Royalton Public Schools
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COVID-19 Information

Disinfecting & Cleaning

Increased Daily Disinfecting


Custodians, Bus Drivers, and other staff have increased disinfectant procedures throughout the buildings and buses. We have prioritized high-touch areas such as doorknobs and handles, door push plates, light switches, door frames, desks, tables, countertops, chairs, dispensers (soap and towel), faucets, keyboards, and mice. In addition, shall provide wipes (when available), disinfectants, and sanitizers for individual areas as well. Nutritional Services will be disinfecting the kitchens throughout the food service day. Deep cleaning spray disinfectants and cleaning by hand will be used throughout the building and buses after their usage deep clean.





Face Covering/Masks

Face Covering/Masks


A Face Mask/Covering must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. The school district must comply with Executive Order 20-81, Executive Order 20-82, and applicable face mask/covering requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education. The following are included in the definition of face mask/covering:

  • Paper or disposable mask;
  • Cloth face mask;
  • Scarf;
  • Neck gaiter;
  • Bandana;
  • Religious face covering;
  • Medical-grade masks and respirators
Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air. Individuals who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a medical condition or disability-related condition may be permitted to utilize alternative options such as a face shield or other reasonable accommodation. The school district will provide face coverings and/or face shields to employees and students. Employees and students may choose to wear their own face covering as long as it covers the nose and mouth. To the extent practicable, the school district will maintain an extra supply of face coverings for people who forget to bring their face covering. EXCEPTIONS AND ALTERNATIVES TO FACE MASK/COVERINGS Students with Medical Conditions For a student with a medical condition or disability, the student’s education team (i.e., IEP team, Section 504 team, health plan team) will determine whether the student qualifies for reasonable accommodation and the accommodation to be provided. As a condition to granting a reasonable accommodation, the school district may require an individual to provide a physician’s note and/or other relevant information or with respect to the condition or circumstance. Requests for reasonable accommodations from the face-covering requirement shall be assessed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable federal and state law. Face coverings should not be placed on anyone under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance, or anyone who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition. Parent/Guardian/Community Member Individuals who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a medical condition or disability-related condition may be permitted to utilize alternative options such as a face shield or other reasonable accommodation. The administrator or school nurse shall have the discretion to determine whether a parent or community member qualifies for reasonable accommodation, and the accommodation to be provided. TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF FACE COVERING A face shield may be used as an alternative to a face covering in the following situations:
  1. A student in grades kindergarten through eighth grade may wear a face shield when wearing a face covering is problematic.
  2. A teacher of any grade level may wear a face shield when wearing a face-covering may impede the educational process.
  3. Staff, students, or visitors who cannot tolerate a face-covering due to a developmental, medical, or behavioral health condition may wear a face shield instead of a face covering.
  4. Staff providing direct support student services may wear a face shield instead of a face covering when a face covering would impede the service being provided.
Staff, students, and other people present in school buildings or district offices may temporarily remove their face covering or face shield in the following situations:
  1. When engaging in classes or activities conducted outdoors, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible;
  2. When engaging in indoor physical activity where the level of exertion makes wearing a face-covering difficult, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible;
  3. During activities, such as showering, where the face-covering will get wet;
  4. While receiving a service, including nursing, medical, or personal care services, that cannot be performed or is challenging to perform when the individual receiving the service is wearing a face-covering;
  5. Pre-kindergarten students age 5 years and younger participating in programming in a school building or district office;
  6. When the wearer needs to remove their face covering to eat or drink, though care should be taken to maintain as much space as possible between people while doing so;
  7. During indoor practices or performances involving singing, acting, public speaking, or playing musical instruments where a face covering cannot be used while playing the instrument, though people participating in these activities should maintain six feet of distance to the extent possible;
  8. When required by school staff for the purposes of identification;
  9. Staff working alone in their offices, classrooms, vehicles, or job locations that have no person-to-person interaction;
  10. Staff working in communal spaces that have barriers such as Plexiglas or cubicle walls between employees that are above face level; or
  11. When communicating with a deaf or hard of hearing or has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with a face-covering difficult, social distancing is maintained to the extent possible.





Transportation

Buses


Safety Measures:

  • Window (partially open) and roof hatches will be open as needed to increase airflow both during cleaning and disinfecting as well as during the bus route when the weather permits.
  • High touch areas (handrails) will be cleaned between new groups of students.
  • Thorough disinfecting will occur between morning and afternoon routes with CDC approved products.
  • All who enter the school bus are required to wear face coverings unless there is a disability, medical condition, or health condition that makes it difficult for the individual.
  • Passive health screenings are to be performed by families before students board the bus or enter school buildings.
Bus Stops and Boarding:
  • Parents/guardians are to train students at bus stops to ensure social distancing.
  • While boarding, sit in the assigned seat given by the driver.
  • Sit in the same assigned seat on the way home.
  • Enter and exit in single file lines.
  • Avoid riding with Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Keep your distance from others.
  • Wear a face covering/mask.




Routing Services


In general, we plan to run all routes at regular times to provide consistent service that will meet the 3-scenario plan. IN-PERSON LEARNING Buses run a regular schedule serving 100% of students.
HYBRID PHASE Buses run a regular schedule – all grades Hybrid (50%).
DISTANCE LEARNING No route services.
ATHLETICS

  • Bus capacity depends on the scenario we are in.
  • Passengers sit in the same seat to and from the event.
  • Loading back to front.

SCENARIO 2 - HYBRID
  • All K–12 students are required to wear face coverings unless there is a disability, medical condition or health condition that makes it difficult for the individual.
  • Per MDE/MDH no more than 50% of the vehicle capacity is allowed.
  • 77 Passenger Buses = 34 student capacity
  • Smaller yellow buses no more than 50% capacity
  • Type III
  • 7 Passenger = 2-3 students (plus driver)
  • 10 Passenger = 3-4 students (plus driver)
  • Students from the same household are encouraged to sit together.
  • Students sit in their assigned seat. In the afternoon students should board the bus and sit in the seat they were in for the morning.
  • Drivers will direct students in the seating process the first few days to maximize social distancing. 11 or less students (red seats), 23 or less students (red and blue), and 34 or less students (red, blue and green)
  • No student can sit within 6 feet of the driver on a full-size bus.
  • Face coverings and sanitizing will be provided to students upon request.
  • Passive health screenings are to be performed by families before students board the bus or enter school buildings.
  • Parents/Guardians or their designee will pick up students at school who become ill during the day to transport them home.





Childcare for Essential Workers

Childcare for Essential Workers


Children of essential workers in grades 4-5 are eligible for childcare on the days they are distance learning. Childcare is available from 8AM to 3PM Monday-Friday. Essential Worker Childcare is only available during the school day. Before and after-school care through the MAP program is still a paid service. 12/09/2020 - MAP is not in operation at this time. MAP Program Hours

  • Before School: 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Afterschool: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM​
Employee ID, paystub, or letter from employer showing proof of employment must be provided upon registration. Essential Worker Criteria Registration Form





Overview

District Overview


CURRENT LEARNING PLAN

  • Preschool: In-Person Learning
  • Grades K-12: ​In-Person Learning
MAY 6 UPDATE With the news from the Governor today on his 3 Phase Plan to get us back to normalcy, I'm sure there are people wondering how this impacts schools for the last month. The short answer is nothing. MDE/MDH remains steadfast in making sure we close out the school year with the same precautions as we have operated under this school year. So really, the only opening up of what we can do as a school is, starting tomorrow May 7th, students can remove their masks during recess and outdoor mask breaks. This is something that we have already been doing because of the ability to social distance outdoors. Distancing, to an extent, is still important outdoors. So if nothing changes for schools then what exactly are the changes?
  • Phase 1: May 7th @ Noon

    • No more masks outdoors at events under 500 people

    • Athletes, Coaches, Spectators, Umpires, etc for outdoors are not required to wear masks

    • Masks are still required indoors, on busses, and other indoor establishments as it relates to what is required by mandates.

  • Phase 2: May 28th

  • Indoor Capacity requirements no longer exist (bars, restaurants, gyms, events, etc)

  • For those wondering: We are still looking at how this impacts Graduation attendance. We will figure that out soon.

  • Graduation is specifically mentioned in this information release

  • Events indoors with more than 500 people still require a mask

  • Phase 3: No later than July 1

    • No more restrictions

    • No more mask mandate

    • IF the state can reach 70% vaccination (of at least the 1st dose of the vaccine) for 16+ people, the mask mandate will end sooner than July 1

OUR FIRST PRIORITY Safety for all students, families, employees, and community members is our top priority. We will base our decisions from the experts: the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). Which of the three school scenarios we will follow are directly proportional to the adherence of the protocols, procedures, mandates, and laws set forth by the three governmental agencies mentioned. The safest environments will be made possible through cooperation from students and employees in alignment with the following measures.
  • Access for parents/guardians and volunteers will be very limited in schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Students/Parents and Employees are expected to monitor their health conditions and not enter a school building if they are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Proper Hand Hygiene is a must:
    • Handwashing using soap and hot water for 20 seconds regularly.
    • Hand sanitizing when handwashing is not available. Each room will have sanitizers.
    • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Increased Daily Disinfecting - Custodial staff has increased disinfectant procedures throughout the buildings prioritizing high-touch areas.
  • Water Fountains.
    • Hands-free water bottle station is available. Students should bring their own water bottles.
    • Drinking spout is disabled.
  • Face mask/covering must be worn in school and on buses to cover the nose and mouth completely, should not be overly tight or restrictive, and should feel comfortable to wear. Face-covering promotes the health and safety of students, staff, and members, making a safe environment conducive to learning, compliance face mask/covering is a necessity. ​
COVID-19 Case Management Education on COVID-19 will occur with both students and employees. Screening needs to be done prior to entering. Monitoring continually for symptoms will be done throughout the day by all. Those who become ill during the day will report to health services and be isolated and evaluated. They’ll either go home or return to class/assignment after assessment by our nurses. Protocol for Suspected Case or Positive Case with Student/Family Member needs to be followed. Click here to view the Decision Tree. Mental health concerns will be addressed through risk assessment and referral as appropriate. SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS Morrison County Public Health provides oversight on how schools in our county manage any events related to COVID-19.
  • With the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, current information and protocols concerning our area will be regularly updated on our website.
  • This information will be shared with the “Incident Team” to make recommendations to the school board
  • Appropriate families will be notified of positive cases within a school site and the steps that need to be taken.
  • If conditions require an immediate change in the school “Scenario Status,” the School Board Chair - Randy Hackett, School Board Incident Member - Russ Gerads, and the Superintendent of Schools - John Phelps will bring the recommendation to the School Board for an Emergency Meeting. If an Emergency meeting cannot be scheduled, the three members will move forward with the change of the “Scenario Status.”
  • The latest Student/Staff Exposure Flow Chart will be shared online as it is released
As a parent/guardian your communication to us is essential to keep our schools open. Please contact our School Nurses to check on protocols, Covid-19 questions/concerns, and report on conditions. Our need for information is crucial to make knowledgeable and informed decisions. Any personal information you give is confidential. YOUR COMMUNICATIONS There are multiple ways to contact us with questions, concerns, and suggestions. Allow 24 hours for replies.
  • Direct Contact:
    • Transportation, Gaylene Witucki, (320) 584-4255
    • Elementary Nurse, (320) 584-4162
    • Secondary Nurse, (320) 584-4243
    • Food Service, Dawn Duevel, (320) 584-4247
    • Building and Grounds, Tony Duevel, (320) 584-4251
    • Technology, David Lemm, (320) 584-4260
    • Activities Director, Anthony Neumann, (320) 584-4257
    • Community Education, Theodore Hanson, (320) 584-4258
    • Elementary & Pre-School, Dr. Phil Gurbada, (320) 584-4163
    • Middle/High School, Joel Swenson, (320) 584-4242
    • Superintendent, John Phelps, (320) 584-4250​
  • Royalton Voice - Online feedback form. Sends an email to building/department/administrator you choose.
  • We will contact you with emails, phone calls, and text messages through School Messenger.
SCHOOL SCENARIOS DECISION PROCESS The level of the outbreak in our area and/or school will determine if we have to move to a different School Scenario. You will play a huge role in protecting our schools by monitoring your student(s) to follow proper procedures and keeping them at home if they are sick. The Morrison County Director of Health will be in constant contact with us combining both Morrison County and Benton County information, 30% of our school population lives in Benton County. Our Incident Response Team along with the County and the Region 5 Response Team work together using those numbers to make a decision. With that information, we look at a simple formula based on the number of cases per 10,000 people. Number of cases per 10,000 over 14 days, by county of residence 0-9 In-person learning for all students. 10-19 In-person learning for elementary students; hybrid learning for secondary students. 20-29 Hybrid learning for all students 30-49 Hybrid learning for elementary students; distance learning for secondary students 50+ Distance learning for all students. If conditions require an immediate change in the school “Scenario Status,” the School Board Chair - Randy Hackett, School Board Incident Member - Russ Gerads, and the Superintendent of Schools - John Phelps will bring the recommendation to the School Board for an Emergency Meeting. If an Emergency meeting cannot be scheduled, the three members will move forward with the change of the “Scenario Status.” SCHOOL SCENARIOS Scenario #1 - In-Person & Distance Learning We will create as much space between students and teachers as we feasible can during the day, but will not be held strictly to enforcing six feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom.
Parents have the choice of In-Person or Distance Learning. Scenario #2 - Hybrid Learning Strict Social Distancing - Schools are limited to 50% maximum capacity in the rooms.
  • Grades K-12
    • 2 days of in-person attendance, 3 days of distance learning
All full-time distance learners will have the option of In-Person Learning on Wednesday by appointment along with students that need or want more help. Scenario #3 - Distance Learning Only Students receive instruction off-school sites, but schools may also be open to provide emergency child care or other functions.​