Concord Reopening Blueprint

Dear Concord Families,

The Concord Community Schools 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Blueprint is designed to provide the maximum amount of in-person instruction, while continuing to follow public health agency requirements to ensure the safety of students and staff. Our plan provides details about several different scenarios, but our goal is to have students come to school and stay in school. The well-being of students and staff is our top priority.

A virtual learning option is available for families who feel more comfortable enrolling their student(s) in online learning. Students of all ages who choose to learn online will be assigned to a teacher who will facilitate their online learning. In grades 7-12, that online learning may include Concord teacher developed courses or it may include courses from an online learning platform called APEX. In both cases, each student will be assigned a teacher to guide them through their courses.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Which group is my student assigned to?
Students with the last name starting with A-K are in Group A.
Students with the last name starting with L-Z are in Group B.
*Households will attend on the same day. If your children have multiple last names, please contact your child’s school.

What if a parent wants to change groups due to a family situation, work duties or daycare reasons?
All requests to change days must be done through the building principal. We will always try to be flexible, but please understand we must keep our class sizes equitable and make sure that transportation is available for those to ride on the non-assigned days.

Under the Hybrid A/B schedule, what days will my child attend class in person?
Group A will attend class in person on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Group B will attend class in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All students will participate in virtual learning on Fridays.

Under the Hybrid A/B schedule, which days will my child participate in virtual learning?
Group A will participate in virtual learning on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Group B will participate in virtual learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

How do I find out my bus information?
Bus routes will be posted online at www.concord.k12.in.us/transportation on August 5. Click on “bus route information” and type in your home address for route information.

How will this affect school day start/end times?
Arrival and dismissal times are as follows:
Concord East Side Elementary: 7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Concord Ox Bow Elementary: 7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Concord South Side Elementary: 7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Concord West Side Elementary: 7:25 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Concord Junior High School: 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Concord High School: 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Concord Intermediate School: 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
For more details about student drop off and pick up times, please call your child’s school.

I would like to enroll my child in the virtual school, but missed the registration deadline. What is the process?
Please contact the principal at your child’s school to request a virtual school placement.

Will my child be required to wear a mask all day?
Masks must be worn by students in grades 3-12 at all times unless eating or drinking. K-2 students will wear a face covering except when they can properly social distance, while eating, or while playing at recess.

Will masks be provided and when will my student receive the masks?
Two reusable fabric masks will be provided for each student. Students will receive masks on the first day of school.

Will I be able to visit my child at school?
Visitors will not be allowed in the building for the safety of our students and staff. If you need to meet with an administrator or teacher you can make an appointment. Please be aware, most meetings will be held virtually.

What protocols are in place for responding to COVID-19 cases in schools?
Concord Community Schools will follow local and state health official guidance. We are committed to providing transparency and will notify the affected families in the event that a COVID-19 case impacts our school community. More details can be found on pages 14 and 15 of the Concord Community Schools 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Blueprint.

What are the cleaning protocols for classrooms?
Throughout the day, teachers will be provided with cleaning materials for use on common surfaces, desks, and other areas in classrooms. After school, our custodial staff are committed to cleaning protocols utilizing disinfectants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More details about our cleaning and disinfecting protocols can be found on pages 6 and 7 of our Concord Community Schools 2020-2021 School Year Reopening Blueprint.

What are the lunchroom protocols?
Concord students and staff will practice social distancing during the lunch hour. This will vary between buildings based on available space. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will utilize cafeterias, following proper social distancing protocols, or will eat in classrooms where social distancing is not possible. Students in grades 7-12 will utilize cafeterias and overflow areas such as auditoriums and activity centers to ensure proper social distancing during the lunch hour.

How will I know who my child’s teacher is?
In grades K-6, families will receive a letter from the school detailing their classroom placement, their A/B schedule, and building-specific safety protocols. Class lists will also be posted on the front door of each elementary school by 5:00 pm on Monday, August 10th.
In grades 7-12, students can log into PowerSchool to access their schedule.

What are the expectations for virtual learning days in the hybrid format?
The expectations for virtual learning days are that there should be a continuity of learning from the previous day’s lesson. This may include new learning, review, or independent work depending on where the classroom is in the learning process. Virtual learning is not the eLearning of the past. There are deadlines, expectations, and rigorous work to promote grade level learning.

How can I sign my child up to receive meals on virtual learning days?
All Concord families are eligible to receive meals on virtual learning days, but will need to complete a Student Meal Distribution Form. These forms will be distributed to families after the first day of school. Virtual-only students are eligible to receive five breakfasts and five lunches per week. Hybrid A/B students are eligible to receive three breakfasts and three lunches per week.

What is the cost of meals and why are they no longer free and available for all children?
Concord Community Schools, along with public schools across the country, was able to provide free student meals through a waiver from the USDA. This waiver is no longer available and thus, the district must once again charge families for meals.

The cost of meals will be the same as a traditional school year, with meals available for free or reduced prices for those who qualify. Meal prices for the 2020-2021 school year are as follows:

Grades K-4
Full-price breakfast: $1.30
Reduced-price breakfast: $0.30
Full-price lunch: $2.20
Reduced-price lunch: $0.40

Grades 5-12
Full-price breakfast: $1.50
Reduced-price breakfast: $0.30
Full-price lunch: $2.50
Reduced-price lunch: $0.40

How will meals be distributed?
Meals will be provided for Hybrid A/B students to take home. Families of virtual-only students may pick up meals at designated meal sites. More details coming soon!

Are school offices open for business?
School offices are open to the public to conduct regular business including answering questions and paperwork drop-off and pick-up. Parents and guardians are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing while entering school buildings.

How will extracurricular activities be impacted?
We will continue to offer extracurricular and co-curricular activities by following established social distancing and PPE protocols as long as we are permitted to do so by local/state health officials.

If my child starts the year with the 100% remote virtual option, can my child switch to in-person instruction later in the year?
Concord will provide a quality educational opportunity regardless if the parents choose on-site or distance learning at home. Parents may transition from one delivery model to the other with sufficient notice in most cases. However, in some cases high school credit earning opportunities will need to be considered. School counselors can assist with those answers when questions arise.

If we select the virtual learning option, will my student still be enrolled in their current school?
Yes. Students who participate in virtual courses will still be enrolled in their current school.

What about KidsCare?
KidsCare, a before and after school program, will operate as long as Concord Community Schools buildings remain open.

Will transportation be provided? How do I know if my child is eligible for transportation?
Yes. Generally speaking, most students who live in-district are eligible for transportation. If you have a special circumstance or need further clarification, please contact the school office where your child attends or the Concord Transportation Department.

What does the start of the school year look like for students who elect to learn virtually?
Students who elect to learn virtually will have the option to come to school in a small group to meet their teacher prior to beginning the year.

How will elective courses for grades 7-12 be affected?
Elective classes for students in grades 7-12 will not be impacted unless they choose the virtual only option. If students choose the virtual only option, electives may be limited.

What does this mean for my student athlete or musician?
Whether your student chooses online or a form of in-person learning does not impact their participation in extracurricular or co-curricular activities.

How will school cancellations be handled?
If a cancelation occurs on a student’s day to be present at school, the student will attend on their next scheduled day.

CONCORD REOPENING
PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Concord will begin the 2020-2021 school year under a hybrid model, wherein Group A (50 percent of students) reports Mondays and Wednesday and does virtual learning on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays. Group B (the remaining 50 percent of students) reports Tuesday and Thursdays and does virtual learning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • If substantial spread occurs in the community, the district will move to full-time virtual learning until community spread decreases or local/state mandated closures are lifted.
  • All students and staff will be required to wear face masks when social distancing is not possible. Two reusable face masks will be provided for each student and staff member.
  • A 100% virtual learning option is available for students who are high risk or for families that do not feel safe or comfortable returning to learning in person. District teachers will be specifically assigned to virtual students for individualized instruction in a virtual setting.
  • Student meals (breakfast and lunches) will be served in the classroom for grades K-6. Students in grades 7-12 will eat in the cafeterias, with social distancing enforced and additional cleaning occurring between lunch periods.
  • Transportation will be provided to in-district students. Students must wear masks and assigned seating will be enforced.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily and will be provided with spray bottles, soap and water, and rags to promote frequent cleaning. Staff will clean and disinfect shared objects between each use.
  • High traffic areas such as restrooms, health stations, and playground equipment will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.
  • A separate health station will be established in each building for students known to be ill to mitigate cross contamination. Children who present COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be cared for by nursing staff and separated from the general student body. Parents/guardians will be contacted immediately to pick up their child. The child needs to be picked up as soon as possible.
  • Students will be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19. The Elkhart County Health Department (ECHD) will be notified of any student with a positive COVID-19 test.
  • Additional mitigation strategies may include closing a classroom, a school wing, or a school building.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL

RESOURCES

Concord Reopening Plan / Plan de Reapertura de ConcordCLICK HERE
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