Guide for Learning in 2020-2021
West Ada School District is ready for teaching and learning in the 2020-2021 school year. Precautionary measures have been implemented to reduce the chance of spreading illness including increased hand washing, mask wearing and distancing from others.
Following guidance from Central District Health, school began on September 8 with remote learning. The second week of school took place with students attending school in-person or remotely on alternating days.
Students in West Ada School District are equipped with laptops or tablets via the one-to-one device initiative. This initiative provides all students modern technology, with students also provided increased access to Wi-Fi on school properties and through mobile hotspots.
Bringing All Students Back for In-Person Learning
Operational Response Individualized
School district leadership use positive case and cluster data within individual schools, programs and classrooms to inform operational response or closures.
Schedule Consistency and Instructional Prep Time
Beginning March 30, students in grades 6-12 will no longer utilize the alternating day schedule. Instead, they will continue learning remotely on Mondays and attend school for in-person learning Tuesday through Friday.
Following the same schedule implemented this fall, elementary grades K-5 are released from school early on Mondays and attend school every weekday.
Health Services Information
When there is a positive case of COVID-19, West Ada School District collaborates with Central District Health. We are moving forward with a tiered approach when it comes to communicating positive test results:
- Most detailed information to those in close contact with the positive case (which we have been doing since March)
- Generic notification with health screening guidance for others in the school who were likely impacted
- Basic information on case counts for the community for all
The health services department and/or Central District Health will notify close contacts with instructions for staying home and self-monitoring symptoms.
The data page providing information about COVID-19 positive cases in our district is located here: https://www.westada.org/domain/11387
Positive COVID-19 cases, knowledge of an individual who has received a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, individual who has been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine, or the knowledge of an exposure, will be reported to the health services department with consideration of the following:
- Confidentiality with ADA and HIPAA will be maintained
- Staff member contacts school nurse, school nurse will follow health services process for handling of communicable diseases
- Health services department staff will not provide independent decisions, advise on quarantining, provide medical advice or communication regarding COVID-19
Students that exhibit symptoms at school will be sent to health services office for further assessment and to minimize spread. Existing health services protocols will be strictly adhered to. Some of these items include:
- Temperature taken
- Handwashing before, during and at the conclusion of individual visits
- Cleaning and disinfecting between every student utilizing District approved products
- Placing a clean disposable mask on students who are actively coughing and sneezing
- Try to physically distance students within office
- If unable to physically distance, one student will be seen in the health office at a time
- Students will be sent home with new onset or worsening of existing COVID-like symptoms
Link to Health Information: https://www.westada.org/Page/83115
Alternating Day Schedule
During an alternating day schedule, students are attending school in-person or learning remotely every other day. This allows for fewer people in the school building at any given time so there is more space to distance from others. Preschool and kindergarten students attend in-person every day in the yellow category, and other elementary grade levels will phase in throughout the fall.
Link to Alternating Day Schedule: https://www.westada.org/Page/39161#calendar209164/20200904/month
Teaching and Learning in Partially Remote or All Remote Settings
Readiness assessments will be given to students early in the fall semester so teachers may gauge what areas students need extra support before moving into new learning material. Live and recorded instruction may be available to students.
Athletics and Extracurricular Activities, Game Management Plan
Just as classrooms have implemented preventative measures for spreading illness, athletics and activities are utilizing increased hand washing, mask wearing and distancing from others. The fans or audience at events may be limited, and supplemental sanitation practices are encouraged.
Link to Athletics and Extracurricular Activities: https://www.westada.org/Page/82331
School bus riders are encouraged to wash their hands more frequently, are asked to wear a mask, and should distance themselves from others at bus stop locations. In addition, bus drivers are directing the loading and unloading of students in an orderly manner. Students living in the same household sit together on the bus. Windows are down for increased airflow so long as conditions permit.
Link to Transportation Pandemic Plan: https://www.westada.org/Page/80773
Free Meals for Students
The United States Department of Agriculture has extended the summer food service program through December 2020, meaning all West Ada School District students may receive free breakfast and lunch each school day.
Order meals by 7 a.m. for same day pick up at your child’s school. Pick up is available from 10:50 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Students enrolled at Virtual School House may pick up meals at Centennial High School, Desert Sage Elementary School, Eagle High School or Meridian Middle School. Academies and charter schools are not used as curbside meal locations.
Link to Curbside Meal Pick Up and Pre-Orders: https://www.westada.org/Page/81982