2020 School Updates: Neenah Joint School District

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Spring Road School, Neenah

Neenah Joint School District released their proposed plan for reopening schools. They took into consideration the surveys sent to families and educators, Education Forward guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Health Services, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to create a plan for the district. 

The goal of the plan is to be open for in-person student instruction full-time with an option for families to use a virtual platform.

  • School Profile: Total Enrollment 6,200 Students in 4K-1210 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools, 1 High School: www.neenah.k12.wi.us
  • Neenah has the lowest class sizes of any Fox Valley District with an average of 21.5 students per elementary class District-wide. Classes in grades K-2 target 18-20 students with a maximum of 22. Grades 3-5 target 20-24 students per class with a maximum of 26. Middle and high school classes are also kept at minimal ranges. (Neenah Joint School District 2015-16 Fact Sheet)
  • Parents are asked to make a choice about their child’s learning format by July 31 with Return to School Student Preference.
  • School Supply Lists

READ MORE: 2020-21 School Reopening Plan for Fox Valley Area

Plan for Reopening

Families will have three options, one is available for only 7-12 Grades. Students attending classes in-person and virtually will start at the same time and follow the district calendar for the 2020 school year. 

In-Person School 

  • Available for all grades.
  • Attend school 5 days per week with safety measures in place.
  • Health should be monitored at home, students with COVID related symptoms should not attend school.

Virtual, At-Home School

  • Available for all grades.
  • Attend 5 days per week for remote learning.
  • Flexible online environment, similar to what was provided at the end of the 2019 – 2020 school year.
  • Lessons will be posted to Schoology or Seesaw daily and students will work through them.
  • There will be a limited number of elective/encore classes available for grades 6 – 12.
  • Attendance will be tracked and students not attending may be required to attend in-person attendance.
  • Face to face contact with teachers virtually will take place as needed.
  • Expectations will be the same as students attending in-person.

Distance “Real-Time” Learning

  • Available for grades 7-12 only.
  • 5 days per week, students attend classes from home along with students attending in person. 
  • Hours mirror in-person school, attendance will be monitored and if a student is not attending they may be asked to transition to in-person learning.
  • Students are able to participate in small groups, ask questions, and otherwise participate in classes.
  • A limited number of elective/encore classes will be available. 
  • Advanced level classes may be available.
  • Expectations will be the same as students attending in-person.

Families will need to select an option by July 31. The choice will be offered on a semester basis and committed to by a family for the entire semester. Those that have not responded will assume to be attending in person.

Depending on enrollment, an option may not be available each semester. 

Basics of reopening

First day of school: September 1, 2020

Health and Safety

  • Symptom Review
    • Parents will be encouraged to perform a symptom checker before school.
    • Families without access to thermometers will be supplied with one.
  • Physical Distancing
    • Physical distancing will take place as much as possible.
    • Students will be placed in the same small groups as much as possible.
  • Masks
    • All students, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a face mask.
    • Students will be allowed “mask breaks” in various forms throughout the day.
      • When outside and more than six feet apart.
      • In the classroom, six feet apart and working alone.
    • 4K students will be encouraged but not required to wear masks.
    • Students are required to bring a mask to school on a daily basis.
    • Masks will be provided to students that need a new one at school.
    • Students that have a medical or other identified need making them unable to wear a mask will be worked with on an individual basis.
  • Hygiene
    • Students will follow daily hygiene routines when entering classrooms and wash their hands throughout the day.
    • Students may be asked to assist in cleaning.
  • Procedures for Illness
    • Suspected COVID-19 Case
      • Isolation room will be identified in each building for students to be monitored until a parent or guardian arrives.
      • Parents/guardians will be given instructions and information regarding testing.
    • Verified COVID-19 Cases
      • The Winnebago Health Department will conduct contract tracing for those in close contact (defined as less than six feet of space for more than 15 minutes.
      • Students and staff will be isolated for 14 days.
      • Whenever possible, isolated or quarantined students will participate in virtual or distance learning if they are well enough.
  • Plan for changes in COVID-19 transmission in the community or schools.
    • GREEN
      • Determined by data from Winnebago County and attendance rates at school.
      • School is in session as outlined in each learning option.
    • YELLOW
      • School will be in session in a modified format. 
      • Students not at school will use virtual or distance learning.
    • RED
      • All students will participate in virtual learning.
      •  This phase will take place in 1-2 week increments or longer.
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
    • An intentional focus will be placed on building a positive and supportive culture among students and staff.
  • Bussing/Transportation
    • All students will be required to wear a mask on busses.
    • Students will have assigned seats to enable contact tracing.
    • Siblings may be assigned to sit together.
    • Spacing as much as possible will be in place.
    • Busses will be spot disinfected between routes and deep cleaned nightly.

In-Person Learning with Neenah Joint School District

  • Elementary and Sixth Grade
    • All special classes will take place in the regular classroom aside from physical education which will be outdoors whenever possible.
  • 7 – 8 Grades and High School
    • One extended course in the morning and another in the afternoon in that course teacher’s classroom.
    • Specific classes will rotate throughout the week.
  • Lunch   
    • Efforts will be made to keep students physically distanced.
    • Students may eat in classrooms or other alternative spaces.
    • High school students will have open campus with parent permission.
  • Recess
    • Social distancing should be followed as much as possible.
    • Masks are not required if outside AND physically distanced.
    • Students may be grouped in cohorts for using the equipment. 
  • Athletics and Activities
    • All students will have the option to participate in activities in whichever learning option they choose.
    • All activities will be suspended if all students have to transition to virtual learning at any point during the year.
    • WIAA and Fox Valley Association will monitor the status of athletics.

Access the full plan here: neenah.k12.wi.us

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