On Aug. 24, students may return back to school but their days will not look similar to before.
The Washington Community Schools administration provided a breakdown of what a day would look like for students when returning back to school. The elementary students pre-kindergarten through second-grade students, third- through fifth-grade, and the middle and high school students have different plans but with some similarities.
• At home: Check the temperature and check for symptoms
• The bus: students will wash hands and wear a mask. Students will be assigned seats.
• Students dropped off: Students will stay outside of the building until 7:50 and then go directly to their classroom and put on face coverings
• Students will be required to “wash in, wash out.”
• High school, middle school and grade school students will wear face coverings all day with 10-minute breaks. Elementary students will wear the face masks intermittently through the day to become comfortable with them.
• Bathroom breaks: Teachers will work with the building administration to develop bathroom routines.
• Lunch: Students will eat in cohorts spread out in the lunchroom. The students will be served their plate at the end of the line.
• Recess: Classes will have playground areas that they can play in that will change on a rotating basis.
• Physical education will take place outside when possible, otherwise in the gym with all possible safety measures.
• During transitional periods students will social distance and use face coverings while following travel patterns developed by administration.
• Students will hang up their face coverings and leave the building within 5 minutes of taking off face covering.
The full schedules can be found on the Washington Schools website, Washington.k12.ia.us.