Reopening South Colonie

Message from Superintendent Perry

Dear South Colonie School Community,

As we prepare for students to return to school in the fall, New York State has provided our school district with guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, our staff and our community members. The NYS Education Department and Department of Health guidelines have been reviewed and considered by the District’s School Reopening Task Force represented by a large number of stakeholders including teachers, staff, students, parents, Board of Education members and medical professionals, including our school physician. The entire administrative team of the school district has reviewed these plans to ensure smooth planning and implementation of the requirements and the ability of each school to communicate effectively to respond to individual student, family or staff concerns. 

The plan was developed with the following four guiding principles:

    • Protect the health and safety of everyone associated with the school district: students, faculty, staff, and community members.
    • Maximize the benefit of public education by maintaining instructional access for all students either in-person or through remote learning.
    • Sustain the student-centered activities of the school district to the greatest extent possible.
    • Contribute to controlling the spread of the virus in our region.

This reimagining has us focused on safeguarding all members of the campus and community by limiting person-to-person contact as much as is practical while allowing the District to meet its educational mission.; however, there is no possible way to reduce transmission risk to zero, therefore it’s imperative we all do our part to minimize it. As a result, the following approved plan can be considered a working document that will evolve as necessary, based on guidance from public health and government officials.

We appreciate your continued support in this process.


Contents of this plan


The web version of plan was updated on October 19, 2020. View the google doc/latest version of the plan here

Introduction

On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. 

Determinations about reopening schools will be made by region as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region may provide in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region may not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While districts have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the District is also planning for remote/distance learning as well as for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model.  

During August 10-21, parents will be able to opt-out of in-person instruction by completing the online form which can found on the District website during that timeframe.  By opting out of in-person instruction, the family/student needs to fully understand that they will be required to remain on virtual instruction for at least the first semester.  A return to in-person instruction option will be allowed prior to the beginning of the second semester in January 2021. 

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the South Colonie Central School District for the 2020-21 school year.  This plan includes procedures that will be adhered to in the following schools:

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Christopher Robilotti, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Safe Schools will serve as the District’s COVID-19 Coordinator. Christopher Robilotti will work closely with our local health department and will be responsible for overseeing the work of the Reopening Task Force and all related responsibilities.   He will also serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff, and other school community members and will ensure the District is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. Christopher Robilotti’s contact information can be found in the Health & Safety section of this plan. 


Overview of the Reopening Task Force Committee

The South Colonie Central School District’s Reopening Task Force committee is composed of various stakeholder groups including teachers, staff, students, parents, administrators, Board of Education members, and medical professionals, including our school physician.  In addition to the work and recommendations of the Reopening Task Force Committee, the entire administrative team of the South Colonie Central School District has reviewed the reopening plan to ensure the smooth reopening of buildings and the successful implementation of the requirements.

View the Reopening Task Force Committee Members here.


Academic Calendar and School Schedules

The 2020-21 Academic Calendar may be modified to provide our students with the best scenario for completing a full academic year of in-person instruction and to help mitigate the threat of the coronavirus spreading in our schools.  

The daily class schedule may also be adjusted for safety reasons. For information about how the school schedule will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, please visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.


Communication/Family and Community Engagement

To help inform our reopening plan, the District has sought feedback and input from stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians of students, local health department officials and health care providers, employee unions and community groups. Engagement efforts included online surveys, virtual forums/meetings and one-on-one conversations.

The District remains committed to communicating all elements of this reopening plan to students, parents and guardians, staff and visitors. The plan is available to all stakeholders via the District website and will be updated throughout the school year, as necessary, to respond to local circumstances. The link to the plan appears on the website homepage under the Reopening Tab at the top of the page. Every effort has been made to ensure that the plan is accessible to all individuals in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A/AA. The plan can also be translated into other languages, via the G-Translate feature available on the district website.

As part of its planning for the reopening of schools and the new academic year, the District has developed a method for communicating all necessary information to District staff, students, parents/guardians, visitors and education partners and vendors. The District will use its existing communication channels – including the District website, Blackboard mass notification system, ASPEN student management system, and social media channels as well as appropriate signage and training opportunities to support the dissemination of consistent messaging regarding new protocols and procedures, expectations, requirements, and options related to school operations throughout the pandemic. 

Additionally, the information will be available in other languages via the translation tool available on the district website, and through utilizing the Language Line for translations and partnership with Regional Bilingual Education Resource (RBERN).

The District is committed to establishing and maintaining regular channels of communication and has reviewed and determined which methods have proven to be the most effective in reaching our school community. The District will rely on the website and the mass notification system (Blackboard) to communicate news, requirements, and updates related to reopening and in-person instruction, including social distancing requirements, proper wearing of face coverings, and proper hand and respiratory hygiene. The information that we will share will be based on state guidance and feedback received through various stakeholder groups and from members that serve on the districts’ Reopening Taskforce Committee.

In support of remote learning, the  District will make computer devices available to students and teachers who need them. The District will reach out through the buildings to any family in need of technology support.  Families will be asked to submit an IT Help Desk request and a member of the District IT staff will contact them to make appropriate arrangements.  If a family does not have the ability to complete the form online, we simply ask that they contact their child’s school principal for assistance.  The District will provide students and their families with multiple ways to contact schools and teachers during remote learning, including email, telephone calls and established online platforms such as Google Classroom, Class Dojo, and ASPEN.

The District will use existing internal and external communications channels to notify staff, students, and families/caregivers about in-person, remote, and hybrid school schedules with as much advance notice as possible. 

The District will follow its existing engagement and communication protocols with parents regarding the provision of special education services for their child. Students in self-contained, special education programs (K-12) will be on-site daily while school is in session.

In addition, the district will make every effort to ensure that communication with parents/legal guardians is in their preferred language and mode of communication. 

The District is committed to ensuring that all of its students and their families are taught and re-taught new expectations related to all public health policies and protocols. As part of this continuous training, the District will determine the best approach to communicating the information for each students’ age group and will provide frequent opportunities for students to review these policies and protocols. This targeted education will help ensure that all students and their families know what is expected of them as they successfully return to the school setting. These training will include:

    • Hand hygiene 
    • Proper face-covering procedures (how to wear and remove)-
    • Social distancing 
    • Respiratory hygiene 
    • Identifying symptoms 

Training on proper handwashing techniques, respiratory hygiene, facial coverings, social distancing and how to identify symptoms of COVID-19  will be shared through training videos shared with parents to reinforce the techniques at home.

The District will create and deploy signage throughout the District to address public health protections surrounding COVID-19. Signage will address protocols and recommendations in the following areas:

    • Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
    • Acceptable face coverings and requirements related to their wear
    • Hand washing
    • Adherence to social distancing instructions
    • Symptoms/prevention of COVID-19

In addition to signage, the District will encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors through verbal and written communication to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DOH guidance regarding the use of PPE through additional means such as training videos which will be made available on the District website.

The District is committed to creating a learning environment that protects student and staff health, safety, and privacy. Our District will operate under a standard procedure for addressing situations in which an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 or appears symptomatic. These procedures are outlined in the Health & Safety section of our reopening plan. In addition, we have developed a Health Services Plan, which can be found here.

In the event that a student or staff member is sick or symptomatic, notification to exposed individuals will occur pursuant to the state’s contact tracing protocols as implemented by the local health department. The District will not notify the wider community unless specifically directed to do so by local health officials.

School Closures

A closure refers to contingency plans, protocols, and procedures for decreasing the scale or scope of in-person education. The District will collaborate with the Albany County Department of Health to determine the parameters, conditions or metrics (increased illness in school, community, or region) that will serve as early warning signs that positive COVID-19 cases may be increasing beyond an acceptable level.

The District is preparing for situations in which one or more school buildings need to close due to a significant number of students or staff testing positive for COVID-19 or a considerable regional increase in COVID-19 cases.

The District may choose to modify operations in one or more schools prior to closing to help mitigate a rise in cases. The District will consult its medical director and/or the local health department] when making such decisions. 

School building administrators will communicate with each other regularly and, if needed, will consider closing school if absentee rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely.

The decision for school closure (reduction of in-person education) shall be reached in consultation with state and county health departments. Such conditions may include, but are not limited to: 

    • Schools will close if the regional infection rate exceeds 9% after August 1.
    • Schools will close if the 7-day rolling average of the infection rate is above 9%.
    • Schools in regions in Phase 4 can reopen if the daily infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average, unless otherwise directed from the Albany County Health Department. 
    • If the infection rate  exceeds9%, schools must wait until the 14-day average is below 5% 
    • Once schools open at Phase 4 (below 5% for a 14-day rolling average), schools can remain open even if the rate continues to exceed 5% until it reaches 9% for the 7-day average. 
    • If absentee rates impact the ability of the school to operate safely. The district may choose to modify operations prior to closing to help mitigate an increase in cases. For instance, if infection rates are rising above 5%, consideration may be given to modifying school operations for medically vulnerable students and staff if they are participating in in-person activities.

The District shall consult the local department of health when making such decisions. A determination will be made as to which operations will be decreased, or ceased and which operations will be conducted remotely. A process to conduct orderly closures which may include phasing, milestones, and involvement of key personnel, shall be made by the Superintendent of Schools. 

Information about school closures will be communicated to students, families and staff members via the District’s mass notification system Blackboard Connect, the District website, and the student management system ASPEN.


Health & Safety 

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The following protocols and procedures will be in place in all district schools for the 2020-21 school year should in-person schooling resume. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact our COVID-19 safety coordinator Christopher Robilotti by phone at (518) 869-3576 or by robilottic@scolonie.org.

For more information about how health and safety protocols and training will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

Health checks

The District has developed resources to educate parents/guardians and staff members regarding the careful observation of symptoms of COVID-19 and health screening measures must be conducted each morning before coming to school. The resources include the requirement for any student or staff member with a fever of 100°F or greater and/or symptoms of possible COVID-19 virus infection to remain homel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of Coronavirus symptoms was utilized to develop these resources.

The South Colonie Central School District will implement the following practices to conduct mandated health screening.

    • All  South Colonie Central School District staff members will be required to perform a health screening prior to entering any South Colonie Central School District facility.  The health screening will require staff to answer the questions above and submit the answers to an on-line form daily. The form is available under the staff resource section of the website under safety check for employees. 
    • Parents will be required to take their children’s temperature each morning prior to going to school (anyone who has a temperature greater than 100.0° F/ 37.8° C will need to stay home from school). Parents will be expected to answer the health screening questions below prior to sending their student to school each day.
    • Students, contractors, visitors and other individuals entering South Colonie facilities will be required to perform a health screening prior to getting on the bus or entering any South Colonie Central School District facility.  The health screening will require individuals to answer the following four questions:
      1. Have you had any signs or symptoms of a fever in the past 24 hours including chills, sweats, felt “feverish” or have had a temperature of 100° F or greater?
      2. Have you experienced one or more of these symptoms in the last 10 days: Cough, Shortness of breath or chest tightness, Sore throat, Headache, Nasal congestion/runny nose, muscle pain, Loss of Taste and/Smell, Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Fever/Chills/Sweats?
      3. In the last 10 days, have you been contacted by a local health department and deemed a designated contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19? (As a reminder, any students or staff members who have been deemed in prolonged, direct contact with a positive individual will be directly contacted by the Albany County Department of Health within 24 to 48 hours to discuss how long they should self-quarantine and other health-related instructions. These decisions are not up to the district nor are they communicated by the district.)
      4. Have you traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days?
    • Any student or staff member with suspected signs of COVID-19 will be assessed by the school nurse and will be sent home for follow-up with a health care provider; a separate location will be provided for potentially ill students while they await pick-up.
    • Parents and staff are required to notify the school when they develop symptoms or if their answers to the questionnaire change during or outside school hours.   The school nurse or building administrator should be contacted via telephone.
    • It is strongly recommended that the teacher call the health office prior to sending a student with COVID symptoms to the health office. It is imperative that the health office staff is aware of a possible COVID-19 issue with a student so that they can properly isolate the student.
    • The District will conduct additional in-school health screenings as necessary.  This may include additional temperature screenings, proper supervision of the use of PPE and proper hygiene practices. .

Social Distancing, Face Coverings & PPE

The District has developed a plan that includes policies and procedures for maintaining social distancing of all students, faculty, and staff, when on school facilities, on school grounds, and riding on District transportation.

Examples include directional arrows in hallways, social distancing signage for maintaining the six feet requirements, etc.

If social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, proper face coverings must be worn in common areas such as hallways or school buses. 

Students, staff, and visitors to our schools will be expected to wear face coverings indoors and outside, including on the school bus, when six-foot physical distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals, instruction, and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face-covering can apply for a medical exemption to the District Medical Director or CSE committee or be placed into virtual learning.

Because students and staff will need to be prepared if another person unexpectedly cannot socially distance, they will be required to wear a face-covering in all common areas (e.g., entrances and exits) and when traveling around the school.

Face coverings will be provided to students and staff, if needed, at no cost. Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, cloth-based coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose.

An employee is allowed to wear their own acceptable face covering if they choose. Employees with healthcare provider documentation stating they are not medically able to tolerate face coverings must apply for a medical exemption with the District Medical Director.

Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school, so there may be periods of time when masks are not worn.

Face coverings should not be placed on:

    • Children younger than two years old
    • Students for whom such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
    • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance

The District will instruct students, parents/guardians and staff, contractors and vendors on:

    • The proper way to wear face coverings
    • Washing hands before putting on and after removing their face covering
    • The proper way to discard disposable face coverings

Infection Control Strategies

Spaces are designated in school buildings for isolation from others and immediate dismissal from school if an individual has a temperature of 100°F or greater or has a positive response to a screening question. Students and staff must notify the school when they develop symptoms or if their answers to the questionnaire change during or outside school hours and how the school should be notified. The respective school nurse and building administrator serve as the primary point of contact. 

The District requires students, faculty, or staff members who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the school day to report to the nurse’s office and the dedicated isolation area, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Students will be supervised in the isolation area while awaiting transport home and will be separated by at least six feet. Students will be escorted from the isolation area to their parent/guardian. Students or staff with symptoms will be referred to a healthcare provider and provided resources on COVID-19 testing. 

If there are several students waiting to see the school nurse, students must wait at least 6 feet apart. The district has designated areas to separate individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 from others until they can go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on severity of illness. One area will be used to treat injuries, provide medications or nursing treatments, and the other area will be used for assessing and caring for ill students and staff. Both areas will be supervised by an adult and have easy access to a bathroom and sink with hand hygiene supplies.

The following items should be placed on the signage throughout the buildings:

    • Stay home if you are sick 
    • Cover your mouth and nose with an acceptable face covering if unable to
    • maintain social distancing 
    • Properly store PPE and discard PPE after use
    • Adhere to social distancing guidelines
    • Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19 
    • Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning/disinfection guidelines
    • Visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water 
    • Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette
    • Hand sanitizer can be used when soap and water is not readily available. 
    • Hand sanitizer should be 60% alcohol or greater 
    • Hand sanitizer should be provided in common areas. Touch free dispensers should be used when available
    • Time should be built into the daily schedule to wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer 

Students and staff should wash hands when: 

    • They enter the building and each classroom 
    • After using shared objects or surfaces 
    • Before and after snacks and lunch 
    • After using the restroom
    • After helping a student with toileting
    • After sneezing, wiping/blowing nose, or coughing into hands 
    • Upon coming in from outdoors 
    • Anytime hands are visibly soiled
    • Students and staff should be provided a supply of tissues for each classroom if feasible
    • Garbage cans should be placed in each room for the disposal of tissues.

If Students or Staff become Ill with Symptoms of COVID-19 at School

The District requires students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home. Students will be supervised in the isolation area while awaiting transport home and will be separated by at least six feet. Students will be escorted from the isolation area to their parent/guardian. Students or staff will be referred to a healthcare provider and  will receive  resources on COVID-19 testing.

Return to School After Illness

Protocols have been established for Return to School/Work Protocols After COVID-19 Case, in consultation with the local health department(s) and guidance found in New York State Department of Health PreK to Gr 12 COVID-19 Tooklit. This protocol outlines the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school.

If a student or employee has shown symptoms of the coronavirus, one of the following must take place before that person can return to school: 

  • Your health-care provider gives you a conclusive diagnosis of something other than COVID-19; 
  • You test negative for COVID-19; or 
  • You are released from isolation by the Department of Health. 

Students and employees will be asked to provide documentation from a health care provider of an alternative diagnosis, or a negative COVID test result. 

Anyone who is symptomatic for 48 hours and does not receive an alternative diagnosis or a negative COVID test result will be isolated by the Department of Health. 

We are aware that these protocols may present challenges for some families, but please know that these protocols are not simply school or district policy. Only the Health Department has the power to release individuals from isolation, which would then allow them to return to the school.

Return to Work Protocols

The District will refer to DOH’s PreK to Gr 12 COVID-19 Tooklit regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The District requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus complete quarantine and have not developed symptoms before returning to work. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

The District has developed specific protocols for return to work and applicable training materials consistent with the PreK to Gr 12 COVID-19 Tooklit.

Vulnerable Populations / Accommodations 

We recognize that some students and staff members are at an increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, live with a person who is at an increased risk, or simply do not feel comfortable returning to an in-person educational environment. It is our goal that these individuals are able to safely participate in virtual/remote educational activities. The District shall work to identify vulnerable populations, those at increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness, with the assistance of the designated school physician and the COVID-19 safety coordinator. As applicable, the following may occur: 

    • Provision of additional PPE
    • Modification of work/educational services
    • Isolation and containment of people with symptoms

Contact Tracing

The District will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the District.

To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, the District has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.  

Districts may assist with contact tracing by:

    1. Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members
    2. Ensuring student schedules are up to date
    3. Keeping a log of any visitor, which includes date and time, and where in the school they visited
    4. Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact Tracing Program

Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. School staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the local health department.

For more information about how COVID-19 containment efforts will be communicated to students, families, and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.

COVID-19 Testing

In the event that large scale testing for COVID-19 will need to be conducted at school, the South Colonie Central School District will work with the Albany County Department of Health in consultation with the District’s Medical Director, Dr. Warren Silverman.

Students or staff will also be referred to a healthcare provider and provided with additional resources on COVID-19 testing. 

Health Hygiene

The District will emphasize healthy hygiene practices for students and staff by providing initial and refresher education in hand and respiratory hygiene, along with providing adequate supplies and time for frequent hand hygiene. Signs will be posted throughout the school (e.g., entrances, restrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, administrative offices, auditorium, custodial staff areas) and regular messaging will be shared with the school community. Signage will be used to remind individuals to:

    • Stay home if they feel sick.
    • Cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face covering when unable to
    • maintain social distance from others or in accordance with any stricter policy implemented by the school.
    • Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.
    • Adhere to social distancing instructions.
    • Report symptoms of,  or exposure to, COVID-19.
    • Follow hand hygiene,  and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
    • Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

Hand Hygiene

Students and staff must carry out the following hand hygiene practices. 

    • Wash hands routinely with soap (any kind) and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Dry hands completely after washing. Use paper towels to dry hands if available instead of a hand dryer if they are available.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer should be rubbed on the hands until it is completely absorbed. DO NOT dry hands if sanitizer is used.

Hand washing should occur:

    • Before and after eating (e.g. snacks and lunch).
    • After going to the restroom or after assisting a student with toileting.
    • After using a tissue.
    • Before and after using shared materials.
    • Before and after putting on or taking off face masks.
    • After coming in from the outdoors.
    • Anytime hands are visibly soiled.

Respiratory Hygiene

The COVID-19 virus spreads from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes. Therefore, the District will emphasize the importance of respiratory hygiene.

Students and staff must carry out the following respiratory hygiene practices.

    • Cover a cough or sneeze using a tissue. If a tissue is used, it should be thrown away immediately. 
    • If you don’t have a tissue when sneezing or coughing, sneeze into your elbow.
    • Wash your hands after sneezing or coughing.
    • Face coverings are protective. Wearing a face covering will keep the respiratory droplets and aerosols from being widely dispersed into the air.

For more information about how hygiene information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, please visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan


Facilities 

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the District, Operations & Maintenance will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and regularly cleaning frequently touched items or spaces. In carrying out projects or tasks supporting infection control, requirements will be met for changes associated with building spaces.

The function, position and operation of corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm system), will remain unchanged. The District plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition Survey or Visual Inspections on time. In addition, lead in water sampling will be carried out upon the reopening of school under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.” Upon reopening, the District plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible. Water systems will be flushed in buildings that have been unoccupied.

The success of our reopening plan and the opportunity for our region’s economy to remain open depend not only on the risk-mitigation strategies implemented but also upon all community members accepting the responsibility to follow campus guidelines for physical distancing and safety on campus and in the community. Our plan intends to create a culture of compliance as follows:

The District is drafting a clear set of standards and responsibilities for all community members that establish bright-line requirements for the use of face coverings; expectations for physical distancing, personal hygiene and cleaning of personal spaces; and cooperation with screening, contact tracing and testing initiatives. District standards will reflect all relevant federal, state, and local guidance and directives and be updated accordingly.

Social Distancing

The District has developed a plan with policies and procedures for maintaining social distancing of all students, faculty, and staff when on school facilities, as well as on school grounds or transportation. The plans are consistent with USDOL OSHA standards: Spatial Relationships-Maximizing Social Distancing (Protocols)

A“Cohort” model (especially K-6) shall be instituted to minimize transitions. Classroom capacity, primarily the number of desks in classrooms has been assessed and reduced as needed. In some buildings spaces such as gyms, libraries, and/or computer labs will be repurposed for instruction. 

In some instances, physical barriers may be used when it is not feasible to be six feet apart.

Reduced transitions and avoidance of congestion in shared space (hallways, common areas) is vital. One way directional signage will be used as much as often as feasible.

Even with the existence of social distancing of six feet., proper face coverings must be worn in common areas such as hallways or school buses. For those medically unable to wear face coverings accommodations will be made to ensure a social distancing of six feet.

    • By the first day of school, building administrators will develop procedures for social distancing in classrooms, hallways, arrival/dismissal times, lunch, and other special areas (physical education, music, art, etc.) 
    • By the first day of school, building administrators will develop a plan to limit large congregations when feasible

Ventilation

    • The District will maintain or exceed adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed.
    • Responsible parties should increase ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible (e.g., opening windows and doors) while maintaining health and safety protocols, particularly for younger students.
    • The District has installed Merv 8 air filters in all univent systems in accordance with the manufacturers guidance and risk management recommendations.  These filters will be changed out on a regular basis according to the standards set forth by the manufacturer.  Click here for the ventilation system protocols.

Aerosol Generating Procedures

    • Respiratory treatments administered by nurses generally result in aerosolization of respiratory secretions. These aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) potentially put healthcare personnel and others at an increased risk for pathogen exposure and infection. The District requires the following PPE to be worn during AGPs: gloves, N-95 or a surgical mask with face shield, eye protection and a gown. PPE will be used when: suctioning, administering nebulizer treatments, or using peak flow meters with students who have respiratory conditions.
    • Treatments such as nebulized medication treatments and oral or tracheostomy suctioning will be conducted in a room separate from others with nursing personnel wearing appropriate PPE. For nebulizer treatments, if developmentally appropriate, the nurse will leave the room and return when the nebulizer treatment is finished.
    • Cleaning of the room will occur between the use of the nebulizer and cleaning of the equipment. This should be done after each use following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Cleaning and disinfecting

The District will ensure adherence to hygiene and cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and DOH, including “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection of Public and Private Facilities for COVID-19,” and the “STOP THE SPREAD” poster, as applicable. Cleaning and disinfection logs will be maintained that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.

Protocols for daily disinfection of all spaces have been extensively reviewed with the custodial staff. Specialized equipment for sanitizing spaces and buses have been purchased and staff trained in the proper use.

Examples of facilities where cleaning and disinfection frequency will occur include:

    • Bathrooms
    • Athletic training rooms, locker rooms
    • Health offices, isolation rooms
    • Administrative offices (main office, reception area)
    • Frequently touched surfaces in common areas (door handles, elevator buttons, copy machine keypads, etc.)
    • Breakrooms
    • Cafeterias/Kitchens
    • Computer labs
    • Science labs
    • Classrooms
    • Maintenance offices and work areas
    • Bus Garage
    • Buses, school vehicles
    • Libraries
    • Large meeting areas (auditoriums, gymnasiums, music rooms)
    • Playgrounds (cleaning only)
    • Outdoor seating areas (plastic and metal)

Students, faculty, and staff will be trained on proper hand and respiratory hygiene, and such information will be provided to parents and/or legal guardians on ways to reinforce these at home.

The District will provide and maintain hand hygiene stations around the school, as follows:

    • For handwashing: soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels.
    • For hand sanitizing: an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol for areas where handwashing facilities may not be available or practical.
    • Accommodations for students who cannot use hand sanitizer will be made.

Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-risk and frequently touched surfaces. This will include desks and cafeteria tables, which should be cleaned and disinfected between each individual’s use. Cleaning and disinfection will be rigorous and ongoing and will occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed. 

The District will ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of restrooms. Restrooms should be cleaned and disinfected more often depending on the frequency of use.

Visitors on campus

No outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on school campuses, except when needed to ensure the safety and well-being of students. Parents/guardians will report to the front office and may not go beyond the office unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child. Essential visitors to facilities will be required to wear face coverings and will be restricted in their access to our school buildings.

School Safety Drills

The District will conduct fire (evacuation) drills and lockdown drills as required by education law and regulation and the fire code without,  exceptions. Schools must continue to conduct mandatory fire and lockdown drills according to the existing statutory schedule. Drills will be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing at exits and gathering points outside of the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies.

The written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons include:

    • Fire Code Section 404 requires that schools maintain Fire Safety, Evacuation, and Lockdown Plans and these plans include how lockdown and evacuation drills are conducted. Methods to promote and provide for social distancing during the evacuation drills are ultimately the District’s or other applicable school’s decision and responsibility. Those changes must be included in the Fire Safety plans.
    • Education Law § 807 requires that schools conduct eight (8) evacuation and four (4) lockdown drills each school year. When planning drills, consideration should be given to how a school may modify their drill procedures to minimize risk of spreading infection. Conducting drills is an important part of keeping students and staff safe in an emergency; however, steps should be taken to minimize the risk of spreading infection while conducting drills. As such, it may be necessary for schools to conduct drills during the school year using protocols that are different than they are used to.
    • Regardless of the modification used when conducting a drill, students should be instructed that if it was an actual emergency that required evacuation or lockdown, the most imminent concern is to get to safety; maintaining social distancing in an actual emergency that requires evacuation or lockdown may not be possible and should not be the first priority.

The modifications to evacuation drill protocols may include, but are not limited to:

    • Conducting drills on a “staggered” schedule, where classrooms evacuate separately rather than all at once, and appropriate distance is kept between students to the evacuation site. Staggering by classroom, minimizes contact of students in hallways, stairwells, and at the evacuation site. If conducting drills using a modified procedure, it is required that the drill be conducted with all students in the school building on that school day, it may be necessary to do so during a class period that is extended for this purpose.
    • If schools reopen with a “hybrid” in-person model, such as one where students attend school alternate school weeks to reduce the occupancy of the school building, schools must be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures, and participating in drills while they are in attendance in-person.

Modifications to Lockdown Drills may include, but are not limited to:

    • Conduct lockdown drill in classroom setting while maintaining social distancing/using masks.
    • Conducting lockdown drills on a “staggered” schedule with smaller numbers of students present to maintain social distancing, however, schools must be certain that all students are receiving instruction in emergency procedures and participating in drills while they are in attendance in-person.
    • Conduct lockdown drill in classroom without “hiding”/ “sheltering” but provide an overview of how to shelter or hide in the classroom.

Food Service

School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.

For information about meal distribution, visit the reopening section of our website. 

Meals onsite

For students onsite, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between students. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating as long as they are appropriately socially distanced. 

The District will ensure social distancing between individuals while eating in the school cafeteria. If it is not feasible to social distance, meals may be served in alternate areas (e.g., classrooms) or in staggered blocks of time to ensure social distancing and proper cleaning and disinfection between students.

The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet-style meals, snacks) is prohibited unless individuals are members of the same household. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty, and staff to observe social distancing while eating meals.

Lunch menus will be modified to allow for a grab and go style distribution. 

Meals offsite/remote

Meal options will be provided for students learning remotely.  Please contact the Food Service Department for assistance.


Transportation

The District will conduct transportation activities that are consistent with state-issued public transit guidance and NYSED School Reopening guidelines. 

Students and school staff must wear acceptable face coverings at all times on school buses (e.g., entering, exiting, and seated) and should maintain appropriate social distancing to the extent practicable. Students whose physical or mental health would be impaired are not required to wear a face covering, but must be appropriately socially distanced (students who are unable to medically tolerate a face-covering must apply for a medical exemption to the District’s Medical Director or CSE committee).  

Members of the same household will be seated together. Non-household members may also be assigned to sit together depending on ridership. Parents and legal guardians are encouraged to drop off or walk students to school to reduce density on buses.

School buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or District. School bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses. 

Transportation departments will provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses as well as hand sanitizer for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages.

Wheelchair school buses will configure wheelchair placement to ensure social distancing of 6 ft.

Whether school is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation will be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Plans have placed them out of the District if schools providing sessions are in person.

All students are entitled to transportation by the District to the extent required by law. Transportation departments do not have the ability or the right to deny transportation to children who are in foster care, homeless or who attend private or charter schools. Parents who may have missed the due date to request out of District transportation due to a reasonable excuse may file a 310 appeal with the Commissioner of Education.

School Bus Staff

School bus drivers, monitors, staff, and mechanics are required to perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to work. 

If personnel are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will notify their employer as per the reporting policies and seek medical attention. 

School bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face-covering and may also wear an optional face shield. 

Transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained in and provided with periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 

Transportation departments/carriers will need to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses as well as hand sanitizer for all staff in various transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages. 

Drivers, monitors and staff who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

Bus schedules will be adapted to accommodate reduced capacity. Parents/legal guardians are required to conduct the health screening questions and take a student’s temperature prior to a student boarding a bus.

Parents/legal guardians will be encouraged to drop off or walk students to reduce density on buses.

Buses will be cleaned between the a.m. and p.m. bus runs.

When outside temperatures are above 45 degrees Fahrenheit, school buses should transport passengers with roof hatches or windows slightly opened to provide air flow.

Bus drivers and bus monitors should follow the following protocols:

    • The driver, and monitor,   may wear gloves if they choose to do so but are not required unless they must be in physical contact with students.
    • Transportation staff are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water before and after a.m. and p.m. runs to maintain their health and prevent the spread of respiratory and other infections from one person to the next. Germs can spread from other people or surfaces when you: touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; touch a contaminated surface or objects;
      blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects.

Students on the Bus

Students will disembark from transportation vehicles in the following manner:

    • When students embark and disembark the bus, they should follow social distancing protocols. This will increase the time required to load and unload buses at schools in the morning and afternoon. Schools may consider staggered arrival and departure times to ensure social distancing.
    • Schools may reconfigure the loading and unloading locations for students who are transported by bus, car or are pedestrians. 
    • Since hand sanitizer is not permitted on school buses, schools must have hand sanitizer available when students enter the building or classroom. 

Social-Emotional Well-Being

We recognize that the social emotional well-being of our students and staff during these challenging times is critically important. The District has made resources and referrals available to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instructions. The District has established an advisory council that is comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers. This shared decision making body will inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan. This program plan has been reviewed and updated to meet current needs.

The District provided professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as provide support for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please visit our counseling and social work page social work page here.


School Activities

The District will generally not provide campus space for external events subject to an exception/review process for mission-critical events that can meet physical distancing and other applicable safety standards as specified with reference to federal, state and local guidelines and directives.

The campus will not host in-person, indoor events that are open to the public during the fall 2020 semester. Like our classes, co-curricular gatherings, and meetings of student organizations will occur only with appropriate social distancing (at least six feet of space between people) and will require participants to wear masks (unless outside and appropriately physically distanced). There will be no plays, musical performances, concerts, Continuing Education or art exhibits with in-person audiences. Instead, we will encourage departments and programs to host virtual events.

Decisions on individual club meetings and activities will be up to each organization to schedule, following the guidance of the building principal. Clubs will be encouraged to use virtual meeting space.

Students will be allowed to come and go from campus while following state and federal guidelines on social distancing, hand washing and face coverings.

Athletics & Extracurriculars

The Athletics Department is developing student-athlete orientation guidelines related to the use of facilities and equipment, holding of team meetings, symptom checks, etc. should NYS provide guidance that these activities can be safely conducted.  Currently, interscholastic sports are not permitted. Additional guidance is expected to be forthcoming. 

On Thursday, June 16, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. (NYSPHSAA) released guidance on the delay of the Fall 2020 sports season and announced that the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional details on this announcement, click here.

For additional guidance please refer to the DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Sports and Recreation During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency”.

An effort will be made to bring back activities that can be conducted in a safe environment with appropriate social distancing protocols when permitted. In addition, schools might consider the creation of extracurricular activities that can be continued remotely in the event of another shutdown. 

Childcare

A written plan is in place for before and aftercare programs run by the District.  For additional child care information, please click here.


Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism

Attendance will be taken daily in both in-person and remote learning environment.  Students who are chronically absent will be reviewed by the building pupil services teams so assistance can be provided to re-engage the students.


Technology and Connectivity

The District will assist families with gaining access to technology and high-speed internet.  Please contact your building principal or submit an IT HELP DESK form for assistance. 

The District will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models.  It is essential that all students have sufficient access to devices and/or high-speed internet.


Teaching and Learning

The school calendar typically includes two or more staff-only days before students arrive at school. Acknowledging the challenges that our teachers and staff have faced this spring delivering remote instruction under stressful circumstances, the District will focus these in-service days on providing support to staff in the areas of social-emotional health and technology integration.

These days may also be utilized for student orientation. This time will allow small groups of students to meet with their new teacher and begin to ensure the relationship necessary for a successful school year.

As we enter the new school year, teachers will be encouraged to spend time building relationships, supporting students with the transition back to school, and teaching social distancing etiquette at developmentally appropriate levels.  

When a remote or hybrid learning model is necessary, certain groups of students will be prioritized for in-person learning to the greatest extent possible. This includes, but is not limited to, special education students and English Language Learners.  

Assessing student learning gaps or areas of need will be critical. Formative assessment before a unit of instruction to assess student understanding of pre-requisite skills will be common practice. 

The typical content at a given grade level or course may need to be adjusted based on the closure.  The content will be prioritized to ensure students receive instruction for the prioritized learning standards, key understandings, and skills necessary for students’ success in future study. 

Grading practices will follow the District framework and should be designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content based upon the grade-level standards.

During the timeframe of August 10-21, parents will be able to opt out of in-person instruction by completing the online form which can be found on the District website.  By opting out of in-person instruction, the family/student needs to fully understand that you will be required to remain on virtual instruction for at least the first semester.  A return to in-person instruction option will be allowed prior to the beginning of the second semester in January 2021.

In-person Instruction

Upon reopening, the number of students in each of our classrooms will be reduced to adhere to CDC guidance regarding proper social distancing. Class size will reflect the need to ensure that students’ desks/seats are positioned no less than six feet apart.

Accommodating a six-foot radius around students will necessitate the identification of additional rooms and common-area spaces that can be converted into elementary classrooms.

All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.

Our schools will minimize the movement of students. This potentially means having students eat lunch in their classroom instead of the cafeteria and eliminating assemblies, field trips and other large-group activities. Special-area subjects (e.g., art, music, physical education) may be pushed into the classroom.  Whenever possible students will utilize outside space for physical education instruction. We will adhere to 12 feet between students when engaging in physical activity.

To the extent possible, students will remain in small cohorts if/when leaving the classroom, such as for recess or any necessary transition, so as to reduce their exposure to additional students.

For information on continuity of learning by grade level seel below:

Grades PreK-4

Class “Pods” of 15-18 students will be created to minimize student interactions.  Students will wear masks when in hallways and common areas unless able to maintain six feet social distancing at all times.  Students will be able to remove face coverings at their desk at the teacher’s discretion but should use a mask when moving throughout the room or when unable to maintain the six feet social distance from others

    • Grade PK-4 is planned for daily, onsite, instruction. 
    • Due to social distancing requirements, all school spaces will be used as instructional spaces (e.g., classrooms, cafeteria, special area classrooms). 
    • The traditional instructional program will be modified with students learning from classroom teachers and at other times supervised by school personnel during times of independent or remote/livestream instruction from within the school building.

Grades 5-6

Students will wear masks in hallways and common areas unless able to maintain six feet social distancing at all times.  Students will be able to remove face coverings at their desk at the teacher’s discretion but should use a mask when moving throughout the room or when unable to maintain the six feet social distance from others.

    • Grade 5-6 is planned for daily, onsite, instruction. 
    • Due to social distancing requirements, all school spaces will be used as instructional spaces (e.g., classrooms, cafeteria, special area classrooms). 
    • The traditional instructional program will be modified with students learning from classroom teachers and at other times supervised by school personnel during times of independent or remote/livestream instruction from within the school building.

Grades 7-8

Students will wear masks in hallways and common areas unless able to maintain six feet social distancing at all times.  Students will be able to remove face coverings at their desk at the teacher’s discretion but should use a mask when moving throughout the room or when unable to maintain the six feet social distance from others.

    • Grade 7-8 will follow an alternate day model with one-third of the students coming to school for on site instruction on an every third day rotation and the other two out of three days working virtually from home, allowing for social distancing in classrooms and hallways. 
    • Instruction will be provided following the traditional nine period day but certain instructional spaces will be modified to limit student contact exposures each day. 
    • On virtual instruction days, students will be required to participate in classroom work remotely and/or complete assignments. Student expectations on virtual days will be determined by the teacher based on what will work best for the specific class and what is being learned. As an example, students in an English class may be assigned independent reading or writing, while students in a math class may watch the day’s lesson live and from home.

Grades 9-12

Students will wear masks in hallways and common areas unless able to maintain six feet social distancing at all times.  Students will be able to remove face coverings at their desk at the teacher’s discretion but should use a mask when moving throughout the room or when  unable to maintain the six feet social distance from others..

    • Grade 9-12 will follow an alternate day model with one-third of the students coming to school for on site instruction on an every third day rotation and the other two out of three days working virtually from home, allowing for social distancing in classrooms and hallways. 
    • Instruction will be provided following the traditional nine period day but certain instructional spaces will be modified to limit student contact exposures each day. 
    • On virtual instruction days, students will be required to participate in classroom work remotely and/or complete assignments. Student expectations on virtual days will be determined by the teacher based on what will work best for the specific class and what is being learned. As an example, students in an English class may be assigned independent reading or writing, while students in a Math class may watch the day’s lesson live and from home. 

Remote/Hybrid Instruction

Given the possibility that communities may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point during the school year, we may be faced with short or long-term school closures.  Our District has developed a hybrid/blended learning model and schedule that can continue as is in a fully remote environment.

Instruction will not only focus on “core” subject areas to the exclusion of elective courses. Consideration has been given to prioritizing hands-on and lab-based activities while students are onsite in school buildings. All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.

As noted previously, student schedules will remain the same whether instruction is in person or remote so that students do not encounter conflicts wherein synchronous lessons for different subjects are offered simultaneously.

Remote learning opportunities for secondary students will include a greater emphasis on synchronous instruction, with teachers finding ways to provide live instruction and lessons to students. While recording of live lessons is still essential for students unable to attend at a scheduled time, teachers will ensure that their students are directly engaged with them and their class peers in experiential learning on a regular basis.

To ensure high-quality remote learning experiences, we will standardize the use of a single online learning platform, to the extent possible, and develop a common, coordinated set of guidelines for teachers to follow when using the platform with students.

Grading practices will follow the District standard grading framework designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content. 


Special Education

Whether services are provided in-person, remote and/or through a hybrid model, the District will make all reasonable efforts to address the provision of free appropriate public education, while protecting the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education services. Students in self-contained programs will be prioritized and will attend school daily.

  • Students in self-contained, special education programs will be onsite daily when school is in session. 
  • Students receiving special services will continue to receive these services (e.g., OT/PT, speech)

Information about the provision of services to a child to meet the requirements of the IDEA shall be communicated via the District’s website.


Bilingual Education and World Languages

Districts that plan to reopen using in-person or hybrid instruction must complete the ELL identification process within 30 school days of the start of the school year for all students who enrolled during COVID-19 school closures in 2019-20, as well for those students who enrolled during summer of 2020 or during the first 20 school days of the 2020-21 school year. After this 20-day flexibility period, identification of ELLs must resume for all students within the required 10 school days of initial enrollment.

Required instructional units of study for all ELLs should be provided based on their most recently measured English language proficiency during in-person or hybrid instruction.


Pivoting to All Remote 

Given the possibility that communities may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point during the school year, prompting short or long-term onsite school closures, the District is prepared to pivot to an all remote model and schedule aligned with the in-person environment. All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards. 

Student schedules will remain the same whether instruction is in person or remote so students do not encounter conflicts wherein synchronous lessons for different subjects are offered simultaneously. Remote learning opportunities for secondary students will include a greater emphasis on synchronous instruction with teachers finding ways to provide live instruction and lessons to students. While recording of live lessons is still essential for students unable to attend at a scheduled time, teachers will ensure that their students are directly engaged with them and their class peers in experiential learning on a regular basis. To ensure high-quality remote learning experiences, the standardized use of a single online learning platform has been established, along with a common, coordinated set of guidelines for teachers to follow when using the platform with students. 

Grading practices will follow a standards-based framework designed to provide direct feedback regarding students’ mastery of course content. Information about pivoting to an all remote environment will be distributed by the respective principals, as communicated via the District’s website, the District’s mass notification system (BlackBoard), and ASPEN (parents and students). Students in the remote learning model will remain in virtual classes if onsite classes are suspended.


Staff 

Employee Safety

We will employ a number of different methods to keep employees safe, including providing masks, hand sanitizer stations and limiting in-person gatherings in break rooms.  

All employees are required to complete a very brief screening questionnaire prior to coming to campus, or within the first hour of being on campus each day.

Employees who enter the workplace must also complete the COVID-19 Response: Return to Work Training. 

Employees must wear masks when outside their workspace and on campus property if the appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained.  Enforcement of these guidelines is expected to be done by the employee. Just as we have built a campus that is smoke-free without enforcement, we expect to build a campus that is COVID-19 free through self-enforcement.

Teacher and Principal Evaluation System

All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the District’s approved APPR plan.

Certification, Incidental Teaching and Substitute Teaching

All teachers will hold valid and appropriate certificates for teaching assignment, except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or education law. 


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