Great Neck Public Schools
SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021:
Teaching & Learning
The GNPS School Reopening Instruction Subcommittee was composed of members that represented a cross-section of key stakeholders, including one Board of Education trustee, district-wide and school-based administrators, classroom teachers, special area teachers, special education teachers, support service staff, and parents representing the elementary, middle school, and high school levels on the north and south sides of town. The subcommittee was divided into three teams with each team being focused on one of the three scenarios.
The GNPS School Reopening Instruction Subcommittee recommendations are based on the health and safety guidance provided by a combination of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), research-based best practices for supporting the academic, social, and emotional growth of all students, and survey feedback provided by key stakeholders including students, teachers, and parents.
The committee viewed a more rigorous and enhanced remote online education program that continues to embrace best practices blending synchronous and asynchronous methods of instruction and leverages our instructional technology readiness as a viable fallback option if it becomes necessary due to the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The District recognizes that the best remote online education offering possible cannot replicate all of the academic and social-emotional benefits of in-person schooling regardless of the standards put into place.
Great Neck Public Schools students should be physically present in our elementary and secondary schools to the extent possible commencing September 2020. Although a typical schedule is the preferred structure in which the schooling of all our students would ideally take place, our responsibility to adhere to AAP and CDC recommendations within the space confines of our buildings, requires that we offer a varied approach for the return of our staff and students. It is our recommendation to:
- Reopen schools fully for students in Grades PreK - Grade 5 with recommended safety protocols in place.
- Commence a hybrid model for students in Grades 6 - Grade 12 with recommended safety protocols in place.
Reopening our elementary schools fully and our secondary schools in a hybrid model is dependent upon available space and teaching staff to implement social distancing with masks and other safety protocols as recommended by top medical organizations and as determined by the other School Reopening Subcommittees. It is also dependent upon NYS and NYSED guidance.
Recommendations to implement the above scenarios are detailed below. However, we must also remain mindful that a fully remote instruction model could be possible at any time during the 2020-2021 school year. A remote instruction model offers a remote pathway to learning for children who cannot safely return to the classroom due to underlying medical conditions. It would also remain in reserve as a last resort if there comes a time in which a second wave of the pandemic would make it unsafe for some or all students and staff to be physically present in our school buildings or if schools are ordered to partially or fully close by the Superintendent of Schools, the Nassau County Executive, or the New York State Governor.