Clinton Public School District
Return to School FAQs
1. What is the Hybrid Start? —The 2020-2021 school year will begin with a hybrid start, going from Thursday, August 13 through Friday, August 28. These dates are subject to change. The hybrid start will consist of two on-campus class days and two virtual instruction days. During these weeks, campuses will function at 50% capacity. Students will be separated into two teams, Team Clinton and Team Arrows. Campuses are scheduled to start at full capacity beginning August 31.
Team Clinton will attend on-campus classes on August 13, 17, 18, 24 and 25
Team Arrows will attend on-campus classes on August 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28
A CALENDAR is available for download.
2. How do I know if my child is on Team Clinton or Team Arrows? —Students will be separated into two teams in order to allow for campuses to accommodate 50% capacity for the first two weeks of school. Students will be divided by last name. Team Clinton will be comprised of all students whose last name begins with A-J. Team Arrows will be comprised of all students whose last name begins with K-Z. Siblings will be placed on the same team.
3. What safety measures will be taken to ensure the school campuses are safe for my child to return to school? —All campuses, facilities and buses have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by PCS through traditional cleaning methods and electrostatic sanitization technology. Hand sanitizer has been provided to all teachers for use as well as placed throughout buildings for easy access and use.
4. How often will campuses be cleaned and sanitized? —Buildings and facilities will be cleaned and sanitized regularly throughout the day. PCS will also clean and sanitize each campus every night during their routine cleaning. Protocols have been put in place for facilities impacted by COVID-19.
5. How will school attendance work? —Absences due to positive COVID-19 test or due to recommended self-quarantine will be counted as excused.
6. Will students be screened by staff every day? —Students will enter the building wearing their masks and report directly to their homeroom teacher whereupon they will have their temperature taken with a temporal scanner. Parents are also strongly urged to screen their child's health daily before school begins.
7. Will my child have to wear a mask all day long? —Masks must be worn by students and district personnel in all common spaces. Masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible. When social distancing is possible, masks are not required to be worn.
8. Are there any virtual learning options? —Parents wishing their child to remain at home and encounter education through virtual methods must complete the Updated Virtual Student Request Form. While long term virtual instruction is an option for students in unique situations, it does not serve as an equitable alternative to the traditional classroom setting. Students wishing to transition from virtual to face-to-face will be allowed to transition at the start of the second 9 week period on October 12. All students wishing to remain virtual will be classified as such for the remainder of the fall semester.
9. If my child does not attend on-campus classes, can he/she participate in extracurricular activities? —Students opting to remain virtual will forfeit extracurricular activity participation.
10. How will buses be affected? —Students riding buses will be required to sit one-to-a-seat on the wall/window side of the seat. Riders will be required to wear a mask during the duration of the route. Buses will be thoroughly cleaned after all routes and will be disinfected twice daily by PCS using electrostatic sanitizing technology.
11. Will students be allowed to go on field trips this year? —All field trips have been suspended for the 2020-2021 school year.
12. How will student grades be calculated? —All grade levels will utilize CANVAS for both face-to-face and virtual instruction. Class averages and graded assignments will be available through PowerSchool.
13. Where can I access my child's grades? —Parents are encouraged to stay up to date with their child's grades by accessing the POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL.
14. What do I need to do with my child's iPad or computer from last year? —Parents of returning students in grades 1-5 are asked to bring their child's iPad with them during registration on August 10 and 11. Returning 6-12 graders are required to bring their devices with them daily.
15. I'm new to the district. How does my student get his/her iPad or computer? —Once registration is completed, individual schools will facilitate distributing devices to new students.
16. Are backpacks still allowed? —Students are still allowed to bring backpacks to school as long as district policy is followed.
17. Will club meetings or student assemblies be held in traditional fashions? —Club meetings and group assemblies will not meet during the first two weeks of school. These will be reassessed as the school year progresses.
18. Will I be allowed to visit my child's class during the day? —In order to maintain a safe environment, visitors will not be permitted beyond the front offices.
19. What will lunch look like for students? —Child Nutrition Services will be available to all students beginning August 13. Breakfast will begin August 31. Students will be offered grab-and-go meals. Meals will be held in classrooms to ensure appropriate social distancing. Payment for student meals can be made through MySchoolBucks. Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch may sign up online through the MySchoolApps at the start of August.
20. Can I still send a lunch from home for my child? —Students may still bring their lunch from home. Parents are asked to send lunches that do not need microwaving and that will not leave a large mess.
21. Will I be able to eat lunch with my child? —In order to maintain a safe environment, visitors will not be allowed to eat lunch with their child's class.
22. Will students be able to use water fountains as usual? —Water fountain use will be restricted. Students and faculty are encouraged to bring their own water bottles which can be refilled at bottle filling stations on each campus.
23. What activity classes and recess look like for my child? —Activity classes such as music, art, library and physical education will still be held in their respective facilities. Activity teachers will utilize the same sanitization protocols used by classroom teachers to maintain safe environments for students to learn. Students will continue to enjoy recess by utilizing the playgrounds and other outdoor spaces. Students will remain within their cohort during times of outdoor play.
24. Will my student's IEP or 504 plan accommodations be met? —All IEPs and Accommodation Plans will be followed in regular form.
25. What do I need to do if my child feels ill? —It is imperative for parents to screen their child's health on a daily basis. If your child is feeling ill, do not send him/her to school. Contact your school's front office to inform them of your child's absence. Students will remain home for 72 hours and must be free from any fever without medication for 24 hours. If a student desires to return to school prior to the end of the 72 hour period, parents will need to provide clearance from a physician and a doctor's signature. Upon returning to school, students must report back to the office for reentry with a completed Return to School Verification Form filled out by the parent.
26. What plans are in place if the district is notified of a positive COVID-19 test result? —Upon a positive COVID-19 test result, parents are strongly urged to contact their child's principal immediately. Parents with children who have come into contact with a confirmed positive case will be contacted by the school. Contact tracing will be used to identify students who have been in close contact with any confirmed positive case.
27. What will happen if schools have to experience additional closures? —If schools are forced to close again, instruction and assignments will resume through Canvas as if face-to-face instruction were still occurring. Assignments would be graded in traditional manners with academic expectations remaining the focus.
28. How can I stay up to date with information from CPSD? —All news and updates will be available on the Clinton Public School District's website. Updates will also be issued through the district's Twitter Account (@ClintonSchools) as well as traditional media outlets. CPSD will utilize CANVAS for mass communication with parents and students. Parents are encouraged to create a CANVAS OBSERVER ACCOUNT.