St. Peter Lutheran School in Macomb Township will provide two options for families this school year – in-person instruction following a traditional five-day schedule, or virtual learning.

St. Peter Lutheran School in Macomb Township will provide two options for families this school year – in-person instruction following a traditional five-day schedule, or virtual learning.

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St. Peter announces options for school year

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 10, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Another area school has unveiled its return to learn plan for the coming academic year.

On July 29, St. Peter Lutheran School in Macomb Township released its 21-page return to school plan.

St. Peter will provide two options for families with a choice of in-person instruction following a traditional five-day schedule, or virtual learning.

Preschool classes will all be in person.

Parents had until Aug. 3 to inform the school if they would like their child to be in the virtual option.

The virtual option includes teachers at each grade level determining the daily lesson schedule for students who are connecting online and learning from home.

Each virtual student will have a set schedule and will be required to log on and participate in small group activities each day with the teacher.

Virtual students will have “rigorous recorded lessons, including religion and daily devotions, to view from the teacher, followed by daily assignments,” the plan states. “Students will receive feedback and grades on their work.”

St. Peter students may re-enter the school for in-person learning at the beginning of each report card marking.

Arrival procedures amidst COVID-19 pandemic include all students wearing masks until temperatures are taken in the classroom; parents not being allowed to walk students to their classrooms; and adjustments to drop-off areas to lessen the number of students in one area.

No parents will be allowed to enter the school or walk the hall during school hours.

Temperatures will be taken by homeroom teachers. Once a student’s temperature is determined to be acceptable, grades kindergarten to fifth may remove their masks and prepare for the day.

“If the temp is 100.4 or higher, the student will be sent to the school office area for further evaluation,” the plan reads. “Staff will conduct daily self-monitoring and there will be a quarantine area for persons who become ill.”

Symptomatic students will be sent home and not allowed to return until COVID-19 tests are completed and verified negative with documentation to the school office.

If a family member within the home tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be required to quarantine for 10 days.

In terms of face mask usage, masks must be worn by all staff and adults all day except during meals; by all students during travel around campus; by students in grades 6-8 all day, except during meals; and by preschool to fifth grade students as they transition to and from the classroom.

Other COVID-19 related measures include desks being spaced 3-6 feet apart, students being spaced apart when using tables, desks facing the same direction, and teachers maintaining safe distancing as much as possible throughout the school day.

As far as school lunches go, St. Peter will no longer be serving a buffet-style lunch. All hot lunches will be box lunches and will be delivered to the classroom, and students will not leave the room during lunchtime except to use the restroom.

For gatherings, inside assemblies are prohibited, off-site field trips are suspended, and chapel services and assemblies will be videotaped to be broadcast in the classroom.

St. Peter’s first day of school is Aug. 26, with preschool classes beginning the week of Sept. 14.

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