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 availalbe for download on the right hand side of this page. 
 
Once you have read through the documents, we ask that you please complete the Return to School Preference Form by Friday, July 24, 2020. You should complete one form for each child in your family, based on which building they will be attending in the fall. Completing this form will allow the District to make the schedule adjustments and building modifications necessary to effectively implement the Health & Safety Plan. Please use these links to access the Return to School Preference Form: 

Keystone Oaks School District will offer students three educational options to start the 2020-2021 school year. These options include:

  • Option #1: In-Person Instruction, with students being present in buildings between two and five days per week and participating in live synchronous instruction on days when students are not in the building (please see below). 
  • Option #2: Live Online, Synchronous Instruction, with students participating in a full schedule by participating in their classes live via Google Meet. 
  • Option #3: Keystone Oaks Cyber Academy, in partnership with Waterfront Learning. Students participate in learning asynchronously (classes are not held live), with classes overseen by Keystone Oaks teachers. Please click here for more information.

The Keystone Oaks School District is exploring the option of dividing students who choose in-person instruction into an A Day and a B Day schedule, in order to further limit the number of students who are physically present in the building on a given day. Additional details regarding this delivery method are outlined in the Keystone Oaks 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan. 

At this time, the Keystone Oaks School 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. Once we have more information as to how those decisions will be made in a school setting, we will share that information with staff and families. 

Because a building or district-wide closure can occur at any time, the Keystone Oaks 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan also provides an overview of how Keystone Oaks will continue to provide instruction should we need to begin the year with online learning or transition to online learning at any point during the school year. 

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
  • Students will attend school between two and five 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.
  • Students who choose in-person instruction may be divided into an A Day and a B Day schedule, in order to further limit the number of students who are physically present in the building on a given day. 
    • The days would be divided by last name district-wide so that students in the same family are in school on the same days.
    • Students would attend school for two consecutive school days and then would participate online for two consecutive school days.
  • Every Keystone Oaks Middle & High school student will be given a Chromebook device at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Chromebook devices will be available for elementary students for online learning.
  • 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, however, unless medically necessary, students must remain in either in-person or online instruction for a nine week grading period. 

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.
  • A Keystone Oaks Chromebook device will be provided to students who are enrolled in Online Synchronous Instruction.
  • 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, however, unless medically necessary, students must remain in either in-person or online instruction for a nine week grading period.

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. 
 
 
 
As per the July 1, 2020 order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, face coverings must be worn by students or staff in the buildings when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. 

Any student who cannot wear a mask or face shield due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, a mental health condition, or disability, and students who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance are not required to wear face coverings. Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired or who has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication, are not required to wear a mask; however, individuals should consider using another type of face covering such as a plastic face shield. PDE is not requiring documentation for an exemption, but Keystone Oaks is requiring a note from the parent/guardian. 

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 will utilize a weekly symptom check form to monitor health conditions and potential exposure to COVID-19.  
 
Attendance
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 72 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. 
 
Transportation
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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