- Approximately 190 students (this includes staff members)
- Class size will be limited to about 10-12 students to maintain social distancing. This would make a total of approximately 90-120 students.
- The gymnasium can be converted to two classrooms to accommodate 20-24 students for the purpose of social distancing.
- Seats will be arranged with students and teachers facing one direction.
2. Face Covering
- Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose will be worn by faculty and students at all times except during lunch. Students will have a scheduled mask break during the day.
3. Operational Activity
- Students will be taught by grades.
- Staff and students with underlying medical problems or parents who are not comfortable sending their children to school, or students who live with people who are high risk will be offered the option of remote learning.
- Parents will have access to their child’s teachers and schedules via email, phone, or google classroom.
- to eliminate aerobic activities.
- Gym curriculum will focus on individual skills instead of team sports.
- Gym curriculum will incorporate games and activities that will eliminate physical contact and for social distancing.
- Gym curriculum will incorporate activities that can also be done remotely.
- Gym teacher will create videos to demonstrate activities and skills if live instruction is not possible.
- The Music curriculum will be modified.
- It will be limited to music theory, percussion instruments, and guitar.
- Safety Drills/Lock down will be done separately by classes. These will be timed and will allow for physical distancing. In the event of a real emergency, this will be waived.
- A coordinator will be named to answer questions from students, staff, parents/guardians about COVID 19 and the school’s reopening plans.
- Staff, faculty, and students will be trained on the proper hand-washing and respiratory etiquette.
- Students will be educated on the importance of not putting their hands in their faces and other children’s faces.
- Students will be educated on how to put on and take off a mask.
- Students will have ample supplies of soap, warm running water, and disposable paper towels for frequent hand washing.
- Hand sanitizer will be kept in each classroom.
- Staff will have a supply of disposable wipes to wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
- The school building will be cleaned and frequently touched surfaces (desks, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) disinfected at the end of the day as per CDC guidelines.
- Windows and doors will be opened to allow fresh air to circulate in the classrooms.
5. Health and Safety
- Faculty will be required to have an antibody test prior to returning to school.
- A COVID 19 questionnaire will be completed by staff, faculty, and students two weeks before the start of school.
- A daily COVID 19 questionnaire will be completed by faculty and staff.
- A COVID 19 questionnaire will be completed periodically by the students.
- Parents will be asked to screen their children before sending them to school.
- Staff will notify the school if they develop symptoms or their answers to the daily questionnaire change during outside school hours.
- Parents will notify the school if their children develop symptoms outside of school hours.
- Staff, faculty, and students, will be screened daily for fever. Temperatures will be taken before entering the building.
- Only students, staff, and faculty will be allowed in the building.
- Anyone with a temperature greater than 100°F will not be admitted into the building.
- Anyone who develops signs/symptoms of illness while in school will be isolated immediately to a designated room and parents/guardians notified to pick up the child.
- All areas (bathrooms, office, classroom, lockers, etc.) used by such a person will be cleaned and disinfected and then reopened for use.
- Parents of any child who develops signs/symptoms of illness will receive instructions to contact their medical provider so the child can be further assessed.
- The school will notify the state and local health department if the suspected case is positive.
- The school will notify the parents of anyone who was in contact with such a student.
- Staff responsible for caring for any symptomatic students will wear appropriate PPE and also practice physical distancing.
- School will have an adequate supply of face coverings for staff and students who forget their masks at home.
- There will be no sharing of toys, musical instruments, writing utensils, scissors, erasers etc.
- Computers and keyboards (music) will be wiped down after each class.
- Our school does not have a cafeteria. Students will continue to eat at their desks.
- Lunches will be brought from home or purchased through a lunch program.
- Desks will be cleaned prior to eating.
- Hands will be washed or sanitized before and after eating.
- Lunch schedule will be staggered to allow children to wash their hands and maintain physical distancing.
- It has always been the practice of parents not to pack lunches that will adversely affect children with allergies. (i.e. peanut butter sandwiches).
- Teachers are trained to recognize symptoms of someone having an allergic reaction to food.
- The majority of our students are driven by their parents to school.
- For the very small number that use the school bus, they will be required to wear a face mask and social distance while on the bus.
- Older students who take public transportation will be advised to wear a mask and social distance while on the bus.
- For students who cannot tolerate a face mask, they will clean/sanitize their hands after getting off the bus.
- Students will not be allowed to eat or drink on the bus as this will require removing their face covering.
8. Social – Emotional Well Being
- Parents of students who display signs of social, emotional, and behavioral problems will be referred to Northwell Health’s Zucker Hillside Hospital that have professionals that handle that kind of care.
- The teacher of “Life Skills” will plan and implement lessons to enhance a positive school climate and social well-being of students.
9. Extracurricular Activities/Field Trips/Assemblies
- There will be no extra-curricular activities/field trips, or assemblies. These will be put on hold until things improve.
- Classes will take advantages of virtual field trips whenever possible.
10. Before and After Care
- Staff and students will begin their day at 7:15 am to accommodate early arrivals.
- Early arrivals will go directly to their classrooms to be supervised by their classroom teachers.
- After school care will take place in the Gym which is large enough to accommodate the small number of kids that remain after school.
- Signs relating to stopping the spread of COVID (proper hand-washing, respiratory etiquette, mask wearing etc.) will be posted in classrooms, hallways, bathrooms, entrances and exits
- Hallway floors will be appropriately marked for 6 ft distancing.
12. Communication with Parents
- Parents will be informed via email about proper hand and respiratory hygiene.
- Parents will be encouraged to reinforce the proper use of face masks, hand washing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene.
- A checklist of symptoms will be provided via email to the parents, via email, so they can monitor their children.
- Parents will be informed that if their child shows any symptoms of COVID 19 they should keep their child at home.
- Parents will be informed that if their child is kept at home due to illness, they will have to provide medical clearance before that child is allowed back in school.
- Parents will be informed of the various ways they can contact the school (emails, phone calls, or text messages).