Reopening Schools 2020-2021
NHCS is operating under Plan B AA/BB schedule in all grades. Pre-K through grade 5 will transition to Plan A on Monday, March 8, 2021. Grades 6-12 will continue to operate under Plan B AA/BB schedule.
Under Plan A, all elementary students will have the option to choose full-time in-person learning or full-time remote learning. Schools will be contacting parents to verify the attendance option they are choosing for their student.
NHCS families should verify PowerSchool contact information is current to receive Connect 5 phone, email, and text notifications from their schools and the district.
As we prepare to return to face-to-face instruction in Plan A, parents have many questions about what this will look like at the school site. Below are some commonly asked questions about Plan A. Please note that these plans are based on current guidance and district information as of Dec. 21, 2020. For district level FAQ’s visit please visit the nhcs.net Ready Set Return Webpage for more information.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: Students enter the school building beginning at 7:30. The school day will start at 7:50. Dismissal will be at 2:30.
Q: My child will be dropped off in a vehicle each day. How does that work?
A: Drop off begins at 7:30. Simply pull around in the car line to the area in front of the school and wait for a staff member to screen your child.
Q: Does my child have to stay in the vehicle to be screened?
Q: What time can students enter the school building?
A: Students can enter the school building at 7:30am. Before 7:30 am, students will need to remain in vehicles or off campus
Q: How will my child know how to find his/her class?
A: Staff will be stationed in the hallways to assist students in locating his/her classroom.
Q: How will bus riders enter the building?
A: Once a bus arrives, students will be individually screened and then admitted to the building and their classroom.
Q: How will students be dismissed at the end of the school day?
A: Students will be dismissed according to how they go home. Each grade level teacher will walk their students to the assigned areas. Walkers and bikers will be dismissed from the back of the building. Bus riders will be brought to the front of the building to board their bus. Car riders will be brought to the K-2 hallway to sit socially distanced while waiting for their name to be called. Once their name is called they will walk to the front of the K-2 hall to the designated area to meet their vehicle. Van riders will be brought to the 3-5 hallway to sit socially distanced as they wait for their van to arrive.
Q: How will safety screening be conducted?
A: Screening will take place in three locations, one for bus riders, one for walkers/bike riders and at vehicles in the car line. All screenings will occur at the main entrance of the building. Walkers/bike riders will need to walk around the building to the front entrance. Bikes may be parked in regular designated bike parking in the rear of the building.
Q: Who will conduct the screenings?
A: School staff members will conduct the screenings.
Q: What if a student has a temperature or answers “yes” to any of the screening questions?
A: If a student does not meet the screening requirements, the student will not be allowed to go to class. If a student is a car rider, then the student would remain in their vehicle and leave campus with the parent. If the student is a walker or bus rider, they would be supervised in a dedicated space for students who need to be picked up by a parent/guardian. Any child or adult with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to attend school.
Q: What are the screening questions that will be asked of my child?
A: Have you been around anyone that's been sick? Do you feel bad? Have you been tested for COVID? Parents, please review these questions with your child prior to arriving at school.
Q: Where do students go once they have been screened?
A: Once a student has been screened, they will go to their classroom. Students arriving after 7:50 will be marked tardy and will need to go to the office before heading to class. There will be flexibility to this time during our first few weeks as we know our new screening process could make things a bit slower in the mornings. Parents, please be patient with us.
Q: Explain the Heath Attestation Form for bus riders?
A: The Health Attestation Form should be completed and returned prior to October 12. The form can be found here.
Q: Will there be social distancing on buses?
A: Yes, buses will run at reduced capacity (about 24 students instead of 40 or more) in order to spread students out.
Q: How will common areas be signed to remind students to follow social distancing guidelines?
A: Hallways will have stickers that are six feet apart and follow a one-way traffic pattern on each side of the hallway to minimize contact.
Q: What about breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria?
A: Students will not eat breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria. Breakfast will be grab-and-go and students will eat in their classrooms. Lunches will be delivered by staff to classrooms.
Q: Will classes be cleaned throughout the day?
A: Yes. Teachers will wipe down high touch surfaces throughout the school day with approved cleaning supplies.
Q: How are custodians keeping the building clean?
A: Custodians are continuously disinfecting door handles and areas that have high traffic use. In addition, custodians will be coming into classrooms after school twice a week to apply a cleaning agent to all surfaces using a misting machine.
Q: Can students use the water fountains at school?
A: No. Water fountains will be turned off. However, the water bottle filling stations will be available for student use. Students should bring a water bottle with them to school.
Q: How will my child use the restroom?
A: Students will have multiple breaks during the day to use the restrooms. In addition, students will be able to ask their teacher to use the restroom at other times when it is not a restroom break. During restroom breaks, restroom use will be limited in numbers to reduce crowding.
Q: What happens if a student becomes ill during the school day?
A: The student will be screened by COVID trained school staff and the school nurse who will check the student for health symptoms. If the student is not feeling well, the nurse will call the parent to come pick them up.
Q: Where does the student go while waiting to be picked up?
A: Any student who is sick will wait for their parents to pick up in a designated space within the school.
For more information on student illness at school, visit https://www.nhcs.net/nhcsreadysetreturn
Q: What is the expectation for wearing masks at school?
A: The expectation is that all students wear a mask while at school.
Q: Do students have to wear a mask on the bus?
A: Yes, all students must wear a mask on the bus.
Q: Will teachers and staff wear masks?
Q: What if a student does not follow the expectations for mask use at school?
A: The student will be referred to administration and the parent may be contacted. If the student persists in not following the guidelines, the parent will be contacted and the student may be invited to work remotely for the remainder of their face-to-face instructional time for that week.
Q: What if my child forgets to bring their mask?
A: There will be unused masks at school for students to wear and keep. Each child will receive a mask on the first day of school. We encourage parents to prepare your child with a mask daily before arriving at school.