Back to School

We worked hard all summer to develop plans for the 2020-21 school year, and are excited to have students learning again! Our goal is to keep students in school as much as possible, placing a priority on health and safety while providing high-quality learning experiences for all students. However, please know there may be times when e-learning will be required.

 

Quick links

General back-to-school information
Reopening Plan Parent Guide
Prepare Your Child for the Return to School
Symptoms of Covid-19 and info on when to keep your child home from school
Google Classroom Guide for Students and Parents/Guardians

School Opening Plans
Fairview Opening Plan
Horizon Opening Plan
Parkview Opening Plan
Riverview Opening Plan
PHS Opening Plan
PHS A/B Day Rotation Schedule
PHS Student A/B Schedule Planner

Communications
How to sign up for Skylert text alerts
How to use Skyward Family Access
Skyward Family Access video tutorial

Helpful web pages
Health Services for Families (info from school nurses)
Resources for families
Information archive (including principal and nurse videos)
Closings and cancellations
 

Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Our Reopening Plan was approved Aug. 6, 2020, and updated Sept. 8, 2020, by the Board of Education. Thank you for your patience and feedback as we chart a course that strives to keep students learning and as safe as possible.

Learn more:
August 7 letter to families
Reopening Plan Parent Guide

 

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Elementary and Middle School (Grades 4K-8) - Station Rotation Model

Students in school all 5 days of the week

Key points:

  • Social distancing guidelines followed as practicable
  • Students in assigned seats
  • Healthy hygiene procedures and safety measures followed
  • Students assist in cleaning personal work areas when age appropriate
  • Full-time e-learning option available to all families; families choosing e-learning are asked to commit to that for the first trimester, but families may switch from in-person to e-learning at any time

Learn more:
Riverview Opening Plan
Fairview Opening Plan
Horizon Opening Plan
Parkview Opening Plan
Reopening Plan Parent Guide

teacher and computer

High School (Grades 9-12) - In-Person Blended A/B Day Model

Student body will be divided into two groups, each half attending school on alternating days and participating in distance learning on days they're scheduled to be home

Key points:

  • Cohort groups maintained (siblings together in the same cohort)
  • Students and teachers focus on a maximum of four classes a day
  • Enhanced ability to social distance
  • Longer class periods to accommodate new routine
  • Full-time e-learning option available to all families; families choosing e-learning are asked to commit to that for the first quarter, but families may switch from in-person to e-learning at any time

Learn more:
PHS Opening Plan
Reopening Plan Parent Guide

computer

All levels (Grades 4K-12) - E-Learning Model

A virtual option that allows for a day of scheduled learning

Key points:

  • Students follow a specific schedule 5 days a week
  • Experience is as synchronous as possible
  • Attendance taken on a daily basis
  • Students held to the same standards as in-person learning
  • Elementary students have a "virtual schoolhouse"

Learn more:
Reopening Plan Parent Guide

Transitioning between models

We are prepared for all three of the models outlined below, and expect that we may move between them throughout the school year.

Station Rotation, Blended, E-learning icons and descriptions
 

Reopening Plan details

Protocols

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Environmental protocols

  • Signage and floor markings will direct traffic flow.
  • Air filtration systems have been updated to maintain excellent air quality. Outdoor air flow into buildings has been increased.
  • Extensive cleaning and sanitization of spaces, particularly high-touch areas, will take place. Electrostatic cleaning techniques will be used regularly.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom and throughout each school.
  • Outside visitors (volunteers, lunch guests, etc.) will be limited and screened.
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Health protocols

  • All families will be asked to conduct at-home screenings and complete an online questionnaire each morning. Elementary students will have their temperatures taken upon arrival at school.
  • Physical distancing will be practiced as much as practicable.
  • Regular hand washing will be mandated throughout the day.
  • Face coverings are required indoors for individuals age 5 and above. Accommodations will be made for physical, medical or developmental needs.
  • Students will be placed into defined groups (cohorts) to limit contact with others.
  • Seating charts will be maintained in all spaces.
  • Students will use personal materials and supplies when practicable.
  • Extra nursing stations will be available in each building.

Illness protocols

As always, do not send your children to school with the following:
  • Fever greater than 100°F – until they have been fever-free for 48 hours without the help of fever-reducing medications
  • Vomiting within the past 48 hours
  • Diarrhea within the past 48 hours
Do not send your child to school with any of these symptoms of Covid-19:
  • Cough (new, unexplained)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of smell or taste (new)
OR 2 or more of the following:
  • Fever (temp. of 100.4°F or greater)
  • Chills or shivering
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue (unusual)
  • Muscle pain (unexplained)
  • Headache (new or not typical)
  • GI upset (diarrhea, vomiting, nausea)
  • Congestion / runny nose
If your child does have one of the first three symptoms or any two of the others, keep them home from school. If symptoms persist more than a few days, you should contact your child's health-care provider and follow their directions. Students will be allowed to return to school in accordance with Sheboygan County Health Department guidelines.

Also do not send your child to school if:
  • He/she or anyone in your household is waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test
  • He/she or anyone in your household tested positive for Covid-19 within the previous 10 days
  • He/she spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone who has tested Covid-19 positive within the previous 14 days
Learn more: View or download a printable sheet with this information.

Other considerations

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School day hours

Hours are similar to past years:
  • Elementary: 8:45am-3:45pm
  • Middle: 7:30am-2:35pm
  • PHS: 7:35am-2:40pm (with a staggered release)
  • Students engaged in E-learning are expected to be logged in or working on assignments as directed during these hours.
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Transportation

  • Busing will continue to be provided for students who qualify.
  • Families are asked to explore other transportation options to and from school.
  • Students will be assigned seats on the bus, wear masks, and physically distance as practicable.
  • Bus drop-off and pick-up times at schools may be staggered.
person with lunch tray

Lunch

  • Students will be assigned seats in the cafeteria and other spaces to accommodate social distancing.
  • Elementary: Students will eat in the cafeteria, classrooms, & other specified areas.
  • Middle: Students will eat in classrooms.
  • PHS: Students will eat in the cafeteria, classrooms, and outdoors when possible.
  • Dining spaces will be cleaned and sanitized between each use.
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Recess

  • Recess will be outdoors when possible.
  • Students will be placed in cohorts to limit contact with others.
  • Students will be expected to socially distance as much as possible.
  • Equipment will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
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Child Care options

  • Elementary: Available to registered families at certain schools. Before-school care is available from 6am until the start of school, and after-school care until 6pm.
  • Middle: Access to the Youth Center will be available to registered students before and after school.
  • Students who are sick or asked to isolate because of actual or possible Covid-19 exposure cannot come to child care or the Youth Center.
soccer ball

Extracurriculars

  • We continue to review guidance from WIAA, DPI, East Central Conference, and Sheboygan County Public Health regarding extracurricular activities.
  • The goal is to provide as many activities as we can as long as they can be done in a safe manner. At PHS, cross country, girls tennis, and girls swimming are competing; football, volleyball, and boys soccer are practicing now and have games scheduled later this month. Middle-school students can participate in cross country and volleyball.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

We are offering a full-time E-learning option, featuring a day of scheduled learning where students are held to the same standards as in-person learning. Families choosing this option are asked to commit to it for the first trimester (first quarter at PHS), but families may switch from in-person to E-learning at any time. Please see the Fall Reopening Plan section of this webpage for details.

Schools are getting extensive cleaning and sanitization, particularly high-traffic areas. High-touch areas are cleaned nightly. Electrostatic cleaning techniques are used regularly. Hand sanitizer is available in each classroom and throughout each school. Please see the Environmental Protocols section of this webpage for more information.

Students and staff are spaced out as much as practicable. Arrival and departure plans have been adjusted to limit bottlenecks. Students are not allowed to congregate for long periods of time, and follow traffic patterns designed to increase distancing. Desks are spaced apart, and plastic shields separate students at tables. Students have assigned seats in classrooms, in the cafeteria, and on buses.

All staff must conduct at-home screenings each morning. All families are asked to complete an online health questionnaire each morning. Elementary students have their temperatures taken upon arrival at school. If a child exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the school day, he or she is sent to the COSI (Covid Symptom Isolation) Room for further observation. If warranted, the child may be sent home early. Parents/guardians are urged to be sure phone numbers and emergency contacts are current in Skyward Family Access.

Cloth face coverings are required indoors for individuals age 5 and above. Accommodations will be made for physical, medical or developmental needs.

We will follow the guidance of the Sheboygan County Department of Public Health. Please watch this page and our Health Services page for additional information.

If the entire district or an entire school is closed, notification will be similar to that for a snow day. Official notice will appear on the home page of our website (www.plymouth.k12.wi.us). We also will send a Skylert text message to those who have signed up, and Tweet the information on our Twitter feed (@plymouthschools). If smaller groups such as cohorts are impacted, a letter will be sent home pertaining to the situation.

Glossary

Close contact – With Covid-19, this means any of the following (regardless of the use of face coverings or plastic barriers):
• Being within 6 feet of a positive person for more than 15 minutes total in a day.
• Having physical contact with the person.
• Having direct contact with the respiratory secretions of the person (i.e., from coughing, sneezing, contact with dirty tissue, shared drinking glass, food, or other personal items).
• Living with or staying overnight in a household with the person.

Cohort – A small, defined group of students. Students attending school in person will stay with their cohorts throughout the day, in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Facial coverings – Cloth masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The governor has issued an order requiring that masks be worn inside schools by those ages 5 and up.

Isolation – Keeping sick people away from healthy ones. Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 should isolate at home for at least 10 days after symptoms began and they are symptom free for 24 hours.

Quarantine – Separating people who were around someone who was sick, just in case they too get sick. Those who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should quarantine at home for 14 days after the last contact.

Physical distancing – Maintaining space between people to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools keep students and staff 3 to 6 feet apart wherever feasible.

Synchronous - Occurring at the same time. Whether in person or online, students follow a schedule and receive instruction at the same time.

 

Resources

As we return to school, we are guided by:
  • Sheboygan County "Safe Restart Plan" and Public Health Department
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction "Education Forward Plan"
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • American Academy of Pediatrics "Guidance for School Re-Entry"