Westfall Local Schools
Safe Return to In-Person Learning and Continuity Plan
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A Plan in response to the ARP Elementary and
Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER)
Westfall Local Schools
19463 Pherson Pike
Jeff Sheets, Superintendent
The district will return to our pre-pandemic mitigation strategies. Should CDC or the ODPH guidelines change the district will implement those changes.
Physical Distancing: The District will return to pre-pandemic distancing protocols. Social distancing will still be encouraged, but not required.
Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette: Frequent hand washing will be emphasized throughout the day. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the buildings and students will be encouraged to sanitize their hands as they enter and exit the classroom and the buildings. Cough and sneeze etiquette will be taught and monitored.
Facilities: The district will return to pre-pandemic cleaning procedures. The ventilation systems will be upgraded using ESSER funding to provide better air quality.
Contact Tracing: Tracing will occur using PCPH guidance for all infectious diseases. District nurses have received training in these guidelines
Diagnostic and Screening Testing: The district will use test kits during the school year on an as-needed basis so that students may remain in school safely.
Vaccinations: The district will continue to encourage staff, students, and community members to be vaccinated. The district will work with the PCPH to provide vaccination clinics.
Accommodations for Children with Disabilities and Students with Underlying Health Issues: The district will work with families and local agencies to provide appropriate instruction for students. This may include online instruction, home instruction, a hybrid schedule, or partial day schedules.
Masks: Masks will be recommended but not required unless given further updates by the ODPH, CDC, or our local public health department.
Extended School Year Opportunities Summer 2021
Digital Academy 2021-2022 Grades 6-12
Academic Plan: Responding to Learning Gaps Using Assessment Data
The district will analyze and monitor the following data points to ensure that learning gaps are identified and that effective and appropriate instructional strategies are utilized.
i-Ready testing Math and Reading grades K-8
NWEA MAP testing: Science grades 5 and 8
Ohio State Testing Item Analysis: Grades 3-8, High School End of Course Exams
Value Added Projections
Teacher Formative and Summative Assessment data
Cognitive Ability Testing: Grades 2 and 6
Terra Nova Testing: Grades 2 and 6
Second Step SEL data grades K-8
Counselor referral data
MTSS referral data
Teachers will analyze and monitor classroom data, grade-level data during weekly TBT’s or department meetings.
The BLTs in each building will analyze and monitor building-level data to ensure that learning gaps are being addressed.
The DLT will analyze and monitor district-level data to ensure that learning gaps are being addressed.
In using the data from the 2020-21 school year the district has created action steps and areas of focus to address the learning gaps caused by the pandemic and by the need to operate on a hybrid schedule.
The following steps will be implemented over the next three years to address the learning gaps identified through our data analysis. The district will continue to offer PD so that Pk-12 teachers have the foundation for explicit instruction. The district will implement a consistent framework PK-12 to ensure a structured approach to literacy instruction. Teachers will work to connect Science and Social Studies reading and writing into the literacy framework to increase vocabulary instruction and to support informational text exposure and instruction. An increase in emphasis on vocabulary instruction will mean the creation and implementation of vocabulary assessments to better monitor student progress. Teachers will also work to develop a 3-12 Vocabulary Scope and Sequence. The district will work to increase the number of titles and access to informational texts. The district will continue to support Tier Two and Three intervention to close skill gaps using evidence-based practices grounded in the Science of Reading. TBT and PD days will be utilized to work on common assessments and formative instructional practices. Lastly, the district will utilize our MTSS Coordinator and our Literacy Coach to support the implementation of the Structured Literacy Framework.
The following steps will be implemented over the next three years to address the learning gaps identified through our data analysis.
Teachers will work to deconstruct math standards and align those standards vertically by updating curriculum maps Part of the process will require teachers to match resources including the new curriculum to the updated maps. Year One of the plan focuses on the Launch portion of the framework- this portion of the lesson presents and promotes problem-solving and meta-cognition. Year Two of the plan focuses on the exposure portion of the framework- this portion of the lesson is where new teaching will take place. Year Three of the plan focuses on the wrap-up of the framework- bring the lesson to a close- with an understanding it's more than just homework. The district will continue to support Tier Two and Three intervention to close skill gaps using evidence-based practices. TBT and PD days will be used to develop common assessments and formative instructional practices. Lastly, the district will utilize our MTSS Coordinator and our Math Coach to support the implementation of the instructional framework.
SEL Supports for Students and Staff
The district is committed to supporting both our students in staff in the area of mental health. This focus will help our students to learn self-regulation strategies and support our staff in developing stress management and work/life balance. Actions steps and areas of focus have been developed using data from the 2020-2021 school year.
Providing mental health counselors to students in the district. The district will provide Second Step or another SEL program consistently in grades K-12. The district will also utilize targeted programs focused on specific deficits (depression, anxiety, substance abuse-vaping, trauma) The district will also implement a school-wide screener in each building to better identify students who are in need of Tier Two and Tier Three intervention.
PD and training will be provided to staff on how to assist students to self-regulate. The district will also provide resources and tools to assist with self-regulation. By creating a districtwide mental health team that meets regularly to review data and interventions the district will be better able to track and respond to data. During year one, utilize a feedback tool to check in with students emotionally on a daily basis. Lastly, create a holistic form to track data with behavior and guidance outcomes from year to year to analyze trend data.
Pilot for MS:
The middle school will be participating in the Ohio School Wellness Initiative Pilot. This pilot will help support both students and staff in the area of mental health.
SEL for staff- Second Step modules will be used during TBT and staff meetings to help support teachers’ mental health.
The district is committed to providing a continuity of food services for our students.
The district will continue to work with a local non-profit Westfall C.A.R.E.S to help provide food to our families who are still being impacted economically by the pandemic.