Returning to In-Person Instruction

Returning to In-Person Instruction
Posted on 03/24/2021
returning to in-person instruction
4.5.21 Update - Form to select learning model has been closed.

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Overview of What Returning to School Will Look Like for Students and Staff
Please note that there is a required form at the bottom of this information.
NEW: In-Person and Remote Fridays: Students in buildings Monday through Thursday and Remote on Fridays. [There will no longer be A or B cohorts.]
Fully Remote 100% off-site model: for the remainder of the school year

Mitigation Strategies
Five key mitigation strategies are essential to safe delivery of in-person instruction:
• Universal and correct use of masks/face coverings
• Physical/Social distancing
• Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
• Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities
• Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the health department

All students, staff and visitors shall be self-screened at home to ensure absence of symptoms and temperature check upon arrival. The district is utilizing a google form that contains the Health Screening questions. For students whose parents were unable to complete the screening in the morning, the school will comply with entry procedures including a temperature check. Teachers and staff will evaluate students throughout the day, including asking students how they are feeling and observing general wellness. The school has developed a protocol for students and staff who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Face Coverings
Face coverings will be required based upon best available data and input from local health authorities, CDC guidelines and stakeholder groups including teachers and parents. Proper face covering includes, but is not limited to, a surgical mask, cloth mask, or bandana and must completely cover the individual’s mouth and nose. Face coverings must be worn in congregate settings, on buses and in classrooms, and where social distancing is not possible. Students and staff will be provided with reusable masks if they need one unless exemptions apply. Students will be educated on the importance of wearing face coverings. “Mask breaks” will be incorporated into the day.

Classroom Modifications
Student desks will be spaced at a minimum of three feet apart when possible and student sneeze guards/barriers will be used. Student desks will be facing the same direction. When using tables, students will be at least 3 feet part, sitting on the same side, and barriers will be used. Student sneeze guards/barriers will be utilized by every student. We have ordered additional barriers to accommodate the increase of in-person students and anticipate their arrival prior to our start date. *Our start date is contingent on this.

Controlled Movement Patterns
K-8 teachers will continue to rotate into classrooms. Staggered dismissal patterns will be devised, with designated drop-off and pick-up areas for parents/legal guardians.

Bathrooms & Sinks
• Limited to 2 students in a bathroom at a time
• We will add physical barriers, such as plastic flexible screens, between bathroom sinks in 2 sink bathrooms and in 4 sink bathrooms, we will close 2 sinks to ensure social distancing.

Signage/Physical Guides:
Physical guides when possible to ensure that students remain at least six feet apart while moving around buildings. For example: floor decals, colored tape, and signs to indicate where students should sit or stand, can be used to guide students safely.

Cafeteria and Lunch Structure
At this time, students in grades K-8 will eat in their classrooms and students in grades 9-12 will eat in the cafeteria.
• K-8 Grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches will be available and eaten in classrooms to deter students from congregating in the lunchroom.
• 9-12 breakfast and lunch will be served via social distancing and students will be seated at desks, 6 feet part.
• Students will be reminded that the expectation is to wear a face covering up to the point of beginning their meal and immediately upon finishing, the face
covering will be put back on.

Playgrounds Usage
The use of playground equipment will be used on a rotating basis during with week by classes. Students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to and after using playground equipment. Each class will be assigned to a set of equipment for the day and the equipment will be wiped down after each use by an adult. The principals will create a schedule for use of playground equipment.

Use of Balls
The use of balls during recess and Physical Education classes will only be used by 2-3 students at a time. Students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to and after using a ball. The balls will be wiped down after each use by an adult.

Tents will be re-installed during spring break, depending on weather and wind, and be utilized for mask breaks and screenings.

Mask Breaks
As the weather gets warmer, mask breaks will continue outdoors and with students more than 6 feet socially distanced.

We have reviewed our current ventilation systems and we will be upgrading the filters in classroom uninvents and rooftop units over spring break. Classroom windows and doors will be opened.

Students will be encouraged to stay socially distanced while at the bus stop. This must be a joint education effort between families and school personnel.
● Students will be socially distanced as much as the physical capacity of the bus allows.
● Transportation Supervisor, in conjunction with the driver, will establish seating charts with social distancing in mind to the best of their ability.
● We will start with one (1) student per seat and household members will sit together. Then we will move to two (2) students per seat if needed.
● Some windows on buses will be open.
● Students must always wear a face covering on the bus. Bus drivers will have disposable masks to hand out to students in the event a student does not have his or her face covering.
● The buses will be cleaned once a day. High contact spots shall be wiped down after each run.

Sanitation, Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols
Schools will be cleaned daily, focusing on high touch entry points in common areas such as doorknobs, handles, elevator buttons, stairwell railings, light switches, and soap dispensers. Custodial staff will disinfect using proper cleaning products to spray and wipe down objects.
● Scheduled and Routine: Throughout the workday, the custodial staff will implement a routine of surface cleaning in the high touch point areas discussed such as restrooms. The staff will, in some cases, report at staggered times depending upon hours of operation to ensure consistent
disinfection practices while primary building employees are present. Later custodial shifts will apply the full standard cleaning of all areas to be ready for the next day. Additional disinfecting will be performed prior to the arrival of district staff in high-traffic areas such as the front office. Custodial staff will wear a face covering in congregate settings and where social distancing is not possible, and gloves as indicated.
● Deep cleaning: District staff will use an approved chemical and fogging machine [GenEon Sanitizing Misting units] to disinfect all classroom every night. If a positive COVID-19 case is determined within a school or building, district staff will use the GenEon Sanitizing Misting units to disinfect any area deemed appropriate by contract tracing processes.

Current Supply of Masks & Hand-Sanitizer: This is in addition to what is already deployed in buildings.
Child masks: 2,400
Adult masks: 4,750
10 oz bottles of hand sanitizer: 950
1 gallon NYS hand sanitizer: 30
1 gallon Santi-clean hand sanitizer: 44

Shift in Learning Model
• As we see an increase in the number of in-person students, teachers will need to shift their focus to in-person instruction and Zoom will be utilized as live-streaming.
• We will continue with Remote Fridays and shift to support Fully Remote Students.
• Some classrooms might re-position the camera with a 15’ USB cord. We have tested the video and sound with the cord, and it is good. We will order cords for teachers who would like one.

Two Learning Models Offered
• NEW: In-Person and Remote Fridays: Students in buildings Monday through Thursday and Remote on Fridays. [There will no longer be A or B cohorts.]
• Fully Remote 100% off-site model: commitment for the remainder of the school year

Timeframe for Phase-in
Starting on Monday, April 12th: Bringing in grades K-4 and 12th
Starting on Monday, April 19th: Bringing in grades 5 – 11

Required Form: In-Person OR Fully Remote
Please complete the required form by Friday, 3/26, to indicate your choice of either:
• In-Person and Remote Fridays: Students in buildings Monday through Thursday and Remote on Fridays. [There will no longer be A or B cohorts.]
• Fully Remote 100% off-site model: Commitment for the remainder of the school year.

Required Form: Form is closed

Please complete one form for every child that attends RVCSD.

If you need assistance completing this form, please contact your building’s Main Office.

Revised Reopening Plan - 3.23.21