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 in the red category of operations – all remote. The second week of school took place in the yellow operational category, 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 Grades 1-5 into School Every Day
On October 27, 2020, West Ada School District’s Board of Trustees approved a plan changing the way decisions about school closures are made during the COVID-19 pandemic at their regular meeting this evening. Starting November 10, students will follow an adjusted version of the alternate day schedule which allows for consistency and instructional prep time.
Operational Response Individualized
In previous iterations of the pandemic plan, West Ada School District’s operational status was tied to specific colors or categories. Trustees approved the school district leadership to use positive case and cluster data within individual schools, programs, and classrooms to inform operational response or closures. This change enables the superintendent to nimbly close schools, classrooms and programs as necessary.
Schedule Consistency and Instructional Prep Time
Student schedules are now more consistent. Secondary grades 6-12 will learn remotely on Mondays and follow consistent Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday attendance patterns based on their team designation. Elementary grades K-5 will be released from school early on Mondays and attend school every weekday. Teachers are provided Monday afternoons for dedicated instructional prep time and collaboration.
Elementary Grades K-5 School Schedule (Starting November 10): Daily in-person instruction with early-release Mondays.
Secondary Grades 6-12 School Schedule (Starting November 10): Alternating day in-person instruction with remote learning Mondays.
Team 1 attends in-person on Tuesday and Thursday - Participate in Remote Learning on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Team 2 attends in-person on Wednesday and Friday - Participate in Remote Learning on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
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.
Link to Teaching and Learning in Yellow and Red: https://www.westada.org/Page/82330
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
Health Services Information
When there is a positive case, 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 District Data page providing information about Covid positive cases in our district is located here: https://www.westada.org/domain/11387
Positive COVID cases, knowledge of an individual who has received a COVID 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
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