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District presents overview of reopening plan options

| July 20, 2020

The district administration recently presented a broad overview of a possible scenario for reopening planning at the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting on Thursday, July 16. The overview outlined below is just one of the options the district is currently considering for reopening in the fall. A variety of scenarios have been proposed based on the New York State guidance. The district’s reopening plans are due to the state on Friday, July 31. Prior to that, more details on reopening will be shared at the PAC meeting on Thursday, July 23. 

Overview 

The plan would:

  • Maintain 6 ft. social distancing in classrooms
  • Reduce the number of students in schools
  • Meet current CDC guidelines for transportation

    Elementary students attend school in-person daily

    • K-3 students would be in their home elementary buildings 
    • 4-6 students would be in the junior high school 
    • Students would be separated in wings of the building by elementary school

    Secondary students will have a blend of in-person and virtual learning

      • 7-12 would be housed at the high school
      • 7-12 would operate on a 6 day cycle in which students would be in-person for two days of the 6 day cycle

      Elementary School – Students attend school in-person daily

      In order to accomplish social distancing of 6 feet, classes would be split in half (2 classroom spaces allocated per section, for a total of 256 classrooms)

      • K-3 would be in their home elementary buildings running on an “early school schedule”
      • 4-6 would be in the middle school building, with classrooms grouped by home school running on a “late school” schedule
      • This would mean that we would need 128 staff to cover the “2nd sections” resulting from the split classes, which is not feasible at this time
      • Instead, we will create a rotation schedule with special area subjects

      What will an elementary school day look like?

      • Consider the student day as two halves, AM and PM OR Day 1/Day 2
      • For AM, half the class (max. 15 students) would be with their classroom teacher.
      • The other half would be in a separate classroom, where a series of specialists will rotate in to provide instruction. For example:
        • Day 1: music followed by art
        • Day 2: PE followed by library
        • Day 3: Counselor followed by PE
        • Days 4 and 5: Reading Specialist
        • Day 6: Math Specialist
      • Lunch will be served by cohort and we would build in breaks throughout the day

      Jr. High/High School – A Blend of In-Person and Virtual Learning

      • 7-12 would be a blended “hybrid” model with in-person housed in the high school
      • In order to accomplish social distancing of 6 feet, secondary grades would likely move to the 6-day rotation of the elementary schools
      • We are currently working through the details of the in-person schedule based on these important priorities:
        • Health, safety and well-being of our students and staff
        • Sound education experience for all of our students which prioritizes student-teacher relationships and interaction
        • A more informed outline of the schedule will be shared at the PAC meeting on July 23

          What we’re still working on, assuming a shortened day of four periods:

          • What would the schedule look like?
            • What classes would be in-person?
            • What classes would be virtual?
          • How would we manage student arrival to avoid clustering?
            • What entrances would be used?
            • Where would students go upon arrival?
          • How would we manage dismissal to avoid clustering?
          • How would we manage lunches?

          Virtual Learning: Ongoing Work

          • More organized platform for delivery
          • More consistent format
          • Class attendance would be mandatory, regardless of remote or in-person instruction
          • Need for social/emotional growth guidelines
          • Revisit grading guidelines
          • Revisit synchronous/asynchronous delivery expectations
          • Create best practices for virtual instruction
          • Decisions about dividing responsibilities for virtual and in-person learning

          Ongoing Work for All Scenarios

          • School and classroom supply lists
            • What is needed in each classroom? (ex: cleaning and sanitation supplies)
            • What is expected of each child/family?
          • Transportation schedules
          • Determining staffing levels and assignments
          • Determining consistent safety and cleaning protocols 
            • Training for staff, students and parents
          • Action and communication plans if someone becomes ill, tests positive, or must quarantine

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