Protocols for Hybrid Learning
We are excited to welcome students back for hybrid learning at Northwood. In order to prepare for the first day back in the building on April 19, we wanted to review some of the protocols that are in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
Remember the three Ws:
- Wear your face covering.
- Watch your distance.
- Wash your hands.
To help protect others and slow community spread of COVID-19, face coverings are to be worn when at school. Students will wear face coverings on the bus, as they exit a vehicle at drop off, as they walk onto the Northwood campus, and inside the building. Face coverings include cloth face masks, scarves, bandanas, and surgical masks. Masks with one-way valves or vents are not approved forms of face coverings. Face coverings should be made of multiple layers and cover both mouth and nose. Remember to wash cloth face masks and wear a fresh face covering daily.
If you indicated on the Learning Commitment Model form that your student is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, Northwood’s nurse, Angela Jackson, will be in contact with you regarding the mask exemption form. Families will be notified if there is a student who is unable to wear a face covering in your student’s classroom.
The daily wellness screening form is used to monitor COVID-19 related symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19. Screenings are to be completed daily on Skyward for students prior to arriving at school. We recommend completing the wellness screening prior to leaving home each morning.
Follow instructions to complete the electronic Skyward wellness screening.
If the answer is yes to any of the questions on the wellness screening, your student is to stay home. Contact Northwood to report the absence for hybrid learning.
If a yes answer is provided and the student arrives at school, the student will be sent to the COVID-19 isolation room and parent/guardian will be contacted.
COVID-19 Isolation Room
We have created a COVID-19 isolation room for students who arrive with or develop COVID-19 symptoms at school.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, headache, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4 or higher, sense of having a fever, sore throat, chills, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion/running nose not related to allergies, and/or unusual fatigue.
When a student is brought to the COVID-19 isolation room, parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up the student from school. KSD will follow the DOH guidelines to determine the next steps for the student and communicate them with the parent/guardian.
A small snack and a bottle of water will be given to students as they enter Northwood. Breakfast and lunch are not provided at Northwood but are available for pick up on Wednesdays at select bus stops and schools.
Hybrid learning students will arrive to Northwood by bus, by walking, or by being dropped off. Students should not arrive on campus until 8:20 a.m. when staff will open the entry doors. Students will use the entry door that corresponds to their arrival method. As students enter, staff will confirm that they have completed a wellness screening for that day. Students are to wear masks as they enter the building and go directly to their first/fourth-period class.
We are using three main entrances at Northwood. Doorways will be color-coded to help identify the entrance/exit. Students will select the entrance based on their arrival method.
Parent/Guardian Drop Off
Students are to arrive no earlier than 8:20 a.m. and should remain in their vehicle until a staff door monitor indicates that the student can enter. Students are only to exit their vehicle at the sidewalk beside the entry door upon staff direction. Wear your mask as you exit your vehicle. Cones will be used in the parent/guardian drop-off location in order to help guide traffic.
Bus Drop Off
Students riding the bus will put on their masks while waiting for the bus and continue wearing their masks throughout the day until they are dropped off at the end of the day. Upon arrival at Northwood, students will remain seated on the bus until their bus is waived in by a staff door monitor to enter.
Students walking to school should plan their time to arrive no earlier than 8:20 a.m. when building doors for entry open. Walkers should look for and stand on the Jag paw prints on the pavement as they wait to enter the building.
Students who live in bus service areas will have their bus pass mailed to their home prior to the first day of remote learning. If you think your students should receive a bus pass, and the bus pass does not arrive by April 15, please call Northwood at (253) 373-7780 to inquire if they are eligible for a bus pass.
When navigating the halls students and staff will walk tight to the right of hallways and stairways and go directly to their classroom without stopping or loitering. Students are to maintain a distance of six feet when in the hallway if possible.
Classrooms have been arranged so that the desks are six feet apart and front-facing. Students will have access to hand sanitizer and the sink to wash hands, but water fountains will not be available. In order to prepare for the next class, each student will assist in washing their desk and chair with soap and water and a paper towel before they leave class.
Classroom instruction will be provided in-person for hybrid students at the same time as being shared via Microsoft Teams with remote students. Classes will have participation from both roommates and teammates during the lesson. If a classroom teacher remains remote, all students including those in hybrid learning will obtain the instruction through Microsoft Teams.
Students are the bring only the necessary supplies needed for each day (pencil/pens, notebooks, laptops, etc.). Students should not share personal belongings with others.
Music classes will review protocols on the first day. Students will carry their musical instruments with them throughout the day.
To limit the number of students using the bathroom at one time, bathrooms are unavailable for use during passing period. All classrooms at Northwood will follow the same procedure for using the bathroom.
- Students will ask permission from their teacher, sign out as they leave and take a disposable bathroom pass.
- Students will look to see if there is an empty hook on the exterior of the closest bathroom to hand their bathroom pass. If all hooks are in use, they have to wait until one is available.
- After using the bathroom, students will return to class with their disposable bathroom pass, throw out the pass, and sign back in.
To limit access to Northwood, the exterior doors are locked. If a student arrives late, they will wait at the main door for a staff member to let them in and escort them to the attendance office window to get a pass to class.
If your student requires an early release, remain in your vehicle and call the main office when you arrive.
We will use Northwood’s intercom system to stagger student dismissal at the end of the day. Students will remain in their third/sixth-period class until the method they are using to get home is called. Busses will be dismissed one at a time. Parent/guardian pick-up will be the last group to be dismissed and pick-up will occur on the west side of the building in the area where students were dropped off.