Health and Safety Protocols in a Traditional Setting

  • Pre-Entry Checks/Screenings

    The best way for staff and students to be safe is to stay home if sick. All are encouraged to take their temperature before leaving home. If you have a temp of 100.4 or greater, please do not come to school.

    • Staff will be trained and assigned to conduct temperature checks daily. All students and staff will have their temperature checked upon entry.
    • Any student/staff with a temp of 100.4 or higher will be referred to the school nurse for follow-up.
    • Any student with a temp of 100.4 or above will be isolated (with supervision) until the nurse is available to see them.
    • Everyone will participate in a daily symptom check. For students this will be done in homerooms.
    • Symptom questions will be posted in each room.
    • Any person who reports or exhibits any symptoms will be isolated and referred to the nurse.
    • If the school nurse determines that the student should not be present at school, the nurse will contact the student’s parent/guardian and arrange for an early dismissal.
    • During the first week of school teachers will conduct Covid awareness and symptoms lessons.

    Mitigating Risk

    • Alternative students participate in a daily check-in process that is unique to the alternative program.
    • The morning check-in for students who have their homeroom in one of the two classrooms at the front of the building will enter through the front door. (Bldg A)
    • Students whose homerooms are in the rear of the building will enter through the double doors on the east side of the building.(Bldg A)
    • Alternative students and all staff will enter the building on the west side, through the double doors under the awning. (Bldg B)
    • Students will be temp checked and scanned with a metal detector upon entry.
    • Students will go to their homeroom and sit in his/her assigned seat that is assigned with respect to social distancing. (Bldg A)
    • Students will go to their assigned work area. (Bldg B)
    • Online students will enter through the front office. (Bldg B)
    • Entry plans for Adult High School students are to be determined. Staff will be available to assist. (Bldg B)
    • The total number of students at BTA is limited and with a smaller population it is easier to practice social distancing. We already practice social distancing when students are in the hallways.

    Hygiene Practices

    • BTA students will have regularly scheduled restroom breaks. Social distancing will be practiced and proper hand washing will be encouraged.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available at entry points and in all classrooms and offices.
    • Teachers will facilitate the cleaning of desktops with approved, unscented cleaner upon entry into the class, and between every class change.
    • Additional cleaning of supplies, common areas, shared items, etc., will be done as necessary.
    • Only approved cleaning agents will be used.
    • Water bottles will be filled by a staff member wearing gloves and a face covering. Students will not be allowed to drink directly from the water fountains. If a student needs a bottle of water, one bottle per day will be provided if available. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle or other container for water. (Must comply with all policies and procedures of the alternative program.)

    Face Coverings

    Updated 8-3-2020: By a vote of the WC BOE, all staff and students are required to wear face coverings or face shields on school property until this mandate is rescinded.

    • All face coverings must comply with the district’s dress code and may not have any writing, slogans, or logos on them, with the exception of the BTA logo. Bandanas are prohibited. Any questions regarding face coverings will be addressed to the administration. The administration has the final discretion in regard to the appropriateness of face coverings for students. 
    • Any visitor who enters the building, including delivery drivers and contractors, are required to wear a face covering if it is during the school day/when students are on the premises.

    Nurse/Clinic/Health Procedures

    • All persons entering the clinic will wear a face covering.
    • Hand sanitizer will be used by all who enter the clinic and again when leaving the clinic.
    • Clinic referrals will be made virtually.
    • Symptomatic staff/students will be isolated until they can be seen by the nurse.
    • Students and staff that are sent home due to a high temp will be required to be fever free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication for 72 hours before returning to school.

    Lunch Procedures

    • Students who bring their lunches will store them in their homerooms.
    • School lunches are to be brought in a large, clear, ziplock bag.
    • School lunches will be delivered to the homerooms of the students who order.
    • Students will eat in their homeroom in their assigned seat in respect to social distancing.

    Dismissal procedures

    • BTA dismissal will remain the same as in the past.
    • Students will be in their homerooms and dismissed when their names are called.
    • When drivers and walkers are called, teachers will allow one student to exit at a time, with a brief wait time between students exiting.

    Considerations for Absence Due to Symptoms

    Notification Procedures of Positive COVID-19 Case

    As shared with the Wilson County Schools Board of Education on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020, the procedure following a positive case of COVID-19 in a school building will be to notify staff and parents of those students in proximity to that individual. Notification will be under the direction of the school principal and include students and staff in classes and shared spaces, including the bus and extracurricular activities. The positively identified COVID-19 person will follow directions from their healthcare provider. Notified individuals will be encouraged to watch for symptoms and/or seek medical advice while continuing with health precautions at school.

Social-Emotional Supports

  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), is a foundational aspect of BTA and of Wilson County Schools. SEL is defined as the process through which children 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. At BTA, we understand that we must first meet the needs of our students from a social and emotional standpoint before we can educate them. We love and care for them, show them compassion, and teach them to show love, care, and compassion for others. The goal of SEL is to support student’s academic and long-term success. We include SEL practices in our daily schedule, with all homerooms doing the same SEL activities daily/weekly. ·        

    BTA Social-Emotional Support Personnel:

Academic Instruction

  • Academic Instruction Schedules

    To view the bell schedules, visit Academic Instruction Schedules.

    Educational Expectations

    • We understand that education looks and sounds different today than it has in the past thanks to Covid 19. Because of this we wanted to include some information to ensure that we are all on the same page when it comes to educating our students. The items below should be helpful to you as we navigate these uncharted waters together.
    • Hybrid setting: is a combination of remote and in-person learning. In a hybrid setting high school students will have the option of coming to the building on Wednesdays for in-person classes, and in some cases, can be required to attend. Hybrid for middle school students includes a rotating schedule so that the number of students in the building at any given time is smaller. Lessons are both synchronous and asynchronous.
    • Remote setting: students remain at a remote location and do not come to the building. Lessons are both synchronous or asynchronous.
    • Asynchronous teaching and learning allows students to complete assignments on their own time without having to be in a specific location at a scheduled time..
    • Asynchronous: the teacher will create and provide video lessons and publish them to their virtual classrooms in Thrivist.
    • Students are held accountable for their assignments/grades/work in ALL settings: hybrid, remote, virtual, synchronous, asynchronous, traditional, etc. Grades are taken and “count”.
    • Synchronous teaching and learning happens in real time. The students and the teacher would be engaged in an online classroom. Attendance is taken and students are expected to participate. Think of it as a regular classroom, but in a virtual setting.
    • Synchronous lessons will occur during scheduled times as outlined in the hybrid/remote schedule provided previously in this document.
    • Office Hours: Teachers will have posted “office hours” where they are available to further support students. These are set in the hybrid/remote schedule that is included in this document and correlate with the class schedule. Teachers will use these times to provide feedback to students to better assist them in understanding and mastery of the material being taught.

    Remote Learning Packets- Drop-off/pickup Procedure

    • Remote learning packets will be available for students who need them.
    • These can be picked up at the school on certain days and at certain times. Parents will pick these up at the entry door without coming into the building. Dates and times to be determined.
    • The same will be true for returning the packets to the school.
    • This will vary and the information will be shared with students/parents/guardians as appropriate.

    Teacher Expectations

    • Teachers will be required to record a minimum of one grade per week, with a maximum of three grades per week if in a remote setting.
    • Teachers will communicate with students and parents to ensure a high quality education is available to all regardless of the setting.
    • Provide students with norms and expectations for all educational settings. Both students and parents will be made aware of what is expected of the student by the teacher.
    • Use Thrivist as a platform for online classes.
    • Participate in office hours, making him/herself available to both students and parents.

    Student Expectations

    • Participate in all synchronous classes presented in a virtual classroom.
    • Complete and turn-in assignments in Thrivist by the due date set by the teacher.
    • Respond to teacher communication within 24 hours.
    • Follow the remote or hybrid learning schedule, devoting the amount of time specified to each class.
    • Check Thrivist and Skyward regularly for updates, communication from the teacher, etc.
    • Be aware that attendance does count and you can still have truancy issues in a remote or hybrid setting.
    • Follow the student honor code as outlined in this document.
    • Be responsible for any technology (Chromebook) that is used in the hybrid/remote setting that belongs to Wilson County Schools.

    Learning Resources

    • BTA will use Achieve 3000 for reading/ELA skills, and Aleks for math skills
    • Classrooms will be set up through Thrivist. Some classes will be in an online platform regardless of the learning environment. Students will spend time the first week of school becoming familiar with the programs and platforms to be used.

    Academic Honor Code

    • BTA is committed to the academic,social, and ethical development of each member of its learning community. We believe that plagiarism and cheating inhibit a student’s academic achievement and compromises the trust between teacher and student, which is fundamental to the learning process. Each student is expected to adhere to the BTA Academic Honor Code to ensure an authentic experience and involvement in the academic process for him/herself. Therefore, all BTA students (in each of the BTA programs) are expected to:
    • Refrain from plagiarism, which is and of itself, a form of cheating. Your work should be YOUR work, not that of a parent, fellow student, or any other individual.
    • Cite sources when appropriate.
    • Submit work that is the original creation of the student’s, and that represents the students’ thoughts and best efforts toward academic goals.
    • Refrain from all forms of cheating.
    • Understand that any violation of the Academic Honor Code will result in appropriate consequences as determined by the WC Code of Conduct and the BTA administration.

Technology Support

Transportation

    • Transportation is not provided to BTA

Visitors

    • Visitor policies will be posted on the entry door of each building.
    • BTA Bldg A, which houses the alternative HS program, does not have an entry/vestibule area; therefore, any visitor must use the intercom system at the front entrance to communicate with the front office.
    • BTA Bldg B, which houses the alternative MS, online, and adult high school, does have an entry/vestibule area and visitors will be allowed into that area, but not general admittance into the main building.
    • Deliveries for the school or anything dropped off for a student at Bldg A will be left at the front door and brought in by the front office staff. Anything brought for a student must conform to the school’s policies and procedures and have the student’s name attached.
    • Deliveries that must be signed for will be signed for at the front door, unless the items are too large to be left and must be brought into the office.
    • Visitors are required to wear a face covering when entering the building and to answer the symptoms questions.  
    • A visitor who has a temp at or above 100.4 or who has symptoms will not be allowed further entry into the building and their employer will be notified.
    • Visitors will not sign in, but will be required to show an ID at the front desk. The front office staff will sign in and out for any visitor and use gloves when handling any paperwork/ID, etc.
    • Meetings that can be held via an electronic platform will be held as such.
    • We will facilitate a no contact check out procedure.
    • Visitors will no longer be allowed to see students during the school day. This includes, but is not limited to, DCS, Parole Officers/Juvenile Justice, Youth Villages, etc. Exceptions will be made in the best interest of the student on a case by case basis, and in the event of a crisis/emergency.

Athletic Protocols

    • BTA does not have athletics.
    • Students in both buildings do occasionally go outside for exercise. Social distancing protocols will be followed.

Attendance During Hybrid and Remote Learning

  • Under both Wilson County Schools Hybrid and Remote Learning models, students are expected to engage in both synchronous and asynchronous instruction at times assigned by the student’s teacher. Asynchronous instruction may include independent work, teacher-assigned individual or group projects, audio- or video-recorded lessons, online class modules, or other appropriate methods as determined by the school principal and/or teacher.

    Daily Attendance Based on Meaningful Student Engagement and Interaction

    Tennessee Board of Education Rule 0520-01-17-.01 requires student attendance to be recorded daily when students are participating in remote instruction. Wilson County Schools will consider students who are interacting and responding to remote instruction as “in attendance.”

    For students in grades K-5, this may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

    • Student submission of an assignment;
    • Student completion of an online assessment;
    • Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
    • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
    • Student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and/or other digital communication or responses to teacher email; and/or
    • Other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.

    In order to be considered “in attendance,” students in grades 8-12 will be required to engage in some type of meaningful student engagement or interaction for each individual class scheduled for that school day. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

    • Student submission of an assignment;
    • Student completion of an online assessment;
    • Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
    • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
    • Student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and/or other digital communication or responses to teacher email; and/or
    • Other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.

    Attendance is not based on solely assignment completion. Teachers will be responsible for monitoring student participation in remote learning and reporting attendance to principals daily.

    Excused and Unexcused Absences

    Wilson County Schools Board Policy 6.200 defines excused and unexcused absences. These definitions will also apply during Hybrid and Remote Learning models. In order to receive excusal for an absence from remote learning, the parent/guardian or eligible student is responsible for submitting the appropriate documentation for those categories defined in Policy 6.200, which includes:

    • Personal illness/injury
    • Illness of immediate family member;
    • Death in the family;
    • Extreme weather conditions;
    • Religious observances;
    • College visits;
    • Pregnancy;
    • School-sponsored or school endorsed activities; or
    • Summons, subpoena, or court orders.

    All other absences will be considered unexcused, including absences that are a result of student discipline (e.g., out of school suspension). Additionally, absences not properly documented will also be considered unexcused.

    Unexcused Absences and Progressive Truancy Intervention

    Wilson County Schools will continue to use the progressive truancy intervention tiered system to improve student attendance. Prior to beginning the tiered intervention system, an administrator will contact the parent/guardian once a student has acquired three unexcused absences to communicate about the absences and possible interventions.

    Tier I: Progressive Truancy Plan

    When a student accumulates five unexcused absences, a Progressive Truancy Plan will be created following parent, student, and administrator input. This will include an attendance contract that will be signed by all participants. If under a Hybrid or Remote Learning model, a virtual meeting may be scheduled in lieu of an in-person conference. The team will also consider any access issues that may serve as a barrier to the student’s participation in remote learning.

    Tier 2: Individualized Assessment for Student

    When a student accumulates seven unexcused absences and is in violation of the Progressive Truancy Plan, a school staff member will contact the parent/guardian or student and conduct an individualized student assessment. The Progressive Truancy Plan may be amended to provide further intervention.

    Tier 3: Review and Revision of Progressive Truancy Plan

    When a student accumulates nine unexcused absences, a team will be formed at the school to review and revise the student’s Progressive Truancy Plan. If under a Hybrid or Remote Learning model, a virtual meeting may be scheduled in lieu of an in-person conference.

    Referral for Truancy

    Ten unexcused absences will result in a referral to Wilson County Juvenile Court for truancy following the implementation of all three tiers listed above. This referral for truancy shall occur regardless of whether Wilson County Schools is implementing a hybrid or remote learning model.