Published 8:00 AM EDT Jul 21, 2020
Monroe City Schools have announced multiple plans to begin classes that depend on which re-opening phase the state of Louisiana is in at the time.
The first day of class, originally set for Aug. 13, has been pushed back to Aug. 26 for all students. Some elements of returning to classrooms will remain the same regardless of phase.
Superintendent Brent Vidrine said giving teachers additional time on campus will give them time to re-adjust to the classroom and allow them to adjust each room as needed to meet students’ needs.
Staff will undergo personal development training and work out how meals and transportation will work.
Staying safe on campus
Faculty and students are expected to follow CDC and Louisiana Department of Health guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Temperatures of students and adults will be checked upon entry. Social distancing will be maintained.
Families will be contacted if a student is ill, and a physician release will be required before they can return.
Students in grades 3-12 able to wear masks will be required to do so, and the school will provide hand sanitizer and access to hand washing stations.
Students will need to bring water bottles because fountains will not be used, and families are strongly encouraged to provide their own transportation to and from schools.
High-touch areas will be frequently sanitized.
The plans by phase
In Phase 1, all learning will take place online using Zoom or a similar platform. Assignments and tests will be handed in on Google Classroom or Edulastic. Attendance will be taken,and devices will be assigned to families as needed.
In Phase 2, children in prekindergarten through sixth-grade will attend classes on campus every day in groups of 25, including teachers and aides. Students will eat in their classrooms and have recess with just their own class.
Students in seventh through 12th grades will attend class on campus every other day and alternating Fridays. Half will attend Mondays and Wednesdays, the others will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will hand in assignments on Google Classroom when they aren’t on campus.
In Phase 3, all students will be on campus. Teachers will familiarize them with Google Classroom as appropriate.
Monroe City Schools also is offering a Family Choice option with all-virtual classes for the year. Students who are otherwise eligible can take part in extracurricular activities including athletics and clubs.
Looking aheadJuly 22-31: Virtual school online enrollment at mcschools.netAug. 6: New teacher orientationAug. 10-12: Professional developmentAug. 13-25: Faculty/staff preparationAug. 26: All students’ first day of class (full day)