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Reopening Information

LAST UPDATED:  8/4/2020 
Parent Meetings Q and A - August 3, 2020
 
 
Poth Junior High is excited to be planning for a return to on-campus learning.  We understand that there are concerns about the health and safety of everyone involved.  We have broken down information for you below on how we are working together to implement precautions and safety measures to keep students, teachers, staff, and others on campus as safe as possible.  
 
Please note that all information below is preliminary and subject to change based upon state and local health decisions as well as decisions made by the Texas Education Agency.
  • On campus attendance will be taken each class period.  If the student is physically on campus at the attendance time for each period, they will be counted present for that period.
  • Poth@HOME - In order to receive credit for daily attendance for remote learning,
    • Assignments must be turned in as noted by date due (or daily) from teacher.
    • Attendance in classroom virtually (daily) (Synchronously with Face to Face class).
    • If this is not an option, you will need to contact your child's teacher or campus administration to determine a plan for attendance.
  • All teachers and staff will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus each day.  If any symptoms are shown or they are lab confirmed with COVID-19, they must remain off campus until all conditions are met to return to campus. (Please see Symptoms and Return to Campus below.)
  • Parents must ensure that they do not send a child with COVID-19 symptoms to school but should instead opt t receive remote instruction until all conditions are met to return to campus. (Please see Symptoms and Return to Campus.)
  • Each classroom will have a hand sanitizing station at the entrance to the classroom.
  • Teachers will encourage and teach good hand washing techniques and have built in breaks in the day for students to wash hands.
  • Teachers will encourage and teach students to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and/or their elbow.  Hand washing/sanitizing will occur following coughs or sneezes.
  • As students transition class periods, students will wipe down their area before they leave the room.  Teachers/Staff will monitor and will wipe down common areas of the classroom such as light switches, door knobs, shared items, etc.
  • All staff will be required to wear a face covering while working with students and on campus.
  • Students will be required to wear face coverings in a proper manner while in common areas such as hallways, restrooms, library, and the classroom when social distancing cannot happen due to space.  This includes meeting area in the mornings
  • District Nurse stations will be arranged to have a closed off isolation area with a separate area for general nurse needs or injuries.
  • Visitation to campus will be limited to those persons essential for school operations.
  • All visitors to campus will be screened prior to entry and will not be admitted if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Visitors will not be allowed during breakfast or lunch times.(Please see more information under Cafeteria.)
Morning Drop Off
  • We are asking that no students be dropped off at school prior to 7:30 am.  
  • Students who need to be dropped off prior to 7:30 may be dropped off at the cafeteria no earlier than 7:15 am.  They will stay in the cafeteria with social distancing in place until they can be released to the JH meeting area or tutoring classroom.
 
Dismissal
  • We will run dismissal as we have done in the past.  
  • Students will have lockered prior to either 6th or 7th period depending on grade level.
  • JH Students will be dismissed at 3:35 to accommodate staggered bells and additional time for transition throughout the day.
  • While students are dismissing, Poth JH staff will be monitoring students for maintaining recommended distancing guidelines.
  • A staggered bell schedule is being implemented at the JH Campus to transition students to and from each class period.
  • Students will be assigned a "Locker Group" to ensure social distancing is being implemented when lockers are needing to be accessed.
  • Students will locker prior to 1st period at their designated time and either before 6th or 7th period for end of the day.  
    • Students will use a Zipper Binder (3-4 inch) to carry supplies and school issued Chromebook (not to take home).
  • Students will keep extra supplies, Athletic/PE bags, and backpacks (if used), in their lockers.  Students should not need anything else kept in lockers.
  • Students will be directed with signage which way foot traffic will flow in the JH hallways.
  • Students will be issued a Chromebook in their first period class. Students will not be allowed to bring their own devices.  Google Classroom is a "cloud" set up that can be accessed from any device with internet connection.
  • Students will carry the Chromebook throughout the day.
  • Students will be taught to properly sanitize Chromebooks for return to cart at the end of the day.
  • Students sort and return the Chromebook after sanitation to their:
    • 6th Period Teacher for 6th Grade
    • 7th Period Teacher for 7th and 8th Grade
  • Teacher will return to 1st period teacher carts for ensured charging for the next day.
  • Students will not take Chromebooks home.
  • Students must wear mask while in the restroom.
  • Hands must be washed for 20 seconds with soap.
  • Teachers will encourage the use of hand sanitizer upon return to the classroom as well.
  • Hallway and outdoor water fountains will be turned off.
  • Students may bring their own water bottle, however, it must be in a clear container.  No exceptions.  This includes keeping another container in lockers that are not clear.  Students may only have clear containers.
  • Students will sanitize hands prior to going to the library.
  • Returned books will be sanitized and held on a cart for 24-48 hours before being placed back on the shelf for others to check out.
  • Students will have an opportunity in their individual schedules to check out books.  The library will not be open before or after school.
  • If your child eats breakfast at school, they will need to report directly to the cafeteria, no earlier than 7:15 am and no later than 7:40 am.  
  • Due to limited seating in the cafeteria and the need to sanitize between groups, we will be following the below:
      • 8th Grade will eat outside at a designated area, weather permitting.  (In JH Gym if needed due to weather.)
      • 6th and 7th Grade will eat in the cafeteria with appropriate spacing.
  • Teachers will meet the students at designated areas and escort students back to campus.  Students will sanitize and/or wash upon entering the building.
  • Visitors are not allowed during breakfast or lunch times.
  • No food drop off will be allowed to the JH office before lunch.
  • If your child is not eating the prepared school lunch, you must send their lunch with them in the morning.  We will not be accepting lunch delivers during the day.
More information to come soon.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we adapt and adjust for the safety of our students and staff! Please contact Poth Junior High for any questions on the above content at lkroll@pothisd.us or 830-484-3323.