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Transcript from the 7/28/2020 Facebook Live Q & A regarding the School Opening Plan.

 

  1. Which plan will we begin with? And what does that look like?

  • Plan B
  • Social distancing, masks will be required by staff and students when in close contact (meaning closer than 6 feet apart), in passing times, and on buses.

 
  1. What constitutes a mask?

  • A surgical or cloth mask, a gator, or a face shield. 
  • Students and staff must abide by dress code on masks as well. 

  • No cursing, gang, or hate speech, drug or alcohol references

 
  1. Will our students still get to take special classes such as gym, art, and music?

  • Yes
 
  1. Since students are required to bring their own bottled water, will there be filling stations?

  • Yes, all water fountains will be covered and not in use. We will have filling stations installed in every school building in the district.
  • Water bottles do not have to be see through.

 
  1. If parents/guardians are supposed to screen their children, how do we know this is being accomplished by every parent every day?

  • We don’t. We as a school district can do everything we can to prevent or slow the spread of COVID, but parents must take responsibility for checking for symptoms before school and keeping students home if they show any signs of COVID.
 
  1. Do parents/guardians have to fill out and turn in that screener every day? 

  • No, the screen which is located in the back of the Opening Plan for Sikeston R-6 is just a guide for parents to follow daily. 
 
  1. Is my child going to be sent home if they have a runny nose, sore throat, or cough, which is pretty common during allergy season? 

  • No. There are many more symptoms that are associated with COVID that our staff will be trained to recognize and separate from other illnesses. 
 
  1. Can students bring their own lunches?

  • Yes. However, students may not have food delivered to the school even by parents/guardians. 
 
  1. Will the public be notified of positive COVID cases? 

  • The building at which the positive case was located will be notified. Those who came in close contact will be contacted directly. 
 
  1. If a child begins showing symptoms of COVID in the middle of the day, what will  happen to them?

  • They will be sent to the nurse for a check-up. If they are deemed a possible COVID case, they will be quarantined and the parents/guardians will be contacted. 
  • This year, we have partnered with SEMO Health Network to have a physical health clinic in our district, which can test for COVID if a parent/guardian approves it and has signed all necessary paperwork. More information will follow this week regarding this partnership. 

 
  1. Where will students go when they arrive at school in the mornings? 

  • All students will be required to go straight to their classrooms when they arrive for school.
 
  1. With all the COVID changes, will we still be implementing Early Release Wednesdays?

  • Yes, we will still implement Early Release Wednesdays. 
 
  1. If we as parents/guardians feel we cannot send our students to school this year, is there another option ?

  • Yes, we have a completely virtual platform called Gateway Virtual Academy that you can apply for. 
  • K-8, the parent/guardian is the primary teacher.

  • 9-12, the student has to self pace, much like an online college course. 

 


7/17/2020

 

Sikeston R-6 Staff, Students, Parents, Guardians, and Community Members:

My hope of sending out a normal “Welcome Back” letter to you all has been diminished over the
summer due to the ever present and ever changing nature of the COVID situation. It is clear we
must reopen school with a new normal. While this is not what any of us wanted, it is what is best
under the current circumstances.

I did not come to this decision lightly or on my own. I have worked with a large committee of
different stakeholders within this school district and the community throughout the summer. I
have taken the results of the parent/guardian and staff surveys into consideration. I have read
through the CDC and DESE recommendations for reopening as well. The COVID-19 Opening of
School Plan is the result of all our hard work to provide the safest environment that still allows
our students to learn and our staff to teach.

I’ve heard and read many comments from parents/guardians expressing concerns over
returning to school this August. While I understand those specific concerns, I must also provide
the opportunity for each of our students to learn equitably. For those parents who don’t feel they
can safely send their children to school during the current circumstances, I completely
understand. Please know there are other options for learning which are spelled out in our plan.
The only option not on the table right now is not allowing our students the opportunity to learn.
We will not fail our students by denying their right to a good education.

I ask each of you to carefully and mindfully read through the entire plan. I’m certain there will be
follow-up questions. I’ve set up a Google Form for anyone to ask those questions. I will be
following up with a Q and A by video early next week to answer those questions which are
submitted.

I am grateful to work in a district and community where people know how to come together and
work through a challenge. I’m thankful to work in a school district with parents/guardians who
are so involved in their children’s education and lives. I look forward to continuing the rewarding
work of educating our students.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tony Robinson, Superintendent
Sikeston R-6 Schools

#WeAreSikeston

 

COVID-19 Opening of School Plan 2020-2021

Opening Plan Questions Form

 

 

 

Missouri Hotline for COVID-19 Information

(877) 435-8411

The DHSS hotline, staffed by nurses and other health care professionals, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CDC Recommendations

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and waterClean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her homeAvoid close contact

 

Take steps to protect others

man in bedStay home if you’re sick

 

woman covering their mouth when coughingCover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

man wearing a maskWear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

 

cleaning a counterClean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Monitoring Your Health

If you have questions on monitoring  your health, please call your primary care provider or our Missouri State Department of Health Department. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. The hotline can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), you should call your medical provider if you answer YES to any of the following questions:

  • Have you traveled in the last 14 days outside the country or in the U.S. to an area with known COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak?
  • Have you been in close contact with a person with laboratory-confirmed or suspected COVID-19?
  • Are you experiencing respiratory illness symptoms such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to a potential source of COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider or your nearest hospital emergency department BEFORE you arrive. You will be screened and the best course of assessment and treatment will be determined.