COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing, 100% Remote Learning Info.

COVID-19 Testing  

Currently, at this time COVID-19 testing is unavailable at school. Testing is readily available in our community.  Students, staff or visitors requiring COVID-19 testing should contact their Health Care Provider, a local Urgent Care or a federally qualified Health Center.

A list of testing sites can be found on the Westchester Department of Health under the testing, results, and treatment tab at
https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus

Students, faculty, and staff can also call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for assistance locating a testing site.  Information may also be found at
https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

Contact Tracing
Contact Tracing Assessing and informing those with potential exposure is a fundamental control strategy for minimizing spread within a group or camp population. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines close contact as interactions within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.

In an effort to determine the potential or confirmed case’s contacts with other students or staff members over the previous two or more days, the district will assist the local Department of Health (DOH)  including notification of potential contacts, such as students, staff or visitors who had close contact with the individual, while maintaining confidentiality required by state and federal law and regulations.

  • School health staff will utilize general principles of contact tracing to identify potentially exposed individuals.
  • Health staff will assist the department of health in contact tracing.
  • If the DOH identifies exposure, the district will work with the district Medical Director to identify students and staff who are at risk and recommend appropriate next steps in accordance with CDC and DOH guidelines.
100% Remote Learning

When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under a 100%  Remote Learning Model, the student and the teacher are separated by distance, and cannot meet in a traditional physical classroom setting. Therefore, all classes and coursework are facilitated online. All students, UPK-12, have devices and access to hotspots for Wi-Fi.

When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under a Remote Learning Model, the student and the teacher are separated by distance, and cannot meet in a traditional physical classroom setting. Therefore, all classes and coursework are facilitated online. The District provides a device to every student as a resource that supports all learning models. A recent District survey shows that 96% of our families have adequate internet bandwidth at their homes to support remote learning.  The District will be working with families reporting insufficient bandwidth and where necessary, provide a “hotspot” device.

Remote learning will involve a balance of synchronous (live and in real time) and asynchronous experiences. 

The recommended routines and specific schedules within the following school sections are intended to provide clarity and consistency. The guidelines were developed with consideration for student readiness and developmental differences.

The purpose of synchronous sessions include opportunities for daily substantive interaction between students and teachers.

Synchronous opportunities may include:

  • Check-ins;
  • Direct instruction;
  • Mini-lessons;
  • Differentiated learning;
  • Clarifying  expectations and showcasing student work;
  • Assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interaction;
  • Delivery of academic and social emotional support services; 
  • Engagement in discussions related to course content

Asynchronous opportunities support synchronous sessions and may include:

  • Building prior knowledge;  
  • Reinforcing learning and practicing skills;
  • Deepening understanding of concepts and expanding skills;
  • Assessment practices that do not require spontaneous; teacher-student interactions;
  • Developing projects and performances that demonstrate student achievement;
  • Conducting research;
  • Pre-recorded content;
  • Recorded readings;
  • Modeling; 
  • Lectures/talks;
  • Voice over on PowerPoints;
  • Video clips;
  • Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, YouTube, History Channel, TED Talks, Khan Academy, Castle Learning, Raz-Kids are some examples of what you can expect.

Remote Learning Schedules
All buildings will follow a master building schedule.

Elementary School
Elementary school schedules will be posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom. Middle and High School schedules are posted through Home Access Center and will also be posted on Google Classroom.

Elementary remote experience for each day is between the hours of 8:20 am and 2:30 pm

Daily Elementary Remote Schedule - Times will follow individual building schedules.

Student attendance will be taken via: 

  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check-in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.

Live Google Meet for ELA instruction along with asynchronous work
Pre-recorded lesson/asynchronous instruction for Math

Live Google Meet for I-Block time
Live Google Meet for Specials along with asynchronous work
Live Google Meet for Specials along with asynchronous work

Middle School
Middle School remote experience for each day is between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:37 pm 

Daily Middle School Remote Schedule (per period as per student’s schedule)
Times will follow the regular building bell schedule.

Student attendance will be taken via: 

  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check-in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.

LIVE academic instruction will be provided for a portion of each period along with asynchronous work.
LIVE ENCORE instruction will be provided for a portion of each class along with asynchronous work.

High School
High School remote experience starts at 9:20 am and ends at 2:02 p.m. Teachers will be involved with department/faculty meetings and planning from 7:20 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Daily High School Remote Schedule
Time will follow the building virtual bell schedule.
Period One - 9:20 am -   9:53 am
Period Two - 9:56 am - 10:29 am
Period Three -10:32 am - 11:05 am
Period Four - 11:08 am - 11:41 am
Period Five - 11:44 am - 12:17 pm
Period Six - 12:20 pm - 12:53 pm
Period Seven - 12:56 pm - 1:29 pm
Period Eight - 1:32 pm - 2:02 pm

Student attendance will be taken via: 

  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check-in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.

LIVE instruction will be provided for a portion of each period along with asynchronous work.