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Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding COVID-19

 

General Audience Questions

  • Why has the school district closed?  The Governor has ordered that all schools close for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.  This action is being taken to reduce the spread of the virus.  Because the District’s top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, we will continue to follow the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities throughout this situation.
  • What events are impacted by this closure?  All district activities and events for the 2019-20 academic year have been postponed until further notice.
  • Will graduation events be impacted by the temporary closing of schools?  At this time, no decision has been made regarding graduation.  If a decision is forthcoming, we will provide this information through our website and Facebook.
  • Are teachers allowed to meet with small groups of students in schools?  No small group meetings are occurring between students and staff in our schools now or in the foreseeable future at this time.
  • What precautions are being taken to make sure our schools are safe?  Deep cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and door handles in classrooms, office areas, and restrooms started the week of Spring Break and has continued non-stop through the closure of schools.  The disinfectant being used is guaranteed to kill or mitigate the COVID-19 virus
  • I have additional questions.  Who should I contact?  You may contact your building principal or the Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Juanita Erickson, at 620-325-2610.

Questions for Parents

  • Can students and families visit the schools when they are closed?  All schools and facilities are closed to the public in order to support the order of Governor Kelly.  A limited number of essential staff will be reporting to work to prepare our buildings for them to reopen.
  • Can parents pick up medicines administered from the school at this time?  If a student needs access to medicines administered at the school, please contact the school directly to make any arrangements.
  • How can my student(s) participate in breakfast and lunch services?  Information regarding food services is available on Facebook.  Per federal regulations, each child must be present in order to receive a meal. 
  • How can my student(s) access the internet at home to support Continuous Learning? At this time we are working on some plans, however, they are not live yet.  More details will come out at the end of the week.   

Questions for Staff

  • Should a staff member or a student be quarantined?  If you have traveled to an area in which the virus has spread or otherwise believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.  All people who have traveled outside of the area should contact their supervisor. 
  • Will staff get paid while the schools are closed?  All active, non-temporary staff will continue to be paid during this period.
  • Will faculty be provided planning time to prepare for online instruction?  The District’s plan closely aligns with the state’s plan with a full week of planning and preparation the week of March 23-March 27, 2020.

Questions for Student

Per Governor Kelly, Neodesha Schools is implementing a Continuous Learning Plan.  Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions from students:

 Teaching & Learning:

 When does instruction resume in Neodesha Schools?

Instruction will resume virtually or by learning packets on Monday, March 30, 2020.

What will day-to-day virtual instruction look like?

Teachers will use different forms of technology, such as Google Classroom and Zoom, to deliver instruction and interact with students. Virtual chats may be recorded and posted on Google Classroom. Screen time will be shortened, and teachers will follow a common schedule. 

Are there expectations for students?

Yes, guidelines will be posted concerning expectations for online learning. 

How will students complete elective classes?

Elective teachers will continue to deliver instruction and work with students virtually or by packets.

What will happen to Dual Credit Enrollment courses?

Dual credit classes may resume as early as March 23, 2020.  Students are expected to continue the work online like they would if they were in college. 

When will 3rd quarter grades be finalized?

Teachers are picking up materials at school so that they can finish finalizing third quarter grades. All teachers should have third quarter grades finalized soon.  Report cards and 9-week grade updates will be mailed to parents.

What if students would prefer to drop a course rather than complete it virtually?

All secondary courses will continue with online programming. If students do not complete a course, they will not receive credit for this course. Students can reach out to their administrators or counselors with questions.

How will the material be graded? How will it affect semester grades?

Elementary students Pre K-grade 6 will receive a pass/fail grade for the last nine weeks of school.  Middle School and High School students will continue to receive a letter grade.

What happens to missing assignments that were not turned in before spring break?

We are committed to ensuring all students are successful. As such, teachers will be flexible in these situations. Please contact the teacher, if needed, to discuss further.

How can we combat cheating or plagiarism? 

There are a variety of online tools to combat academic dishonesty that teachers can utilize. 

How will younger kids complete school online?

We will be issuing devices to 2nd – 6th grade students and also sending packets home for them to work on.

Health & Safety:

How can students get help if needed?

Students should reach out to their teachers for help. Each school’s mental health team (counselor, principal, social worker, teachers) will also be providing support for students. 

What if students left medicine at school?

Parents are being contacted so that they can pick up the medicine.

 

Upcoming Events:

What is the status of prom?

No extracurricular activities are allowed right now.

What is the status of graduation?

Graduation is postponed at this time. We will continue to follow health department guidelines and make a determination closer to the scheduled graduation date. As a contingency plan, we are working with students and families to create ideas for alternative programming to celebrate our graduates.

How will 7th Grade orientation day be handled?

We will be working to develop alternative programming ideas to ensure 7th Graders have a smooth transition to middle school.

 

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