OUR SCHOOL’S COVID PLAN

Welcome to our COVID response page.

Below you’ll find all the critical information about how school x is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.

We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.

Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

Our school district also has important information and resources for you.

Last updated: July 17, 2020

HYBRID LEARNING SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2020

We are starting the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If our county moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates. 

  • Group A will be in school on Mondays and Wednesdays and working from home Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

  • Group B will be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and working from home Mondays and Wednesdays. 

  • Students needing extra academic support may be asked to come in on Fridays for intervention services. Students not coming in for intervention services should plan to continue at-home learning assignments on Fridays.

  • If you need to switch your child's in-school learning days, contact ______ at _________. 

  • If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, we are offering that as an option. Contact _________ at ________ to enroll. 

  • The school day will run from 8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 7:45 and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day. 

KEY CONTACTS

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If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Jessica Wordsmith:

Email
jessica.wordsmith@ps178school.com

Phone
555-123-4567

Address
123 Rock and Roll Avenue Bronx, NY 12345

*You can also connect with your teachers directly using the Staff Directory.

SAFETY INFORMATION

Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.

Your Responsibilities While in the Building

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We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy. 

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students in grade 2 and up while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.

  • Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.  

Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

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In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recomended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size from 31 to 18 for in-person instruction.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation,

GUIDANCE FOR HYBRID & REMOTE LEARNING

Please see the hybrid & remote learning information below.

How Hybrid Learning Works

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Hybrid learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 

Remote Learning Expectations

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During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Students and families should check Google Class daily for important updates from their teachers. You can find a link to your teacher's Google Class in the Staff Directory

  • At-home assignments for the week will be posted in Google Class by

 

Technology: Getting a Device
and Internet Access

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We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days. 

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Device Request Form to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free! Students in grades K - 3 will

Tips for Successful
At-Home Learning

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At-home learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities will vary by age and grade level.

The expectations below are guidelines. If your child is not able to complete at-home learning assignments within the time periods recommended below, contact your child's

LEARN AT HOME RESOURCES
Resources
Please see below for important resources.

Free Meals

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Help for Families

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We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help. 

  • We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link to the left). 

  • Our social worker and school psychiatrist are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you. 

    • Please contact Ms. Thomas, our School Psychiatrist, if your child is experiencing trauma or mental health issues or needs to be evaluated for an IEP or 504 plan. 

    • Please contact Mr. Jones, our Social Worker, if your family has lost housing, is experiencing a crisis,

UPDATES

 

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To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser. We'll also be sending out emails to all families.

Sign up for updates through the Notify App using the school code: 5R2QKN. Download the app using the Notify tab to the right.

MEETING SPECIAL NEEDS

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  • Children of essential workers: We are offering an option for 100% in-person instruction for children of essential workers. Contact ________ at ________ for information. 

  • Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19 may opt to continue 100% remote learning. Contact ______ at ________ to enroll your child in our remote learning program. 

  • Special needs students: Students with special needs will receive a separate email from Ms. Lewinsky with instructions. We are committed to fully complying with IEP and 504 accomodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models.