CMS “In Person”/Online Comparison (Updated 8/5/20)

As mentioned in my previous blog post, the school district is asking parents to communicate if you intend to “Opt in” to the online option for the first semester by August 10th. Understanding that this is not an easy decision for families, we want to support you by providing additional information. Below are several links that are designed to provide a summary for families of what the online option will look like.

The “in person” model is still being developed at each building. Health and safety are the foundation of the middle school plan, as well as at the elementary school and high school.

To give you an idea of the direction the middle school is moving in for the “in person” experience, I have provided some information below. This information may change based on updated recommendations from the Health Department and/or decisions handed down by the Governor.

  • The school day will remain 7:30-2:36, Monday – Friday for all students
  • Bus routes will continue to be provided as they have traditionally run. However, students will be required to wear masks for the duration of their ride and sit in assigned seats.
  • Masks will be required in the school building.
  • Student class sizes will be significantly smaller (8-15 students in most cases).
  • Students will remain in the same room for the majority of their day for their English language arts, social studies, math, and science classes. Teachers may move among the classrooms to deliver instruction or at times teachers may provide virtual lessons and followup with in person visits to work with students.
  • Our Essentials classes are still being offered (art, technology, PE/health, band, choir, foreign language) with some limitations to ensure the health and safety of students and staff.
  • Bathrooms will be sanitized hourly.
  • All touch points will be sanitized multiple times per day (door handles, light switches, railings, etc….).
  • Breakfast and Lunch will still be provided to students, however students will be eating in their classrooms rather than the traditional cafeteria.
  • Students who are receiving IEP, 504, or Gifted services will be placed and served accordingly.
  • We have worked to develop a new design for our nursing station to meet the recommendations of the Medina County Health Department. Our school nurse is also working with the Health Department to adjust procedures for students who visit the nurses clinic for reasons of illness.

Please know that we are working tirelessly to make the best of really difficult situation. We realize that there are aspects of our plan that we would never engage in under normal circumstances. These are sacrifices we need to make to bring our students safely back to school where they can reengage with their teachers and peers, even if it is in a limited fashion.

I want to personally thank our families for your continued support and understanding of our school during this once in a lifetime event. You do not know how much your support means to our entire middle school staff! THANK YOU!

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