September 24, 2020


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Limited In-Person Instruction Plan

Starting Friday, February 19th we will begin in person Career Technical Education (CTE) work with students.  We will utilize the Laurel Hill Farm to begin in-person CTE instruction of tool usage and school improvement.  

On Mondays and Fridays, students will work a 4 hour shift (or longer depending on transportation) to the Laurel Hill Farm.  Students will be given a task which will keep them at a minimum of 10 feet from one another.  Tools will be provided within the student’s work space and sanitized before returned to the garden shed.  

Four students (3 workers and 1 in a student supervisor position) will work on the farm from 10 – 2 either on Monday or Friday.  This will allow for 32 students each month to participate in the inperson CTE instruction.  This will allow for each student to participate 3 times for the remainder of the school year. 

Students will complete individual projects, such as:

  • Pulling blackberry from the student ‘hang out’ area
  • Cleanup of wood scraps around the sheds
  • Cleanout of sheds
  • Cleanout of greenhouses/ weeding of plant beds
  • Cleanup of Duck pond area
  • Cleanup of Chicken coop area
  • Rerolling of plastic on hoop greenhouses
  • Training of use of a tiller
  • Training of how to safely use a hoe, pitchfork, handheld soil aerator, loppers, wheelbarrow and a variety of other farming tools.
  • Planting tomato plants for families

Flagging tape will be used to section areas so that each student has a specific area in which to work to maintain social distancing protocols.

Students will use the 3 different entrances to enter the farm so that they are never in contact with one another.  Safety glasses, helmet, and gloves will be provided to each student.  

PreEntry requirements:

Orientation: Students and families will participate in a mandatory online orientation (found here) before arrival. During the orientation we will talk about the importance of keeping ourselves and each other safe. Specifically we will talk about health and safety protocols including (but not limited to):

  • Entering the school and using the facility
  • Social distancing and how it will work on the farm
  • How break times and lunch time will work
  • Masks are required at all times
  • Screening procedures and self-reporting symptoms
  • Screening questions:
    • Do you feel ill in any way, or have any symptoms: a fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell?
    • Does anyone in your household have symptoms?
    • Did you have any contact with someone showing symptoms since last departing school?
    •  If utilizing public transportation, did you follow mask/distancing recommendations?
  • If the student answers ‘yes’ to any of the first 3 screening questions, the student will not be allowed to stay.  
  • Temperature of all students to be taken each morning.
    • Thermometers used shall be ‘no touch’ or ‘no contact’
    • Any student with a temperature of 100.4°F or higher is considered to have a fever and must be placed in isolation until they can safely be transported home. 

In Person Service Work:

Once it is determined that the student does not have a temperature and passed the screening questions, students will be led to their work area

  • Distancing
    • Student work areas will be sectioned off by using flagging tape.  This is to ensure students stay 6 feet away from each other.
    • Tools and directions will be provided within the student’s work area.  
  • Restroom Usage
    • Students will be permitted to use the restrooms at the school but will be assigned their own stall.  Lysol will be sprayed as a disinfectant fogging between students in the restroom. Students will only use the outside door to enter the restroom.
  • Breaks
    • Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle and encouraged to break ‘as needed’. 
    • Students will be provided lunch (if requested)
  • Safety Gear
    • Students will be required to wear masks at all times.
    • Students will be provided with work gloves, a helmet and a work shirt. Students will be permitted to take their work shirt home after the 1st meeting.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.  A water station will be set up at the entrance of the farm. 

Exit procedures:

  • Students will be permitted to leave once their ride arrives
    • Students will leave their tools within their work area 
      • Tools will be sanitized and returned to the farm by the supervisor
    • In the event that the student’s rides arrive at the same time, students will be required to wait until the first student exits the farm before being allow to exit.
  • Please contact Principal Jay Breslow at (541) 349-7511 for further information