Arcola Community School Back to School Safety Plan (August 2020)

Below is the Arcola Community School Back to School Safety Plan! This plan will be updated as required by emerging health risk assessments and was last updated on August 21, 2020.

CLICK HERE to download the plan as a PDF.

What will never change? Our comittment to student safety and learning!

Mandatory Masks: Masks must be worn by all staff, students in grades 4-8 and visitors. Students in grades K-3 are encouraged to do the same. You may wish to send a backup mask in a sealed container. If students are in their cohort and able to socially distance (outside, for example) they may be able to remove their masks.

Water: All students need a full bottle of water brought to school every day.

Only Students and Staff Permitted in the Building: Student drop-offs and pickups must be done outside. Avoid ins and outs. If needed, visitors must check in at the front office.

Scent-Free Hand Sanitizer Provided: Frequent hand-washing is encouraged.

Disinfected spaces: ALL school spaces will be disinfected daily.

Sanitation: On-the-spot sanitation of frequently-used items such as laptops and ipads.

Staggered Start to the School Year for students in grades 1-8:

  • Last names start with A-K will attend on Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10.
  • Last names start with L-Z will attend on Wednesday, September 9 and Friday, September 11.
  • All students will attend on Monday, September 14.

Prioritize Outdoor Learning: Physical Education classes will take place outdoors (as weather permits). Outdoor learning on our school ground will be encouraged.

Students with Symptoms: Students with symptoms waiting to be picked up will be isolated.

Individualized School Supplies: Students will not share materials. Please label all supplies, including markers, pencils, etc.

Extra-Curricular: All extra-curricular activities will be cancelled for now.

Exits and Entrances: Specified entrances and exits, staggered lunch transitions and designated line ups will encourage physical distancing. Physical distancing guidelines and signage will be in place.

No drop-offs and deliveries: Please ensure that students have everything they need prior to leaving for school. Do not have food delivered. 

School start and end times: Arcola Community School transitioned to the new school start and end times for the 2019-2020 school year. There will be no changes! Our morning recess and supervision will start at 8:53 and school will begin at 9:08. We encourage all non-bus students to arrive close to 9:08 to avoid crowding. Afternoon recess will begin at 3:22 and we will have supervisors outdoors until 3:37. Parents will not be permitted on the playground during these times to allow for social distancing. Please pick a meeting spot and practice.