Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool COVID-19 policy
 
MEMORIAL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Williamston, MI 48895
 
 CHURCH: 1022 W. Grand River Ave.         SCHOOL: 2070 E. Sherwood Rd.
 Phone: 517/655-2294                                    Phone and fax: 517/655-1402
 E-mail: revdavoss@gmail.com                               
 Pastor David A. Voss                                   
 
   
Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool
Williamston, Michigan
Safe Start for the 2020-2021 School Year
 
 
August 14, 2020
 
Governor Whitmer, on June 30, 2020, released the Michigan Safe School Roadmap for all schools in our state to use for safely resuming instruction for the 2020-2021 school year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 63-page document is available for you to read and consult. Here is the link:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/whitmer/MI_Safe_Schools_Roadmap_FINAL_695392_7.pdf

On July 7, 2020 our congregation’s Board of Christian Education and our school’s faculty met to go through that document and make plans for safely starting the 2020-2021 school year with in-person classes. On August 4, 2020 the board and faculty met again to go over the plan and see if any changes were necessary.
 
The following pages of this document describe the plan that Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool will implement and follow. The governor’s order requires each school to submit a plan for each phase (1-6) of the recovery from the virus in Michigan. For your reference:
            Phase 1: Uncontrolled growth          Phase 2: Persistent spread    Phase 3: Flattening
            Phase 4: Improving (current phase)  Phase 5: Containing               Phase 6: Post-pandemic.
 
The plan that follows adheres to the requirements from the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap, includes some of the recommendations from the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap, and provides information about a few items that are particular to our school and school building. As things change, we will make adjustments to recommendations in our plan as necessary.
 
There is much that is uncertain about the pandemic and responses to it. But what is absolutely certain is that our sins are covered daily by the blood of Christ, that the Triune God controls and works all things for the good of His people according to His purpose, and that God’s grace is never-failing. May He bless our school year!
 
Pastor David A. Voss – Principal
 
Memorial Lutheran School plan   -   Phases 1, 2, and 3
  • If our region or the entire state is declared to be in Phase 1, 2, or 3, Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool will be closed to in-person instruction.
  • Faculty and staff will be allowed to use the school building as needed for continuing operation of our school. Such activities would include planning, preparation, and live and/or recorded instruction. The activities would also include thorough cleaning and maintenance of the building for the return of students at any time.
  • Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool will provide distance learning for our students. The teachers will record video instruction that will be made available to all students, will prepare packets of school work that will be made available to all students, will regularly contact students and parents, and will be available regularly for consultation – via phone or video – with all students and parents.
  • Arrangements will be made for parents to pick up from school and to return to school their child(ren)’s completed school work.
  • Upon returning to Phase 4, Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool will resume in-person instruction as soon as practically possible.
Memorial Lutheran School plan - Phase 4

When our region or the entire state is in Phase 4, Memroial Lutheran School and Preschool will be open for in-person instruction.

Since our school provides instruction for students through Grade 5, the requirement for students in Grades 6 and over to wear masks does not apply to our school. Because parents provide transportation, the requirements regarding masks on buses does not apply to our students.
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Facial coverings will be required to be worn by faculty and staff (except at meal time);
    • Facial coverings will be required to be worn by students when they are in hallways and other common areas of our school building (bathrooms, lobby, etc.), and at the teacher’s discretion;
    • Facial coverings will be required to be worn by students for the combined devotions our school holds each month, and for recess when more than one classroom is present.  
  • Hygiene and Cleaning
    • Classrooms and hallways will have hand sanitizer dispensers. Classrooms will also have antiseptic wipes, paper towels, etc.
    • Students will be permitted to clean and sanitize their own belongings and desk/table space as desired.
    • Teachers will instruct and remind students regularly to wash their hands and sanitize items.
    • Items frequently touched by more than one person will be cleaned every 4 hours.
    • As much as practically possible, we will limit the sharing of items, books, supplies, etc.
    • Staff must wear gloves, facial covering, and face shield when carrying out all cleaning work.
  • Facility
    • Parents of our students and other visitors are not to enter our building beyond the interior lobby doors.
    • At the beginning of the school day, our teachers or an aide will walk younger students from the  lobby to the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms.
    • Should parents desire to speak with a teacher before school, they should contact the teacher to arrange a place to meet before the school day begins.
    • At the end of the school day, our teachers or an aide will walk younger students from their classroom to the lobby doors where parents can meet them.
    • Students desks and stations will be spaced to maintain distancing as much as feasible.
    • Students will eat lunch in their respective classrooms.
    • Students will have recess with those in their respective classroom.
    • Volunteers will conduct spelling tests, help in our school library, teach art, and provide physical education instruction to students in smaller groups – except for physical education when the weather permits that instruction to be done outdoors.
  • Screening students and staff
    • Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool urges parents to take their child(ren)’s temperature at home each day before leaving for school.
    • Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and above are required to stay home. The student must have 24 hours of no fever before returning to school.
    • Our teachers will keep a log with the results of taking their own temperature daily.
    • Should a student display multiple symptoms of Covid-19,
      • the student will be quarantined away from the rest of the student body until the student is taken home by a parent;
      • the student will remain home until having tested negative for Covid-19 or have been released from isolation according to Center for Disease Control guidelines.
      • If test data comes back positive, data from all contacts the student had for the two days prior to when symptoms began will be collected and shared with the local public health department(s).
      • If a student develops a fever during the school day, the student will be quarantined away from the student body until the student is taken home by a parent.
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
    • Since our school does not have any athletic teams or participate with other schools in sports activities, the state’s requirements do not apply to us.
    • Field trips will be taken only to places where students and teachers can remain outside at a distance.
If returning to in-person instruction under Phase 4 is not something with which your family is comfortable, please contact Pastor David Voss for a meeting about how best to proceed with your child(ren)'s instruction.


Memorial Lutheran School plan - Phase 5
 
When our region or the entire state is in Phase 5, Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool will be open for in-person instruction. The requirements in the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap move to recommendations, and each family will have to decide what is best for their child(ren).
 
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Facial coverings are recommended to be worn by staff and students in hallways and other common areas (bathrooms, lobby, etc.).
    • Anyone who is medically unable to wear or tolerate a facial covering must not wear one. Please provide your child(ren)’s teacher(s) with a note from your doctor to that effect.
  • Hygiene and Cleaning
    • Classrooms and hallways will have hand sanitizer dispensers. Classrooms will also have antiseptic wipes, paper towels, etc.
    • Students will be permitted to clean and sanitize their own belongings and desk/table space as desired.
    • Items frequently touched by more than one person will be cleaned every 4 hours.
    • Staff should wear gloves, facial covering, and face shield when carrying out all cleaning work.
  • Facility
    • Parents of our students and other visitors may enter our building beyond the lobby doors. Parents of our students and other visitors are urged to wear a facial covering when they are inside our school.
    • Students desks and stations will be spaced to maintain distancing as much as feasible.
    • Volunteers may conduct spelling tests, help in our school library, teach art, and provide physical education instruction to students in smaller groups – except for physical education when the weather permits that instruction to be done outdoors.
  • Screening students and staff
    • Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool urges parents to take their child(ren)’s temperature at home each day before leaving for school.
    • Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and above are required to stay home. The student must have 24 without a fever before returning to school.
    • Our teachers will keep a log with the results of taking their own temperature daily.
    • Should a student display multiple symptoms of Covid-19,
      • the student will be quarantined away from the rest of the student body until the student is taken home by a parent;
      • the student will remain home until having tested negative for Covid-19 or have been released from isolation according to Center for Disease Control guidelines.
      • If test data comes back positive, data from all contacts the student had for the two days prior to when symptoms began will be collected and shared with the local public health department(s).
      • If a student develops a fever during the school day, the student will be quarantined away from the student body until the student is taken home by a parent.
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
    • Since our school does not have any athletic teams or participate with other schools in sports activities, this category does not apply to us.
    • Field trips will be taken only to places where students and teachers can maintain a safe and healthy distance from others.
If returning to in-person instruction under Phase 5 is not something with which your family is comfortable, please contact Pastor David Voss for a meeting about how best to proceed with your child(ren)'s instruction.

 
Memorial Lutheran School plan - Phase 6
 
  • Personal Protective Equipment   /   Hygiene   /   Cleaning
    • Classrooms and hallways will have hand sanitizer dispensers. Classrooms will also have antiseptic wipes, paper towels, etc.
    • Students will be permitted to clean and sanitize their own belongings and desk/table space as desired.
    • Teachers will remind students to sneeze and cough into their elbows, or use a tissue (that will be thrown in the garbage immediately after use). 
    • As much as practically possible, we will limit the sharing of items, books, supplies, etc.
  • Facility
    • Parents of our students may accompany their children to their classrooms. 
    • Students desks and stations will be spaced to maintain distancing as much as feasible.
  • Screening students and staff
    • Memorial Lutheran School and Preschool urges parents to take their child(ren)’s temperature at home each day before leaving for school.
    • Students with a temperature of 100.4 degrees and above are required to stay home. The student must have 24 without a fever before returning to school.
    • Our teachers will keep a log with the results of taking their own temperature daily.
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
    • Since our school does not have any athletic teams or participate with other schools in sports activities, the state’s requirements do not apply to us.
    • Field trips will be taken only to places where students and teachers can remain outside at a distance.  
 

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