hygiene as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

Evergreen as identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in student/parent COVID handbook/amendment

Ingham Academyas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in student/parent COVID handbook/amendment which will also include practices required by building owner (Ingham County) 

Malcolm Williams Schoolas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in COVID handbook including practices required by building owner (Highfields, Inc.) 

Secondary Learning Schoolas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in student/parent COVID handbook/amendment

St. Vincent Home School as identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in COVID handbook including practices required by building owner (St. Vincent Catholic Charities) 

Spacing, Movement and Access 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Spacing, Movement and Access as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

Evergreenas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in student/parent COVID handbook/amendment

Ingham Academyas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in student/parent COVID handbook/amendment 

Malcolm Williams Schoolas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in COVID handbook

Secondary Learning Schoolas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in student/parent COVID handbook/amendment

St. Vincent Home Schoolas identified in roadmap with program-specific practices outlined in COVID handbook 

Screening Students and Staff 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Screening Students and Staff  as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap.

STAFF 

All program staff must use the District’s electronic health screener COVID – 19 Health Screening Questionnaire QR upon entering their building each day. Staff in buildings owned by other agencies will also follow their screening process if there are additional requirements. 

STUDENTS 

Evergreen as identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department; students will have their temperature taken upon arrival to school. 

Ingham Academyas identified in roadmap; students will have their temperature taken prior to getting on the van or upon arrival to school if they do not use Court provided transportation

Malcolm Williams School - as identified in roadmap; residential staff will take students temperatures prior to school at the houses 

Secondary Learning School as identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department; students will have their temperature taken upon arrival to school

St. Vincent Home School as identified in roadmap; residential staff take students temperatures prior to school on the units 

Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Cases 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Case as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

Evergreen as identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department 

Ingham Academyas identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department 

Malcolm Williams School as identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department 

Secondary Learning Schoolas identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department 

St. Vincent Home Schoolas identified in roadmap and allowable/recommended by Ingham County Health Department 

Responding to Positive Tests Among Staff and Students 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Case as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap and Ingham County Health Department. (See program handbooks and amendments for Ingham County Health Department processes and procedures.)

Food Service, Gatherings and Extracurricular Activities 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Food Service, Gathering and Extracurricular Activities as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

Evergreenfood service provided by Mason Public Schools; students will eat in classrooms or outdoors if available; lunches will be delivered to classrooms by staff 

Ingham Academy - food service provided by Court; students will eat in classrooms 

Malcolm Williams Schoolfood service provided by residential facility; students eat in another building on campus 

Secondary Learning Centerfood service provided by Mason Public Schools; students will eat in classrooms or outdoors if available; lunches will be delivered to classrooms by staff 

St. Vincent Home School food service provided by residential facility; students eat on their living units 

Athletics  

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Athletics as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

There are no school-sponsored athletic programs for any programs in this unit. 

Cleaning 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Cleaning as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 

Evergreenas identified in roadmap and Ingham ISD Operations processes 

Ingham Academycleaning services provided by Ingham County staff and their contractors; plan developed which follows roadmap and County building policies and processes 

Malcolm Williams School - cleaning services provided by Highfields, Inc.; plan developed which follows roadmap and Highfields, Inc. policies and processes

Secondary Learning School as identified in roadmap and Ingham ISD Operations processes 

St. Vincent Home School cleaning services provided by St. Vincent Catholic Charities (STVCC) staff; plan developed which follows roadmap and STVCC building policies and processes

Busing and Student Transportation 

All programs for Emotionally Impaired & Adjudicated Youth will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Busing and Student Transportation as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap.

Evergreen - as identified in roadmap with required and provided by Dean Transportation (school contractor) as identified in roadmap with further procedures developed 

Ingham Academy - provided by Court in conjunction with Highfields 

Malcolm Williams Schoolno transportation needed 

Secondary Learning School - provided by Dean Transportation (school contractor) as identified in roadmap with further procedures developed by  

St. Vincent Home School no transportation needed 

MI Safe Start Plan Phases 1-3 

During Phases 1-3, schools will be closed for in-person instruction and teachers will be required to provide instruction remotely. Teachers will be holding online classes following their regular daily schedule. Teachers will conduct remote live instructions from their classrooms or from their homes following a daily schedule. 

Students will be expected to attend online classes daily as if they were face to face. Attendance will be taken following pupil accounting procedures.   

Students who need technology support will be provided with an iPad or Chromebook as available. In addition, the school will work to provide internet access to those students who have limited or no internet access as mifi (mobile hotspots) become available. 

Transition Programs Reopening Phases 

Based on the Michigan Return to School Roadmap: 

  • During Phases 1-3, schools will be required to provide instruction remotely.  Transition program teachers will instruct class in a remote setting and will be required to record them for use anytime if students are unavailable for real-time learning. Instructors will have the ability to access their physical classroom space in order to conduct live learning  and to create & record materials.  No students are permitted on campus. 

Mason Public Schools Food Service

 

  • Remote learning only. Student breakfast and lunch will be picked up or delivered based on a determined program schedule. 

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 4
 

  • Step 1: Students will begin the year in a remote setting until at least September 18, 2020.                                                                                                        
  • Step 2: Starting no earlier than September 21, 2020 and based on COVID-19 statistics and state-determined phase, students will begin an A/B cohort schedule with 2 back to back days of in-person learning and 3 days of online learning. Cohorts are based on teacher caseloads. Wednesdays will be online for all programs to allow for a deep disinfecting. Families may request to continue with all remote instruction.

        Students in the Project SEARCH program on the campus of Michigan State                            University will begin a cohort schedule on October 26. Cohort A will attend face-to-            face Monday & Tuesday and be online Wednesday through Friday. and Cohort B will          be face-to-face on Thursday and Friday and online Monday through Wednesday. A              new space has been provided (Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane) to allow for                              greater social distancing.  

  • Step 3: All students face to face in their program 4 days per week and 1 day (Wednesday) of remote learning for all to disinfect physical spaces. 

Current Information for Phase 4 Learning 

Ingham ISD Continuity of Learning Plan 2020-2021  

Transition Programs Continuity of Learning/Preparedness Plan Companion Slides 

Covid-19 CDC Health Screen for Families & Staff 

Dean Transportation Document 

ASL: Coronavirus Symptoms 

CDC: Coronavirus Symptoms (print) 

CDC: Coronavirus Symptoms (video)

Phase 4: Rationale for Remote Start (Stage 1) 
 

  1. Safety for all learners 
  2. Safety for all staff 
  3. Transition time for training staff and families on Google classroom, handwashing, masks, PPE protocols, video training, etc.   
  4. Create social stories about PPE equipment on staff and school area closures 
  5. Alter classroom environments - removal of furniture, addition of separated desks to ensure every possible 6 foot space potential is used. 
  6. Based on survey results and family communication, ensure that all students have the technology and materials they need to move seamlessly to remote learning 
  7. Create school vIdeos on changes within school building to prepare students 
  8. Assessment of current regression level for students (academic, social & emotional) 

Ingham ISD’s Continuity of Learning (version 2) Committee will plan to review and share the most current public health data released by the State of Michigan in the MI Safe Start Map on a regular basis. Additionally, the committee will hold discussions with local public health officers throughout the duration of the pandemic to understand local public health trends, such as the number of positive cases, percent positive cases, hospital capacity, testing capacity, whether a case is attributed to a cluster or specific event, and hospital staffing capacity. 

 (Ingham County Health Department Return to School Toolkit 8.5.20) 

Student Success Goals: First Six Weeks 

 

  1. Provide opportunities for collective healing, community building, and strengthening relationships with teachers and peers. 
  2. Help students learn and practice new routines so that they can thrive in the new structure.
  3. Ensure that all students have the technology and materials they need to move seamlessly between in-person and remote learning.
  4. Provide immediate interventions for students who you know will need extra support re-connecting or engaging in learning.
  5. Identify transition, social and  academic needs and match students with appropriate interventions. 

Phase 4 (Stage 2) Rationale for A/B Cohort Schedule 
 

  1. Safety for all learners 
  2. Safety for all staff  
  3. Increased in- person 6 foot distance opportunities with less students per classroom 
  4. Combination of in-person and remote learning to reduce exposure 
  5. Less exposure risk for vulnerable populations 
  6. Provide opportunities for collective healing, community building, and strengthening relationships with teachers and peers. 
  7. Help students learn and practice new routines so that they can thrive in the new structure. 
  8. Ensure that all students have the technology and materials they need to move seamlessly between in-person and remote learning. 
  9. Provide immediate interventions for students who you know will need extra support re-connecting or engaging in learning. 
  10. Identify transition, social and academic needs and match students with appropriate interventions. 

Phase in Plan for Staff and Students -  Phase 4 

 

Step One

Remote learning for all students until September 18, 2020. This time will be spent communicating with families, preparing for cohort models and assessing academic, emotional and/or social regression.   

Step Two

Beginning September 21, 2020, Cohort A/B schedule will be implemented with groups of students coming face to face two days per week.  Wednesdays will remain virtual for all learners. This allows for adequate cleaning and disinfecting of all student areas.  

Step Three

In tandem with evaluation of COVID-19 numbers, executive orders  and state mandates, gradually move towards bringing all students back face to face Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays.  Wednesdays would remain remote for cleaning and disinfecting.  

Visual Supports and Educational Resources 

Use visual supports in the form of social narratives to make the situation clearer. This can be done with words or pictures to help students understand the need for good hygiene and how they may be feeling. Let them know their feelings are normal.  

Social Narrative: COVID-19 

Social Narrative: Coronavirus 

Social Narrative: Greeting People 

Social Narrative: Giving People Space (Social Distancing) 

Social Narrative: Giving People Space When Talking 

Hand washing Pictures 

Hand washing Task Analysis 

Task Analysis: Using FaceTime 

Task Analysis Template 

Educational Resources for Kids 

Google Teach from Anywhere (for families and teachers) 

Online Format for Transition Program Cohorts 

Google Meet & Zoom 

  • Synchronous instruction delivered live or via GoogleMeet or asynchronous recordings posted for future use (live and recorded lessons) 

Individual & group sessions based on IEP and transition goals & objectives 

Online learning systems include: 

Phase 4 (Stage 2) transition programs will provide a form of in-person instruction, provided the school facility in which the program is located is open for in-person instruction. Instruction will be based on grade-level standards and individual student needs as outlined in each student’s IEP. As needed, IEPs will be revised to address new or changing needs of each student.  

Should a student be medically unable to return to in-person instruction, the IEP process will be utilized to develop an offer of FAPE specific to individual student needs. 

Based on results of parent and staff surveys about returning to in-person or distance learning, and best practices for blended and remote learning for students with disabilities, Transition Programs will implement the following practices: 

  • Use of online/technology based instruction during in-person instruction to provide students and parents with guided practice with these tools should a return to distance learning occur.  
  • Teachers will incorporate a variety of online learning tools (e.g. Google Classroom/Meet, Remind App, Google Meet, Xello, Conover MECA, virtual job shadows, private YouTube channels, Book Share) to provide activities to students that align with their IEP goals/objectives and present level needs. 
  • Teachers and related service staff will continue to use Google classroom and other distance learning tools to communicate with families, provide access to instructional and enrichment activities, and continue parent coaching activities. As appropriate teachers and related services staff will provide group activities that allow for social distancing outside or in large spaces. 
  • Staff and administration will collaborate with the technology and communications departments to provide parents and staff with access to how-to-guides and tutorials related to the use of common technology and distance learning tools (Gmail, Google Classroom,Google Meet, YouTube,  etc.) 
  • Student progress will be monitored through the use of formative and interim assessment data related to IEP goals and objectives and grade-level content standards. This will include an assessment at the start of the school year. Results of these assessments will be reviewed by staff and ancillary teams to identify students in need of additional recovery services, scaffolds and supports. 
  • Progress on content standards and IEP goals will continue to be reported to parents.  
  • Students failing to make appropriate progress will be referred to the IEP team for review of the student’s IEP and ensure an appropriate offer of FAPE.  
  • All IEP teams will continue to review and address individual student needs for social emotional learning, extended school year services, and post-secondary transition planning. 
  • To accelerate the learning of all students, teachers will integrate flipped classroom practices to increase instructional time with teachers and work with related service staff and paraprofessionals to provide for small group instruction allowing for social distancing and increased practice turns and feedback for students.  

Social Distancing 

Social distancing is a simple yet very effective mechanism to prevent potential infection, that relies on simple distance to avoid infection.  In practice this means: 

  • Staying at least 6 feet from others as a normal practice 
  • Eliminating contact with others, such as handshakes or embracing coworkers, visitors, or friends 
  • Avoiding touching surfaces touched by others to the extent feasible 
  • Avoiding anyone that appears to be sick, or is coughing or sneezing 

Social distancing in our school includes classrooms, common areas, entrance/exit areas of work locations, and offices.  

  • Flow of foot traffic should be directed in only one direction.  If one-way flow is not possible, hallways can be divided with either side following the same direction. 
  • Efforts will be made to keep six feet of distance between people in the hallways. Staggered movements at incremental intervals should be used if feasible to minimize the number of persons in the hallways as able.  Floor labels will be purchased if needed for visual representation.  

Efforts to Prevent Spread & Avoid Spread 

Disinfection measures have been put in place and are taken routinely,  

  • The facility was completely sanitized and disinfected before re-opening 

All employees have an active part in keeping our school disinfected.  

  • Frequently touched surfaces including light switches, doors, benches, bathrooms, must be wiped by staff at least every four hours with an EPA-approved disinfectant.  
  • Student desks/tables must be wiped down with an EPA-approved disinfectant after every class period or after each activity.  
  • Safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from students and  with adequate ventilation when staff use products. 
  • Staff must wear gloves, mask, and face shield when performing all disinfecting activities. 

Efforts to Prevent Spread & Avoid Infection 
 

  • Capacity: ISD staff will be monitoring/limiting the number of employees in the offices while the risk of infection exists and begins to diminish.  
  • Conference Rooms: Conference rooms will be closed at the WTC until further notice. Signage indicating closure or capacity limits will be placed on conference room doors. All meetings are required to use Zoom as a virtual option even for employees in the office or school.  
  • Staff Lounge/Shared Equipment: Closed for use during Phase 4 of Michigan Safe Start Plan. This includes the use of shared appliances such as coffee machines, refrigerators, and microwaves.  
  • Copies of a book/paper: Inform the administrative assistant.   
  • Supplies: If your classroom/staff needs Kleenex, gloves, sanitizer, you will fill out the supply request form. Supplies will be delivered to your classroom after a School Dude request.  
  • In the event of an ill student: staff will call Sarah Winslow or the front office.  
  • Transported Students: To avoid congestion, and maintain social distancing to the extent possible, the following procedure will be in place:  
  • Arrival/Dismissal: Students will get off the bus and with staff support will follow the path to the SAIL entrance. Classrooms will be dismissed to their classrooms in a manner not to congest the hallway. All staff will enter only through this entrance and ensure that they have used the Covid-19 Health Screening Questionnaire using the QR code that facilities provided. Please see Steve Rusnock should you have concerns related to the screening process.  

Transportation Cleaning Protocol 

Screening, Testing and Responding to Positive Cases 
 

  • Transition programs will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Testing Protocols for Students and Staff and Responding to Positive Case as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap and the Ingham County Health Department. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 
 

  • Transition programs will follow the Phase 4 Safety Protocol - Personal Protective Equipment as identified in the Michigan Return to School Roadmap. 
  • Our top priority is protecting our people- STAFF AND STUDENTS.  
  • FAQ for EO 2020-142 which addresses face coverings 

Facial Coverings

 

  • Exceptions may be made based on medical necessity.    
  • All students  when on a school bus. *Facial coverings will be worn by transition students, staff, and bus drivers during school transportation when applicable.  
  •  Following Ingham County Health Department guidelines, staff will be required to wear a face-covering unless they meet one of the exceptions (currently only for those with facial deformities or a diagnosed neuro-behavioral disorder.) 
  •  Any staff or student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  
  • Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.  
  • All staff and all students  when in indoor hallways and common areas.  
  • All students and staff in classrooms. 
  • Homemade facial coverings should be washed daily. 
  • Disposable facial coverings should be disposed of at the end of each day. 

Video Demonstrations

How to Wear a Mask 

How to Put on PPE 

How to Take Off PPE 

How to Wash Hands 

Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette 

  • Ingham ISD will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors (including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for safe use by staff and students, paper towels, tissues, and signs and social stories reinforcing proper handwashing techniques). 
  • Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be taught and reinforced via social Stories (personalized and for group) via video and text-based formats. Each classroom will have a handwashing schedule, using soap and water every 2-3 hours.  Schedules will need to  be posted in  classrooms.  
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the classrooms and throughout the school building for staff and student use. 
  • Encourage covering of coughs and sneezes with a tissue and teaching such skills. 

Sharing Materials 
 

  • Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.  For example, sharing of school supplies. If in need of supplies, please contact the office.  
  • Keep each child’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas. 
  • Limit the use of supplies and equipment by one group of students at a time and clean and disinfect between use (ie: desktop computers, ipads, manipulatives) 

Mason Food Service during Phase 4

 

  • Caseload groups  will eat in their classrooms when in session and properly distanced. 
  • Remote learners will still be provided meals (a pick up schedule will be created) 
  • When in face to face instruction, serving staff should use barrier protection including gloves, face shields and surgical masks. 
  •  Students, teachers, and food service staff should wash hands before and after every meal.  
  • Staff should wear PPE when assisting students with feeding.  
  • School-supplied meals will be delivered to classrooms with disposable utensils. 

Assemblies

 

  • Prohibit indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom.  
  • Large scale assemblies of more than 50 students are suspended.    

Field Trips 

 

  • Off-site field trips that require bus transportation to an indoor location are suspended. 

Visitors during Phase 4

 

  • Family members or other guests are not allowed in the school building except under extenuating circumstances determined by the principal.  
  • Adult guests entering the building for extenuating circumstances should self-screen for symptoms, wear a facial covering, and wash/sanitize hands prior to entering. Strict records, including date and time, should be kept of non-school employees or other visitors entering and exiting the building.  

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 5 

Schools open for in-person instruction with moderate required safety protocols. 

Assemblies

  • All gatherings, including those that occur outdoors (e.g., graduations) will comply with current and future executive orders that set caps on congregations of people.  
  • Schools should offer telecasting of assemblies and other school-sanctioned events if able.  

Field Trips

  • If field trips occur, they will comply with transportation guidelines within this document, including mandatory facial covering.  

Visitors during Phase 5 

  • Parents or guardians are not allowed in the school building except under extenuating circumstances as determined by school officials. Only one parent or guardian per child should be allowed to enter except under extenuating circumstances as determined by the Principal.  
  • Adult guests entering the building should wash or sanitize their hands before entering. 

Mason Public Schools Food Service during Phase 5

 

  • Serving and cafeteria staff should use barrier protection including gloves, face shields, and surgical masks. 
  • Students, teachers, and cafeteria staff wash hands before and after every meal. 
  • *School-supplied meals should be delivered to classrooms with disposable utensils.  

 

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 6
 

Schools open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols.  Post pandemic return to normal full-day in-person instruction five days per week. 

 

 

The purpose of this document is to provide specific guidance and expectations for students and staff regarding instruction and safety protocols through Phases 1-5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan and MI Safe Schools Roadmap and in conjunction with the creation, implementation and accountability of Extended COVID-19 Learning Plans as established in PA 149.

This is intended as a guidance document, but is NOT intended to replace the guidance given by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and the Ingham County Health Department.

As information changes, this document will be updated. 

In these unprecedented times, Ingham ISD/Wilson Talent Center needs to apply proactive measures to support students. The following beliefs and assumptions are guiding our response to this crisis:

  • The overall safety of our students, staff and families is our top priority. We are committed to provide a learning environment that ensures the physical and emotional well-being of all parties.
  • Education saves lives and during this unprecedented time we, as educators, have a responsibility to support the social, emotional, educational and physical needs of our students.
  • Relationships are extremely important to learning and we need to continue to work to build and strengthen relationships with students and families.
  • Families are an essential component to continuity of learning and we need to build the capacity of families.
  • We believe it is our moral responsibility to support the needs of all students especially in this time where access to resources could multiply disparity and address the needs of each learner.
  • Staff will need to customize the support they provide as they best know the needs and capacity of their students and families.

MI Safe Start Plan Phases 1-3

During Phases 1-3, WTC will be closed for in-person instruction for students, teachers will be required to provide instruction remotely. Teachers will be holding online classes during the regularly scheduled class time and will conduct the remote live instructions from their classrooms at WTC unless prior approval from HR is provided. 

Students will be expected to attend online classes daily as if they were face to face. Attendance will be taken following pupil accounting procedures.  

Student Expectations

  • You must participate in daily online class sessions during your regularly scheduled session time. 
  • You must do all assignments and assessments, which will be graded normally. 
  • Support will be provided both academically and emotionally, when needed. 

 

MI Safe Start Plan Phase 4

During Phase 4, WTC will resume instruction in-person in student cohorts with more stringent safety protocols in place. Teachers will be holding simultaneous in-person and online classes following their regular daily schedule.  Students will be either in-person or online based on the cohort they are placed in with the following schedule: 

  • Cohort A - Monday & Tuesday - in-person instruction; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday online 
  • Cohort B - Thursday & Friday - in-person instruction; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday online 
  • Wednesdays can also be used for scheduled small group intensive in-person support.
  • AM & PM students will continue to attend either in-person or online instruction at their regularly scheduled session times: 
    • AM Session 8:00am-10:40am 
    • PM Session 11:35am-2:15pm 

*In a situation where a local district's schedule conflicts with the WTC schedule, asynchronous material will be available for the student to access at a later time. 

Students in Manicuring, Precision Machining Technology and Therapeutic Services will be allowed to attend in-person at WTC on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Class size in these programs are below the typical cohort number of 12 each day and can therefore meet additional days.

Student to Student contact will be allowed within programs that have requested the appropriate PPE and are following the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD) protocols listed below.

1. PROPER HAND WASHING TECHNIQUE (hand sanitizer can be used if hand washing is not easily available) must occur by both students before and after any contact with another student.

a. Ex. If student A is going to have contact with student B, Student A & B need to wash hands before and after contact with student B. & If student A then needs to have contact with student C in the process of hand washing before and after should happen again by both students A & C.

2. A SURGICAL mask (not just any type of mask brought from home) needs to be worn by both students.

3. A FACE SHIELD must be worn by both students.

Meetings with the ICHD are scheduled to determine the possibility of students entering hospitals and determining safety protocols.

Career Start students will deliver bulk orders while wearing appropriate PPE and maintaining proper social distancing to classroom entrances within the WTC only.

Automotive Technology, Welding Technology & Precision Machining Technology students will provide services only for WTC staff and students that are stationed in the building.

  • Automotive Technology will use an approved process to sanitize customer vehicles.

Culinary Arts may provide take home meals, which will be paid through the catering square store upon ordering and will be picked up by appointment. Customers will call the Culinary phone when they arrive and students will bring the meals out to the car from Door #7 wearing appropriate PPE. Customers will be required to wear masks to accept the meals.

Cosmetology students may provide services to only WTC students and staff who are interested.

  • All customers must pass pre-screening to enter the salon for services. This would be temperature taken along with the prescreen questions. Customers will only be allowed to receive services if they are wearing a mask. Cosmetology students will be wearing a mask and shield/goggles when performing all services. All safety precautions will be addressed and met pre-service, actual service and post-service to ensure the safety of students and guests.

Guest speakers will not be allowed physically within the building. Guest speakers may present virtually.

Students can opt to attend 100% online until WTC determines in-person instruction is required with the understanding that they may be ineligible for certifications offered in their respective program. 

Students will be expected to attend classes daily either in-person or online. Attendance will be taken following pupil accounting procedures.  

Student temperatures will be taken by WTC staff before the student enters the building each day.

Outreach and Enrollment staff will physically visit local districts who are holding face-to-face instruction to present WTC program information and provide guidance with our application process beginning in November.

Field Trips

  • Phase 4 - Out-of-state field trips will not be permitted; no indoor field trips; outdoor field trips will be evaluated for safety by administration before being approved and must include signed parent permission slips for each individual field trip  

Work-Based Learning (WBL)

  • Individual WBL opportunities will be approved pending safety evaluation and must include signed parent permission slips for each opportunity 

Student Expectations for In-Person Instruction

  • You will be required to wear a mask all day, every day. If you do not bring a mask, a mask will be provided to you. It is important to wash face coverings daily and that will be the students responsibility. 
  • You must come dressed in your required program dress code.  Locker rooms will be closed and bathrooms cannot be used as changing facilities. 
  • Lockers will not be available.  You will be permitted to bring your backpack into class.  If possible, leave items in your car. 
  • In the morning, please assess your health.  If you have a fever of 100 or over or any COVID-19 symptoms, you are not allowed to attend. 
  • Don’t arrive to WTC property until 15 minutes prior to class start time (the parking lot will be closed until then).   
  • Upon arrival, put your mask on and go straight to your classroom - no congregating in the hallways or using the bathroom (the commons will be closed). 
  • Instructors will provide passes for bathroom use - only one student per program will be allowed to go at any time.  If you need to wait to use a bathroom, wait in the hallway instead of inside the bathroom. 
  • Breaks will happen in the classroom.  The store and vending machines will be closed so please come prepared with any food you may need. 
  • At the end of your session, you are to leave the building immediately and head out of the exit door your instructor guides you to: 
  • Door #31 - PCT, Noecker Health Foundations, MA, Miller Health Foundations, BioScience Careers, Cosmetology, Baker Health Foundations, Business  
  • Door #29 - Career Start, Auto Tech 1 & 2, Cybersecurity, Therapeutic Services, New Media, Programming & Mobile Applications
  • Door #2 - Construction, George Health Foundations, Culinary 505, Criminal Justice, Investigations, PMT, Welding, Engineering 
  • Door #7 - Culinary 
  • If symptoms of COVID-19 occur while you are in school, you will be quarantined in a sick room until a parent can pick you up or give you permission to drive home. 
  • If you need to leave early and have a parent pick you up, your parent will call the office and remain in their car where you will go out to meet them. 

Process for Visitors or Parents Picking up Students

Parents should wait in their car upon arrival and call the office when they have arrived. Students will then leave and will be monitored to the vehicle. 

MI Safe Start Phase 5

In Phase 5, WTC will provide daily in-person instruction with required safety protocols in place. 

Students in Manicuring, Precision Machining Technology and Therapeutic Services will be allowed to attend on-person at WTC on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Class sizes in these programs are below the typical cohort number of 12 each day and can therefore meet additional days.

Student temperatures will be taken by WTC staff before the student enters the building each day.

Field Trips

Phase 5 - field trips will be permitted with approval; must follow safety protocol during transport; must include signed parent permission slips for each individual field trip.

Student Expectations for In-Person Instruction

  • You will be required to wear a mask all day, every day. If you do not bring a mask, a mask will be provided to you. It is important to wash face coverings daily and that will be the students responsibility. 
  • You must come dressed in your required program dress code.  Locker rooms will be closed and bathrooms cannot be used as changing facilities. 
  • Lockers will not be available.  You will be permitted to bring your backpack into class.  If possible, leave items in your car. 
  • In the morning, please assess your health.  If you have a fever of 100 or over or any COVID-19 symptoms, you are not allowed to attend. 
  • Don’t arrive to WTC property until 15 minutes prior to class start time (the parking lot will be closed until then).   
  • Upon arrival, put your mask on and go straight to your classroom - no congregating in the hallways or using the bathroom (the commons will be closed). 
  • Instructors will provide passes for bathroom use - only one student per program will be allowed to go at any time.  If you need to wait to use a bathroom, wait in the hallway instead of inside the bathroom. 
  • Breaks will happen in the classroom.  The store and vending machines will be closed so please come prepared with any food you may need. 
  • At the end of your session, you are to leave the building immediately and head out of the exit door your instructor guides you to: 
  • Door #31 - PCT, Noecker Health Foundations, MA, Miller Health Foundations, BioScience Careers, Cosmetology, Baker Health Foundations, Business  
  • Door #29 - Career Start, Auto Tech 1 & 2, CyberSecurity, Therapeutic Services, New Media, Programming & Mobile Applications
  • Door #2 - Construction, George Health Foundations, Culinary 505, Criminal Justice, Investigations, PMT, Welding, Engineering 
  • Door #7 - Culinary 
  • If symptoms of COVID-19 occur while you are in school, you will be quarantined in a sick room until a parent can pick you up or give you permission to drive home. 
  • If you need to leave early and have a parent pick you up, your parent will call the office and remain in their car where you will go out to meet them. 

 

MI Safe Start Phase 6 

Phase 6 is considered Post-Pandemic.  WTC will provide only in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols in effect. 

 

Evaluation of participation by Students/Grades:

  • Regardless of Phase, we will continue to hold all students to the high standards we have adopted. This will occur whether students are in person or online and will follow current handbook policy.