If a parent chooses virtual online schooling for their child, they must remain in synchronous online school for the entire 9-week grading cycle. No bouncing back and forth unless they contract COVID.
If a teacher/staff member tests positive, parents have the option to pull their child for quarantine if they so choose, but there will be no mandatory quarantine for anyone other than the teacher/staff member.
Staff who test positive must provide the school with documentation of current infection and will not be allowed to return to school without a doctor's release.
Students 10 years or older will wear masks while entering and exiting the building, during passing periods, and while in line for lunch and breakfast. While a student is seated--they will not be required to wear a mask.
All students (Elementary and HS) who are able will wipe down their desks and chairs with disinfectant multiple times throughout the day. The teachers and students will play a big role in the disinfecting process.
Germinator will treat the entire school prior to the first day of school. This treatment is supposed to last for 90 days. Germinator is scheduled to come out three times during the year.
All students that choose remote instruction will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities
Rankin ISD will offer synchronous online education for those that choose not to send their kids to school.
All students that eat on campus will eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria. All seats will be six feet apart. Students will wear masks entering and exiting the cafeteria. One in line at a time while getting their food.
All students that ride the bus will have their temp taken prior to getting on the bus. All bus riders will wear a mask on the bus with some exceptions as determined by the bus driver.
As students enter the building there are temp check stations at every entrance. Students and staff will have their temp checked at these stations as they enter the building every morning. Their temperature will only be taken one time a day.
If a student has a fever higher than 99.9 degrees they will be sent home until they are 24 hours symptom-free.
A student that has a positive test can return to school after they are released by a doctor (doctor’s release).
The Upton County Health Advisory Committee will be meeting weekly and will make the final decisions on whether the school will close or remain open based on the most current information.
Amy Cura, Rankin ISD Nurse, is our contact tracing specialist. If we have a positive case, she will complete a contact tracing investigation to determine if other steps need to be taken.
If a staff or student test positive for COVID, the district will disinfect the entire facilities prior to students reporting to school the next day.
All quarantine decisions pertaining to relatives, families, spouses, or siblings will be made on a case by case basis.
Rankin ISD Learning Management System for the district--Blackboard.com
Rankin ISD is purchasing broadcasting equipment for every teacher to live broadcast every lesson to allow for synchronous instruction for those that choose it.
Rankin ISD is choosing the synchronous learning model for students that choose to stay home. This means students will login to their blackboard accounts and watch/participate in the teacher's lesson in real-time. Students that do not log in will receive an absence. All truancy rules still apply even to students that are taking classes at home synchronously.
Some electives that require hands-on participation will not be available to students that choose online learning at home (welding, CNA...etc)
All students and parents of students will be required to sign a waiver to participate in extracurricular activities. This waiver states that there is always a risk of contracting COVID-19 while participating in extracurricular events.
Grading procedures--students at home and at school will follow the same grading procedures.
We strongly believe that we are going to take every active measure to keep students and staff safe. If that means wearing masks, then that's what we are going to do. The safer our school is the more likely we are to stay in school.