Quarter 2 Return to School Plan

Q2 Return to School

Good Afternoon NHS Families,

   

I want to personally thank you for your flexibility while we have made changes to our instruction last spring, then again in late July, and now for the second quarter.  The information below is a snapshot of our plans for the second quarter.  Over the next two weeks, we will continue to refine our safety strategies and plans.  If after reading through this information you would like to switch your student(s) learning option for the 2nd quarter, you can contact the Northmont High School Main Office at 937-832-6000.  Please be sure to make any changes prior to 3:00 PM on Monday, October 12th. 

 

In order to prevent the spread of Covid19, we will not be having our typical parent conferences on October 19th and October 21st.  If you would like to schedule a Google meet or phone conference, please contact your student’s teachers via email, they would be happy to meet with you during the week of October 19th. 

 

On Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd, the high school will be open from 3:30 - 6:30 PM for students that wish to walk their schedule.  Mr. Sommer, our Link Crew Coordinator, will email additional information and protocols to families about this voluntary event.  While any high school student can attend, we are strongly encouraging freshmen and transfer students to get acclimated to our building prior to returning to school. 

 

Please remember that there will be a soft opening to the second quarter for students during the week of October 26th.  On October 26th and 27th, students with last names A-K will attend school.  Those students choosing face-to-face will report to school, while remote learning students with last names A-K will continue their remote learning experience from home on the 26th and 27th.  On October 28th and 29th, students with last names L-Z will follow the same process.  If you have students in the same household with different last names that you want to attend school on the same day, please contact 937-832-6000.  Beginning on Monday, November 2nd, all students that have chosen the face-to-face option will report to school on Mondays through Thursdays.

 

Please see this calendar for more information about 2nd Quarter.

 

 

Face-to-Face Learning

Monday - Thursday Instruction

NHS will continue to operate on a modified block schedule format.  We will follow the bell schedule below.  Please see the attached semester calendar or the calendar above for more information on which days are “A” days and “B” days.  The school day will begin at 7:45 AM and end at 1:50 PM.  Remember that throughout the district, students will be released one hour earlier than previous years so that teachers can work with the remote learners.  As is typical for high school students, students will have asynchronous work (homework) to complete.  This work can be done during the early release time or throughout the evening. 

 

“A” and “B” Day Block Schedule

“A” Day Period

“B” Day Period

Start

Stop

1

1

7:45

8:38

2

3

8:43

10:08

4

5

10:13

12:20

A Lunch

A Lunch

10:08

10:38

B Lunch

B Lunch

10:42

11:12

C Lunch

C Lunch

11:16

11:46

D Lunch

D Lunch

11:50

12:20

6

7

12:25

1:50

 

Friday Instruction

  • Students that choose the face-to-face option will work asynchronously from home on any work previously assigned by their teachers in their weekly playlist.

  • Face-to-face students will not be expected to join online meetings on Fridays.

  • Face-to-face students will need to complete a daily attendance form on Fridays.  This will be similar to what is expected of our students on Wednesdays during the first quarter.

 

Parent and Bus Drop Off

  • Bus riders will need to wear a mask on the bus.  Parents dropping off their child will do so at door 1 (same as previous years).   When students enter the building, they may choose to get breakfast from the cafeteria, and head straight to their 1st-period class.  Students will not be permitted to congregate in the hallway.

  • Doors will be unlocked at 7:30 AM to allow students into the building.  Parents, please do not drop off your student until 7:30 AM.

 

Breakfast

  • Breakfast will be free for all students until at least December 31, 2020, unless the state’s funding is depleted for meals prior to that date.  Breakfast will be grab and go from the cafeteria and will be eaten in their 1st period classroom.   

 

Lockers

  • Lockers will not be automatically assigned to students as in the past.  If a student has a need for a locker, then he/she will need to fill out a locker application form.  This form can be found on the high school website under the tab “Information”.  

 

Daily Routine 

  • Face coverings must be worn in the building.

  • We will operate on a four period block schedule.  This is being done to reduce the number of hallway transitions, reduce the number of people each student comes in contact with daily, to help manage the class load for remote learners, and to maximize instructional time.

  • Seating charts will be used by all teachers and in the lunchroom to help with contact tracing.

  • Staff and students will be working to maintain a social distance of no less than 3 ft. and ideally 6 feet when possible.

  • Signage will be used throughout the building to help remind students of current guidelines

 

Hallway

  • Arrows will be on the floor of the hallways to show which direction traffic should flow on each side of the hallway.

 

Lunch

  • There will now be four lunch periods as opposed to the typical three.

  • Additional tables will be utilized to provide more space for students to spread out. 

  • Students will be kept a minimum of 3 ft apart with an assigned seat.

 

School Dismissal

  • Dismissal will be staggered over several minutes.  The schedule will be communicated to your student on their first day of Face to Face instruction.  

 

Water Bottles and Hand Sanitizer

  • Water fountains will be turned off and not available for use.  Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Please have students fill their water bottle with water before leaving home in the morning.  When needed, fill stations for bottles are available in the Athletics wing at doors 12 and 13, music wing near door 8, ROTC area, and near lecture hall A.  Additional water bottle fill stations have been ordered and will hopefully be installed in the next couple weeks.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located in high traffic areas throughout the building. 

  • Ideally, students should bring personal sized hand sanitizer with them in their bookbag.

 

Clinic Information 

Protocols for Clinic Visits and Sending Home

  • Similar to previous years, students must see the nurse if they are sick.  Students should not simply call home and obtain an early dismissal.  Now, more than ever, it will be important for the nurse to discuss symptoms with each student.

 


 

Remote Learning

Monday - Thursday Instruction from 7:45 - 1:50

  • Teachers will continue using Canvas for both in-person and remote learners to allow for consistency and to more easily switch to fully remote learning should that be needed.

  • Teachers will either live stream their class (typically through Google Meet) or make a screencast/video recording of important information prior to the class period.  For the teachers that choose to live stream their classes, students are required to be in attendance (unless marked absent) similar to the current expectations for online learners.  On Monday - Thursday, remote learning students will follow the block schedule for any live streamed classes.  Teachers will communicate with students whether they will be creating videos or live streaming their classes so that students can plan accordingly for the semester.

  • Remote learning students are expected to be on the same timeline as their face to face peers with both instruction and assessments. 

  • Remote learners will need to complete a daily attendance sheet, just like they are currently doing in their 1st period class.

 

Monday - Thursday 1 Hour Release Schedule (2:00 - 2:55)

  • During the 1 hour early dismissal time, teachers may either hold office hours to answer remote students’ questions or call whole class meetings for remote learning students.  Please see the schedule below.  Teachers will communicate with students their expectations for the semester so that students can plan accordingly.

 

1 Hour Early Release Schedule Monday - Thursday

Period

Start

Stop

Total Time

Day

1

2:00

2:25

25 min

Monday

2

2:00

2:25

25 min

Tuesday

3

2:30

2:55

25 min

Tuesday

4

2:00

2:25

25 min

Wednesday

5

2:30

2:55

25 min

Wednesday

6

2:00

2:25

25 min

Thursday

7

2:30

2:55

25 min

Thursday

 

Friday Expectations for Remote Learners

  • Teachers will work with their fully remote students in a live online format (typically through Google Meet).  

  • Students will be marked absent if they do not attend.

 

Friday Schedule

Period

Start

Stop

Total Time

1

8:50

9:30

40

2

9:40

10:20

40

3

10:30

11:10

40

4

11:20

12:00

40

Lunch

12:00

12:35

35

5

12:35

1:15

40

6

1:25

2:05

40

7

2:15

2:55

40


 

On behalf of the entire staff at NHS, we look forward to working with our students during the 2nd quarter and meeting any challenges that lie ahead.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate calling Northmont High School at 937-832-6000. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jason Inkrott, Ph.D.

Principal

Northmont High School





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