Contributed by Fowler School District


Fowler School District R4J is committed to maximizing in-person learning in as safe and healthy way as possible. As we work to return to Traditional In-Person Instruction, we will be continuing to make adjustments as necessary. We are taking additional precautions, but nothing can completely prevent COVID-19, as with other risk factors for other illnesses or injuries (Flu, Strep, Injury, etc.).We ask for your cooperation through this transitional period and any changes and/or disruptions that might occur over time. EVERYTHING is subject to change!


Our return to In-Person Instruction and as ‘Normal’ of a school experience as possible depends on EVERYONE doing their part to follow current guidelines and practices – Parents, Students, Staff, and Community – to the best of their abilities every day!


Public Health Info – Fowler School District R4J, in communication with Otero County Health Department (OCHD), prepared the following Plan for Returning to In-Person Instruction for the 2020-21 school year. The contents were developed in an effort to provide explanations and guidance. As health orders change, the procedures may also change.


– Masks/Facecoverings – Required for Staff / Required for Students older than 10, as per current Health Orders


o Mask wearing guidance – https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance


o DISTRICT STAFF are considered ‘Essential‘ and are REQUIRED to wear facecoverings


– Cover the nose and mouth for all staff, including during in-person instruction, unless they cannot


medically tolerate a face covering


– Health-related reasons exceptions to the requirement may exist, with OCHD approval


– Physiological not Ideological reasons


– Facecoverings may be temporarily removed to overcome a barrier to instruction/learning.


– Adults are required to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth when they are with other


adults including in faculty lounges.


o ALL STUDENTS 11 and OLDER ARE REQUIRED to wear facecoverings in indoor common areas,


except during outdoor recess and exercise activities, unless they cannot medically tolerate a face covering


– As per July 16, 2020 Executive Order


– Health-related reasons exceptions to the requirement may exist


– Facecoverings may be temporarily removed when barriers to instruction and/or learning are


present


o STUDENTS 10 AND YOUNGER MAY CHOOSE to wear facecoverings (masks, gaiters, etc.).


– Any student desiring to wear a facecovering shall be allowed to.


– All masks should be removed when younger children can not be directly observed;


– Students must be able to remove their masks without assistance.


o Masks are RECOMMENDED to be brought FROM HOME (district-provided masks will be available)


– This ensures proper fit, material, etc.


– Masks must meet the R4J School Dress Codes (No references to drugs, alcohol, etc.)


o All Masks should fit & be worn properly, washed often, replaced as needed, etc.


– Reusable masks should be washed regularly


– Disruptions caused by misuse will be dealt with by teachers &/or administration


o "Mask-Shaming" will not be tolerated!


– This applies to all individuals – staff, students, parents, etc. – and all possible ways – in person,


social media, spreading rumors, etc.


– Social Distancing & Movement – Room capacities, social distancing, student movement before/during/after


school, etc. will follow current OCHD guidelines.


o Current guidelines allow for 25 students per classroom


– Large indoor spaces allow up to 50% capacity; Outdoor ‘gatherings’ allow up to 175


o Classrooms & desks will be set up to maximize social distancing based upon available space


– Spacing will not be the same in every situation


o Student gathering areas before school, to & from recess, to lunch, etc. will be adjusted


– Specific procedures will be available in the Building Procedures pages


– Students will be informed at school of up to date procedures


o Frequent Hand Washing will be expected!


– Health Screenings – WE NEED YOUR BEST EFFORTS & ATTENTION TO THIS PART!!!!


o PARENTS/FAMILIES MUST PROVIDE PRIMARY SCREENING ON A DAILY BASIS


– BEFORE sending your student(s) to school, please ensure ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:


– NO FEVER (100+) WITHOUT MEDICATION for at least 24 hours


– NO OTHER SYMPTOMS exist – Shortness of Breath, Persistent Cough, etc.


– No recent, non-reported COVID-19 diagnosis


– No recent contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19


– No recent individual or family member travel to a "hot spot"


– Students who do not meet EVERY CRITERIA above, should not attend school


– Parents MUST contact the office and provide as much info as possible


– Students who do meet every criterion above may attend school as usual


o Staff will conduct SECONDARY SCREENING when students arrive at school or get on a bus


– UPON ARRIVAL at school or on the bus, Staff will perform cursory examination


– Students who appears to be ill, display illness symptoms, or is suspected of having a fever:


o Student will be isolated & symptom checked by staff member(s)


– Students will be asked to verify Primary Screening criteria


– Students with fever or other symptoms will be sent home


– Parents will be contacted & Student will remain isolated until


picked up/released


– Students without fever or other illness/symptoms will remain at school


– ANY STAFF MEMBER may refer student(s) who appear ill for additional screening


– May also refuse admittance onto a bus or into a building!


Potential Learning /Academic Categories


– Traditional In-Person Instruction – PREFERRED & PLANNED FORMAT FOR AUGUST 17, 2020


o Student attends classes as scheduled on a daily basis


o Extra-Curricular participation as appropriate


o Health, Hygiene, Social Distancing, etc.


– Frequent Hand Washing, cough etiquette, cleanliness, etc., will be ENCOURAGED/EXPECTED


– Social Distancing & Student Movement will follow current OCHD guidelines.


– Other protocols will follow current OCHD guidelines.


o If you plan to send your student(s) to school, No Parent/Family action necessary – just send them!


o At-Home Option – PARENT/GUARDIAN REQUEST to Building Principal (Please contact by August 5)


– Building Principal & Parent/Guardian will create the plan (specifics on a case-by-case basis)


– STUDENT would not attend on campus in-person


– TEACHER(S) would provide Instruction, Grading, etc.


– STUDENT would be REQUIRED to:


– VIRTUALLY ATTEND EACH CLASS/PERIOD DURING ITS SCHEDULED TIME


o Specifics arranged by teacher(s) - Google Meets, Zoom, etc. will be utilized


– COMPLETE ALL WORK & MEET ALL DUE DATES as assigned by teacher(s)


o Grades would be determined in the same manner as Traditional Instruction


– COMMUNICATE via email with teacher(s) - email, Google Classroom, D2L, etc.


– REQUESTING FAMILIES WILL BE EXPECTED TO PROVIDE:


– Internet capable DEVICE(S) – 1 device per student to ensure ability to attend


o Full 2-way video capable – Camera, Microphone, Speakers, etc.


– Reliable INTERNET CONNECTION


o Speeds need to be able to handle live video streaming


– SUPERVISION of the student – Attendance, performance, appearance, behavior, etc.


o Class periods at designated times per daily school schedule


o Student login, Launch Video, Access Classroom, Complete Work, etc.


– CONFIDENTIALITY regarding anything pertaining to other children, etc.


o Video that allows student to be part of class will also show others in class


– Anything about other students may not be disclosed, discussed, or shared!


– Includes gossip, social media, telling friends, etc.


o Any questions or concerns would need to follow the chain of command, beginning


with the individual teacher


– TECH SUPPORT for their connection, device, etc.


o District Tech Support would be available in a limited fashion


– Extra-Curricular participation/attendance could be restricted/prohibited


– All details will be worked out between requesting parent/guardian, building principal, and relevant


teacher(s)


– Case by case – each individual’s plan will be unique to that individual


– Remote Learning – Only in the event of Health Department orders restricting Traditional In-Person Instruction.


o Hybrid – Combination of In-Person and At-Home ‘attendance’ that would ONLY occur IF State/Health


Department places restrictions on capacity, social distancing, etc.


– Students would be separated into Groups (information would be shared at that time)


– Households, grade levels, transportation, availability of technology, etc. would be factored


into groupings


– Groups would be scheduled into a rotation of At-Home & In-Person


– Teachers would provide instruction to both groups during regularly scheduled class times


– Students would be expected to attend every class/period every day during scheduled times


– Applies to In-Person and At-Home/Remote


– Students would be responsible for ALL ASSIGNED WORK, ALL DUE DATES, ETC.


– Additional details would be released as the situation warranted


– Transportation, Food Service, Extra-Curricular Activities, etc.


o Fully Remote – no students or staff in district buildings, everyone At-Home


– This would ONLY occur IF State/Health Department orders disallow any In-Person instruction


– Teachers would provide instruction


– Will include online platforms (Google Classroom, D2L, etc.), school email, shared video


(Google Meets, Zoom, etc.), and/or written work


– Students would be expected to remotely attend each class/period daily during scheduled times


– Students would be responsible for ALL ASSIGNED WORK, ALL DUE DATES, ETC.


– Additional details would be released as the situation warranted


– Transportation, Food Service, Extra-Curricular Activities, etc.


Attendance Categories – during Traditional In-Person Instruction


– Present – Physically attending school and class on campus


o EXTRA CURRICULAR participation permitted as appropriate


o Student will be considered PRESENT for attendance purposes


– Absent from School, Engaging in School Work


o PARENT/GUARDIAN must CALL THE OFFICE by 8:30am


– Report Student will not be physically present at school will be working/attending remotely


o STUDENT must do all of the following:


– EMAIL their Principal by 8:30am


– ATTEND class during the appropriate time of day/class period


– Individual Teacher(s) will coordinate procedures with students


o Google Classroom, D2L, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc. or other as per teacher


– COMPLETE & SUBMIT ANY & ALL ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME


– Student is responsible for work arrangements with teacher


o EXTRA-CURRICULAR practice/game participation REQUIRES a ‘Blue Sheet’


– Pre-arranged & process completed appropriately to participate


– Determined by the Building Principal


o If all criteria is met, student will be considered PRESENT for attendance purposes


– Absent from School, NOT Engaging in School Work


o PARENT/GUARDIAN must CALL THE OFFICE by 8:30am


– Report Student will be absent and will NOT be working remotely


o STUDENT should Check Google Classroom, D2L, etc. for Makeup Work


– MAKEUP WORK SHEETS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED


– ALL MAKEUP WORK WILL BE POSTED IN THE CLASS ONLINE PLATFORM


– Students will be expected to communicate with teacher(s) – email, etc.


o EXTRA CURRICULAR participation REQUIRES a ‘Blue Sheet’


– Pre-arranged & process completed appropriately to participate


– Determined by the Building Principal


o Student will be considered EXCUSED ABSENT for attendance purposes


– Absent from School, NOT Engaging in School Work, NO PARENT CONTACT


o Student will be considered UNEXCUSED/TRUANT


– Will be handled as per Attendance Policy


o Student may NOT participate in any EXTRA CURRICULAR activity


Transportation


– Schedules, Routes, and Procedures subject to revisions to follow current OCHD guidelines


– Appropriate sanitation, occupancy, and social distancing will follow current OCHD guidelines


– Seating will be assigned and follow other current regulations, which could include:


o Alternating empty/occupied seats; Students living in the same household will share seats


Food Service


– As close to ‘normal’ menu & procedures as possible based on current OCHD guidelines


– Appropriate sanitation, social distancing, and other procedures will follow current OCHD guidelines


o Seating arrangements will be designated: Alternative empty/occupied seats, etc.


o Changes in foot-traffic patterns


o Self-Serve Options will be reduced/eliminated; All food offerings will be served by Staff


COVID-19 Cases / School Closure / Transition to Remote Learning


– Known Case – Student or staff (reported by staff, parent, or OCHD)


o Building Closure & Transition to Remote Learning processes is possible


– District will coordinate with OCHD to determine processes based on current guidelines


– Could include Closure of Buildings, Additional Cleaning, etc.


o Specific Guidance will provided by OCHD as the need arises on a case by case basis


– Suspected Case – Student or staff (at school, due to symptoms and/or questioning)


o The individual will be isolated until arrangements to go home can be made


– Student – Parent/Guardian will be notified


– Symptom data gathered and shared with parent/family


o If documentation indicates a Known Case, protocols above will be followed


o If documentation does not indicate COVID-19, student may return as their currently health allows


– In the event of exposure in Household or Hot-Spot


o Individual(s) may be isolated from school until diagnosis/exposure is confirmed


– Any documented cases COULD require the dismissal of students and staff


o The district will coordinate with OCHD to determine exact timelines and protocols on a case by case basis


– All Protocols and requirements – Closures, Cleaning, Return, etc. – would be coordinated with


OCHD and communicated as appropriate


o Any Attendance changes or transitions to Remote Learning will be communicated as appropriate


Communications


– The district will continue to utilize its normal methods of communication, including, but not limited to:


o School Rush – including Text, Voice, Email, and App – sign up at www.fowler.k12.co.us


o Facebook – Elementary and JH/HS pages


– Elementary – https://www.facebook.com/Fowler-Elementary-School-136169980247


– JH/HS – https://www.facebook.com/Fowler-JrSr-High-School-450428121686356


o Elementary Homeroom Teachers and/or Secondary Early Dismissal Group Teachers


– IT IS VITAL THAT ALL HOUSEHOLD CONTACT INFORMATION IS UP TO DATE!


o To Update Address, Phone Numbers, Email Address, etc.


– Visit – www.fowler.k12.co.us, then click ‘Family’ & then ‘Change of Information’ OR


– Contact your student(s) office: Elementary – 719-263-4364 or JH/HS – 719-263-4279


Extra-Curricular Activities


– Athletics – HS & JH


o CHSAA sanctioned athletics (HS & JH) will align with current Local and CHSAA regulations


– Student participation will align with current Local and CHSAA regulations


– Spectators Attendance will align with current local and CHSAA regulations


– Activities – HS, JH & Elementary


o Activities such as Study Hall, DI, FFA, FBLA, etc. will align with in-person instruction


o Music, Speech, etc. will align with current Local and CHSAA regulations


– Back to School Night, Concerts, Class Parties, etc. – Restricted/Postponed/TBA


o Activities in Classrooms, etc. will NOT be permitted initially


– Back to School Night, Classroom Parties, etc.


o Activities in HS Gym or JH Gym may be permitted depending upon current OCHD guidelines


– Band Concerts, etc.


o Please watch the Activity Calendars on the website for approved activities www.fowler.k12.co.us/calendar


Guests/Visitors Restricted Access (Classroom, Lockers, Lunch, etc.) – we are hopeful this will be temporary!


– Students & Staff ONLY allowed in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, etc.


– ALL Parents, Guests, Visitors, etc. will be allowed in the Main Office ONLY.


o Exception – 1


st Day Kindergarten Parents may enter with their child through Kindergarten east doors


– This will be coordinated with Kindergarten teachers


– Parent/Teacher Meetings & Conferences – as arranged


– Birthday Parties – ‘Goodies’ may be dropped off at the office but no outside attendance at this point.


– Classroom Parties (Halloween, etc) – We are ‘hopeful’ at this point, status to be determined


Fowler Elementary School Specific Procedures


Specific to Grades K through 6.


Before Coming to School or Getting on the Bus


– PARENTS/GUARDIANS – Complete the Morning Health Screening as per the District Plan (separate document)


o Students who do not meet EVERY CRITERIA above, should not attend school


– Contact the office by 8:30am if your student will not be in attendance as per the District Plan (separate document)


Beginning of Day/Before School


– Arrival at School – Please do not send students before 7:40am


o Bus Arrival – west side of FES


– Eating School Breakfast – Cafeteria & follow Breakfast procedures (see below)


– Not Eating School Breakfast – will report to appropriate Waiting Area at FES (see below)


o Drop-Off/Walk – east side of FES or south side of FHS


– Eating School Breakfast – Cafeteria & follow Breakfast procedures (see below)


– Not Eating School Breakfast – will report to appropriate Waiting Area at FES (see below)


– Breakfast – in the Cafeteria beginning at 7:40am


o Lines in cafeteria may utilize JH Gym, additional hallway space, seating will be marked to ensure distancing


o When finished, students will report to appropriate Waiting Area at FES (see below)


– Waiting Areas – students will be expected to socially distance while in their waiting areas


o Kindergarten – near the exterior Kindergarten classroom doors


o 1st Grade – near the main entrance


o 2nd Grade – near the south hallway doors


o 3rd Grade – near the exterior 3rd Grade classroom doors


o 4th Grade – near the flag pole


o 5th Grade – near the doors to the Computer Labs


o 6th Grade – near the doors to the Multi-Purpose Room


o Signage & staff will provide guidance


– Inclement Weather – building access will be allowed at sites to be determined & communicated at that time


During the Day


– Traditional In-Person Instruction


o Social Distancing – classrooms will seek to maximize spacing as available per current OCHD guidelines.


o Hallway Travel – Students will be expected to use the RIGHT-HAND SIDE of hallway


o Frequent Hand Washing will be encouraged/expected


o Hand Sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and many common areas


o Every student should have their own Water Bottle – these may be brought from home


– Some students’ water bottles are still at school & will be waiting for students upon return


– We will have a limited supply to provide for students who do not have a bottle


– Bottle Fill stations will be available; Water Fountains will NOT be available


o EVERY student will have School Email account & Google Classroom – Kindergarten thru 6th grades


– ALL MAKEUP WORK will be provided via Google Classroom or upon return


Lunch Procedures


– Travel to cafeteria as grade levels with distancing


– Lines in cafeteria may utilize JH Gym, additional hallway space, etc.


– Cafeteria Seating will be marked to ensure distancing


o Specifics will be determined day-to-day, teacher-by-teacher, etc.


Recess Procedures


– Dismiss to Recess / Return from Recess will utilize classroom exterior doors as much as possible


– During Recess


o Distancing will be encouraged


o Shared equipment will be available & will be disinfected/cleaned after recess


– Students should leave personal items at home (balls, toys, etc.)


o Any items from home must be turned in to the office before school starts.


End of Day/After School


– Bus (normal protocol) at the West side of FES


– Pick-Up/Walk Exit Points – Families are asked to park in designated spots & not along curbs, etc.


o K & 3 – exterior classroom door (east)


o 1, 2, & 4 – Main entrance


o 5 & 6 – Multipurpose room


o All Family Meeting points must be outside the building


– Study Hall (normal protocol) – students report directly to designated rooms


o 3:30 – 4:25 p.m.; students will exit through the Main Entrance


o Schedule of Study Hall days will be on the district website at http://www.fowler.k12.co.us/calendar


Fowler Junior/Senior High School Specific Procedures


Specific to Junior High (grades 7-8) & High School (grades 9-12)


Before Coming to School or Getting on the Bus


– Complete the Morning Health Screening as per the District Plan (above)


o Students who do not meet EVERY CRITERIA above, should not attend school


– Contact the office by 8:30am if your student will not be in attendance as per the District Plan (separate document)


Beginning of Day


– Please do not send/drop off students before 7:40am (normal procedures)


o Student Parking Lot West FHS; Student Drop Off South of FHS


– Breakfast – in the Cafeteria beginning at 7:40am


– Before 1st Period - Students will be expected to distance while in their designated area(s)


During the Day – Traditional In-Person Instruction


– Social Distancing – classrooms will seek to maximize spacing as available per current OCHD guidelines.


– Hallway Travel – Students will be expected to use the RIGHT-HAND SIDE of hallway


– Frequent Hand Washing will be encouraged/expected; Hand Sanitizer will be available in all classrooms


– Water Bottles should be brought from home (a limited number of district-provided bottles will be available)


o Bottle Fill stations will be available; Water Fountains will NOT be available


Lunch Procedures


– Lines in cafeteria may utilize JH Gym, additional hallway space, etc.


– Cafeteria Seating will be marked to ensure distancing


o Other seating options may be available – Additional Tables, Outdoors, etc.


o Additional specifics will be determined as needed.


End of Day


– Normal Protocols in place


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ? ? ?


Please submit general questions at: https://forms.gle/cGmZfp16vZ1T4LY3A


Please submit student-specific questions to Alfie.lotrich@fowler.k12.co.us or Russell.bates@fowler.k12.co.us