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High School Students: To request a schedule change, please fill out this form:
https://forms.gle/gUZmNGrYVfRNz1et5

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Julie Johnson , 5 days ago

Schedules for grades 6-12 may be picked up Tuesday, August 4. Pick up will be drive through only. Middle school in the circle drive. High school in front of the main building. Time is from 10-2.

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Julie Johnson , 11 days ago

Cave City School District COVID-19 Guidelines for 2020-2021

Cave City School District will follow the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) guidelines and the Arkansas Ready for Learning report issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in planning for re-opening in the fall (Guidelines are subject to change). We hope the following information helps answer many of the questions you may have about reopening school.

Our goal will be to provide as safe an experience as possible that includes a rich educational experience, with opportunities for social interaction and extracurricular activities while adhering to guidelines provided by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Schools (DESE).

What is the first day for students?
School will begin on August 24, 2020. This date is later than originally planned. This date is subject to change as ADH and or DESE send updated guidance to school districts.

Who will be required to wear face coverings?
On July16th, 2020, Governor Hutchinson issued an executive order establishing that as of July 20th, Face Coverings shall be required over the mouth and nose in all indoor environments where individuals are exposed to non-household members, and distancing of six (6) feet or more cannot be assured. It also applies to outdoor settings where there is exposure to non-household members, unless there exists ample space of six (6) feet or more to practice physical distancing. Students under the age of 10 are exempted, as are our athletes while participating in athletic activities where a six feet distance is not achievable, but a mask is inhibitory to the activity. Our students under 10 years of age and those with health issues and special needs will not be asked to wear face coverings. The district will provide three washable face coverings to all students in grades 5-12, and will have additional face coverings available for students in grade 4 and below at parent request. The district will make every effort to provide students with “relaxation time” during the day, which allows them to take off their mask when social distancing can be established. Examples might include but are not limited to recess activities, P.E., nature walks, outdoor classroom settings, extended periods between classes where students can social distance outside the building, athletic activities, etc.

Do we need to provide masks for our student or will one be provided?
The district will provide three washable masks for students in grades 5-12. For students in K-4, masks will be available, upon request.

Will students and adults be screened daily?
Both students and adults will comply with daily screenings to include fever checks. We will also ask our parents to screen their children and not send them to school in the event they have 1 or more of the following:
1). have a fever of 100.4º F
2). have a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell
3). have been in contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, what will happen?
In the event an individual tests positive, we will follow the latest guidance from the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH). We will be in direct contact with ADH.

Will social distancing guidelines be observed?
Social distancing will be observed as much as feasibly possible but at times students will be closer than the recommended 6 ft apart. When social distancing requirements can not be maintained such as class exchange time, etc., students will be expected to wear face coverings. We will redesign classrooms and cafeteria spaces to increase the space between students, but we can not always guarantee it will be 6 ft.

How normal will the day be for a student?
Our goal is for your student(s) to have as normal of a day as possible while we also provide as much safety as possible. Elementary students will remain in the same classroom all day. Middle and high school students will not remain in the same classroom all day but will be able to transition from one class to another with a staggered class transition schedule.

Will students at the elementary still have extra classes like PE, art, music, guidance, and library?
Yes, students will continue to participate in activity classes, check out library books, and receive guidance and gifted instruction.

Will my elementary student have recess?
Yes. Elementary students will have outdoor recess when the weather is appropriate with restrictions that limit the number of students they come in contact with. Additionally, playground equipment will be sanitized between groups of students.

Will classrooms be arranged differently to protect students?
Yes, classrooms will be arranged to provide more space between students. That might mean all desks arranged in rows facing in a single direction. It might result in reading areas with bean bags, couches or comfy chairs being removed. It might include dividers between students who are seated at a table. We will make every effort to provide distance but not limit students’ ability to interact and communicate with others in their classroom.

What will be the procedure for checking students out during the day?
Parents will be asked to call the office when they arrive on campus and then, the student will be taken to a designated spot.

What about drop off/pick up areas for elementary students?
Drop-off locations will remain the same as (1)the crosswalk area on school road and (2)in the circle drive area. Pickup procedure will be reviewed and might be modified to maximize physical distancing. All parents will remain outside of the buildings except under extenuating circumstances, such as an ill or injured student. Parents must be screened before entry into the building.

If I don’t want my student to return to a traditional classroom, what are my options?
The Cave City School District will be offering Cave City School District Virtual Academy for the 2020-2021 school year. CCSD Virtual Academy is open to all students who are legal residents of the district or who have met the requirements for school choice. There will be no cost for students electing to enroll in the Cave City School District Virtual Academy. Students will be provided a school issued chromebook or iPad. Parents may elect to move their students from the traditional setting to virtual at any time during the school year.

Will elementary students who choose virtual academy be able to select a teacher request?
District staffing will be based upon the number of registered students who choose virtual academy. Therefore, teacher requests will not be honored. Parents/guardians must keep in mind that if a student returns to traditional blended learning from the Cave City School Virtual Academy, he/she will be placed where a class seat is available.

If students choose to enroll in the full-time virtual academy, will they be able to participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes. Arkansas Activities Association rules require that athletes attend school for one hour each day (minimum). Their practice time on campus will meet that requirement.

Will the district provide any transportation to and from a Cave City School District campus when a student is wanting to participate in an activity or class on campus?
No, all transportation for virtual students will be the responsibility of the family.

Will we have an open house?
Yes, the Cave City School District feels it is important to offer a modified Open House on August 20th. K-5 Open House will be from 5:30-8PM and will be a scheduled block of time per grade. Preschool, 1st, & 4th will be from 5:30 - 6:20. Kindergarten & 3rd will be from 6:20 - 7:10. 2nd & 5th will be from 7:10 -8:00. 6th grade and 9th grade will participate in a “Meet and Greet” at their respective campuses from 6 to 7 pm to allow those students the opportunity to familiarize with the buildings. 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades will need to pick up schedules on August 4th from 10AM-2PM. Schedule change requests are detailed below. Due to off-site instruction during the spring semester, the fifth & eight graders did not have an opportunity to tour their respective campuses. CCSD understands the importance of allowing our incoming sixth & ninth graders, along with other students, an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the teachers, schedules, and the layout of the buildings. Face masks will be required for everyone over the age of 9. We also ask that you limit the number of people attending Open House to three people per family.

Will my student eat lunch in his/her classroom?
Based on current guidance, the ADH is recommending that districts limit the capacity of students in the cafeteria. We anticipate this may mean we will be required to adjust lunch schedules. Proper sanitation of all areas will be completed after each meal. Meals will be self-contained and snacks will be wrapped individually. Procedures will not allow students to pick up utensils, self-serve, or share food. Parents are strongly encouraged to sign up for online payment to alleviate the passing of money at all schools. CCSD values the opportunity for parents to have lunch with their child during the school day. However, at this time, ADH and DESE guidance is recommending visitors not be allowed to eat lunch with the students at school. No lunch deliveries to remote/online learners will be offered at this time. However, lunch deliveries could resume in the event ADE closes school districts as they had in the Spring for a significant amount of time. The district will not deliver meals during inclement weather closures. If your child is enrolled in the Cave City Virtual Academy, parents can arrange to pick up meals for their student daily.

Will students be allowed to use the water fountains?
Parents are encouraged to send a water bottle with their student since water fountains will not be available. However, touchless water filling stations will be available in all buildings.

What special precautions will be implemented in regard to cleaning and sanitizing?
Sanitation and cleanliness will be a high priority for our district as we return in the fall. Restrooms and classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized often at opportune times during the school day. We will also provide time for handwashing and hand sanitizer throughout the campuses. Students will be asked to sanitize their hands each time they leave and enter a new space. School busses will be sanitized after each trip.

If a student comes to school sick, what will happen?
If a student comes to school sick, the school nurse or designee will screen the student and check the child’s temperature. If temperature is over the ADH guidance, the student will be sent home and will need to be non symptomatic and fever-free for 48 hours without medication before returning to school. When the child returns to school, the school nurse or designee will check the child’s temperature.

How will you help fill any gaps in learning that my student has from the previous year?
Curriculum teams have worked to revise the curriculum so that missed essential standards will be addressed when students return. Additionally, students will be assessed to determine individual strengths and deficits. These assessments will determine if students need additional support. At the middle school missed skills from the previous course will be covered during the student’s intervention/gap period.

What advice do you have for students with special needs (autism, asthma, panic attacks, anxiety, etc.) or students with weakened immune systems and pre-existing conditions?
The district will be prepared to accommodate students through both onsite and offsite instruction with special needs. Our Special Education instructors will be taking extra precautions when working with students. If parents have concerns about their students who may be at high-risk because of COVID-19, they may explore the virtual learning option which allows the student to continue receiving educational services from the safety of their own home.

What is blended learning?
Sometimes referred to as ‘hybrid learning’, Blended Learning allows students to continue learning grade level or content standards through the use of technology-based and face-to-face instructional approaches. The District will provide each student a device: kindergarten will be provided with an iPad and students in grades 1-12 will be provided a Chromebook.
What about getting student schedules?
Student schedules for grades 6-12 will be finalized and available on home access on August 4. We encourage you to use the schedules on home access center. If you want a printed copy you can drive to the front of the high school or through the middle school drop off circle on August 4th from 10-2.
What about changing my schedule?
Schedule changes will be limited this year. We are making every effort to have even class sizes so that maximum distance between students can be maintained in the classrooms for student safety. Students are highly encouraged this year to have their schedules finalized prior to the first day of school. A google form link will be provided after August 4th that can be utilized for schedule changes. The form will be available on the website. Virtual meetings via zoom or telephone will be available on August 17th for students or parents who need more assistance. More information will be posted to our website after August 4th.
What about registering for college classes?
College registration papers are available on the front porch of the high school or you can call the high school office at 283-3333 and we will assist you in getting a form. Students are encouraged to fill out those forms ASAP, especially seniors, since those classes fill up quickly. They can be returned to the bin in front of the high school and you can email Mrs. Green to discuss available classes. Please place college courses in the subject line of the email. Her email address is vickieg@cavecity.ncsc.k12.ar.us
What happens if we have school closures again?
If schools close again, a plan for at-home digital learning has been developed. Teachers will utilize Google Classroom to deliver lessons. CCSD has worked to develop a curriculum where students can transition seamlessly to at-home learning in the event we shutdown. Our goal is to provide continuous education for all our students. With this in mind, traditional students will be engaged in learning that includes both on-site and digital instruction. This approach will allow students who might be ill or quarantined for a limited amount of time to continue their education even if they are not physically present in the classroom.

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Julie Johnson , 16 days ago

Cave City Middle School will host a public meeting regarding the application for a charter status for the school year 2021-2022. This meeting will be on July 24th at 6:00pm and is for charter information only. Information on COVID-19 plans for this school year (2020-2021) are in the works and will be coming soon.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Cave City Middle School is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Cave City Middle School Charter
Time: Jul 24, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 974 7967 0285
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Julie Johnson , 17 days ago

There has been some confusion over signing up for our Virtual Academy. We are asking that all parents fill out this survey whether you are planning to send your student to school in person or virtually. Thank you!

https://forms.gle/nxdBfb54srQYTXRx8

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