Harding Township School: General COVID-19 Information
HTS will have students return to a full-day schedule (8:20-3 :15) effective Monday, April 19, 2021. All health and safety protocols will remain unchanged. Temperature checks, daily health surveys, cleaning and sanitizing routines and siloing of individual classrooms will continue. The major change resulting from resuming our full-day schedule is the need to provide lunch and recess for all of our students. In order to implement this change, we have planned in the following way:
- A 90' by 60' tent has been constructed on our blacktop outside the elementary The tent has no walls and will provide a sheltered, well-ventilated space where students can be socially distanced while eating lunch. The tent will be inspected and approved by local and state authorities before being put into use.
- Tables and chairs will be placed at the appropriate social distance to accommodate the three lunch periods
- In case of extreme inclement weather (high winds, low temperatures) students will have lunch in their own
- Classes will remain siloed during lunch, as well as recess, with designated spaces being assigned (athletic fields, basketball court, tennis courts, and playground equipment). In case of inclement weather students will have recess in their
- All students will disinfect their hands prior to lunch/recess and after lunch/recess.
- Lunch service will be available through Maschios with one warm and one cold option More details on sign up for lunch will be shared next week.
- Lunch and recess will be supervised, as usual, by HTS faculty and staff with enhanced attention to ensuring that safety protocols (distancing, sanitization, ) are followed with fidelity.
- Kindergarten will eat lunch and have recess in their classrooms and on their own
- Masks will be required during recess and during lunch period when not All HTS faculty and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.
- HTS will not change the visitor policy: Visitors will be limited in each building to the front entryway (mantrap) All visitors that must enter the building envelope will be required to fill out a health survey and have their temperature checked.
- Spring sp011s are anticipated to begin on April 26, Spring sports will be geared towards skills and intra-squad competition. There will be lin1ited games with neighboring communities. No travel to other schools will be allowed, resulting in home games only.
Students arriving on the bus will have their temperature taken upon disembarking by an HTS faculty member. If a bus student is found to have a temperature, he/she will be taken to the isolation room, where the temperature will be retaken after a few minutes. If the temperature persists, the student’s parents will be notified to come and retrieve the student.
Students arriving in the car line (elementary or middle school) will remain in the car to have temperatures taken by an HTS faculty member. Parents are asked to remain in the car. If any child in the car registers a temperature, the family will be asked to park and wait a few minutes for a temperature retake. If the temperature persists, the child and any siblings will be sent home.
To accommodate the number of cars in the car line, we will open the car line at 8am. We ask everyone to be patient as we take steps to ensure the safety of all.
Students in grades K-4 will wait on the blacktop. Each class will have dots, 6 feet distanced, for the students to stand on.
Grade 5 students will wait in the amphitheatre, also on dots 6 feet distanced.
Grades 6, 7, and 8 will enter the middle school through the band room entrance and will wait in designated areas with faculty supervision.
To help us enforce social distancing guidelines, we are asking parents to remain in their cars until the students are visible at which point they can escort their children quickly to the car, without socializing. We will send further information about dismissal and what doors each grade will be dismissed from.
As dismissal is at 12:45pm, lunch will not be included in our school day. Students are permitted to bring a school-safe snack (no peanuts or tree nuts). Students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch will have the option to have lunch delivered directly to their home.
Integrated Preschool Program
Students attending the district’s half-day integrated preschool program morning session will receive live in-person instruction from 8:45am-10:15am, Monday through Friday. Students attending the afternoon program will receive instruction from 11:00 am-12:30pm, Monday through Friday. Please note that thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the classroom and materials will occur during the 45 minute break between sessions. In addition to the in-person instruction, there will be thirty minutes of virtual synchronous or asynchronous instruction each school day. This virtual instruction will allow for larger group instructional activities designed to facilitate generalization of skills across settings.