This resource information from Sonora Elementary School here, provides an overview for parents and students during the coronavirus situation. View other school’s information from the School Delays Page.
On August 28th, John Baker, Superintendent and Chris Boyles, Principal announce their Board of Trustees voted to implement a re-opening plan for students to return to campus instruction. The 1st through 3rd grade and Special Education students will return on Tuesday, September 8th and our TK/K and 4th through 8th grade will be on Monday, September 14th.
The most critical first step is to determine how many will be returning to Sonora Elementary for on-campus instruction, as they will still provide an option for virtual learning for those families who may want to have their child(ren) stay at home. Staffing and schedule decisions will be made based on the number of students who will be on campus and who will be learning virtually. We are asking for all to decide by Wednesday, September 2nd, as a deadline. They state “Whichever choice you make, for staffing purposes, we will require this choice to be continuous through the 2020-2021 school year or until our current health conditions change.”
To help inform decisions, here is the current plan:
Face Coverings: All students in 3rd through 8th grade and all adults will be required to wear a face covering. For TK through 2nd grade, it will be strongly encouraged they wear a face covering. The school will provide face masks, as needed. Medical exemptions to not wearing a mask/face covering must be submitted to our School Office and will be reviewed.
Safety: Physical/Social distancing will be taught and continuously monitored. In addition, we will incorporate lessons on properly washing hands, limiting contact with eyes, nose and mouth and properly covering cough and sneezes. Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and school buildings, with scheduled hand washing and sanitizing in program changes (recess/lunch/etc.) throughout the day. Classrooms will be set up to maximize distancing between staff and students. Temperature checks will be conducted for each student when they enter campus. In addition, this will also be done as they enter the school bus. Classrooms and equipment will have ramped up cleaning and disinfecting, on a daily basis.
Daily Schedule: A finalized daily school schedule will be developed soon, dependent on the final numbers of students in each program (on-campus vs. virtual). There will be staggered arrival times, a shorter, modified day, and a staggered release of students to go home.
Recess/Lunch: Students will have recess outdoors and recesses will be by classroom only, to keep this cohort together and not mix with others across campus. Lunch schedules will be staggered and classes will either eat outside or in their classroom.
Parent Volunteers: At this time, there will be no parent/adult volunteers on campus, until further notice. In addition, we ask that parents, during pick-up and drop-off stay in their vehicle and not enter campus to pick up their child.
School Bus: We are encouraging parents to transport their child to and from school. While on the bus, students will be spaced as much as practicable and face coverings will be required for all adults and students in 3rd through 8th grade. In addition, in appropriate weather conditions, windows will be open to increase ventilation.
Illness: If your student has any symptoms of illness or has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, they must stay home, until the symptoms go away. For the safety of all, this must be followed.
Virtual Learning: We will be offering this program to our parents and students, as we understand that families have concerns about a return and some students or family members may have a greater risk during this pandemic. The daily structure of the virtual learning program is still pending, dependent on the number of students that choose this option. No matter how it is developed, your child will be assigned a teacher, have daily connection (support and instruction), and be provided grade-level curriculum, meeting State Standards.