Randolph Public Schools Expanded In Person Plan
March 25, 2021
Dear Randolph School Community,
The past year has presented us all with hardships that we never could have expected. The highlight of the year has been seeing our students in person and we are so excited to expand that joy by seeing the majority of our students everyday!
Our schools will return to full-time, in-person learning as follows:
Donovan, JFK, Lyons, and Young: Monday, April 5, 2021
Randolph Community Middle School: Monday, April 26, 2021
Randolph High School: Monday, April 26, 2021
Key Guidance/Requirement Factors:
- Our schools will shift to at least three to six feet of distance between students in the classrooms with all other mitigation strategies in place.
- Carefully monitoring the health and safety of self and children and staying home when sick.
- Physical distancing whenever possible.
- Masks worn by ALL at ALL times (except eating and mask breaks).
- Frequent hand sanitizing and washing.
- Sanitizing and disinfecting facilities.
- Students will face the same direction when seated at their desks, as a default desk set-up in the classrooms.
- Individuals must maintain at least six feet of distance during meal times and mask breaks.
- At all other times (passing time, transitions, etc.), students will be expected to maintain physical distance from one another as feasible.
- Close contact definition currently remains the same (within six feet for at least 15 minutes of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19).
- ALL students, at ALL grade levels (including students grade 1 and below) are required to wear a face covering/mask - unless a student has a documented medical or behavioral exemption.
- Teachers and staff members should maintain six feet of distance from students and other staff when feasible and are required to wear a face covering/mask.
- All students are required to bring their RPS issued device to school each day. Personal devices cannot access our internet network.
- A parent or guardian who wishes to have their student switch learning models should be aware that the school district may require a transition period of four to six weeks.
In the near future, building principals will be hosting virtual information sessions with opportunities for parents and guardians to ask questions and give feedback and will be communicating home details about the full time return to in-person learning model.
Length of Day The school day start and end time remains the same.
Regular Full Day
PreK Full Day
Academic Calendar (Click here to view/Download) detailing early release days for the rest of the school year. This calendar is subject to change per vote from the School Committee (4/1/21).
Thank you for your ongoing support this school year.
Our buses will operate with open windows to meet safety guidance in transportation. All ridership limits have been lifted at this time.
- Everyone on the bus and waiting at bus stops must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times.
- Students should come to the bus stop with the proper seasonal clothing, ie. jacket, hat, gloves, etc. to keep warm on the bus.
- Vehicles will be properly cleaned and disinfected daily.
Attendance is taken daily for in person and remote students. Attendance is imperative to success in school. A student quarantined as a “close contact” or testing positive for COVID-19 will attend class remotely via Zoom. Zoom access to the classroom is not available for short term illness or voluntary absences (vacations). In this case, students will be responsible for independently making up missed work.
- All visitors must have an appointment to enter the building
- Whenever possible, meetings should be held via zoom or conference call to avoid person to person contact.
- To pick up a student early please contact the main office by telephone or email first.
ELEMENTARY SPECIALIST for REMOTE CLASSES
Specialists: Specialist periods for elementary remote students will be offered as asynchronous learning experiences daily. Remote students should expect the following specialist asynchronous experiences per week:
- 2 science
- 2 social studies
- 1 art OR 1 music
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND STUDENT SERVICES
Students will continue to receive special education instruction and related services necessary to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through an instruction and services model of delivery.
As RPS students return to our schools, all students are required to bring your school owned devices to school. Here are some tips we recommend you use to make sure your students are prepared for every day of learning in our buildings:
- Charge your electronic devices the night before
- Transport the electronic devices within a bookbag or shoulder backpack
- Bring the device power cord to school as a precautionary measure to ensure it will be usable throughout their school day
- Do not allow another student to borrow your device as viruses can live on plastic surfaces for an extended period of time
For tips on keeping your device clean and disinfected check the RPS website under ‘Technology’
If your child is having difficulty with their district owned device, please contact the Technology Department via email (email@example.com) or call (781-961-6251).
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Mask Protocols All students Pre-K-12 and staff will continue to wear masks at all times except breakfast, lunch, and mask breaks. Classroom teachers are encouraged to seek outdoor time for learning and masks break when possible.
Daily Routine Stay home when you feel sick. Below is the full list of symptoms for which caregivers should monitor their children, and staff should monitor themselves:
- Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
- Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Headache when in combination with other symptoms
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
- Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
- If staff or students have any of these symptoms, they must get a test for active COVID-19 infection prior to returning to school.
- Staff and students who have symptoms should also contact their primary care physician for further instructions.
Close Contacts Although the CDC has recommended a minimum distance of 3 ft, the definition of a close contact has not changed, and will continue to be within 6 feet for fifteen minutes or more. We will continue to be vigilant with safety protocols and contact tracing to keep our community members as safe as possible.
Hand Washing Instructions
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.
All facilities, spaces and equipment will be clean and disinfected everyday. High traffic areas and restrooms will have surfaces disinfected several times a day.
Air Quality and Ventilation: Classrooms spaces are equipped with HEPA filters and windows are being kept opened for increased ventilation.
Food Service: Students will be seated at desks or tables 6 feet apart and facing in one direction. All surfaces where food is served will be sanitized between servings.
Contributions and Acknowledgements
I want to acknowledge the RPS School Committee and their tireless dedication to RPS and their continued support and development of my leadership. Thank you to the RPS faculty and staff for stepping up at a difficult time in education and continuously flexing to meet the needs of our community. Over the last year we accomplished something amazing for a small district with limited remote experiences!
A special thank you to our colleagues at the Randolph Board of Health. We have worked closely over the last year to monitor the health and safety of our school community, work through difficult situations and most healthy to safely and efficiently vaccinate the RPS faculty and staff. We are indebted to Gerry Cody and the entire BOH team for their patience, expertise and care.