MILAN HIGH SCHOOL 609 NORTH WARPATH DRIVE MILAN, INDIANA 47031 Tel(812) 654-3096 Fax(812) 654-2368
Ryan Langferman Principal
In conjunction with the IDOE, IHSAA, Ripley County Health Department and CDC guidelines, the administrative team at Milan Community Schools has developed a plan to safely return to school on August 11th. The details of this plan are outlined below and are subject to change given the rapidly evolving dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. We plan to begin school on August 11th with students in the building. Many new social distancing guidelines will be in place until we feel the COVID-19 threat has diminished to a point that we can “return to normal”. Students will have the option to use distance learning from home if they do not feel safe to return to the building but must fill out an application and meet with Mr. Langferman.
All parents are required to self-screen students (temperature check - fever 100.4 or more), each day prior to school. All staff are required to self-screen each day prior to school. Students and staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 without being otherwise explained and documented, are prohibited from coming to school, and if they do come to school, they will be sent home immediately. Parents will be responsible for immediate student pick up when a child has been excluded due COVID-19 symptoms.
Your students' attendance is crucial to their educational success and is still required by the State of Indiana. However, it is important for anyone with COVID symptoms to stay home until you are fever free for 72 hours, without any fever reducer, and be screened for COVID. Anyone with a COVID positive test should quarantine for 10 days and be fever free for 72 hours before returning to school. For students living in a home with a positive COVID test, they also need to quarantine for 14 days. It is critical that any positive or suspected cases of COVID are reported to your child’s school. We want to make sure that we use common sense when addressing this upcoming school year and the challenges of the Pandemic. With that being said, we will be looking at our attendance and attendance incentives differently this year. We are suspending “Outstanding and Perfect Attendance Awards” until further notice, as well as, final exam exemption for perfect attendance. If a child is sick, we want them to stay home. We are preparing for many different attendance scenarios and will make adjustments as the situation dictates. Prolonged periods of absences should be driven by symptoms of COVID-19 and/or supported by medical documentation.
Teaching and Learning in Traditional Classrooms:
● Our classrooms have been set up to allow for as much social distancing as possible.
● Masks are required.
● Student congregations will be discouraged in the hallway and other common areas. Atrium furniture will be temporarily removed and the coffee shop will be temporarily closed.
● To help discourage congregations, students will not be permitted to enter the building prior to 7:45 am UNLESS a teacher has organized an event and plans on escorting the students into his/her classroom.
● Seats MUST be assigned in the classrooms and desks should face the same direction.
● Every classroom will have a supply of hand sanitizer. Students will be encouraged to use it at the beginning of each period and before leaving for lunch.
● Students will help teachers sanitize desks upon teacher request and at the end of each day.
● The cafeteria will have more tables and less chairs per table. During lunch, students are encouraged to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer before they enter the cafeteria. Once they enter the cafeteria they will report directly to their assigned seat and wait to be dismissed for lunch and when finished, dismissed to leave.
● The use of water fountains will be strictly prohibited. Students are encouraged to bring a properly filled water bottle for the day. Students can purchase bottled water at breakfast and lunch if they choose.
● Bus service will still be offered for all MHS students living in our district. Masks will be required while students are riding the bus. Busses will be cleaned after each drop off to ensure the safety of our students as they return home. There will be assigned seats on the buses.
Teaching and Learning Remotely
Milan Community Schools realizes that education may look different for the 2020-2021 school year providing multiple learning opportunities for our students. While we realize that face to face learning is our top priority, an online curriculum has been developed for those not wanting to physically return to school this year. Any family that chooses the online option will need to follow the specific guidelines from our Online Learning Agreement.
Teaching and Learning Remotely:
● Families need to consider if they have a strong internet connection available to the student between the hours of 8 am - 3 pm.
● Students who choose distance learning will need to apply and meet with the building principal or their designee. If accepted, the student is committing to at least 4.5 weeks of online learning and their status will be reviewed at midterms and the end of each quarter.
● Students that choose to learn from home will be expected to log on to Google meet during their normally scheduled classroom time. Attendance will be taken based on who is logged on at the beginning of class. Students are expected to keep the video camera on their chromebook and remain logged on at least through instruction.
● Students should be dressed appropriately for class and virtual meetings.
● Students should communicate with teachers daily through email or Google classroom.
● During assessments, students may be expected to remain logged on to Google meet during testing or report to school to take proctored assessment on Wednesday afternoons or by appointment.
● Failure of a student to follow these distance learning requirements could result in consideration of a new learning arrangement and/or referral to the Ripley County Court services for truancy.
Family Roles and Responsibilities for Remote Learning:
● Help your child manage their online learning and encourage them to attend all classes and finish all assignments.
● Create a comfortable, distraction-free learning environment for your child to work and attend online classes.
● Do not join your child’s online classes or be visible on your child’s screens during classes.
● Help your child develop a daily routine and encourage your child to incorporate physical activity and healthy breaks throughout the day.
● Abide by our technology use agreement regarding use of the school-provided device.
Students who choose distance learning will only be allowed to participate in athletics. (per IHSAA requirements)