Health & Safety Protocols

  • Screenings

    Arrival Procedures (applies to staff and students).

    Temperature checks upon arrival. Stations will be set up for temperature checks at all entrances. 

    If a student registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher, students will be supervised in a separate location until the school Nurse can follow up with a second temperature check.
    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.

    Building A

    • Bus Riders
      • 2nd/4th grade - Front of building- east side staff entrance
      • 3rd/5th grade - Front of building- east side gym entrance
    • Car Riders
      • 2nd/4th grades - Back building entrance of awning (600hall)
      • 3rd/5th grades- Back of building- west side entrance- up the steps to the 400 hallway

    Building B

    • Bus Riders
      • K/1st grade- Front of building - main entrance
    • Car Riders
      • K/1st grade- Back of building - main corridor entrance

    Symptom Questionnaire

    Before 7:45 daily, classroom teachers will individually ask students a list of COVID related questions. If a student has indicated a positive response to a question, teachers will complete a Nurse referral for evaluation.

    Isolation of Symptomatic Individuals

    Symptomatic students will be isolated with adult supervision until the School Nurse can evaluate.

    Symptom Awareness Lessons in Week 1

    Teachers will spend the first week of school teaching grade level appropriate lessons to students in regards to effective handwashing, using hand sanitizer appropriately, recognition of COVID-19 symptoms, how to prevent the spread of COVID 19, and what to do in case of a suspected infection.

    Risk Mitigation


    • Students will go straight to their classrooms after their temperature check upon entering the building.
    • Students opting to eat breakfast at school will get a “grab and go” breakfast in the cafeteria line and then take it to their classroom to eat.


    Building A

    • Bus Riders (required assign seats and masks)
      • Grade levels exit in 4 different areas around the building
    • Car Riders (socially distanced)
      • 2nd & 4th Grade - exit through the back of the building in 600 hallway (under awning)
      • 3rd & 5th Grade - exit through the back of the building in 400 hallway (down steps)
    • Walkers / Bikes (socially distanced)
      • End of the 200 hallway

    Building B

    • Bus Riders (required assign seats and masks)
      • Kdg & 1st line up in grade level hallways by bus color.
      • Staggered times between grade levels
    • Car Riders (socially distanced)
      • Students will make 4 lines in the gym
      • Dismissed using 2 doors and line up on arrows outside.
    • Walkers / Bikes (socially distanced)
      • End of the 100 hallway (PreK end)

    Spread out & utilize spaces and lunch & recess

    • Lunch
      • Hand washing/sanitizing opportunities before and after lunch
      • Cafeteria will be at ½ capacity (rotating eating in the classrooms and in the cafeteria every other day)
      • Assigned seats in the cafeteria
      • Sitting 4 to a table
    • Recess
      • Classes will have designated areas throughout the campus for recess
      • Rotate throughout the week
      • Hand washing/sanitizing opportunities before and after recess

    Clinic Visits and Referrals

    • Face masks required for students and staff that enter the clinic
    • Sanitized surfaces between clinic visits
    • Sick and symptomatic students isolated
    • Classroom teachers have ‘nurse’ boxes with bandaids and gloves
    • Classroom teachers will make virtual clinic referrals to minimize risk

    Clean desks between class changes

    • Teachers will facilitate the disinfection of desktops with approved cleaners
    • SMS will deep clean each evening with special emphasis on common surfaces
    • Teachers and staff will only use cleaners approved by the district.

    Avoid shared supplies

    • Students will use their own supplies in the classroom and in Related Arts classes.
    • RES School Supply List here: RES School Supply List 20-21

    Hygiene Routines for Staff & Students

    What is the current position of the district on face coverings?

    • ON THE BUS
      • Face coverings 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 transportation.
      • 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. Masks will be:
      • 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)

    No Field Trips or Assemblies

    • At this time, we will not be scheduling any field trips for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Minimizing Exposure

    • Students will have assigned seats in the classroom and cafeteria to allow for contact tracing.

    Staying Home When Appropriate

Social-Emotional Supports

  • What is Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)?

    It’s 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
    • Make responsible decisions

    Ways Rutland supports our students:

    • Conduct Morning Meetings daily with classroom students
    • Communication and tips will be shared throughout the school year.
    • School Counselors incorporate “Second Step” curriculum

    School Counselors

    K-2nd grade: Lynell O’Reel
    3rd-5th grade: Caitlin Robles

Academic Instruction

  • The teachers will follow the Instructional Guides set by the district that pace the curriculum standards throughout the year.  In each model students will receive the services and interventions that are appropriate for that student.

    Traditional Model

    • On a traditional model, students are in school every day and following the traditional daily schedule. Social Distancing guidelines will be followed to the furthest extent possible.
    • There is a possibility of three differents scenarios under the traditional model. This is determined by the district based on various factors in reference to COVID numbers and attendance.

    Hybrid Model

    • Students will be divided into two cohorts. Cohort A will attend school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cohort B will attend school Wednesdays and Fridays. Sibling groups will be in the same cohort. All students will work remotely on Mondays and the other two days they are not at school.
    • Students in 1st-5th will be issued a device to use at home.
    • Students will follow a traditional schedule for the days they are at school but stay in their classroom the majority of the day.
    • Students will follow a unique schedule for the days they are working at home independently (asynchronous).

    Remote Model

    • A schedule will be provided for remote learning that will be similar to the traditional schedule.
    • Students will participate in independent (asynchronous) and live (synchronous) lessons with their teacher.
    • Teachers will have office hours daily to answer phone calls and emails, provide individual student assistance, and support families with remote learning.
    • If learning packets are needed, they will be distributed on Thursdays.

    Learning Resources for Students and Families
    Remote Learning Suggestions For Families

    Virtual Model

    • Offered by Wilson County Schools.
    • Parents have until Sunday, July 19th at noon to choose the virtual option for the first semester.
    • Teachers will be determined by the district.
    • Virtual Learning Information


    • Buses will be sanitized daily.
    • Students are required to wear face coverings on the bus and will be sitting in assigned seats.
    • The transportation department will oversee the daily sanitation of buses.


    • Visitors will be limited to the vestibule areas unless they are doing business on the campus such as repairs or delivery.
    • Visitors that are doing business on campus will have a temperature check and symptom check to be granted access to the building.
    • If an item needs to be brought to school for a child, it should be labeled with the child’s name/teacher name and placed on the cart inside the vestibule. We respectfully request that parents limit the items they drop off to essential items only. We will not have the staff available to make daily lunch deliveries
    • Visitor Safe Health Procedures

Academic Honor Code

Parent University

  • The district will be providing a variety of training modules for parents July 27- August 1, 2020. More information will be provided soon. Visit the district's Technology Support Plan for more information.