Many parents and teachers alike have been anxiously awaiting the release of plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year for Wayne Community School. Following the early closure of schools across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many wondered what the school district would implement for returning lesson plans.
All schools in Iowa were required to submit their Return-to-Learn plans by July 1 to the Iowa Department of Education. With the Wayne Community School Board not scheduled until July 20, parents were left to await the district’s plans. Wayne has put forth guidance including traditional onsite instructions, two hybrid plans and a continuous virtual plan.
At this time the district will follow their hybrid plan number one, which is designated for face-to-face instruction with the option for online learning. Under this plan students will be able to have face-to-face learning in the building and as well as online instruction being available for some students.
Those students attending classes will be in the building Monday through Friday with elementary classes running from 8:15 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. while high school students will attend from 8:10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The shortened schedule will allow staff to spend one hour each day to plan and deliver online instructions.
The school will continue to monitor COVID-19 data in determining which Return-to-Learn plan will be followed from the beginning and throughout all of the 2020-2021 school year. Should any guidance be handed down from the state level or a decision made locally, the district will be prepared to easily transition if school capacity were reduced to 50 percent or the need for online learning only.
At this time masks will not be required for staff members of students. Should anyone feel more comfortable or if anyone is high-risk, masks will be encouraged to be worn. Those planning to use masks will need to provide their own.
Throughout each building hand sanitizing stations will be available as well as hand sanitizer in each classroom. Students and parents are also being encouraged to provide their own and will be encourage to wash hands or apply sanitizer multiple times each day.
Temperature checks will be done upon entry into the buildings for all staff and students. To speed up entry into buildings, staff will use a thermo scan unit for taking temperatures.
Each building will have two rooms designated for the nurse’s office. One room will handle all normal, day-to-day procedures while the second room will be for students and staff experiencing illness symptoms.
Visitors are not encouraged to enter either building, but should it be necessary guests and visitors will be limited with very specific guidance for both the elementary and secondary buildings.
The district will be following all COVID-19 protocals for the upcoming school year for cleaning and sanitizing the buildings and facilities.
Secondary Principal Stacy Snyder advised the board the track at the athletic complex has been resurfaced and repainted as well as gymnasium floors being refinished and open.
Superintendent Mike Still spoke to the board regarding the shed that houses football equipment at the little league softball fields. He advised the high school football team no longer uses the facility at the little league field for practices and would like to look into the purchase of a new shed for the football equipment to be housed at the complex near the football field.
The board will hold a work session with Estes Construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. and will hold their next board meeting on Monday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m.