Classroom Management

The information below has been developed by the Ray School Task Force and largely guides the efforts of staff. However, we wanted to share these protocols and guidelines with families so that you can envision the various precautions that we are taking throughout the day. 

General Ray Task Force Recommendation: We would like to start the year with the most restrictive guidelines of not sharing/touching materials between students. As the year continues, we may revise these recommendations and protocols to be less restrictive. 

Supplies

We request that every family supply their student with their own set of school supplies that stays at their space in the classroom. (A supplies/material list will be created by each grade level and will be consistent within grades). Student supplies will be stored in individual containers. Grade levels will decide about the best containers to purchase/use.

If shared materials are used they should be washed afterward. (This should be avoided in this most restrictive phase, but if absolutely necessarily, students should wash hands before and after use of the shared materials.)

Handing in Completed Assignments/Homework

Digital assignments and submission of assignments will be prioritized, however teachers may continue to use paper forms of assignments as their comfort level allows:

  • To reduce sharing and passing of papers.
  • To help prepare for potential remote learning. 
  • Strong suggestion from Task Force - Eliminate mailboxes and use student folders that are kept at their seats and go home each night. Papers should stay at home. Empty folder returns to school.

Technology

  • Students in grades 3-5 will be assigned Chromebooks and follow Technology protocols as well as daily sanitizing. We are waiting on a shipment of Chromebooks, so 1:1 assignments are delayed and/or students may be using a device that is not a Chromebook.
  • Students in grades K-2 will be assigned iPads and follow technology protocols as well as daily sanitizing. (We are in the process of securing enough iPads for 1:1 use in K-2.) We are waiting on a shipment of iPads, so 1:1 assignments are delayed. 
  • Individual student materials should be labeled.
  • Students in grades 3-5 will orient to using digital manipulatives for mathematics and other subject areas. However, we will meet all students' needs and have physical manipulatives available as well. 

Other Items

  • Kindergarten Rest Mats will be labeled with students’ names and disinfected daily. 
  • Students should not bring in extraneous home items (stuffies, blankets, toys, etc). 
  • Students will not share food, water bottles, or utensils. 
  • Snacks and lunch will be eaten at individual seats. 
  • Opportunities to eat outside should be a priority! 
  • Water bottles must be taken home every day for cleaning.
  • Students should have individual labeled hand sanitizer at their work space or near their work space to help minimize students moving around the classroom. 

Cubbies

  • Cubbies and coat rooms can continue to be used in classrooms. The challenge is not the items “touching” or being in close contact, but rather, the crowd management needed to maintain appropriate physical distancing as students access cubbies and coat rooms. Teachers will develop routines and protocols for students to access the cubby area.
  • We are aware that we will need to think about winter clothing/boots as we head into the colder months.
  • Students will need to take items home on a daily basis (rather than leaving boots/shoes) so that all surfaces can be cleaned nightly, and easily, by custodial staff. 
  • For K/1, teachers may request that an extra set of clothes, for accidents, etc, remain in the classroom. Extra clothing items should be held/stored in ziplock bags and in a closet or sealed bin (that can easily be wiped down as needed, versus leaving individual bags in cubbies).