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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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4 IN OUR SCHOOLS JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – The Lincoln School District is planning to implement a partially in-person learning plan for the fall, if approved by the state. School leaders submitted a three- pronged plan to the Rhode Island Department of Education last week outlining potential scenarios for stu- dents and staff to return to school this fall – or not – amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state required school districts to submit their plans last Friday, outlining three potential scenarios: full virtual learning, full in-person learning, and a mix of both. Lincoln officials developed the town's plan after surveying teachers, students and parents and conducting two public forums: one for staff and one for families. Lincoln's draft plan, which has not yet been approved by RIDE, can be broken down as follows: Elementary schools Under Lincoln's proposed plan for partial in-person learning, the week will begin with virtual instruction for all students on Mondays. On Tuesday and Wednesday, stu- dents with last names starting with A through K will learn virtually, and the rest would attend school in per- son. On Thursday and Friday, they'd swap. Highly specialized programs would return Tuesday through Friday. The town's limited in-person plan calls for pre-K through 4th grade to attend school in person, with grade 5 reporting to Lincoln Middle School. Under a full in-person return, all classes at Lincoln's four elemen- tary schools will be placed in stable groups as best as possible, with spe- cial educators and interventionists assigned strategically to limit expo- sure. Educators that would normally travel from classroom to classroom will be assigned to the same group of students for a continuous period of time. According to Lincoln's submitted plan, "The ability to create and main- tain strong relationships is strength- ened by this approach." Strategic arrival and dismissal times will be implemented, with a time frame set for parent drop off and pickup that will not interfere with bus arrival and dismissal. Officials said this would help alleviate congestion in the hallways and allow for social distancing guidelines to be better enforced. Students will enter and exit through assigned points of entry closest to their stable group, and use the out- side as corridors to pass to other parts of the building when feasible. The district has planned for "move- ment opportunities" throughout the day. Students will have assigned areas outside to play, and must maintain 14 feet from other stable pods. There will be whole-group trips to the bathroom with sanitation after each group, or someone stationed at the bathroom to manage numbers, social distancing and sanitizing. Masks will be encouraged when social distance is not possible in each scenario with in-person learning, and parents will be encouraged to provide transportation to school if possible. Lincoln Middle and High School In the partial-in person plan Lincoln hopes to implement, Lincoln Middle School and Lincoln High School would follow the same sched- ule as the elementary schools with virtual Mondays, in-person Tuesdays and Wednesdays for students with last names beginning with A through K and Thursdays and Fridays for the other group of students. Under a limited re-opening, grades 5 and 6 would attend school at LMS, grades 7, 8, 9 and 10 would be vir- tual, and grades 11 and 12 would attend school at LHS. If the district goes back to school in person full-time, students would be required to maintain social distance where possible and when no masks will be used. Lockers would not be used. Planning for the unknown Asked by the state for a plan for managing staff and students if or when someone in the building tests positive for COVID-19, Lincoln school officials said the school nurse and principal would be contacted and would alert the superintendent. The school nurse would imme- diately contact the Rhode Island Department of Health who will "help administrators determine a course of action for their schools." A positive test may result in two weeks of quarantine for the entire classroom. If the district becomes aware of a student testing positive for COVID-19, all parents and employ- ees will be notified, without identify- ing the specific individual. Schools must also establish a plan for screening students. In Lincoln, students and staff will be encour- aged to self-check using the CDC's resources on a regular basis. A web- based tool such as Google will be used for student screenings. "We will monitor absentee trends of students and employees, and if a trend suggests a contagion … we will follow RIDOH guidance, which may include the closing of a classroom(s) or the school as a whole for a specific number of days," the document says. "The district will then implement the distance learning plan for the amount of time classroom(s) or school is closed." Audrey Lucas, press secretary for Gov. Gina Raimondo, said RIDE would work with school leaders over the next few weeks to "ensure the final plans put communities first." "We will review the plans and offer suggestions on how to protect the health and safety of our school com- munities and ensure that students get the best education possible," she said. Lucas said public health would drive all re-opening decisions, and that RIDE would "continue to work closely with our colleagues at RIDOH to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities. We expect to make preliminary determi- nations on which scenarios schools should plan for in early August, with final determinations closer to the opening of schools statewide on Aug. 31." "It's going to be a sort of game-day decision," Supt. Larry Filippelli said, reiterating that the district is planning for all three scenarios. Lincoln schools share proposed return plans By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Tyminski graduates from U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Science LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Maj. Stephen Tyminski Jr. has gradu- ated from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Science in Leavenworth, Kansas. He received a master's degree from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in May. Tyminski, an Army Ranger, is cur- rently assigned to the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and is living in Spring Lake, North Carolina, with his wife and two sons. He is the son of Marie and Stephen Tyminski, formerly of Lincoln. got a news tip? Call 401-334-9555, ext. 122 or e-mail it to Town of Lincoln - Zoning Board of Review PUBLIC HEARING "is meeting will be held utilizing Zoom Meeting and the Zoning Board Members will be par- ticipating remotely. e meeting will be live-streamed and can be viewed at under current meetings." 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