Kamiah Joint School District 304 Return to Learn Plan includes planning for three different levels based on where we are with COVID-19 community spread, according to school superintendent Ben Merrill at the special school board meeting held on Aug. 3.
Merrill appreciates that approximately 75 percent of parents completed the community survey in July, saying he and his team found the survey results helpful in developing the plan. He encourages parents to complete a follow-up survey after they have looked at the plan. The Return to Learn Reopening Plan 2020 mission is “Kamiah Joint School District #304 is deeply committed to the safety of our students and staff. Our mission is to protect the well-being of those we care about through appropriate planning and precautions.”
North Central District Health determines the rate of community spread at the county level within the school district boundaries. Merrill described there would not be a North Idaho decision about community spread, but a school district by school district decision based on county level data.
At the level 1 (green), based on a minimal level of community disease spread, the district would provide a regular school schedule with in-person school Monday-Thursday.
This is not “going back to normal,” said Merrill, but includes many precautions including additional cleaning, staggering schedules within the school day and other methods to promote social distancing within classrooms, lunchrooms, hallways, buses, etc. At level 2 (yellow), based on a moderate disease spread in the community, the district would shift to a hybrid school schedule with two days face-to-face learning and two days online at-home learning under the direction of their respective teachers.
Classes would be split into two groups- an “A” group and a “B” group. The “A” group would attend in person school on Mondays and Wednesdays, with Tuesdays and Thursdays online while the “B” would attend in person school on Tuesdays and Thursdays with online school on Mondays and Wednesdays. This split schedule would allow for increasing social distancing. At level 3 (red) based on substantial community disease spread, all schooling would be home-based with the Clearwater Web Academy providing the platform for learning.
Merrill recognizes, based on the results of the community survey conducted last month, that not all students have a computer device available and only about 2/3 of the students have fast and reliable Wi-Fi at home. The district plans to buy additional computer devices and other technology to support students with home-based learning. Merrill encourages parents and interested community members to review the Return to Learn Reopening Plan 2020 found on the district’s website, http://www. kamiah.org under the COVID 19 school updates tab or call the school district office 208-935-2991.