Reopening Schools Frequently Asked Questions
In this everchanging situation, we are working hard to provide updated and accurate information to our families. Below, you will find frequently asked questions about the 2020-2021 school year. This information is updated frequently as changes occur.
If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to the LCSC Administration Building by calling 574-722-2911.
*This information is updated weekly. Last updated 9/21/2020. Please contact your child's school if you have additional questions.
Questions or concerns
Q: I have questions/concerns about school reopening, who should I contact?
A: If you have questions or concerns, it is important to share that information with us. We take parent and community input very seriously and work extremely hard to create plans that fit everyone's needs. The only way to ensure your questions or concerns are addressed is by contacting an LCSC School Board Member, Superintendent Michele Starkey (574-722-2911), or any building administrator directly through call or email. Social media pages are not monitored 24/7.
Questions Related to COVID-19
Q: Who do I contact if I suspect I, or someone I know, have COVID-19?
A: Please contact the COVID-19 Hotline by calling 574-722-0551 or notify your child's school immediately. The purpose of the COVID Hotline is to report positive COVID test results or close contacts of people who have tested positive. When you contact the hotline, leave the name of the student you are reporting and the school they attend. Please leave all important details including if the student has a positive test result or has been a close contact of a person who tested positive.
Q: How long do I have to isolate or quarantine if I have symptoms? What are the symptoms?
A: Please refer to the resources from the Indiana State Department of Health. Back to School resources can be found on their website: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2400.htm
If you are unable to find the answer to your questions on the state's website, our school nurses are available to assist you with any questions you may have.
Q: In the event a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, will everyone who was in contact with that person be required to isolate or quarantine?
A: If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 our local health department will be notified immediately. The Cass County Health Department will give us guidance on how to move forward in the safest way. We will take direction from health professionals at our local health department and the Indiana Department of Health to create an action plan. Student and staff safety is our top priority.
Q: If I come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 at school, will I be notified?
A: Our corporation follows FERPA requirements which provide confidentiality for our students. When a positive COVID-19 case is reported, all close contacts will be notified. If a positive case is reported and you are not notified, you are not considered a close contact.
Q: Temperature Guidance- is the level for a fever 100, 100.4, or 100.5?
A: CDC guidance sets the level at 100.4. If a school uses a lower threshold, that is fine. Logansport Schools will set the level at 100.
Q: Should I screen my student at home before school every day?
A: Yes! Please stay up to date on the COVID-19 screening questions and symptoms. If you believe your student is ill, please keep them at home.
Q: My student seems ill. Should I send them to school to be evaluated by a school nurse?
A: No. If your student is displaying symptoms of any illness, they should be evaluated by a medical professional at a hospital, health clinic, or medical express center.
Q: How will student absences be handled if they need to self-quarantine?
A: We plan to relax our attendance policy and all absences related to COVID-19 will be excused.
Q: Will students still have recess?
A: Yes, students will have recess. Recess schedules will be adjusted as needed to reduce the number of students at recess at the same time.
Q: Will fire/tornado/intruder drills take place like normal?
A: As of July 28, 2020, the legislator has not modified the rules for conducting emergency drills. Until they are modified, we are required to continue conducting the drills. Staff and students will wear face coverings during the drills.
Q: What changes will be made for student arrival and dismissal time?
A: Arrival: All students will report to their first-period class upon entering the buildings in the morning. Students who wish to eat breakfast will get a grab-and-go meal and eat the meal in their first-period class.
Dismissal: students will follow the planned traffic patterns in each building and wear face coverings while in the building and on the bus.
Q: Will hand sanitizer be available in every classroom?
A: Yes, hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom. Hand sanitizer will also be placed throughout each school building.
Q: Are students allowed to carry backpacks?
A: Yes, students are allowed to carry backpacks.
Q: Outside of education, what resources are available for students who may experience grief, loss, anxiety, or depression?
A: Each building has at least one school counselor/social worker available to help our students. We understand school is much more than reading and writing. Social-emotional learning is a huge part of our student's wellbeing and our counselors are here to help.
Q: When will masks be required?
A: Please read our Safe Schools Reopening Plan to learn more about mask-wearing on school campuses.
Q: Will the school be providing masks?
A: Schools will have disposable masks available on an as-needed basis. Students and staff can wear any type of face covering that they feel is most effective (i.e. cloth mask, disposable mask, face shield). We encourage parents to find two cloth face coverings for their student(s) to have while at school. Cloth masks are convenient as they can be washed and sanitized easily, whereas disposable masks can wear out quickly. Felix cloth masks will be available for purchase at our schools.
Q: There is an understanding of masks in hallways and/or during transitions, is it teacher discretion to use masks in the classroom? What if a teacher would like for masks to be worn at all times or most of the time in the classroom?
A: Per Governor Holcomb's executive order announced July 22, 2020, as of July 27, 2020, all students in grades 3 - 12 will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in a school building with the following exceptions:
- During times of strenuous exercise such as physical education class or participation in extracurricular sports.
- During meal times.
- Outdoor recesses shall be times when face coverings are optional.
- The student has a physician's release from wearing a face covering.
- A case conference committee has determined a child’s disability is such that the student is unable to wear a face covering.
Preschool through second-grade students will be required to wear face-covering on the bus, in the building when not in the classroom, and as otherwise directed by the teacher or school administration.
- The exceptions in number one above also apply to students in preschool through second grade.
Per Governor Holcomb's executive order announced July 22, 2020, as of July 27, 2020, all employees will be required to wear a face-covering while in a school building with the following exceptions:
Face coverings may be removed when a staff member is alone in a room and during meal times.
Q: Has the school corporation consulted with the teachers union about reopening plans?
A: Yes. The teachers union has been involved with school reopening plans.
Q: If I am required to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 will I have to use my sick leave? Will this be paid?
A: Please refer to the CARES Act for information about sick leave related to COVID-19.
Q: Will students be using paper and pencil or just computers?
A: It's recommended that students do as much work as possible on the computer. If papers are collected they need to be quarantined for 24 hours before the teacher handles them.
Q: How do I handle material sharing in my classroom?
A: Suggestions for sharing materials:
- Sharing materials among students would be done on a limited basis.
- If you are sharing materials, try to do so within a specific group or pod. Keep the materials with that group for the time the unit is being taught.
- Materials need to be disinfected before circulating them to the next group.
Physical Distancing, Safety, and Cleaning
Q: What physical distancing requirements will be put into place?
A: The following physical distancing requirements that will be put into place
- All students face one way in classrooms
- Students will report directly to their first-period classrooms upon entering the building (breakfast is available and is a grab and go style. Breakfast can be eaten in the classroom)
- All desks spaced apart in classrooms
- Hallway traffic will flow in one direction when possible or the stay to the right rule will be followed
- Assigned seating in classrooms
- Avoid or eliminate working in small groups
- Visitors limited in school buildings
- Designated nurses office for those displaying COVID-19 symptoms
- Scheduled medication pick up times to avoid overcrowding in the nurse's office
Q: What if my child requires medication?
A: If your child requires medication, please follow the medication dropoff procedure at your child's school. To find this information, contact the school your child will be attending.
Q: Who is responsible for sanitizing the buildings?
A: Our custodial team will sanitize buildings throughout the school day. To ensure enough time for deep cleaning, school buildings will only be open 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Q: Are visitors allowed in the schools?
A: Visitors will be limited and required to wear a mask while in the buildings. We encourage parents to conduct business online or over the phone when possible. However, we understand that sometimes students forget items at home and parents need to bring them to the school. We will have a contactless dropoff system in place.
Q: Where can I find updates on athletics?
A: Visit our athletic website to find more information: https://berryathletics.com/
1. No microwaves will be available at the high school
2. Water fountains will be shut off. Free cups of water will be available at the serving lines for those who would like water with their meal.
3. A designated entry and exit will be established at each school cafe
4. Face coverings will be worn to and from the cafe. Students will remove masks once they are seated. Lunchroom seating will be spread out.
5. To avoid overcrowding at secondary schools, alternate serving areas will be used in addition to the cafeteria. Cafeterias will operate at 1/2 capacity.
6. Preschool and kindergarten students will be served in their classrooms to allow additional seating for grades 1-5.
7. A grab and go breakfast will be available for students. Breakfast can be eaten in the classroom.
8. Condiments at secondary schools will be individual packets distributed by the cafe staff. For elementary students, the cafe staff will distribute condiments from a squeeze bottle since packets can be difficult for elementary students to open.
9. Disposable trays and utensils will be used for all student meals
10. All self serve by students will be discontinued
11. Students will be required to wash their hands before coming to the cafe and will be required to use hand sanitizer before entering the serving line.
12. Students will not use PIN pads at the register. An alternate method will be used to avoid cross-contamination.
13. ALL cafe staff will be in appropriate PPE.
Q: How often will buses be cleaned?
A: Buses will be cleaned after each route.
Q: What procedures are in place to make buses safer in regards to COVID-19?
A: Students will fill the bus back to front when entering the bus. When exiting the bus, students will leave the front to back.
Q: Will masks be worn on the bus?
A: Yes. Masks are required. Bus Drivers and Bus Aides will be in appropriate PPE.
Q: Should I transport my student to and from school?
A: If you have the means to transport your student to and from school, that is a great option for the upcoming school year.