Safety plans for crowded class times

Districts finding unique ways to keep kids safe during gym and lunch times.
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Posted at 10:57 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 23:57:41-04

ROSENDALE-BRANDON (NBC 26) — For schools planning on bringing students back for face-to-face learning, you might be wondering, how they're planning to keep things like lunch or gym time safe?

“The intent was, and very strong within the community, they want their kids back in school, as do we,” said Superintendant Wayne Weber of the Rosendale-Brandon School District.

So in order to do that safely, Weber said, like many districts, they're making modifications. For their district, this means cohorting students K-8; and due to space limitations at the high school, they’ll be required to wear face coverings in addition to any spacing they can do.

So what happens when kids get hungry? Weber said they're working out a few lunch time options.

"We won’t be eating lunch in masses like we did prior," he said. “Depending on the grade level, we may release a classroom at a time to get a prepackaged lunch handed to them. We're also exploring bringing a food cart to a classroom that would limit the traffic."

As for another part of the day where kids are potentially gathered: gym class. Weber said part of their plan includes keeping kids outside as much as possible.

"We are in Wisconsin so who knows if the weather will cooperate or how long it’ll cooperate."

Weber did say if the kids are inside for class, it’s easier to keep kids socially distanced when in the gym.

The district is also planning on adding extra cleaning protocols to help throughout their schools.

Weber said all of this is part of the plan for now, but they'll continue to meet with other districts and the Fond du Lac County Health Department. This way they can keep their plan up-to-date and make sure they're doing what's safest and best for their students and staff.