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October 12th, 2020
October 12th, 2020
Jack Etter
Tuesday, August 04, 2020

                                                                 

2020-2021

REOPENING PLAN

Revised 10/3/20

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM

PAGE(S)

Short-term Closure Preparedness

6

Communication and Community Engagement

7

Health and Safety

9

Facilities

16

Child Nutrition

19

District Transportation

22

Social Emotional Well Being

26

School Schedules

29

Attendance & Chronic Absenteeism

31

Technology & Connectivity

33

Teaching & Learning

35

Special Education

38

Bilingual and World Languages

40

Teacher and Principal Evaluation

42

Certification and Incidental Teaching

43

References/Guidance

44

Appendix A – Health & Safety Documents

·       COVID19 SIGNS OF ILLNESS PROTOCOL

·       SCREENING PROTOCOL - VISITORS

·       COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE - VISITORS

·       SCREENING PROTOCOL - STAFF

·       COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE – STAFF

·       SCREENING PROTOCOL - STUDENTS

·       COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE – STUDENTS

·       COVID19 SYMPTOM CONFIRMATION PROTOCOL – VISITORS

·       COVID19 SYMPTOM CONFIRMATION PROTOCOL – STAFF

·       COVID19 SYMPTOM CONFIRMATION PROTOCOL – STUDENTS

·       WAIT IN PLACE PROTOCOL

·       HAND AND RESPIRATORY HYGIENE PROTOCOL

·       SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS/DECISIONS

·       VULNERABLE/HIGH RISK GROUP PROTOCOL

·       FACE COVERING PROTOCOLS

·       RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID POSITIVE PROTOCOL

·       CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROTOCOL

·       SAFETY DRILL MODIFICATION PROTOCOL

Assurances

73-91


Introduction

The goal of the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District is to open for in-person instruction.  However, that will be done IF AND ONLY IF it can be done in a safe manner.  We believe that based on our current enrollment of ~312 students that we can meet all guidelines for social distancing with modifications to the schedule and staffing.

If we are able to open safely our preference is to do so using a regular schedule with all students in attendance.  As required by the State Education Department, we have contingency plans in the event that we have to reduce our number of students in the building (hybrid model) or go completely to remote learning.

The decision to move to hybrid or remote learning will be based on multiple factors including, but not limited to:

  • The number of students will be taught remotely due to medical reasons.
  • The number of staff members who are ill or have requested to work remotely.
  • An order by the Schoharie Department of Health, NY State Department of Health, or Governor to close.
  • The closure of other schools and programs we rely on for providing services to our students.  For example, BOCES programs.
  • The ability to acquire enough cleaning products, personal protective equipment (PPE), or other supplies necessary to maintain a healthy environment.
  • The ability to acquire adequate food supplies from our vendors.

During the week of August 1-7, the Governor will determine whether schools in NY can open for in-person instruction.  We have decided to go remote for the first 5 weeks of school and when we return in person the only remote instruction will be for students who are medically fragile and have a doctor’s note that excludes them or their siblings from in person instruction.

GILBOA-CONESVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

OUR RESPONSE TO REOPENING DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

As Gilboa-Conesville Central School begins to look forward to re-opening in the fall of 2020, the overwhelming feedback has been that staff, students, and families want learning to be in-person as long as it can be done safely.  In order to provide in-person learning, we will need to have all students, staff, and families agree to safeguards that will provide us with the greatest opportunity for staying open until a treatment or vaccine is available for COVID19.

We are Gilboa-Conesville Central School Strong! and we always come together when the going gets tough, and we know that our greatest strength is our relationships with each other.  And so, we will now ask each student, family, and staff member to join us in a “social contract” which asks us to individually and collectively do our part to protect one another from the coronavirus so that we have the best chance of not having to close school again. 

The school district will:

  • Ask all staff, families and visitors to screen for COVID19 symptoms on a daily basis.
  • Limit access to the interior of the school to staff, students, service providers, and individuals with previously scheduled appointments.
  • Enforce face covering and social distancing protocols.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces multiple times a day, and where applicable decrease the number of high-touch surfaces students and staff are exposed to.
  • Increase ventilation on buses, in classrooms, and other locations to the extent practicable.
  • Provide hand sanitizer in each classroom space, the main entrance, and cafeteria.
  • Provide non-surgical, disposable face coverings to any person entering the school who does not have one.
  • Train staff and students in proper hand hygiene and respiratory practices.
  • Provide mask to any family or staff member who requests them.

School district personnel and service providers will:

  • Not come to work if they have:
    • experienced any symptoms of COVID19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days;
    • traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days;
    • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19; and/or
    • tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days.
  • Notify the school immediately if they have been exposed to someone with COVID19, attended an event where an outbreak has occurred, or traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory.
  • Wear face coverings at all times, especially when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Reinforce and model proper hand hygiene practices, wearing of face coverings, and social distancing.
  • Limit person-to-person contact to the greatest extent possible.  For example, no hugging or handshaking.

Parents/guardians will:

  • Provide two (2), face coverings for their child with their name on it.  If unable to do so, the district will provide disposable, non-surgical masks to students upon arrival.
  • Reinforce proper hand hygiene practices used at school, the wearing of face coverings, and social distancing protocols.
  • Monitor the health of their child on a daily basis.
  • Keep their child home if they have:
    • experienced any symptoms of COVID19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days
    • or have been given fever reducing medicine in the last 24 hours
    • traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days
    • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19; and/or
    • tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days;

Students will:

  • Tell their parent/guardian if they are not feeling well before coming to school or tell any adult if they start feeling unwell during the school day.
  • Wear face coverings at all times except for when seated for lunch
  • Limit person-to-person contact to the greatest extent possible.  For example, no hugging or handshaking.
  • Wash and dry their hands each time after going to the bathroom.
  • Wash their hands or use hand sanitizer after they touch their mouth or nose.

SHORT-TERM CLOSURE PREPAREDNESS

It may be required from time-to-time during the school year to have short-term closures to deal with different COVID19 issues.  This may be the result of a known case of COVID19 in our school, a directive from the Department of Health to close, or because of our need to more thoroughly clean the school.

The school district will:

  • Be prepared to immediately re-start remote learning in order to communicate information to families should our closure be for more than two days.
  • Provide written communication to families and students through our website, Apptegy, Facebook, and through the use of robocalls.
  • Coordinate food pickup/delivery options if closed for more than a week.
  • Store COVID19 emergency school packets for their child(ren) in grades PK-6 in a safe place until needed.
  • Remind their child(ren) in grades 7-12 to check daily their class Schoology pages daily

Parent/Guardians will:

Grades PK-6 Teachers will:

  • Create a COVID19, two-day emergency packet of work for students for each subject.  This work will be sent home with students the first week of school to be held until needed.
  • Be prepared to work on-site the first two days of a closure to prepare up to two-weeks of materials.
  • Take home their laptop computers daily.
  • Be prepared to immediately provide students with two days of assignments through Schoology that do not require access to textbooks or in-person resources.
  • Be prepared to work on-site the first two days of a closure to prepare materials for up to two weeks.
  • Take home their laptop computers daily.

Grades 7-12 Teachers will:

Students in Grades 7-12:

  • Will check Schoology daily and be ready to switch to remote learning if needed.

COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Stakeholder meetings will be held to garner input/feedback prior to creation of the reopening plan and prior to the final version of the plan being approved by the Board of Education.

NOTES

  • Stakeholder meeting was held on 07/27/2020 and Crisis Team meetings have been held for the last 6 weeks. Included in these meetings were transportation, custodial staff, office staff, teachers & aides, and families.
  • Board meeting was held on 07/08/2020 and the foundational plan was discussed.
  • Stakeholder meeting was held on 07/27/2020 and Crisis Team meetings have been held for the last 6 weeks. Included in these meetings were transportation, custodial staff, office staff, teachers & aides, and families. In addition a survey was sent out to all families and results have been incorporated while considering our options.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

15, Bullet 1

CFCE, 1

The District will use the following communication tools to notify the community of the reopening plan.

·       We will use our existing website http://gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/ to serve as the primary location for all communication that is not done through social media.

·       The district’s official Facebook page:  will be used to push notifications to individuals following the page. https://www.facebook.com/GilboaConesvilleCentralSchoolInformation

·       The district will also post duplicate information on the privately run Gilboa-Conesville Central School Parents and Staff Facebook.

·       The district will use its robocall system and our new Apptegy App to push notifications to parents/guardians through their cell phones as well as their private email addresses.  Those without emails or social media accounts will be directed to the school district’s official website http://gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/

·       As needed, the District will hold virtual meetings via Zoom or other videoconferencing software.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

15, Bullet 1

CFCE, 2



 

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district has purchased and will display signage and information throughout the school to remind students, staff, and visitors of COVID19 protocols.  Signage includes, but is not limited to:

NYSED

ASSURANCE

15,  Bullet 2

CFCE, 2

The district will ensure all students are taught or trained on how to follow new COVID19 protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene.

NOTES,

  • The school nurse, principal, school counselors, teachers, and students are making short videos to be used in the training of students in each of these areas.  These videos will be uploaded to the district’s website, social media, and Apptegy App.
  • The school building was designed for a student population of over 400.  The current student body is 320 or less. 

NYSED

ASSURANCE

15, Bullet 3

CFCE, 3

The school and/or district will encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors through verbal and written communication (e.g., signage) to adhere to CDC and DOH guidance regarding the use of PPE, specifically acceptable face coverings, when a social distance cannot be maintained.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

16,  Bullet 1

CFCE, 4

The school and/or district will provide communications in the language(s) spoken at home among families and throughout the school community. The written plan will be published in PDF format to ensure that those with visual and/or hearing impairments will be able to access the materials.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

16

CFCE, 5


Health & Safety

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

As of 08/06/2020, the Gilboa-Conesville Central School Central school district has 3 plans for the reopening of schools.  As stated above, the governor’s announcement the week of August 1-7 will dictate many of our choices.  

  • Currently, every teacher has their own classroom.
  • Pre-Kindergarten currently has 18 students registered and two adults in the classroom.  To reduce the number of students in the class, seats will not be filled with individuals on the waiting list until the number of students in the class is decreased to 15.
  • In grades K - 6, there are over 20 students in each grade which means we will have to physically separate two sections of each grade level[MP1] .  Currently no section split will exceed 15 students. 
  • In Grades 7-12, to reduce the number of students and staff in the room we will.  In instances where class sizes cannot be reduced to that levels dictated, alternative spaces will be considered – cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, library etc.
  • 4000 disposable, non-surgical masks are currently on-site; and face shields have been ordered and are due by August.  In addition, we have cloth masks and KN95 masks.
  • Bus transportation again will be dictated by DOH and State Ed regulations in regards to Social Distancing and size of bus vs updated seating rules. Students from the same family will be allowed to ride together.   

NYSED

ASSURANCE

17, Checkbox 1

HS, 1


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Stakeholder meetings will be held to garner input/feedback prior to creation of the reopening plan and prior to the final version of the plan being submitted to NYS Department of Education.

NOTES

NYSED

ASSURANCE

17, Checkbox 2

HS, 2

The District will use the following communication tools to notify the community of the reopening plan.

  • We will use our existing website http://gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/ to serve as the primary location for all communication that is not done through social media.
  • The district’s official Facebook page:  will be used to push notifications to individuals following the page. https://www.facebook.com/GilboaConesvilleCentralSchoolInformation
  • The district will also post duplicate information on the privately run Gilboa-Conesville Central School Parents and Staff Facebook.
  • The district will use its robocall system and our new Apptegy App to push notifications to parents/guardians through their cell phones as well as their private email addresses.  Those without emails or social media accounts will be directed to the school district’s official website http://gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/

·       As needed, the District will hold virtual meetings via Zoom or other videoconferencing software.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

17-18, Checkbox 3

HS, 3


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district has purchased and will display signage and information throughout the school to remind students, staff, and visitors of COVID19 protocols.  Signage includes, but is not limited to:

NYSED

ASSURANCE

17-18, Checkbox 3

HS, 3

The district reopening plan has a written protocol developed in collaboration with the district director of school health services to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and requires symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

  • COVID19 SIGNS OF ILLNESS PROTOCOL
  • SCREENING PROTOCOL - VISITORS
  • COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE - VISITORS
  • SCREENING PROTOCOL - STAFF
  • COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE – STAFF
  • SCREENING PROTOCOL - STUDENTS
  • COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE – STUDENTS
  • COVID19 SYMPTOM CONFIRMATION PROTOCOL – VISITORS
  • COVID19 SYMPTOM CONFIRMATION PROTOCOL – STAFF
  • COVID19 SYMPTOM CONFIRMATION PROTOCOL – STUDENTS
  • WAIT IN PLACE PROTOCOL
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS/DECISIONS
  • VULNERABLE/HIGH-RISK GROUPS ACCOMMODATIONS
  • FACE COVERING PROTOCOL
  • RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER COVID POSITIVE PROTOCOL
  • CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROTOCOL
  • MODIFICATIONS TO SAFETY DRILLS
  • SCREENING PROTOCOL - STAFF
  • COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE – STAFF
  • FACE COVERING PROTOCOL
  • FACE COVERING PROTOCOL
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS/DECISIONS

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18, Checkbox 1

HS, 4

The district reopening plan has written protocols for daily temperature screenings of all students and staff, along with a daily screening questionnaire for faculty and staff and periodic use of the questionnaire for students.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS

NYSED

ASSURANCE

17-18, Checkbox 3

HS, 5, 8, 9,


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Ill students and staff will be assessed by the school nurse.  If the school nurse is not available, ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider. 

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18, Checkbox 3

HS, 6

The district reopening plan has written protocols requiring 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.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 4), 22, 37-40

HS, 7

The district reopening plan has written protocol and appropriate signage to instruct staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene.

NOTES:  The principal, school counselors, teachers, and students are making short videos to be used in the training of students.  These videos will be uploaded to the district’s website, social media, and the Apptegy App.  The content for the videos is based on the CDC guidance for best practices in hand washing:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html

Signage has been purchased and will be placed in appropriate spaces for handwashing:

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 7), 26

HS, 10


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has a written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 8), 28-30

HS, 11

The district reopening plan has written protocol detailing how the district will provide accommodations to all students and staff who are at high risk or live with a person at high risk. 

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 9), 30-31

HS, 12

The district reopening plan has a written protocol requiring all employees, adult visitors, and students to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 10), 36

HS, 13

The district reopening plan has a plan for obtaining and maintaining adequate supplies of cloth face coverings for school staff, students who forget their masks, and PPE for use by school health professionals.

NOTES

The district has purchased and already has on-site 4000 non-surgical face masks, as well as many boxes of gloves.  As of 07/19/2020, the district is in the process of ordering 200 cloth face masks, and PPE equipment for the school nurse.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 11), 33-34

HS, 14


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has written a protocol for actions to be taken if there is a confirmed case of COVID19 in the school.

It is unlikely that the school district would receive positive confirmation of a COVID19 case within a day of a staff member or student being either sent home or staying home due to COVID19 like symptoms.  It is therefore our plan to maintain the highest levels of precaution and disinfect every classroom and work space on a daily basis using an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer in coordination with regular cleaning.

We will coordinate with the Schoharie County Department of Health in any contact tracing and follow their recommendations regarding school closure or additional disinfection protocols.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 1), 40-41

HS, 15

The district reopening plan has a written protocol that complies with DOH and CDC guidance for the return to school of students and staff following a positive screen for COVID19 symptoms, illness or diagnosis of confirmed case of COVID19 or following quarantine due to contact with a confirmed case of COVID19. Return to school will be coordinated with the local health department.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 2), 40-41

HS, 16

The district reopening plan has a written protocol to clean and disinfect schools following CDC guidance.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 3), 42-44

HS, 17


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has a written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons 

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 4), 45-47

HS, 18

The district reopening plan has a written plan for district/school run before and aftercare programs

The school district does not run a before school program.

The schools’ afterschool program, CROP, will be remote through at least January, 2021 if we are not 100% back in session.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 5)

HS, 19

The district reopening plan designates a COVID19 safety coordinator (administrator) whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities necessary to allow for operational issues to be resolved before activities return to normal or “new normal” levels.

The Superintendent of the Gilboa-Conesville Central School Central School will serve as the COVID19 safety coordinator.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19

HS, 20


FACILITIES

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan which include changes or additions to facilities must comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code and submit all changes to OFP.

  • No changes to facilities planned at this time.
  • They will be conducted as scheduled.
  • They will be conducted as scheduled by BOCES.
  • All dispensers will meet NY State Code requirements.
  • No dividers are planned at this time.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 1

The district reopening plan must ensure compliance with the 2020 Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection, where applicable.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 2

The district reopening plan must provide provisions to conduct the Lead-In-Water Testing as required by NYS DOH regulation 67-4.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 3

The district reopening plan must ensure all existing and new Alcohol-based Hand-Rub Dispensers which are installed in any locations is in accordance with FCNYS 2020 Section 5705.5.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 4


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan which include the installation of dividers in classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, gymnasiums, doors, and other points of congregation will ensure the submission of detailed floor plans to OFP for review.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 5

The district reopening plan must ensure that all new building construction and temporary quarter project will be submitted to OFP for a full code review.

  • No new building projects planned at this time in response to COVID19.
  • No facilities will be leased in response to COVID19.
  • No tents will be used in response to COVID19.
  • Toilets and sinks being evaluated for possible upgrade.
  • There are 4 water refill stations for 300 students (3 already installed and 1 on its way).
  • All ventilation systems are being evaluated at this time.
  • No projects planned at this time; however, if one is planned, it will be labeled as such.
  • No plastic separators are planned at this time.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 6

The district reopening plan which include new facilities for leasing must provide a plan to consult with OFP for a preliminary evaluation

ASSURANCE

FAC, 7

The district reopening plan which includes the temporary or permanent use of Tents must provide plans adhering to the BCNYS.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 8

The district reopening plan must ensure that the existing or altered number of toilet and sink fixtures meet the minimum standards of the BCNYS.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 9


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must ensure that each building provides one drinking fountain per one hundred occupants or provide a written plan for a reasonable alternate source of drinking water.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 10

The district reopening plan must provide written plans on how to maintain adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed. 

ASSURANCE

FAC, 11

The district reopening plan must ensure that all project submissions only dedicated to “COVID19 Reopening” will be labeled as such.

ASSURANCE

FAC, 12

Each school and/or district reopening plan which include the use of plastic separators must comply with the 2020 BCNYS Section 2606. 

ASSURANCE

FAC, 13


CHILD NUTRITION

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must provide all students enrolled in the SFA with access to school meals each school day. This must include students in attendance at school and students learning remotely.

IN-PERSON

Students will be provided both breakfast and lunch.

REMOTE LEARNING

Students who must learn at home or if the entire school is learning remotely, food distribution will occur twice a week.  Families will be able to pick up food on delivery days.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

54

CN, 1

The district reopening plan must address all applicable health and safety guidelines.

  • All state and federal health and safety guidelines for food will be adhered to whether students are in-person or remote.
  • The district will continue its compliance with all Child Nutrition Program requirements.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

54

CN, 2

The district reopening plan include measures to protect students with food allergies if providing meals in spaces outside the cafeteria.

Cafeteria:  The table for students with food allergies will be clearly marked.

Gym and/or Auditorium:  Specific desks will be marked for students with food allergies.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

55

CN, 3


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must include protocols and procedures for how students will perform hand hygiene before and after eating, how appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted, and how sharing of food and beverages will be discouraged.

Grades PK-6:

Classroom teachers or LTAs will implement hand hygiene activities before and after meals.  Students will be reminded before and during lunch that sharing of food and beverages is prohibited.

Grades 7-12:

Signage will be posted at the point of sale for students to wash their hands before and after meals.  Signage will be posted discouraging the sharing of food and beverages.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

55

CN, 4

The district reopening plan must include protocols and procedures that require cleaning and disinfection prior to the next group of students arriving for meals, if served in the same common area.

Tables

The cafeteria staff will clean all tables and desks in between lunch periods with a detergent and cloths.  The tables and desks will be disinfected with the electrostatic sprayer at the end of each day.

Keypad

The keypad for registering counts of meals will not be in operation and staff will use paper copies of student enrollment to track student meals.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

55

CN, 5

The district reopening plan must ensure compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

55

CN, 6


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must include protocols that describe communication with families through multiple means in the languages spoken by families. 

·       We will use our existing website http://gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/ to serve as the primary location for all communication that is not done through social media.

·       The district’s official Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GilboaConesvilleCentralSchoolInformation will be used to push notifications to individuals following the page.

·       The district will also post duplicate information on the privately run Gilboa-Conesville Central School Parents and Staff Facebook.

·       The district will use its robocall system as well as our new Apptegy App to push notifications to parents/guardians through their cell phones as well as their private email addresses.  Those without emails or social media accounts will be directed to the school district’s official website http://gilboa-conesville.k12.ny.us/

NYSED

ASSURANCE

55

CN, 7

The district reopening plan must require that students must social distance (six feet separation) while consuming meals in school unless a physical barrier is provided.

  • Classrooms:  Students eating breakfast in classrooms will be socially distanced by teachers and/or classroom LTAs.
  • Cafeteria:  The number of tables will be decreased and students will only be able to sit at marked seats which will be socially distanced.  The maximum number of grade levels being served meals will be reduced to 2.
  • Auditorium:  Elementary students will eat their meals in the auditorium at tables that are socially distanced.   The maximum number of students having lunch at one time will be reduced to 70.
  • Grades PK-6:  Lunch will be served in the auditorium. Students will only be able to sit at marked seats which will be socially distanced.  The maximum number of grade levels being served lunch will be reduced to 2.
  • Grades 7-12:  Lunches will be served from the cafeteria and students will eat their lunches in the gym at desks that are socially distanced.   The maximum number of students having lunch at one time will be reduced to 50.
    • chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • serious heart conditions
    • immunocompromised
    • severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher)
    • diabetes
    • chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • liver disease o sickle cell anemia
    • children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

55

CN, 8


TRANSPORTATION

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Parents/guardians are encouraged to self-transport students.

DOHIG

3, “Transportation”

The district reopening plan must ensure all buses which are used every day by districts and will be cleaned/disinfected once a day and ensures high contact spots must be wiped down after each a.m. and p.m. run depending upon the disinfection/cleaning schedule.

  • Bus drivers will clean high-touch surfaces on the bus after each run with wipes; and/or cloths and detergents provided by the district.
  • The bus mechanic will disinfect each bus after the AM and PM runs using the electrostatic disinfectant sprayer.

DOHIG

NYSED

ASSURANCE

3, “Disinfection”

60 (Checkbox 2)

TPORT, 1, 2

The district reopening plan ensures school buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or district.  Additionally, the plan ensures that school bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses.

  • Hand sanitizers are prohibited on all school buses and vans owned by the Gilboa-Conesville Central School District.
  • As with all other employees, Gilboa-Conesville Central School will provide masks and gloves as requested.
  • The Bus Garage will have hand sanitizer available for all employees.
  • Any transportation employee who must have direct physical contact with a child will wear gloves.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

60 (Checkbox 3)

TPORT, 3, 4

The district reopening plan requires that school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face covering along with optional face shield.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

61 (Checkbox 2)

TPORT, 5

The district reopening plan requires that transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID19.  Additionally, transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of social distancing.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

61 (Checkbox 3)

TPORT, 6, 7



STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan requires that transportation departments will need to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

61 (Checkbox 4)

TPORT, 8

The district reopening plan ensures hand sanitizer will be provided for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus

garages.

ASSURANCE

TPORT, 9

The district reopening plan requires that drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

61 (Checkbox 5)

TPORT, 10

The district reopening plan requires that school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics shall perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID 19 before arriving to work.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS

NYSED

ASSURANCE

61 (Checkbox 1)

TPORT, 11


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan requires that students must wear a mask on a school bus if they are physically able.

Before boarding the school bus, students must have a face covering on which covers their mouth and nose.  The face covering must remain on during the entire bus ride.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

ASSURANCE

60 (Checkbox 1), 62 (Checkbox 2)

TPORT, 12

The district reopening plan ensures that students who do not have a mask will NOT be denied transportation and that students who do not have masks must be provided one by the district.

If a student does not have a face covering, the bus aide or driver will provide a non-surgical face mask to the student.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

NYSED

DOHIG

ASSURANCE

62 (Checkboxes 4,5)

14, “Personal Protective Equipment”

TPORT, 13, 14

The district reopening plan ensures that students with a disability which would prevent them from wearing a mask will not be forced to do so or denied transportation.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

62 (Checkbox 6)

TPORT, 15

The district reopening plan requires students will be trained and provided periodic reminders on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID19.

ASSURANCE

TPORT, 16

The district reopening plan requires that students will be trained and provided periodic reminders on the proper use of social distancing.

At bus stops, students not in the same household are required to wear face coverings and be socially distanced.  To the extent practicable, students will be seated in a socially distanced way on the bus.  Students in the same household will sit together.

SEE APPENDIX A FOR THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENT

ASSURANCE

TPORT, 17


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan requires that if the school district is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation must be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Program have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in conducting in-person session education when/if the district is not.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

63 (Checkbox 1)

TPORT, 18

All windows on the school bus will be cracked to increase ventilation.  The bus driver will monitor the warmth of the bus and adjust as necessary to provide a comfortable climate.

DOHIG

3, “Ventilation”

All other expectations for students riding a bus in accordance with our Code of Conduct remain in effect.

LOCAL


SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELL BEING

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district ensures that district-wide comprehensive developmental school counseling program plans, developed under the direction of certified school counselor(s), are reviewed and updated to meet current needs.

NOTES

The comprehensive school counseling program will be reviewed and updated as needed to meet our current needs.[MP2] 

NYSED

ASSURANCE

65 (Checkbox 1)

SEWB, 1

The district activated our school crisis team which includes administration, teachers, parents, custodial, office, school board members, support staff and transportations staff.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

66 (Checkbox 1)

SEWB, 2


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan addresses how the school/district will provide resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional support services and programs.

Students

Gilboa-Conesville Central School is fortunate to have a well-staffed counseling program along with support from the Schoharie County Department of Social Services.  We are able to provide individual and group counseling, mental health evaluations, and direct support to families including referrals to outside services and programs for their children.

Staff

The Gilboa Conesville Central School District provides all employees free access to the Employee Assistance Program to mental health counseling online. This is confidential and all interactions are with a licensed professional.

We encourage you to take advantage of this benefit, and again it is 100% confidential.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

66 (Checkbox 2)

SEWB, 3


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan addresses professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID19 public health emergency, as well as provide supports for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff.

NOTES

The Social-Emotional Well Being of both students and staff has been part of the district-wide goals.  Professional development has been provided to staff on a yearly basis including Positive Action and one on one counseling advice on individual case basis.

Our goal is to continue to provide staff with the knowledge and skills to be able to engage with students in a manner that supports their social- and emotional-well being.  We will use our Superintendent Conference Days to provide the professional development needed for our staff.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

66 (Checkbox 3)

SEWB, 4


SCHOOL SCHEDULE

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan describes the school schedule planned for implementation at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and to the extent practicable, any contingent scheduling models it may consider if the situation warrants.

If we are back 100% in full

ARRIVAL

We will have the standard arrival with all visitors and students arriving late will enter through our main entrance and will be screened prior to entry.

BREAKFAST

Grades Pre-K – 12

All students will pass by or through the cafeteria from [MP3] the student entrance and take a grab-and-go to their room or homeroom.

LUNCH

Grades PK-6   Will eat lunch in the auditorium.  No more than two grade levels will be in the cafeteria at one time.

Grades 7-12:   Will eat their lunch from the cafeteria and we will shorten the lunch period and we will service 2 classes as a time maintaining social distancing.  Meals will be one the few times masks may be pulled down as long as social distancing is in effect.

DISMISSAL

STUDENTS RIDING BUSES:

Buses will be in the loop at 2:50.

Buses will depart at 3:10

Grades PK-2:  Will load at 2:50 PM

Grades 3-5:     Will load at 2:55 PM

Grades 6-12:   Will load at 3:02 PM

PARENT PICK UP:  2:55 PM – 3:10 PM

Will happen at the main entrance.

At this point in time, any contingency plans regarding a hybrid model would be focused on bringing fewer students into the building and keeping the schedule above intact to the greatest extent possible.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

75

SCHS, 1


ATTENDANCE & CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must describe a mechanism to collect and report daily teacher student engagement or attendance while in a remote or hybrid schedule.

Attendance will be taken in our student management system Power Schools. 

IN-PERSON LEARNING

The District’s Attendance Policy will be followed for all students who are attending in-person learning.

REMOTE LEARNING

GRADES PK-6

It is the responsibility of the classroom teacher to make contact with each of their students on a daily basis including those who are remotely learning.  This is regardless of schedule. 

GRADES 7-12

A student’s first period teacher will be responsible for making contact with each student on a daily basis to record their attendance.  This is regardless of schedule.

Remote-learning students will be marked absent if they are not available during scheduled class time. We will be using LTA’s, support staff, and building principal to help make connections and move towards daily attendance in all scheduled classes.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

81 (Bullet 1)

ATT, 1


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

ABSENCES DUE TO COVID19 OR COVID19 SYMPTOMS

Although required to count all absences by State regulation, all absences due to COVID19 or COVID19 symptoms will be considered “Excused” for the duration of the student’s inability to engage in learning due to COVID19 or COVID19 symptoms.

A student who is under quarantine or awaiting test results, may have their attendance counted as “present” if they continue to engage in learning.

Teachers and guidance staff will work with each student and family to insure that students who are kept home due to COVID19 are able to continue their learning to the extent practicable.

The District will suspend all Attendance Policy components that impact credit for students in grades 8-12 for the 2020-2021 school year.  Credit determinations will be based on grades only.

NYSED

LOCAL

83

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

Students missing more than 10% of scheduled school days will be considered “chronically absent” per SED regulation.  The district will work with families to improve attendance and attempt to record lost instructional time.  Outside agencies will be engaged to the extent required to make sure that all students of compulsory age are in regular attendance.

NYSED

LOCAL

83


TECHNOLOGY & CONNECTIVITY

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must include information on how the school/district will have knowledge of the level of access to devices and high-speed internet all students and teachers have in their places of residence. 

The district has conducted an online and phone survey to each staff member and family as to their level of access to high-speed internet.

The district will be providing devices to all students and staff as needed and as appropriate.

Where gaps still exist, the district will work with local governments, local internet providers, as well as local cellular to close these gaps. We also have 100 Chromebook being deliver early in September and more on order.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

86 (Checkbox 1)

TECH, 1


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district, to the extent practicable, will address the need to provide devices and internet access to students and teachers who currently do not have sufficient access.

The district will provide devices to all students and staff as needed and as appropriate.

INTERNET ACCESS

TEACHERS

In the event that the district is using a hybrid or remote model, the school building will be opened to allow teachers access to their classrooms. 

STUDENTS

In the event that the district is using a hybrid or remote model, the school building will be opened to allow students access to the gym to work on assignments using the school’s Wifi.  The district will develop a schedule with input from families as to the times that work best for them.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

86 (Checkbox 2)

TECH, 2

The district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models, especially if all students do not yet have sufficient access to devices and/or high-speed internet.

The district will work directly with families who do not have access to high-speed internet should we go to a hybrid or remote model. 

  • The district will open the gym to allow access to the school’s Wifi.
  • If transportation is a barrier, the district will arrange for pickup and drop off using school transportation.
    • experienced any symptoms of COVID19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days;
    • traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days;
    • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19; and/or
    • tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days?
    • experienced any symptoms of COVID19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days;
    • traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days;
    • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19; and/or
    • tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days?

NYSED

ASSURANCE

86 (Checkbox 3)

TECH, 3


TEACHING & LEARNING

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan includes a continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Such plan must prepare for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.

The GCCS Continuity of Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 school year will be developed with input from teachers, parents and the Board.  It will include provisions for in-person, remote and hybrid models of instruction. 

NYSED

ASSURANCE

89 (Checkbox 1)

TEACH, 1

The district reopening plan includes an educational program that is aligned to the New York State Learning Standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) regardless if instruction is delivered in-person, remotely or in a hybrid model.

All instruction, regardless of model, will be aligned to the NY State Learning Standards.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

89 (Checkbox 2)

TEACH, 2

The district reopening plan provides for a program that includes regular substantive interaction between teachers and students whether delivered in-person, remotely or through a hybrid model of instruction.

Regardless of model, teachers will prepare lessons that are designed to engage students in meaningful ways.  If a hybrid or remote model is implemented, teachers will be provided access to their classrooms in order to facilitate both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  For those students without high-speed internet access at home, the district will make our WiFi and transportation available to students to the extent allowed by law or regulation.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

90 (Checkbox 1)

TEACH, 3


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Equity must be at the heart of all school instructional decisions. All instruction should be developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model due to a local or state school closure, there are clear opportunities for instruction that are accessible to all students.  Such opportunities must be aligned with State standards and include routine scheduled times for students to interact and seek feedback and support from their teachers.

Regardless of model, teachers will prepare lessons that are designed to engage students in meaningful ways.  If a hybrid or remote model is implemented, teachers will be provided access to their classrooms in order to facilitate both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  For those students without high-speed internet access at home, the district will make our WiFi and transportation available to students to the extent allowed by law or regulation.

The district will work with teachers to create opportunities for all students to be able to interact and receive feedback directly from their teacher.  This will include interactions via phone, internet, or in other ways that are allowed which maintain social distancing and face covering protocols.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

89 (Checkbox 3)

TEACH, 4

Schools must create a clear communication plan for how students and their families/caregivers can contact the school and teachers with questions about their instruction and/or technology. This information needs to be accessible to all, available in multiple languages based on district or charter school need, widely disseminated, and include clear and multiple ways for students and families to contact schools and teachers (e.g., email, online platform, and/or by phone).

The school will work with teachers to setup Google Voice phone numbers that will allow students/parents to contact them without teachers giving up their personal cellphone numbers.  The district’s technology team will be available for students and families to provide support which cannot be answered by the student’s teacher, and a number will be created specifically for this support.  All teachers can be reached by email, and our computer specialist can be reached at claraway@[MP4] gccs.us

NYSED

ASSURANCE

90 (Checkbox 2)

TEACH, 5


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Districts that contract with eligible agencies, including CBOs, to provide Prekindergarten programs must attest that they have measures in place to ensure eligible agencies with whom they contract will follow health and safety guidelines outlined in NYSED guidance and required by the New York State Department of Health. The district must also ensure their eligible agencies have a Continuity of Learning plan that addresses in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.

This assurance is not applicable to the Gilboa-Conesville Central School as we provide our own PreK program.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

91 (Checkbox 3)

TEACH, 6


SPECIAL EDUCATION

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan, whether services are provided in-person, remote, and/or through a hybrid model, addresses the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education and services.

The district will protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education and services through the use of the health and safety protocols outlined in this document.  This includes, but is not limited to all of the documents contained in Appendix A.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

113 (Checkbox 1)

SPED, 1

The district reopening plan addresses how it will document the programs and services offered and provided to students with disabilities as well as communications with parents.

The district will continue to use the to document and provide documentation to families through that system.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

113 (Checkbox 5)

SPED, 2

The district reopening plan addresses meaningful parent engagement in the parent’s preferred language or mode of communication regarding the provision of services to his/her child to meet the requirements of the IDEA.

The district will continue to meet and communicate with parents through multiple means including, but not limited to phone, email, and virtual meetings.  The district will accommodate parent requests for in-person meetings when they are allowed.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

113 (Checkbox 2)

SPED, 3


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan addresses collaboration between the committees on preschool special education (CPSE) and committees on special education (CSE) and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served to ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on/individualized education programs/(IEPs), plans for monitoring and communicating student progress, and commitment to sharing resources.

The district’s CSE and CPSE are run by the same person in our small, rural school district.  The CSE Chairperson participates in regional meetings for Special Education to keep informed of program options that are available.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

113 (Checkbox 3)

SPED, 4

The district reopening plan must ensure access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability related needs of students.

IN-PERSON LEARNING

Students with disabilities who receive in-person learning will be provided all necessary accommodations, modifications, services, and technology in accordance with their IEP.

REMOTE LEARNING

Students with disabilities whose parent/guardian has chosen remote learning for their child will, the extent practicable, have all accommodations, modifications, services, and technology in accordance with their IEP. 

STUDENTS AT HOME DUE TO COVID19 SYMPTOMS OR COVID19

To the extent practicable, teachers and service providers will provide all necessary accommodations for students who are learning remotely due to COVID19 symptoms or a positive COVID19 diagnosis.  Employees and service providers will not be required to meet in person with these students.  Alternative methods for instruction and services will be explored.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

113 (Checkbox 4)

SPED, 5


BILINGUAL EDUATION & WORLD LANGUAGES

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan which reopens 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 COVID19 school closures in 2019-20, as well as all students who enroll during summer of 2020 and 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 required 10 school days of initial enrollment as required by Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154. 

Gilboa-Conesville Central School District currently has 0 ELL students  but assures that all of these provisions will be met for our ELL students we should get.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

122 (Checkbox 1)

BEWL, 1

The district reopening plan must provide required instructional Units of Study to all ELLs based on their most recently measured English language proficiency level during in-person or hybrid instruction.

Gilboa-Conesville Central School District currently has 0 ELL students  but assures that all of these provisions will be met for our ELL students we should get.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

123 (Checkbox 1)

BEWL, 2


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must ensure the maintenance of regular communication with parents/guardians of ELLs to ensure that they are engaged in their children’s education during the reopening process, and provide all communications for parents/guardians of ELLs in their preferred language and mode of communication.

Gilboa-Conesville Central School District currently has 0 ELL students  but assures that all of these provisions will be met for our ELL students we should get.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

123 (Checkbox 3)

BEWL, 3


TEACHER & PRINCIPAL EVALUATION

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must ensure that all teachers and principals are evaluated pursuant to the LEA’s currently approved APPR plan (or, for charter schools, the school’s charter), including any variance applications approved by the Department.

The district will conduct all evaluations in accordance with our approved APPR plan.  No variances will be sought at this time.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

131 (Checkbox 1)

APPR, 1


CERTIFICATION AND INCIDENTAL TEACHING

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan must ensure that all teachers hold valid and appropriate certificates for their teaching assignments except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or Education Law.

The district will seek to fill all positions and teaching assignments to the extent practicable with individuals certificated in that area. 

The district will take advantage where necessary the provisions in regulation that allow for teachers to teach up to 10 hours a week outside of their certification area as an incidental assignment should the need arise.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

133 (Checkbox 1)

CERT, 1


References/Guidance

ABBREVIATION USED

REFERENCE

AOTA

ACCURACY OF TACTILE ASSESSMENT OF FEVER IN CHILDREN BY CAREGIVERS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS

ASSURANCE

THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT REQUIRES THE DISTRICT TO ASSURE SPECIFIC ACTIONS, PLANS AND PROTOCOLS.  THEY WILL BE REFERENCED BY THE CATEGORY (ABBREVIATED BELOW) AND THEIR SEQUENTIAL ORDER IN THE LIST

CATEGORY

ABBREVIATION

CATEGORY

ABBREVATION

Communication/Family & Community Engagement

CFCE

Attendance

ATT

Health & Safety

HS

Technology

TECH

Facilities

FAC

Teaching

TEACH

Child Nutrition

CN

Special Education

SPED

Transportation

TPORT

Bilingual

ELL

Social Emotional Well-Being

SEWB

Evaluation

APPR

Schedules

SCHS

Certification

CERT

DOHIG

NY STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH INTERIM GUIDANCE FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION AT PRE-K TO GRADE 12 SCHOOLS DURING THE COVID19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

LOCAL

LOCAL DECISION

GCCS

GILBOA-CONESVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL CENTRAL SOCIAL CONTRACT

NYSED

NY STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT – REOPENING GUIDANCE

NYSEDFAQ-1

NY STATE EDUCAITON DEPARTMETN – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 7-17-2020



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPENDIX A

HEALTH & SAFETY DOCUMENTS

COVID19 SIGNS OF ILLNESS PROTOCOL

KNOW THE SIGNS OF COVID19 ILLNESS

FLUSHED CHEEKS

RAPID OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING (WITHOUT RECENT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY)

FATIGUE, AND/OR IRRITABILITY

FREQUENT USE OF THE BATHROOM

WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU SEE THESE SIGNS IN YOUR COLLEAGUES OR STUDENTS?

DO NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE

CALL THE NURSE OR MAIN OFFICE

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS GIVEN

 

Screening Protocol- Visitors

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Access to the interior of the school building will be limited to students, staff, service providers, and individuals with previously scheduled appointments.

DOHIG

NYSED

5, “Screening”

20

Every visitor will be required to have their temperature checked before proceeding beyond the front vestibule.

DOHIG

18, “Health Screening & Temperature Checks”

If their temperature exceeds 100.0ºF, they must immediately leave the school campus and may not return to campus until they have been cleared to do so by a medical professional.

DOHIG

19, “Positive Screen Protocols”

Every visitor whose temperature is less than 100.0ºF, must then attest to the following four questions:

·       Have you

DOHIG

19

If a visitor states “yes” to any question, they must immediately leave the school campus and may not return to campus until they have been cleared to do so by a medical professional.

DOHIG

19, “Positive Screen Protocols”

If a visitor states “no” to all four questions and their temperature is less than 100.0ºF, they may enter the school.

LOCAL




COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE - VISITORS

Monday, October 12, 2020

NAME (Printed Clearly)

ADDRESS

PHONE NUMBER

(           )

PRE-SCHEDULED MEETING WITH

ATTESTATION BY VISITOR

In the past two weeks (14 days) have you experienced any symptoms of COVID19 such as a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness (fatigue), muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea?

o Yes

o No

Have you traveled internationally or from any of the States listed below in the past 14 days? 

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin

o Yes

o No

Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19?

o Yes

o No

Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days?

o Yes

o No

SIGNATURE

VERIFICATION BY STAFF REQUIRED

Staff Member (Print/Sign)

Attestation Questions

o  All “No”                     o  Any marked “Yes” – MAY NOT ENTER

Temperature Check

o  Less than 100.0°F      o  Greater than 100.0°F – MAY NOT ENTER

Time



Screening Protocol - Staff

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Every staff member will self-assess their temperature at home before leaving for work by using the back of their hand.  If they feel hot, then a thermometer must be used to assess whether their temperature is over 100.0ºF.

DOHIG

AOTA

18, “Health Screening and Temperature Checks”

If their temperature is greater than 100.0ºF, they may not come to work until they have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

19, “Positive Screen Protocols”

Upon arrival at school, staff must sign in at the front desk and attest to the following four questions:

·       Have you

DOHIG

19

If a staff member states “yes” to any question, they must immediately leave the school campus and may not return to work until they have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

19, “Positive Screen Protocols”

If a staff member states “no” to all four questions, they may enter the school.

LOCAL


COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE - STAFF

Monday, October 12, 2020

NAME (PRINTED CLEARLY)

TIME

TEMPERATURE SCREENING QUESTION

Did you evaluate your temperature before arriving to work?

o Yes

o No

           

If you answered “No” you must wait to have your temperature checked before entering the building.

TEMPERATURE TAKEN BY

TEMPERATURE

TIME

o  Less than 100.0°F  

o  Greater than 100.0°F – MAY NOT ENTER

                             

ATTESTATION

In the past two weeks (14 days) have you experienced any symptoms of COVID19 such as a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness (fatigue), muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea?

o Yes

o No

Have you traveled internationally or from any of the States listed below in the past 14 days? 

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin

o Yes

o No

Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19?

o Yes

o No

Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days?

o Yes

o No

SIGNATURE

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, you must immediately leave the school campus and may not return to work until you have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

 

Screening - Students

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Parents/guardians will check on the health of their child(ren) on a daily basis before they are sent to school.

GCCS

Parents/guardians will check the temperature of their child(ren) before they come to school.

  • For students in Grades PK-6, parents will assess their temperature at home before leaving for school by using the back of their hand.  If they feel hot, then a thermometer must be used to assess whether their temperature is over 100.0ºF
  • For students in Grades 7-12, parents will ask their child if they feel warm.  If yes, the parent/guardian will assess their temperature with the back of their hand. If they feel hot, then a thermometer must be used to assess whether their temperature is over 100.0ºF
    • experienced any symptoms of COVID19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days;
    • traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days;
    • knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19; and/or
    • tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days?

DOHIG

AOTA

5, “Screening”

18, “Health Screening and Temperature Checks”

By sending their child to school (via school transportation or being dropped off), it will be assumed that the parent/guardian is attesting in the negative to each of the following questions.  Their child(ren) has/have not:

DOHIG

19

If a parent/guardian responds “yes” to any question,

·       no member of the household may come to school;

·       they must notify the school nurse or the main office immediately; and

·       before returning to school, all student(s) in the household must have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

19, “Positive Screen Protocols”


COVID19 HEALTH SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE - STUDENTS

Monday, October 12, 2020

NAME (PRINTED CLEARLY)

TIME

TEMPERATURE SCREENING QUESTION

Did your parents/guardian evaluate your temperature before arriving to school?

o Yes

o No

           

If they answered “No” the student must have their temperature checked.

TEMPERATURE TAKEN BY

TEMPERATURE

TIME

o  Less than 100.0°F  

o  Greater than 100.0°F – MAY NOT ENTER

                             

ATTESTATION

In the past two weeks (14 days) have you experienced any symptoms of COVID19 such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, extreme tiredness (fatigue), muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea?

o Yes

o No

Have you traveled internationally or from any of the States listed below in the past 14 days? 

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin

o Yes

o No

Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19?

o Yes

o No

Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID19 in the past 14 days?

o Yes

o No

QUESTIONED BY

If the student answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, they must immediately be taken to the COVID19 Isolation Room.  Once there, please call the school nurse or main office.

      

COVID19 Symptom Confirmation Protocol - Visitors

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

If an individual visiting the school has a temperature greater than 100.0°F or attests in the affirmative to any of the screening questions, they must leave the campus immediately and may not return until cleared by a medical professional.

DOHIG

19, “Positive Screen Protocols”


 

COVID19 Symptom Confirmation Protocol – Staff

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Symptom confirmation prior to coming to work:  The staff member may not come to work.  They will call the office and log their absence as “COVID19 Symptoms”. 

GCCS

The school nurse or an administrator will call the employee.  The employee will be given information on health care and testing resources.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 2 from top

Before returning to work, the staff member must have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 5 from top

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Symptom confirmation during the school day:  If a staff member develops symptoms of COVID19 during the school day, they must immediately call for the school nurse.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 4 from top

ISOLATION PROTOCOL:

  • The school nurse will assess if the staff member has symptoms consistent with COVID19.  The staff member’s temperature must be taken.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 1 from top

If the symptoms are consistent with COVID19, the school nurse will notify the main office immediately to initiate the “WAIT IN PLACE PROTOCOL”.

LOCAL

The staff member and all members of their household will be required to go home.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 2 from top

Cleaning protocols for the rooms the staff member had been in that day will commence immediately upon confirmation from the school nurse that the symptoms are consistent with COVID19.

LOCAL

Communication protocols will be completed by no later than 5PM that day for all students and staff who came in contact with the student(s) sent home.

LOCAL

Before returning to work, the staff member must have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 5 from top

 

 

COVID19 Symptom Confirmation Protocol – Students

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Symptom confirmation prior to coming to school: 

·       The parent/guardian will not send their child(ren) to school. 

·       The parent/guardian will contact the school nurse or main office immediately.

GCCS

Before returning to school, the student(s) must have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 5 from top

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Symptom confirmation during the school day: 

For students in Grades PK-6, any staff member who believes a student is exhibiting COVID19- like symptoms must intervene and begin the isolation protocols.

For students in Grades 7-12, they must notify a staff member if they begin experiencing any COVID19-like symptoms.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 4 from top

ISOLATION PROTOCOL:

·       The student will be immediately separated from other students and taken to the Isolation Room.

·       The staff member accompanying the student will remain in the Isolation Room with the student and contact the school nurse or main office.  The staff member must maintain social distancing and face covering protocols.

·       The school nurse will assess if the student has symptoms consistent with COVID19.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 1 from top

If the symptoms are consistent with COVID19, the school nurse will notify the main office immediately to initiate the “WAIT IN PLACE PROTOCOL”

LOCAL

The student and all members of their household will be required to be picked up by the parent/guardian.  The parent/guardian will be given information on health care and testing resources.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 2 from top

Cleaning protocols for the rooms the student had been in that day will commence immediately upon confirmation from the school nurse that the symptoms are consistent with COVID19.

LOCAL


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE

Communication protocols will be completed by no later than 5PM that day for all students and staff who came in contact with the student(s) sent home.

LOCAL

Before returning to school, the student(s) must have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 5 from top


 

WAIT IN PLACE

PROTOCOL

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Upon the confirmation of a visitor, staff member, or student with COVID19 symptoms, the “WAIT IN PLACE” protocol will be initiated by the school nurse, school administrator, or their designee.  They will announce over the PA system the following message:

May I have your attention please.  All staff members and students, please WAIT IN PLACE until further notice.  Again, all staff members and students, please WAIT IN PLACE until further notice.

LOCAL

During a WAIT IN PLACE, students and staff should remain in their room.  Instruction may continue; however, movement through the building is suspended until the protocol is completed.

LOCAL

All cleaners on duty will immediately gather materials needed for disinfecting rooms, and the Director of Buildings and Grounds will be summoned.

LOCAL

The school nurse will interview the student (or the staff member who brought the student for evaluation) to determine which additional students/staff may need to go home due to their direct contact with the confirmed symptomatic individual or by virtue of living in the same household.

The nurse will ask the following questions:

  • Is there anyone you had direct person-to-person contact with today while at school?
  • Were you near anyone without a mask on and less than 6 feet socially distanced for more than 15 minutes while at school today?

LOCAL


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Each individual identified by the school nurse to go home will be brought to the isolation room to evaluated by the school nurse for COVID19 symptoms including a temperature check.

LOCAL

The school administrator or their designee will then run the daily schedule of each individual identified to go home.

LOCAL

Collaboratively the school administrator, school nurse and Head of Buildings and Grounds will determine which classrooms or spaces need to be disinfected based on the student/staff member’s daily schedule as well as any information the individual(s) provide(s) about where they had been that day (bathroom, cafeteria, etc.)

LOCAL

The school nurse will contact parents for students who need to be picked up to go home.

LOCAL

The school administrator will go to each room and assess using their best judgement how to remove any students/staff and where to send them while the room is being disinfected.

LOCAL

If the room has windows that can be opened, the Head of Buildings and Grounds or school administrator will open all windows and allow the room to ventilate for a minimum of 10 minutes.

LOCAL

Once the rooms are emptied, the Head of Buildings and Grounds, or the school administrator, will assign each cleaner to the room(s) that will need to be disinfected.

LOCAL

All high-touch surfaces including the door handles, desks, and chairs will be cleaned with approved disinfectants.  The room will then be sprayed using the electrostatic sprayer.  No individuals will be allowed in the room until 10 minutes after the process is completed.

LOCAL

Once the rooms have been disinfected, the WAIT IN PLACE protocol can be suspended.  The school nurse, school administrator or their designee will announce over the PA system the following message:

May I have your attention please.  All staff members and students, may now resume their regular schedules.   Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

LOCAL


 

HAND AND RESPIRATORY 

HYGIENE PROTOCOL

STRATEGY – HAND HYGIENE

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Healthy handwashing hygiene practices will be taught and re-taught to both students and staff through the use of videos produced locally by the principal, school counselors, teachers, and students.  These videos will be uploaded to the district’s website and social media.  The content for the videos is based on the CDC guidance for best practices in hand washing: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html   Live links to these videos will be added to this protocol and the plan as soon as they are available in early August.

NYSED

18, Checkbox 7, 26

Teachers in Grades PK-6 will schedule time for hand hygiene throughout the day.

NYSED

26

Students in Grades 7-12 will be reminded to perform hygiene after all meals and use of bathrooms.

NYSED

26

Hand sanitizer will be made available in all classrooms, near high touch surfaces for use when soap and water are not available.

NYSED

26

STRATEGY – RESPIRATORY HYGIENE

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Students and staff will cover their mouths or noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue appropriately.

NYSED

26

If no tissue is available, the inside of the elbow (or shirtsleeve) will be used to cover the mouth or nose instead of using the hands.

NYSED

26

Students and staff will perform hand hygiene after sneezing, coughing and handling dirty tissues or other soiled material.

NYSED

26

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

PROTOCOLS/DECISIONS

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has a written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep a social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.  Twelve feet in all directions will be maintained between individuals while participating in activities requires projecting the voice (e.g., singing), playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 8), 28-30

HS, 11

Morning Arrival---No students will be allowed in the building until 7:50.

  • Students being dropped off:
    • Will all be dropped off in the student parking lot, walk down the stairs, through the tunnel, and come in through the gym doors.  All 4 exterior doors will be open to encourage social distancing.
  • Those riding the bus who are eating breakfast will be let off at 7:50.
    • Will all be dropped off in the student bus turn around, walk in the gym exterior doors. Pick up grab and go breakfast and report to class. All 4 exterior doors will be open to encourage social distancing.

NYSED

29, 30

Students in Grades 7-12 will transition between classes 1-2 minutes after the bell sounds to decrease the number of students in the hallway at one time.  The middle school team will create a plan to best meet this strategy.

LOCAL


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Enrollments in Grades PK-6 will be monitored and adjusted to remain below 15. 

LOCAL

Enrollments in Grades 7-12 classes will be monitored and adjusted over the summer to accommodate no more than 18 students in a class. Where that is not possible, classes will be moved to larger rooms to accommodate social distancing.

LOCAL

To reduce the number of students in PreK (currently 18) in order to allow social distancing, empty seats will not be filled with children on the waiting list until the number of students in the class has decreased to 15.

LOCAL

LUNCHES

NYSED

29

RECESS

In Grades PK-6, recess will be at the direction of the classroom teacher and will be scheduled at the teacher’s discretion to maximize opportunities for students to socially distance and take face covering breaks.

LOCAL

Each classroom, office space, elevator, and bathroom will have the maximum occupancy posted on the door to accommodate 6ft social distancing.

LOCAL

Students shall not congregate at classroom doors prior to a class change.

LOCAL

Students transitioning between classes shall, to the extent practicable, remain socially distanced.

LOCAL

Music Classes.

  • Social distancing will be required at a spacing of 12 feet unless face coverings are worn.
  • Band and chorus may be taught in smaller groups as organized by the teachers.  This may include, but is not limited to:
    • By grade level (6th, 7th, etc).
    • By instrument or vocal part.
  • Teachers are encouraged to use the Auditorium/gym to hold classes.

DOHIG

NYSED

10, Bullet 9

30, Bullet 4

Physical Education Classes

  • Social distancing will be required at a spacing of 12 feet if there are aerobic activities.

DOHIG

NYSED

10, Bullet 9

30, Bullet 4


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

All large gathering events are cancelled until at least January, 2021.  This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • School Dances (September through December)
  • Open Houses & Parent Teacher Conferences in Person (October)
  • Fall Fling (October)
  • Halloween Parade (October)
  • Veterans Day Assembly (November)
  • Winter Musical Concerts (December)
  • Winter Play (December)
  • Principal Honor Roll Breakfast (September – December)
  • Ski Club (November – December)
  • In-Person Faculty Meetings (September – December)

NYSED

30, Bullet 5

All field trips are suspended until at least January, 2021.

NYSED

30, Bullet 5

Afterschool Programming

  • CROP will be remote if we are not in session. Plans for in session will be announced.
  • Extracurricular clubs for secondary students may meet if they can maintain social distancing guidelines.

NYSED

30

Athletics:

Decisions regarding athletic practices and games will be in alignment with the NY State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) guidance unless local conditions require more aggressive measures to be taken.

LOCAL


VULNERABLE/HIGH-RISK 

GROUP PROTOCOL

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has written protocol detailing how the district will provide accommodations to all students and staff who are at high risk or live with a person at high risk. 

High-risk groups include:

·       Individuals 65 or older;

·       Pregnant individuals

·       Individuals with underlying health conditions including, but not limited to:

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 9), 30-31

HS, 12


STRATEGY - STUDENTS

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

All families will be called between August 8 and August 22 to determine if they plan on attending in-person for the first ten weeks of school (9/8/2020– 11/06/2020). 

LOCAL

If in-person instruction is chosen, the parent/guardian will be asked if there are any health diagnoses that will prevent their child(ren) from wearing a face covering.

LOCAL

A parent can decide to have their child begin remote or in-person learning by notifying the school at the 5 week grading periods.  

LOCAL

The district will re-canvass all families prior to the end of the first 10 weeks of school to inquire about the family’s intentions for the next marking period.  Re-canvassing will continue at the end of each marking period as long as necessary.

LOCAL

STRATEGY - STAFF

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

All staff members will be called between August 8 and August 22 to determine if they plan on attending in-person for the first ten weeks of school (9/2/2020 – 11/06/2020). 

LOCAL

If in-person work is chosen, the staff member will be asked if there are any health diagnoses that will prevent them from wearing a face covering.

LOCAL

The district will re-canvass staff members prior to the end of the first 10 weeks of school to inquire about the family’s intentions for the next marking period.  Re-canvassing will continue at the end of each marking period as long as necessary.

LOCAL


FACE COVERING 

PROTOCOL

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has a written protocol requiring all employees, adult visitors, and students to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

18 (Checkbox 10), 36

HS, 13

The district will only accept medical exemptions from qualified health professionals who have indicated the contraindication prohibiting the use of a face covering.  The exemption request will be reviewed by the school’s medical doctor.

LOCAL

STRATEGY - STUDENTS

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

All students MUST wear cloth face coverings at all times with the following exceptions:

·       If they have a written, medical exemption on file with the school.

·       When they are seated to have lunch in a seat/desk that is appropriately social distanced.

NYSED

36

Parents will provide two (2), face coverings for their child with their name on it.

LOCAL

If a child does not have a face covering to board a bus or when they arrive at school by self-transport or walking, a non-surgical face mask will be given to them (unless they have a medical exemption).

LOCAL

Staff members will schedule breaks for students throughout the day so that they can remove their face coverings when it is safe to do so, but if and only if social distancing can be maintained.

NYSED

36


STRATEGY – STAFF AND VISISTORS

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

All staff and visitors MUST wear cloth face coverings at all times:

·       Whenever they are within 6 feet of someone;

·       In hallways;

·       In restrooms; and

·       In other congregate settings, including break rooms (excepted when seated for lunch).

NYSED

36

Staff are required to wear their face coverings at all times in a manner that showcases them as a role model for our students.

LOCAL

The district will provide cloth face coverings for staff upon their request.

NYSED

36

If a staff member or visitor does not have a face covering when they arrive at school, a non-surgical face mask will be given to them (unless they have a medical exemption).

LOCAL

STRATEGY – SCHOOL NURSE

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district will provide enhanced PPE for the school nurse including face shields, N95 masks, goggles, and disposable gowns.

NYSED

32


RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER

COVID POSITIVE PROTOCOL

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

Before returning to school, the individual must have documentation from a health care provider evaluation, negative COVID19 testing, and symptom resolution, or if COVID19 positive, release from isolation.

DOHIG

20, Bullet 5 from top

Return to school will be coordinated between the local health department and the school nurse.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 2), 40-41

HS, 16


CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

PROTOCOL

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has a written protocol to clean and disinfect schools following CDC guidance.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 3), 42-44

HS, 17

SCHOOL BUSES

Bus drivers will clean high-touch surfaces on the bus after each run with wipes and/or cloths and detergents provided by the district.

The bus mechanic will disinfect each bus twice a day.[MP5] 

LOCAL

CLASSROOMS

               

A schedule will be developed for custodial staff to clean chairs, desks, and other high-touch surfaces throughout the day when classrooms do not have students in them.

Teachers will be provided wipes that they can use at their discretion to clean surfaces within their classroom during class periods when custodial staff cannot get to their rooms.

LOCAL

DOHIG

“Cleaning & Disinfection”, Bullet 3

OFFICES

All offices will be cleaned once a day by the custodial staff.

Staff will be provided wipes that they can use at their discretion to clean surfaces.

The electrostatic disinfectant sprayer will be used each evening in each office.

LOCAL


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

BATHROOMS

Common Area Bathrooms.

The common area bathrooms will have all high-touch surfaces cleaned after each period.

PK-3 Shared Classroom Bathrooms:

These bathrooms will be for the use of only those students in the shared classrooms.  The bathrooms will be scheduled to be cleaned during the class lunch period and then at the end of the day.

Shared Staff Bathrooms:

These bathrooms will be cleaned once a day, and disinfectant spray/wipes will be made available in each.

LOCAL

CAFETERIA

Tables

The cafeteria staff will clean all tables and desks in between lunch periods with a detergent and cloths.  The tables and desks will be disinfected with the electrostatic sprayer at the end of each day.

Keypad

The keypad for registering counts of meals will not be in operation and staff will use paper copies of student enrollment to track student meals.

Trays & Utensils

The cafeteria staff will continue to follow all Department of Health guidelines for maintaining clean trays and utensils.

LOCAL


STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

HIGH TOUCH SURFACES

Classroom Door Handles

To the extent practicable classroom doors will be kept ajar throughout the school day to minimize the number of surfaces touched.  Custodial staff will clean these surfaces throughout the day when doors are closed.

Entrance Doors

The entrance doors will be held open by staff to allow students to enter the building upon arrival without having to touch the surfaces.   The custodial staff will clean the handles at 8:10 AM each day and then throughout the day.

Drinking Fountains

The district is in the process of converting all drinking fountains to bottle-filling stations.  Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to fill.  The district will shut down any fountain that has not been converted. 

Elevator Buttons

The elevator buttons will be cleaned after every period.

LOCAL


SAFETY DRILL MODIFICATION 

PROTOCOL

STRATEGY

GUIDANCE

PAGE(S)

The district reopening plan has a written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons.

NYSED

ASSURANCE

19 (Checkbox 4), 45-47

HS, 18

Students will 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.

NYSED

45

FIRE DRILLS

The principal will be responsible for scheduling fire drills and ensuring that all students participate over the course of one day.

Modifications to the standard operation procedures may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting drills on a staggered schedule
  • Conducting drills by wing of the building.
  • Conducting drills by grade levels.

NYSED

45

LOCKDOWN DRILLS

The principal will be responsible for scheduling lockdown drills.

Lockdowns will be conducted without “hiding”/ “sheltering” but provide an overview of how to shelter or hide in the classroom.

NYSED

46

 

Mandatory Assurances

COMMUNICATION/FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

ASSURANCE

PAGE

NOTES

  • The school and/or district engaged with school stakeholders and community members (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/legal guardians of students, local health departments, local health care providers, and affiliated organizations, such as unions, alumni, and/or community-based groups) when developing reopening plans. Plans for reopening should identify the groups of people involved and engaged throughout the planning process
  • The school and/or district developed a communications plan for students, parents or legal guardians of students, staff, and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with information. Responsible Parties may consider developing webpages, text and email groups, and/or social media groups or posts.
  •  The school and/or district will ensure all students are taught or trained how to follow new COVID19 protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene.
  • The school and/or district will encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors through verbal and written communication (e.g., signage) to adhere to CDC and DOH guidance regarding the use of PPE, specifically acceptable face coverings, when a social distance cannot be maintained.
  • The school and/or district will provide communications in the language(s) spoken at home among families and throughout the school community. Written plans must be accessible to those with visual and/or hearing impairments.

7

7

9

9

9


Mandatory Assurances

HEALTH AND SAFETY

ASSURANCE

PAGE

NOTES

  •  Each school and/or district reopening plan must review and consider the number of students and staff allowed to return in person. These factors should be considered when determining resumption of in person instruction: (1) Ability to maintain appropriate social distancing or face coverings; (2) PPE and face covering availability; (3) Availability of safe transportation; and (4) Local hospital capacity – consult your local department of health.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must engage with school stakeholders and community members (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/legal guardians of students, local health departments, local health care providers, and affiliated organizations, such as unions, alumni, and/or community-based groups)in developing their reopening plan and identify those that participated in the reopening plans.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include a communications plan for students, parents/guardians, staff, and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with information.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol developed in collaboration with the district or school’s director of school health services to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and requires symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol for daily temperature screenings of all students and staff, along with a daily screening questionnaire for faculty and staff and periodic use of the questionnaire for students.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that ill students and staff be assessed by the school nurse (registered professional nurse, RN) or medical director and that if a school nurse or medical director is not available, ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol requiring 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.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to address visitors, guests, contractors, and vendors to the school which includes health screening. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol to instruct parents/guardians to observe for signs of illness in their child that require staying home from school. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol and appropriate signage to instruct staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol detailing how the district/school will provide accommodations to all students and staff who are at high risk or live with a person at high risk. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol requiring all employees, adult visitors, and students to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has plan for obtaining and maintaining adequate supplies of cloth face coverings for school staff, students who forget their masks, and PPE for use by school health professionals.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol for actions to be taken if there is a confirmed case of COVID19 in the school.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol that complies with DOH and CDC guidance for the return to school of students and staff following a positive screen for COVID19 symptoms, illness or diagnosis of confirmed case of COVID19 or following quarantine due to contact with a confirmed case of COVID19. Return to school will be coordinated with the local health department.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to clean and disinfect schools following CDC guidance.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan has written plan for district/school run before and aftercare programs (or, for charter schools, as required by the school’s charter)
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan designates a COVID19 safety coordinator (administrator) whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities necessary to allow for operational issues to be resolved before activities return to normal or “new normal” levels.

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COVID19 Signs Of Illness Protocol

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COVID19 Health Screening Questionnaires – Visitors, Staff, Students

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Screening Protocol - Students

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Hand and Respiratory Hygiene Protocol

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Social Distancing Protocols/Decisions

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Vulnerable/High Risk Group Protocol

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Face Covering Protocol

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4000 non-surgical masks on-hand

PPE equipment on order.

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CLEANING AND DISINFECTING PROTOCOL

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SAFETY DRILL MODIFICATION PROTOCOL

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FACILITIES

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan which include changes or additions to facilities must comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code and submit all changes to OFP.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure compliance with the 2020 Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection, where applicable.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide provisions to conduct the Lead-In-Water Testing as required by NYS DOH regulation 67-4.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure all existing and new Alcohol-based Hand-Rub Dispensers which are installed in any locations is in accordance with FCNYS 2020 Section 5705.5.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan which include the installation of dividers in classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, gymnasiums, doors, and other points of congregation will ensure the submission of detailed floor plans to OFP for review.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all new building construction and temporary quarter project will be submitted to OFP for a full code review.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan which include new facilities for leasing must provide a plan to consult with OFP for a preliminary evaluation
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan which includes the temporary or permanent use of Tents must provide plans adhering to the BCNYS.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that the existing or altered number of toilet and sink fixtures meet the minimum standards of the BCNYS.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that each building provides one drinking fountain per one hundred occupants or provide a written plan for a reasonable alternate source of drinking water
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide written plans on how to maintain adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all project submissions only dedicated to “COVID19 Reopening” will be labeled as such.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan which include the use of plastic separators must comply with the 2020 BCNYS Section 2606. 

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No changes anticipated.

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Inspection will be completed in compliance.

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Will conduct the testing through BOCES.

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All hand sanitizers will meet fire and code requirements.

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No dividers planned to be installed

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No new construction will be done for COVID19

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No new facilities to be leased.

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No tents plan to be used.

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Toilets and sinks being updated as part of approved capital project.  No alterations.

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There are currently ten drinking fountains for 400 occupants.

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All ventilation currently being updated as part of a capital project.


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Not applicable.

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No plastic separators planned at this time.


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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide all students enrolled in the SFA with access to school meals each school day. This must include students in attendance at school and students learning remotely.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must address all applicable health and safety guidelines.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan include measures to protect students with food allergies if providing meals in spaces outside the cafeteria.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include protocols and procedures for how students will perform hand hygiene before and after eating, how appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted, and how sharing of food and beverages will be discouraged.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include protocols and procedures that require cleaning and disinfection prior to the next group of students arriving for meals, if served in the same common area.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements (if the school is its own SFA – for charter schools that are part of a district’s SFA, the plan must ensure communication with the district regarding food serve requirements).
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include protocols that describe communication with families through multiple means in the languages spoken by families. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must require that students must social distance (six feet separation) while consuming meals in school unless a physical barrier is provided.

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All students will be served as required.

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Will meet all federal and state guidelines.

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Cafeteria:  Table marked.

Gym:  Desks marked.

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Tables and desks will be cleaned by cafeteria staff in between lunch periods.

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure all buses (conforming and non-conforming to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Standards, as well as type A, C or D) which are used every day by districts and contract carriers will be cleaned/disinfected once a day. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures high contact spots must be wiped down after each a.m. and p.m. run depending upon the disinfection/cleaning schedule.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure school buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or district.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that school bus drivers, monitors and attendants must not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan will require that school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face covering along with optional face shield.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID19.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of social distancing.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that transportation departments/carriers will need to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures hand sanitizer will be provided for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics shall perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID 19 before arriving to work.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that students must wear a mask on a school bus if they are physically able.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures that students who do not have a mask will NOT be denied transportation.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that students who do not have masks must be provided one by the district.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures that students with a disability which would prevent them from wearing a mask will not be forced to do so or denied transportation.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires students will be trained and provided periodic reminders on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID19.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that students will be trained and provided periodic reminders on the proper use of social distancing.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that if the school district is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation must be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Program have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in conducting in-person session education when/if the district is not.

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SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

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  • Each school and district ensures that district-wide and building-level comprehensive developmental school counseling program plans, developed under the direction of certified school counselor(s), are reviewed and updated to meet current needs.
  • Each school and/or district establishes an advisory council, shared decision-making, school climate team, or other collaborative working group comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, or school’s board, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers including school social workers and/or school psychologists, to inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses how the school/district will provide resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional support services and programs.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID19 public health emergency, as well as provide supports for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff.

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SCHOOL SCHEDULES

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan describes the school schedule planned for implementation at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and to the extent practicable any contingent scheduling models it may consider if the situation warrants.

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ATTENDANCE AND CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must describe a mechanism to collect and report daily teacher student engagement or attendance while in a remote or hybrid schedule.

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TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school/district will have knowledge of the level of access to devices and high-speed internet all students and teachers have in their places of residence. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district, to the extent practicable, will address the need to provide devices and internet access to students and teachers who currently do not have sufficient access.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models, especially if all students do not yet have sufficient access to devices and/or high-speed internet.

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TEACHING AND LEARNING

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan includes a continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Such plan must prepare for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan includes an educational program that is aligned to the New York State Learning Standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) regardless if instruction is delivered in-person, remotely or in a hybrid model.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan provides for a program that includes regular substantive interaction between teachers and students whether delivered in- person, remotely or through a hybrid model of instruction
  • Equity must be at the heart of all school instructional decisions. All instruction should be developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model due to a local or state school closure, there are/clear/opportunities for instruction that/are/accessible to all students./Such opportunities must be/aligned with State standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) and include routine scheduled times for students to/interact and seek feedback and support/from their teachers.
  • Schools must create a clear communication plan for how students and their families/caregivers can contact the school and teachers with questions about their instruction and/or technology. This information needs to be accessible to all, available in multiple languages based on district or charter school need, widely disseminated, and include clear and multiple ways for students and families to contact schools and teachers (e.g., email, online platform, and/or by phone).
  • Districts that contract with eligible agencies, including CBOs, to provide Prekindergarten programs must attest that they have measures in place to ensure eligible agencies with whom they contract will follow health and safety guidelines outlined in NYSED guidance and required by the New York State Department of Health. The district must also ensure their eligible agencies have a Continuity of Learning plan that addresses in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan, whether services are provided in-person, remote, and/or through a hybrid model, addresses the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent/with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education and services.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses how it will document the programs and services offered and provided to students with disabilities as well as communications with parents.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses meaningful parent engagement in the parent’s preferred language or mode of communication regarding the provision of services to his/her child to meet the requirements of the IDEA.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses collaboration between the committees on preschool special education (CPSE) and committees on special education (CSE) and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served to ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on/individualized education programs/(IEPs), plans for monitoring and communicating student progress, and commitment to sharing resources.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability related needs of students.

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BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND WORLD LANGUAGES

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  • Each qualifying school and/or district reopening plan which reopens 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 COVID19 school closures in 2019-20, as well as all students who enroll during summer of 2020 and 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 required 10 school days of initial enrollment as required by Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154. 
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide required instructional Units of Study (or, for charter schools, the applicable program outlined in the school’s charter) to all ELLs based on their most recently measured English language proficiency level during in-person or hybrid instruction.
  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure the maintenance of regular communication with parents/guardians of ELLs to ensure that they are engaged in their children’s education during the reopening process, and provide all communications for parents/guardians of ELLs in their preferred language and mode of communication.

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TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATION SYSTEM

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all teachers and principals are evaluated pursuant to the LEA’s currently approved APPR plan (or, for charter schools, the school’s charter), including any variance applications approved by the Department.

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CERTIFICATION, INCIDENTAL TEACHING, AND SUBSTITUTE TEACHING

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  • Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all teachers hold valid and appropriate certificates for their teaching assignments except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or Education Law.

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