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In-Person-Learning Handbook (April 28-June 16, 2021)

Updated April 15, 2021     ---     To Translate this page, use button in lower right corner

Contents: 

Returning to School 
Before Coming to School 
Arrival to School 

Junior/Senior Parking 
During School 
Schedule 
Social Distancing 
Sanitizing 
Student/Hallway Traffic 
Mask Breaks 
Water Bottles 
Bathrooms 
Attendance Requirements 
Uniforms 
Sign-In/Sign-Out/Visitors 
Lunch Lower School (Grade 6-8) 
Lunch Upper School (Grades 9-12) 
Dismissal / After School 
Appendix 

 

Returning to School

Your child is signed up to attend AMSA in person, five days per week starting Wednesday, April 28th, 2021. Please read this entire document and review it with your student, as it contains important information about in-person school at AMSA during the Covid-19 pandemic. Though it is our hope that all the information in this document is final, please be aware that any information is subject to change as state and federal guidance is revised and as we all continue to learn through this process.

Please note that if a family changes their mind and wishes to return to online learning instead of in-person learning, that decision will be final for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

AMSA will be following Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines around social distancing and mask wearing. All students will be required to wear a mask and maintain a minimum of 3ft of social distancing at all times. Students must arrive at school wearing a mask provided from home and masks may not contain any inappropriate words or images. All students must wear masks that consist of a minimum of two layers of cloth that fit around the face, nose and mouth or disposable medical masks. Face shields and “Neck Gaiters” and similar type neck/face coverings will not be allowed. Disposable masks will be made available if a student has lost or damaged theirs during the school day.

If a student becomes symptomatic at school, they will be placed in an isolation area, away from others. If parents/guardians are contacted because their child is symptomatic at school, the student must be picked up from school immediately.

Any student who requires medication during the school day must have their medication dropped off directly at the nurse’s office.

If your student has been borrowing an AMSA-owned chromebook or laptop this year they can bring that device into school with them each day. They will use devices in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion. If they do not have an AMSA-owned device at home, those students will be able to use a chromebook from a cart in school at the teacher’s discretion. If bringing from home, students are responsible for keeping their devices charged at all times. Students may not bring personally owned computers into AMSA.

 

Before Coming to School

Before coming to school each day, students are asked to use the AMSACS Covid-19 Daily Self Checklist attached to this document to screen for symptoms (the daily self screen does not need to be submitted to school). If a student has any of the symptoms on the AMSACS Covid-19 Daily Self Checklist, the student must stay home. Parents are asked to please call the school absence line at 508-597-2400 and report that their child has a symptom of Covid and will be staying home. Parents are also asked to email AMSA’s Covid nurse, Maureen Searl, at m.searl@amsacs.org for further instructions and to contact their child's doctor to arrange for a Covid test. Students will also need to stay home and get tested if a household member has tested positive for Covid-19.

Students who have a symptom of Covid-19 and need to stay home will be allowed to attend their classes online, for full credit. Teachers may, at their discretion, allow school work to be submitted digitally or completed as make-up work once the student returns.

Parents are asked to contact Nurse Searl at m.searl@amsacs.org as quickly as possible if they learn that their child or a member of their household has tested positive for Covid-19.

 

Arrival to School

Students may begin being dropped off at AMSA as early as 7:25AM. Students may not arrive earlier than that. The warning bell for first period will sound at 7:52AM. All students are asked to arrive to school by the warning bell. Upon arriving to school, students will be required to report directly to their first period class and enter the classroom. Students will not be allowed to congregate in any common spaces at AMSA, including hallways or cafeterias, and lockers will not be used. Students who arrive prior to 7:40AM will be held outside in designated areas until the buildings open at 7:40AM. Please see the attached information regarding drop off and pick up at AMSA.

Junior/Senior Parking

Students who are driving themselves to school may only use the front, large student parking lot immediately to the right upon entering campus. Student vehicles will not be allowed to park in the parking lot behind the upper school building this year in order to maximize available space for mask breaks, decrease the amount of traffic driving through campus, and prevent students who are exercising student privileges from being “trapped” on campus during a mask break or lunch break. Parking permits will not be used this school year.

 

During School

All students are required to bring their own masks from home and must wear masks at all times on campus, except during designated mask breaks. All school rules will remain in full effect when students return to the school building. Students will not be allowed to congregate in any common spaces at AMSA, including hallways or cafeterias. Upon arrival to a classroom, students must enter immediately.

Schedule

School will run 5 days per week, with first period starting at 7:55AM and school dismissing at 2:45PM. Please see the schedule attached to this document for detailed information about each day.

Please remember that Mondays are now full school days. Students are expected to attend school as usual on Mondays.

Social Distancing

All students should maintain a minimum 3ft (while masked) distance from others at all times. Any time a student is allowed to remove their mask, a 6ft minimum distance must be maintained.

All classes must have assigned seats and must maintain a seating chart in order to allow for contact tracing. All seats must face the same direction in the classroom, per DESE guidelines. A 6 ft distance between the primary “teaching wall” and the start of student seating must also be maintained in order to ensure the teacher has adequate space to teach while maintaining social distancing.

Lockers will not be used at AMSA this year. Students are asked to bring only what they need for the four classes they have each day. Students in grades 6 and 7 are allowed to bring a full sized backpack this year.

Sanitizing

Students and staff will need to hand sanitize whenever they enter or leave a classroom. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed in every classroom.

Student Hallway Traffic

Please review this video for information about how hallway traffic will be managed at AMSA. Signage and arrows will also be posted throughout all of the buildings.

Mask Breaks

During designated times each day, students will report outside to designated areas for mask breaks. Students may remove their masks during this time and must maintain 6ft of distance to any other person. Lower School students and Upper School students will be in separate, designated areas of the campus. Due to the large amount of space required to have students outside and spaced 6ft apart, no vehicles will be allowed to enter the AMSA campus between the following two time periods each day: 9:35AM - 9:50AM, 1:20PM - 1:35PM.

Students will return to the building at the end of the mask break by grade level and prompted by announcements over the loudspeaker.

If it is raining heavily or thundering, mask breaks will occur inside of the buildings, utilizing all spaces, including the cafeterias. Students must be spread out 6 ft apart and will be allowed to remove their masks while standing in the hallways, classrooms and common areas.

Water Bottles

Students may bring water bottles to school for use during mask breaks and lunch. Water bottles may not be used in the classroom due to the need to remove a mask to drink and the inadequate ability to maintain 6 ft distance in many of our rooms. Students may be given permission to briefly step into the hallway to drink from a water bottle as long as they maintain 6 ft of distance from anyone in the hallway. As always, teachers maintain discretion for when students may leave the classroom. Students will have access to water fountains during class, which will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

Bathrooms

Bathrooms may only contain two students at once. Students will be asked to wait in a socially distanced line in the hallway if they arrive at the bathroom and there are already two students present. Bathrooms may be used during class only and may not be used during transition in order to eliminate crowding. Some specific classrooms may be assigned to use specific bathrooms in order to spread out their use. Bathrooms will be disinfected throughout the day.

Attendance Requirements

AMSA’s full attendance policies remain in effect. Any student who is unexcused absent more than 15 times from a class will automatically fail the course in accordance with the AMSA student handbook. The differences between excused and unexcused absence are explained fully within the student handbook, available on the AMSA website. Absences will be excused if they are accompanied by a doctor’s note indicating that the student was seen in person during the time of the absence. For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, absences will also be excused if a parent/guardian calls the attendance line and reports that their child has symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined on the AMSACS Covid-19 Daily Self Checklist.

Students who have a symptom of Covid-19 and need to stay home will be allowed to attend their classes online, for full credit. Teachers may, at their discretion, allow school work to be submitted digitally or completed as make-up work once the student returns.

Parents are asked to contact Nurse Searl at m.searl@amsacs.org as quickly as possible if they learn that their child or a member of their household has tested positive for Covid-19.

Uniforms

On regular school days (no physical education class scheduled), students must wear a solid navy or white shirt/top with a collar. Students must wear khaki or navy pants, shorts, or skirts. **Students are not required to wear Land’s End AMSA logo shirts for the remainder of this year. We do encourage students to wear their Land’s End AMSA logo shirts if they currently own them. Students may wear a solid navy or maroon top layer for extra warmth, as needed.

On physical education days, students must wear a solid navy or white collared shirt. Students must wear solid navy sweatpants or shorts. **Again, students are encouraged to wear their AMSA logo P.E shirts if they currently own them. However, it is not required for the remainder of this school year.

We will have dress down days starting in the month of May on the last scheduled Friday/school day of the month.

Also, seniors will have several special spirit days, starting on Monday, May 3rd:

Monday, May 3rd- AMSA Spirit/College Merch Day (half-day)

Friday, May 7th- Dress Down Day

Friday, May 14th- Fancy Friday

Monday, May 17th- AMSA Spirit/College Merch Day (half-day)

Friday, May 21st- Fancy Friday

Monday, May 24th- Dress Down Day

Thursday, May 27th- Senior Class Color Day (go green!)

Sign-In/Sign-Out/Visitors

Parents/guardians will continue to be required to enter the buildings in order to sign their child in late or sign them out early. All parents/guardians/visitors entering the building must be masked at all times. There will be a cup of sanitized writing utensils available. After signing your child in or out of school, please place the used writing utensil in the appropriate cup.

Parents and other visitors are asked not to come to campus unless necessary. Please limit drop off of any items to school during the day. Parents will not be allowed to deliver lunch daily to their child.

Lunch Lower School (Grade 6-8)

Lower school lunches will be divided between both the lower school building and upper school building cafeterias, as well as a tent. Students will be seated at individual desks, spaced 6 ft apart from other students. All desks will be facing the same direction. Students may remove their mask as soon as they are seated at their seat. Masks must be put back on any time a student is going to stand up from their seat. Students must remain seated at all times while eating lunch.

Lower School students will report to the following lunch locations in accordance with the first initial of their last name:

Grade 6

Letters A-K will be assigned to the Lower School building cafeteria and tent.

Letters L-Z will be assigned to the Upper School building cafeteria.

Grade 7 and Grade 8

Letters A-L will be assigned to the Lower School building cafeteria and tent.

Letters M-Z will be assigned to the Upper School building cafeteria.

In order to facilitate contact tracing in the lower school, these seats will be assigned to students based on their seating preference on the first day of in person learning. Once assigned, students may not change their seat for the remainder of the school year.

Once a student has finished eating and their desk has been cleaned and disinfected, students may request permission of the people on duty to go outside in designated areas to socialize and have a mask break. Students will be expected to remain 6 ft away from others at all times when their masks are off.

Lunch Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Upper school lunches will be held on the 2nd floor of Forekicks and under tents. No upper school students may eat lunch in the upper school cafeteria. Students may remove their mask as soon as they are seated at their seat. Masks must be put back on any time a student is going to stand up from their seat. Students must remain seated at all times while eating lunch.

In order to facilitate contact tracing in the upper school, students may choose any desk they wish each day, but will be required to scan a QR code each day and log their seating location. Students without access to a cell phone will be assisted by AMSA adults. Once seat registrations are scanned each day, all cell phones must be put away.

Once a student has finished eating and their desk has been cleaned and disinfected, students may request permission of the people on duty to go outside in designated areas to socialize and have a mask break. Students will be expected to remain 6 ft away from others at all times when their masks are off.

Juniors and seniors able to drive will be allowed to leave campus for lunch, but must be back in time to return to class. Juniors and seniors may NOT drive other students off campus. They must sign out using the QR code in the front office of the upper school building.

 

Dismissal / After School

AMSA’s school day ends at 2:45PM each day. Buses will depart AMSA by 2:57PM, at which time parents may pick their children up from school. This remains unchanged from previous school years. All students must be picked up from AMSA by 3:10PM each day, and no students will be allowed to remain inside of the school buildings. AMSA will not be providing any after school care this year and clubs will not be meeting in person. Students participating in athletics will receive/have received additional information.

Teacher office hours will be ending at 3:30PM each day. Only students remaining for a teacher office hour will be allowed to be inside of the buildings after dismissal. Any student staying for a teacher office hour must be promptly picked up at 3:30PM so that the buildings can be cleaned each day.

 

Appendix

[See PDF version of handbook.]