Back to School

We 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 remote learning will be required.

 

Quick links

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

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
 

2020-21 Reopening Plan

Our Reopening Plan was approved Aug. 6, 2020, and updated Sept. 8, 2020, and Jan. 19, 2021, 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:
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:

  • Physical 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
  • A full-time remote-learning option is available to all families; families choosing remote learning are asked to commit to that for the trimester, but families may switch from in-person to remote learning at any time.
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High School (Grades 9-12) - In-Person Model

Beginning April 5, all students will be in school every day (except those opting to continue with remote learning full time).

Key points:

  • Students and teachers focus on a maximum of four classes a day
  • More limited ability to physically distance
  • A full-time remote-learning option is available to all families; families choosing remote learning are asked to commit to that for the quarter, but families may switch from in-person to remote learning at any time.
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All levels (Grades 4K-12) - Remote 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"

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 each morning.
  • 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:
  • 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 is ill, 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 10 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 (staggered release ends April 5)
  • Students engaged in remote 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.
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Lunch

  • Students will be assigned seats in the cafeteria and other spaces to accommodate physical 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 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 physically 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 all elementary 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.
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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, all fall and winter sports were able to compete. Middle-school students have been able to participate in cross country, danceline, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, and track & field.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

We are offering a full-time remote-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 full trimester (quarter at PHS), but families may switch from in-person to remote learning at any time.

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 screen their children at home each morning. 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 continue to be required indoors for individuals age 5 and above. Accommodations are being made for physical, medical or developmental needs.

We work with the Sheboygan County Division of Public Health and carefully review the daily schedule of those who test positive to quickly identify anyone with whom they may have been in close contact (i.e. within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes). Any close contacts receive additional guidance related to Covid-19 and the need to quarantine for 10-14 days. All school families and staff members receive notification of any positive cases in their building and are urged to continue to watch for signs of Covid-19. Visit our Health Services page for a tally of the number of students and staff who currently have Covid-19 or are in quarantine.

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).

While there were no live public performances during the first three quarters, most musical groups produced creative virtual alternatives. Riverview will hold a spring musical and PHS a spring play with limited audiences; we continue to evaluate the feasibility of other public performances.

PHS plans to hold Commencement Exercises on Sunday June 6. More information will follow when we have a better picture of what this milestone will look like.

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. Masks should 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 until 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 10-14 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

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"