In-Person Learning Plan Highlights
The LPS In-Person Task Force developed a plan that calls for the most stringent health and safety standards for our school spaces while shifting our instructional practices to use more technology.
The District has made significant investments in devices, digital platforms, and individual materials so that students will not have to share materials while in school. All students - remote or in-person - will be receiving their own devices. The use of technology will reduce the use of student-shared materials making it easier for staff to keep spaces clean and sanitized.
LPS will still follow current attendance, assessment, and grading policies, as well as all grade-level instruction and Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Social emotional learning will be emphasized.
Since we will be following strict guidelines for health and safety, it is important to understand that the in-person learning option will not replicate what the school experience was like prior to the emergency closure last school year.
Students will be required to wear a mask each day in school. Schedules will mandate regular, outdoor mask breaks.
Schools will map out learning spaces to calculate six feet of distance between student desks with all students facing the same direction. Students will still be able to interact
and work together, but will use technology in order to do so safely. Our investment in technology will also help us more easily pivot to a remote learning scenario later in the year if the medical data call for it.
Our in-person plan calls for extensive safety procedures. Signage and floor markers will be posted to remind students about physical distancing. We have fogging machines to spray disinfectant in every building, and LPS is developing schedules to ensure the sanitation of rooms on a regular basis. The plan also includes recommendations for cleaning frequently touched items, such as handrails, knobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
Students will eat all meals in their classrooms, and staff will employ class or cohort scheduling, minimizing the interactions one group has with another in order to mitigate cross-contamination. Allied arts classes will be on a longer rotation schedule and will be held in the classroom for younger students. We will purposefully schedule English learner and special education students in cohorts to minimize exposure.