Return to School Plan 2020-2021


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Return to School Plan 2020-2021

(revised 10/5/2020)


The Lafayette County School District will begin the 2020 - 2021 School Year beginning with teachers returning Monday, August 3, 2020, and students returning Wednesday, August 5, 2020. In true Commodore fashion, the year will start with a "Team Effort" by all our students and staff. Our goal for the year is to return to school following a full Traditional model of school. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the Lafayette County School District has created a "Hybrid" phase-in format to assist in maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff. Our student body will be divided into two teams, Red and Gold. Dividing into teams will allow our students to attend school in smaller groups as they learn new health and safety protocols/procedures. At this time, all students will return to campus on September 8th depending on COVID-19 data/statistics. A revised school calendar was adopted by the LCSD School Board to facilitate our return to school (see attachment for the revised school calendar).


LCSD will provide information to families regarding Red or Gold team assignments in late July. Siblings will be placed on the same team to assist with child care needs. During the first weeks of school, our students will be introduced to new protocols/procedures for the year and become familiar with the Learning Management System -  Google Classroom.  Elementary students (grades Pre K - 6) will have a technology device assigned to them throughout the school day. The device will be available for home use in the event the school has to transition to distance learning. Secondary students (grades 7 - 12) will be issued a technology device for school and home use. Student device checkout will occur during the first days of the school year.


Parents may select distance learning as an option for their student's return to school method for the 2020-2021 school year. All students must register for school, including distance learning students. Registration is an online process, and the link is on the LCSD website www.gocommodores.org. If distance-learning is selected, students will be required to attend in this format for an entire nine-week grading period. Parents must complete a Distance Learning Agreement by July 24, 2020.  This form is on the LCSD District website and the Active Parent Portal of SAM. Secondary students selecting the distance learning option will choose courses for the year from a distance course catalog.   Students who are enrolled for traditional face-to-face instruction as of October 5, 2020 will only be allowed to transition to full-time virtual instruction upon the recommendation of a medical doctor based on a medical condition that places the student or immediate family member at an increased risk for COVID-19.  The superintendent or designee will make the final determination as to whether any student will be allowed to transition from traditional face-to-face instruction to full-time virtual instruction.


Health screening protocols will be in place daily at school but home is our first line of defense. We recommend that families take temperatures before sending children to school. Anyone with a fever of 100 or higher must stay home. Parents are also asked not to send their child to school if they have any symptoms of illness. Student temperatures will be taken each day with a Digital Infrared Thermometer during homeroom/first-period class.


Below you will find a Question/Answer link that will address frequently asked questions regarding the reopening of schools. As we all know, the COVID19 pandemic has been a time of continual change. The reopening of schools is a fluid situation with the possibility of change each day.

  

Lafayette County School District

Learning Plan, 2020 - 2021

Traditional (face-to-face) Learning

Grades PK - 12


The Lafayette County School District will provide a Traditional-In-Person Learning Model option for all students grade PK - 12 for the 2020 - 2021 school year.   Instruction for all grades will be managed by a Learning Management System (LMS), Google Classroom.   In the event of a student having extended time out of school, school closure for COVID-19, or other school closures, the selected LMS will serve as the mode to continue instruction. The Lafayette County School District has created a "Hybrid" phase-in format to assist in maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff as the district reopens for the 2020-2021 school year.   The “Hybrid” start will remain in place until a change is designated by the Superintendent based on data regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Attendance:

Students will be counted present for hours at school.  Attendance will be reported via the Local Education Agency (LEA) Student Information System (SIS).  In accordance with Miss. Code Ann. 37-13-67 and Process Standard 13.1 of the Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2019, the LEA is required to provide a minimum of 240 instructional minutes per day for students.  In the event that Distance Learning is required, the District will utilize a Mixed Mode (Hybrid) Learning as defined below.   When Distance Learning is active, the LEA will utilize both Synchronous Instruction and Asynchronous Instruction.  The LEA will utilize the adopted LMS as well as utilizing one-on-one contact/work progression with students for the day to authenticate their presence and provide daily evidence of engagement.


Mixed Mode (Hybrid) Learning


In the event there are issues with synchronous learning such as, but not limited to, poor internet connectivity, an asynchronous offline mode will be used.  Schools will provide daily learning packets with attendance reporting weekly in the local SIS.  A review of completed daily assignments will determine work progression to take 240 minutes.


Lafayette County School District 

 Elementary Distance Learning


Overview:

During the 2020-2021 school year, Lafayette County School District parents may choose distance learning for their elementary students in grades K-6. Designated distance learning teachers will teach elementary distance learning students. The teacher will present instruction through our Learning Management System, Google Classroom, using a variety of technology-based resources.  Students will be provided a Chromebook for receiving online content. Families choosing distance learning will need to have reliable internet access to complete assignments and participate in the distance classroom.  LCSD will provide wifi internet access to a limited number of community locations. 


Distance learning teachers will contact families to schedule device/instructional materials pick-up, and schedule times for District and State assessments. Distance learning students must complete all the District and State assessments on campus. 


If a distance learning student qualifies for additional services such as gifted, special education, or a 504 plan, those services will be required, scheduled, and provided through the distance classroom. Distance learning students will need to be available during the day to receive services, and parental presence is required throughout the duration of the instruction.  Distance learning students may come to campus to participate in the sixth-grade band activities.


Elementary distance learning students may transition to the traditional classroom setting at the designated nine-week period on the LCSD calendar. 


Attendance:

Students have a daily attendance requirement that requires them to “check-in” via the Google Classroom each school day with the designated distance learning teacher.  Students electing to enroll in distance learning must complete all assignments on a technology device provided by the school district and will need to have reliable access to the internet to complete assignments.   Attendance will be recorded in the following manner:


  • Face-to-face:   Class attendance (minutes calculated): The student who misses the synchronous class can still be counted present for the day by engaging with the teacher or progressing in the LMS that same day.

  • Learning Management System - Google Classroom


Other district technology programs will be utilized as needed to verify progression of work toward the required 240 instructional minutes.  Students will utilize technology resources most students have previously used in the traditional school setting. 


Kindergarten - Second grade:

  • Accelerated Reader

  • Collaborative Classroom

  • Pearson Envision Math

  • IXL

  • Moby Max

  • Renaissance Learning


Third grade - Sixth Grade:

  • Accelerated Reader

  • Brain Pop

  • Collaborative Classroom

  • Pearson Envision Math

  • Freckle

  • Moby Max

  • Renaissance Learning

  • Study Island

  • CASE Assessments


Lafayette County School District

Secondary Distance Learning


Overview:

Due to the continued COVID-19 Pandemic, the Lafayette County School District recognizes that families may still have concerns regarding their children returning to a traditional school environment.   Therefore, Lafayette High School and Lafayette Middle School will offer  distance learning with online courses provided by LCSD Faculty and approved courses by the Mississippi Department of Education - Mississippi Online Course Application list.  It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to make sure that the student has access to reliable internet services. Students in grades 7 -12 have a distance course catalog featuring courses taught by:


  • Education Vendor - Edgenuity

  • Lafayette County School District 

  • Other Approved Vendors - Approved by the MDE MOCA List


All distance learning vendors and courses are approved by the Mississippi Department of Education.   Students have the opportunity to complete their 2020 - 2021 academic schedule by selecting available courses from the distance course catalog. Performance based courses such as band, choir, drama, athletics, etc. may be taken in person on campus.  Vocational courses requiring hands-on instruction may also be taken on campus.   Therefore, students have the opportunity to participate in a “Mixed” mode of instruction.  Distance courses will be monitored for attendance via the assigned LMS (Edgenuity, Google Classroom, Canvas).  Attendance records for the mixed mode will be recorded in the Student Information System, (SAM) daily.   Instruction mode will be both Asynchronous and Synchronous for distance learners.  Synchronous for any distance student attending face-to-face.


Grading:

Courses taught by LCSD Faculty will follow the grading system outlined in the Student Handbook for Secondary Schools.    Courses under the MOCA list will follow the guidelines of the LMS in which they operate (Edgenuity, Canvas).



Attendance:

Distance Learners have a daily attendance requirement that requires them to “check-in” each school day with a designated staff member.  Students electing to enroll in distance learning must complete all assignments on a technology device provided by the school district and will need to have reliable access to the internet to complete assignments.   Attendance for full distant learning will be asynchronous while the students in a “Mixed” mode of courses, will be both asynchronous and face-to-fac for the courses they have on campus.


  • Face to Face - Class period attendance (minutes calculated): The student who misses the synchronous class can still be counted present for the day by engaging with the teacher or progressing in the LMS that same day.

  • Learning Management Systems (Edgenuity, Google Classroom, Canvas)

  • One-on-One Contact - Work Progression:  Traditional, face-to-face, students who become distant learners due to school closure, illness, or quarantine will complete a daily “check-in” with a designated staff member.   Daily/weekly work progression will become asynchronous in nature.  


Other district technology programs, such as Clever, NetRef, will be utilized as needed to verify progression of work toward the required 240 instructional minutes.  

   

 


PreK-6th Grade Transition Information

FAQ About the
Return to School Plan

Distance Learning Agreement Form

2020-21 LCSD Calendar     

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