RETURN TO SCHOOL: 2020-2021
Center Grove Schools' administrators, school board members, along with our teachers' association, have developed a 2020-21 Return to School plan following our extended closure due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority.
Center Grove is implementing additional safety measures as recommended, requiring face coverings, facilitating social distancing where possible, and putting in place a thorough 3-step cleaning process in all school buildings for the 2020-21 school year. We have developed a Virtual School option for families who prefer an online, rather than physical school building this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have also worked to make as few changes as possible to our school day and school calendar.
Information about the Virtual Option can be found on the Academics page.
Specific details, links, and information about Center Grove's 2020-21 Return to School plan can be found on pages of this website.
A PDF version is also linked at the bottom of this page. Plans for individual schools will be linked as they are approved.
DISTRICT STATUS INFORMATION
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SOCIAL DISTANCING & FACE COVERINGS
Center Grove is implementing social distancing and face covering requirements in all schools, buildings, and school buses during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Each student and staff member will be provided two (2) reusable cloth face masks at the beginning of the school year.
- Classroom teachers who are providing instruction in the front of a classroom of students will also be provided with a reusable face shield.
- Face shields will only be used when providing instruction from a safe distance.
- Use of face coverings will be enforced through discipline processes already in place.
WHY REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS
Social distancing of three to six feet is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings for ages 2+ are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC when social distancing is not possible.
- Per the Centers for Disease Control, individuals who are within close contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days following exposure.
- By requiring face coverings when social distancing is not possible, CGCSC aims to limit potential COVID-19 exposure to students and staff.
- Unless ALL students in the classroom can social distance (6’ or more), we will require face coverings (K-12). Teachers may remove their face covering or wear a face shield when providing whole-class instruction from a distance over 6’.
WHEN FACE COVERINGS WILL BE REQUIRED*
Face coverings are required any time students or staff members cannot socially distance.
Some examples are:
- On school buses
- While in lunch lines until seated at the lunch table
- While changing rooms / during passing periods
- In the school clinics
- In classrooms, when social distancing is not possible
- During partner or collaborative work
- Furniture will be spaced out to allow as much distance as possible between student seats.
- Seats will face in the same direction wherever possible.
- Elementary and middle school students will remain in the same groups as much as possible to limit exposure to others.
- Unless ALL students in the classroom can social distance (6 feet or more), we will require face coverings (K-12).
- Teachers may remove their face covering or wear a face shield when providing whole-class instruction from a distance over 6 feet.
- Students will wear masks entering and leaving the school cafeterias.
- Elementary and middle school classes will eat together and will sit in assigned seats.
- High school students will be asked to sit at the same table each lunch period.
- Each school is working to develop plans to limit interaction during passing periods. Those plans will be shared in the coming weeks.
SCHOOL BUSES (see also TRANSPORTATION)
Staff and students will be required to wear face coverings on school buses at all times.
- Students who do not have a face covering will not be allowed to board the bus.
- Students will receive a bus ticket (per school handbooks) if they remove their face covering while on the bus.
- Students will be assigned seats.
- Bus capacity for middle and high school routes will be around 52 students.
- Bus capacity for elementary school routes will be around 60-65 students.
We understand that some students with disabilities will have needs that pose an exception to our district requirement for face coverings. These exceptions should be discussed in a case conference.
* Note: Revision 7/29/20 to align requirements with updated guidance
ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES
- Hand sanitizer: All teachers will be provided with hand sanitizer for their classrooms.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed throughout the schools/buildings to be readily available to students and staff, particularly after arriving just off of the school bus and near cafeterias.
- Water Fountains: Water fountains will not be available.
- Water bottle filling stations are being installed.
- Students are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school.
- Visitors/Public Access:
- No visitors to schools.
- No guests for lunch.
- No volunteers during the school day.
- No guest speakers/clinicians, except if part of our adopted curriculum (e.g., Health Ed Pros).
- Outside vendors and contractors will be required to follow all social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings when distancing is not possible.
- Contractors will report any cases of COVID 19 among any of their on-site employees.
- For the first semester, elementary and middle schools will not hold events. A decision on the second semester will be made by December 1st.
- CGHS will follow gathering limitations recommended by CDC, State of Indiana, and state and county health departments.
- See Extra-curricular / Athletics section regarding guidelines pertaining to MS/HS activities.
Click here to view the Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard.
CGCSC District & School Return to School Plans: 2020-21
CGCSC will be closely following CDC, IDOE, ISDH, and Johnson County Health Department recommendations. Restrictions may change as guidance changes. Any updates will be reflected below with a note regarding the change. Individual school plans will be released upon approval and linked below.