Following the guidance provided by the state of New York, North Colonie CSD will make every effort to maximize in-person instruction while decreasing density and congregation in school facilities and on school grounds. In order to decrease density, our planning involves:
- Adjusting class hours
- Limiting in-person presence to only those staff who are necessary to be at the school during normal school hours
- Staggering schedules and allowing more time between classes to reduce congestion in hallways, walkways, and buildings
- Shifting design of class schedules to accommodate social distancing guidelines, including cohorts, alternative classroom schedules, full-time in-person learning for younger students, and part-time distance learning for older students
Accordingly, we will be providing daily in-person instruction for our elementary students in grades K-6. Our K-3 students will be housed in their home elementary buildings, with each classroom split into two cohorts. Class size will not exceed 15 students to allow for 6 foot social distancing at all times. Students will be in class with their classroom teacher for half of the day and will be in class with special area teachers and enrichment teachers the other half of the day. Students will have recess breaks and mask breaks throughout the day.
Our grades 4-6 students will be housed at the junior high school building with each class split into 2 cohorts. Class size will not exceed 15 students to allow for 6 foot social distancing at all times. The students will spend a portion of their day with their departmentalized classroom teachers and a portion of their day with special area and enrichment teachers. Students will have recess breaks and mask breaks throughout the day.
We will be providing a hybrid model of in-person and remote instruction for our students in grades 7-12. All students in grades 7-12 will attend Shaker High School for their in-person instruction. In order to allow for proper social distancing, the school day will be divided into an AM shift and a PM shift. Grade 7 and 8 students will attend daily for 3.5 hours and complete the rest of their day in on-line learning. Grades 9-12 students will attend for the 3.5 hours opposite grades 7 and 8. The 9-12 grade students will be divided into two cohorts, Cohort A and Cohort B. One cohort will attend school in-person two days consecutively for 3.5 hours and complete half their schedule each day while the other cohort works two days consecutively in on-line learning. This alternating two days in-person and two days on-line will be repeated throughout the process. The 3.5 hours in school will be supplemented with scheduled on-line learning as part of the hybrid model.
Relatedly, the district will have a parallel remote model of instruction, so if the need for a closing or closure should arise, students will transition to the remote model of instruction.
For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.