Beginning August 10, the fitness center in Odell is not available to the public during school hours of 8am-4pm on days when school is in session. It is available only to Diller-Odell students and staff during those hours. The fitness center in Diller is available to the public from 4:30am-11:30pm daily as we will not have students in that center during the school day.
Diller-Odell Public Schools
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The district’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of all the students and staff at Diller-Odell Public Schools. Pending the Directed Health Measure in August of 2020, the district’s plan is to start school using our original district calendar and operating as normal as possible. During the 2020-2021 school year, there might be a short-term or long-term closure because of a COVID-19 outbreak in our area. If this were to occur, we would implement an updated version of our Continuity of Learning Plan during any long-term closure.
Encourage students and staff to stay away from school when sick.
Teach students to use face coverings appropriately, stress the importance of covering a cough properly.
Stress the importance of keeping hands away from the eyes, nose and mouth.
Stress hand washing, using hand sanitizer, social distancing, disinfecting and good hygiene.
Social Distance as much as possible.
Students and staff should utilize water bottles as much as possible.
We are asking staff to have a work day of 7:45am-3:45pm.
No students will be allowed in the buildings prior to 7:45am. Students will have their temperature screened at main entrances (East entrance at elementary, entrance near office at HS) to the schools in the morning. Any temperature of 100.4 or higher will require the student to return home.
Elementary students that ride the bus to Diller, and grade 7-12 students that ride the bus to the HS, will have to report directly to the bus they ride. Students will not be admitted into buildings to eat breakfast while they wait for the shuttle bus. Students may eat breakfast once they arrive at the school they attend.
Elementary students will go to their classrooms after temperature screenings (no walking in the gym), or they may eat breakfast in designated groupings. After temperature screenings, grade 7-12 students may sit in the cafeteria if having breakfast, (no ping pong), but will be limited to how many students are at a table and will report to the same seat each day. If not having breakfast, students will report to their first period class.
We encourage grade 7-12 students to not arrive before 8:00am
All students will be required to stay in their classrooms until it is time to load for bus routes at the end of the day. Teachers or paras will walk classes to the buses for loading at the elementary.
The district will not count student absences toward the 20-day chronic absenteeism limit as long as the district receives communication regarding the illness from a parent or guardian.
Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast will be served on arrival at the elementary for those that want it. Seating will be consistent. Breakfast will not be available to elementary students at the HS this year, or 7-12 students at the elementary school. Students will be admitted to the school they attend in the mornings. Grade 7-12 students may eat in the cafeteria, with consistent seating, and limits on students at a table.
We will utilize social distancing by using both the cafeteria and the south hall at the high school for lunch. At the elementary we will utilize both the east and west end of the hall. Classes will eat together and seating will be consistent. There will be limits on the number of students per table for lunch.
Masks are not required in the school buildings, but highly recommended to students and staff. Masks are a very good deterrent in the spread of COVID-19. Should a student or staff member test positive for COVID-19 and be held out of school, other students or staff members with whom they are closely involved, are less likely to acquire the virus and are less likely to be pulled from school by health officials during contact tracing should they wear a mask in school. Any directive on masks may change with updated Directed Health Measures (the issue is evolving).
Due to the inability to socially distance on school transportation, masks will be required to ride buses or small school vehicles. If you don’t want to wear a mask on school provided transportation, then students will need to find other modes of transit.
Classes will have recess with their own class in a given area, not other classes. They will be separated by class at noon recess. If the gym is to be utilized, only one class at a time may use the gym.
During Class Time
All student and staff will follow social distancing as much as possible. Staff will wipe down all tables, desk and chairs several times a day.
Hand Washing and Hygiene
Students will wash their hands 3-4 times a day. Signage is located throughout the buildings to serve as reminders of good practices.
Extra-Curricular activities and crowd size at school events will be dictated by state Directed Health Measures. NSAA activities will follow the NSAA Guidelines for returning.
No field trips will be planned at this time.
No guest speakers will be planned at this time.
No classroom visits by parents or others are planned at this time. Parents will need to stay in the office area.
The facilities may only be used for programs involving Diller-Odell students. No outside group use. No soup suppers etc.
Sharing of Equipment and Supplies
We are asking staff members to keep students belongings as separate as possible from others, and limit sharing of supplies.
Transportation we be as normal as possible, but will be guided by the phase or DHM that we are in. We will plan on the following:
Masks are required on school transportation
If students have a sibling, they will be required to sit together.
Students will be spaced as much as possible.
Buses will be unloaded from front to back.
Bus drivers will spray to disinfect buses at the end of every route.
Plans for Dealing with COVID Like Symptoms
If a student becomes sick with COVID like symptoms, the school administration will notify local health officials and follow their guidance. School Administration will contact the student’s family, and any staff member that had contact with the student immediately regarding the possible case.
In the event we would have a positive case in our school system, we would ask parents to be as transparent as possible when traveling out of the area. This would help contract tracing in the event of a positive case.
THESE GUIDELINES MAY BE UPDATED AS WE APPROACH THE START OF SCHOOL OR ONCE SCHOOL BEGINS
All grades will need:
Preschool Wish List: Ziploc bags any size
Kindergarten Wish List: Extra Kleenex or anti-bacterial wipes
Optional: Earbuds or headphones and crackers for break
Wish List: Sanitizer, Ziploc bags (all sizes) paper plates, blue pens, red pens
Although masks are highly recommended at Diller-Odell Public Schools, masks will be required to ride school transportation due to the lack of social distancing. Drivers are not expected to police the issue, but will simply report if a student does not wear a mask. Mr. Meyerle or Mr. Mezger will inform the student and parents that they no longer will be transported by school transportation. Masks are available at school to anyone that needs one. Should you want to transport your child instead of utilizing school transportation, please contact the necessary bus driver.
Thanks to Casper’s Construction, Sampson Construction, Wilkin’s Architecture, and everyone that had a hand in our project!
This past school year we completed a very successful 1st year with our new Fed from the Farm program for Diller Odell Schools. We had 9 local producers provide home grown beef and pork for the program, and over 22 cash donors that covered the cost for the processing, which was all completed at Diller Locker. These supporters were honored in March with an appreciation meal and award recognition night. Local meat was served through the lunch program at Diller Odell Schools 1-3 times a week for the entire school year. The response that the kids and staff have shown is only positive. The kids enjoyed the meals and brag how good the meat tastes and the cooks have been creative to offer choices that the kids enjoy. We look forward in the future to continue with this awesome program and expand on more education aspects for the kids to learn more about why agriculture is important. Diller Odell FFA Alumni strive to provide the best resources and healthy choices for our kids. We continue to look for new supporters and if you are interested in becoming a donor please contact Andrea at Diller Odell Schools 402-766-4210.
This year we will not host Info Tech Night as we have done in the past. Instead, students will receive district devices the first day of school along with the associated paperwork. This paperwork will guide students and parents to view the technology documents located in this news article. The paperwork will need to be signed by students and parents and returned by Tuesday, August 18th.. Also, if parents choose to allow students to take the devices home each day, a $30 technology fee will need be submitted by Tuesday, August 18th.
During the first few days of school, students will watch information provided by our school attorney, Bobby Truhe.
If you have any questions regarding technology devices, please contact Amy Coufal, District Technology Coordinator. (firstname.lastname@example.org, 402-766-4210).
Parents and Students:
1-Please review student expectations in the Laptop Handbook. Click here to view the handbook.
2-Sign and complete the Technology Signature Form which will be sent home the first day of school. Or, Click here to print a copy of the form.
3-Return the Technology Signature Form and the $30/student device fee by Tuesday, August 18th.
Also check out the following document to learn how you can stay in touch with all the latest news from Diller-Odell Public Schools: Stay Connected with Diller-Odell Public Schools