Plan A Starts on Monday for K-5 Students
Starting on Monday, Oct. 19, students in grades K-5 will return on Plan A, which is the state's reopening plan that allows more students in the classroom by minimizing social distancing.
“We will follow the state procedures and protocols that are outlined in Plan A,” Superintendent Dr. Don Phipps said, “and practice socially distancing as much as feasibly possible.”
Although social distancing may be affected by the increased number of students returning to the classroom, the following health and safety protocols will continue:
- Face coverings for all students and staff
- Temperature checks prior to entering a facility
- Limited visitors and volunteers
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing
Bus riders will continue to board, be seated, and exit the school bus using the same social distancing and health practices as defined under the current Plan B. Parents are also required to complete an attestation form found on the school district website at caldwellschools.com for their student. School signage will still be visible in all elementary schools directing students to follow health and safety procedures.
Even though the county metrics are showing a growing number of cases, an average of 29 new cases per day, the rate of increase within the school system is substantially less than the worsening indicators in the county. Between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14, there were 59 new COVID-19 cases in Caldwell County among children ages 6-18, whereas the school district reported 37. For adults over the age 18, there were 429 news cases and 8 within the school system. Dr. Phipps attributed this to the diligent efforts of faculty, staff, and students following statewide procedures and protocols and the cooperative and supportive relationship with local health officials.
Board Chairman Darrell Pennell said that the school district will continue to evaluate current data and the effects on school populations to ensure that schools are operating within a safe and healthy learning environment.
Elementary schools will continue designating Wednesdays as a remote day for students through October. This day is also used for staff development and teacher office hours. In November, students in grades K-5 will attend school five days a week through the end of the second nine-week grading period, which ends on Dec. 18. Students in grades 6-12 will continue on Plan B - AA/BB schedule.
All students in grades K-12 have the option to participate in Caldwell Connect - the full remote learning platform.