Holly Tree Elementary


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Reopening Schools 2020-2021

NHCS is open under Plan C through the first grading period and will transition to Plan B  under the AA/BB model on October 12th.
Beginning on Monday, October 12 students in groups A and B will rotate in-person and remote attendance, with students in Group A attending on Monday and Tuesday and students in Group B attending on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. Group assignments will be communicated at the school level. Families who still want a full remote option will be able to participate in a 100% remote learning option.

Students with an Individualized Education Plan or IEP, and English language learner students, identified by our ESL programs as newcomers with two years or less in the US, will be invited to attend school for face to face instruction on days A and B, attending school, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a day of remote learning for all students. 
Under Plan B, AA/BB schedule, there is no change to instruction for students enrolled in Virtual Academy. Families wanting to transition out of the Virtual Academy can do so at the end of the nine-week grading period for elementary and middle school students and at the end of the semester for high school students. 
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Holly Tree Plan B FAQ

As we prepare to return to face-to-face instruction in an AA/BB weekly  schedule in Plan B, parents have many questions about what this will  look like at the school site. Below are some commonly asked  questions about Plan B. Please note that these plans are based on current guidance and district information as of Oct. 2, 2020. For district level FAQ’s visit please visit the nhcs.net Ready Set Return Webpage for more  information.

General Overview of AA/BB Weekly Schedule


  • Beginning on Monday, October 12th students in groups A and B will rotate in-person and remote attendance, with students in Group A attending on Monday and Tuesday and students in Group  B attending on Thursday and Friday.

  • Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students.

  • Group A/B grouping assignments have been communicated to families. If you do not know what group your child has been assigned to, please contact the classroom teacher.

  • Students served with an Individualized Education Program or IEP,  and students designated as English Language learners (less than 2 years in the US) will be  invited to attend both A and B days. Wednesdays will be a remote learning day for these students as well.

  • Under the Plan B, AA/BB schedule, face coverings and social distancing guidelines are a requirement.
School Arrival/Dismissal Traffic Pattern

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?
A: Yes

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. 

School Arrival Health Screening

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. 

Bus Transportation

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.

Instructional Delivery for Face to Face and Remote Learning

Q: Does my child have to attend face-to-face classes?
A: No. Parents may opt to have students work remotely on days when they could attend face to face.

Q: How will attendance be documented for remote students?
A: Students who are participating and submitting work during a school day will be counted as present.

Q: What will face-to-face students do during synchronous instruction?
A: Face to face students would be completing assignments and  activities that cannot be completed remotely including  hands on  activities, and small group projects. The teacher would be supporting  them in the classroom as they complete their work.

Q: Will there be time in the week for support, review and individual work time?
A: Yes.  Especially on Wednesday’s while all students are working remotely,  Students will also be able to get additional support from their teachers as needed.

Q: Will teacher office hours change during Plan B?
A:  Individual teachers will communicate through various platforms and can be reached via email.  During the school days while students are Face-to-Face, teachers may be delayed with responses during the instructional day, but questions will be answered ASAP.

Building Social Distancing Features & Expectations

Q: How will classrooms look to follow social distancing?
A: Classrooms will vary in their appearance but will follow the guidelines that students in the class be seated at least 6ft apart.

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 for at least the first three weeks. 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.

Procedures When a Student Becomes Ill

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

Mask Guidance

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 there be times for mask breaks?
A: Yes. Teachers may designate times for mask breaks or individual  students may take brief mask breaks outside of the classroom with  teacher permission.

Q: Will teachers and staff wear masks?
A: Yes.

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. 

Q: How will students wear a mask during lunch?
A: While actively eating and drinking and in their designated space a student may remove their mask and maintain six feet of social distance.  Students may not move around the classroom when masks are removed for eating. 

Q: Will students have to wear their mask at recess?
A: Yes and No.  If the activity increases a child’s heart rate, the mask can be removed.  All activities at recess will require six foot social distance.  

Exceptional Children

Q: My child has IEP. Can they come to  school every day?
A: Yes. They can come to school each day (except Wednesdays) and would follow their normal remote school day schedule on Wednesdays.

Q: Do they have to come to school each day?
A: No. EC students may attend school either face to face or remotely.