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IN THIS SECTION:
  1. Calendar Dates
  2. Immunizations
  3. Devices
  4. Student Attendance Protocol
  5. Visitor and Volunteer Pandemic Protocol

IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES

AUGUST 10

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 

 

SEPTEMBER 7

LABOR DAY / NO SCHOOL 

 

OCTOBER 12-16

FALL BREAK / NO SCHOOL

 

NOVEMBER 25-27

THANKSGIVING BREAK / NO SCHOOL

 

DECEMBER 21 - JANUARY 1

WINTER BREAK / NO SCHOOL

 

JANUARY 18

MLK JR DAY / NO SCHOOL 

 

JANUARY 19

TEACHER PD WORK DAY / NO SCHOOL

 

FEBRUARY 15

NO SCHOOL

 

APRIL 2-9

SPRING BREAK / NO SCHOOL

 

MAY 27, 28 AND JUNE 1-4

SCHOOL MAKE-UP DAYS IF NEEDED

 

MAY 31

MEMORIAL DAY / NO SCHOOL 

 

JUNE 6

COMMENCEMENT (TENTATIVE) 

IMMUNIZATIONS

State law stipulates that school children’s medical records must show that required immunizations have been completed by the 20th day of the school year. This year’s 20th school day is August 31, 2020. Information regarding immunization requirements for 2020-2021 can be found on the website at  the District Tab under Support Services. Parents of children whose immunizations are not up to date should contact their health care provider or the Boone County Health Department to schedule an appointment for the necessary immunizations. Some pharmacies also carry the necessary vaccines.

 

Children who do not have up-to-date vaccination records by August 31, 2020, will not be allowed to return to school until the proper immunization information is on file. If parents object to immunizations, a written objection must be on file in the school office by August 31, 2020. Such letters of exemption must be updated by a parent/guardian annually. Students who have appointments with their health care provider after August 31, 2020 must present proof of the scheduled
appointment in order to remain in school. Please contact the health clinic at your school with any questions or concerns.

BRING YOUR OWN DEVICES

 

Hardware Requirements
  • Device with keyboard
  • 8 GB of RAM recommended (4 GB minimum)
  • 120GB SSD or 128GB HDD minimum
  • Not a preferred device: IPad, Tablet, Chromebook
 
Software Requirements
  • Operating System:
    1. Windows 10, 8.1, and no Windows 10S.
    2. Mac 10.13 High Sierra or later
    3. Chrome OS 78 (Chromebooks not supported with Project Lead the Way applications)
    4. Linux OS not recommended
  • Browsers:
    1. Safari 12 (minimum)
    2. Chrome 78 (minimum)
    3. Firefox 71 (minimum)
 
Other Items to Consider in finding the right device...
  • A protective case is highly recommended.
  • Laptop weight and size (carried all day to classes)
  • Is there a warranty if the device is damaged? Is it covered under homeowner's insurance?
  • Antivirus needed? At no cost, students can download the Avast https://www.avast.com/en-us/index) or AVG https://www.avg.com.
  • A list of required and suggested applications is available here. This includes information on how to access free downloads of Office 2016.
  • If a problem occurs with the device at home or at school, a loaner from ZCS is available.
 
Although ZCS does not recommend a brand of laptop, if you have a questions about a device you are considering, please email us at zcstech@zcs.k12.in.us.
 
Getting your BYOD Device Ready for our Network
 
Rental Laptop Cost & Specifications
(Lenovo Thinkpad 11e)
  • $132.50 includes laptop & case
  • Support provided by Tech Staff
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB SSD
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Silver N5000
  • Case:  Clamshell Case
 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE PROTOCOL

It is essential for the school community to work together to prevent the introduction and mitigate the spread of CoVID-19 in the school environment and in the community. Employees and students (or parent on behalf of student) will self-screen prior to entering the school environment, including school buses.

 

In regards to CoVID-19, close contact is defined as being within six feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes.


The information below explains what to do if your child has been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed CoVID-19 case, if your child starts exhibiting one or more of the CoVID-19 symptoms (not otherwise explained), or if your child tests positive for CoVID-19.

 

An individual is considered exposed if someone in the home has tested positive for CoVID-19 or if through the state’s contact tracing program has been identified as exposed.

 

Attendance Protocol:

 

Meets Entry Criteria

 

  • Student self-screens.
  • Student meets criteria for building entry via self-screening.
  • Student may enter school environment and go about the school day.

 

Does NOT Meet Entry Criteria

  • Student meets qualifications for exclusion.
  • Contact school via attendance procedures stating reason for absence.
  • If “ill” or “sick” is stated, school will inquire for more information regarding the absence via phone or email. If an absence is CoVID-19 related, the absence will be marked in PowerSchool using the “C19” indicator.
  • The “C19” indicator will be used for tracking purposes to return to school after exclusion.
  • During the exclusion, the student may operate in the online environment until criteria for return to school after exclusion have been met.

 

Self-Screening and Exclusion

During the self-screening process, the student/adult will acknowledge that the student has not tested positive or been in close contact with anyone who tested positive for CoVID-19.  Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a person for longer than 15 minutes.  A student also must not exhibit one or more of the following COVID-19 symptoms not otherwise explained:

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

 

Students will be excluded from school if they test positive for CoVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of CoVID-19 based on CDC Guidance that is not otherwise explained. Students exhibiting symptoms of CoVID-19 without being otherwise explained are prohibited from coming to school.  Students who have been in close contact with a CoVID positive individual within the last 14 days will also be excluded.  If symptomatic students do come to school, they will be sent home immediately.

 

Even without symptoms, if a student has recently traveled from somewhere considered to be a “hot spot” by the CDC, the district/school may exclude an individual from the school building and recommend that they self-quarantine for 14 calendar days after consultation with the Boone County Health Department.

 

Return to School After Exclusion

 

Once a student is excluded from the school environment due to COVID-19, they may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently those guidelines are:

 

Untested

 

Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of CoVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following three conditions are met:

 

  • They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

 

Tested Positive- Symptomatic

 

Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 may return to school if the following conditions are met:

 

  • The individual no longer has a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
  • The individual has received two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

Tested Positive- Asymptomatic

 

Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for CoVID-19 may return when they have gone ten (10) calendar days past their test without symptoms and have been preferably released by a healthcare provider. Students may also return if they are approved to do so in writing by the student’s health care provider.

 

The state website has a list of nearly 200 testing facilities, their location, and hours of operation. This list is updated frequently.  Visit https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm.

 

VISITOR AND VOLUNTEER PANDEMIC PROTOCOLS

 

Enhanced visitor and volunteer guidelines are in place to mitigate the spread of COVID and to allow contact tracing should it be necessary.  All patrons on campus must adhere to the current guidance for mitigating COVID. 

 

Visitors

 

  • At this time, all nonessential visitors of our core mission will be temporarily suspended at all school facilities during the instructional day.
  • Examples of visitors who would not be allowed at this time include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Lunch visitors (parents, siblings, relatives who want to eat lunch with a student) will be suspended to ensure proper cafeteria capacity thresholds of 50-65%.
  • Guest speakers/College Representatives/
    Lunch-n-Learn presenters will not be on campus.
  • Guest speakers and presenters who would
    normally have direct contact with students through their educational programs are not allowed at this time.  However, the district does encourage virtual guest speakers.

Organizations

  • Organizations supporting local youth affiliations would normally have direct contact with
    students through their educational programs.
  • While these visits are being suspended at this time, the district does encourage virtual connections with these organizations.

Sales/solicitors

 

  • Private Food Deliveries (GrubHub, Door Dash) for students are not permitted.
  • Private food deliveries for staff will be allowed at each school’s designated outside location.

 

Classroom Volunteers

 

  • Volunteers for individual classrooms may be allowed and must adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Limited to one volunteer per week for a teacher/class (with criminal background check).
  • Volunteer schedule provided to administrative staff and administrative assistants.
  • No direct contact with students.
  • Volunteers not visit classrooms.
  • Volunteers may assist a teacher with copying, cutting, laminating, etc. in a centralized work room designated by each school building.
  • Instructions can be distributed via email, phone, or written prior to the volunteer doing their work.
  • Materials provided by teacher will be placed in a centralized work room designated by each school prior to the volunteer visit (1 day prior).

    Curricular Supports

  • Services coordinated with professionals via the USS department or through our partners at Integrative Wellness and other wrap services in Boone County will continue under enhanced safety measures.  In addition to the required background checks and general building entry protocols, these measures include following all current mitigating strategies and sanitizing practices. 
  • The ZCHS Cadet Program and ZCHS Peer programs will continue under enhanced protocols to serve student needs in our elementary and middle school
    environments.  These courses are credit bearing and provide multiple supports to students throughout the district K-12.
  • Previously established tutoring programs at the secondary level through the ZCHS Learning Center and music department will proceed under enhanced protocols to serve student skill deficits at the secondary level.  Tutors will abide by the background check and building entry process, as well as follow all mitigating strategies
    including sanitizing practices.
  • Field Trips will be reduced to only essential trips. If it is necessary for credit-bearing courses, we will ensure mitigation strategies are in place. Masks must be worn at all times while on the bus and indoors.