Long Beach School Board revises plan to give all students option for distance learning

LIVE REPORT: Long Beach parents speak out on back to school plans

LONG BEACH, Miss. (WLOX) - School officials with the Long Beach School District released guidelines on July 2 for students returning to school in August. However, since then, the board has revised the plan multiple times.

The first day of school is still set for Aug. 6. Students will be assigned to one of two teams— either the maroon team or the white team— and they will go to school in a week to week format for the early part of the semester.

The newest update, though, is that parents now have the option to decide if they want their students to participate in distance learning. This goes for all students, not just those with documented medical concerns.

The new schedule and prospective policies as outlined by the school district are as follows:

  • August 6: Maroon Team Reports
  • August 7: White Team Reports
  • August 10-14: Maroon Team Reports
  • August 17-21: White Team Reports
  • August 24-29: Maroon Team Reports
  • August 31-September 4: White Team Reports
  • September 8- All students report as normal pending school board review

Guidelines for Team System (revised)

  • Distance learning will be provided for students. If you this is the best option for your child, complete the Distance Learning Agreement form located at each school website. Parents must initial each declaration and sign the form agreeing to all declarations to be eligible for this option. This must be done by noon on Friday, July 31.
  • Students with IEP’s will be assigned to a team based on the IEP goals of the student. The Office of Student Services will contact the parents of our exceptional education students in the coming days.

Anticipated Protocols

  • Each student will have his/her temperature checked daily by school staff. Each school will develop its own procedures to ensure this is done in a safe, effective, and efficient manner. Any student who refuses to have his/her temperature checked will not be allowed to attend classes.
  • Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or more shall be isolated and shall be immediately picked up from school by a parent or a parent’s designee as identified on the student’s check out list. Students may not return to school until he/she is symptom free without medication for one full school day.
  • Students in grades K-6 will be self-contained.
  • Students in grades 7-12 will have traditional schedules.
  • Recess and enrichment classes will be provided as normal at the K-6 level.
  • Students will be arranged to the extent possible in all classroom settings to promote social distancing, Social distancing guidelines will be followed whenever and wherever possible in each school building. Each school will establish procedures to effectively ensure social distancing guidelines are met to the most reasonable extent possible to include recess and gymnasiums.
  • Class changes at the middle school and high school will be staggered as to minimize overcrowding and will ensure all hallway movement is the same direction whenever and wherever possible.

Cafeteria Guidelines

  • Staff will ensure that all classrooms, bathrooms, cafeterias, and all high traffic areas are routinely cleaned and sanitized throughout the school day.
  • Each school will create and implement a breakfast and lunch plan whereby social distancing guidelines are met while in the cafeteria. This will result in classes alternating between eating in the cafeteria and the classroom.

Visitors

  • Parents/visitors will not be allowed to proceed any further than the front office area. Classrooms, playgrounds, and cafeterias are strictly off-limits to anyone other than school personnel.
  • Parents/visitors must wear face coverings while in the front office area.

Extracurriculars:

  • All large gatherings shall be prohibited including assemblies and back-to-school nights. Athletic and activity events such as choir will be dictated by the policies of the MHSAA.
  • Field trips are prohibited.
  • Parent/Teacher Parent/Administrator meetings shall be held via video conference or telephone until further notice.
  • No outside entities will be allowed to use or rent school district facilities at this time.
  • Policy on any activity directed by the Mississippi High School Athletic Association: The LBSD will follow all MHSAA guidelines and recommendations as it pertains to athletic events and activities. School districts must abide by MHSAA rules and regulations as a member of the organization. If we choose to do otherwise, our students would not be allowed to participate in any sanctioned MHSAA event, thus eliminating our students from the opportunity to participate.

Transportation

  • The LBSD strongly encourages parents to transport their children to and from school.
  • For the school district to ensure social distancing most effectively while on the school bus the following shall be implemented:
  1. The LBSD will not provide transportation to any daycare facility.
  2. The LBSD will not provide transportation to any student who resides one mile or less from the school the student is attending.
  3. The LBSD will transport all students other than those listed above. Bus drivers and students will be required to wear masks or an appropriate face covering while on the bus. Any student who refuses to wear a mask or an appropriate face covering will not be allowed transportation services unless the parent provides medical documentation from a doctor as to why the child cannot wear a mask. Buses shall be sanitized between each bus route.
  4. Although the LBSD is not required to transport students to and from military bases, the school district and the Navy leadership have reached an agreement whereby the district will provide transportation in the morning under certain circumstances and the military will provide transportation in the afternoon.

Positive Test Results

  • The LBSD will follow the Mississippi Department of Health’s guidance on mandating student and staff quarantine as related to exposure. Furthermore, the LBSD will notify parents of students who may have been in close contact with a positive Covid-19 person If the LBSD is made aware of the positive test.
  • Students who test positive for Covid-19 must not attend school for 14 calendar days from the date of the positive test result. Students may not attend classes while waiting on results.
  • LBSD employees who test positive for Covid-19 must not attend work for 14 calendar days from the date of the positive test result. Employees may not work while waiting on test results. The LBSD Office of Human Resources will ensure all federal and state guidelines are followed regarding employees who test positive.
  • The LBSD will follow the advice and guidance of the Mississippi Department of Health in determining if an entire classroom and/or school must close due to positive results.
  • Parents shall notify the LBSD immediately upon his/her child receiving a positive Covid-19 test result.

Face Masks:

  • At this time, masks must be worn by both students and staff in all areas where social distancing is not possible. Masks may be made available for students and staff members based on the accessibility and availability of purchase.

This plan could change as guidelines are adjusted by local health and government officials. Parents and guardians with further questions should contact your child’s principal or the central office.

To read the plan in its entirety, click here.

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