2020-21 Return to Learning » 2020-21 Return to Learning Guide

2020-21 Return to Learning Guide

title image - safe return to learningGLSD is committed to creating a safe school environment for staff and students.
While circumstances may force us to change, we are planning a full return to school five days a week for all students with enhanced safety procedures.
Three options were considered for returning to     
school in the fall.
Option 1 - Full return: five days per week for all students
Option 2 - Blended learning: some students learning at home each day and some at school. Click here for details.
Option 3 - Remote learning: all students learning from home each day. Click here for details.
We know that it is not possible to eliminate all risk, so Goshen is offering an online learning platform for students who may have a medical condition or other concerns.
Applications are due by July 22.
Many of the most important changes for students and families are listed below.  You can access the most current, detailed information on each aspect of Goshen's return to school plan using the table of contents on the right.

New procedures for 2020-2021

To protect our students, staff, and community, GLSD will be implementing the following safety measures.
mask iconHealth and hygiene
Mask policy updated July 23, 2020 per Governor DeWine's order.
Wearing a mask or face covering is required for all staff and all students in grades PK-12 during the school day and while utilizing school district transportation.

Exceptions will be made for those who suffer from documented health conditions. Medical documentation should be on file with our school nurse’s office.
Students will be provided face-covering breaks throughout the day. Students will be able to remove face coverings when they are:
  • Actively eating or drinking
  • Appropriate educational times during the day where distancing is possible
  • Engaged in any physical activity (PE class, sports activities, recess)
  • Outdoor classroom opportunities
Parents or guardians will conduct a personal health screening of their student(s) prior to coming to school. Do not send your student if they are running a fever higher than 100.4 (without Tylenol) or showing other symptoms.
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Safety procedure training for staff and students.

Plexiglass shields are installed in high traffic areas such as the office, clinic, and cashiers.

Students will return to school with as much space as possible (generally 5-6 feet) and with smaller class sizes when possible. Social distancing will occur when appropriate (lining up, bathroom breaks,etc.)

Increased cleaning protocols such as Germstop, increased touchpoint cleanings throughout the day, increased external ventilation through the HVAC used to circulate clean air, nighttime clearing protocols, hand sanitizer available throughout each school building, and much more!
distance iconTransportation procedures
Students who wish to ride the bus must opt in for the 2020-21 school year via FinalForms. Click here to access FinalForms.
Students and drivers are required to wear masks on the bus.

Students will be seated on a bus 2 to a seat for a total of 48 students.

Students will use hand sanitizer stations on the bus.

Students will have assigned seats on the bus.

Parents who are dropping off students should remain in their vehicle.
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Visitors will be limited during the academic day.

Visitors must contact the office prior to the visit, a health assessment is required, and a mask is highly recommended.

Appointments are preferred.
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Safe distancing and facilities changes
Students will return to school with as much space as possible (generally 5-6 feet) and with smaller class sizes when possible. Social distancing will occur when appropriate (lining up, bathroom breaks,etc.)

Large group spaces (such as cafeterias) will be at half capacity.

Students are permitted to carry a water bottle as water fountains will not be available for use.

Regular cleaning of high-touch areas.

Shields are available for classroom teachers.
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Classrooms and learning spaces
Sanitation stations in every classroom and high traffic areas such as the cafeteria.

Physical space arranged to maximize distance between students.

Daily cleaning routines.

In grades K-8, students will not travel to other classrooms. Teachers will switch classes. At recess and lunch they will remain with their class.
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Cafeteria and dining spaces
Handwashing before and after eating.

All food items handed to the students- no self-serve.

Assigned seats at lunch.

Lunch rooms will be at half capacity.
Students will continue to have recess with cleaning protocols.

There will be scheduled recess times where smaller numbers of students are playing and social distancing will be encouraged.

Students will wash hands/use hand sanitizer after recess.
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Google will be the district online platform. Teachers, students, and parents will practice using these platforms within the first few weeks of school.

Students will be issued a laptop/chromebook. In grades 3-12, these devices can be taken home. Students are responsible for bringing the devices to and from school. Any damage to the device will be the responsibility of the parent.

Teachers will create 14 day temporary quarantine lessons (similar to a blizzard bag) that parents and students can access online.