Return to School Plan/COVID-19 Information

Revised September 21st

This plan has been updated to reflect these new changes. Please continue to check this page for updates. More information and further reading links can be found below the table of contents.


Introduction

Franklin Township Community School Corporation is committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our students and staff.  The procedures outlined below were created after reviewing recommendations from the Marion County Department of Health, as well as after a careful review of both staff and parent survey data.  

Please review this document carefully, as our district’s plan is only as effective as the degree to which it is followed. Because the COVID-19 virus, as well as other common viruses and illnesses, are spread through person-to-person contact, please keep children who are sick at home to minimize risk to others in our school community.

These recommendations are based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other professional organizations.  Implementation of this guidance is based on what is feasible, practical, and tailored to meet the needs of the Marion County community.

Opening Dates – Revised July 23rd

  • FTCSC will proceed with pre-established opening dates and follow the BOARD APPROVED CALENDAR FOR 2020-2021.
  • All School offices are now open.
  • FTCSC will begin the school year with online instruction for all students (PK-12) on Monday, August 3rd
  • On Wednesday, August 5th in-person school will begin for all FTCSC students in grades PK-6 and half of FTCSC students in grades 7-12
  • Half day preschool will begin August 10th.

Symptom Screening – Revised September 8th

  • Families and staff will be asked to pre-screen prior to each school day using the PARENT SCREENING TOOL.
  • Visuals and Social Stories will be provided to assist families who have children with developmental or social deficits in completing this task.

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Increase access to cleaning supplies for each classroom.
  • Increase accessibility to hand sanitizer for staff and students (at least 60% alcohol formulation necessary for COVID).
  • Extend bathroom breaks and/or passes for adequate handwashing.
  • Food Service will utilize enhanced sanitation PROCEDURES.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • Clean and disinfect playground equipment on a regular basis.
  • School Buses will be sanitized and disinfected daily.
  • Students and Staff may bring their own hand sanitizer provided it is clearly labeled.

Cloth Facial Coverings and Masks or Face Shields – Revised July 21st

  • Cloth face coverings, masks or face shields are required for all teachers, ancillary staff, and students Kindergarten – 12th grade.
  • Students and Staff who do not fall into the Exceptions listed below will be expected to provide their own face covering, mask, or face shield.
  • Exceptions to Face Covering Recommendation:
    1. Any staff or student with health conditions that makes the wearing of a face covering a risk to their health. Parents seeking this exception for their student should contact their child’s principal.
    2. When staff or students are performing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a face covering: (eating, drinking, etc.).
    3. Any student who is unable to remove a face covering on their own.
    4. When the wearing of a face covering or mask by a teacher is determined to impede a student’s learning, a face shield may be considered for use by the teacher.
    5. A healthcare provider can send a document, stating the student’s medical condition, to the school nurse. This will be kept on file.

Social Distancing – Revised July 21st

  • Students should be seated 3-6 feet apart facing in one direction whenever possible.
  • Eliminate the use of pods or table style seating as much as possible.
  • Teachers should maintain a 6 foot distance from students when possible.
  • Students who are appropriately wearing face coverings, masks, or face shields may have different social distancing expectations than students who are not. 
  • Nonessential visitors will not be allowed into any building. (This includes parents eating lunch with their child.)
  • Attendance incentives for students and staff will not be used (perfect attendance awards, exam exemptions, etc.).
  • Elementary schools will limit the number of classrooms using the restroom at the same time.
  • Secondary schools will limit the number of students in the restrooms during passing periods and increase access to passes during class periods.
  • We recognize that students with disabilities may have difficulty with social distancing, so additional visuals and social stories will be used to help convey the importance of social distancing in a variety of contexts.
  • While entering and exiting large areas such as cafeterias, auditoriums and gymnasiums special emphasis on reducing crowding in the space should be utilized cautiously to ensure social distancing.

Cohorting – Revised July 29th

  • PreK-6 students should remain in their cohort as much as possible using a team approach; the same students should stay together and rotate as a team.
  • Students should go to recess as a cohort, avoiding contact physical activity and encouraging social distancing as much as feasible.
  • PreK-12 should maintain a seating chart for each class to facilitate contract tracing.
  • Students should eat together as a cohort while sitting as much as possible in a socially distant configuration utilizing a normal sanitary dishwashing process or disposable plates and silverware.  Salad bars and self serve buffets should not be permitted.
  • K-6th grade students:
    • In-person students will attend school 5 days a week as normal
  • 7-12th grade students:
    • Students will attend school two days a week and will attend online three days a week using a cohort model:
      • Cohort 1 (Last name A-K) will attend in-person on Monday and Wednesday. They will attend online on Tuesday and Thursday.
      • Cohort 2 (Last Name L-Z) will attend in-person on Tuesday and Thursday. They will attend online on Monday and Wednesday.
      • All students will take part in online learning every Friday. No secondary students (Grades 7-12) will report to school on Fridays.
    • FCHS students will attend, either physically or virtually, 7 periods each day Monday through Friday
    • FCJH students will attend, either physically or virtually, 6 periods each day Monday through Friday
    • Please see our Secondary Return to School Plan for more details

Bus Transportation

  • Transportation by personal vehicle is encouraged.
  • Bus Drivers should wear a face covering during loading and unloading.  Monitors should wear a face covering when social distancing is not feasible.
  • Students should have assigned seating.
  • Students should be spaced apart as much as is feasible.
  • Students are expected to wear a face covering or mask during transportation.
  • Windows should be open for cross ventilation as weather permits.
  • Students in the same household should sit together.
  • School Buses will be sanitized and disinfected daily.
  • Students are encouraged to socially distance themselves at bus stops.

Student Health and Safety

  • Please review our COVID-19 Health Plan.
  • Each school will provide a designated area where symptomatic students can wait for pick-up separate from the clinic area.
  • Water fountains will be turned off except for bottle refill stations and students will be encouraged to bring their own bottled water.
  • Each school will limit the number of items that need to be shared between students.  Each student should have their own designated supplies.
  • Each teacher will encourage frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing at the minimum: upon arrival at school, before and after recess, before and after eating, and after using the restroom.
  • We will require all students who are sick to be fever free for at least 24 hours before they are able to return to school.

Positive Cases – Revised August 26th

COVID POSITIVE – SYMPTOMATIC

  • If an individual is COVID Positive they will be excluded from school.
  • An individual will be permitted to return to school after at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND if fever free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours AND symptoms have improved.  
  • ASK THESE THREE QUESTIONS: (ALL YES, OK TO RETURN)
    1. Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
    2. Has it been at least 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medications? 
    3. Has it been at least 24 hours since the individual’s symptoms have improved?

COVID POSITIVE – ASYMPTOMATIC

  • If an individual is COVID Positive they will be excluded from school.
  • Must isolate at home for 10 days after the day the sample was collected.

NO COVID TEST – SYMPTOMATIC

  • If an individual is exhibiting symptoms of COVID but has not been tested, s/he will be excluded from school.
  • Must isolate at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications AND with improvement in symptoms. 
  • ASK THESE THREE QUESTIONS: (ALL YES, OK TO RETURN)
    1. Has it been at least 10 days since the individual first had symptoms?
    2. Has it been at least 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medications? 
    3. Has it been at least 24 hours since the individual’s symptoms have improved?

Reporting Cases

  • School Nurses will be the designated contact person for each school.
  • Parents should call the school attendance line to report COVID-19 SYMPTOMS and/or positive COVID-19 cases.  A designated voicemail has been set up solely for this purpose. 
  • Parents will be called back in order to evaluate symptoms and applicable cases will be reported to the District Health Services Supervisor.
  • The District Health Services Supervisor will then contact the Marion County Public Health Department for guidance regarding possible closure, cleaning and parental notification.

Online Learning Option – Revised September 21st

While we believe that the most effective instruction for your child happens in a classroom with our highly qualified teachers, there will be a virtual option available for those who cannot attend in-person. To manage staffing and scheduling, students must commit to a minimum of 9 weeks of online learning. At the end of each quarter families will be asked to review and update their preferences as it relates to online and in-person instruction.

***Any K-12 student who opts for online learning will be provided with the opportunity to rent a district-owned Chromebook.

Students who initially attend school physically but are excluded due to a positive COVID-19 test or onset of COVID-19 symptoms will continue to receive instruction through their classroom teacher.

On Monday, September 21st you will receive a survey from FTCSC in regards to our Online Learning or In-Person Learning options.  If you do not wish to change your child’s current learning option, please delete and disregard the email.  If you do wish to change your child’s current learning option, please complete the survey. Again, only fill out the form if you wish to change your student’s current learning option.

CHANGE MY CHILD’S LEARNING OPTION


FTCSC ONLINE LEARNING PLAN

FTCSC Online allows students who cannot attend school physically (due to medical conditions or parent choice) the opportunity to remain engaged in learning while progressing appropriately through the Indiana Academic Standards.  This online option will allow students to receive instruction of essential skills and standards via a highly qualified teacher and/or a virtual learning platform. Daily attendance (via logging in online) is REQUIRED, all assignments will REQUIRE a submission, and students WILL RECEIVE grades for assignments and assessments.  Course credit will be granted when applicable.

FTCSC Online requires a 9-week commitment for those parents opting in. Students who initially attend school physically but are excluded due to a positive COVID-19 test or onset of COVID-19 symptoms will continue to receive instruction through their classroom teacher.

Pre-School: Preschool students who are eligible to receive special education services under the provisions of an IEP can elect to participate in the online instructional program. Instruction will be delivered through a weekly lesson plan with activities to develop academic skills, self-help skills, motor skills, language, and play. This will follow the scope and sequence of our research-based curriculum, Big Day Pre-K. Additionally, a teacher will consult with parents weekly to provide supports and activities specific to your child’s individual needs and goals. We will supplement with videos of lessons from the teacher as well as video sessions to interact with your child. 

Elementary (K-3): Students will receive instruction for language arts and math.  Social studies and science will be exploratory. This instruction will consist of virtual and recorded lessons, daily assignments, checks for understanding, and assessments for each of the subjects through Google Classroom via an online instructor.  If the student returns to school during this school year, the student will be placed with their assigned teacher at their homeschool. Related Arts will not be part of the online option.

Intermediate (4-6):  Students in grades 4-5 will receive instruction for language arts, math,  social studies and science. This instruction will consist of virtual and recorded lessons, daily assignments, checks for understanding, and assessments for each of the subjects through Google Classroom via an online instructor.  If the student returns to school during this school year, the student will be placed with their assigned teacher at their homeschool. Related Arts will not be part of the online option.

Guardian Guide to Online Learning K-5

Students in 6th grade will receive instruction via Edmentum, in all 4 core classes (Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies) and select elective courses (PE and Visual Arts).  Edmentum is a research-based online curriculum that mirrors the Indiana State Standards and the FTCSC Curriculum Maps.  If the student returns to school during this school year, the student will be placed with their assigned teacher at their homeschool.

Secondary (7-12): 7th-12th grade students will receive instruction via Edmentum, in all 4 core classes (Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies) and select elective courses.  Edmentum is a research-based online curriculum that mirrors the Indiana State Standards and the FTCSC Curriculum Maps.  Students will be assigned an FTCSC staff member to assist with facilitating the use of Edmentum.

Social-Emotional Well-Being

We recognize the importance of providing students and staff with extra social and emotional support as they return to school this year. Expect to see special welcome activities, extra time for building relationships and establishing new routines, and a focus on coping strategies. 

Where Can I Go for Mental Health/Social Emotional Support?  

Each school counselor in the district is available to assist families in need.  Resources include, but are not limited to:  Community Mental Health Centers, Conscious Discipline activities, Botvin Lifeskills, links to self-regulation and de escalation activities, and financial and community resources. This plan follows the IDOE ‘s Roadmap for SEL Re-entry.

  • Staff Professional development is provided to ensure staff acquire the knowledge to support social and emotional needs for our students and families.
  • School counselors will monitor student needs through ongoing communication with staff.
  • School mental health providers and counselors will be available to students and families in need of extra support to deal with grief and closure arising from what was lost at the end of last school year. 

Family Financial Resources

Social Emotional Learning Resources

Mental Health Resource List

FAQ – Revised July 24th

CONTACT US

Please submit your questions via the “Contact Us” option provided. Someone will be assigned to work directly with you. Thank you.

When is the first student day?

  • FTCSC will begin the school year with online instruction for all students (PK-12) on Monday, August 3rd
  • On Wednesday, August 5th in-person school will begin for all FTCSC students in grades PK-6 and half of FTCSC students in grades 7-12
  • Half day preschool will begin August 10th.

What does this mean for my student?

  • K-6th grade students:
    • In-person students will attend school 5 days a week as normal
  • 7-12th grade students:
    • Students will attend school two days a week and will attend online three days a week using a cohort model:
      • Cohort 1 (Last name A-K) will attend in-person on Monday and Wednesday. They will attend online on Tuesday and Thursday.
      • Cohort 2 (Last Name L-Z) will attend in-person on Tuesday and Thursday. They will attend online on Monday and Wednesday.
      • All students will take part in online learning every Friday. No secondary students (Grades 7-12) will report to school on Fridays.
    • FCHS students will attend, either physically or virtually, 7 periods each day Monday through Friday
    • FCJH students will attend, either physically or virtually, 6 periods each day Monday through Friday
    • Please see our Secondary Return to School Plan for more details

How long will the cohort model continue?

  • Dr. Caine and her team at the Marion County Public Health Department have data point criteria that they are closely monitoring. Once the criteria is met, they will update their guidance.

With this recent change to a hybrid/cohort model, can I change my selection from Online Learning to the In-Person/Cohort Learning?

  • An additional survey will be released on Friday, July 24th allowing you to change from online to in-person instruction

How will my child navigate a new school?

  • Our amazing staff at each school will help our newest Flashes navigate the halls of their school as they enjoy this new adventure into Kindergarten. Elementary and Intermediate Schools will be open to tour on July 27th and July 28th for new to the school families.  More information will be forthcoming from your building principal.

Will back to school nights, ice cream socials and textbook pick-up events still occur?

  • Students in PreK- 6th grade will NOT have back to school nights, ice cream socials or textbook pick-up. Students will be able to look up their class schedule and preliminary class list in Infinite Campus  on Tuesday, July 28th.
  • FCJH and FCHS will hold textbook pick-up days.  More information can be found HERE (FCJH) and HERE (FCHS)

Where can I find more information about online learning?

  • Click HERE to see virtual options through FTCSC Online.

What will High Ability look like online?

  • High Ability services will be offered. The exact nature of these services will look different than in-person learning.

Can I switch between Online Learning and In-Person?

  • For grading and credit purposes, the 9-week requirement does apply for both online and in-person selections.  

When will class lists be available?

  • K-3: Preliminary class lists will be posted in the Infinite Campus parent account on Tuesday, July 28th.
  • 4-6: Preliminary class lists/grade level team teachers will be posted in the Infinite Campus parent account on Tuesday, July 28th
  • Note: Class lists could change due to the number of participants in the online learning option.

Will K-5 students still have recess?

  • Kindergarten-5th grade students will still have recess.

If my kid’s immunizations are not up to date will they be able to attend school?

  • If they are not up to date (https://ftcsc.org/immunization-requirements-2/), you will have 20 days (until August 28th) to comply with immunization requirements.  Otherwise they will be excluded from school in accordance with State law.

What if Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) closes school?

  • Students will transition to online learning until such time as we can resume in-person learning.

When will the school offices open?

  • All school offices are now open.

Will students receive Chromebooks?

  • All students in grades 4-12 will be receiving Chromebooks if they do not already have them. K-3 Students enrolling into the Online Learning program will have the option to rent a Chromebook. Rental and distribution plans will vary depending on grade level.  Please contact your school office for additional information/assistance.

What are the face mask expectations?

  • Cloth face coverings, masks or face shields are required for all teachers, ancillary staff, and students Kindergarten -12th grade. 
  • Students and Staff who do not fall into the Exceptions listed below will be expected to provide their own face covering, mask, or face shield.

Exceptions to Face Covering Recommendation:

  • Cloth face coverings, masks or face shields are required for all teachers, ancillary staff, and students Kindergarten – 12th grade.
  • Students and Staff who do not fall into the Exceptions listed below will be expected to provide their own face covering, mask, or face shield.
  1. Any staff or student with health conditions that makes the wearing of a face covering a risk to their health. Parents seeking this exception for their student should contact their child’s principal.
  2. When staff or students are performing tasks that cannot be completed while wearing a face covering: (eating, drinking, etc.).
  3. Any student who is unable to remove a face covering on their own.
  4. When the wearing of a face covering or mask by a teacher is determined to impede a student’s learning, a face shield may be considered for use by the teacher.
  5. A healthcare provider can send a document, stating the student’s medical condition, to the school nurse. This will be kept on file.
  • As we do in all situations, our staff members will work diligently with students to ensure proper mask usage.  A parent/school relationship will be key in ensuring the processes and procedures outlined by the Marion County Department of Health are followed.

How do I withdraw from co-curricular activities?

  • Please contact your local school office for additional information/assistance with the procedures to withdraw your student from co-curricular activities.  They will have staff who are able to assist you with this.  

Will my child have a school locker?

  • At this time, school lockers will not be used.

Will there be AP online class options?

  • Core classes will be offered regardless of enrollment.  Specialized classes (AP, engineering, etc.) will be offered if enrollment allows.  While courses required for graduation will be available, it is possible that some courses for Academic or Technical Honors diplomas will not be offered.  A dedicated content teacher will be assigned to any course offered, both via Edmentum or as an actual course.

What will different areas in the building look like?

  • Rooms are being inspected, and desks moved / positioned appropriately when warranted, to ensure social distancing. We are increasing cafeteria eating areas, as well as, adding additional tables when warranted. Students will be allowed on the playground in cohorts so that they do not unnecessarily interact with other children. We have an amazing teaching staff who we have the utmost confidence in
  • A welcome back video will be sent to all families from the building principal before school starts.  Our Pre K – 5th grade students will remain in their cohort as much as possible using a team approach. (This would include recess)  A parent/school relationship will be key in ensuring the processes and procedures outlined by the Marion County Department of Health are followed. Your understanding and patience is very appreciated.

Will my child be changing classes? 

  • Students in grades 4-12 will be changing classes. 

When will my child receive their schedule?  

  • Preliminary class lists/grade level team teachers will be posted in the Infinite Campus parent account on Tuesday, July 28th. Please check your Infinite Campus account at that time. If you do not have a portal account, email ichelp@ftcsc.org

I need help with Infinite Campus?

If I choose Online Learning can I participate in C9/Clubs/Sports/Band/Choir/Performing Arts and any other extracurriculars?

  • It has always been the school corporation’s decision whether to allow homeschooled or online learners to participate in extracurricular activities.  We have many community members who want to take advantage of our award winning programs, but not enroll in school.  All extracurricular activities have always been housed within the facilities of our campuses.  Many of the extracurricular activities have a co-curricular component (i.e. the marching band, show choir and theatre students all practice during those classes during the school day).  For these reasons, the decision was made to continue to follow our past practice and only allow those students who come to school to participate in extracurricular activities.  In addition, if parents are uncomfortable sending their students to school, then they should be uncomfortable sending them for extracurriculars as well.  Summer conditioning for high school sports started on July 6th in phase 1.  Next week, begins phase 2, which will look very different.  As practices and the season goes on, there will not be social distancing and mask wearing in most cases because competition cannot happen that way.

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