COE Health and Wellness

  • Screenings

    The following safety measures will be in place while the district is utilizing the traditional and hybrid models.   

    Staff Precautions

    • Faculty and Staff will enter by the library doors to have their temperature checked and sign off on a symptom check.
    • All Carroll-Oakland staff will have their temperature checked prior to the start of the instructional day.  Any staff with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will notify an administrator to facilitate class coverage and will be isolated and referred to the school nurse for follow-up.
    • All CO staff will participate in a symptom check prior to the start of the instructional day.  Any staff that exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 will be isolated and referred to the school nurse for follow-up.

    Student Precautions

    • All CO students will have their temperature checked prior to the start of the instructional day.  CO staff members will be checking all bus riders prior to them entering the building.  All CO students who are car riders will be checked prior to entering the building on the regular side car rider entrance next to the gym. During these checks teachers will notify administration of any students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher.  Administration will then escort students to a specific isolation room in the office and will be referred to the school nurse for follow-up. This designated room will not be the regular nurse’s office.
    • All students will be given a “symptom awareness lesson” during the first week of school during FOCUS/RTI time.
    • All CO students will participate in a symptom check prior to the start of the instructional day. Any student who exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 will be isolated and referred to the school nurse for follow-up.

    Symptomatic Students and Staff

    • Ms. Covington, the CO school nurse, will reexamine all students and staff who exhibit a high temperature or Covid-19 symptoms in the holding area in the office.
    • Ms. Covington will then make appropriate referrals and send individuals home if warranted.
    • Students and staff who are sent home due to a high temperature will be required to be fever free for 72 hours without medication before they can return to school per CDC guidelines.

    Visitor Precautions

    • Visitors to CO will be limited to each school’s secure vestibule unless they are doing business on campus such as repairs, dual enrollment, college recruitment, military recruitment, etc.
    • Visitors who are doing business on campus will have a temperature check and symptom check.
    • A visitor who has a temperature at or above 100.4 or has symptoms will not be allowed on campus and their company will be notified.

    Staying Home when Appropriate

    Nursing/Illness & Medication Guidelines for WCS COVID-19 Symptoms

    What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

    Step 1: Upon learning of a positive case, notification of those in close proximity begins while the COVID-19-positive individual follows medical orders, including quarantine. (EX: A person's classes, bus, lunch table, sport team, and related staff).

    Step 2: Individuals notified will be asked to monitor symptoms and seek medical attention as needed.

    Step 3: Schools continue to monitor symptoms of students and staff.

    Step 4: Students and staff may return to school/work based upon orders from doctor.

    What To Do When for Parents

    STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19:

    • Notify the school
    • Follow orders of healthcare provider
      • Symptomatic = Quarantine a minimum of 10 calendar days from start of symptoms AND 3 days fever-free
      • Asymptomatic = Quarantine 10 calendar days from positive test date AND remain asymptomatic
    • Documentation needed for absences: documentation from the student's medical provider

    SOMEONE AT THE CHILD'S HOME TESTS POSITIVE WITH COVID-19:

    • Notify the school
    • Follow any applicable orders of healthcare provider
    • Quarantine a minimum of 10 calendar days from positive test date of close contact and monitor symptoms at home
    • Documentation needed for absences: documentation from the student or family member's medical provider

    Symptomatic = person is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    Asymptomatic = person is not experiencing any symptoms

    Risk Mitigation

    Arrival

    • Hallways outside of each grade level and students’ classrooms will be used for students to come to upon arrival after being checked in. Grades 2-8 can pick up Grab and Go Breakfast from the cafeteria. Kindergarten and 1st grade students who choose to eat breakfast at school will do so in the cafeteria socially distanced. Educational Assistants and Staff will be monitoring students in hallways and cafeteria (K and 1st grade students only).  All other students will report to their classrooms upon arrival.

    Dismissal

    • Bus Riders will stay in classrooms until buses arrive and will be walked to the bus entrance, socially distanced, and will be reminded to use their face coverings on the bus.  Students who need a face covering should see an administrator.
    • Car riders and walkers will be dismissed at 2:45. Car riders will report to the gym in assigned zones based on their grade level and will be socially distanced with their siblings. When names are called over the radios, students will exit to stations outside where several teachers will help with dismissing them to their cars.

    Spread out and utilize spaces at lunch and recess

    • During lunch, additional tables will be set up in the main hallways for student use.  Students will be assigned seats and tables.  In each area, trash cans, napkins, forks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and cleaning products will be available.  These tables will be cleaned prior to the arrival of another set of students.
    • Safe areas will be provided inside and outside for students to experience recess. Hand sanitizer will be accessible for all students before and after play.  In addition, teachers will take students for hand washing and restroom break after recess is over.

    Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette

    • CO staff will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring of this process to ensure adherence among students and staff.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).
    • Staff and students will be encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues will be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).

    Symptom posters

    • Posters will be placed around the school detailing proper hand washing protocols and listing COVID symptoms.

    Virtual clinic referrals

    • A google form has been created for teachers to fill out to refer symptomatic students to the nurse.

    Assigned Seats

    • Students will be assigned seats in all classes to allow for contact tracing of students.

    Clean desks between class changes

    • Teachers will clean all desks during class changes

    Avoid shared supplies

    • Students will be assigned the school supplies they bring in and keep in their desk, cubbies, or lockers.  Any type of small group supplies will be individualized or cleaned after each use.

    Students who receive daily medicine

    • Students who see the nurse daily at designated times to receive medication will do so in an area separate from the isolation room for students who have a fever or exhibiting COVID symptoms.

    Face Coverings at School

    • Optional for students and staff in areas where social distancing is feasible (Ex: Classrooms, less crowded hallways)
    • Strongly Encouraged in high-risk areas where social distancing is not feasible (Ex: Bus transitions, arrival, dismissal, crowded hallways, clinic/isolation areas, and for teachers working within close proximity (within 6 feet) of others)
    • It is our expectation that students and staff will wear face coverings while in the school building, and it is recommended that the adults model such behavior while interacting with others, both students and colleagues, while in the building.

    Face Coverings on the Bus

    • Face coverings and assigned seats will be required for students using District-provided transportation, including school buses.
    • Face coverings can be provided by the parent/guardian; if not, one will be provided.
    • Refusal to wear a face covering while using District-provided transportation will be considered a Category 1 offense and could result in the student’s suspension from the school bus.
    • Continued refusal may result in the student’s removal from District-provided transportation.

    All face coverings must comply with the district dress code.  

    Field Trips/Assemblies

    • No field trips besides athletic field trips or competitions per the Wilson County School District.
    • No school assemblies per the Wilson County School District.

Academic Instruction

  • Synchronous Learning: Synchronous learning is when a student receives live, virtual instruction from his or her teacher.

    Asynchronous Learning: Asynchronous learning is when students are given tasks/classroom assignments or videos to watch at whatever time is convenient to the student and parent/guardian.

    Hybrid Model

    This model of learning has approximately 50 percent of the student body attending school on a Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday schedule. Directions to determine your child’s designated days can be found on the Wilson County Schools web site (certain special populations will attend school all four days which include English-Language Learner students without English speaking parents or guardians in the home, CDC students, and McKinney Vento students. You will be notified if your child falls into one of these categories).

    If CO or the Wilson County School District is placed on a hybrid model:

    • Students will remain with the same teacher and not rotate classes or attend specials
    • Students will be socially distanced in the classrooms and cafeteria
    • Specials teachers, interventionists, and special education teachers would assist students virtually in this model as we are limiting contact between other student groups or staff members except for those students in their cohort
    • Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – teachers will be giving asynchronous tasks for students to complete and will be accessible for office hours during the day and have the discretion to offer additional synchronous lessons as well (teachers will notify parents in advance when and if they would be offering additional synchronous lessons).
    • Tuesday and Friday – virtual, synchronous lessons will take place according to the CO hybrid schedule regardless if the student is at home or at school.
    • Any synchronous lesson will be recorded and uploaded as well for students to view if they were unable to log in to the synchronous lesson. All students should log in to the synchronous lesson. Please pay attention to the attendance policy for virtual learning for your child on their designated days at home.

    In a hybrid model, at least one and no more than three grades per class will be recorded in Skyward per week.

    Also, watch the Hybrid & Remote Learning Video for some suggestions for learning from home on your child’s designated home days. 

    Remote Model

    Under this model, all students will be receiving instruction virtually from home.  Students will receive synchronous lessons on at least Tuesdays and Fridays according to the grade level instructions next to your child’s grade level remote schedule on the CO master schedule provided at the end of this plan. Specials teachers will notify parents weekly about their individual synchronous and asynchronous lessons and classwork on a weekly basis in this model. Office hours are listed for each teacher and grade level.

    Students in K-3 will follow the remote schedule at the end of this plan. The live lesson times are indicated in the schedule.

    Students in grades 4-8 would follow their traditional schedule to receive synchronous lessons on Tuesday and Friday.  On the remaining days of the week students will be given assignments to complete and possible asynchronous lessons to watch. Students may also log in to their teachers google meet link (which will be provided by their teacher(s)) while following their individual schedule in order to receive additional support or assistance from their teacher(s). Teachers may offer additional synchronous lessons to students on M, W, Thr, at their discretion and will notify parents beforehand.  All synchronous lessons will be recorded as well.

    In a remote model, at least one and no more than three grades per class will be recorded in Skyward per week.

    For more resources, visit Wilson County Schools digital resources

    Also, watch the Hybrid & Remote Learning Video for some suggestions for learning from home.

    View the COE Remote Schedule.

     

Technology

  • Instruction

    • Thrivist will be CO’s Learning Management System for the 2020-2021 school year.  Thrivist is an online learning platform that CO and Wilson County students will use in classrooms in all learning models (traditional, hybrid, and remote). All CO teachers received training over the summer on the platform and its usages.  Tutorials will be available for parents to view.  Students will receive instructions on how to use Thrivist the first week of school and will continue to utilize this platform in the traditional model to prepare them if CO or the district moves to hybrid or remote.

    District Tech Support

    Chromebook Distribution

    • Each student will check out a Chromebook from the library for use at school and at home. Students will receive a Chromebook after they have completed the Digital Citizenship Course for their grade level (this will be completed at school during the first week).
    • Prior to checking out a Chromebook, both parents and students will review and sign the “Wilson County Student Device Agreement” form.

Transportation

    • Facial Coverings must be worn at all times while a student is riding a school bus. Failure to do so will result in a disciplinary offense according to the Wilson County School’s Code of Conduct. If a student is at school and is struggling to obtain a mask, the student should see administration.
    • In a hybrid model, students will be considered A or B day students according to the bus in which they ride (or would ride if that method of transportation was used).  A day students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays and B day students attend Wednesdays and Fridays. All students will be remote on Mondays during the hybrid model.
    • For more information, visit the Wilson County School System Transportation Department.

Visitors

    • Visitors to CO will be limited to each school’s secure vestibule unless they are doing business on campus such as repairs, delivery, dual enrollment, college recruitment, military recruitment, etc.             
    • When being buzzed in please let office staff know the reason for your visit. If you are needing to drop off something for your child (backpack, lunch box, etc.) please utilize the blue drop off cart that is in the vestibule.
    • If you are checking a student in or signing a student out please wait in the vestibule while we check your student in or call them down to the office.
    • Visitors who are doing business on campus such as repairs, delivery, dual enrollment, college recruitment, military recruitment, etc. will have a temperature check and symptom check.
    • A visitor who has a temperature at or above 100.4 or has symptoms will not be allowed on campus and their company will be notified.
    • Watch the Visitor Safe Health Procedures video for more information!

Cafeteria

  • During a traditional and hybrid model the cafeteria will be open for students for breakfast and lunch.  For breakfast in both traditional and hybrid, grades 2-8 will get a grab and go breakfast and will eat in their morning classroom location.  Kindergarten and 1st grade will eat breakfast in the cafeteria in both models.  In both traditional and hybrid models, tables will be set up in the main hallway to give extra room for students to spread out. In both models, assigned tables and seats will be given. In both models, tables will be cleaned after each student group leaves the table and before the next group arrives.

Parent University

Social-Emotional Supports

  • What is SEL?

    Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children of all ages, and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

    Relationship building with our students is a top priority for Carroll-Oakland every year but is a central component to our re-entry plans this year.  We know this has been a difficult time for all of us and we want to really focus on our students’ social and emotional needs from day one this year. The staff at CO are firm believers in “you have to reach them to teach them” and this will be a central component of our plans this year. In grades K-5 teachers will conduct at least two SEL activities per week. In grades 6-8 one SEL activity will take place per week every Monday.

    If we move to a remote or hybrid learning model, our teachers and staff will be reaching out frequently to students to conduct checks on them as we want to know how they are doing both socially and emotionally during those times in which they are not physically present at CO.

Academic Honor Code

  • Expectations for behavior in hybrid/remote settings:

    • Students are expected to be present for learning during all synchronous lessons, including small group breakout sessions where students are not allowed to text each other or have a private group chat.  Please refer to the use of technology section of the WCS Code of Conduct.
    • Teachers will create protocols to address student expected behaviors while instruction is taking place.  For example, if a student needs to ask a question, the protocol will be for the student to add their question in the chat box to keep students from talking over the teacher.  Teachers may assign student roles to assist in notifying the teacher of questions that come up.
    • Cheating will not be tolerated in all models of learning.
    • Daily participation is required of every student either synchronously or asynchronously based on the attendance policy.

Parent Communication

  • Communication with our parents is vital in most years but will be essential this year due to the circumstances surrounding COVID 19 and the potential for transitions to the various learning models.  Please make sure you have a working address and cell/home phone number listed in Skyward.  Our school will also be using the Remind notification system which some of you may already be familiar with since several teachers have been using this in the past. We will be using this messaging platform at the school, grade, and teacher level.

    During a remote and hybrid teaching model, daily communication between teacher and students/parents is expected. This communication will take place utilizing email, the Remind application, and phone calls.

    In the event Wilson County Schools makes the determination to switch the district or Carroll-Oakland to a different learning model, this will be communicated to parents on Thursday evening of the week before the learning model transition.  This message will be delivered to all parents through an email and a phone message from Principal Jason Dunn or Assistant Principal Kate Calvert.

Open House

  • Due to COVID 19 we will have a Virtual Open House for the 2020-2021 school year for Grades 1-8. Grade level teams and other staff members will create introductory videos for parents to view and host virtual meetings during this Virtual Open House.  A video tour of CO, drop off and pick up procedures, as well as the new screening procedures will also be available to view.

    Kindergarten teachers as a whole will host a virtual meeting for their students’ parents. Individual virtual meetings will also take place with Kindergarten parents as well.

Athletic Protocols

  • Concerning athletics we will be following all TSSAA guidelines and restrictions during the school year. These guidelines will be communicated to our athletic director, Coach Justin Rutherford, and then will be communicated to our coaches.  Our coaches, our athletic director, and Mr. Dunn will pass along any updates or new guidelines to all affected athletes and their parents and guardians. Below is the most up to date information available.

    All precautions are subject to change based on state and/or federal mandates.

    Locker rooms are closed until the first instructional day with students on campus.  Athletes must arrive on campus dressed for activity.  Complete sanitation of locker room facilities between use is impractical and unneeded during summer activities.

    Locker rooms will be available when school is in session and students are on campus provided everyone wears a face covering while in the locker room.  Locker rooms will be sanitized each night following their use.

    Participants will be prompted to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning and end of the activity as well as when changing stations, equipment, etc.

    Athletes will be encouraged to wear full finger gloves during weight training and sport-specific activities when applicable.

    Coaches, athletes, managers, trainers, and anyone else associated with the team that rides a team bus are required to wear a face covering while on the bus.

    Overnight athletic trips will not be allowed.          

    Coaches and athletes will be required to comply with pre-entry checks before every activity.

    Pre-Entry Checks:

    • Temperature check for coaches and athletes thermometers are available.  A reading of 100.4 or above is considered a high temperature. Face coverings should be worn by all temperature check participants.
    • Coaches and athletes will be asked if they have covid-19 symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, headache, chills, body aches, nausea or vomiting, loss of smell, or diarrhea.
    • Coaches and athletes that have a high temperature or a covid-19 symptom will not be admitted to the activity and be referred to a healthcare provider.  All referrals will be reported to the school principal and athletic director.

    Coaches and athletes that are referred to healthcare providers due to the pre-entry checks will not be readmitted to future athletic activities until they submit signed documentation from a healthcare provider that the coach or athlete tested negative to covid-19 or the healthcare provider does not feel that the coach or athlete is a risk to others.  The school principal and athletic director will be notified of the results from the healthcare provider referrals.

    For practices and conditioning, groups will be limited to fifty individuals (athletes, coaches, trainers, etc.).  Athletes must stay in a static group to mitigate risk.

    Multiple groups may be present at the same time if the size of the activity area permits.  Groups must remain at least 20 feet apart.

    For competitions, it may not be possible to limit groups to fifty individuals.

    Coaches will ensure that common equipment is disinfected before and after each group uses the equipment.  Game officials may instruct coaches to rotate sanitized equipment into competition.  All participants will be required to have their own water bottle or cup.  Water fountains and shared water bottles will not be used or permitted.

    All athletes must practice social distancing when activities permit.  Coaches must stay at least ten feet away from athletes at all times during practices and conditioning.  Coaches should attempt to keep a safe distance from players during games if possible.

    If a group member of a team in pre-season or summer activities tests positive for covid-19, the parents of all members of the group will be notified and the group will be shut down for 14 calendar days.  The school principal and athletic director will be notified of the positive test and the identity of the group members impacted.

    If a group member of a team conducting in-season activities tests positive for covid-19, the parents of all members of the group will be notified.  The school principal and athletic director will be notified of the positive test and the identity of the group members impacted.  The person that tested positive will not be allowed to participate in any team activities for 14 days or until their healthcare provider deems they can safely participate.

    Coaches will provide alternate activities or at-home workouts for athletes that can not attend school athletic activities due to their group being shut down or the parent chooses to keep the athlete home.

    Coaches will not penalize an athlete for an absence unless the parent or athlete fails to notify the coach of the absence in advance.

    Parents and spectators will not be admitted to practices or conditioning sessions.

    Parents and spectators will be prompted to specific zones during games to minimize spread.

    Signage and PA announcements (if available) will be used to encourage spectators to practice social distancing and wear face coverings at all athletic contests.

    Protective screens will be in place for ticket gate workers and concession workers.  Concessions workers must wear face coverings and gloves while working.  Other game workers are encouraged to wear face coverings at all times and are required to wear face coverings if their duty requires them to be within 6 ft. of the public