Frequently Asked Questions

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

RES: Parents will drop off students in the morning no earlier than 8:00 for a school start time of 8:15. Grades 3 & 4 (and siblings) will drop off at lobby entrance and K-2 will drop off outside the primary and kindergarten wing. Parents will pick up out the end of the building by the playground (primary wing).

RJH: Parents will drop off students in the morning no earlier than 7:55 for a school start time of 8:10. Dismissal times will be flipped with RES to meet the needs of that building. Dismissal will be at 2:45. Each grade will have their own entrance/exit to the building. Grades upstairs (6,7,8) will each be assigned a staircase and only be allowed to travel in and out of the building using that staircase and their designated door.

  • Grade 5: doors by the gym
  • Grade 6: side entrance to the parking lot, nearest to the road
  • Grade 7: front entrance
  • Grade 8: sided entrance in parking lot, furthest from the road
  • Students and parents/guardians need to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing at bus stops and while loading and unloading the bus.
  • Students will wear a mask when on the bus.
  • Students will have assigned seats whenever on the bus and seats will be spaced out to maintain physical distancing (siblings may sit together).
  • Expected behavior will be maintained for students while on the bus (no walking in aisles, or hopping from seat to seat).
  • Buses will be cleaned with disinfectant between runs.
  • Windows will be open weather permitting.

Classroom/Curriculum

RES:

  • Unified Arts teachers will cover the extra classroom in each grade for all homeroom activities. They will be the homeroom teacher for the year.
  • Library classes will instruct students on copyright information, and online responsibilities.
  • Unified Arts classes will be taught in 3 week segments. This is to limit exposure and provide continuity within Unified Arts.
  • Unified Arts instructors will integrate the theme or project of each grade into their units of study during those three weeks to offer a broader exposure to the arts and make the connection to core learning.
  • Librarians will use a UV light wand to disinfect books.
  • Students will primarily use the online library catalog to check out a book as well as a library cart delivered to a classroom for check outs.

RJH:

  • Unified Arts teachers will cover the extra classroom in each grade for all homeroom activities.
  • Unified Arts teachers will be taught to each grade level for one quarter.

1st quarter assignments are as follows:

    • 5th grade – Library
    • 6th grade – Physical Education
    • 7th grade – Art/Lifeskills
    •  8th grade -STEAM
  • Unified Arts instructors will integrate with the core subjects.
  • Students will primarily use the online library catalog to check out a book as well as a library cart delivered to a classroom for check outs.
  • Librarians will use a UV light wand to disinfect books.
  • Language classes will all be done “remotely” from the pods.

Outdoor classrooms and spaces will be utilized as mush as possible at RES and RJH, especially during the nicer weather months.  Details of how this will look are forthcoming.

  • No contact sports will be allowed (football, gaga, basketball). Kickball and softball will be permitted.
  • There will be no early morning recess off the bus. Students will go directly to their classroom.
  • There will be one grade per time allowed on the playground.
  • Students/staff will wear masks when physical distancing is not possible. Students will be shown how to take “chin breaks” to avoid overheating if wearing masks.
  • Students will use sensory spots to line up.
  • Students will sanitize hands upon entering school.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Depending on the weather, classes will be encouraged to eat outside using their yoga mats.
  • Students will wash hands before and after lunch.

You will need to commit to either in-building learning or remote learning for a full quarter.

Fridays will begin with Advisory or Morning Meeting and then move to a non-screen day or project day for remote learning. 

Yes, letter grades will be given at Rye Junior High.

Yes. Lunches will be offered at both schools. Students will “order” lunch each morning and lunches will be delivered to classrooms.

Remote Learning

Every student will have the option to choose either in-building or remote instruction, regardless of how many students are in the grade.

Yes, the core subject teachers will utilize Google Classroom to post daily/weekly assignments.

    • All remote students in each grade will be grouped into its own pod.
    • One teacher in each grade level will be assigned as homeroom teacher for the remote pod
    • All grade level teachers will instruct that pod remotely as part of their daily rotation. For example:
      • Pod 1: in school
      • Pod 2: in school
      • Pod 3: in school
      • Pod 4: remote – teacher uses free classroom to Google Meet during this block
    • Remote students will have the same teachers and curriculum as building-based students.
    • Remote students will be included in the following:
      • Assemblies
      • Field trips, guest speakers
      • Projects and special events
      • Other situations as appropriate and feasible

Any student(s) who must be quarantined will join the remote pod during the quarantine only.

Remote students will view the live instruction from home via the online communications platform. They will be able to interact and ask questions through the platform that will be monitored and facilitated by the dedicated remote pod instructor.

Google Meet will be utilized for remote learning.  It is anticipated that it will have equivalent functionality as Zoom by October.

Afterschool

The PTA will not be offering after-school enrichment at this time but will continue to monitor the situation.

At Rye Junior High, we will offer offer intramural sports, which means that students will play sports only with other RJH students, and not with students from other towns. The structure of the teams may change based on interest levels we receive. Please understand that this is not a normal athletics season. Our number 1 focus is health and safety.

Extra-curricular clubs at Rye Junior High may be offered after the school year begins. This is still to be determined and will be based on our experience with in-building instruction.

COVID Exposure or Suspected Exposure Protocols

According to the CDC Guidelines section “When to Quarantine,” when an individual, in this case the student, comes into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, the individual must stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, and if possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Any person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 will be reported immediately to public health by calling 603-271-4496 (after-hours call 603-271-5300 and ask for the public health nurse on call) by the school nurse or principal only. NH public health will work with schools to collect the necessary information (through the schools point-of-contact), interview the person diagnosed with COVID-19, and potentially other staff involved to gather information to make an informed decision about risk and need for people to quarantine. Public health will assist with school and student/family communication.

According to the CDC Guidelines section “When to Quarantine,” when an individual comes into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, in this case the sibling of a COVID positive student, the individual must stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, and if possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

No.  The student will access material via Google Classroom while they are waiting for their results.  Only students who need to quarantine for more than 14 days will join the remote pod.

Yes. A health form must be filled out each morning before you child(ren) comes to school. Parents/Guardians will log into
their child’s PowerSchool account each morning and fill out the Student Assessment form prior to sending their
child(ren) to school. If a parent/guardian is having difficulty logging in to their child’s PowerSchool account
they are required to fill out the Health Assessment form link here: Health Assessment Form
and scan/email /send in to the school. If a parent/guardian is having trouble with PowerSchool please email
psreg@sau50.org and reference your log in issues.

Safety

Yes. Nurses will wear FDA approved or N95 or KN95 masks, if necessary, for standard care of students and staff that are not presenting with exclusionary symptoms. Nursing staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, face shields/goggles and FDA approved N95 or KN95 masks will be available for the triage and treatment of symptomatic students and staff.

Yes. Students and staff will be required to wear masks or face coverings except for certain situations including when doing so leads to trouble breathing, a student is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Students in which having cloth, ties, elastics etc. around their mouths and necks which can pose choking or strangulation hazards, or may interfere with the functioning of certain medical equipment or assistive technology.

  • Students will be shown how to take “chin breaks” to avoid overheating if wearing masks.
  • Masks will only be worn during recess if keeping 6ft distancing isn’t possible.
The ionic filters are electronic devices that have been installed into the airbox of each school’s roof top unit.
As air is exhausted out of a room it passes through the exhaust fan box and is ionized by a device that uses two emitters to create equal amounts of positive and negative ions creating a plasma region within the box. This breaks down pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen and nitrogen. It also removes the hydrogen molecules from virus, bacteria and mold causing them to die. Rooftop units continue to run during the cooler months as the air gets heated by hot water coils in the ductwork of each rooftop unit.

Yes, all water fountains have been turned off and only the filtered water stations will be utilized.

Common areas will be wiped down every two hours.

Bathrooms will be cleaned each evening.

Yes, the areas used by the public will be thoroughly cleaned the night before school starts.

No.  You may either choose to be remote for the entire quarter if you know you have travel plans that will require a 14 day quarantine or opt to utilize Google Classroom during the quarantine period.

Yes. According to our Town travel restrictions, it is required for all residents to quarantine for 14 days upon return from a state that has not been approved by the state.

Yes, the town safety officers have been involved in developing new lock down and fire drill procedures. These plans are in development and will be shared in the near future.