Frequently Asked Questions about the District Reopening Plan
1. How I am going to incorporate what I learned last year in this school year, we all learned differently last spring?
Your teachers will ask questions, give you ungraded quizzes, and will use other methods to decide what you most need.
2. How will remote learning be different than in the spring?
Unlike last spring, attendance will be taken and grades will be given. In addition, you will “attend” the classes on your schedule whether you are at home or in school through tools like Microsoft Teams and Nearpod. Instruction will focus on required content areas and courses needed for graduation, as well as electives. Additionally, teachers will make sure that you are directly engaged with them and your class in interactive learning on a regular basis. It is expected that content and instruction will keep moving each school day regardless if you are physically in the building or at home.
3. What will in-person learning look like?
Everyone in grades 6-12 will follow a hybrid model of learning that will consist of a 2-day in school and 2-day at home rotation. Each day, however, students will attend their scheduled classes if they are in the building or at home. We will use technology to bring the classroom directly to students who are learning from home. Schedules will be developed to ensure that students spend equal time in all of their classes.
Eastridge will follow an 8-day rotation. Group 1 will attend their A day and B day classes in person, then Group 2 will attend their A day and B day classes in person. This rotation will repeat with Group 1 following their C day and D day classes, then Group 2 following their C day and D day classes to ensure that all classes receive equal in person instruction. An easy-to-follow color coded day rotation calendar will be sent home so families can plan. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing, teachers will help you figure this all out once school starts.
At the Middle School, you will be grouped into teams and will remain with the same peers throughout the day. You will move between classes within your team and follow the schools previous letter days A, B, C, D. you will attend either on A, B days or C, D days, the other two days will be remote learning days. A monthly calendar will be mailed home with your rotational schedule.
You will be able to stay after school for extra help if needed. You will need to register with the teacher ahead of time so that we can make sure we have enough spots on the late bus. You will then be assigned a seat on a bus.
4. What about special area subjects (music, art, physical education)?
At the middle school, Special-area subjects (e.g. art, music, home & careers, tech, etc.) may be taught in the classroom you are already sitting in, instead of having you travel to another classroom. Students will report to the gym or outside for physical education, keeping a distance of 12 feet during aerobic activity.
Special area classes will be in their regular classrooms in the high school, though music may be in the auditorium more often to physically spread out students. Whenever possible, classes will go outside for physical education.
5. What if I chose 100% remote learning, but then feel that I would do better with in person learning?
You will have the opportunity to choose 100% remote learning, but if you feel like full time remote learning isn’t the best option for you, you and your family can decide to can change to hybrid learning after 10 weeks.
6. What about orientations for students new to the building or the district?
The middle school will be offering a series of Town Hall meetings for our 6th graders on August 26th, 27th and 31st. Families will be contacted with a time slot and zoom code the week of August 17th.
Eastridge freshmen orientation will take place at Eastridge on September 2. To keep groups small, students who will be learning via the hybrid systems will be assigned to specific timeslots to come to school. Students who will be fully learning from home will have a remote orientation. All of this will be led by administrators, Link Crew Coordinators (teachers), and Link Crew Leaders (specially trained juniors and seniors). Watch for a mailing soon.
7. What is going to happen to school sports?
We know sports are really important to many students. Currently, fall sports are on hold until September 21, at which point the New York State Public High School Athletic Association will determine if it is safe to have a fall sports season or if the season should be postponed until March 1. We will continue to update you and your family on the reopening of school sports as we receive information.
8. What is the process for breakfast/lunch?
Breakfast: You will be able to get a grab-and-go breakfast as you enter school. You will need to give food service staff your name for the roster and then take the breakfast bag with you to eat in your classroom.
Lunch: Meals will be pre-ordered in the morning. There will be two lunch options including fruit and vegetable sides of the day, and an ala carte milk choice. Families will be encouraged to use MySchoolBucks as a payment system to limit contamination with cash and checks.
For meals in classroom: Some lunches will be delivered to classrooms and will be pre-packaged with all condiments, utensils, and choice of milk.
For meals picked up in cafeteria: If meals are picked up in the cafeteria social distancing measures will be in place, you must wear a mask, and hand sanitizer stations will be set up before and after entering the lunch line to help keep sanitized. There will be a limited number of food choices, and food will be served to you by food service staff. Pre-wrapped utensils and condiments will be placed on your trays by staff as well.
If you are in grades 6-8, you will eat lunch in the classroom. If you are in grades 9-12, you will be spaced out in the cafeteria and other open spaces, 2 per table, and social distanced. You can only remove your masks while you are at your seat eating.
For students selecting 100% remote learning/days students are learning from home: If you are learning remotely 100% of the time or in a hybrid schedule, breakfast and lunch options will be available to pick up daily. These options will be at the same price you would pay if you were buying a meal in school.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
9. What if I am worried about returning to school?
We know that stress and anxiety are high right now and that you might be worrying about the virus or how school will be in the fall. District administration and staff have been working very hard since May to plan for a school reopening that follows all the New York State guidelines, but more importantly, keeps students and staff safe. We are doing everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus, keep things clean and sanitized, but still provide an environment that will help you learn and safely socialize with your friends. If you find that your worries are overwhelming, you always have the choice to meet with your school counselor or talk with a trusted adult.
10. How will classes be socially distanced?
Students will practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other students and staff from the time they arrive at school until they leave, including on the buses. When you enter school, you will go directly to your classroom. Hallway use will be limited throughout the day. Hallway lockers will not be used. You will be spaced 6 feet apart in classrooms. During Physical Education and dance class, students will keep a distance of 12 feet in all directions while taking part in activities that require aerobic activity and result in heavy breathing.
11. Do all students and staff have to wear masks during school?
Masks will always be required in school , except while eating and during mask breaks, but you will need to remain 6 feet apart from other staff and students. Students and staff will be given reusable masks, if needed, at no costs. An acceptable face mask must cover both your mouth and nose. Students who are medically unable to tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one but will need a doctor’s note saying as much.
12. Will I be allowed to wash my hands throughout the day?
There will be designated times built into each day for you to wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer. There will also be posters in key areas and videos playing on monitors in the schools about proper hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing, etc. to educate staff and students on how to proactively stop the spread of germs.
- Regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds will be done:
- After eating
- After sneezing, coughing, or nose blowing
- After using the restroom
- Before handling food
- After touching or cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated
- Before and after putting on or taking off face coverings
- Anytime hands are visibly soiled
- If soap and water are not available, students and staff will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Everyone will be expected to cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of your elbow, dispose of soiled tissues at once after use, and wash hands after sneezing or coughing or wearing a mask.
13. How will staff ensure that the buildings are cleaned and sanitized?
The district will ensure that we follow hygiene, cleaning and disinfection requirements as advised by the CDC and DOH. Cleaning and disinfection records will be kept that include the date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection.
Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities will occur, including more frequent cleaning of desks and cafeteria tables, which should be cleaned and disinfected between each individual use. Cleaning and disinfection will be done at least daily, or more often as needed. Your teachers will have cleaning and disinfecting supplies in the classroom – you should ask your teacher if you want to wipe your desk, for example.
The district will ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of restrooms. Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected more often than in the past.
14. How will students on the buses be socially distanced?
You must always wear masks on school buses (e.g., entering, exiting, and seated) and should keep appropriate social distancing as much as possible. School bus seating will be limited to one student per seat, unless two students live in the same household, then they can share a seat. Students who are medically unable to tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one but will need a doctor’s notes saying as much, but they must be appropriately socially distanced. We encourage your parents or guardians to drop off or walk students to school to reduce crowding on buses. The district will clean/disinfect all buses once a day. Frequently touched spots will be wiped down in between bus runs during the morning and afternoon runs.
15. What happens if someone in my class or my teacher tests positive for COVID-19?
Any student that has no symptoms but has been in close contact* with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be home from school for fourteen days and learn remotely. If someone becomes sick, the district will notify the Health Department. Then the Health Department will notify the people who were in close contact with the sick person and will let you know what steps to take next.
*Close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the person was isolated.
- Regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds will be done: