Thompson Public School Community,
The Health and Safety Plan along with the updated Distance Learning Plan are now available on the website. Please refer to the Table of Contents in the plan that will guide you to the necessary links. There are sections for Community Risk level color and phases, Instructional Models, Health and Safety Guidance Protocol, Facility accommodations, bus guidelines, lunch guidelines, FAQs, and a before school checklist.
This plan will try to address challenges while providing a flexible framework to guide our response over the next school year. This plan will address wearing facial coverings, social distancing, and good hygiene and consider all practical steps to keep our schools from contributing to virus spread in our community. New cleaning protocols will be established for our school building. This is a fluid and flexible plan so we need to be ready to shift if conditions change at a moment's notice. There may be times where the entire school or small populations will be required to shift to distance learning based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
Despite taking every reasonable precaution, Thompson Public School cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 to zero. The virus will be present on our buses, in our classrooms, and at our activities. In certain situations, social distancing as defined by the CDC is not possible in a school setting. Our actions outlined in this plan are aimed to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission to lowest practical level. This plan could change as guidance from the CDC and state change frequently.
We will continue to communicate plans with you and we will get through this together by being honest and transparent even when it may be inconvenient. It is going to be particularly important to be honest with that nightly/morning checklist. Students won’t be required to hand those in daily so the honor system is a necessity as we navigate through the school year.
Thank you for taking the time to review this plan and let us know if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing students when school starts on August 20th, 2020!
John Maus Brian Willis
Superintendent School Board President