FAQ's


The following FAQ provides information related to Haysville USD's planning for the 2020-21 school year. Given the fluid nature of COVID-19 and the continually evolving guidelines for schools at the federal, state and local levels, the information in this FAQ is subject to change. Please visit this page and our COVID-19 resource page regularly for updates.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

LEARNING FORMAT

1. If we use a hybrid model, will there be extracurricular activities?
a. We will not be using a hybrid model, parents will be offered the option to choose to send their students to school on-site or remote. We will follow the guidelines from the Sedgwick County Health Dept., state, & KSHSAA when making decisions about extracurricular activities.

2. If students are on an A/B type schedule, will the district make sure that students within the same family are on the same schedule? Can parents make requests to fit their work schedules?
a. We will not be offering an A/B type schedule.

3. How will music classes work if students are wearing masks?
a. Our music department has been meeting to determine how to provide both on-site & remote learning for students that abide by the guidelines of the Sedgwick County Health Department, the state, & the district.

4. If students are learning virtually, could the athletic fields or playgrounds be open so that they could see their friends and at least get some socialization (masks and social distancing in place)? How about having an outdoor class once a week so that they can socialize. :)
a. The purpose of remote learning is for the safety of our students and limiting possible spread & contamination.

5. Is there a way to give parents the choice of sending their student or learning virtually?
a. We are planning to offer parents the choice to send their students back on-site or to learn remotely.

6. If we are using an A/B or a hybrid model, who will the student be able to ask for help if the teacher always has a group of students?
a. Teachers will be assigned to groups of remote students to help support them in their learning.

7. If we do real time, virtual learning, would it be possible to have lessons recorded so that students could refer back or view the lesson if they are unable to log in at that time?
a. Through the online learning platform, OTUS, staff will be able to record lessons and interact with students remotely.

8. Can we be back onsite for learning if parents sign a waiver?
a. Parents will be given the choice to send their students back on-site or to learn remotely.

9. How will we determine if students are successful virtual learners, or not, if we go with that plan?
a. Daily attendance, check-ins by teachers, and grades will be required for all remote learners.

10. Could the start of the school year be pushed back until after Labor Day and the year extended to the end of May?
a. School will start after Labor Day. (1st-6th & 9th-Sept. 10th; 7th-8th & 10th-12-Sept. 11th; PreK-K - Sept. 14th).

 

LOGISTICS

11. Will we be having any type of sports or extracurricular activities?
a. The district will make those decisions with direction from the Sedgwick County Department of Health, state requirements, & KSHSAA recommendations.

12. Will there still be athletic events, concerts and plays? To help prevent large crowds, could the district record and broadcast these events?
a. Events with spectators will be determined with direction from the Sedgwick County Department of Health, state requirements, & KSHSAA recommendations. As of right now, we will not be hosting in person Open Houses at the buildings.

13. If students are learning virtually, will work be turned in and graded? How will this happen?
a. All remote learners will be required to turn in assignments. They will also be graded on all assignments as if they were on-site. We will be using an online platform called OTUS that will allow students to upload assignments and communicate with teachers daily.

14. Will learning look different than it did last spring?
a. Remote learning will be vastly different from our end of year Continuous Learning Plan. You can view the major differences by clicking HERE.

15. Will latchkey be available? Will SPARK be available?
a. Yes, latchkey and SPARK will be available this year.

16. How many children can safely be in a classroom?
a. Our operations team is currently evaluating each instructional space to determine the number of students that could be in a classroom for proper social distancing. Masks will be worn for areas in which social distancing is not possible.

17. How will passing period work if students are supposed to be social distancing?
a. Hallways will be clearly marked for students to get from one classroom to another without intermingling. All students (PreK-12th) will also be required to wear masks when attending on-site.

18. Will students still have electives and specials, or is the district just planning to focus on the core subjects?
a. Specials and elective classes will be available for students as long as we are able to meet the guidelines & safety requirements from the Sedgwick County Health Dept., state, & district.

19. How will breakfast and lunch work?
a. Breakfast & lunch will look different this year as we will not have big groups eating together in one space. Building principals are developing plans for their buildings to abide by the safety guidelines set forth by the Sedgwick County Health Dept., state, & district.

20. How will classes that require hands-on learning be handled?
a. Administrators and teachers will be analyzing the best practices for learning on-site that will minimize contamination and spread and abide by all of the safety guidelines.

21. Will students that are in quarantine or test positive be counted absent?
a. Students who are in quarantine or test positive will move to the remote learning model so they can continue learning from home.

22. If we are learning on-site, will there be an online option for these students?
a. There will be an online option for any student that needs to quarantine or whose parent chooses for their child to learn remotely.

23. Will students have recess?
a. Recess will still be held.

24. Will masks be required at recess?
a. Masks will be required for anyone that cannot properly socially distance.

25. How will social distancing be enforced during recess?
a. Students will be allowed to use the playground & other outside areas to properly socially distance. If social distancing is not available, masks will need to be worn.

26. If we are learning virtually, would it be possible for students to be able to meet in person with the teacher, one-on-one, periodically? Could students come in once a week with a small group of students for instruction?
a. If you choose remote learning for your child(ren), teacher contact will occur daily through our online platform, OTUS. Teachers will be available to answer questions, support students, and check-in with OTUS.

27. If students are learning virtually, how much time will they be required to spend online?
a. Students will be required to spend at least 6 hours (360 minutes) learning each day. There will also be a form for students & parents/guardians to sign verifying that your child(ren) have met their required minutes.

28. Can holiday and summer breaks be shortened to help give our students a chance to catch up?
a. Our approved district calendar will meet the requirements for student learning contact hours for the year.

29. If a student does not participate virtually or complete work online, will they fail the class? Could they have to repeat the grade?
a. Student participation will be required and grades will be taken on assignments. If students do not complete and turn in the assignments, they will not earn the required credits for that grade.

30.If students are learning virtually, how will they be able to get questions answered in a timely manner?
a. Teachers will be assigned to help remote learning students on a daily basis.

31. If remote learning is the direction the district takes, will they still be providing breakfast and lunch like they did in the spring?
a. Breakfast and lunch pick up will still be available to remote learners during this time. These programs will not be available to the general public, only students who are currently enrolled in Haysville Schools.

32. How will students social distance on the bus? Will each bus have someone to monitor students so that drivers can focus on the road? Will students have temperature checks before boarding the bus? Will students have to wear masks on the bus?
a. All bus riders will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus. Some bus routes have been altered to allow for smaller numbers. Students will have assigned seats on the bus, load from back to front, and unload from front to back. All staff & students will have temperature checked before entering the school building.

33. If parents choose to transport their bus riders, how does the school insure that the person picking the student up is someone on the child’s approved pick-up list without them getting out of the car and coming inside?
a. We will continue to dismiss students from school as we have in previous years.

34. Will guests be allowed in the school? How about parents picking up and dropping off students?
a. Guests will be allowed in school on a limited basis & guests will be asked health-related questions as well as getting their temperature checked before they are able to proceed into the building. Building administrators will describe specific guidelines for picking up & dropping off students.

35. If a student becomes ill, what will the policy be for making up missed work? Will they be exempt at that point? Will there be a consistent, district rule?
a. In the event students become ill, they will have the opportunity to make up work. This will be the same for both on-site and remote learners. Yes, this is a district rule.

36. How will the district decisions affect WSU Tech courses?
a. We will still use WSU Tech courses as we have in the past. Parents/Students will have the opportunity to select courses offered on-site or remote.

37. If a child is on an IEP are they allowed to change rooms to go to speech or the resource room, wherever their service is provided?
a. IEP services will be met both on-site & remotely.

 

TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET

38. Will it be possible for elementary students to check out a device if we are learning remotely?
a. Yes, elementary students will have the opportunity to check out devices.

39. Who can parents contact if they are having trouble with online learning and cannot reach the teacher? Will the district be providing a help desk for questions and tech support?
a. If parents or students are having a difficult time connecting with a teacher, they should contact the building principal.

40.What learning platform will be used for students (my high school student used Google Classroom, but my other students didn’t)?
a. The online learning platform will be OTUS. This platform will be how students and teachers connect with each other.

41. For virtual instruction, will the district be using Zoom, Google, or something else?
a. Teachers have been instructed to use Google Meets for virtual instruction.

42. How can I get my student’s login information for various programs if we are working virtually and he can’t remember?
a. Students that cannot remember their login information will need to contact their teacher.

 

LEARNING NEEDS

43. My child is on an IEP. Will he/she still receive the services outlined in the IEP?
a. IEP services will be provided in accordance with the student’s IEP. Depending on the parent choice for onsite or remote learning, the IEP team may meet to determine appropriate services based upon the parent choice for learning.

44. If students with an IEP are learning virtually, how will they receive extra support and the accommodations that they need?
a. The IEP team will meet to determine the appropriate services based upon the parents decision for the learning environment. If the parent chooses the remote learning option, the team will determine the necessary services including accommodations and modifications.

45. How will students receive speech services if wearing masks?
a. If the services being provided require the mouth to be seen, students and staff will have a clear mask that will be available to wear. The clear mask allows for both the staff and student to see the mouth of the other person for purposes of the skill being taught.

46. Communication with parents will be very important. How does the district plan to communicate with families that have joint custody?
a. District & building level communication with parents will happen through SchoolReach phone calls & emails, through the district website, and through social media. Classroom level communication will happen through the teacher.

47. If a teacher cannot be at work, will there be enough subs or teachers to cover these needs or will kids be dispersed to other classrooms?
a. Safety & security is our utmost priority and will still be in place on-site so students will be monitored & will continue to learn in the absence of their teacher. We will continue to use substitute teachers as we have in the past. We MAY get to the point that teachers MAY be asked to cover classes, we MAY “merge classes”, and we MAY use a combination of these strategies. It all depends on availability of substitute teachers, the number of teachers available and their endorsements.

48. What help will be provided to parents that feel unable to teach the material to their students?
a. Parents will not be required to teach the material to remote learners. Teachers will teach the lesson, parents can assist with the homework.

49. My child has autism/intellectual disabilities. How will his/her needs be met at home?
a. If parents choose the remote option, the IEP team will meet to determine appropriate services based upon the remote learning environment. The students' needs will be addressed through the IEP team and IEP development.

50.If we are learning virtually, how can I keep my gifted or advanced child challenged?
a. Teachers will be able to differentiate instruction to accommodate all learners remotely.

51. How does the district plan to address the learning that was missed during the last nine weeks of the 2019-2020 school year?
a. Teachers understand that there will need to be a longer review period for students to help get students back into “school mode” at the beginning of the year.

52. If students are learning virtually, what will be done to help Seniors that are getting ready for college/careers? Will they have time with counselors to plan?
a. Counselors will be available to on-site & remote learners.

53. Would it be possible to send home a list of grade level requirements of what our child needs to know by the end of the school year to advance to the next grade level?
Our grade level requirements are the Kansas College & Career Ready Standards located on the KSDE website. Click HERE to look at those standards.

54. What type of scheduling will a remote learner have? (Example music, pe, & field trips)
a. Remote learners will still get to participate in specials & elective classes such as music & pe. Field trips will be limited this year for all students.

55. What will the hybrid model for elementary students look like?
a. There is no hybrid model for elementary students. We have a High School Hybrid model available only to Campus High School students.

56. If you choose one type of platform to start school and it isn’t working well, can a student switch to the other easily or are they locked in for a certain amount of time other than for quarantines?
a. If the choice is not working, parents will have the option to switch to another mode of learning. The parent will need to contact the building principal to make the arrangements.

 

HEALTH/CLEANING RELATED

57. If a student or staff member tests positive for Covid19, does HIPPA prevent the school from informing me that my child had direct contact with this person?
a. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our district, we will contact the Sedgwick County Health Department & they will handle the contact tracing, quarantine requirements & notifications from there.

58. How will you ensure that parents aren’t sending sick students to school? Will the district be doing any testing for the Covid19 virus?
a. All students will have their temperature checked each day as they enter the building.

59. Could the district check temperatures upon arrival and maybe again later in the day incase parents have sent kids dosed up on Tylenol? If the district is doing temperature checks in the mornings, could the drop off time be adjusted?
a. All students will have their temperature checked each day as they enter the building.

60.Will masks be required? If a parent/student chooses not to wear a mask, will they be sent home? How will masks and social distancing be monitored? Is the district providing masks? How often will kids get a new mask? Can students bring their own masks? If the district is providing masks, what type of masks will they be?
a. All staff & students (PreK-12) will abide by the state, health department, and district guidelines if they will be attending on-site. At this time, the guidelines clearly state that masks must be worn (unless you have a medical reason for not being able to wear masks) & social distancing will be in place.

61. Will students have to wear masks all day long? When students are six feet or more apart, can they remove their masks? If students have sensory issues or a medical condition, like asthma, will he/she be required to wear a mask?
a. All staff & students (PreK-12) will abide by the state, health department, and district guidelines if they will be attending on-site. At this time, the guidelines clearly state that masks must be worn ( unless you have a medical reason for not being able to wear masks ) & social distancing will be in place.

62. If we are on-site and someone in the school tests positive for Covid19, will there then be quarantine requirements? Who will be quarantined and for how long?
a. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our district, we will contact the Sedgwick County Health Department & they will handle the contact tracing, quarantine requirements, & notifications from there.

63. How does the district plan to ensure that rooms are sanitized each day? If students are switching classes, will desks be wiped down between classes?
a. All buildings will be cleaned and sanitized each night after students leave the building.

64. Will students have scheduled time throughout the day to wash their hands?
a. As of right now, the requirement will be for all staff & students to wash their hands & sanitize each hour.

65. When a vaccine is found, will it be required for all students and staff?
a. We do not have the answer to that question at this time.

66. Many parents are concerned about depression. Will the district be offering counseling services for students that need them?
a. Our first focus is the safety and health of all staff & students, which includes mental health. We will have support in place to assist with anyone who needs these resources.

67. If we return to school as normal, will parents that have health related concerns (either immunocompromised students or family members) have the option to learn remotely? If students at high risk do return, what will the district protocols be to ensure their safety?
a. Parents will be given the choice to send their students back on-site or to learn remotely. All staff & students (PreK-12) will abide by the state, health department, and district guidelines if they will be attending on-site. At this time, the guidelines clearly state that masks must be worn (unless you have a medical reason for not being able to wear masks) & social distancing will be in place.

68. Vaping will be an even bigger concern this year with the possibility of spreading Covid19. What does the district plan to do when vaping is reported?
a. Board of Education Policy JCDAA speaks to that concern. “Smoking by students and/or the possession and use of any other tobacco product or electronic cigarette is prohibited in any attendance center, at school-sponsored events or on school property. Administrators may report students who are in violation of this policy to the appropriate law enforcement agency.”

69. Will there be any sort of teaching program to inform students about COVID19 and the consequences of their choices to not socially distance, for example?
a. If there are issues with students not wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, a process will be in place to conference with the student & parents/guardians. If the issue continues, then a remote learning option will be made available.

70. If the district isn’t required to shut down or quarantine exposed groups, will parents be informed if their child has had possible exposure? Will we have the ability to remove our students from school without punishment or truancy issues if we feel they are in danger?
a. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in our district, we will contact the Sedgwick County Health Department & they will handle the contact tracing, quarantine requirements, & notifications from there.

71. How does the district plan to keep students that are sick away from students going to the nurse to take daily medication?
a. We will follow CDC and Governor Kelly’s guidelines. Student medications will be administered as they have been in the past, but increased personal and environmental sanitation will be practiced.

72. Could there be a “quarantine room” where students that may have been exposed but are asymptomatic are able to still go to school and work, but not be in the classroom?
a. If students have been exposed, they will need to report that to a staff member so protocol can be followed for contacting the Sedgwick County Health Department. They will handle the contact tracing, quarantine requirements, & notifications from there.

73. Will students be allowed to bring water bottles in order to avoid the water fountains?
a. Students will be allowed to bring water bottles to school.

74. How will the restrooms be kept clean throughout the day?
a. All buildings will be cleaned and sanitized each night after students leave the building.

75. Will the air flow in classrooms potentially spread the virus throughout the school?
a. Yes, that is a possibility. It is not any more of a risk than being outside.

76. Can my student still bring a toothbrush to school?
a. Yes, as long as the toothbrush is not electric.

77. Will my student with asthma immediately be sent home if they are coughing?
a. No, we will evaluate your student to determine if the coughing is consistent with their typical asthma symptoms and is relieved by their inhaler. Your student will only be sent home if their cough is persistent and not relieved with the use of their inhaler or if the cough is present with additional symptoms.

78. Can my student be able to use albuterol for their asthma while at school?
a. Yes, except for albuterol that is given by a nebulizer. Inhalers will still be permitted.

 

MISC.

79. Can the district post the survey results?
a. The results of the survey were to inform district personnel as they were making decisions on how to return to school in the fall. The survey responses will remain anonymous to the public.

80. Are out of district enrollments being limited to help keep numbers down?
a. Enrollment will not be limited. All students need to enroll & parents/guardians will let building administrators know if you plan to send your child(ren) back on-site or remote.

81. Many parents are voicing concerns about childcare if students are not on site.
a. Parents will be given the choice to send their students back on-site or to learn remotely.

82. What will transportation look like if everyone goes back on-site from remote learning?
a. Transportation will be provided to all students who live in transportation boundaries as it has been done in the past.

83.Does the building usage rule apply to the Haysville Wrestling Club?
a. Yes, no outside entities (including the Haysville Wrestling Club) will be allowed to use building facilities.

84. What about sports?
a. We will abide by the recommendations from the Sedgwick County Department of Health & KSHSAA for sports decisions.

85. When will the details of how the school day will be run be available to parents?
a. Please go to our website, http://www.usd261.com/ for information about our Return to Learn plans & updates.

86. Does a special needs child need to wear a mask on the bus?
a. All bus riders will be required to wear a mask.

87. Will there be plastic partitions or anything at student desks?
a. No, students will be required to wear masks & social distance when they can.

88. Is it mandatory to cut spring break?
a. No, this was not mandatory but it was a decision made based on the number of student contact hours mandated for each school year.