• Richard Elementary School

    Return to School Plan 

    Richard Welcome Back Video


    Before Coming to School

    Parents and Students MUST go over the following checklist each morning before coming to school:

    Students will make sure they have the following things on the checklist:

    Health & Safety


    • Students are required to wear masks throughout the course of the day.
    • Masks must cover both mouth and nose. 
    • Students should bring 2-3 extra masks in the event their mask becomes wet or soiled.
    • Wear a mask when on school property 
    • PBIS Poster:  GPPSS Wearing a Mask

    Hand washing

    Hand Sanitizer

    • Students should use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not feasible, before/after touching any shared materials, and before entering any new space.

    Physical Distancing

    • Students should remain physically distanced - as close to 6 feet apart as possible.  
    • Student seating is physically distanced as close to 6 feet apart as possible.
    • Dividers will be placed between each student when tables are utilized.    
    • PBIS Poster:  GPPSS Physical Distancing

    Riding the Bus

    For students riding the bus, the following health and safety measures have been put in place:

    • Maintain social distancing at the bus stop and on the bus.
    • Use of hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer will be supplied on the bus.
    • The bus driver, staff, and all students must wear masks while on the bus. 
    • Transportation staff will clean and disinfect transportation vehicles before and after every transit route.
    • Transportation staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
    • Transportation staff will clean, sanitize, and disinfect equipment that is stored on the bus, including items such as car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and adaptive equipment being transported to schools daily.
    • Weather permitting, vehicles will be aired out before, during, and after routes.

    NOTE:  If a student becomes sick during the day, parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up your child, as school provided transportation will not be available.

    Riding the Bus PBIS Poster:  GPPSS Riding the Bus


    Students will not be allowed in the building until 8:25 a.m.  Please do not drop your student off prior to 8:25 a.m.


    • Students will line up at assigned doors
      • Y5 and K use McKinley Doors
      • 1st and 2nd grade use Playground Doors
      • 3rd, 4th, and Magnet use doors by kindergarten classrooms off of the parking lot


    • Students who ride the bus will be dropped off at the receiving room doors.
    • Your teacher will meet you there.

    Parent Drop Off - 

    • Line up at assigned doors
      • Y5 and K use McKinley Doors
      • 1st and 2nd grade use Playground Doors
      • 3rd, 4th, and Magnet use doors by kindergarten classrooms off of the parking lot
      • ASD classrooms use receiving room doors
    • Parents/volunteers are not allowed in school buildings.
    • Families should be masked when dropping off and picking up students.
    • Students should be masked when waiting to enter the building.
    • Students will proceed directly to their classroom and use hand sanitizer when entering the room..

    PBIS Poster:  GPPSS Arrival

    Student Materials in the Classroom

    • Students will access lockers at entry and exit of the building or at the teacher’s discretion.
      • Each student will have their own lockers

    • Students will keep all personal belongings at their work space in the classroom.

    • Students should not share materials with other students. 

    Using Materials in the Classroom

    • Pencils, Crayons, Scissors, etc.
      • We will do our best to make sure students use their own supplies that are kept at their desk.
      • Students will be asked to take their necessary supplies with them daily in case they need them at home for asynchronous days

    • Classroom libraries
    • Students can borrow books from the classroom library. 
    • Students will keep the books they borrow at their desk or take them home and return them to the teacher when they are finished.  
      • School libraries will have a classroom check out. Media specialists will bring books to the classrooms.


    The Classroom Ready Checklist includes students bringing a charged device (depending on your grade) to school every day.  

    Elementary students will receive information from classroom teachers regarding the need to bring devices into the classroom.

    Complete this parent form if you still need to borrow a device or for at home learning or need help with MiStar Parent Portal, Schoology, or K12 Registration


    Restrooms will be cleaned every four hours.  For those that have restrooms in the classrooms, this means a custodian will need to come into your room during instruction to clean.  

    Communal Restroom Procedures 

    • Only 2 students are allowed in the restroom at one time.
    • Social distancing floor stickers outside of each restroom where students wait (physically distanced) for someone to leave so they can enter.  

    Lunch Choices

    For lunch, students can:

    • Bring their own lunch from home.
    • Order a school lunch that is pre-packaged and delivered to the classroom.  
      • Students ordering a school lunch will notify their teacher when attendance is taken at the beginning of the day.
    • ALL student meals are FREE while the USDA waiver is in place.

    Lunch/Schedule  Procedures

    Lunch Schedule:

    Young 5’s

    • 11:00 Lunch
    • 11:25 Recess


    • 11:00 Lunch
    • 11:25 Recess

    Lower ASD

    • 11:30 Lunch
    • 11:55 Recess

    First Grade

    • 11:30 Lunch
    • 11:55 Recess

    Second Grade

    • 11:30 Lunch
    • 11:55 Recess

    Upper ASD

    • 12:00 Lunch
    • 12:25 Recess

    Third Grade

    • 12:00 Lunch
    • 12:25 Recess

    Fourth Grade

    • 12:00 Lunch
    • 12:25 Recess


    • 12:00 Lunch (switch depending on cohort)
    • 12:25 Recess (switch depending on cohort)

    Lunch will take place in the classroom.  

    • Every student should wash their hands (or sanitize when hand washing is not feasible) before and after lunch.  

    Lunch procedures  

    • Students are permitted to leave the building under authorized adult supervision for lunch time. 
      • Parents will pick up their student from the Receiving Room door.  
      • After buzzing the door, staff will bring the student to you to sign them out.
    • Upon the student’s return, the student will be required to come into the office before going back to class. 


    Meal Time PBIS Poster: Meal Time


    Lunch Recess

    • Each class/team/grade will be assigned a specific location on the playground, baseball field, blacktop and/or gym to play.
    • Students will stay in their assigned location with their grade level
    • Each class/grade will have access to playground equipment
      • Equipment will be sprayed daily by custodial staff. 
    • Students are NOT allowed to bring in their own recess toys and share them with students
    • Students should wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer when returning to the classroom after recess.
    • Teachers will coordinate mask breaks, movement breaks, and brain breaks throughout the day.
    • Students are allowed to play together in grade level/team cohorts when outside and masks are worn. 
    • When playing outside with their classroom cohort, students may play without a mask while respecting social distancing procedures. 


    School Dismisses at 2:30 PM

    To minimize contact, dismissal may take a bit longer than we are used to.  

    Students will exit through the same doors they entered (see arrival).

    The process is outlined below:

    Students will line up in their classroom. 


    • Students will be picked up by their families at their designated spot outside the school building. 
    • If students have siblings in other grades, they will need to meet their siblings outside of the school.
    • Students are expected to walk home shortly after dismissal and are not allowed to play on the playground unless a parent or guardian is present. 

    Bus Riders

    • Students will be dismissed when buses arrive. All students will stay in their classrooms until their bus letter is called.

    Families should be masked when dropping off and picking up students.

    Student Pick Up and Drop Off During School Hours 


    Pick up and drop off during the school day will happen through the Receiving Room Door

    • If your child needs to be picked up from school early, you must pick them up in the main office. 
      • Masks must be worn to enter the school
    • Students coming to school after instruction begins will come to the office to sign in and then head to their classroom.
      • Parents or guardians do not need to come in.

     In the event that your student becomes ill at school

    • Office staff will call you and ask you to pick up your student as soon as possible.  
    • Students cannot be sent back to class. 
    • Students must be symptom free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.  To ensure the safety of staff and students, no exceptions will be made.
    • If student is exposed to Covid-19 or has a positive Covid-19 test GPPSS will follow these Wayne County COVID-19 Case Scenarios and Action Steps