COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN:  September 2020

 

Community Resources Preschool has engaged community members such as administrators, staff, parents/guardians, and others in our reopening plans. Surveys and virtual meetings have occurred to engage others in the opening process. The Director has also communicated with administrators of similar programs.

 

Communication plans for students, staff, parents/guardians, and visitors that include applicable instructions will be available via text messages, REMIND, Community Resources Website and phone messages as needed. Communication is also provided through Google Classroom and Parent Training groups.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

  Director of Children's Services:  Josephine Hansen-  718-351-6416, 646-300-4296 j.hansen@cr-si.org

  Administrative Secretary: Marie Arcuri-   MarieAComRes@yahoo.com 718-351-6416

                                                                         COVID-19 Reopening: Plan September 2020

 

Name of Business:  Staten Island Aid for Retarded Children, INC. DBA Community Resources Preschool

      Industry:  Education

      Address:  3651 Richmond Road, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306

      Contact Information:  Marie Arcuri: MarieAComRes@yahoo.com 718-351-6416

Owner/Manager of Business: Josephine Hansen Director of Children's Services: 718-351-6416, 646-300-4296 j.hansen@cr-si.org

     

 

                                                                            Summary of the guidance documents:

 

  1. Communication/Family and Community Engagement

 

Community Resources Preschool has engaged community members such as administrators, staff, parents/guardians, and others in our reopening plans. Surveys and virtual meetings have occurred to engage others in the opening process. The Director has also communicated with administrators of similar programs.

 

Communication plans for students, staff, parents/guardians, and visitors that include applicable instructions will be available via text messages, REMIND, Community Resources website and phone messages as needed. Communication is also provided through Google Classroom and Parent Training groups. Signage will be posted at all entrances as well as throughout the school. Signage will include; directions on hand washing, temperature taking, signs and symptoms of COVID-19, child pick-up and drop-off procedures etc.

 

Staff will teach children how to follow COVID-19 protocols safely and correctly. As our population is young children between the ages of 3-5 instruction will be tailored to their level of understanding. We plan on using books, social stories, teacher demonstrations, posters, videos etc. to demonstrate wearing a mask, sneezing, and coughing safely as well as social distancing. Signs and posters will be hung at the children’s and staff sinks to show proper handwashing techniques.

 

Signage will be posted throughout the school regarding CDC and DOH guidance on face coverings. Notice via REMIND will also be sent to parents before school opens regarding PPE. Every effort will be made to ensure communication is provided in the language spoken at home. A written plan will be developed to ensure accessibility of these notices to those with visual and/or hearing impairments.

 

As new information becomes available, Community Resources will contact families through a variety of platforms, including REMIND, emails, phone calls, Google Classroom etc. Families will be encouraged to leave feedback either through REMIND, emails, texts or whatever platform is available to them.

 

Community Resource’s website will provide the latest information and updates.

 

Program Administrators will ensure that all parents have a phone number (hot line) to find out about any new updates.

 

A survey will be sent to parents/guardians regarding their access to technology and possible needs. Links have been provided to parents on how to request equipment.

 

A communication coordinator (to be named) will be designated as the main contact when and if there are positive COVID-19 cases. This person will be responsible for all follow-up communication. The Communication Coordinator will also be responsible for answering questions from students, staff, parents/ guardians, and other involved parties regarding Community Resources health emergency plans.

 

  1. Health & Safety:

 

Community Resources Preschool strives to focus on preventative actions in our school, whether our instruction is provided in-person, remotely, or through blended learning. Our preschool understands the important role we play in educating and communicating with our community about the everyday preventative actions we can take to stop the spread of COVID-19. Universal Precautions, Infectious Control Procedures and Department of Health Regulations will be documented in the Staff Handbook. Staff training in proper donning, doffing, cleaning, storage and/or disposal of PPE, proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures, etc. will be ongoing. Our school will continue to monitor the CDC and DOH websites to keep current with the latest COVID information and guidance. Prevention is accomplished by following the recommendations of the Federal, State and Local health authorities in the following areas:  

 

  • Health checks

  • Healthy Hygiene Practices

  • Social Distancing

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cloth Face Coverings

  • Management of Ill Persons

  • Cleaning and Disinfection

 

  1. Health checks:

 

Prior to entering the building, the office secretaries/safety monitor will be conducting mandatory health screening assessments such as questionnaires & temperature checks for all students, staff & visitors. We will also conduct remote screening before individuals arrive to minimize intermingling.  Logs and questionnaires will be given to the Director for review and sign off. Logs will be kept in the administrative secretary's office. Preschool staff will be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and they will also be instructed to follow DOH guidance.

 

  1. Temperature screenings will be conducted by trained staff who will be wearing PPE (face covering, face shield, smocks, gloves) while conducting the screening. Additional staff will be supervising families and students who are waiting to be screened to ensure social distancing. These methods are recommended by the CDC. Before conducting temperature screenings, staff will wash their hands and put on a facemask, eye protection (face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face), a single pair of disposable gloves and their smock.

 

  1. To support Social Distancing, the preschool will ask parents/guardians to fill out a survey either on line or electronically to minimize intermingling. The logs and questionnaires will be given to the Director for review and sign off. The logs will be kept in the administrative secretary's office. Upon students arrival, parents/guardians and children will be instructed to stand on the designated social distancing markers. Child’s temperature will be checked using a temporal or infrared, non-contact thermometer; therefore, we do not need to change gloves between each child. The thermometer will be cleaned with a disinfectant wipe between each temperature check.  Parents/guardians will be asked to confirm whether their child has a fever, shortness of breath, cough, etc.  They will also be asked whether anyone in the household has symptoms of COVID-19, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is quarantined due to possible exposure to COVID-19.  Preschool staff will visually screen each child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness. After screenings staff will remove and discard gloves and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 

  1. Healthy Hygiene Practices:

 

Preschool staff will be trained in proper hand and respiratory hygiene.  They will be required to wear approved face coverings and will be trained in cleaning and disinfection procedures as per CDC and DOH guidance.

 

To ensure sufficient supply of face coverings and other PPE's, Community Resources Preschool will procure 5 cloth face masks and one face shield per staff member, two smocks per staff member, hand sanitizer and cases of disposable gloves in a variety of sizes. Disposable masks will also be available. The Director and nurse will be in charge of keeping inventory on all supplies and the reordering of PPE.

 

Signage will be posted on site in areas such as all entrances, restrooms, classrooms, etc. to remind personnel to adhere to proper hand hygiene, social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. We will use our already established communication tool for employees, visitors, and students/families to keep them abreast of the latest guidance with regard to COVID-19. The school secretary/safety monitor will maintain a continuous log of every person, including staff, maintenance workers, visitors, etc. who enter the preschool building.  All delivery personnel will be instructed to ring the bell and leave any packages in the front vestibule.  If delivery staff need to enter the building to deliver bulk items, they will be health screened and must have appropriate PPE.

 

Community Resources Preschool will continue to instruct students, families, and community in proper hand and respiratory hygiene. Signage and electronic messages (Remind app, webpages, etc). will remind individuals to:

 

  • Stay home if they feel sick.

  • Cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face covering when entering the preschool property if they are unable to maintain social distance from others in accordance with any stricter policy implemented by the school.

  • Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.

  • Adhere to social distancing instructions.

  • Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19.

  • Follow proper hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.

  • Follow proper respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.

 

  1. Hand Hygiene: Students and staff will practice proper hand hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The preschool schedule will allow time for proper hand hygiene upon arrival, before and after meals, after recess or physical education, after using the restroom, before and after removing PPE, and other times, as appropriate. Students will be taught how to wash their hands with soap and warm water, lathering and washing for a minimum of 20 seconds. When soap and water is not available alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be used. Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the school near high touch areas. Signs will be placed near hand sanitizer stations indicating visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water. Students and staff unable to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers for health reasons must wash their hands with soap and water.

 

Hand sanitizing stations are located outside each classroom and office, as well as throughout common areas. Bathroom and classroom sinks throughout the building are equipped with soap, water, and paper towels. We will adhere to cleaning and disinfecting requirements per the CDC and DOH, and maintain logs on site that document date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.  Staff and children will practice proper hand hygiene in the following instances: upon arrival to the preschool, between all program activities, after using the bathroom, before and after eating, and before departing the program

 

  1. Respiratory Hygiene: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, students and staff must cover their mouths and noses with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the tissue appropriately. Students will be taught how to cough and sneeze into their elbow and to routinely perform proper hand hygiene after sneezing, coughing and handling dirty tissues or other soiled material. A supply of tissues and no touch/floor pedal trash cans will be available in each room.

 

 

 

  1. Social Distancing:

 

Community Resources Preschool will ensure 6 ft. of distance is enforced between personnel, unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Social distancing markers will be posted using tape or signs that denote 6 ft. of spacing in common areas at the site (e.g. clock in/out stations, health screening stations).  At arrival and dismissal, all available entrances and exits will be used to avoid crowding, each class will be assigned a designated entrance and exit.  Social distancing markers will be posted outside in areas where parents wait for their children to be dismissed.    

 

Movement within the building will be reduced; students will stay in the same cohort with the same teacher each day.  Use of bathrooms will be staggered by class to prevent comingling. Bathrooms will be monitored by staff to ensure social distancing and that students are washing their hands after use. After each class leaves the bathroom, designated staff with remain behind to clean and disinfect all surfaces.  

 

In-person gatherings will be limited to the extent possible through the use of tele- or video-conferencing.  Team meetings, teacher meetings, parent meetings, workshops, etc. will be conducted virtually from our respective offices and classrooms.  During team meetings classroom room staff will be in well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among participants.   

 

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Cloth Face Coverings:

 

The agency nurse will train staff based on OSHA, DOH, CDC and other government agencies COVID -19 guidance to protect students and themselves from potential exposure.  This training will ensure that staff will appropriately clean, store, and/or discard their PPE. To ensure sufficient supply of face coverings and other PPE's we will procure 5 cloth face masks and one face shield per staff member, two smocks per staff member, hand sanitizer and disposable gloves in a variety of sizes. Disposable masks will also be available. The Director, nurse and safety monitor will be in charge of keeping inventory on all supplies and the reordering of PPEs.

 

  1. Management of Ill Persons

If a student or staff member displays symptoms of illness that are not explained by a chronic health condition, they will be referred for follow up with their health care provider. The student will be brought to our quarantine room with easy access to a bathroom and sink with proper hygiene supplies.  The student will be supervised by designated staff utilizing appropriate PPE.  Parent/guardian will be notified through telephone call, text message, or email.  The student will be released to their parent/guardian when they arrive.  The parent/guardian will be instructed to call their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center.  If a student or staff member displays symptoms of COVID-19 they will be sent home to quarantine until clearance is received from a physician.   If the student or staff member has emergency warning signs such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, 911 will be called and we will notify the operator that the person may have COVID-19.  The Director will then notify the agency nurse; if the director is not on site, the administrative secretary will do so.

 

Any area used by the sick staff member or child will be ventilated by opening doors and windows and will be closed off for 24 hours.  Once 24 hours has passed the area will be deep cleaned and disinfected.  Once an area has been properly cleaned and disinfected it will be reopened for use by individuals who did not have close contact with the person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

If a student or staff member reports having tested positive for COVID-19, school administrators will notify the state and local health department.  The designated safety monitor will interview the individual in order to identify everyone they had close contact with during the time they may have been infectious. Close contacts will be notified of their potential exposure and be required to quarantine for 14 days. Contacts will be referred for testing and will be told to monitor themselves by checking their temperature twice daily and watch for development of symptoms of COVID-19. Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state law regulations. Individuals who are alerted that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, and have been alerted via tracing, tracking or other mechanism, are required to self-report to the school.   If a person tests negative for COVID-19 they may return to school if:  

  • There is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines, and they have felt well for 24 hours;

  • They have been diagnosed with another condition and have a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they should not be at school and should stay at home until:

  • It has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms;

  • It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine); 

  • It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath.

  • If they have a subsequent negative COVID-19 test.

 

 

  1. Cleaning and Disinfection

 

During school hours classroom teachers and teacher assistants will be responsible for cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining a cleaning log.  All logs will be given to the Director for review. The logs will be kept in the administrative secretary's office. High traffic and high touch surfaces and areas such as bathrooms, hallways, handrails, etc. will be cleaned and disinfected by our after-hours cleaning service.   

 

Staff will be responsible to regularly clean and disinfect toys at least after every use, or more frequently as needed using DEC approved products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as effective against COVID-19 such as but not limited to: ENVIROX CRITICAL CARE, various Lysol brand products, and FORMULA 409 MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER.

 

 

  1. Facilities

 

Community Resources Preschool plans to safely reopen facilities and grounds.  Before reopening the facility will be cleaned and disinfected, building ventilation will be restarted, water systems will be flushed and other key facility components will be inspected.

 

Community Resources Preschool will be changing the way we utilize available space to help promote social distancing while maintaining existing safety requirements designed to protect students. Community Resources Preschool has met with their HVAC Company.  They will be servicing the HVAC system to improve ventilation and filtration of air throughout the building. We will increase ventilation with outside air to the greatest extent possible (e.g. opening windows and doors) while maintaining health and safety protocols.

 

Community Resources Preschool will continue to conduct mandatory fire and lockdown drills according to the existing statutory schedule. The Certificate of Fitness (F07) holder and the Director will plan for staggered scheduling of drills to be conducted in a manner that maintains social distancing standards at exits and gathering points outside the building, while still preparing students to respond in emergencies.

 

The number of toilet and sink fixtures at Community Resources Preschool meets the minimum standards of the Department of Health.  The DOH requires lead-in-water testing to be conducted when the building is “normally occupied”.  Due to the extended closure of the school building from COVID-19, Community Resources’ maintenance department has been routinely running all sinks in the school to reduce the accumulation of lead in the water in order to provide clean and safe drinking water upon reopening.

 

  1. Nutrition 

 

  • Students will be provided with a nutritious snack each day.    

  • Students who are participating in remote learning, will be made aware of the “Grab and Go Meals” program available in their child’s home zoned public school.   These meals include breakfast and lunch.  

  • Each class will have a list of students with food allergies posted in the classroom for easy access and to ensure safety.

  • Students will be taught to engage in appropriate hand hygiene before and after meals.

  • We will meet nutritional guidelines and standards when providing snacks. 

  • There will be one food handler in each classroom to ensure no cross-contamination.

  • Tables will be disinfected before and after meals.

  • In Integrated classrooms where 3K and UPK students are present, meals will no longer be served family-style; individual plates will be prepared by the class food handler to ensure no cross-contamination.

  • Remaining food and garbage will immediately be disposed of to ensure safety, cleanliness and no cross-contamination.

 

  1. Transportation:

 

  • School staff will ask the bus drivers about their daily sanitizing of the vehicles. 

  • Staff will notify parents that students are not permitted to carry hand sanitizer on the bus due to its combustible composition.  

  • Staff will check to see if buses have windows opened slightly, if the temperature is above 45 degrees, to allow for fresh air throughout the bus.

  • School staff will check to see that bus drivers and matrons are wearing appropriate PPE when they arrive at the school, as well as gloves when physically interacting with students. 

  • Students who are unable to wear a mask for health or disability reasons will not be denied transportation or forced to wear a mask.

  • Students will be reminded of bus rules such as no eating or drinking on the bus.

  • Students will exit the bus in a socially distanced manner with help from bus attendants and school staff.

  • Staggered arrival and dismissal will be used to ensure social distancing protocols.  

  • Students will use hand sanitizer when entering the school building.

  • School staff will check students’ temperature when exiting the bus, before entering the school building.  

  • Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home.  

  • Staff will communicate with the bus driver to ensure that all student health checks from parents came back clear when they entered the bus that morning.  

 

  1. Social-emotional well-being:

 

 1.  We will ensure that our building-level school counseling/social emotional learning

        (SEL) plan is reviewed and updated so that students can continue to:

 

  1.  develop core intra- and inter-personal competencies including, but not limited to:

 

  • self-awareness

  • self-management

  • social awareness

  • relationship skills

  • responsible decision-making.

 

  1.  build capacity to thrive by fostering a variety of protective factors including, but not limited to:

 

  • increased resilience

  • stronger empathy

  • heightened self-efficacy and agency

 

2.  We will establish an advisory council to continue to inform a comprehensive school

      counseling/SEL plan.

 

  1. We will build a team to lead implementation of the plan which will consist of:

 

                  -  Director of Children’s Services

                  -  School Psychologist

      -  General Ed teacher

      -  Special Ed Teacher

      -  Clinical Staff

      -  Parents/caregivers

 

3.  We will work to develop and implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS).

Within a MTSS framework SEL, mental health and well-being supports will reflect schoolwide implementation of effective, efficient, and evidence-based practices/strategies.

 

A)  Tier 1

 

  • Explicit instruction in SEL Competencies

  • Integration of SEL within the content areas

  • General teaching practices that model and support SEL including restorative practices.

  • School climate surveys (student, staff, families)

  • SEL plan based on survey and other student data

  • Family engagement

 

B)  Tier 2

 

  • Targeted explicit instruction in SEL competencies, strategies, and skills

  • Practice and coaching with feedback

  • Small group SEL instruction

  • SEL focused community building circles

 

C)  Tier 3

 

  • Individual instruction in SEL competencies, strategies and skills

  • Practice and coaching

  • Functional behavioral assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans

  • Individual counseling per IEP

 

 

4.  We will work to incorporate strategies outlined by organizations that promote

      evidence-based practices, including but not limited to:

 

  1. The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

  2. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

 

 

5.  We will communicate that social emotional well-being and SEL is a priority and engage

      members of the school community in implementation efforts.

 

  1. We will engage with families of returning and incoming students through various means of two-way communication including, but not limited to:

 

  • Google classroom (posting multi-media SEL resources)

  • parent/caregiver groups (done virtually while COVID 19 precautions are being

        taken and done in person once it is safe to do so per NYS guidance)

  • Remind app messages

  • e-mails

  • phone calls

  • video conferences

 

 

6.   We will provide resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and

        emotional support services and programs.

 

  1. The school maintains relationships with many outside agencies and individuals for the purpose of referring families for any additional services they may need including, but not limited to:

 

-     Mental health counseling

-     Respite

-     Behavioral interventions such as Applied Behavioral Analysis

-     Parent support groups

-     Grief counseling

 

 

7.   We will provide support for staff in developing coping skills and resilience.

 

  1. We will offer staff opportunities to heal together, to build strong, mutually supportive relationships, and to process their own emotions through means including, but not limited to:

  • self-care circles

  • other CASEL aligned practices

 

 

8.   We will provide professional development opportunities for staff outlining how to

       support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

 

  1. Teachers will be provided support through means including, but not limited to:

 

-     Training and coaching regarding trauma-informed practices

-     Training and coaching regarding MTSS framework

-     Training and coaching regarding implementation of any SEL curriculum the school

      adopts.

-     providing them with scripted narratives to read with students regarding issues

      surrounding COVID-19.

-     Access to webinars that discuss how to support students during and after the

      COVID-19 health emergency

 

9.   We will leverage transformative SEL to support staff in anti-racism/anti-bias work.

 

  1. Teachers will be provided ongoing professional development in transformative SEL utilizing resources from organizations including, but not limited to:

 

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

  • National Association of School Psychologists

  • CASEL

  • Pyramid Equity Project

  • Conscious Education Consulting

 

  1. School Schedule:

 

  • Community Resources preschool has adopted a blended model for reopening schools in September, to comply with the NYSED guidance of 50 square foot per child. Physical distance will be difficult with students ages 2.9-5 who are diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities. Whenever safe & feasible physical distancing will be implemented.  A split schedule that assigns children to two specific days a week for in person learning and three specific days a week for focus on remote learning services will be utilized.  Our goal is to return to full-time in person instruction as soon as it is safe.

 

  • For example, if a classroom is mandated as a 12:1:2 only 6 students will attend “in-person” instruction at a time. Cohort A in-person on Monday & Tuesday and remote on Thursday & Friday. Cohort B will be remote on Monday & Tuesday and in-person on Thursday & Friday. Wednesday will be remote for all students and we will have the school cleaned and disinfected.  

 

  • Teachers and teacher assistants will upload activities that coincide with the student’s IEP goals each day. Additionally, students can watch several classroom lessons as teachers will live stream from the classroom. Since classroom groupings are set according to the students’ IEP mandate each classroom grouping will remain static through the school year, whenever feasible. A change could occur if it is deemed the student would benefit from a more or less restrictive class placement. In this case, Community Resources Preschool would follow all procedures established by the NYCDOE for requested reviews. This change would only occur with the full understanding & support of the parent/guardian and upon discussion and approval of the CPSE or CSE administrator. Classrooms, work areas and/or learning centers will be designed for physical distancing when possible. Recognizing that our students may not be able to distance, we will take precautions to teach them about safely remaining apart, frequent hand washing practice and limit them from sharing objects by creating an individual box of supplies for them. Instruction will continue to take place in the classroom and on ZOOM. Student therapy assignments will remain constant as much as possible. All staff will wear appropriate PPE’s including face masks and they will wash down areas used by the students with DOHMH approved cleaners and disinfectants.  

 

  • All students, whether in-person or remote, will follow a schedule that mirrors the traditional school day hours. While one half of the students will physically attend school, the remote learners will have the opportunity to engage in “live” lessons with their teachers and classmates and work on their individual goals in their assigned channels within the ZOOM platform. All of the students will be working on goals outlined their IEPs. 

 

  • Therapists will be providing a combination of both “in-person” and tele-therapy for our students.

 

  • Regardless of how instruction is delivered (in-person or remotely), there will be opportunities for relevant and meaningful instruction. Each student will have access to their teachers and be able to interact with their classmates daily. During remote learning, teachers will provide “live” instruction via ZOOM. Other lessons will be posted on Google Classroom. These can include both recorded lessons or even directions to a project that will address the student’s goals.

 

  • If the spread of COVID-19 should force the complete closure of schools, “live” remote instruction via ZOOM will provided by all teachers, clinicians and staff. All models of instruction will provide for substantive student-teacher-parent interaction. While in-person or remote learning, teachers will be required to be available for “live” interaction via ZOOM.

 

  • All lesson plans will be clearly communicated in advance to provide parents and staff with the opportunity to gather necessary materials for the activities. Communication should include phone calls, emails and ZOOM platform. Daily school schedules will be written and given to our students’ parents/guardians.

 

  • In the event COVID-19 cases develop, a class where an individual tests positive will move from in-person to remote/virtual format until all contacts can be identified, notified, tested, and cleared.

 

  • In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak and school buildings are required to close, we will shift back to fully remote learning models.  

 

  • We will implement staggering schedules as follows:  

    1. 3K, 3K/Integrated and PreK/Integrated classes will arrive at 8:30 am 

    2. 12:1:2 classes will arrive at 9:00 am

 

 

  1. Budget and Fiscal:

 

Community Resources Preschool will continue to meet the New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education reporting requirements. Attendance through the NYC Vendor Portal and data submissions will remain consistent with the guidelines set forth in our contracts with both State and Local Education agencies. Community Resources Preschool will work within our budget to purchase educational, PPE and any other supplies necessary to ensure that each child receives appropriate instruction as mandated by their IEP.

 

  1. Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism:

 

  • Attendance will be taken and documented every day for all students (regardless of the instructional setting they participate in).   Flexibility will be considered when monitoring attendance in a remote model.

  • For students who have not engaged in remote learning and families have not responded to staff outreach, we will continue to reach out until contact is made.

  • If the child is absent for more than 2 days, the school will contact the family by phone, by text (through “Remind” app), or by email to determine the reason for the student’s absence.

  • Staff (School Psychologist, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Clinical Staff) who have established a connection with the family will communicate the importance of participating in instruction daily.

  • Teachers will notify the preschool director when a child is absent three or more days and the family has not responded to staff outreach.

  • The school attendance policy will be given to families in the beginning of the school year and reminders will be sent throughout the year.

  • An absence of three or more days will require an explanation or a doctor’s note in order for a child to return to school.

  • For remote learning, the school will continue the DOE issued attendance guidelines.

 

  1. Technology and Connectivity:

 

  • Staff will make sure students have a device and internet connection through which they can access synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

  • Staff will advise families on how to obtain an internet enabled device through the DOE.

  • Staff will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and monitor academic progress to ensure mastery of Learning Standards.

  • Professional development will be offered for leaders and educators on designing effective remote/online learning experiences and best practices for instruction in remote/online settings.

  • All teachers will provide instruction to students/families to build digital fluency.

  • We will designate staff members to provide ongoing technology support to staff, students, and families. 

  • We will ensure that student data privacy and security will be maintained. 

  • Staff will provide support and flexibility to students when designing remote/blended/online learning experiences. 

 

  1. Teaching and Learning:

 

Our plan provides students with the opportunity to feel safe, engaged, and excited about learning, whether in-person, remote, or blended. We will provide consistency, routine and a welcoming environment that supports students.  Individual student needs are at the center of all learning experiences.  Flexibility is essential to our plan, and our school is prepared to shift between in-person, remote learning, and a hybrid model in a way that is least disruptive to students.

 

We will provide students with the mandated number of instructional days per New York State Education Department.  Instructional days shall be counted for programs that are delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model.

 

As per NYS Education Department requirements, students will have a continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year.  Our plan prepares for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.  Instruction will be aligned with the New York State Learning Standards. Equity is at the heart of all school instructional decisions.  All instruction will be developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model due to a local or state school closure, there will be clear opportunities for instruction that are accessible to all students. Such opportunities will be aligned with State standards and include routine scheduled times for students and families to interact and seek feedback and support from their teachers.

 

All Instruction will be aligned to the academic program and will include regular and substantive interaction with an appropriately certified teacher regardless of the delivery method (e.g., in person, remote or hybrid).

 

We have a clear communication plan to address how families/caregivers can contact staff with questions about instruction and/or technology (e.g., email, the remind app, Google Classroom, and/or by phone).

 

All instructional experiences are inclusive, culturally responsive, consider the needs of all students, and adhere to all established state regulations and guidelines.  Our plan supports students who, due to the school closure, need additional social, emotional, or academic support. Families will be involved in the planning for any remediation whenever practicable.

 

All staff will remain mindful about student learning loss during the 2020 school closure and will allow ample time for students to re-adjust to the school setting. Upon return to in-person learning a climate of safety, comfort and routine will be prioritized. 

 

We will use formative or diagnostic assessment to determine individual student needs and drive efforts that ensure both academic and social-emotional needs.

 

We will provide opportunities for staff to meet prior to the start of school to discuss individual student needs and share best practices with in-person, remote, or hybrid models of learning.

 

We will identify any additional professional development needs for administrators, teachers, and teaching assistants for the upcoming school year, particularly those needs related to teaching remotely and the use of technology.

 

We will offer training and support for families/caregivers to ensure proficiency with instructional programs and any technological platforms/devices used to deliver instruction.

 

We will follow health and safety guidelines outlined by The New York State Department of Health and The New York City Department of Health.

 

  1. Special education:

 

Our school reopening plan will consider the needs of families based on survey results, current recommendations made by the CDC, NYC Department of Health, 4410, CPSE, NYS education, and other relevant parties.  The school reopening plan will address the provision of FAPE whether services are provided in-person, remotely or through a hybrid model.Our staff is prepared to provide data driven and differentiated instruction. All instruction will be based on the Common Core Learning Standards, NYS Early Learning Standards, the Work Sampling System, and the IEP goals.

 

We will collaborate with the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to ensure the provision of services is consistent with the recommendations on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Formal and informal assessment methods will be used to monitor student progress and we will communicate all progress on goals with parents via email, the remind app, phone calls, quarterly/annual reports, and through authentic work samples. 

 

Our school reopening plan ensures meaningful parent engagement in the parent’s preferred language and mode of communication regarding the provision of services to their child to meet the requirements of IDEA.

 

Our school will continue to ensure access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability-related needs of students.

 

Teachers and service providers will continue to monitor progress through data collection, whether in-person or remotely. The students will be formally and informally assessed to identify the student’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance. 

 

Staff will attend virtual interdisciplinary team meetings weekly.These meetings will be used to review instructional practices and plan for the necessary accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities to progress in the general education curriculum. These meeting will also address accommodations and modifications to ensure equity and access to the general education curriculum. 

 

  1. Bilingual education and World Languages:

 

  • Staff will maintain regular communication with parents/guardians of ENLs and ELLs to ensure that they are engaged in their children’s education.  We will provide all communications for parents/guardians of ENLs and ELLs in their preferred language and mode of communication.

  • Staff will continue to utilize technology when teaching ENLs and ELLs in-person, remote and hybrid models to reinforce students’ familiarity with these tools.

  • Staff will actively engage students on a regular basis to assess their need for social emotional well being supports that address the unique experiences of ENLs and ELLs and are delivered in or interpreted into students’ home languages during remote or hybrid learning.

  • Staff will have the flexibility to provide additional units of study if they deem necessary based on student need. This flexibility could take the form of additional ENL programming to address oral language development, writing and reading skills, and academic vocabulary development to provide more access to content.

 

 

  1. Staffing and Human Resources:

 

Community Resources Preschool will continue to ensure that all teachers, assistant teachers, school leaders and service professionals hold a valid and appropriate certification for their assignment. We will continue to employ substitute teachers and teacher assistants to address staffing needs for the allowable amount of days given their qualifications and teaching assignment. We will revise our staffing plans for the 2020-21 school year, in order to be consistent with the plans for re-opening under an in-person, remote or hybrid instructional model. We will continue to monitor and support classroom instruction and related services through consultation with the instructional coordinator, provide ongoing professional development training, teacher mentorship, regular teaching/leadership team meetings and teacher evaluations.   

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