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Old 06-24-2020, 02:28 PM
 
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News from NC today: we are staying in phase 2 for 3 more weeks. No gyms or bars open.
Wake Co. ( Raleigh area) has issued their guidelines. It's going to take an army (especially the bus drivers) to follow all the rules. I am SO glad to be retired!!!

Face coverings will be provided at schools and on school buses for students and staff who don't have one. If a person is issued a reusable mask, it will be their responsibility to wash it and bring it back to school.

Screening

All students, staff and visitors should take their temperatures before coming to school. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher must stay home.

Screening will also be performed on-site at schools each day. A staff member, wearing a mask and gloves, will take temperatures, washing or sanitizing their hands frequently. People waiting to have their temperature taken will stand 6 feet apart.

Any staff member with a fever of 100.4 or higher will be sent home. Students with fevers will be escorted to a waiting area, where a staff member will stay with them until parents or guardians can pick them up.

The school will notify Wake County Public Health of any staff or students who do not pass the screening, and they will notify the NCDHHS.

On the school bus

Parents and older students will be asked to fill out a daily questionnaire, called a "attestation checklist," and bring it with them to the bus stop. If a student does not have the form, the bus driver will take the time to ask them those questions. Temperatures will not be taken on the bus.

If a bus rider does not pass the screening, he or she will not be allowed on the bus. The bus driver will not leave the student alone, but will park in a safe spot where they can keep the student in their field of vision until parents can pick them up.

The student's parents or guardians will be called, and the transportation supervisor will be notified of the bus delay.

Water fountains

Individuals should not drink from water fountains. If a student is thirsty and does not have a water bottle, they can ask a staff member for a cup and use it to get water from the fountain.

Hand washing and sanitizing

There will be regular opportunities for students to wash or sanitize their hands. Sanitizer stations will be placed at building entrances and exits, in classrooms and outside the cafeteria.

Social distancing

Social distancing markings will be on floors and walls in hallways, stairways, offices, bathrooms and outside the building.

Staff will monitor hallways and bathrooms to enforce social distancing.

Classroom furniture will be spaced apart, and students can only gather in groups if there is room for social distancing

There will be limited use of classroom materials, and materials will be sanitized between each use. Soft materials, like stuffed toys or clay, should not be used.

P.E.

Students do not need to change clothes for gym and will be allowed to participate as long as they are in safe clothing and shoes.

If someone is exposed to COVID-19

Any student or staff member exposed to someone with COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms and/or test negative, must stay out of school for 14 days.


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Old 06-24-2020, 03:09 PM
 
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I feel for the drivers trying to make their routes on time. Yikes!
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Iím sorry but I think those are going to making teaching/learning very restrictive. I know it is an attempt at normalcy, but holy cow!
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As a NC resident that sounds like a plan where nothing can go wrong

I am more than glad I don't have to deal with that mess!
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On one hand I am glad they have some guidelines in place, but on the other hand I cannot even fathom the logistics of all of this! I cannot imagine how difficult and stressful this is going to be for teachers, especially those at the primary level in elementary school. What about the lunchrooms? Having to keep everyone spaced apart is going to end up causing lunch schedules to run pretty much all day since you won't be able to get as many classes in there. And wow, the bus schedules??? I can see constant tardies, kids arriving home possibly hours late. PE classes? Band? Chorus? Its going to be crazy everywhere!

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Are these the guidelines for Raleigh or the whole state? I missed the briefing today.

I, TOO, AM SO GLAD TO BE RETIRED! I feel so bad for the staff and kids.

I really don't understand why the state isn't doing better. I think we're doing the right things.
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It looks good on paper, but itís so difficult. How can a teacher or student stay home 14 days if exposed? No one will ever be in school.
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Sounds a bit "off"
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On the one hand, it's good that guidelines are being considered. On the other hand, some of them are a bit head-scratching:

If a bus rider does not pass the screening, he or she will not be allowed on the bus. The bus driver will not leave the student alone, but will park in a safe spot where they can keep the student in their field of vision until parents can pick them up.

I must be missing something. What if the bus has a dozen kids on it already? The bus parks and they all sit there until the parent eventually arrives. All of the kids get to school late? What if this is repeated later on in the route?

Face coverings will be provided at schools and on school buses for students and staff who don't have one. If a person is issued a reusable mask, it will be their responsibility to wash it and bring it back to school.

Ewww. Can't they just give them a disposable version?

Any student or staff member exposed to someone with COVID-19, even if they have no symptoms and/or test negative, must stay out of school for 14 days.

I agree with this, but they need to figure out how kids staying home will continue their education during that time. And they better be ready with a *lot* of subs. Then there's the consideration of the quality of the substitutes - if they are going to be teaching a class two weeks at a time they should be able and willing to do so (not make plans, but follow them and introduce new material, which is something not usually expected of subs in my district).
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Old 06-26-2020, 06:28 AM
 
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Won't work.

Kids forget things all the time. Remember to bring their mask? Wash their mask every night?

Some kids wait at the school bus stop and their parents already left for work. Good luck getting the parent back to pick them up.

I can just see it....

Susie gets on the bus and forgot her questionnaire. Bus driver has to ask her the questions. Then takes her temperature. She has a fever. So she has to stand outside the bus, where she now feels humiliated and is crying up a storm. This is not going to go well.
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Costs of ppe?
Old 07-04-2020, 07:34 AM
 
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I live in NC and there is always no $ in the budget for anything!! How are they paying for the masks? How are they buying the countless supply of sanitizer, soap, and gloves? Who is buying cups for the students.? Who is cleaning the rooms? Who is paying for ALL of this?

We NEVER have enough subs to begin with then they expect to find subs now?

Very little real teaching will happen with the monitoring and retraining the students how to be in school with masks and 6 feet apart in a 1st grade classroom!

I wish I had enough years in to retire NOW!!! I hope I don't get sick or die.


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