NYC K-5 and K-8 schools reopen Tuesday: what you need to know

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – New York students in the blended learning programs at K-5 and K-8 schools will begin returning to their school buildings for in-person instruction on Tuesday, September 29, as part of the phase of the city – in the plan to reopen the school – marking the first time these students have returned to their classroom since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closed school campuses in March.

Public school students were initially scheduled to return to school buildings on September 21 for in-person learning – a delay from the September 10 start date. But Mayor Bill de Blasio later announced that the kids would return in stages instead, with preschool and special education students returning for an in-person learning on September 21.

The 2020-2021 school year began again for all New York City Public School students on September 21 – for mixed and distant learners until their progressive in-person teaching date.

And now, K-5 and K-8 will be able to return for in-person learning starting Tuesday, September 29.

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Middle and high school students will begin to return on Thursday, October 1.

As part of the Blended Learning Plan, put in place to reduce the number of students in school at any given time, students will return to their class one to three days a week, practically learning the rest of the time. Students also have the option of full-time distance learning.

Students who have chosen blended learning will learn in smaller class sizes in person to adhere to social distancing protocols. In this learning model, students will alternate in groups between in-person and distance learning. Students should stay together as much as possible in “pods” throughout the day and limit contact with other classrooms to contain any potential spread of the virus to other parts of the school.

Families can switch to full-time distance learning for their children at any time. You can go to this website, www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference, to complete the form.

Students who have chosen full-time distance learning will be able to re-enroll in in-person instruction for set periods throughout the school year, starting this fall, according to the DOE.

Whether mixed or distant, parents have found creative ways to make the school year digestible for their children – but not without cost. Many Staten Island parents have been forced to pay hundreds of dollars more for school supplies this year compared to previous years.

And another change this year is the abundance of safety protocols and procedures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus as children learn in person, including face masks and social distancing.

HEALTH TESTS

All students will be required to complete a daily health check when attending in-person classes.

The city’s Department of Education (DOE) encourages families to use an online health screening tool every day that a child is scheduled to attend an in-person learning. You can go here to learn more about the required medical screening.

Students and staff will not be allowed to stay in school if they have one or more of the following: a temperature above 100 degrees; symptoms of coronavirus; a positive coronavirus test. In addition, those who have traveled abroad or in a state of high infection in the last 14 days will not be admitted.

If a student exhibits symptoms of coronavirus – such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, lack of taste or odor, or other symptoms – he or she will be escorted to the school’s isolation room. . The student will then be assessed by a nurse or health professional.

You can go here to learn the protocols for a student to return to school after showing symptoms of coronavirus.

RANDOM TESTS

Students, teachers and staff at New York City public schools will be subject to mandatory random coronavirus testing throughout the school year, starting October 1.

Each month, schools will select and test a blind sample of 10% to 20% of the school community. The sample size will depend on the school population, said Dr Jay Varma, the mayor’s senior public health adviser.

All testing will be free and results will be available within 48 hours. Parental consent is required for all students under the age of 18.

Any student or staff member who tests positive for the virus, regardless of symptoms, will be asked to be quarantined for 14 days.

The city’s contact tracing teams will then be sent to the school to determine any potential spread.

WHAT COULD A SCHOOL CLOSE?

If new coronavirus cases exceed the 3% threshold using a seven-day moving average, all schools in New York will have to close.

If there are two or more confirmed cases in the same school and not in the same classroom, both classes are quarantined for 14 days and the school is closed for at least 24 hours while an investigation by the City Department of Health (DOH) is underway. .

When a school building closes or a classroom is quarantined, students and teachers will switch to distance learning.

You can go here for more details on what happens if there are any confirmed cases in a school.

INSTRUCTION FOR MIXED DISTANCE LEARNERS

Live instruction will be provided to learners entirely remotely. This real-time instruction will be delivered at short intervals – 15 to 20 consecutive minutes – throughout the day for younger learners, and may increase depending on developmental relevance and grade level, according to the DOE.

Students participating in the city’s blended learning model may not receive live instruction on days they are learning remotely.

The DOE originally promised that on virtual days, students would receive both synchronous and asynchronous education that would complement each other to ensure continuity. And students would receive 65 minutes to 120 minutes of live lessons, using video conferencing tools like Zoom or Google Meet.

But the DOE has issued new guidelines to give principals flexibility in providing synchronous instruction to co-ed students on distant days. The agency also removed the requirement to provide a minimum number of minutes of live instruction to these students.

TRANSPORT

Last week, the DOE began providing school bus service to preschools, schools in District 75, Catholic schools, private schools, and charter schools – with approximately 2,700 routes to schools in District 75 and 1,400 routes for non-public schools, according to the agency.

With the rest of the city’s public schools slated to reopen next week as part of the city’s gradual reopening plan, the DOE will have its full fleet of 10,000 school buses to keep student transportation safe with social distancing measures. appropriate applied.

CHILDREN CARE

Some families are still awaiting details of the city’s free child care program, Learning Bridges, which is run at various sites around the city, including five locations on Staten Island.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will offer free childcare options to 100,000 children in grades 3 through 8 this fall – bringing relief to families who cannot stay home or find other protection for their children on days when not in school buildings. The city would offer 30,000 seats to families from day one, prioritizing the poorest students. By the end of October, the program will have 70,000 places available and 100,000 places available by the end of December.

The Staten Island Jewish Community Center told Advance / SILive.com that it will offer the Learning Bridges program in five locations, working with a foster school for each location.

Sites include: the Bernikow JCC with PS 54 at Willowbrook; the Avis / South Shore JCC with PS 58 in New Springville; the Richmond Terrace Community Center with PS 31 in New Brighton; the Gerard Carter Community Center with PS 78 in Stapleton and the Todt Hill Community Center with PS 29 in Castleton Corners.

According to the DOE, Learning Bridges was launched for 3-K and pre-K children on Monday, when schools opened for in-person learning for these students, as well as students with disabilities in District 75. It will be launched for Kindergarten to Grade 8 children – alongside the reopening of K-5 and K-8 schools of in-person learning on Tuesday, September 29.

All families who have expressed interest and completed the survey on the DOE website will automatically be engaged in the registration process. The DOE said it has started its notification process for families and will continue on an ongoing basis as new seats are added.

You can complete the survey here. Families with questions about the status of their application can send an email to [email protected]

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