Health and Safety Protocols

  • Screenings 

    Arrival Procedures (applies to staff and students):

    • Temperature checks upon arrival
    • Staff
      • For Faculty/Staff entering the front of the building, our front office secretary will take their temperatures.
      • For Faculty/Staff entering the back of the building, a Staff member will take their temperatures.
      • If a Faculty/Staff member has a temp at/above 100.4, the Faculty member will contact an administrator regarding class coverage upon leaving.
      • A Google Sheet will be recorded daily to account for all staff being screened.
    • Students 
      • 3-10 Faculty/Staff (wearing face coverings) will take temps and monitor student social distancing.
      • If a student has a temp at/above 100.4, Faculty member will escort student to holding area where Nurse will be located for Arrival procedures.
      • K-2
        • Enter through Events Entrance
      • 3-5
        • Enter through Main Entrance
      • 6-8
        • Enter through Old Main Entrance by Art Room
    • Symptom questionnaire administered by 1st period teacher
      • Teachers will administer questions as a group where students fill out a slip adding a checkmark as a yes to any of the questions if it applies. 
      • Teachers will have students turn slips over for confidentiality and the teacher will pick up slips.  While students are completing bellringer or listening to announcements, teachers will go through slips.  If a student has marked a checkmark for any of the questions, the teacher will contact the Nurse.  Teachers will also notify administration. Administration will escort the child to the holding area.
    • Isolation of symptomatic individual
      • An area in Guidance will be the holding area for symptomatic individuals until the nurse can assess their status
      • 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 Awareness lesson week one
      • Teachers will complete these lessons during our Focus time

    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


    • 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


    • 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 

    • Reduce number of people in common areas
      • Arrival
        • Hallways outside of each grade level will be used for students to come to upon arrival and/or picking up Grab & Go breakfast.  Educational Assistants and Staff will be monitoring these students until teachers arrive to their classrooms.
      • Dismissal
        • Bus riders will be dismissed first through two different entrances – one for K-4 and one for 5-8. Grade levels will e called individually to be released. Face coverings reminders to these students will be communicated every day.  Staff monitoring bus riders will have a few extra face coverings if one is needed.
        • Car Riders and walkers will be dismissed to three holding areas monitored by teachers, in keeping families together, students will be organized by alphabet.  When names are called over the radios, students will exit to numbered stations outside where a teacher will be monitoring before students are dismissed to their cars.
    • Spread out and utilize spaces at lunch and recess
      • Lunch
        • To maintain proper social distancing and to provide students with some autonomy, we have set up 6 different assigned areas for students to eat lunch monitored by faculty and staff. Students will be assigned seats in these areas as well.
        • In each area, trash cans, napkins, forks, hand sanitizer, gloves, and cleaning products will be available. There is enough time in between student groups entering and exiting these areas to properly sanitize the tables.
      • Recess
        • 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, it will be highly suggested teachers take students for hand washing and restroom break after recess is over.
    • Virtual clinic referrals
      • A Google Form will be created for teachers to fill out to refer symptomatic students to the nurse.
    • Clean desks between class changes
      • Teachers will clean the desk during class changes.
    • Avoid shared supplies
      • Students will be assigned the school supplies they bring in and keep in their desk or cubbies.  Any type of small group supplies will be individualized or cleaned after each use.
    • Hygiene routines for staff and students: 
      • Stop the Spread
      • Hand Washing
      • Teachers will be asked to do hand washings throughout the day, especially before and after lunch. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the day in the classrooms and stations throughout the building.

    Face Coverings

    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.
    • Students will have assigned seats in the classroom and cafeteria to allow for contact tracing
    • No field trips or assemblies

    Staying Home when Appropriate

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

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 Southside 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 Southside 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 Southside.

    If at any time you would like to speak with our school counselor, please call the school office at 614-444-6330.

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 Southside 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 Southside 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.

    Visit Hybrid and Remote Learning Suggestions for some information on 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 Southside remote 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 remote 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.

    Remote Learning Resources

    Remote Schedule

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 Clay Hannah, and then will be communicated to our coaches.  Our coaches, our athletic director, and Mr. Bevis 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:

    1. Temperature check for coaches and athletes will be taken.  A reading of 100.4 or above is considered a high temperature. Face coverings should be worn by all temperature check participants.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 cannot 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 without a protective screen.

Technology Support

  • Instruction 

    Thrivist will be Southside’s Learning Management System for the 2020-2021 school year.

    • Thrivist is an online learning platform that Southside and Wilson County students will use in classrooms in all learning models (traditional, hybrid, and remote). All Southside teachers received training over the summer on this 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 Southside or the district moves to hybrid or remote.

    District Tech Support Information

    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.


  • Facial Coverings must be worn at all times for students who are riding school buses.  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.  

    Visit the Wilson County School System Transportation Department for more information. 



    • Visitors to Southside 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 drop off cart that is in the vestibule. There will be post-it notes and pens for you to add your child’s name and grade post-it to the item you are leaving. 
    • 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.
    • Visitor Safe Health Procedures


Academic Honor Code


    View the Student Handbook 2020-2021 for the district's attendance policy.

    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 Skyward messages, in addition to information will be posted on our Southside Facebook page.

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

    In the event Wilson County Schools makes the determination to switch the district or Southside 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 Carmen Bouldin or Assistant Principal Chip Bevis.

Open House

  • Due to COVID 19, we will have a Virtual Open House for the 2020-2021 school year for Grades K-8. We will create an introductory video for parents to view.  In addition to the video, we will have scheduled Zoom times for parents with grade level teachers, and dedicated supply drop-off times. This video will be shared on/or before July 30th.

Parent University