The Kelleys Island School Board held its July meeting outside, next to the playground all wearing masks. The board unanimously agreed to open the school for direct instruction using specific guidelines well crafted by the superintendent, teachers as well as input from the State. The guideline document can be seen on our website.
The gym will still be closed due to the need for cleaning it after each person uses it, the students will have physcial education outside. I know many of you want to use the gym for your own health issues, thank you for your patience as we work through The Covid crisis.
Please understand the situation will be monitored closely. The teachers are being trained in Zoom and alternative instruction practices should we need to do so. Enjoy a healthy August. Feel free to join our next meeting August 20th. Bring a mask, we plan to have it outside (weather permitting). Feel free to contact us should you have concerns or questions.
Cindy Herndon Board President
Return to Classroom Plan
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM KELLEYS ISLAND SCHOOL
***Below is the Return to Classroom Plan for the Kelleys Island School. This is the plan as of July 29, 2020. We understand that this plan can change and/or be modified as conditions warrant. We will keep you up to date on any changes as they occur.
Kelleys Island School District 2020-2021 School Year Return to Classroom Plan
All Ohio schools were closed for the remainder of the school year on March 10, 2020, by order of the
Governor and State Health Commissioner in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. During this summer, Kelleys Island School has been exploring guidelines and options for re-opening school for the 2020-21 school year.
These general principles will guide our school district as we move forward with re-opening our school district. We will:
Work closely with the Erie County Department of Health to promote safety at the highest level in our school building
Consult with state agencies and legal authorities regarding our options and guidelines for reopening our school district
Make decisions and enforce policies centered around staff and student safety
Be transparent with all stakeholders that some level of risk will always be present when children and school district employees occupy school district facilities
Inform parents, staff, and community of the safety protocols we have in place in order to decrease the likelihood of infection
The Kelleys Island staff will meet periodically to evaluate and adjust our guidelines and protocols.
Protocols, Policies, and Procedures
Temperature checks will be mandatory for students, staff, and sub employees in order to enter the building
A temperature of 100.4 or higher will result in a parent being notified to pick up their child.
Masks will be worn at all times by students and staff. At the discretion of the teacher, and if students are properly distanced, masks may be removed when directed. Of course, we will remain in compliance with all state mandates.
Classrooms will operate at a distanced six (6) feet from others
Upon arrival, before lunch, and after recess, as well as during frequent restroom breaks, regular hand washing and sanitizing will be scheduled
Students will be instructed to limit their time in the hallways before school, between classes, and after school.
Restrooms will be limited to one person at a time
No parties or activities where outside food is brought in will be permitted.
Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom
All desktops, door handles, and high contact areas wilt be wiped down regularly
The utilized classrooms and hallways in the school building will be disinfected nightly Field trips and assemblies wilt be cancelled until further notice
Students may be limited to certain pieces of playground equipment and restricted from activities that are "high touch" and difficult to clean or maintain social distancing.
Students must sanitize their hands after recess
If and when a student does not feel well enough to come to school, remote learning will be an option. For attendance purposes, the student who chooses this option must be willing and able to actively participate and must follow the directions of the classroom teacher. Please note that much of this remote learning will be audio as the teacher will not always be directly in front of the camera.
Remote learning may be assigned on an individual basis as determined by administration. Each classroom will stream live instruction where students can participate in real time with their teacher(s) and peers.
Students with COVID-19 Procedures
We will adhere to CDC and Erie County Health Dept. guidelines when students test positive with Covidl 9.
With the close of schools and children working from home, teaching has definitely changed for awhile. Teachers are doing their teaching remotely and parents have become the teacher at home. I wanted to share resources that might be helpful to all in meeting this challenge . These resources are lesson plans, activities, discussions, virtual field trips and videos. There is something for all grade levels and curriculum areas. I will add to this page often. I hope that these resources will be helpful.
Educator Tools includes more than 70,000 teacher-approved lesson plans, best practices, articles, websites, and other instructional materials to support personalized learning, project-based learning, and the inquiry process. Many learning activities can be completed remotely and online.
Digital Video Collection (DVC). DVC videos support all curriculum areas and Ohio's Learning Standards. Segmented and downloadable, most include teacher guides. Use the DVC videos in the classroom or at home.
Activities & Lesson Plans through INFOhio Instructional Bags and the IWonder Genius Hour lesson plan
Worksheets, printables and lessons This website provides worksheets and printable activities for practice in math, reading,and writing for every grade level Preschool - High School and includes a section on Best Teaching Ideas.
This website, by using Yoga provides tools to help children learn to:
build their concentration
increase their confidence
and even work on gross motor skills.
Here's what happening...
Kelleys Island KID'S CLUB
The KI After School Kid's Club meets once a week for an hour of active play, which include STEAM project challenges, crafts, and a healthy snack. This is a time for studets to have fun while learning new games and skills.
January Student Presentations
Mark your calendar for the next student presentations - Feb 27, 2:30-3:00
The students at Kelleys Island School take pride in their classroom work and work on their presentation skills as they present their work to the community of teachers, family and island residents. These presentations were from their classroom projects which covered the curriculum areas of Social Studies, Language Arts and History. They schedule their presentations throughout the school year and welcome anyone to the presentations. Check the calendar on the school webpage for the dates of future presentations.
Getting Ready for the Snow??
The students use these cardboard boxes as “forts” to play a “snowball fight “ game...any time of year!
They change the game a little each time they play. They use the cardboard for "forts' and then try to get each other with snowballs and take snowballs from someone else. The snowballs are made of a soft "pom pom" materialThe snowballs On this day they had the forts all lined up side by side and tried to get Mrs. Green with snowballs.
The Kelleys Island School Running Club has been busy keeping up with their work, doing inside running at the school gymnasium. They work on improving all of their running skills...starting, running techniques, pacing and teamwork.
On the last day of Winter Running Club, the runners asked to run a mile...that is 22 laps in the gymnasium. Coach Smith kept track of each persons laps and used encouraging word games to keep everyone motivated and entertained during their efforts. The picures below show the "team members" working together with Glade to help her finishher last laps. Glade shows her happiness by spreading open her arms in jubilation. Nice teamwork!!!
Kelleys Island School Board and Teacher Attend OSBA Capital Conference
Superintendent Phil Thiede, Board Members, Tom Beck, Cindy Herndon, Jodie Smith, Technology Director/Teacher, Janice Kraus, Board Member, Deb Haig and Natasha Skeans
The Members of the Kelleys Island Board of Education, along with Technology Director, Janice Kraus, attended the Ohio School Board Associatiom (OSBA) Capital Conference and Trade Show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. More than 9,000 people attended his years conference, which included more than 170 sessions of panel discussions, workshops, one-on-one assistance and nationally renowned speakers addressing a variety of educational issues.
Each attendee participated in sessions to help them understand the needs of our students as they enteran ever changing world environment. Some highlights included: (Below are just a few of the many topics that were offered)
1. Having a better understanding of technology available for use in blended programming. 2. Models of schools serving as "community centers", that serve the communities educational needs beyond Public Pre-.K-12. 3. Forming partnerships within the community and with other institutes of learning is a highly sought after models for schools. 4. "Best Practices" is a term that is now being used for schools using STEM and STEAM learning models. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Schools who incorporate STEM or STEAM are promoting "literacy" for all students in these fields. 5. Culture of schools and communities was a topic covered in many sessions. Ranging from how do we promote healthy social environments in our schools to how do we engage our communities to be a contributing factor in our childrens education.
For more informaion about the OSBA Capital Confernece and the sessions, visit: www.conference.ohioschoolboards.org/2019/