In creating school schedules for 2020-2021, the guidance provided by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on "Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools" includes the following:
- Plans should address a combination of in-person instruction and remote learning to facilitate a phased-in approach or hybrid model, which may be necessary at various times throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
- In cases where in-person instruction is not feasible, phased-in and hybrid models of education will need to consider if certain students will be prioritized for in-person instruction first or more frequently based on educational or other needs (e.g., early grades, students with disabilities, English language learners), and must balance this with equity, capacity, social distancing, PPE, feasibility, and learning considerations.
- Schools/districts should consider measures that can be implemented to decrease density and congregation in school facilities and on school grounds, when possible.
- Schools/districts should collaborate with stakeholders including, but not limited to, teachers, staff members, parents, and community groups when considering alternate schedules. Plans must include how schedules will be shared and made available to the community.
After meeting with various stakeholder groups including representative parents and students, reviewing results from the Youth Survey offered to students in grades 4 and above in June, reviewing recent parent survey results, and hosting community town hall meetings, we identified the following additional goals for creating our school schedules:
- Safety – A schedule that allows students to safely take off masks once they are seated in the classroom as much as possible and limits student movement/interaction during the school day
- Consistency – A schedule that is consistent for students and predictable for families regardless of the number of children, grade levels of children, or which teacher(s) each student is assigned
- Flexibility – A schedule that can be easily adapted for fully in-person instruction, remote instruction, and hybrid models of instruction so that it isn’t continuously changing
- Clarity – Provides families time and information to plan for childcare needs before the school year begins and in anticipation of potential changes between hybrid, in-person, and fully remote schedules throughout the school year
Elementary (PK-6) Schedules: Below you will find schedules grouped by grade level, starting with a hybrid model of in-person and remote instruction since these are the often most difficult to understand, but will likely be in place for at least some grade levels to start the school year in order to reduce capacity and provide ample space for social distancing.
PK-3 Hybrid & Remote Schedules
Students will be split into two groups, identified as Group A students and Group B students. Families will be put on the same schedule across K-12 for convenience with transportation, childcare, etc.
- PK-3 Cohort A (Monday/Tueday in-person) Sample Schedule
- PK-3 Cohort B (Thursday/Friday in-person) Sample Schedule
- PK-3 Full Remote Sample Schedule
Note: Zoom sessions should be no longer than 30 minutes at a time for PK-3 students. Teachers will post more specific information regarding times and links for Zoom Sessions to SeeSaw by Friday, September 11th at 3 p.m.
Grades 4-6 Remote Schedule
Students will begin the school year fully remote. Once we are able to move into a hybrid schedule for grades 4-6, students will be split into two groups, identified as Group A students and Group B students. Families will be put on the same schedule across K-12 for convenience with transportation, childcare, etc.
Note: Each student will receive more specific schedule information based on their homeroom (which days they have Math/English vs. which days they have Science/Social Studies, for example). Zoom sessions should be no longer than 45 minutes at a time for 4-6 students. Teachers will post more specific information regarding times and links for Zoom Sessions to SeeSaw by Friday, September 11th at 3 p.m.
Grades 4-6 Hybrid Schedules:
Cohort information and sample schedules will be posted as soon as we are ready to transition to a hybrid model at grades 4-6. They will be similar to the PK-3 hybrid schedules above in format, but similar in content to the 4-6 remote schedule above.
K-6 In-Person Schedules:
When we are able to return to full capacity in-person instruction, we may continue to follow the above schedules with all students initially here 4 days per week with Wednesdays still being remote instruction while we are able to provide deep cleaning and disinfecting of our facilities, monitoring and evaluation of our operations, procedures, and protocols before returning to a traditional Monday-Friday schedule.
Secondary (7-12) Remote or Hybrid Schedule:
In order to provide consistency in programming/grading and decrease transitions (potential exposure and need for additional cleaning/disinfecting), the following Block Schedule will be used all year for in-person, fully remote, or hybrid instruction at grades 7-12:
- 7-12 School Schedule
- Zoom sessions should be no longer than 1 hour for grades 7-12 (optional Office Hours can be longer)
7-12 In-Person Schedule:
When we are able to return to full capacity in-person instruction, we may continue to follow the above schedule with all students initially here 4 days per week with Wednesdays still being remote instruction while we are able to provide deep cleaning and disinfecting of our facilities, monitoring and evaluation of our operations, procedures, and protocols before returning to a traditional Monday-Friday schedule.