• Great Neck Public Schools

    SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN 2020-2021:

    Teaching & Learning - In-Person Instruction

    School Reopening 2020-2021

In-Person Instruction: Topics

    1.  All Elementary Students Return to School: Classroom Sections Remain Intact
      1. Elementary: Grades Pre-K-5
        1. Students return to school for a full day with six feet social distance required between students in the classroom.
        2. All students and staff will be required to wear masks for the entire school day (if possible, clear masks are recommended). Mask breaks will be built into the daily schedule as well as frequent hand-washing.
        3. Classroom locations should be assigned in a manner that keeps all classroom sections intact.
      2. Classroom Arrangement
        1. Pre-K-5 students will be seated in rows with desks six feet apart. All desks will be arranged facing forward.
        2. The teacher will instruct students from the front of the classroom. Movement in the classroom will be limited and movement breaks will be scheduled throughout the day.
        3. To the extent possible, outdoor instruction will be scheduled.
      3. Special Area Instruction
        1. Specials should be scheduled in grade level rotations or modules.
      4. Fun for Fours (FFF)
        1. Fun for Fours should be offered if space is available to do so.
      5. Before and After School Clubs
        1. Clubs may be scheduled unless the activity does not align with AAP or CDC safety guidelines.
      6. Intramurals
        1. Not recommended unless six feet social distancing can be honored during all activities. Unless outside, masks would need to be worn during all activities.

    2. All Secondary Students Return to School: Classes Remain Intact
      1. Secondary Schools: Grades 6-12 (Scenario A)
        1. If social distancing is not required, secondary students should return to school with every student and staff member wearing a mask for the entire day.
      2. Secondary Schools: Grades 6-12 (Scenario B)
        1. If three feet of social distancing is required, secondary students should return to school with every student and staff member wearing a mask for the entire day utilizing classrooms and large spaces for instruction.
      3. Secondary Schools: Grades 6-12 (Scenario C)
        1. If more than three feet of social distancing with every student wearing a mask is required, a hybrid schedule will be implemented.

    3. District-Wide Considerations
      1. Special Education 6:1:2/8:1:2 Classes
        1. Special Education students and teachers in small group classes will follow social distancing protocols and wear clear masks to the extent possible.
        2. Teachers should wear a face shield and any additional recommended PPE.
      2. Mandated Services
        1. AIS, ENL, OT/PT, and speech services should continue to be delivered in-person with attention to limiting the number of students each service provider meets with over the course of a semester.
        2. Any materials utilized should be sanitized before and after use.
        3. When possible and considered equally effective, these services should be delivered remotely.
      3. Music Education
        1. Vocal music education should focus on music history and appreciation. Singing and chorus activities are not recommended for in-person instruction but may take place virtually.
        2. In-person Instrumental lessons should be offered to students whose instruments can be played while wearing a mask. Instrumental lessons that cannot be conducted while wearing a mask are not recommended for in-person instruction but may take place virtually.
      4. Art Education
        1. Each student should possess his or her own art supplies and materials. Shared supplies are not recommended.
      5. Physical Education
        1. Physical education should focus on non-contact activities.
        2. Physical education should take place outdoors to the extent possible.
      6. Technology Considerations
        1. Elementary and secondary teachers should continue to use standardized technology platforms when school is in session so that there could be a seamless transition to remote education if that becomes necessary.
      7. Extracurricular Clubs
        1. Clubs may be scheduled with six feet social distancing maintained unless the activity does not align with AAP or CDC safety guidelines. Masks must be worn.
      8. Meetings
        1. All meetings throughout the school year should be held virtually.
      9. Professional Development
        1. All professional development scheduled throughout the school year should be held virtually. There should be a continued focus on best-practices in delivering remote instruction as well as a continued focus on best practices in using technology to support instructional delivery and student learning.
      10. Ongoing Parent Feedback
        1. The District should elicit ongoing feedback from parents about educational programs and services throughout the pandemic.