July 22, 2020
Dear Camden Families,
As you can imagine, it has been a unique summer at Camden. We have been working hard to prepare for the return to school on August 12th. Due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, school will look different than it has before. Attached you will find details specific to Camden. Information about registration will be sent out early next week once we finalize all plans.
On Tuesday, July 14th, the Oldham County Board of Education voted to offer a Virtual Learning Academy for all students Kindergarten through twelfth grades. Information can be found on our website explaining about the academy, but we are also happy to answer any questions regarding this option. If you are interested in registering for the Virtual Learning Academy we encourage you to do so as soon as possible so we can plan accordingly. You can register online or our office staff can assist you in that process. The deadline to apply is August 1st.
In addition to the approval of the Virtual Learning Academy at the Board meeting, the OCBE did make the decision that all students and staff, kindergarten through twelfth grades will wear face coverings unless they obtain a medical waiver. Face coverings should have at least two layers of fabric. Parents should also plan on having more than one face covering per student, to allow for daily washing. Please have your child practice wearing a face covering now. We appreciate your assistance with this!
We have received a few questions about the number of students per classroom. As of now, we can provide you with class sizes by grade level so you can make an informed decision for your family. Please note, however, this is a fluid number as families decide how to enroll their students (in person or Virtual Learning Academy) for the start of the year.
~22 students in a class
~20 students in a class
~24 students in a class
~22 students in a class
There are many questions swirling with the start of the school year and I hope to put your mind at ease with a few things. First and foremost, the Camden staff is committed to opening school in the safest way possible so that we can meet your child’s social and emotional needs, as well as their academics. We hope the attached document provides you some insight of how we will operate in response to COVID 19. In addition, teachers will release an Open House video of their classroom to try and ease your mind as the school year gets closer. Please email me any questions that you may have.
I believe wholeheartedly we can return to school safely and provide a wonderful experience for your child. It is not because I have all of the answers, but because I work with the best staff, in the best community and with the best families! With your support, we can do this!
Stu Martin, Principal
The procedures and plans outlined in this document are based on the recommendations of the Kentucky Department of Education “Guidance on Safety Expectations and Best Practices for KY schools,” the Oldham County Health Department and the Oldham County Board of Education as related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff, and therefore the daily operations of the school have been revised.
What will in-person instruction look like?
School arrival will begin at 7:15 AM.
Upon arrival, students will go directly to their classroom. Staff will be stationed throughout the building, in the car rider line and on the bus dock to ensure social distancing. It has yet to be determined if breakfast will be pre-packaged and brought to classrooms, or whether students will have to pick up their own breakfast and take it to the classroom.
Students must wear a mask as they exit their car.
Students on the bus must wear a mask in-transit.
Students will walk straight to their classroom and will wash hands upon arrival.
Please be prepared for the car line to take longer than you remember. Keeping students away from one another and taking temperatures will be a timely process. (We’ll do the best we can!)
Every student will have their temperature taken at the beginning of each day. Any student with a fever of 100.4 or above will be moved to the isolation room until they can be picked up.
In-Class Work Time
Example Classroom Setup
Students will be spaced as far apart as possible.
Every effort will be made to have students face the same direction.
It is recommended students stay in the same room as much as possible and avoid mixing with other classrooms. For this reason flexible grouping where students would move from room to room, will not be able to happen.
Students will be wearing masks when within 6 feet of others, other than those with a medical exemption.
Mask breaks will be built in several times a day to ensure students get a chance to take their mask off.
Materials will not be shared among students.
School-owned materials (such as math counters and Chromebooks) will be sanitized after use.
Personal materials (such as pencils, markers, and scissors) will be used only by the owner.
At times, students will work in “groups” either working on a similar task and discussing it masked, or from several feet away from one another.
Teachers will have classroom procedures to practice social distancing when doing routines such as sending students to their cubby, getting kids in line, using books and materials in the classroom.
Classrooms will have specific places for students to stand in order to remain distanced as they get in line, stand to have stretch breaks, etc.
Time will be spent during instruction to teach and practice proper wearing of masks, hygiene practices, and social distancing.
Transitions will be included to allow for hand washing and/or sanitizing often throughout the day.
Markings will be placed on the floors to remind everyone of 6 feet apart.
Signs will be hung around the building to promote social distancing.
The only students who will be moving from their general education classroom will be those who qualify for resource time due to their IEP, or students who have intervention services.
In order to properly distance, all students will be spread out in the cafeteria and on the stage. Other areas may also be used, if necessary, for students to eat in a socially distanced setting.
Since students are without a mask as they eat, distancing will be very important and distance will be maximized between students.
Transitions will be included to allow for hand washing before and after lunch.
Lunch times will be staggered and disposable items will be used during lunch time. Lunch will be served from approximately 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in order to socially distance during lunch, and still supervise all students. Based on lunch times, classes will intentionally designate their “non-lunch” snack time.
Students will be given an assigned seat (6 feet apart) and will maintain that same seat.
No parents/visitors will be allowed for lunch.
Students will not share food or utensils for any reason.
Recess will occur at staggered times to allow for only 1-2 classes on the playground at one time. Recess will be conducted between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM to allow each class to have 20 minutes of recess time, and have no more than 2 classrooms on the playground at a time.
Students will wash their hands before and after recess.
Recess equipment will be limited in order to prevent the spread of germs.
Students must wear a mask unless they are playing alone, or 6 feet or more away from others.
Playground equipment will be sanitized daily.
Students will participate in most Related Arts in their classroom (Art, Music, PE and STEM) for 45 minutes each day, with the exception of PE (which will take place in the gym).
Related Arts materials will be sanitized between each class. Community supplies will be limited.
Students will participate in one Related Arts subject area for 10 continual days at a time.
At dismissal, students will be dismissed as follows:
Bus riders will be dismissed with a face covering at 2:20 and use the following procedures:
They will go in staggered groups to their busses and sit in their assigned seats. Students must stay in their assigned seat for the duration of the ride.
Only students assigned to each bus will be permitted to ride the bus. No bus notes will be written to allow for one student to ride home with a different student.
Eagles’ Nest students will be dismissed to the gymnasium, library and cafeteria with a face covering. The location will be dependent upon their grade.
Car riders will be dismissed with a face covering to the front foyer and seated with their family members so that they can be spaced out while waiting for their car to arrive.
Please be prepared for the car line to take longer than you remember. Keeping students away from one another as they wait to leave the building will be a timely process. (We’ll do the best we can!)
Other General Guidelines
We will eliminate traffic and congestion in the hallway as much as possible. Students will be masked when moving throughout the building.
Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle from home.
Students will use the water fountain to fill up a water bottle in order to limit/eliminate using the fountain for drinking.
Water fountains will be sanitized multiple times a day.
Library visits will occur as a class rather than individually.
Returned books will sit for a time period (based on CDC guidelines) before another student is allowed to check out.
There will be procedures for safe check-out to minimize interactions.
Field trips and outside guest speakers will not occur at this time.
Parents and volunteers will not be allowed in the building at this time.
In the event of a required meeting, parents will follow the COVID protocol and have their temperature taken as they enter the school.
This includes the first day of school. Parents/Guardians will not be allowed to park and walk their student(s) to their classroom. All adults must stay in their car and drop their student(s) off at the designated car rider drop-off area. We will have numerous staff at the entrance of the school, and in the hallways, to help students get to their classrooms.
Masks: All students and staff will be required to wear a cloth face covering unless medically waived. The medical waiver must be completed and submitted to the school nurse prior to the student starting school.
Masks can be lowered during classroom time if students and staff are seated 6 feet apart.
Fit snuggly but comfortably against the side of the face
Be secured with ties or ear loops
Include multiple layers of fabric
Allow for breathing without restriction
Be laundered daily without damage or change to shape
Cover both nose and mouth
Masks will be provided for students and staff who do not have a mask. Students who refuse to wear a face covering and do not have a medical exemption will be removed from the regular classroom setting. Administrators will meet with the student and family on the necessity of wearing the face covering if they wish to attend school within the building.
Staff will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will be provided with training on PPE prior to the first day of school.
Parents/ guardians should keep students home from school for a minimum of 72 hours if they have any of the following symptoms:
Temperature greater than 100.4
GI symptoms (vomiting/ diarrhea)
Exposure to a COVID-19 case during the prior 48 hour period
Parents MUST check their child(ren) every morning for these symptoms before sending them to school.
All staff members will take their temperatures daily and complete the health screening sheet prior to coming to work.
Daily cleaning and disinfection of all school facilities will take place.
Every classroom has access to a sink with soap and water. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands multiple times a day but will be mandated upon arrival to school and before/after eating and before/after playground use.
Hand sanitizer will be utilized when hand washing is unavailable.
Classroom rugs, fabric chairs and fluffy items will be removed from all classrooms.
Disinfectants and cleaning materials kept in classrooms will be kept out of the reach of students.
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