COVID Plan Details for High School
Dear High School Families,
The following information provides the High School details of our previously announced COVID Plan.
Thank you for your support and prayers for the year ahead of us. We look forward to seeing your children and partnering with you in their education. Our ultimate goal is the safety and well-being of all of our students, faculty and staff as we return to campus.
This webpage will be updated if additions or changes to procedures are needed. If you have questions please feel free to contact us by email.
Phil Nikirk, Principal
Kirsten Swingle, Assistant Principal
- Review and pay special attention to the HCS COVID 19 Checklist regarding absences as the procedures have changed for keeping a student at home and obtaining documentation for illness
- Absences should be reported to the MyHCS parent portal by 8 a.m.
- Students will need to be present for a minimum 5 academic periods to participate in extracurricular activities.
- From 7:30 a.m. and after, students must report directly to their first period classroom. Students can arrive anytime after 7:15 a.m. For those arriving before 7:30 a.m., they must wear masks and remain physically distanced from other students.
- Students must wear masks entering the building.
- Students will be required to enter a specific door in order to manage arrival with physical distancing.
- Freshmen will enter the Fine Arts Building entrance main doors labeled 3-1.
- Sophomores/Juniors will enter the doors down “bus alley” between the High School Office and the Library doors labeled 3-9.
- Seniors will enter the doors labeled 3-10 which are located in “bus alley” between the Computer Lab and IT department.
- Students are permitted to go to their locker before proceeding directly to their first period classroom. They should keep their masks on and remain physically distanced from other students in the hallway until the teacher arrives.
The School Day
- School will be from 8:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
- Students will be required to wear masks at all times.
- Students will be encouraged to wash hands regularly and use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the classroom. Hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom and around the school.
- Desks will be wiped with disinfectant between classes.
- Class sizes have been reduced as much as possible to maintain physical distance. In a few instances where physical distance can not be maintained as a result of the size or special nature of the classroom, students will be required to wear masks.
- Resource period has been moved to the middle of the day and directly after lunch.
- Students will eat lunch in the classroom under the supervision of a teacher
- Students can bring their own lunch or parents can pre-order lunch online (pre-ordered lunch will be delivered to the classroom.).
- Students should not share food or drink with others.
- The High School Cafe will be closed.
- Drinking fountains will only be available for use as a water bottle filling station. Students should plan to bring their own water bottle.
- Five students are permitted in the bathroom at one time. Students will self regulate this.
- Hired three additional cleaning staff members to increase cleaning of high touch areas during the day, and provide nightly disinfecting of teacher and student work areas.
- Purchased electrostatic sprayers to disinfect playgrounds, buses, and athletic equipment between usage.
- Spaces that were previously not classrooms (meeting rooms, lunch rooms, music and art rooms, club rooms, community areas) fully converted to classrooms.
- Many of our teachers will teach additional sections each day to reduce classroom sizes. Additional teachers hired.
- Decluttering of classrooms, including the removal of built-in counters so desks can be spaced out.
- Converted classrooms back from alternative seating to forward-facing desks.
- Hand sanitizing stations installed in all classrooms.
- Students should wear masks in the hallway and leave out the door closest to them as soon as is reasonable and by 3:15 p.m.
- Students who have after-school clubs, sports, and/or activities should proceed to these areas as soon as possible and follow the appropriate protocol for these things.
- Students who remain at school until a ride can pick them up (by 5:30 p.m.) should proceed to the High School Commons and sit physically distanced from other students.
- Students who are not able to maintain physical distance should wear masks.
- Students will participate in weekly chapels via livestream or recorded video in a classroom.
- The Discipleship team is continuing to pursue creative options for chapel during this time when we are in smaller groups in classrooms.
- As the year progresses, we are watching guidelines to see if we are able to use the High School gym for chapel, allowing us to have all students present while maintaining physical distancing.
- ESS programs will continue with appropriate safety protocols in place.
- Athletics will continue under the guidelines provided by the IDOE and IHSAA. The number of spectators allowed may be restricted to accommodate physical distancing.
- Fine Arts will continue with modifications to meet the guidelines provided by the IDOE and the number of audience members may be restricted to accommodate physical distancing.
- Clubs will continue as they are able to maintain the appropriate COVID-19 protocols.
- Class field trips are not possible at this time.
- Homecoming week activities, including Lip Sync and other events are still being reviewed.
- Teachers will have up to date Canvas pages that allow for students to continue their classes remotely if they are quarantined or isolated due to illness.
- Students who are quarantined but not ill should continue learning remotely:
- Complete coursework according to the deadlines provided by the teacher
- Log in to Canvas from home and participate in class as it is happening according to your student class schedule
- Students who are ill should participate in coursework as they are able; extensions will be granted in line with the student handbook.
- Teachers who are quarantined but not ill will be able to continue teaching remotely from home. Substitute teachers will be present in the classroom to monitor student participation and progress.
- Students should wear a mask at all times while on campus.
- Masks should be a minimum 2 ply, can be solid color, striped, or patterned, but may not include words/logos.
Visitor and Volunteer Policy
- Visitor and volunteer programs and activities are suspended or revised. Only pre-approved persons necessary to the academic or functional need of school operations will be admitted to school during school hours.
- Our staff of six registered nurses (four on duty at all time) operate two clinics and are prepared to assist ill and well students in separate designated areas.
- We will be reducing number of student visits by addressing minor complaints of well children outside of the nursing office
- All students will be required to wear a mask in the nursing office.
- Ill students going home must be picked up within the hour
- Suspension of nebulized aerosol treatments in the school setting - only metered dose inhalers (MDI’s) will be used until further notice.
- Parents will no longer be allowed to drop off medication in the nurse’s offices. Contact Health Services to set up medication drop off.
We recognize that things will look and feel different at the start of the new year as we make safety a priority for our community. Join us in praying that God will grant us a safe, “in person” school year.