Health and Safety Protocols

  • Screenings

    • Arrival Procedures (applies to staff and students):
      • Temperature checks upon arrival
      • Prior to being admitted into class, students will receive a daily temperature check. Temperature checks will be conducted at the main and bus entrances.
      • Any student with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be isolated and referred to the school nurse for follow-up. Any staff member 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.
      • 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.
    • Symptom questionnaire administered by homeroom teacher
    • Isolation of symptomatic individual
    • Symptom Awareness lesson during the first week
      • All faculty and staff will receive professional development to review health and safety procedures and guidelines prior to starting school.
      • Ms. Kimberly Blow, the Watertown Elementary School Counselor, will be providing health and safety lessons for all students.

    Risk Mitigation

    • Reduce the number of people in common areas
      • Upon arrival, students will meet in various designated areas prior to morning dismissal to class. The designated areas will be determined by each student’s Ron Clark House.
    • Spread out and utilize spaces at lunch and recess
      • Students are strongly encouraged to social distance during recess and the size of student groups will be limited during activities.
    • Virtual clinic referrals
      • The teachers will make clinic referrals to the school nurse via a google document. This will help to minimize the number of students in the clinic at a given time.
      • There will also be a room provided for those who exhibit COVID symptoms.
    • Clean desks between class changes
      • Desks and other areas that students use will be sanitized during transitions.
    • Avoid shared supplies
      • Students will not be permitted to share items with other students.
    • Spray cleaner will be provided to schools for each teacher.
      • If parents want to send supplies, please send paper towels!
    • Hygiene routines for staff and students:
    • 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.
      • World Health Organization: Advice on How to Properly Wear a Mask
    • 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.
    • Students will have assigned seats in the classroom and cafeteria to allow for contact tracing.
    • No field trips or assemblies
    • Although field trips are not permitted, teachers will continue to extend learning opportunities that reach beyond the classroom. Teachers will be able to use alternate field trips ideas, such as virtual field trips.
    • Students will not be allowed to gather in large groups for assemblies, however, Watertown Elementary still plans to use appropriate alternatives to encourage and recognize students.

    Not Feeling Well- What To Do When for Parents

    Please refer to the link below for the most up-to-date information regarding county protocols.

     

     

Social-Emotional Support

  • CASEL defines SEL, Social Emotional Learning, 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. SEL components include the following: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making skills.

    Watertown Elementary believes that each component of SEL is a foundation to maximize student academic and social achievement. Watertown Elementary’s staff strives to meet the needs of all learners by providing social and emotional support, as well as promoting a safe and healthy learning environment. Our school utilizes the Ron Clark House system to build character, create a sense of community, and encourage students to maintain a growth mindset. This year, we will continue to focus on growth mindset and self-confidence. In addition, we will work on formal language to build self-confidence and self-efficacy while also providing students opportunities to identify emotions. To assist with the implementation of SEL, each staff member will receive professional development prior to the start of school regarding social emotional learning (SEL). The Watertown Elementary staff is committed to implementing the SEL components in the core of all that we do to help children be successful! It is our first step of many to transition our children successfully back to school.

    Ms. Kimberly Blow serves as the Watertown Elementary School Counselor and will be providing social-emotional learning resources to staff, parents, and children. She is available to support student and family needs. Please feel free to reach out to her for assistance. Ms. Blow’s email address is blowkim100@wcschools.com.

Academic Instruction

  • Modified Hybrid Schedule

    • Students in Grades PreK-3 will return to the traditional model on Monday, September 21, 2020.
    • Students in Grades 4-5 will return to the traditional model on Monday, October 12, 2020.
    • Students residing in the same home will attend school on the same day.
    • A Day- Students whose last name begin with A-K will attend school on Tuesday and Thursday.
    • B Day- Students whose last name begin with L-Z will attend school on Wednesday and Friday.
    • Students following the Hybrid Model will participate in asynchronous learning activities on the days they are not at school.
    • Please note, an alternate schedule will be utilized for the first week of school. Below, you will find the Hybrid Schedule for the first week. 
    • Virtual Orientation is scheduled for Friday, August 21 and Monday, August 24. Parents will be receiving more information in regards to the Virtual Learning model.

    TRADITIONAL MODEL

    Students in grades PreK-3 will return to the traditional model beginning Monday, September 21, 2020. Students in grades 4 and 5 will return to the tradtional model upon returning from Fall Break, Monday, October 12, 2020. Within the traditional model, all classroom schedules and procedures will be followed as we have operated in the past. A focus will be placed on sanitizing surfaces and healthy habits among students and staff. In addition, the procedures outlined in the Risk Mitigation section will be implemented.

    HYBRID MODEL

    Within the hybrid model, students will be divided into two cohorts. Cohort 1 students (A) will attend school Tuesday and Thursday. Cohort 2 students (B) will attend school Wednesday and Friday. All students will learn remotely on Monday of each week. Siblings will be grouped with their family to attend school on the same cohort days. Staff will be on site Monday-Friday each week. A detailed schedule will be provided for each child once the hybrid model is put into place.

    Schedules will be modified to provide social distancing throughout the building and on the playground in this model. Transitions for staff and students throughout the school day will also be limited. In addition, there will be a focus on sanitizing surfaces and healthy habits among staff and students.

    REMOTE LEARNING

    In the event that the school has to transition to the remote model in 2020-2021, we will follow the guidelines below:

    • The district will provide communication to the school on Thursdays if the school or a grade level will be transitioning to remote learning. The change will take place on the following Monday.
    • Teachers will be providing information for links for lessons and office hours in the purple communication folder on Friday before entering the remote model.
    • All specialized services that a student may receive (special education, ESL, intervention, etc.) will continue throughout the remote model. 

     

    If the family is able to access the internet effectively, all activities can be completed online, which will eliminate any public health risk associated with providing instructional support. In an effort to cut down on paper packets during remote learning, the district is using a variety of educational programs, which can be accessed via ClassLink for grades K-5. All students will access Thrivist through ClassLink in order to receive class-specific instructions for online learning tasks. 

    • Please log in to Thrivist at the beginning of each day. All other assignments and links will be accessed through Thrivist.
    • Teachers will send home instructions for accessing online assignments and synchronous lessons in the communication folder on the Friday before entering the remote model.
    • The K-5 teachers will conduct 2 synchronous learning sessions per week. (see communication folder for links to access)
    • All synchronous lessons will be uploaded to Thrivist at the end of the lesson for students to access at a later time.
    • Parents may call in to the synchronous Google Meets by phone (no internet required).
    • Included in the student’s remote classroom information in the folder, teachers will communicate their office hours. During these scheduled times, parents may call and speak with the teacher for assistance with assignments or other needs.
    • When announcements are posted, the main platform will be a newsletter emailed to the parent. Teachers will use the REMIND app as needed.

     

    In order to support our students instructionally while they are at home, we are offering a paper solution for families that do not have access to the internet.  This system will involve distributing paper learning packets to families for the students to complete while at home, along with frequent phone calls- either to the students directly or to their parents.

    • Remote Learning Guides will be printed for students without internet and sent home in the communication folder for the first week. This has lessons which can be conducted at home without needing internet access. 
    • Families without internet will return learning packets and get the new packet on Thursday of each week, while in the remote model. 
    • Teachers will make 3 phone calls per week to students without internet to check in on academic progress and social-emotional needs.
    • Included in the student’s remote classroom information in the folder, teachers will communicate their office hours. During these scheduled times, parents may call and speak with the teacher for assistance with assignments or other needs.
    • When announcements are posted, the main platform will be a newsletter emailed to the parent. Teachers will use the REMIND app as needed.

      

    This document outlines some procedures by Watertown Elementary staff for mitigating the risk that COVID19 is spread while still ensuring instructional support for our students who require paper learning packets.

    LEARNING PACKET DISTRIBUTION 

    Within the hybrid model, students will receive and return their home packets on their scheduled cohort days each week to the homeroom teacher.

    For those students without internet access while in the remote model, parents will be able to receive and return their home packets each Thursday from 7am to 4pm. Additional information is listed below.

    In the event that the parent needs to drop off the packet, WTE will establish a drop-off location. Our drop off location is the front entrance of the school. A clearly marked bin will be used for parents to drop off assignments. Notification in advance will be communicated to parents to maintain distance from other parents while dropping off the packets. Parents should remain 6 feet apart from anyone else while at the drop off. In addition, communication with parents will explicitly state, “Do not come if you are symptomatic. Either send someone else or wait until you are no longer symptomatic.” Wait 24 hours after a drop off cycle before beginning to open the packets.

    Parents who received digital or electronic assignments can easily share completed work through digital platforms.

    Additional Resources

    VIRTUAL LEARNING

    Wilson County Schools is providing parents the option to enroll their child in a full-time, virtual learning environment for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. Visit Virtual Learning Registration 2020-2021 for information on expectations, course offerings, special education considerations, etc.

    • The deadline to register for virtual learning is Sunday, July 19, 2020 at noon.
    • The principal will reach out to the parents of virtual learners with additional information regarding the virtual learning program once the plans have been finalized.

Athletic Protocols

    • Not Applicable for Watertown Elementary

Technology Support

    • At the beginning of the school year, students in Grades 1-5 will receive a district-provided device.
    • The Acceptable Use Agreement & Student Device Agreement will be sent home with the students the first day of school.
    • Mrs. Jamie Vaughn serves as Watertown Elementary’s Digital Technology Lead Teacher. She is available to support your technology questions and needs by contacting her at: vaughnj@wcschools.com
    • Let's Talk Link
    • Acceptable Use Policy

Transportation

  • During the Hybrid model, the classroom teacher will notify parents of the A & B schedule. 

Visitors

Attendance

    • Students and employees should not come to school/work when not feeling well. If an individual has a fever of 100.4, he/she is required to stay home for 72 hours.
      • Students will not be required to provide a doctor note unless the sickness extends past 72 hours.
    • If a student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the parent/guardian should contact the school principal. Students may return to school after completing the quarantine guidelines and the following criteria is met:
      • A minimum of 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).
      • Respiratory symptoms have improved (cough, shortness of breath, etc.)
    • District’s Hybrid and Remote Learning Attendance Policy

Academic Honor Code

    • Student Essentials for Working Toward Excellence
      • The Student Essentials for Working Toward Excellence will serve as our honor code for all three models of learning (traditional, hybrid, and remote).
    • Expectations for behavior in hybrid/remote settings
      • The Student Essentials for Working Toward Excellence will serve as our honor code for a hybrid and remote setting.
    • Parent and Student Signatures will be required on the Student Essentials for Working Toward Excellence

Parent University

  • The district has created a website that will serve as a centralized location for parents to obtain important information including the Parent University.

     

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