Great Neck Public Schools
SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021:
English as a New Language (ENL)
English as a New Language (ENL) is a specialized instructional program for students whose first language is not English. In an ENL program, trained and certified teachers use methods, techniques and materials designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs).
The Great Neck Public Schools is committed to a comprehensive, high-quality, and culturally responsive instruction for ENL students. We provide the required instructional units of study to all English Language Learners (ELLs) based on their most recently measured English language proficiency level during in-person or hybrid instruction. Further, we will maintain regular communication with the parents/guardians and other family members of ELLs to ensure that they are engaged in their children’s education during the reopening process which includes: telephone contact, text messages, social media, emails and regular mail in their preferred language. We provide all communications for parents/guardians of ELLs in their preferred language and mode of communication.
Support of English Language Learners (ELLs) will be comprehensive, high-quality, and culturally responsive. If the District reopens using in-person or hybrid instruction, we will 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 the required 10 school days of initial enrollment as required by Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154.
Students will be provided with academic supports needed to close the potential learning loss that may have been a result of the school closures due to COVID-19.
The District will continue to utilize educational technology when teaching ELLs in both in-person and hybrid models to reinforce students’ familiarity with these tools. We will also engage students on a regular basis to assess their need for social and emotional wellness supports that address the unique experiences of ELLs and are delivered in or interpreted into students’ home languages during remote of hybrid learning.
With the cancellation of the 2020 New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), the District will determine new methods to measure the English language proficiency levels of our ELLs to ensure that these students are receiving the appropriate level of instruction.