Preschool Return to School Plan

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  • RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN ANNOUNCED – STUDENTS RETURN ON AUGUST 12!

    Multiple Plans Being Prepared
    The information in this document includes the details of our 100% Return to School Plan. It is important for parents to know that we are also developing a plan for other options. We have a plan if we have to limit the number of students in school or if we have to close school and do remote learning for the whole school or a portion of the school. We know the year ahead has many unknowns.  We will be prepared to continue to provide an excellent education for special education students no matter what the situation may be. We will continue to provide free enrichment activities for preschool peer students.

    Plan for Students Not Attending School
    Note: Information in this document pertains to students that are planning to attend school in person. If your child has a medically diagnosed condition or extenuating family circumstances and won’t be attending school in person, the information in this document DOES NOT pertain to you. Families whose students are not attending due to a medically diagnosed condition will receive separate communication by the first day of school. Families without a medically diagnosed condition will need to follow the information in this plan.

    Special Thanks to Action Teams and Focus Groups
    We want to extend a special thank you to the numerous principals, teachers, parents and employees that helped develop this plan or provided us with input once the plan was developed. Many of these individuals have worked numerous hours to help make this return to school safe and successful for all students and staff. We also want to thank the Sarpy/Cass Health Department for their help and support with the development of the plan.

    Protect the Physical & Mental Health of Students and Staff

    What is PLCS doing to keep students and staff healthy & safe?

    • Requiring masks for all students and staff.
    • Implementing social distancing where feasible.
    • Implementing personal protective equipment (PPE) like face shields and acrylic barriers.
    • Cleaning of high touch areas frequently throughout day.
    • Extensive cleaning and disinfecting every night.
    • Limit sharing of supplies.
    • Limiting visitors to schools during school day and use of school facilities by outside groups.

    What will families do to keep everyone safe?

    • Wear Masks! Masks are required for all staff and students. Built in mask breaks at all levels.
    • Complete daily screening at home via the app or link provided.
    • Stay home if sick or showing any symptoms - Don’t take a chance!
    • Practice good hygiene (hand washing, cough etiquette, etc.) at all times.
    • Social distance where feasible.

    New guidelines to keep students and staff healthy & safe in school

    • Essential visitors to school by appointment only. No outside speakers or volunteers in classrooms.
    • Hand sanitizer used before entering and exiting classroom.
    • Hand washing times built into the schedule.
    • Parents must remain in cars during drop off and pick up.
    • No deliveries.
    • Virtual school assemblies only.
    • Field trips & guest speakers brought to the classroom virtually.
    • Transportation vehicles will have increased cleaning between uses. All students and drivers will wear masks.
    • All large group parent gatherings such as open house and family nights will be remote.
    • Two health offices in all schools, one for sick kids and one for routine business like distribution of medications.
    • Drinking fountains will be closed - students encouraged to bring water bottles.

    Provide Students With Quality Education Face to Face

    First Day of Preschool: Wednesday, August 12th

    • AM Preschool
      • Monday-Friday 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.
    • PM Preschool
      • Monday-Friday 11:45 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
    • La Vista West - All Day Preschool
      • Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

    Click here to view the 2020-21 Preschool Parent Calendar 
    Click here to view the 2020-21 La Vista West Preschool Parent Calendar

    Preschool Plan

    • Students report directly to classroom.
    • Students will remain with their classroom group throughout day.
    • All instruction occurs in the classroom.
    • Snacks and meals delivered to the classroom.
    • Recess with time built in for hand washing.
    • Built in mask breaks.

    Masks Required for all students and staff

    masks required

    Mask Guidelines

    PLCS is requiring masks for anyone over the age of 2 entering a school or school property. Each school is planning designated mask breaks for students throughout the day. Mask breaks will be built into the day at all levels. Masks will not be required by students when exercising during PE, at recess or during meals/snacks. Accommodations will be made for students with a medical condition that prohibit them from wearing a mask.

    Students and staff can wear their own masks or a reusable mask will be provided. Masks must follow the district dress code.

    Why Masks?
    As we focus on keeping students and staff safe and in school as long as possible, masks are a critical factor. In the event that a student at school tests positive for COVID-19, wearing masks is a key factor in determining what other students and staff need to be quarantined or removed from school and activities. Masks will help keep students and staff safe and keep students in school!

    Click for more information on masks and what national and state organizations support masks in schools.

    Complete Daily Screening

    • All staff and families will need to complete a daily screening prior to arriving at school each day.
    • It is VERY critical that if showing any symptom - stay home.
    • Today, we ask ALL students and staff to stay home if you have even the slightest symptom of COVID-19.

    PLCS partners with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center to help families conduct daily screening for COVID-19

    • Through a partnership with Children’s Hospital, all PLCS families will have access to a screening app that can be completed daily on your phone or any device.
    • The app will be located in the PLCS district app, a link will be on the PLCS website and a QR code will be available.
    • This screening tool will walk families through a series of questions and give you action steps that need to be taken based on your answers.
    • Daily screening is critical in keeping all students and staff healthy and in school.