What The PATH School Families Need to Know/Can Expect

The health and safety of PATH School staff and scholars is of the utmost importance. During remote
and in-person learning, The PATH School will continue to staff its building with contracted health
professionals from Shalom Health.

PERSONAL HYGIENE/COVID-19 MONITORING AND REPORTNG
According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging
from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with the symptoms below may have COVID-19, and as such, parents should check for any
combination of these symptoms prior to sending children to school and contact a health professional
if symptoms arise and/or persist.

  • Fever (over 100.4 F) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Parents may also consider:

Has the scholar been exposed to a family member or any member of the household who has
experienced any of the symptoms above or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Ultimately, The CDC advises that scholars who are sick, have demonstrated any of the symptoms
listed above, or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 stay home and seek
medical attention.

PATH School families are expected to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19. Children with
symptoms of COVID-19 must be kept home and should not participate in any school related activities
(meal service pick up, etc.).

FACE COVERING
Scholars must wear a face covering at all times when engaging in any school related activity.  The
PATH School will provide one free reusable mask for scholars and staff. Scholars will need to
supplement the one reusable mask they are receiving from the school with additional, cloth reusable
masks.

IMMUNIZATIONS
It is the responsibility of families to ensure that scholar immunizations are updated before each new
school year. To access the required and recommended immunizations for the 2020–21 school year,
click here.

TECHNOLOGY
The PATH School has made an initial investment of resources to purchase iPads/Chromebooks to
ensure all students have a device. The school has also invested in MiFi mobile hotspot devices as a
short-term solution to address internet access for students.
In case of rolling school closures or a complete closure(s) due to COVID-19, The PATH School is
prepared to provide a device for each student, and a MiFi device for any student, if needed.

DEVICE DISTRIBUTION

Student 1:1 devices and learning materials distribution:

  • The PATH School will begin reaching out to families to share protocols and procedures (that ensure
    parent/guardian and staff safety) for school-based pick up of necessary learning materials for K-8
    scholars.
  • At this time, scholars in grades K-8 will receive their 1:1 devices.
  • PK students will receive their necessary learning materials, but their device will be provided at a
    later date due to different timing of the device deliveries from IPS vendors.

INSTRUCTION

  • Instruction will be delivered daily by a scholar’s homeroom teacher OR content area teacher using
    Google classroom and Zoom.
  • Necessary therapeutic services required by a scholar’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual
    Learning Plan (ILP) will be provided remotely or in-person from appropriate service providers such
    as Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs).
  • Scholar attendance will be taken daily – or every period (middle school) – by the scholar’s teacher.
    Teacher(s) will verify scholar attendance by the scholar’s presence on Zoom daily.Scholars and teachers will follow a set schedule daily. Schedules will be created/determined by
    PATH School leaders.
  • Scholars will have the opportunity to receive their school’s curriculum, access assignments, and
    complete assessments through Google Classroom. Scholars will also access Zoom.

GRADING SCALE

The PATH School will use a standards-based grading scale. On graded assignments, scholars will
receive a 4 (exceeds expectations), 3 (on target), 2 (developing) or 1 (not yet). Scholar grades will be
recorded in Schoolrunner, and families will receive weekly progress reports beginning the third week
of school.

STUDENT SUPPORT STRATEGIES 

IPS Learning Hubs

  • Scholars eligible for McKinney-Vento services in the 2020-21 school year may engage in
    remote learning from their home school, or they may choose to be physically transported to
    an IPS Learning Hub.
  • These hubs will provide a stable, safe environment where students can engage in remote
    learning in a structured space with support from certified and classified IPS staff members.

In-Person Related Services

  • Some related services difficult or impossible to facilitate in a virtual setting may be
    administered, on site at The PATH School (i.e. evaluations, occupational therapies, physical
    therapies, etc.).
  • Teachers of record or service providers will work with scholars on a case-by-case basis to
    determine a) when a service should be facilitated in person, b) if the scholar is interested in
    taking advantage of the in-person option, c) the time and location of the in-person service,
    and d) the frequency by which the service should occur.

A Scholar Support Network

  • We will work with families and community partners to support specific needs related to
    providing a supervised environment for their scholars.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) RESOURCES AND CURRICULUM
We recognize the importance of providing scholars and staff with extra social and emotional support
as they return to school this year. We will use the Empowering Education curriculum to serve our
scholars, and you should expect to see special welcome activities, extra time for building relationships
and establishing new routines as well as a focus on coping strategies.
Our social workers will be ready to assist scholars and staff in need of support. Additionally, school-
based mental health professionals through Eskenazi Health will be available.

COVID-19 LEARNING LOSS
The PATH School has implemented an additional block of time for intervention. These sessions are
designed to help scholars continue to build on unfinished learning from the previous school year.
Intervention time may also be stretched to accommodate the pre-teaching of prerequisite
skills/concepts.

Sample Pre-K–8 Student Schedules

Below are samples of what the instructional schedule may look like by grade level. Final schedules will
be determined by your child’s school.

Sample Elementary Schedule

Teacher 1 (ELA)

Teacher 2 (Math)

  • Morning meeting–In-person
  • ELA–In-person
  • No break
  • Lunch and Recess/Sanitizing (No duty)
  • ELA–Remote
  • Specials (Planning period)
  • Intervention
  • Closing circle, sanitizing
  • Morning meeting–Remote
  • Math–Remote
  • Break
  • Lunch and Recess/Sanitizing (No duty)
  • Math–In-person
  • Specials (Planning period)
  • Intervention
  • Closing circle, sanitizing

 

Sample Middle School Schedule

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

  • Monday and Thursday (in-person)
  • Tuesday and Friday (remote)
  • Wednesday (remote for ALL)
  • Tuesday and Friday (in-person) 
  • Monday and Thursday (remote)
  • Wednesday (remote for ALL)

 

Transportation for The PATH School will be provided through Indianapolis Public Schools. Therefore,
when IPS is out of school, The PATH School will not be able to provide transportation. Once IPS
transportation resumes, scholars will be expected to arrive at the bus stop wearing masks. Masks
must also be worn by all scholars on IPS buses, and social distancing will occur to the maximum extent
possible.

BUSES
Scholars will be assigned seating for morning and afternoon bus routes. Seats will be adjusted to
improve social distancing and to allow rear-to-front loading for AM runs, and front-to-rear unloading
for PM runs. Signage will be used to encourage healthy hygiene practices.
School buses will be disinfected at the end of the morning and afternoon routes. Drivers will clean
contact surfaces between service tiers using approved chemicals and paper towels. A garbage can will
be available on each bus for disposal of paper products. Garbage will be emptied at the end of each
bus service.

CAR RIDERS
Families should consider driving or walking as much as possible to and from school to help reduce
crowding on buses.

CROSSING GUARDS
IPS is adding crossing guards and implementing walk zones at selected schools to support and
encourage walking to and from school. It will also help to decrease the number of scholars on buses.

ATHLETICS
All PATH School athletic programming is currently on hold. Once athletics begin, all scholar-athletes
must have a completed physical on file. Parents of a participant will also need to complete the IU
Health HIPAA/IPS Athletics COVID-19 Acknowledgement form. This will allow athletic trainers to
properly treat them for athletic-related issues and also ensure that families are aware of the high-risk
conditions associated with severe illness caused by COVID-19. If we are able to resume athletic
programming, games during the 2020-2021 school year, may be played without spectators.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Cheer, band, dance, etc. can occur in alignment with PATH School athletic guidelines. However,
appropriate social distancing must occur and performances may not have audiences.
For all extracurricular activities, The PATH School will ensure sufficient safety protocols. For example,
routines should not include partnering. Practices should occur outside as much as possible, and
coaches must implement social distancing, use virtual formats when appropriate, and limit the
number of scholars in a physical space during in-person sessions.

NONCOMPETITIVE SPORTS
All after-school clubs and noncompetitive activities may be converted to online formats/meetings
(i.e., student council, chess, art club, etc.).

FIELD TRIPS
Field trips will be canceled until further notice.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
A variety of PPE will be on-site to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Below is a look at some of the
requirements and protocols for The PATH School.

Face coverings

For any scholar, staff member or visitor in any school or administrative building, face
coverings will be required for the 2020–21 school year. The PATH School will provide one free
reusable mask for scholars. Scholars may need to supplement the one reusable mask they are
receiving with additional, cloth reusable masks. Families can check their school’s supply lists
for details on how many masks are needed.  Students and families living in Marion County
may be eligible to receive free masks from the city. Visit https://www.indy.gov/activity/face-
coverings-for-marion-county-residents for more information.

Water

Touchless water fountains have been installed at The PATH School, and one water bottle will
be provided to all scholars. Bottled water will also be made available in classrooms for
scholars who need it.

Cleaning and Disinfection

The PATH School classrooms will be equipped with disinfecting wipes and/or disinfectant
daily. Teachers and custodians will be responsible for cleaning common contact surfaces, such
as desks and tables/counters, at regular intervals throughout the day.
Entering the building
Parents or guardians will be restricted to the front office, where they will be expected to
maintain social distance between themselves and PATH School staff members. Please see our
guidance at www.thepathschool.org under “Announcements” for further information.

The PATH School COMMUNICATION

The PATH School is asking that all families ensure their contact information is up to date and available
in multiple formats (phone, email, etc.) by August 17, 2020. Families should also ensure that their
emergency contact information and relevant phone numbers are updated by contacting The PATH
School at 317-226-4267.Families who want to receive text messages from The PATH School will need to opt in for that service.
For more information, click https://app.talkingpts.org/register.

SCHOOL NIGHTS/OPEN HOUSES

Open houses, back-to-school nights, assemblies, etc. may be converted to virtual formats.  Please pay
attention to school communication for more information.

ENROLLING IN The PATH School

  • To enroll at The PATH School, go to Enroll Indy’s online enrollment system
  • After that, go to IPS’ online registration system (claim a neighborhood school or register for
    Choice, Pre-K or high school)
  • To enroll by phone, families should start by calling Enroll Indy at 317.426.3234. Enroll Indy will
    forward callers to The PATH School team when appropriate.