• What do I need to do if I travel outside of PA?

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    On July 2, the state established new guidelines for travel to states that have a high incidence of COVID-19 cases. This presents a challenge for students that travel to those states and want to return to school. The guidance reads: If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, you may need to quarantine for 14 days upon return: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

    If you travel out of state, you should use this communication to inform your steps upon returning to school

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YLkdAzOwz6_UTL0Bwtwk9--YeO8sE8EGLUMNLB6SeLY/edit?usp=sharing

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  • Will grades count and work be mandatory?

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    Daily attendance in all classes is mandatory per Pennsylvania state compulsory attendance law. Grades will count and students will be graded per the typical reporting periods and grade scales.

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  • What will “mask breaks” look like?

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    Grade level teams will be creating developmentally appropriate by age mask break procedures. They will be communicated by building prior to the first day of school.

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  • If a student/family travels to a state on the quarantine list what happens?

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    We will remind families of the states currently on the PA Travel Advisory list. Much of the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 will rely on us committing to safety as a community. We trust that families will do what is best for themselves and for others.

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  • In the HS, why not send students two days in a row?

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    The M/T and Th/F method of hybrid was considered. The buildings will be cleaned daily and the ability to have students go no more than three days without seeing a teacher in person was selected in hopes of better meeting the social and emotional needs of our students.

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  • When a child is required to remain out of school can they attend virtually?

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    Students who are recommended to quarantine for 14 days will be transitioned to the virtual program.

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  • What is KASD's testing protocol for students, staff, and faculty?

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    KASD will communicate a self screening protocol for all students and staff. We ask that we commit as a school community to monitoring for symptoms and remaining home when ill. Testing for COVID-19 is a parental decision and KASD will advise when we think it might be appropriate.

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  • What if a child in class is positive for COVID-19?

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    Pre K-12 schools in Pennsylvania are directed to contact the PA Department of Health a known or suspected communicable disease. DOH will provide further guidance if a parent/guardian/caregiver notifies the school of potential exposure by a student, staff member, or school visitor. PA DoH will provide schools with risk assessment, isolation and quarantine recommendations, and other infection control recommendations.

    At this time, PA DoH is recommending that individuals with close contact (defined as 6 ft or less for greater than 15 min) within 48 hours prior to symptoms of a confirmed or presumed case should be quarantined.

    Additionally, we will follow CDC guidelines for quarantining, cleaning and reentry to schools.

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  • Why are you not taking student temperatures daily?

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    Our medical experts, including the school physician, did not recommend universal temperature screening. A student with a temperature at the door has already been exposing people for up to 48 hours. Asymptomatic individuals with COVID-19 in addition to students without COVID-19 and elevated temperatures impacted the recommendation to not use a temperature screening process. Monitoring symptoms will be best accomplished at home daily as you know your child best.

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  • Will any additional accommodations be made for students with IEP's?

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    Families of students qualifying for special education services will be contacted to discuss their individualized plan.

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  • Is it appropriate for students to sit in front of computers for a full day?

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    Although screen time for students is a concern, of the available options for schooling, the live stream option provided the best opportunity for maintaining the academic program.

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  • What will a typical in-school day look like for a high school student?

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    The high school schedule is slated to run as normal with typical beginning and end. All courses will be available. The two at home days will also follow the typical schedule with students live streaming in to classes from home.

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  • How many honors freshman are there since they will be in all classes together?

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    Students will not be clustered in this manner at the high school. KAHS is operating following a typical schedule with half of the students in the class per day.

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  • Why is the middle school not also following the hybrid model?

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    The hybrid model was considered at the middle level, but the ability to limit contacts while maintaining the academic program was a determining factor. In addition, the developmental appropriateness of mostly 11-13 year old students to be home along three days a week was a factor.

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  • What steps will be taken to ensure responsible compliance from all members of the community?

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    We all share in the responsibility to practice the right behaviors such as completing the self screening at home each day, wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing.  In addition to monitoring students and staff for symptoms or history of exposure, teachers will observe students for any signs of illness and school nurses, who have been trained in contact tracing, will communicate with families/staff that have concerns regarding symptoms.  We have compiled a list of resources to aid and educate the community on best health and safety practices at www.KASDsd.org/coronavirus.

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  • Does there need to be 6 feet of distance for someone to not wear a mask?

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    Yes.

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  • Can my child wear a face shield as a face covering?

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    Yes.

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  • What if a student on my child’s bus or in my student’s classroom forgets a mask?

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    Face coverings will be available on the bus and at school.

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  • How many people do you expect will not be wearing masks?

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    We expect all persons to be wearing a mask and following the Governor’s order. There are some medical exceptions.

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  • Will free/reduced meals be offered at the secondary on days when students are not in school?

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    Yes.

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  • Will the cafeteria be open, or will they have to bring lunch from home?

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    Elementary students will eat in their classroom or outside daily. Middle and High school students will have access to the cafeteria in addition to other locations for lunch.

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  • At the elementary level, will students stay in their classroom all day?

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    Students will be in their classroom for most of the day, unless transitioning to other areas (i.e. lunch or encore subjects).

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  • If I choose face-to-face learning in the HS, is my child going to receive 5 days of instruction?

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    Yes. Students will be required to attend all of their daily live streams on the day the opposite cohort attends KAHS.Students will receive assignments and instruction on Wednesday through a combination of face-to-face instruction at school and independent learning from home.

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  • Can my student start in KASD Virtual this fall and then change to face-to-face instruction?

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    Yes.  We are asking families for a commitment of 1 quarter in KASD virtual for KAHS and KAMS students and 1 trimester for elementary. Parents will need to contact their child’s school to contact challenges and the team will develop a plan to support your child and family prior to the end of the quarter/trimester.

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  • Why is there not a hybrid learning option for elementary and middle school students?

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    On average, KASD has small class sizes at the elementary and middle level which enhances social distancing.  We can also cohort classes of students and ensure limited movement throughout the building. We can offer our full academic program and limit contact with people other than classmates and teachers . At the high school level, due to larger enrollments, social distancing requirements, and necessary student transitions throughout the day to maintain our full academic program, we needed  to reduce the density of our population on any given day to enhance social distancing. Studies have indicated that students 14 and older are more likely to contract and transmit COVID-19 than younger students. A hybrid permits adequate social distancing.

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  • Will KASD Virtual learners be using the same textbooks and resources as the face-to-face learners?

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    Elementary and Secondary students who choose KASD Virtual will use the same textbooks and have access to the same digital resources, with a greater emphasis on digital content that aligns with our curriculum.

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  • What is my child receives a service like speech therapy or other service?

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    We are planning to have students with speech IEP’s work with their current speech teacher unless transitioning to another building (i.e. elementary to middle school or middle to high school).

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  • Can students transition back and forth from virtual to live?

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    Although we are asking for a commitment for the first quarter in the high and middle schools, the format requiring students to stream live lessons will facilitate near seamless academic transition to in-person or full virtual as necessary.

    As with any transition of a new student, building staff want students to feel welcomed and have various ways to integrate new students into their new setting.  They assign buddies and meet the principal and teacher ahead of time to name a few.  The transition from one program to another should take less than one week.

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  • Will elementary virtual students to have interactions with other elementary students?

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    Students will be grouped with students from both buildings but all students in the class will be Kutztown students.  We will make every effort to build relationships and have students make connections in this online environment.

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  • What regularly scheduled sessions for students will be offered to ask questions of teachers?

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    Students will be able to interact with teachers directly in the classroom setting during all live sections. In addition, opportunities will be available for live contact with teachers on the asynchronous day at KAHS.

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  • Will students receive live instruction in the KASD Virtual Program?

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    Yes. With students enrolled in a virtual section that mirrors the brick and mortar schedule, there will be live instruction with both whole groups and small groups.  The KASD Virtual students will also be monitored and supported by KASD staff who will prescribe interventions if deemed appropriate.

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  • What does KASD secondary virtual learning look like?

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    At the secondary level, the KASD Virtual platform for learning will be Canvas, KASD curriculum and resources that mirror the instruction in the brick and mortar section to the extent possible. This learning management system also provides multiple ways for students to engage with each other and their teacher. To provide additional rigor and structure, students will also have access to additional online course content if needed.

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  • What does KASD elementary virtual learning look like?

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    The elementary KASD Virtual experience will include daily synchronous instruction with a KASD teacher in math and literacy. The learning management system will be Google Classroom. In addition, students will have access to asynchronous lessons including recorded lessons and independent learning in science, social studies, and each of the encore subjects. Teachers will design instruction using the KASD  In addition, students will access content using curricular programs such as Imagine Learning and Zern.

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