North Colonie Reopening Plan
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The plan outlined here is for the reopening of schools in the North Colonie Central School District for the 2020-21 school year.
Communication and Engagement
The district remains committed to communicating all elements of this reopening plan to students, parents and guardians, staff and visitors.
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.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and frequently cleaning high-touch spaces.
School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely.
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 and should maintain appropriate social distancing.
Social Emotional Well-Being
The district has made available resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff when school reopens for in-person instruction.
North Colonie CSD will make every effort to maximize in-person instruction while decreasing density and congregation in school facilities and on school grounds.
North Colonie is considering which extracurricular activities would be feasible via remote platforms. As our priority is student safety, the buildings will be less accessible for groups of students, due to our cleaning protocols, before and after school. In regard to interscholastic athletics, district continues to follow the New York State Public High School Athletic Association guidance.
Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
In each building, the student support team will meet weekly to monitor the progress of our students when in a remote environment. Teachers will be required to keep daily attendance and engagement records.
Technology and Connectivity
The district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models.
Teaching and Learning
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 a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model.
As a district, we will prioritize the needs of our special education students when considering all instructional options. Our plan includes bringing all special education students K-12 in everyday.
Bilingual Education/World Language Students
All English Language Learners who enrolled in North Colonie during COVID-related closure, over the summer 2020, or within the first 20 days of school opening, will be screened within 30 days of the start of school.
All teachers and principals will continue to be evaluated pursuant to the district’s approved APPR plan.