First of all, I hope you have had a safe and enjoyable summer. The first day of classes will be August 24, 2020. I am going to bullet just a few of the back to school guidelines for returning to school. As you may know, we have received guidelines from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which make rules and regulations for public schools. Our team has been diligently working on the plan, with parameters defined by DESE. Please understand the guidelines have changed several times over the summer. This is the reason for not sending this letter out earlier. There is also guidance from the Randolph County Health Department and the Center of Disease Control blended into the planning. Please be prepared for adjustments even after our plan is complete, as it will likely change.
As of now, we are planning on students returning to school in person on August 24th, 2020. We intend to bring all students back Monday through Friday as in the past with traditional school. Many modifications will be made to accommodate social distancing and sanitation of our district buildings. Specifics of those measures will be released at a later date. Here are a few for your review:
- All students are welcome to wear their own mask (District will provide one cotton mask and a small amount of disposable masks)
- All staff will wear a mask when 6-foot distancing of all students is not applicable
- Parents will be asked to self-screen students prior to coming to school
- Visitors will be restricted from entering the buildings
- No student will be allowed to attend school with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and must be symptom free for AT LEAST 24 hours
- Buses will be running routes as in the past. Social distancing is problematic in this environment, so buses will be loaded by pickup and succession and families will be instructed to sit together.
- I am asking anyone who can walk, ride a bike, get a ride from parents, relatives, or neighbors, please do so. This is the only way to help decrease the chances of a child being exposed to more students than necessary.
We are working on many other items to make the return to school as safe as possible. Thank you for your patience as we work through the details. Information will be sent out as soon as we can in order to help you prepare.
Westran RI Superintendent