Return to School

 

Hancock Place School District


Safe Return to In-Person Instruction & Continuity of Services Plan

2021-22 School Year


 

History


The Hancock Place School District developed and implemented an extremely successful return to school plan immediately following the abrupt closure in March of 2020 and throughout the 2020 summer.  After a brief mandatory closure at the start of the 2020-21 school year, students in the Hancock Place School District, starting with the elementary school, began to return to in-person delivery, five days per week.  By October of 2020, all students from preschool to grade 12 had the opportunity to attend school in-person, five days per week.  Those students who were not comfortable returning to in-person learning were also provided with both synchronous and asynchronous at-home learning opportunities.  Those students whose families did not have internet access were provided with complimentary “hot spots,” and all students were issued the appropriate hardware (iPads or Chromebooks) to access their respective curricula.  Free breakfast and lunch was provided to the students daily including free supper.  


Five day a week, in-person learning was made possible because of the strategic, proactive, and relentless support of the Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff, and most importantly the trust of our families and students.  Federal funding was allocated to purchase the specific resources, to create the safest infrastructure, and to train staff in the strategies to best mitigate virus exposure.  Strict adherence to the guidelines from the St. Louis County Health Department coupled with common sense social distancing and mask wearing all contributed to what has been a successful 2020-21 school year.


Action Plan for 2021-22 


While the Hancock Place School District is proud of its efforts in the previous 2020-21 school year, school leaders continue to prepare for a seamless return to school in August 2021.   The goal of this year’s plan is to continue operating its schools five days per week using an in-person learning model  The District will accomplish this goal by implementing the following safe operation descriptors and procedures: 




HANCOCK PLACE SCHOOL DISTRICT

SAFE OPERATION DESCRIPTIONS AND PROCEDURES




Mitigation and Prevention Strategies


Universal and correct wearing of masks for employeesAt the start of the 2021-22 school year, those individuals who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask.  Should a fully vaccinated individual desire to wear a mask, he or she may do so.  Those who are not fully vaccinated, however, will be required to wear a mask while in the building only.  During outdoor activities, masks are not required, but may be worn at that individual’s discretion.    Wearing masks in small group meetings (office meetings, team meetings, etc) with employees will be optional, but distancing protocols remain.


Universal and correct wearing of masks for students, parents and visitors: As of  June 23, 2021, all students, parents and visitors are required to wear face coverings at all times.  The district will be modifying face covering requirements prior to the start of the school year.  This guidance will incorporate recommendations from the CDC and the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.  Information on revised guidelines will be provided prior to the start of school on August 23, 2021.  


Physical distancing (e.g., including use of cohorts/podding)Social distancing measures of 3 to 6 feet remain in place.


Handwashing and respiratory etiquette:   Hancock Place School District students will be required to wash their hands or use  hand sanitizer before eating, after eating, after restroom usage, before any group activities and before boarding school buses. 


Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation:   Hancock Place School District custodial staff will use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting. The custodial staff will clean and disinfect surfaces per CDC guidance. There will be cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces including, but not limited to high-touch surfaces and objects (such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards, faucets, etc.) in accordance with CDC and St. Louis County Department of Public Health recommendations.   The custodial staff will disinfect using EPA-registered household disinfectant, properly diluted bleach solutions or alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.


Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments:   Hancock Place School District officials will follow the local health department guidance for contact tracing efforts.  Any staff member who displays signs of COVID-19 will be sent home immediately. If it is a student, the district will isolate the student until arrangements can be made for the child to be picked up by a parent or guardian. The healthcare provider will be able to determine whether the symptoms are a result of COVID-19 infection or if there are other health issues. Follow the guidance of the local health department regarding contact tracing, classroom or school closure, notification of community, sanitizing protocols, etc. if a case of COVID-19 is identified within the school.


Diagnostic and screening testing:  The Hancock Place School District will no longer require a screening survey to enter the buildings.  Parents, guardians, students, and patrons will be advised regarding school access based on guidance from local health officials.   Generally, parents and visitors will be able to access the front offices in each building when needing to do so.  See guidance above for wearing masks and social distancing. 


Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligibleThe Hancock Place School District has had its own medical clinic for over twenty years.  The district partnered with the IFM Community Medicine, who own and operate the clinic, and the Visiting Nurses Association this past spring to provide vaccinations to any and all staff members who desired the vaccinations.  The district followed this employee vaccination opportunity by partnering with  the St. Louis County Health Department to provide a community vaccination program this past April that was available to all individuals, including students living in the local zip code.    The district plans to continue its efforts to provide vaccinations to the community by offering its facilities should the St. The Louis County Health Department or the IFM Community Medicine wish to conduct additional vaccination efforts for the community. 


Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies:  All students, whether disabled or nondisabled, have had and will continue to have the same level of safety and precautionary efforts taken when students return to school this fall.  All students with Individualized Education Plans utilize Form J to document specific accommodations for online learning as needed.  Case Managers for each student ensure all students on their caseloads have access to all of the respective resources based on their unique circumstances. 


Continuity of Services

 

Hancock Place School District students have had access to fully in-person learning, five days per week since the early fall of 2020.  During the 2021-22 school year, should there be any interruptions of in-person learning, the District will provide for the academic needs for students in the following manner:

 

  • Hardware:  all Hancock Place students are issued a Chromebook.  These devices will be used throughout any unexpected closure to access all learning materials.

  • Internet Access:  all Hancock Place students who do not have access at home have already been given or will receive a HotSpot device free of charge for internet access.

  • Learning Management System:  All students in K-1 will use the SeeSaw platform for lesson delivery and communication between school and home.  All students in grades 2 to 12 will use the Canvas learning management system for lesson delivery and communication between school and home.

  • Software Applications:  all Hancock Place students will have access to any necessary applications a teacher would use in his or her classroom.  Teachers may also use the Zoom platform for classroom discussions, meetings, etc.

  • Single Sign On:  All Hancock Place students will utilize Classlink as their single sign on for all district supported computer programs.

 

 

This pandemic has caused stress on staff and students. From prolonged absences to fear of the unknown to deaths related to COVID-19, there have been a variety of stressors on our school community.  The Hancock Place School District will provide for the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students and staff both during in person and if there is an interruption to in person learning in the following manner: 

 

  • The Director of Guidance and Community Outreach has trained guidance counselors on psychological first aid and provided staff with contact information and psychological “first aid” bags at the start of the school year. 

  • The District Director of Guidance and Community Outreach and her team will partner with administration, School Resource Officer, and pertinent staff members to contact students who do not return to school with wellness check ins, home visits, phone contacts, or whatever means necessary to check the wellbeing of the student. 

  • The District will consider possible academic accommodations such as decreasing the high percentage of state assessment scores for semester grades as necessary depending on a possible interruption of in person learning. 

  • The District will adopt an approach of universal services for mental health support for all students and staff to include meeting with new teachers during new teacher orientation, meeting with all staff during the welcome back orientation days, and communicating the importance of taking care of yourself as an educator or other staff member.  Pertinent contact information will be provided to all students and staff to reach out in the case of a psychological emergency. 

 

The Hancock Place School District provides free breakfast and lunch to all students as part of the School Nutrition Program.  Within this program, the District qualifies for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) that allows the District to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without having to complete applications.  In partnership with Chartwells Food Service, the district will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch services throughout any unexpected closures by implementing the following measures:

  • Breakfast and lunch pick up location sites have been established throughout the district to allow for easy access to all patrons regardless of where they live within the district. 

  • Volunteers and Chartwell employees will assist in the distribution of meals throughout the unexpected closure time.

  • Meals will be provided for all seven days of the week (breakfast and lunch).

 

The Hancock Place School District has provided free medical services to all individuals living in the 63125 zip code for over 20 years.  The Hancock Place Medical Clinic continues to provide these free services, and will do so throughout an unexpected closure as well. 

 

 

Periodic Review & Revision


Modifications to this plan will be made in a timely and reasonable manner when necessary.  The plan must be reviewed and revised if needed at least every six months in accordance with Federal Guidelines.  Updates may be provided to the community via letters, email, social media and public Board of Education meetings throughout the school year. 



Understandable Language


A language translator is currently present on the district website to which the SRCSP is posted.  If there is a language not available on the list, the school district will make every effort to have the content of the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan translated into an understandable language for families wishing to access the content.


Hancock Place School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. Hancock Place School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

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