Brentwood School District
2020-2021 Re-Entry & Recovery Planning
K-12 Students to Learn Virtually First Quarter
On July 29, the Board of Education voted to conduct all K-12 academic programs virtually for the first quarter of the school year. Currently, the Brentwood Early Childhood Center is expected to remain open and in-service for our families at the start of the school year. As we have stated regularly, our plans for the Fall of 2020 have been constantly evolving based on the latest information regarding the pandemic. Since our last communication, we have been in ongoing communication with health officials while we’ve reviewed feedback from our community and collaborated with other area districts.
Introduction from Superintendent Brian Lane
WHAT FAMILIES CAN EXPECT WHEN SCHOOL RESUMES
The health and safety of our students, staff, and families is of utmost importance. Families will have the choice of full-time distance learning or traditional on-campus instruction each semester of the new school year. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, on-campus learning will look different than previous years due to new health and safety measures. This plan has been developed based on guidance from the St. Louis County Department of Health, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and other local, state, and federal agencies. District plans will continue to be updated as the situation evolves. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.
It is important to note that district plans must focus sharply on academic instruction to enhance student performance and address learning loss. At the same time, we will do our best to maintain extracurricular programs, clubs, and athletics, which are important to the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students so long as we can ensure the health of our students and staff. Safety will remain our top priority.
Revised August 3, 2020The information contained in this re-entry plan can, and likely will, change as Brentwood School District adapts to COVID-19 and its effect on our community. Please check back regularly for the latest news and updates. Please use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate to important information, or keep scrolling for an overview of the plan.
RE-ENTRY PLAN NAVIGATION
When schools reopen in the fall, they will look different. Here’s what you can expect:
Families will have the choice between traditional on-campus learning and a full-time distance learning option. Families will soon receive a form to indicate their choice for the Fall 2020 semester. This plan outlines both the full-time distance learning and traditional on-campus learning programs that will be available to families.
Families who opt to participate in traditional on-campus learning will be expected to follow new health and safety guidelines to keep your children, their classmates, the staff, and our community safe. County, state, or federal mandates as well as health concerns could lead the traditional on-campus learning program to move to a virtual setting as the pandemic evolves. Here is an overview of the expectations for families, students, and staff when schools are open and the traditional on-campus learning program is in session:
All students (K-12) and staff members will be required to wear masks when physical distancing is not possible or as directed by a staff member. Visitors to the buildings will be limited, but any visitors will be required to wear masks.
Staff and students must complete a self-screening assessment before coming to school each day. If you have any of the listed symptoms, stay home. Families are expected to notify their school as soon as possible if a child tests positive for COVID-19 or is required to quarantine by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.
Students who present symptoms at school will be isolated and sent home immediately. Families should have a plan to pick up their child in the event they are sent home. Please update your emergency contact information so we can quickly contact you in the event a student has symptoms. Staff members with symptoms will also be sent home immediately. In order to return to school, students and staff are expected to provide a note from their primary care physician or from the Department of Public Health regarding quarantine.
School nurses may perform wellness checks on students who have been absent or who have been quarantined.
The information in this document will be updated as the year continues. Students and adults should follow posted guidelines at all times and physically distance wherever possible.
Students who do not follow the guidance in this document or other safety guidelines will be removed from in-person instruction and placed in the full-time distance learning program.
Full-Time Distance Learning Option
In addition to the on-campus instructional model, Brentwood School District recognizes that some students and families may have certain health considerations that would require them to self-quarantine. In order to serve these families, Brentwood has devised a virtual learning option for students in grades K-12 that will address their needs. Families who select this option must commit to a semester at a time, and that commitment must be made at the beginning of the semester.
In order to maintain the integrity of the academic program, it is necessary for students in this option to have consistency that is only offered a semester at a time. Students will not be allowed to move back and forth between the distance learning and on campus option during a semester. When school closures occur, students in on-campus instruction will continue their learning virtually, but the temporary virtual learning program will look different from the full-time option. More information can be found in the ACADEMICS & PROGRAMS section of this plan.
Traditional On-Campus Learning
A traditional, 5-day per week schedule for PK-12 students will be the predominant instructional model for Brentwood students whenever possible. This will closely resemble a typical school year, with additional safety procedures and precautions in place as outlined in this plan. Please note that school closures can, and likely will, happen over the course of the coming school year. Families should be prepared to adapt to a virtual learning option should Brentwood School District close for an extended period of time.
First Quarter 2020 - Virtual Learning Only
On July 29, the Brentwood Board of Education voted to conduct first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year virtually for all grades K-12. To read the announcement, please click here.
Here are additional guidelines for students and staff when the traditional on-campus program is operating:
Screening at Home
Families are recommended to take temperatures daily before going to school. Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees F or higher should not go to a school site.
Students and adults should also screen themselves for respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath prior to school each day. Students and adults experiencing those symptoms should not attend school.
While at School
Staff will be wearing masks. We will work with our youngest learners to help them learn that masks worn by staff are not scary.
Parents and visitors will have limited access to school campuses and may be asked to complete a self-screening questionnaire.
Access points to and from the building may change and could affect arrival and dismissal times slightly.
Physical distancing will be encouraged wherever possible.
Cleaning and sanitizing of high contact areas will occur regularly throughout the day, including areas like cafeterias or any time groups of students must change rooms.
General Safety Precautions Throughout the Day
Schools will follow disinfection guidelines developed by the St. Louis County Department of Health and other agencies to keep classrooms, workspaces, outdoor spaces, and playgrounds clean.
Physical barriers may be installed where physical distancing is not possible.
All students and staff will be encouraged to wash and clean their hands regularly.
Handwashing stations with soap and/or hand sanitizer will be available throughout our facilities.
Schools will limit the sharing of supplies between students and disinfect between uses if sharing is unavoidable.
Schools will keep accurate records of anyone who has been inside a building or in particular classrooms to assist with contact tracing efforts.
Personal Protective Equipment
Masks will be required for staff and all K-12 students when physical distancing is difficult or not possible. Masks must also be worn by students when they are directed to do so by staff. Students should bring masks to school with them each day and follow directions on when to use them.
Proper guidance on how to wear a mask should be followed whenever a mask is required. You can learn about proper mask protocol by clicking here.
Gloves are not recommended for use by students or staff with the exception of those conducting duties such as cleaning, first aid, or food service.
On Campus and in the Classroom
Physical Distancing. Staying 6 feet apart will help limit the spread of the virus. Schools have implemented the following strategies to maintain smaller groups of students in shared spaces. Please see specific details in communication from your child’s school.
Non-essential visitors will not be allowed into schools
Non-contact options will be used whenever possible for parents checking in students
Keep students in smaller groups
Serve meals in small group settings
Space desks further apart to ensure physical distancing while in the classroom
Serve individually plated or boxed meals
Where possible, keep student cohorts from mixing
Stagger lunches, recesses, and other transition times
Do not host large gatherings such as assemblies and dances
Identify a sick room for students who are not feeling well to minimize contact with others until they are able to go home
In order to maintain social distancing, activities that require students to congregate will be limited and modified as guidelines change.
Social distancing is important to ensure the health and safety of our students and will impact how some courses will be taught and which extracurricular activities students will be able to participate in safely.
Social and Emotional Well-Being
District and school staff members are committed to supporting students’ social/emotional wellness and offering resources to ensure students transition back to school smoothly. Support may include social/emotional learning, building relationships, community building activities, and increased access to mental health and wellness services. Families and schools will need to work together to check how students are feeling and assess their individual needs to provide the proper support to students.