2020-2021 School Reopening Plan & COVID-19 Resources

2020-2021 School Reopening Plan & COVID-19 Resources

Health & Safety Plan

On July 14, 2020, the Keystone Oaks Board of School Directors approved the District’s Health & Safety Plan, which is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and details the health and safety measures that will be in place on school buses, throughout the buildings, and in classrooms when in-person instruction resumes.

The Health & Safety Plan was completed with input from the Recovery Team and is based on recommendations and guidelines from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Allegheny County Health Department, and other national, state, and local education and health organizations.

As school districts are continually receiving new guidance and recommendations, the Health & Safety Plan is subject to change at any time. The full document is available on the right hand side of this page. Key details are available in the Keystone Oaks School District 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan, which is also available for download on the right hand side of this page. 

2020-2021 Educational Plan

Keystone Oaks will offer students and families three different educational options for the 2020-2021 school year. Those options are outlined below; click the links to be directed to a specific section. 
Option #1: In-Person Instruction
  • To start the school year, students will attend school two days per week, with health and safety measures in place.  Students will  participate in live synchronous instruction on days when students are not in the building.
  • Every Keystone Oaks student will be given a Chromebook device this school year. As of September 10, the District is still waiting for a few shipments of new devices. Students are asked to use a personal device if they have one available to them. If they need to borrow a device, they may reach out to their building principal to make the necessary arrangements. 
  • Every teacher will utilize Google Classroom as part of their course. This will help ensure that teachers, students, and parents/guardians have working knowledge of the platform should the District need to transition to online learning during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Teachers will regularly use online workbooks and textbooks that accompany physical classroom materials.
  • All Keystone Oaks staff members will dedicate time at the beginning of the school year to building relationships with students and to creating a classroom community. Not only will this benefit students in August, but will also be important should a transition to full online learning be necessary during the school year.
  • Teachers may continue to provide small group instruction, when feasible, provided that distance is maintained and face coverings are worn.
  • Switching between in-person and online instruction is permitted. Students who would like to switch learning options should reach out to their school counselor or building principal.

Option #2: Live Online Synchronous Instruction

  • Students will follow a regular school day schedule to ensure that they meet Pennsylvania's requirements for 180 days of instruction. 
  • Students will log into a Google Meet session for each class on their schedule and will be able to participate in live instruction.  
  • Supplemental materials, assignments, and class announcements will be available via Google Classroom.
  • Students may participate in Online Synchronous Instruction temporarily for medical reasons, including while they are quarantined or isolated at home due a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to COVID-19. 
  • Student support programs will continue, with special education teacher, school counselors, mental health therapists, English as a Second Language teachers, speech therapists, etc. meeting with students through Google Meet.
  • Switching between in-person and online instruction is permitted. Students who would like to switch learning options should reach out to their school counselor or building principal.

Option #3: Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy

Keystone Oaks School District’s partnership with Waterfront Learning allows the District to provide a comprehensive K-12 online program that raises the bar for online learning. The Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy combines the personal attention of the Keystone Oaks School District with the content, tools, and services available from a national online provider. This means that students can stay in the District and can take advantage of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, while benefiting from the flexibility of online learning.

The online platform provides flexibility for different learning styles and allows for content customization. In addition, students can expand their learning by enrolling in classes that are not offered traditionally. Students in grades K-5 will take courses through the Pearson platform. Students in grades 6-12 will take courses through Edgenuity. More information about course offerings is available online.

The attention and personalization expected of classroom teachers is what you will find with the online teaching staff. All teachers are highly qualified in their content area, and are observed and supervised using Pennsylvania’s Teacher Effectiveness Rating Tool. All Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy courses are overseen by a Keystone Oaks teacher, helping to maintain a personal connection and to ensure that students are meeting course requirements.

Students enrolled in the Keystone Oaks CyberAcademy will also work closely with a certified school counselor to ensure that all graduation requirements are met and to receive support for pursuing post-secondary options. High School students will continue to work with the District’s Community Service & Career Readiness Advisor to develop a career portfolio and meet community service requirements. Keystone Oaks 6-12 Cyber Academy Coordinator will work directly with students and families to develop a schedule of courses and to monitor student work, mastery of content standards, and time on task.

Students in grades K-5 who are interested in enrolling in Keystone Oaks' Cyber Academy, please contact the principal where your child attends school:

Fred L. Aiken Elementary
Mr. Dave Thomas, Principal
[email protected]
412-571-6000, Option 5

Dormont Elementary School
Mr. Brian Werner, Principal
[email protected]
412-571-6000, Option 4

Mrytle Avenue Elementary School
Mr. Scott Mizikar, Principal
[email protected]
412-571-6000, Option 3

Students in grades 6-12 who are interested in enrolling in Keystone Oaks' Cyber Academy, please contact Mr. Mark Elphinstone, Cyber Academy Coordinator, via e-mail - [email protected]

Health & Safety Measures

Listed below are descriptions of some of the health and safety measures that will be in place on school buses, in school buildings, and in classrooms. Please click the links to be directed to the appropriate section for more details. Complete details can be found in the District's approved Health & Safety Plan. 
  • All students must wear a face covering (cloth mask or face shield) that covers their nose and mouth inside the school and while outside when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • Children two years and older are required to wear a face covering unless they have a medical or mental health condition or disability, documented in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or IDEA, that precludes the wearing of a face covering in school. Accommodations for such students should be made in partnership with the student's health care provider, school nurse, and IEP/504 team.
  • Teach students and families how to properly wear a face covering (cover nose and mouth), to maintain hand hygiene when removing the face covering for meals and physical activity, and how to replace and maintain (washing regularly) a cloth face covering.
  • Schools may allow students to remove face coverings when students are:
    • Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart; or
    • When wearing a face covering creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task; or
    • At least 6 feet apart during “face-covering breaks” to last no longer than 10 minutes.
    • Transparent face coverings provide the opportunity for more visual cues and should be especially considered as an alternative for younger students, students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and their teachers.

  • Click here to read full order on the Department of Education's website.
Elementary: Time for regular hand-washing will be built into the master schedule. Students will wash hands before lunch, upon return from recess, and any time students move to a new classroom and return to their original room. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom.

Secondary: Regular hand-washing will be expected, especially before lunch. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom.

Signs will be displayed throughout the buildings and video tutorials will be developed to demonstrate proper hand-washing techniques.
Health Checks
District -Wide: All staff members will commit to a daily self health check. Families will commit to checking students' health daily before school. Anyone exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or above, or another symptom of COVID-19, must stay home for the day and may not return until cleared by a medical provider.

The District is awaiting further guidance from county and state health officials to determine when a student or staff member should be quarantined, isolated, excluded from school, and permitted to return after exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19.

Per current PA Department of Health guidelines, anyone with a positive case of COVID-19 will be required to isolate at home for at least 10 days after symptom onset and being fever free for 24 hours without medication.

Keystone Oaks' attendance policy will also be adjusted to reflect any state laws or guidelines that address excused or unexcused absences.
Meal Service
Elementary: In the Yellow Phase, students will be served lunch in the classroom. In the Green Phase, students will be permitted to eat in the cafeteria, with appropriate spacing. Meals will be boxed individually.

Secondary: In both the Yellow & Green Phases, students will be permitted to eat in the cafeteria, gymnasium, and other spaces. Meals will be boxed individually.   
The District is also exploring the use of outdoor tents to allow students to eat lunch outside.  
Cleaning & Air Quality
District-Wide: Cleaning supplies will be provided for students and/or teachers to regularly clean desks throughout the day as needed. Commonly touched surfaces and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the school day. All areas of the buildings will be cleaned and disinfected as per CDC and/or state health guidelines.

Windows and doors will be open, when possible, to circulate air. Staff and students will be encouraged to utilize outdoors spaces for instruction and meals. New air filters will be installed. 
District-Wide: To help minimize the number of students on a bus, families will be surveyed to determine if they can provide transportation.

There will be a maximum of two students per seat, when feasible. Siblings will be seated together. Face coverings are required. 
Classrooms & Hallways
District-Wide: The District will maintain 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day to the maximum extent feasible. Class sizes will be balanced as much as possible. Classes that are unable to maintain six feet of separation will be assigned an alternate space to the extent possible.

Movement throughout the building will be limited, with students walking in one direction when possible. Multiple entrances and exits will be utilized. 
Elementary: Students will be permitted to have recess outdoors. Sports or games with physical contact will not be permitted, but students will be permitted to play catch, shoot baskets, etc. Additionally, teachers will be encouraged to hold class outdoors as feasible. Physical education classes will be held with precautions in place.

Secondary: Teachers will be encouraged to use outdoors space as feasible. Physical education classes will be held with precautions in place. Locker use by students will not be permitted.
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