We have missed seeing you in person. We are excited to begin implementing Phase 2 of our TRUSD reopening plan and share with you our site specific details as we now know them. This handbook has been prepared with information, policies, procedures, rights, and responsibilities for all students and parents. It provides explanation on the school protocols and expectations for students upon return to in-person instruction.
Thank you for reviewing this handbook before your child’s first day back.. In this document, we have paid special attention to hybrid learning information that will be most helpful as we continue the year. As we move through reopening phases, we will send out appropriate updated information. We are committed to developing a strong partnership between the home and school and we encourage you to stay in touch with us. If there are questions, please contact us so that we may clarify.
Daily Symptom Checks
The district has a strict policy that families will complete the symptom checks daily. Families will be notified if their child has been exposed to a confirmed case. You will only be notified if there has been a possible exposure or a confirmed case based on the Sacramento County Public Health Department
Guidelines. You may hear of a positive case at your child’s school, however, if you are not notified by the district your child was not exposed.
Parents or guardians are required to conduct symptom screening at home with their child each day prior to arrival to school. Students are to stay home if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms include: Fever Muscle or body aches
Chills Recent loss of taste or smell
Cough Sore throat
Headache Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Students with any identified COVID-19 symptoms and/or a temperature of 100.0 °F or higher will be sent home immediately until testing and/or medical evaluation has been conducted. The student will wait in a safe, isolated area until the parent or caregiver arrives. As we enter allergy season, please be aware that children may exhibit symptoms not associated with COVID-19. If you are concerned about symptoms, please keep your child home and consult your physician.
COHORTS and Schedule
What cohort is my child or children in?
Emails were sent out to parents on March 8th, 2021 that specified if the student was in Cohort A, Cohort B or Cohort C.
Drop Off and Pick-up Procedures
In an effort to ensure safety for all students, it is important that families understand the following procedures that will be put in place for student drop-off/pick-up. Smooth traffic flow requires the help and cooperation of everyone.
Bus drivers will notify students and families to maintain 6-foot distancing at bus stops and while loading and unloading. Students will be seated from the rear of the bus forward to limit unnecessary contact. Students will be dismissed from the front to rear of the bus to limit unnecessary contact.
Drop off locations will be designed to encourage physical distancing. Please be on time for your designated drop off time and ensure that your student has their backpack, chromebook and supplies ready to go when arriving at school. Students may not be dropped off early. Given the restrictions on gatherings, students need to be dropped off at the assigned times. Teachers will be waiting at classroom doors to welcome students. Drivers are to remain in their vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. Visitors are not able to come on campus. If needed, students will be supported in getting to their classroom. When using the drop off loop, the student must exit the vehicle on the curb side. Cars are not allowed to park in the drop-off area.
Dismissal locations will be designated to encourage physical distancing. Please be on time. When using the pick-up area, the student must enter the vehicle from the curb side.
If you arrive after your scheduled drop-off time, there will be a designated waiting area in front of the office where students will remain on a social distancing marker until an adult can direct them to class. Students will be formally marked as tardy if they arrive after the teachers open the classroom to students. Please do your best to be on time!
Traffic Patterns and Movement on Campus
Supervision by adults will support students keeping a 6 feet distance during ingress, egress and passing periods, as practicable. Signage and directionality markers will be placed to communicate student flows and remind students and staff to maintain 6 feet physical distancing Multiple school entrances may be utilized to reduce congregating and support maintaining physical distances as noted on the map inserted above. Drop-off and pick-up locations will be identified in a manner that limits crowding and maintains appropriate physical distances.
When entering the classroom, students will use hand sanitizer and required to wear masks. Classrooms maximize space between desks. All desks will be facing the same direction. Teacher and other staff desks will be positioned at least six feet away from student desks. Where practicable, students will be further separated by markings on classroom floors to promote distancing or arranging desks in a way that minimizes contact. Consideration will be given to redesigning activities for smaller groups and rearranging furniture to maintain separation. Routines for submitting assignments will also minimize contact. All students have a chromebook, supplies and their own textbooks. No sharing supplies.
Students will have assigned bathrooms by wings. Bathrooms are limited to two students at a time. If there are more students waiting to use the restroom than allowed inside at any given time, they will need to wait in the hallway with a six-foot distance. Students are expected to wash their hands as they exit. Teachers will limit usage by allowing only one of their students to use the assigned bathroom at a time.
Hallways and Walkways
Students will walk in one direction with appropriate spacing between other people. Hallways will have directional markings. Students will walk in a single file line.
Additional outdoor spaces will be available for students to do learning and activities outside whenever possible. Doors and windows will be open, if possible, in classrooms to promote air flow. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately. Layers are recommended. Recommended filters have been installed in all HVAC systems.
Staff will follow the requirements issued by the County’s Department of Environmental Health to prevent transmission of COVID-19 in food facilities. Food Services staff will be serving individually bagged lunches and breakfasts for students as school ends located near the exit areas. The breakfast will be for the next day to eat prior to coming to school. Students are not to share snacks or utensils with classmates. Pack a full water bottle for your child. Water fountains at school will not be accessible.
The following cleaning schedule will be followed:
Classrooms (defined by spaces where cohorts of students are meeting with a teacher) will be cleaned between cohort use, this cleaning includes the wiping down with safe cleaning products the high touch points like desks, chairs, switches, and faucets Staff will assist with cleaning/wiping down high touch points in classrooms between period changes Additional cleaning (cleaning of surfaces, trash, vacuuming, stocking sink area, refilling hand sanitizer, etc.) after 3:00pm or before 7:00am the following day
Special Education Assessment Rooms-The assessor will clean surfaces and materials between testing sessions The testing room will be cleaned once daily after 3:15pm Student restrooms are cleaned/disinfected daily basis or more frequently as necessary. Staff restrooms are cleaned/disinfected daily High frequency surfaces such as door handles, light switches, rails, public counters, and sink handles are cleaned throughout the day for both staff and classrooms:
Classrooms, restrooms and common areas will be cleaned daily and disinfected between cohorts. High touch areas will be disinfected daily. Classrooms and offices will be provided with automatic hand sanitizer dispensers. Staff will train students in appropriate hand washing techniques. Students will be required to wash/sanitize their hands upon entering class as well as after bathroom visit. Staff will also explain the importance of avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth and covering coughs and sneezes. At the end of the school day, students will wipe their desks with a cleansing wipe to facilitate disinfecting procedures.
All students and adults will be required to wear an acceptable face covering at all times when on school property, except when eating or drinking. All students are required to wear a face covering while arriving and departing campus, and while waiting for or riding the school bus. Each school will maintain a supply of non-medical masks in case a student or staff member forgets theirs and needs one for the day. For students who repeatedly fail to wear masks appropriately despite instruction and reminders, the parent will be notified and need to pick up the student in a timely manner. Students who routinely do not comply with proper mask wearing procedures will be placed in distance learning.
The CDC and local health departments recommend maintaining 6 feet of physical distance.
COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
Students will be required to get tested as soon as possible after they develop one or more COVID-19 symptoms or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tested positive for COVID-19. In lieu of a negative test result, symptomatic students will be allowed to return to work/school with a medical note by a physician that provides alternative explanations for symptoms and reason for not ordering a COVID-19 test.
Positive Test Results
Parents/guardians are required to notify school administration immediately if the student tested positive for COVID-19 or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tested positive for COVID-19. Per the Public Health Order, we are required to report all positive COVID-19 cases and provide the appropriate follow up.
Counseling and Guidance
SEL has been identified as a key area of consideration in school districts’ reopening plans. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need to address student (and staff) wellness, and has created a new set of circumstances that necessitates that we prioritize the importance of meeting the social-emotional needs of our students, staff, and families. Staff will check in daily with students. Students will continue to be supported by our counselor and school psychologist.
School Materials and Supplies
The Governing Board furnishes assigned books, backpack with supplies, Chromebook and instructional equipment as needed for the educational program. Norwood has supplied a pencil box filled with supplies for those students that return to the hybrid schedule. Students will not be allowed to share electronic equipment, books, or learning materials.
Pants/Shorts/Skirts: Pants, skirts, and shorts must be solid and in good condition (no skin showing if you choose to wear ripped jeans). Pants shall be fitted so they stay on the waist with or without a belt – NO SAGGING. Shorts and skirts must be at least fingertip length. Undergarments should not be visible at any time. No sweatpants, yoga pants, joggers or athletic shorts of any color are allowed.
Shirts: Collared shirts and/or any Norwood t-shirt must be worn at all times. Shirts must have sleeves and cover the abdominal area. All shirts must be solid in color. Shirts cannot have any symbols, stripes, lettering or logos. T-shirts may not be worn over collared shirts. Shirts worn under the uniform cannot be red.
Shoes: Shoes must be worn at all times. For safety reasons, covered shoes (meaning all parts of the foot are to be covered) should be worn at all times. Sandals, shoes with a raised heel, flip flops, and slippers are not allowed. Shoes may not be mostly red. No red shoelaces are allowed.
Hats/Caps/Makeup/Accessories: Hats/beanies/sunglasses may not be worn inside any school buildings or classrooms. If worn outside during passing period/lunch, hats/caps must be worn facing forward. No bandanas are allowed on campus at any time. Face paint, stickers, excessive use of makeup, and use of markers or pens for body art is not allowed.
Masks: Masks are required and must be worn on campus at all times.
No Red on Campus: NO RED CLOTHING, including jackets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants/shorts, coats, sweaters, socks, hats, beanies, shoelaces, belts, accessories, etc. is allowed. This includes varieties of shades of red. This includes maroon and burgundy. NO RED BACKPACKS OR BAGS ARE ALLOWED ON CAMPUS. Students not wearing the proper uniform will need to call for clothing or, with parent consent, will be sent home to change into the proper uniform. If a student continues to violate the dress code policy, progressive discipline will take place. It is against our school dress code to advertise any illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or advocate use of such substances. ADMINISTRATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DECIDE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF A STUDENT’S ATTIRE.IN ADDITION TO THE DRESS CODE EXPECTATIONS LISTED ABOVE, PLEASE SEE THE TRUSD HANDBOOK FOR OUR DISTRICT DRESS CODE GUIDELINES
Be Respectful Be Responsible Be Safe Be Successful COVID Safety Socially distance from others 6 ft. apart Bring your own water bottle
Use bathroom at designated times
Keep your hands to yourself Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Social distance from others
Follow the safety arrows Know Covid symptoms and self assess daily
Report any symptoms to an adult Distance Learning Practice digital citizenship in the virtual classroom platform
Use respectful language when posting in a common virtual space
Follow all regular classroom rules even in virtual classroom environments
Attend all of your classes every day
Be self-directed with your assignments; ask for help if you need it
Use your planner to manage your classes and assignments Report any irresponsible, suspicious, or dangerous online activity to an adult
Take care of your own unique mental, physical, and emotional needs during this time
Approach problems or issues by staying calm, finding out facts, asking for help Attend class on time each day
Engage in learning by participating with your cameras on
Ask for help when needed Online Lessons Avoid any side conversations with classmates
Dress appropriately for a normal school environment
Press the mute button on your video platform so that you can hear your teacher better.
Only unmute when sharing your thoughts
Find the best place to hear your teacher and where background noise will be minimal
Have a backup plan if you get disconnected
Ask for a headset if needed Keep meeting links and passwords for you and your classmates only
Never share class or personal information
Turn in assignments on time
Reach out to your teacher for support. Technology Stay on task when using technology
Use technology appropriately If your computer is having issues and/or you are unable to connect to the online Zoom lessons, email or call Tech support
Come to “class” with Chromebook charged Keep login, passwords, and private information private
Take good care of your chromebook
Be careful if eating or drinking around your chromebook Use chromebook for academics only
To avoid additional exposures, visitors and non-essential personnel are prohibited from entering the school, unless prior approval is granted. Authorized personnel must adhere to all school protocols. Visitors and essential personnel must adhere to social distancing protocols and must use a face covering when entering the facility or meeting with workers. To observe physical distancing, no one should practice handshakes or other greetings involving physical contact. If visitors and essential personnel are symptomatic, they are prohibited from the site.
Concerns and/or Questions
Communication with teachers becomes more important and more challenging when we cannot all be together on campus. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any concerns and/or questions. If you feel your attempts to resolve an issue have failed, please contact the school administrators.
I know what cohort my child/children are in, and have communicated with administration if the cohort does not match that of a sibling. I have reviewed the map with my child. My child understands the locations of his or her classrooms and the assigned entry and exits and bathrooms. I have reviewed with my child that mask wearing, six feet of social distancing, and following the assigned directional flow of traffic are to be adhered to at all times. (A directional flow of traffic map will be shared with families later and reviewed with students upon their return.) I understand that a return to hybrid in Phase 2 is limited to two assigned days each week between the hours of 8:00 am--10:54AM. I understand that parents are required to conduct symptom screening at home each day before students arrive at school.
We are confident that a safe and gradual return to normalcy will benefit our students. Students’ social emotional needs can be better addressed as they safely interact in person with their teachers and peers. Experiencing a change of scenery and hearing a vibrant school community, albeit it purposefully small initially, will offer our students a glimpse into what once was... and at what can be again.
DEFINITIONS: Cohort-In an effort to ensure social distancing, we will invite half of each class to school at a time. The first half will be named cohort A and the second half will be cohort B.
Hybrid Instruction-When cohort A is learning in the classroom (M, T), cohort B will be learning remotely from home. On Th and F, cohort B will be in the classroom, while cohort A is learning remotely.
Synchronous Instruction-Students learning in real time with the teacher, either remotely or at school.
Asynchronous Instruction-Students completing classwork or homework on their own schedule (i.e. Wednesdays).
Remote Instruction-Students participating in classroom lessons from home either on a hybrid schedule or full-time.
In-person Instruction-Students participating in classroom lessons on campus.
Ingress - The action or fact of going in or entering a place.
Egress - The action or fact of going out or leaving a place.