Opening 2020

 

Reopening Plan for 2020

The Brashier Middle College Charter High School 2020-2021 Reopening Plan was created with guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), SC State Department of Education (SDE), the South Carolina Public Charter School District, the Charter Institute at Erskine, and input from parent and faculty surveys.

 

Our priorities for opening schools are as follows:

  • Maintaining the health and safety of our students, employees, and Brashier families.
  • Returning to face-to-face instruction as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Remaining flexible and altering procedures as needed in response to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Providing options (when possible) for parents, students, and employees when returning to school is not possible due to health concerns.

Any scenario in which many people gather together poses a potential risk for COVID-19 transmission. No policy or procedure created can provide a 100% guarantee that the virus will not be transmitted in our school. Brashier’s goal will be to limit the transmission as much as possible. While adolescents generally experience mild symptoms with COVID-19, and, to date, have not been found to contribute substantially to the spread of the virus, transmission from even those with mild or non-apparent symptoms remain a risk to others.


Operational Model
Our ultimate goal is to provide a traditional face-to-face instructional day for all of our students. Presently, we must consider the guidance provided to us from the organizations above regarding health and safety procedures. Some of these are not possible in a normal school schedule. As a result, a flexible model was developed to allow our students and teachers the ability to move between face-to-face instruction and virtual instruction when necessary. We must also plan for students that need to participate virtually due to medical concerns. Balancing these needs with the guidance from the State Department of Education and DHEC, the following models will be used when we return in August.


Determining the Instructional Model:
Based on the guidance from the State Department of Education, schools should use DHEC’s ratings of High, Medium, and Low to determine the appropriate model of instruction. DHEC updates these ratings by county weekly. This is the most consistent and documented method provided to schools. As future guidance is provided, this determination method may be amended.

Transmission Rate

 

Operational Model

"Low"

 

Utilize face-to-face instruction for all students with significant safety protocols in place.

"Medium"

 

Utilize a hybrid learning model for provide face-to-face instruction at a 50% capacity with significant safety protocols in place. This is combined with asynchronous learning when students are not scheduled for a face-to-face learning day.

"High"

 

Utilize virtual learning for all students.

 

Hybrid Learning Model
Students will be divided into two groups based on alphabetical order of last names. This allows our siblings to be in the same group. One group will meet face-to-face Monday and Tuesday allowing them to attend each ‘A’ and ‘B’ high school class once as well as maintain their college schedule. The second group will meet face-to-face on Wednesday and Thursday. Google Classroom will be the platform for all high school courses in order to provide a consistent source for online instruction, assignments, and assessments. Teachers will post work for students to complete virtually on the days they do not attend class face-to-face. Teachers will support students through live office hours and individual emails or other communications on Friday.


Virtual Learning Model
Google Classroom will be the platform for our virtual model as well. Teachers will hold one live class meeting per week with students during their regularly scheduled class time. Teachers will also post one prerecorded lesson during the week. Students will be expected to “attend” the live lesson as scheduled to receive direct instruction from the teacher. For example, a student enrolled in a first period class on ‘A’ days may have a live class at 8:00 on Monday morning, and watch a prerecorded lesson and complete assignments posted online on Wednesday. Friday will be scheduled for student support through live office hours and individual assistance as needed.


Full Time Virtual Option
We recognize that there may be students who cannot attend face-to-face instruction due to health concerns. Those students may elect to participate in only virtual learning for the entire first semester. A change may be requested for the second semester and will be allowed if a seat is available in his or her face-to-face classes. When the entire school is participating in virtual learning (due to a “high” rating), these students will receive the same instruction. When face-to-face instruction occurs (in either the “low” or “medium” ratings), the teacher will assign the same assignments through Google Classroom and will post a recording of the instructional portion of the face-to-face class period. Full time virtual students will also receive support on Fridays through live office hours and individual assistance as needed.


Traditional Five Day Model
When we are able to return to full face-to-face instruction (due to a “low” rating), students and teachers will be able to seamlessly adjust from either the hybrid or the virtual learning models.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration for the instructional models will be coming soon.

 

Technology Plan
Each student will be provided a Chromebook for use both at school and at home. Having both a camera and a microphone will allow our students to interact more easily with their teachers online. Issuing a Chromebook to each student will also alleviate the concerns associated with sharing devices.

Google Classroom will be used for each high school class. A video will be posted to guide parents through the features of Google Classroom so they can be more involved and assist their students as needed. Teachers are participating in additional Google training this summer to prepare for the fall.

 

Safety Procedures
Parents should assess their students before leaving the house and keep students who exhibit these symptoms at home (cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, difficulty breathing, chills, aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, and/or sore throat).

Students and staff will be screened before entering the main building areas. This may include temperature checks and a series of questions provided by DHEC and the CDC. Students exhibiting any of these symptoms should stay home (cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, difficulty breathing, chills, aches, loss of taste or smell, nausea, and/or sore throat).

Based on the current college policy for all campuses and buildings, face masks will be worn while students are on campus. Teachers will wear a mask or a face shield while instructing and throughout the day. Other staff will wear a face mask throughout the day. Students without a mask will be provided a free mask the first time and will need to purchase one if arriving without one in the future. This will be monitored and amended as new information and guidance is received.

In most classrooms, students will be seated at each end of our tables with a clear acrylic barrier between them that extends beyond the table to provide physical separation. Students in these rooms will all be seated facing the front. Tables will be arranged to provide social distancing. In labs and other classrooms, clear polycarbonate panels will separate students.

Hallways will be one directional except for the social studies hallway. Directional signs will be posted to assist students and staff in maintaining the traffic pattern. The social studies hallway will be divided to keep opposing movement separate.

Restrooms will be limited to two students at a time.

Hand sanitizing stations will be provided throughout the building. Classrooms will also have hand sanitizer. No visitors will be allowed past the front desk.

Visitors will also be screened before entering the building. Parent conferences, IEP or 504 meetings, or guidance counselor meetings may be scheduled to be held in person when social distancing can be maintained or held virtually.

Lockers will not be used to discourage students from loitering in the hallways and common areas.

Classrooms will be wiped down at the end of each class period. This cleaning will include the tables, acrylic, door handles, and any other high touch areas. Other high touch surfaces in the building will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.

In the event that a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID -19, an administrator and school nurse will contact DHEC immediately to report it and receive instructions. Brashier parents will be notified that there is a confirmed case in the school and what steps are being taken. For current DHEC guidelines, please reference their website.