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Watervliet Public Schools Return To Learn Plan - Fall 2020:
  • First Day of School is still August 31, 2020. This will still be a half-day for students
  • For ALL STUDENTS, schools will still be in session five days per week, Monday - Friday
  • The previously-published Watervliet Master Calendar will be followed. Click HERE to view the calendar.
 
Key Documents:
 
Statment of Coordination:
Since early-June, Berrien County Superintendents and leaders from the Berrien County Health Department have been meeting weekly to coordinate our plans for returning to school in the fall of 2020, and to bring our best thinking to bear regarding protocols and procedures for both in-person and remote learning. The goal for this collaboration was to agree on the core details of our district re-entry plans and to share them with our families.
 
The Berrien County Superintendents' Group recognizes that all of our schools must abide by the same health and safety requirements and guidelines in order to keep our students, staff, and families in our communities safe. We affirm that all Berrien County Public School districts will start schools on their scheduled dates and will all follow the same safety protocols, in coordination with the Berrien County Health Department.
 
Safety Considerations:

To conduct Face-to-Face instruction, certain safety measures must be in place to protect everyone’s safety. WPS joined with other Berrien County Districts to work with the Berrien County Health Department and develop the expectations outlined below for students and employees to follow when school starts in the fall:

    • Per the Berrien County Health Department Public Health Order, staff and students are required to have a mask (face covering) with them at all times. There will be times indoors or in enclosed spaces that six (6) feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
    • Students and staff will be required to be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school, or remain out 10-days, whichever is longer
    • Restrict visitors and guests in our school buildings.
    • Maximize instructional space and scheduling flexibility.
    • Employee enhanced cleaning procedures with additional hand sanitizer stations.
    • Identify and separate space in school clinics to treat symptomatic students.

 

In addition to these jointly agreed-upon procedures, this is specifically what WPS will be doing:

  • Safety protocols and procedures
    • WPS will provide all students and employees with three (3) reusable gaiter-style masks (face covering).
    • Individualized school plans (which will be shared by early August) will ensure that social distancing can be maintained whenever possible
    • Arrival/Dismissal will be staggered with multiple entry points being utilized to reduce congestion
    • Breakfast/Lunch will be pre-packaged and/or "grab & go"
    • Restroom breaks will be scheduled
    • All spaces will be sanitized frequently with enhanced cleaning procedures
    • Allow the use of a water fountain for bottle or cup refills only
  • Safety considerations of physical spaces
    • Classrooms will be reorganized to maximize available space
    • Sharing instructional materials will be limited
    • Larger spaces will be repurposed to accommodate social distancing as often as possible
  • Student educational opportunities that remediate, accelerate, and enrich learning
    • ​Teachers will utilize assessments to diagnose lost learning while also focusing on grade-level content to advance students academically.
    • Teachers will monitor student progress and adjust supports as needed in order for appropriate academic growth.
    • Students will be able to participate in either onsite learning or remote learning, based on the selection made by their parents/caregivers.