Fall COVID Plan

Hello Salem Families,

There has been much uncertainty about the upcoming school year. Government mandates and protocols keep changing weekly. The faculty and staff of Salem has been working throughout the entire summer to prepare for the upcoming school year to make it safe for our students to be back on campus.

Salem Lutheran School will be in person starting August 31. This calendar will be followed for the 2020-2021 school year.

Below is Salem’s COVID plan which are the added policies that will be included for the 2020-2021 school year.

The policies and procedures in the document linked above supercede the policies in the Parent Handbook if there is a contradiction.

Here is a link for the symptom differences between certain illnesses.

A blessing from this situation is we have many new families joining us for the upcoming school year. Due to the increased volume of students in 1st and 2nd grade, the congregation voted to split those classes. We will have separate 1st and 2nd grade classes. Mrs. Hansen will teach 1st grade in her same room, and we received an assignment from MLC, Heidi Kostrzewa, to teach 2nd grade in the conference room.

The School Board and Mr. Klatt will continually be checking on guidelines and best practices as they continue to change throughout the year. We will also be taking into account the guidance from our Governor, CDC, and other health officials.

These policies may change throughout the year, and we will notify the school body of any major changes to your child’s daily life at Salem. Please contact your child’s teacher or Mr. Klatt with any questions or concerns.

Please be prepared for the following situations that MAY happen this upcoming year:

  • The rapid shift from in person class to remote learning due to a positive COVID case. See the COVID plan below for more details.
  • Bus schedules change following the changes in the Stillwater school district. Have a plan in place to transport students who normally take the bus to and from school as public school’s schedule changes. (More information on specific days where there will be no bussing will come out in the next couple of weeks.)
  • Your student becomes sick during the school day. Having a caregiver available to come immediately and pick up your child if they are sick or running a fever.
  • The possibility of a long break between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many colleges are having a long break between Thanksgiving and Christmas to try and mitigate the spread of COVID during flu season. This may trickle down to the grade schools and cause us to have that break as well. For now, the schedule remains the same as the calendar that was shared with you.

Pandemic / COVID Plan

Download the plan here

The following are the procedures that will be implemented at Salem Lutheran School during this COVID pandemic to keep our students safe and to allow us to have school in our building. These procedures were taken from CDC and DHS guidelines that were sent out regarding best practices for schools.

Salem Lutheran School is taking all guidelines and recommendations from the CDC into consideration. We also want to ensure best practices for your child’s education. Some guidelines are not feasible to run Salem effectively. We by no means want to put any child at risk of contracting COVID, but also need to take the best teaching practices into account.

These procedures supersede the policies stated in our Parent and Student Handbook. Until the pandemic has subsided, these procedures will be in place. Once the pandemic is over, we will return to the policies regarding health and safety in the Parent and Student Handbook.

Before Leaving for School

  • Please check your student’s temperature before leaving for school to verify they do not have a fever of 100°F or more. (Do not medicate your student and send them.)
  • Perform a visual check on your student for the following conditions:
    • Flushed Cheeks
    • Rapid Breathing/Difficulty Breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Extreme Fussiness
    • Runny Nose
    • Excessive Cough
    • Sneezing
    • Rash
  • Faculty and Staff of Salem will perform the same visual and temperature check listed on themselves.

Before and After School Care

  • Parents/Caregivers will sign up their child for before and aftercare at least 24 hours in advance.
    • Please only use if necessary, avoid using before and aftercare for playdates.
    • Drop-ins are not allowed. A 24-hour notice is needed to ensure students are safe and student-to-teacher ratios are maintained.

Drop-off

  • Preschool will begin at 9am to help congestion in the main hallway.
  • One preschool parent/caregiver should escort their child to the classroom. (Please minimize the amount of time in the classroom. Social distancing protocols will be enforced in each classroom.)
  • Students in K-8 should enter the building by themselves. This limits the number of people entering the building. (Kindergarteners can have a parent/caregiver drop off for the first week.)
  • A parent/caregiver can enter the building to drop off paperwork, but when possible refrain from entering the building.
  • Communication between teacher and parent/caregiver can be handled through email, ClassDojo, or a scheduled appointment.

Entering School

  • Faculty, staff, school caregivers, and students will have their temperature taken upon arriving at school. If their temperature is over 100.4°F, they will be required to leave school.
  • Any individual with a temperature of over 100.4°F will not be allowed to return to school until 72 hours after the fever has broken.
    • The individual with a temperature over 100.4°F should consider getting tested for COVID.
    • If an individual has a positive test for COVID see If a Student Tests Positive For COVID section of the Pandemic Plan.
  • A hand sanitizer station will be placed at the entrance of the school and students will apply it as they enter the building.
  • Students should head directly to their locker (Middle School) or classroom upon arrival.
  • Teachers will do a visual check for the following conditions:
    • Flushed cheeks
    • Rapid Breathing/Difficulty Breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Extreme Fussiness
    • Runny Nose
    • Excessive Coughing
    • Sneezing
    • Rash

Classroom

  • Students will be spread out as much as possible in their classrooms. (This includes naptime for PreK.)
  • Students in PreK-Kindergarten will be kept with a smaller group of students in their classroom to limit the spread of germs.
  • Students will intensify handwashing practices throughout the day.
  • Students will have their own school supplies that will not be shared.
  • Any supplies used collectively will be sanitized regularly.
  • When students are in desks, they will be facing the same direction to help avoid contamination.
  • Teachers will intensify cleaning and disinfecting efforts on surfaces that are used frequently with EPA approved products.
  • Students are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school to replace drinking fountains. They should be taken home daily to be sanitized.
  • Please do not bring personal items from home, as these are ways for the virus to be transferred. (e.g. stuffed animals, toys, extra devices)
  • Show and Tell will be allowed, but the toy will not be physically shared in the class.
  • Mask Requirements in the classroom
    • Preschoolers are exempt from the Governor’s mask mandate.
    • Kindergarten-8th grade students are required to have a face covering while in the classroom.
      • Approved face coverings are as follows:
        • Paper or disposable mask
        • Cloth face mask
        • Scarf
        • Bandanna
        • Religious face covering
      • Face coverings should not have any holes in them, so face coverings made of mesh or loosely knit would not be acceptable face coverings.
      • Teachers will work to have times when students can take off their face coverings. These times may include:
        • Eating snack
        • Having class outside/in the sanctuary
        • During lunch
        • At recess
    • If your child cannot wear a face covering for a developmental, behavioral, or medical condition, please have a doctor’s letter that we can have on file in the school office.
    • If a child comes to school not wearing a mask, one will be provided for them.

Lunchroom

  • All lunchroom helpers will wear gloves and masks while preparing and serving food.
  • PreK will eat at tables spread out in the lunchroom.
  • PreK food will be served on trays that will be handed to the students by their teachers.
  • K-4 lunches will be delivered to the classroom by lunchroom helpers.
  • 5-8 Will go through the lunch line and return to their classroom.

Recess

  • Groups will play in separate areas while outside.
  • Students will wash their hands as they return from recess.
  • Students or teachers will intensify sanitizing playground equipment and athletic gear on a daily basis.

Gym Usage

  • One group at a time will be allowed in the gym.
  • Teachers will pull out equipment for students to play with.
  • Students or teachers will intensify sanitizing equipment used during gym play.

Chapel

  • Chapel will be remote in each child’s classroom through video.

Pick-Up

  • PreK parents/caregivers pick-up students by 3:30 pm. (Minimize time in the building.)
  • Each classroom will line up at a designated spot outside.
  • As caregivers pull up, students will be excused to go to their vehicles.

Middle School

  • Part of the student’s responsibility before leaving the classroom will be to sanitize their desks for the new students using them.
  • The students will use their own supplies and not borrow supplies from a shared desk.

If a Student or Member of the Household Has Symptoms

  • Contact either your student’s teacher, school secretary, or principal.
    • Share any information from the doctor and the dates of the first symptoms.
  • If initial symptoms happen at school:
    • The student will be isolated with supervision.
    • Parents/Caregivers will be contacted for immediate pick-up.
    • Students should be taken to a COVID testing site for analysis.

If a Student Tests Positive For COVID

  • Contact either your student’s teacher, school secretary, or principal.
  • The student will stay home for 14 days after a positive test.
  • Siblings and household members should also stay at home for 14 days.
  • The teacher will work with parents to develop a homework plan.
  • Salem will send home a notice that a student in a particular class or someone in close contact with them has tested positive for COVID.
  • The class will go to remote learning for fourteen calendar days after a positive case for intense cleaning in the classroom and to mitigate the spread of the disease.

If a member of the Family/Caregiver Tests Positive for Covid

  • Family should contact either your student’s teacher, school secretary, or principal.
  • Students in that family will stay home and self quarantine for 14 days.
  • Other students who may have been in contact due to car pooling or other close proximity activities should also self quarantine for 14 days.
  • The teacher(s) of the student(s) will work with parents to develop a homework plan for the children in this family.

Cases of Immune Suppression in a Family

  • The teachers will communicate about lessons and support options with the family.
    • Parents/Caregivers and teachers will work together to create an education plan.
  • The student will be supplied with materials for the lessons each week.
  • Parents will be responsible for administering lessons to their child.