Returning to School

  • As the division gradually brings students back onto our campuses for in-person learning, we know our families have many questions. We understand parents want to feel comfortable and confident in sending your children to school. Many of our employees have children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who attend our schools as well. 

    Staff have devoted countless hours to preparing our schools for the safe return of students and staff. In addition to the important information provided below and within this website, you can learn about the new and enhanced procedures through several short videos.  

    Transportation 

    • Only students with completed Transportation Forms will be assigned to bus routes (please contact your child’s school if you need to confirm your child’s status). 
    • Families are encouraged to provide transportation to and from school to help achieve distancing strategies on buses. Schools will provide drop-off and pick-up procedures prior to students returning to a building. 
    • Bus route and bus stop information will be available online the week before a student group returns to school. 

    Mitigation Strategies

    • Staff and students are asked to complete a Daily Health Screening, including checking their temperature, before coming to school or work. Students and employees who are sick or not feeling well must stay home
    • Staff and students must wear facial coverings at all times, especially when moving about in a classroom or in hallways. Under the direction of teachers, students may be permitted to remove masks briefly, such as during breakfast and lunch.  
    • During periods when someone’s mask is removed, all individuals should remain at least 6 foot distanced and stationary. 
    • Students will remain distanced to the greatest extent within classrooms, on buses, and when moving through buildings.  
      • Elementary students will typically only interact with their classroom cohort during the school day to reduce mingling between student groups.  
      • Middle and High school students will transition between classrooms, with longer transition times to assist in distancing strategies. Lockers will either not be used or be limited in use. 

    Hygiene 

    • Students and staff will be expected to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer during key times throughout the school day, such as: 
      • When entering or leaving a building or classroom; 
      • before eating; 
      • using the restroom; and 
      • touching shared objects. 

    Meals

    • Students will eat in their classrooms in small groups whenever possible. Schools will implement a mix of classroom delivery and Grab and Go in the cafeteria procedures. 
    • All students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through June – no forms or approval is needed.