PS596X

COVID RESPONSE PLAN 

PS596X

COVID PLAN

Welcome to our COVID Response Page

Below you will find all of the critical information about how P596X 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.

P596X also has important information and resources for you.

Last updated: October 8, 2020

Fall 2020 HYBRID LEARNING SCHEDULE

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 studentsCheck this page for updates

Group A will begin in school learning on September 21st as Group B learns remotely. Group B will begin in school learning on September 28, 2020, as group A learns remotely. Please keep in mind that the DOE 2020-2021 calendar has not been released, reflecting holidays and these dates could change. 

 

There will be a transition remote time period from September 16th through September 18th for students, families and their teachers to connect. 

  • Group A will receive a week of in-person instruction while Group B receives a week of remote instruction. The following week, Group A will receive a week of remote instruction while Group B receives a week of in-person instruction. Remote Students (Group D) will receive 100% remote instruction.

  • If you need to switch your child's in-school learning days, contact Venera Celentano, Pupil Accounting Secretary at VCelentano@schools.nyc.gov or 718.904.5752. 

  • If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year (Group D), we are offering that as an option. Contact Venera Celentano at VCelentano@schools.nyc.gov to enroll. 

  • The school day will run from 8:00 a.m. - 2:50 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. If you wish to drop your child off, please inform your child’s teacher.

QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR COVID PLAN

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Principal John Siracuse

Email
JSiracuse@schools.nyc.gov

 

Phone
718-904-5750

Address
850 Baychester Avenue Bronx, NY 10475

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

SAFETY INFORMATION

Your Responsibilities While in the Building

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. Physical distancing guidelines and mandatory use of face coverings must be enforced for all individuals while in the building. Exceptions to face covering usage are as follows:

    • Medically verified students who cannot tolerate a face covering, including where students with such coverings would impair their physical or mental health.

    • Where the use of face covering is inappropriate considering the development level or age of the student (e.g. under two years old).

  • 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.  

  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office.

  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. 

  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a name tag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.

  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between yourself and others.

  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.

  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

 

Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

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 recommended 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 for in-person instruction.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day. 

  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas. 

GUIDANCE FOR HYBRID & REMOTE LEARNING

Please see the hybrid & remote learning information below.

How Hybrid Learning Works

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. 

  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for their at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process.

  • Teachers and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Classroom/Meet) after school hours Monday - Friday from 2:00 – 2:20pm. Students who have questions or need extra support can check in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments. 

  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or during office hours. 

Remote Learning Expectations

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 Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. Your child’s teacher will invite you to their Google classroom using your child's P596X e-mail.

  • During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Meet. Check Google Classroom for your live class schedule.

  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.

Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access

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 an iPad, fill out the Device Request Form to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free!

  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days. 

  • If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments. 

  • If you are having trouble connecting to Google Classroom, Google Meet, or any of our online learning resources, Contact Steven Sobol for Tech Support.

Tips for Successful At-Home Learning

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 teacher to discuss a modified assignment load

  • Make sure your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the television or other technology not needed for learning.  

  • Your child may benefit from focusing on a limited number of subjects each day. For example, If they are working at home Monday-Wednesday-Friday, they may want to work on science and math on Mondays, Social Studies and English Language Arts on Wednesday, and use Fridays to catch up on any assignments not yet completed. 

LEARN AT HOME RESOURCES

RESOURCES

Please see below for important resources.

Free Meals

  • Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

  • No one will be turned away at any time.

  • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time.

  • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites.

Help For Families

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 for free meals above). 

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

  • There are many community resources available for families who need help with housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services, and other supports during this time. Use the quick links below to connect with more community resources. 

Community Resources

UPDATES

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MEETING SPECIAL NEEDS

  • 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 Venera Celentano at VCelentano@schools.nyc.gov to enroll your child in our remote learning program. 

  • Special Needs/IEPs: We are committed to fully complying with IEP accommodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models. 

READ OUR FULL REOPENING PLAN

  • School Name: P.S 596X

  • School Number: (DBN): 75X596

  • Geographic District: 11

  • BEDS Code: 307500012596

  • School Type: Elementary

  • Grades Served: PK,0K,01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,SE

  • School Address: 850 BAYCHESTER AVENUE, BRONX, NY 10475

  • Phone Number: 718-904-5750

  • Fax Number: 718-904-5753

  • Principal: John Siracuse

  • School Contact Person: John Siracuse, Principal

  • Phone Number: 718-904-5750

  • Superintendent: Ketler Louissaint

  • District Contact Person: Jaclyn Ortega

  • Phone Number: 917-256-4250

SECTION 1: PLAN OVERVIEW

The closing of schools in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the lives of our students, families, and staff. This impact will likely continue through the 2020-21 school year and beyond. While no one can predict all the challenges that may arise over the coming weeks and months, it is crucial that we plan for a safe and orderly return to school this fall. Our primary concern will be to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our schools. At the same time, we must also address numerous and complex challenges, including catching up on months of lost in-person instruction; ensuring all students have the ability to participate equitably in remote learning; and addressing students’ social and emotional needs in the midst of this continuing COVID-19 crisis. The DOE has developed a Citywide District School Reopening Plan, which provides the framework and basis for our school’s reopening plan described in this document. Our school’s plan supplements the Citywide District School Reopening Plan with school-specific information and actions to meet the differentiated needs of our school community.

SECTION 2: COMMUNICATION/FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

In addition to the robust engagement of New York City school stakeholders and community members in developing the guidelines and protocols for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, as described in our Citywide District School Reopening Plan, our school has and will continue to engage families, students, educators, staff, and community members in the development and implementation of our school’s reopening plan. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Regular meetings with our School Leadership Team (SLT), inclusive of our: Principal; PA/PTA President and other parent leaders; UFT Chapter Leader and other faculty; and student leaders.

  • Town Hall meetings for families, students, and community members

  • Informal focus groups with various groups of teachers, families, and staff to get feedback on possible guidance before it is released

  • Weekly/bi-weekly “backpack” letters to families with detailed information about school re-opening

  • Weekly/biweekly all-staff meetings and emails outlining the guidance and impact on their work

We have designated John Siracuse, Principal  as our school’s point person who will be responsible for regular and consistent communications with students, parents, staff, and visitors regarding our school’s reopening plan, inclusive of applicable instructions, translation/interpretation, training, signage, etc. This person will also be responsible for answering questions regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and plans implemented by our school and will serve as the main point of contact upon the identification of positive COVID-19 cases and related communications.

SECTION 3: HEALTH AND SAFETY

The health and safety of our students and staff remains a top priority. Families and staff must know and be reassured that our school will take every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our school community.

 

Safely reopening our school for in-person learning means significant changes to classroom capacity. In order to fully comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State’s requirements for maintaining at least six feet of physical distance to reduce the spread of COVID-19, our school will operate at significantly reduced capacity for in-person instruction.

 

Another key action in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is isolating when sick. Our school has a written protocol, developed in collaboration with the district, to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and require symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel. 

 

School-based staff members will be trained during the first days of school (prior to the arrival of students) to serve as critical partners in alerting the school administration if a student develops COVID-19-like symptoms during the school day. We have designated Eleni Parisi, Evauna Neville, Tim Currie, John Siracuse , Elena Talamo Mirabal  as our school’s point person who will be responsible for ensuring all staff and students in our school are taught or trained how to follow new COVID-19 protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene.

 

Should a student present with symptoms of COVID-19, (including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting , or diarrhea), our school will be prepared to separate the ill student from the rest of the school until the student can be picked up. We have designated Eleni Parisi, Evauna Neville, Tim Currie, John Siracuse, Elena Talamo Mirabal  as our school’s point person who will be responsible for the assessment of ill students.

 

To protect students and staff members from potential exposure to COVID-19, our school has designated space to be used as an Isolation Room. An Isolation Room is a place where a student with suspected COVID-19 symptoms can be safely isolated in the building until they can be seen by a nurse and/or picked up by a guardian. We have designated 178x site - Room 255

153x site - Room 312

498x site - Room 308B as the dedicated isolation area at our school where students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the questionnaire will be sent prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home.

 

Students exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms will be strongly encouraged to be seen by a doctor and get tested for COVID-19.  According to the NYS Department of Health, the student can only return to school when all the following conditions are met: 

  • Presents a negative COVID-19 test result AND 

  • Presents clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND

  • The student has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

 

Additionally, while home from school, the student should participate in remote learning if feeling well enough.

 

We have designated John Siracuse  as our school’s COVID-19 safety coordinator whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of our school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities.

 

Additional information regarding the health and safety protocols our school will be implementing is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 4: FACILITIES

Routine cleaning is an important part of standard infection control practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Our school will be implementing the Cleaning Protocol developed by the DOE’s Division of School Facilities, which follows CDC guidance in addition to New York State Department of Health (DOH) guidance, linked here: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/docs/cleaning_guidance _schools.pdf.

 

The State DOH guidance also outlines additional cleaning procedures to perform in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school. Our school will now perform these enhanced cleaning procedures everyday regardless of any confirmed case of COVID-19. Our Custodial Engineer will continue to comply with instructions on building ventilation and opening of windows and will continue to purchase EPA-registered anti-viral products as described in the State DOH guidelines.

 

Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 5: CHILD NUTRITION

Our school will provide students with grab-and-go meals for breakfast and lunch each day. Signage will be provided to direct students to pick up points within the school. Students will also be permitted to bring their own lunch, if preferred. Doing so will allow for more flexibility so students and physical distancing can be maintained during lunch time, a time when many students usually gather in one location.  

 

Lunch will likely be in classrooms to minimize interaction between groups of students.  If the cafeteria must be used, our school will ensure appropriate physical distancing is maintained. After they have finished eating, our students and staff will wipe down the area where they ate their meal. Every evening, our Division of School Facilities will be cleaning our entire school building with COVID 19 approved disinfectant.

 

Students who are not receiving in person instruction (remote for the day(s)) can pick up a lunch from our school or an identified school building near their home.  


Our school will ensure all protocols for the operation of the cafeteria and other food services will be in accordance with the DOH Guidance linked here: Interim Guidance for Food Services during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

 

Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 6: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

Addressing the social-emotional needs of our school community is a top priority for school re-opening and throughout the year.  In order to provide all students with equitable supports, our school will develop and implement a comprehensive school counseling plan, using the DOE’s comprehensive school counseling plan, which was grounded in the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model where school counselors are provided with information about prevention, interventions, system supports and activities to meet the needs of all students, as our plan’s framework.

 

We have designated Erica Wilson, Kanetha Brown Sampson , as the point person for our school who will be responsible for convening a collaborative working group to inform the development/updating of our school's comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan to meet current needs. This collaborative working group will be comprised of families, students, school leaders, teachers, community-based service providers, school counselors and other pupil personnel service providers, including school social workers and/or school psychologists.

 

Our comprehensive school counseling plan will be aligned to best practice recommendations for school re-opening and general best practices for student social-emotional and mental wellness to ensure all our students are provided with the scaffolds they need for their academic, career and college readiness and personal development while preparing them to be responsible members of society. A multi-tiered system of supports will include:

  • Robust social-emotional learning (SEL) and mental health support for developing students’ coping and resilience skills;

  • Partnerships and referrals for students and families to community mental health, behavioral, and emotional support services and programs;

  • Professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency;

  • Ongoing professional development and resources for school counselors to ensure safety and restorative approaches to behavior and equitable access for emotional, mental and physical wellness; and

  • Support for staff at all levels to understand trauma and build trauma-informed approaches into their practices and plans for the coming school year.

 

Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 7: SCHOOL SCHEDULES

For the 2020-21 school year, our school will be implementing an innovative “blended learning” model to provide the maximum number of students’ access to in-person instruction while following health and safety guidance for social distancing. In a blended learning model, our students will rotate in groups between in-person and remote learning. The blended learning model that our school will be implementing was selected in consultation with our school community stakeholders, based on analysis of system-wide constraints, national research, international best practices, parent and student surveys, and school leader focus groups. 

 

Families will also have the choice to opt-in to an all-remote schedule next fall. Students will not need a medical reason to register for this option. Families will have the option to transition to blended learning during set time periods for their child, and will be asked to register two weeks prior to the start of the when their child would switch to-in person instruction to give our school time to plan.

 

The details of our school’s programming model are posted on our school’s DOE webpage.


More details on programming models can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/schoolschedules.

SECTION 8: ATTENDANCE AND CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

Capturing and monitoring student/teacher daily attendance and engagement are critical components of our school’s reopening plan in order to: maintain regular contact with students to ensure their participation and continuity of learning; ensure the right supports get to the right students at the right time; and monitor students’ general well-being.

 

Our school will follow the district-approved process for tracking and monitoring daily teacher/student engagement regardless as to whether the student is remote or in person, which includes:

  • Assigning a homeroom teacher as a daily point of contact for attendance purposes;

  • Adhering to a tiered response protocol in monitoring chronic absenteeism;

  • Employing evidence-based student engagement strategies that are shared through Every Student, Every Day such as Success Mentoring  and weekly data-driven attendance meetings;

  • Leveraging our community resources to re-engage chronically absent students;

  • Reporting of daily teacher/student engagement and student attendance to be aggregated by the NYCDOE Central office in a centralized system.

 

Our school’s Attendance Plan will be updated to reflect the protocols for engaging with every student every day, and ensuring students’ well-being, health and safety, including how our school will differentiate attendance supports for special populations, such as students with disabilities and students in temporary housing.

 

We will share the Attendance Plan with our school community, publish it on our school’s website, and submit our plan to the NYCDOE central office.  

 

Our school’s attendance and engagement data will be used for continuous improvement and to inform our school’s professional development, coaching and related supports to address chronic absenteeism.

 

Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 9: TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY

To the extent practicable, our school will provide devices and internet access to all students and teachers who currently do not have sufficient access. As described in our Citywide District School Reopening Plan, parents, students, and teachers will have access to an online form they can fill out to apply for devices. Our school will use the contact information provided on the form to arrange for delivery of the equipment. The online form is posted here: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices.

SECTION 10: TEACHING AND LEARNING

Our students will return to school this fall with unfinished learning. Coupled with this, many students will also return to school with considerable anxiety and trauma. In implementing our educational program this fall, our priorities will be to create safe, trusting learning environments where we can know students on a personal level, understand their background, culture and life experiences, and address their differentiated academic needs.

 

Provided below is a description of our school’s continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year that will prepare all students for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction aligned with New York State Learning Standards and incorporating culturally responsive-sustaining education (CR-SE) practices.

 

PS596X is proposing to begin the 2020 – 2021 school year following model 4A for delivering instruction, which is available to district 75 schools only.  Model 4A has two in-person cohorts and one remote cohort. Group A and Group B receive a week (5 consecutive days) of in-person instruction every other week. Group D, which consists of students who opt out of in-person instruction, is remote every day.

 

The goal of the 2020-2021 school year will be to create a learning environment that is inclusive and incorporates our curriculum, assessments, IEP instruction, and culturally responsive-sustaining education practices.  P596X will leverage the use of technology throughout all core subjects to create continuity for our students who are learning both in person and through remote instruction.  

 

 Curriculum and Programs;

 

Teachers will incorporate and align the New York State Learning Standards throughout their planning in order to provide rigorous instruction with high expectations for all students. In order to create continuity, these curricula and programs will be accessible to students who are participating in person, and will also be presented via the Google Classroom platform to all students who are participating in remote learning.  Each cohort of classes will use a variety of programs and online technology to address the individual and group needs of each student.  This includes but is not limited to:

 

 Math:  Equals, GoMath, ST Math, Unique, Pre-K for All, BOOM Cards, Google Slides, Live sessions through Google Meets

 

Reading: Edmark, Fountas & Pinnell, Unique, Pre-K for All, MyOn, Reading A-Z, Epic, BOOM Cards, Google Slides, Live sessions through Google Meets

 

Social Studies & Science: Unique, MeVille to WeVille, LakeShore Social Studies, Pre-K For All, Live sessions through Google Meets

 

Social and Emotional Learning Program (SEL): Rethink, Pre-K For All, Live sessions through Google Meets

 

 

Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Practices;

 

During the 2020 – 2021 school year, P596X will continue our work around the Instructional Leadership Framework (ILF) to accelerate student learning, with the focus of continuing to strengthen core instruction.  In order to support this focus, the school will deepen the work from the 2019 – 2020 school year on the “Book of the Month” initiative, where culturally diverse texts will be aligned to the themes of our Rethink social and emotional learning curriculum.  These texts will be carefully chosen in order to provide a safe, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for all students. 

 

 Rethink is an internet based program where students engage with online videos that fosters cultural responsiveness, and will provide access for both in person and remote learning students.  For the 2020 – 2021 school year, the initial school-wide topics for the Rethink program will include: Social Awareness - Students will be educated in how to apply safety precautions as they relate to the current global situation. Cultural Competence – Students will be educated on developing positive attitudes toward cultural differences.

 

Collaboration, Professional Development, and and Progress Monitoring

 

Teachers will have 30 minutes upon arrival to school where they will collaborate with the corresponding remote instructor to plan for continuity of instruction in both the in person and remote learning models.  Each teacher will have a twenty-minute period for office hours which will include communication with the families of students and in some cases the students themselves.

 

Teachers will continue to participate in professional development to build upon their instructional knowledge and pedagogy.  Both district and school based professional learning will be offered to ensure that teachers have many opportunities to obtain the needed knowledge and skills that will aid in the continuity of learning across in person and remote learning models.  This will include a variety of of technology..

 

 

The communications protocols and point person(s) that students and their families/caregivers can contact if they have questions about their instruction and/or technology are as follows:

 

Steven Sobol, Martiza Febres, Dawn Harney, Carolyn Scolaro, John Siracuse, Eleni Parisi, Tim Currie, Evauna Neville, Michelle Giulano, Chris Henry, Taya Karamodiva, Danielle Machado, Donna Criviliaro, Elena Talamo Mirabal 

 

Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 11: SPECIAL EDUCATION

In addition to the instructional supports for all students described in our school’s continuity of learning plan in Section 12 of this document, our school will provide special education programs/services according to each student’s IEP through the blended learning model detailed in Section 8. For students whose families have opted for remote learning only, we will provide special education programs and services fully remotely.

 

To ensure the health and safety of our students with IEPs and those providing special education services, our school will implement the detailed protocols and procedures for the safe delivery of in-person services and assessments as described in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

 

To ensure meaningful parent engagement regarding the provision of services to students to meet the requirements of the IDEA, our school will:

  • Document and communicate to parents how students’ special education programs and services will be provided in-person and/or remotely during blended learning to meet each student’s unique disability related needs. Any accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and assistive technology that are appropriate for the student under the present circumstances will be provided.

  • Utilize DOE’s language supports to ensure contact is made in and materials are provided to parents in their preferred language.

  • Utilize the DOE’s Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) to record communications with parents regarding students’ services during this time.

 

We have designated Camille Blake  as the point person for our school who will be responsible for ensuring continuous compliance with all mandates for the provision of special education services to students with IEPs, and meaningful communication with parents (and staff) regarding the provision of services to his/her child to meet the requirements of the IDEA.

 

Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

SECTION 12: BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND WORLD LANGUAGES

Language access for students and families and meeting the instructional and social emotional needs of our English language learners (ELLs) and multilingual learners (MLLs) are priorities for our school. In addition to the instructional supports described in our school’s continuity of learning plan in Section 12 of this document, we will adhere to all mandates for the provision of Bilingual and English as a New Language (ENL) programming to ELLs/MLLs as required by Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154:

  • Complete the ELL identification process within 30 school days of the start of the school year for all students who enrolled during COVID-19 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 will resume for all students within required 10 school days of initial enrollment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Provide all updates, information, and resources for parents/guardians of ELLs in their preferred language and mode of communication.

 

We have designated Dan Capozzi  as the point person for our school who will be responsible for ensuring continuous compliance with all mandates for the provision of Bilingual and English as a New Language (ENL) programming to ELLs/MLLs, as required by Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154, and meaningful communication with parents/guardians of ELLs/MLLs in their preferred language and mode of communication.

 

Additional information is provided in the Services for ELLs Policy referenced in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan. This policy highlights key changes pertinent to the identification, assessment, and mandated instruction for newly admitted potential English Language Learners (ELLs), ELLs, and Former ELLs in grades K-12 in light of COVID-19.

SECTION 13: ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Our school recognizes that extracurricular activities are an important aspect of student life and the school community. As our school plans for reopening in September, we will aim to bring back activities that can be conducted in a safe environment with appropriate social distancing protocols, including the creation of extracurricular activities that can be continued remotely, and encouraging student participation in our New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)’s afterschool programs, which are planned to reopen in September and operate Mondays through Fridays, until 6:00 pm.


Additional information is provided in the DOE’s Citywide District School Reopening Plan.

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