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INTRODUCTION

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

REOPENING COMMITTEE/CUBCOMMITTEES

COMMUNICATION/FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

HEALTH AND SAFETY

FACILITIES

CHILD NUTRITION

TRANSPORTATION

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

TEACHING, LEARNING AND SCHOOL SCHEDULES

ATTENDANCE FOR REPORTING PURPOSES

GRADING, ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE

SPECIAL EDUCATION

BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND WORLD LANGUAGES

ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY

STAFFING, CERTIFICATION INCIDENTAL TEACHING, AND SUBSTITUTE TEACHING

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Gov. Cuomo has made the determination that schools in Phase IV regions, such as Long Island, could reopen if the daily infection rate of COVID-19 remains below 5% using a 14-day average. If the regional infection rate rises over 9 percent after August 1, using a 7-day average, schools will close.

The state has tasked all public school districts to provide reopening plans to accommodate in-person reopening (All students attend school every day), a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning (A cross-section of students attend school each day on a rotating basis), and an exclusively remote learning model (All students remain at home for remote learning.)

The district promptly established 11 committees to cover all of the pertinent district areas in preparation for re-entry this fall. Upon receiving approximately 145 pages of state guidelines on July 15, those committees have worked tirelessly to establish district plans. 

At Lindenhurst UFSD our primary commitment is to maintain the health and safety of the students, staff and families we serve. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, on-campus schooling will look much different than it has in previous years due to COVID-19 and the ever-evolving health and safety measures born from it. 

With the understanding that the community may experience spikes in COVID-19 cases at any point, resulting in prompt short or long-term closures, it is the opinion of the district, at this time, that a full in-person reopening of school buildings to all students simultaneously would not be prudent. As such, it has been determined that the safest way forward for our students and staff would be to implement the Hybrid approach to reopening. 

The areas outlined in the plan represent the myriad considerations Lindenhurst UFSD will address so as to reopen schools safely and sustain their safe operation. It is important to note that our plan retains a strong focus on academic instruction to enhance student performance and address any concern of learning loss. Additional emphasis has been placed on the social-emotional needs of our students. We strongly believe the services described throughout this plan are in the best interests of our students, families, staff, and community.

Of course, as with every plan being developed throughout New York State, this document is fluid and will change as necessary based on guidance from the state, CDC, and NYSED and in consideration of our families and our staff. It is with such flexibility in mind that we have included in the details of this plan additional information pertaining to the other possible models.

This plan includes procedures that will be adhered to in the following schools:

Albany Avenue Elementary School – Mrs. Marcy Miller, Principal

Alleghany Avenue Elementary School – Mrs. Valerie Filbry, Principal

Daniel Street Elementary School – Mrs. Kimberly Boccanfuso, Principal

Harding Avenue Elementary School – Mr. Brian Chamberlin, Principal

West Gates Avenue Elementary School – Mrs. Donna Smawley, Principal

William Rall Elementary School – Mrs. Farrah McKenna, Principal

Lindenhurst Middle School – Mr. Frank Naccarato, Principal

Lindenhurst High School – Dr. Candice Brodie, Principal

Michael Van Wart, Assistant Business Administrator and Data Protection Officer, will serve as the district's COVID-19 Safety Coordinator. He will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance with the mandatory requirements per state and federal guidelines. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact his office at 631-867-3014 or via email at mvanwart@lufsd.org

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The development of this plan was guided by and grounded in the following guiding principles:

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  • Providing the opportunity for all students to access education in the fall;
  • Monitoring schools, students, and staff. When necessary, modifying schedules to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  • Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities that are emerging from this historic disruption;
  • Fostering strong two-way communication with partners, such as families, educators, and staff;

Factoring into decision making the challenges to the physical safety, social emotional well-being, and the mental health needs of our students caused by school closure; and considering and supporting diversity in our schools and school districts as we provide education is essential.

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REOPENING COMMITTEE/SUBCOMMITTEES

Lindenhurst UFSD Reopening Committee

 

Subcommittee

Subcommittee Chair(s)

Subcommittee Members

Athletics and Music

J. Trapani, A. Amesti

T. MacCandless, M. Cheskay, K. Pike, N. Lombardo

Food Services

Z. Nyberg

V. Dietrich, B. Howard, 

C. Cress, G. Maschinsk, 

S. Hendler

General Business

G. Chan

J. Schilling, M. Scharf

Human Resources

M. Van Wart, E. Meinster

B. Champerlin, R. Weeks, J. Daly, C. Cress

Instruction/Distance Learning

V. Caravana, L. Omeis

B. Kearney, D. Noviello, 

F. Naccarato, F. McKenna, 

J. Furno, M. Miller, 

J. Savastano, L. Colosa

Information Technology

S. Mazza, J. Freedman 

E. Eve, J. Kelly, V. Cacciopo, F. Naccarato, T. Mottl, T. Erickson

Medical Protocols

M. Van Wart

N. Scaccia, J. Zerbo, 

S. Kennedy, M. Cunningham, N. Capriola

Mental Health

B. Kearney

M. Boccanfuso, 

K. Boccanfuso, I. DeNisco, 

K. Petrenko, M. Benson, 

D. Serwan

Safety and Security/Facilities

R. Cozzetto,T. Wolf

J. Campbell, F. LoCascio, K. Alamia, D. Ligouri, V. Pierce, C. Labriola

Transportation

M. Ciaci

K. Lyons, V. Coogan Ganic, G. Melillo

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COMMUNICATION/FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

To help inform our reopening plan, the Lindenhurst Union Free School District has sought feedback and input from stakeholders, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians of students, local health department officials and health care providers, employee unions and community groups. Engagement efforts included online surveys, virtual forums/meetings and one-on-one conversations. 

The district remains committed to communicating all elements of this reopening plan to students, parents and guardians, staff and visitors. The plan is available to all stakeholders via the district website at www.lindenhurstschools.org, and will be updated throughout the school year, as necessary, to respond to local circumstances.

As part of its planning for the reopening of schools and the new academic year, the district has developed a plan for communicating all necessary information to district staff, students, parents/guardians, visitors and education partners and vendors. The district will use its existing communication modes - including the district website, social media outlets, communication platforms such as Parentsquare and Studentsquare (email blast), correspondence home and during virtual public meetings – as well as appropriate signage and training opportunities to support the dissemination of consistent messaging regarding new protocols and procedures, expectations, requirements and options related to school operations throughout the pandemic.

Lindenhurst Union Free School District Communication Goals:

  • To encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors through verbal and written communication (e.g., signage) to adhere to NYSED, CDC, and DOH guidance regarding the use of acceptable face coverings - a face mask covering the nose and mouth, when a social distance cannot be maintained.
  • To provide regular updates about health and safety, scheduling, and all other information faculty, staff and families should be aware of.
  • To provide information to families through a wide array of platforms including mail, email, telephone calls, text messaging, social media and website postings.
  • To provide information on how families can access technology and receive technical support to assist with utilization and maintenance of equipment.

Lindenhurst Union Free School District developed communication materials accordingly, including the creation of sample messages/letters for COVID-19 cases or potential cases for various school audiences. We will utilize communication methods used by the district to inform the school community. Information will be dispersed in a variety of platforms that include:

  • District website
  • Call list/ROBOCall
  • Email blast
  • Online training
  • Correspondence (letters) to homes
  • Social media accounts used by district
  • Town Hall Meetings (Zoom, WebEx, Google Classroom, etc.)

Clear messaging will be prepared and consistently communicated before re-entry, on the first day, during the first week, throughout the first month, and continuously throughout the year. Minimum monthly communication will provide information on the following topics:

  • Who to contact with questions, concerns or suggestions. 
  • Empower people to make a positive difference and communicate the expectation for them to do so.
  • The facts as we currently know them (NYSDOH, CDC).
  • The importance of social distancing, monitoring symptoms of COVID-19 and when to stay home.
  • Set protocols for entrance (screening) and the review process for staff calling in sick. Constant reminders for staff to stay home if they feel sick.
  • Encourage and implement social distancing in bathrooms, break rooms, hallways, etc. Installing social distancing markers on the floors, etc.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene. Staff is allowed to use hand sanitizer, but hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is still more effective. Hand sanitizer works best on clean hands.
  • Encourage and practice proper respiratory etiquette (i.e., coughing or sneezing into your elbow if a tissue is not available).
  • Encouraging personal responsibility for yourself and your work area.
  • Educating the school community on district policies/procedures, including how to properly wear and dispose of a face mask/respirator.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY

Maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff is the foundation of the district’s reopening plan. Although the district cannot eliminate all risk, significant steps can be taken to minimize it, to protect the in-person learning environment, and to address health concerns as they arise. This district’s plan was developed to ensure that students and staff feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses through the implementation of two main protective measures, (1) minimize the likelihood that any individual infected with COVID-19 can enter the in-person learning environment, and (2) create a system of protections within the in-person learning environment through social distancing, mask wearing and physical barriers. Our reopening plan aligns with and incorporates the recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC}. the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Health Screening 

Students, staff and visitors are required to have their health screened prior to entering any district facility. Health screenings will be conducted through completion of the district health screening questionnaire, which asks the following questions:

(a) Do you have a fever greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit, without fever reducing medication?
(b) Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, that cannot be attributed to some other illness or condition?
(c) Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
(d) Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone    
      (including household members) who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for 
      COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 that cannot be attributed to some other 
      illness or condition?
(e) Have you traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of 
      COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days?

Staff Member – Health Screening Procedure:

Prior to entering any district facility, staff must complete a health screening questionnaire. Staff members should make every effort to complete the health screening, including the temperature check, before arriving at any district facility. 

  • Staff should complete this screening prior to arriving at work daily via the electronic submission form. Staff can also find the link to the electronic submission form on the district website.
  • Although filing of the health survey is preferred to be done online, paper copies of the questionnaire for staff members will be available at security stations.
  • Staff members will be required to show proof of completion of the health screening questionnaire at designated security stations before entering district facilities. Proof of completion can be demonstrated by showing the electronic submission confirmation message on the staff member’s mobile phone, or by bringing a print-out of the electronic submission confirmation message.
  • Staff members answering ‘Yes’ to any of the questions on the health screen questionnaire are directed to stay home and to report their status to their direct supervisor for further guidance before accessing any district facility. No staff member answering ‘Yes’ will be permitted entry to a district facility.
  • Staff members answering ‘Yes’ to questions (a) through (d) on the health screening questionnaire are directed to contact their health care provider for further assessment and testing. No staff member answering ‘Yes’ will be permitted entry to a district facility.
  • Staff members answering ‘Yes’ to question (e) are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days in accordance with the NYS Travel Advisory before physically returning to work. Further, staff members are required to report their travel to the NYSDOH via the Traveler Health Form at the following website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel- advisory
  • Staff will be required to monitor their own temperatures prior to arrival on campus and throughout the day. Anyone whose response changes from a NO to YES during the day, must contact their supervisor immediately and await further instruction.
  • For multiple individuals entering the building simultaneously, they will be required, where practical, to stand at the marked-out locations on the floor, maintaining social distance until they can be screened.
  • Staff members will have an additional temperature check performed at the designated security checkpoint. Only after all individuals have been cleared through the medical screening and confirmed to be wearing proper face coverings, will access to the building be granted.



Student – Health Screening Procedure:

  • Parents/guardians of students are required to self-screen their child before sending them to school on each of the mandatory questions contained on the district health-screening questionnaire on a daily basis.
  • Parents/guardians of students will be required to submit a completed electronic health-screening questionnaire at least on a weekly basis back to the district for review.
  • Although filing of the health questionnaire is preferred to be done electronically, paper copies of the questionnaire for parents/guardians and students will be available at security checkpoints.
  • Students will have a mandatory temperature check performed at designated security checkpoints upon entry to any district facilities. Only after students have been cleared through the temperature check and are determined to be wearing proper face coverings, will access to the building be granted. Masks will be made available at all entry points for students that do not have an acceptable face covering.
  • A designated district employee in each school will monitor completion of the weekly health-screening questionnaire for students attending the learning environment in-person.
  • Students with temperatures of 100.0° F or greater will be directed to the Nurse's Office, evaluated further, and if confirmed to be presenting COVID-19 symptoms, will be isolated in a separate space. A parent or guardian will be called to immediately pick the child up from school.


Social Distancing and Proper Facial Coverings

  • A face covering, must be worn by all individuals, students, staff, and visitors on district property when social distancing cannot be maintained, and at all times when in common areas, such as entrances/exits, lobbies, bathrooms, and when traveling around the school in hallways, unless the staff/student is medically unable to tolerate a face covering.
  • Proper face covering includes, but is not limited to, a surgical mask, cloth mask, N95 mask, balaclava or bandana and must completely cover the individual's mouth and nose. A plastic face shield alone is not an acceptable face covering and should only be worn in addition to a face covering.
  • All staff, students and visitors are strongly encouraged to utilize their own face covering, however face coverings can and will be provided by the district daily at designated security stations, or at a designated main office location in each building.
  • All individuals must ensure six (6) feet of distance from others unless safety or core function of the work activity requires a shorter distance. Any time individuals are less than six (6) feet apart from one another, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless not medically tolerable.
  • Students will be socially distant in all classrooms in the initial stages of reopening. As the secondary schools transition from 25% to 50%, the plan may be altered to accommodate the additional students by students wearing masks as well as desk barriers.
  • Where feasible, entry and egress in and out of all buildings will be limited to a single location. If applicable, a single point entry and single point egress will be identified to minimize cross traffic. All entry to the buildings will occur through the main entrance to a check-in point at the security station. Buildings with a larger student and staff population may designate additional entry points with additional security stations during periods when traffic flow is greatest (i.e. during time of student/staff arrival and departure).
  • Appropriate space of social distance separation will be identified using tape or signs that denote six (6) feet of spacing in commonly used and other applicable areas on the site (e.g., clock in/out stations, health screening stations, reception areas).
  • In-person gatherings will be limited as much as possible and the district will use tele- or video-conferencing whenever possible. Essential in-person gatherings, such as meetings, must be held in open, well-ventilated spaces with appropriate social distancing among participants.
  • Designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries will be established, limiting contact to the extent possible.


Personal Hygiene
Students and staff must practice good hand and respiratory hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The district will encourage good practices for hand and respiratory hygiene by:

  • Placing signage throughout district buildings to encourage hand washing with correct hand washing techniques. Traditional hand washing (with soap and warm water, lathering for a minimum of 20 seconds), is the preferred method and can be accomplished by singing or humming the happy birthday song twice;
  • Ensuring adequate facilities and supplies for hand washing including soap and water will be provided in each of the buildings in the district;
  • Encouraging the use of paper towels
  • Students and staff should wash hands as follows:
    • Upon entering the building and classrooms;
    • After sharing objects or surfaces;
    • Before and after snacks and lunch;
    • After using the bathroom;
    • After helping a student with toileting;
    • After sneezing, wiping, or blowing nose or coughing into hands;
    • Anytime hands are visibly soiled; and
    • When hand washing is not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Hand Sanitizer - At times when hand washing is not available students and staff may use a hand sanitizer.  Designated Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the buildings, near entrances and common areas.


Monitoring for Signs of Covid-19 Illness Before and During the School Day
All parents/guardians and district staff members should be vigilant in monitoring for signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus in students and others. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the following are the most common symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (100.0 F or greater);
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle or body aches;
  • Headache;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Sore throat;
  • Congestion or runny;
  • Nausea or vomiting; and/or
  • Diarrhea


Further, students and staff exhibiting flushed cheeks, rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue and/or irritability, frequent use of the bathroom could be presenting signs of illness when not explainable by some other factor. Students and staff exhibiting these signs of illness or any of the common symptoms of COVID-19 on the CDC list under no circumstances should enter any district facility. 

Parents/guardians should not send their child to school if any signs of illness are observed if they cannot be attributed to some other medical condition. If these signs of illness are observed during the school day, students and staff will be sent promptly to the school health office for further evaluation by the school nurse. If the school nurse is unavailable for an extended period, the parent/guardian will be contacted to come pick up their ill child, or the staff member will be sent home.

Management of Suspected or Confirmed COVID Cases

  • Students and staff presenting symptoms of illness throughout the school day must be sent to the health office for further evaluation by the school nurse. The school nurses will assess whether individuals have a chronic condition such as asthma and allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions which may present the same symptoms as COVID-19 but are neither contagious nor pose a public health threat. Proper PPE will be required anytime a nurse may be in contact with a potential COVID-19 patient. The district will provide N95 ventilating masks, face shields to be used in tandem with other acceptable face coverings, disposable gloves, and disposable gowns for all district employees in the nurse’s office. If a school nurse is not available, the student or staff member must be isolated and dismissed in a timely fashion.
  • Students suspected of having COVID-19 awaiting transport home by the parent/guardian will be isolated in a room or area separate from others, under the visual inspection of a staff member who is either physically distanced, or is utilizing appropriate PPE in accordance with the NYSED guidelines for high-intensity contact. Parent/guardians or emergency contacts of students should make arrangements to pick up their child as soon as possible, but no later than 2 hours after being contacted. Multiple students suspected of COVID-19 may also be in this isolation room if they can be separated by at least 6 feet. If they cannot be isolated in a separate room from others, facemasks (e.g., cloth or surgical mask) will be provided to the student if the ill person can tolerate wearing it and does not have difficulty breathing, to prevent the possible transmission of the virus to others while waiting for transportation home. Students should be escorted from the isolation area to the parent/guardian. The parent or guardian will be instructed to call their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider, to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center.
  • Each building will designate at least one isolation room, and if space permits two isolation rooms. When an isolation room has been vacated it will be closed off and a custodian will be contacted to perform cleaning and disinfection. The designated isolation room should have windows to allow for appropriate air ventilation and be within close proximity to the nurse’s office.
  • All students and staff sent home suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms must be tracked by the nurse’s office and reported to the district COVID-19 Safety Coordinator on a daily basis. Refer to the Return to School after Illness section below for details on re-entrance criteria for a student or staff member’s return to the in-person learning environment.

 

Return to School After Illness
The district has established protocols and procedures, in consultation with the local health department, about the requirements for determining when individuals, particularly students, who screened positive for COVID-19 symptoms can return to the in-person learning environment at school. This protocol requires for the following at a minimum:

  • Documentation from a health care provider following evaluation clearing a return to school;
  • A negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result;
  • Symptom resolution, or if tested as COVID-19 positive, a release from isolation order


The district will refer to DOH’s “Interim Guidance for Public and Private Employees Returning to Work Following COVID-19 Infection or Exposure” regarding protocols and policies for faculty and staff seeking to return to work after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or after the faculty or staff member had close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.

The district requires that individuals who were exposed to the COVID-19 virus and have been ordered to complete quarantine by a state or local health department, have not developed symptoms before returning to in-person learning. The discharge of an individual from quarantine and return to school will be conducted in coordination with the local health department.

Further, district employees or students under a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine order because of traveling to a state on the NYS Travel Advisory list, are not permitted to enter a district facility until the self-quarantine is complete. The latest NYS Travel Advisory List can be viewed at the following website: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

Cleaning and Disinfecting School Facilities
During the school day, custodial staff will address all high-contact, high-use areas such as door knobs, handrails, water fountain and bathroom fixtures, using spray disinfectant.  In the evening, a more thorough deep cleaning process for all spaces will be implemented which includes, but is not limited to, all floors, desks, chairs, countertops, sinks, water fountains and other bathroom fixtures.  Included are the regularly addressed cleaning protocols that include dusting, cleaning of windows and other glass surfaces.  HVAC maintenance will be increased to a bi-weekly inspection/cleaning with filter change-outs more frequently.  A checklist will be kept on the cleaning of all locations at each of the District's facilities. 

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 & Contact Tracing 

Diagnostic Testing Protocol

No staff, students, or visitors will be allowed entrance into district facilities if they are screened positively to any of the questions on the district health screening questionnaire. Further, if any students and staff present symptoms of illness throughout the school day, they must be sent to the health office for further evaluation by the school nurse. The school nurses will assess whether individuals have a chronic condition such as asthma and allergies or chronic gastrointestinal conditions which may present the same symptoms as COVID-19 but are neither contagious nor pose a public health threat. Students suspected of having COVID-19 awaiting transport home by the parent/guardian will be isolated in a room or area separate from others, under the visual inspection of a staff member who is either physically distanced, or is utilizing appropriate PPE in accordance with the NYSED guidelines for high-intensity contact. Parent/guardians or emergency contacts of students should make arrangements to pick up their child as soon as possible, but no later than 2 hours after being contacted. The parent or guardian will be instructed to call their health care provider, or if they do not have a health care provider, to follow up with a local clinic or urgent care center.

The district will refer all individuals, including staff and students, to one of the following medical providers to receive a medical evaluation and a have a COVID-19 diagnostic test administered:

PM Pediatrics – Urgent Care – North Babylon    

1130 Deer Park Avenue, Sunset Plaza Center     

North Babylon, NY 11703                                 

(631) 667-4767                                                

Hours: Everyday - 12PM – 10PM           

 

CityMD Urgent Care – Lindenhurst                    

656 N Wellwood Ave                                        

Lindenhurst, NY 11757                                     

(631) 225-4227                                                

Hours: M-F - 7AM-11PM, Sat-Sun – 9AM-5PM   

 

CityMD Urgent Care - Copiague

901 Sunrise Highway

Copiague, NY 11726

(631) 230-5772

Hours: M-F - 8AM-8PM, Sat-Sun – 8AM-2PM

 

Individuals who do not currently have access to any of these testing locations can call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYS DOH website at https://covid19screening.health.ny.gov to have an appointment set up at one of the State’s Testing Sites. Further, Suffolk County has a comprehensive network of family health centers that serve the uninsured and underinsured. More information can be found at the following website: https://suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Health-Services/PatientCare/Health-Centers

 

The health care provider who administers the diagnostic test is required to report all positive COVID-19 diagnostic test results to the SCDHS. The SCDHS upon notification of a positive test result, will contact the district to begin contact tracing procedures. If the district becomes aware of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result from a source other than the SCDHS, the district will promptly report the positive test result to SCDHS to begin contact tracing.

Contract Tracing Protocol

Upon notification of a positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result, the district will take the following steps:

1.     The district COVID-19 Safety Coordinator will immediately obtain and review attendance records to determine whether the individual with the positive COVID-19 has been in a district facility. Student attendance and schedule records are maintained in the district’s student management system and are updated on a daily basis. Employees are required to clock in and clock out every day, and cannot access a district building without swiping their badge at a designated entrance. Records of clock in/clock out and access to buildings are systematically maintained and available for review.

2.     The district COVID-19 Safety Coordinator will immediately review visitor logs, including building access visitor logs and visitor logs to the nurse’s office, for the period of time when individual with positive COVID-19 diagnostic test was determined to be within any district building.

3.     The district COVID-19 Safety Coordinator will contact SCDHS upon notification of a positive test result and provide them with any necessary attendance records and/or visitor logs to cooperate with contract tracing efforts.

4.     The SCDHS Contact Tracing team is responsible for reviewing the facts and circumstances associated with the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and requesting additional information as necessary from the district. This includes but is not limited to information on other individuals who have come into close contact (six feet or less) for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes of more) with the individual who tested positive and contact information for those individuals. An individual would also be considered a close contact if they were coughed or sneezed on by the individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

5.     SCDHS will place individuals identified as having “close contact” with the infected individual, including teachers, students, or other staff members, into quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact. The district will collaborate with the SCDHS to determine whether any schools in the district need to be closed for deep cleaning and disinfection. At a minimum, any rooms or common areas occupied by the infected individual will be subject to deep cleaning and disinfection.

6.     At the elementary level, students and staff members in self-contained classrooms will likely be issued a quarantine order out of an abundance of caution by the SCDHS if one individual in the classroom tests positive for COVID-19. Final isolation decisions will be made by the SCDHS in collaboration with the district.

7.     At the secondary level, any students in a cohort with the individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may be issued a quarantine order after contact tracing is completed by the SCDHS. A single positive test case may necessitate the closure of the school for 24 hours to allow for deep cleaning and disinfection. Final isolation order and school closure decisions will be made in collaboration with the SCDHS.

8.     A staff member with wide-spread access across the building 9 (i.e. a custodian or an administrator) testing positive for COVID-19 may also necessitate the closure of the school for 24 hours to allow for deep cleaning and disinfection. Final isolation order and school closure decisions again will be made in collaboration with the SCDHS.

9.     If multiple positive cases of COVID-19 are identified within a cluster of students/staff members or if the spread of COVID-19 has advanced beyond isolated clusters, the district will collaborate with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to determine whether to close the building and/or district for in-person learning for an extended period of time. In the event that a building or the district is closed for an extended period of time, instruction will switch to 100% distance learning.

10.  The district will communicate instances of individuals who were in a district facility within 48 hours of testing positive for COVID-19 to the parents/guardians of students and all staff members, to the extent it is permitted by federal and state privacy regulations. The steps being taken to clean and disinfect the buildings impacted and/or school closures will be communicated based on collaboration with the SCDHS.

References:

NYSED – Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing: The Spirit of New York’s Schools Reopening Guidance, Pg. 41-42, COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing

NYSDOH – Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools Master Guidance, Pg 3, 5, 19, 20

County of Suffolk, Department of Health Services, SCSSA Questions for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) 08.11.2020



Visitor and Vendor Practices
No outside visitors or volunteers will be allowed on school campuses, except for the safety and well-being of students, or to address some other emergency situation. All visitors including, parents/guardians, vendors, and contractors will report to a security checkpoint upon arrival.

Visitors (including parents/guardians)

  • All visitors must be wearing proper face covering prior to entering any building and it must be worn at all times when six (6) feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
  • All visitors check in at a designated security checkpoint for temperature screening and to fill out the district health-screening questionnaire.
  • No visitor should enter a building unless necessary. All meetings should be held outside or via virtual meetings, to the extent it is possible.
  • All visitors must sign in and out at the main entrance of each building stating their destination at that building for contact tracing. All visitors should be accompanied by a staff member if allowed to enter the building.
  • Should a visitor become ill while on district premises, they must alert the staff member they are visiting to report the issue and then immediately seek medical attention.
  • Should a visitor fail any of the requirements of the health screening, including the mandatory temperature check, they will not be permitted to enter the district facility.



Vendors and Contractors

  • Vendors and contractors will not be permitted in the buildings during the school day, unless absolutely necessary. Vendors and contractors may access the building after normal school hours when permitted.
  • All vendors/contractors must be wearing proper face covering prior to entering any building and it must be worn at all, times when six (6) feet of social distance cannot be maintained.
  • All vendors must report to the McKenna Administration building first for temperature screening and to fill out the district health-screening questionnaire.
  • No vendor/contractor should enter a building unless necessary for completion of their job. All meetings should be held outside or via virtual meeting software when possible.
  • All vendors/contractors must sign in and out at the main entrance of each building stating their destination at that building for contact tracing.
  • Should a vendor/contractor become ill while on campus, they must alert the staff member they are visiting to report the issue and then immediately seek medical attention.
  • Should a vendor/contractor fail any of the requirements of the health screening, including the mandatory temperature check, they will not be permitted to enter the district facility.

 

Respiratory Treatment of Aerosol Generating Medications
Respiratory treatments administered by school nurses generally result in aerosolization of respiratory secretions. These aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) potentially put healthcare personnel and others at increased risk for pathogen exposure and infection. PPE, including gloves, N95 or surgical facemask with a face shield, eye protection, and where necessary a gown should be worn when administering any respiratory treatment. This PPE should be worn when suctioning, administering nebulizer treatments, or using peak flow meters with students who have respiratory conditions.

These treatments should be conducted in a room separate from others with nursing personnel wearing appropriate PPE. An empty isolation room can be used to administer such treatment if available, or if not available, the nurse must identify another room separate from others to administer treatment. For nebulizer treatments, if developmentally appropriate, the nurse is permitted to leave the room and return when the treatment is finished. At the conclusion of the treatment, the custodial staff should be alerted to clean and disinfect before the room is used again. Equipment used in the treatment should be cleaned in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions after each use.

Medically Vulnerable / High Risk Groups
Students and staff members in the following groups are at increased risk for complications from COVID-19 and may need added or alternative provisions for social distancing:

  • Individuals age 65 and older
  • Pregnant individuals\
  • Individuals with underlying health conditions including, but not limited to:
    • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • Serious health conditions
    • Immunocompromised
    • Severe obesity (body mass index of 30 or higher)
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • Liver disease
    • Sickle cell anemia
    • Children who are medically complex, who have neurologic, genetic, metabolic conditions, or who have congenital heart disease are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than other children

Persons in any of the above groups should consult with their healthcare provider regarding accommodations necessary to protect the underlying health of the individual. Staff members may request accommodations from the district for their individual health needs, in accordance with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). Accommodations may include, but are not limited to remote learning or telework, modified educational or work settings, or providing additional PPE to individuals with underlying health conditions. Requests for accommodations will be reviewed in accordance with the ADA, and an interactive process between the district and the employee will be performed to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be offered. Requests should be made in writing, with appropriate supporting documentation from the employee's health care professional detailing the nature of their disability which limits the employee's ability to perform their job responsibility due to COVID-19.

Use of Elevators
The district recognizes that certain staff members or students have need to access elevators to travel from floor to floor. In the event that district elevators need to be used, individuals in the elevator should wear an acceptable face covering or maintain 6 feet of social-distancing from others where possible. The amount of individuals to travel in an elevator should be limited to no more than one at a time, or two if a student requires an aide with them at all times. 

Training
The district will offer training to district employees on new protocols and frequently communicate safety guidelines. Training on the precautions listed below will be conducted either virtually, remotely or in-person, where it is safe and practical to do so. Social distancing and face coverings will be required for all participants if training is conducted in person. Training material is designed to be easy to understand and available in the appropriate language and literacy level for all workers. The district will ensure all students are taught or trained how to follow new COVID-19 protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene. Additional training will be provided in:

  • Prevention of disease spreads by staying home when they are sick.
  • Proper respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Avoiding the use of communal objects. If communal objects must be used, provide information on proper disinfection procedures between use. Examples of communal objects include, but are not limited to, other workers’ phones, desks, offices, computers or other devices, other work tools and equipment.

 

The district will further identify individuals to be trained screeners. Screeners will be trained on the latest CDC recommendations, OSHA protocols, and DOH guidelines.  Screeners will wear appropriate employer-provided PPE in accordance with NYSED guidelines for high-intensity contact with student positions, including at a minimum, an N-95 mask or face shield combined with another type of face covering, and disposable gloves. If social distancing or barrier/partition controls cannot be implemented during screening, PPE should be used when within six (6) feet of a student, staff member, or visitor.

Signs and Messages  
Signs will be posted in highly visible locations (e.g., school entrances, restrooms, cafeteria, classrooms, auditoriums, etc.) that promote everyday protective measures  and describe how to stop the spread  of germs (such as by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face cover image icon). 
Signage will be used to remind individuals to:

  • Stay home if they feel sick.
  • Cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face covering when unable to maintain social distance from others or in accordance with any stricter policy implemented by the school.
  • Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.
  • Adhere to social distancing instructions.
  • Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19.
  • Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
  • Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.



Maintaining Sufficient Supply of PPE / Cloth Face Coverings for School Staff, Students and School Health Professionals
The district will purchase an adequate supply of disposable face masks for school staff and students in accordance with recommended NYSED guidelines (i.e. 5 maks per week per school staff and 1 mask per week for students) to ensure that all school staff and students will have an acceptable face covering available to them in the event them cannot bring their own face covering to school. A supply of disposable masks will be kept at each building security checkpoint  and also will be available at other accessible locations within each building.

School health professionals and other positions in the district determined to have a high level of contact with students and staff members (i.e. nurses aides, designated  health screeners, etc.) will also be provided additional PPE by the school district when required, including but not limited to disposable gloves, medical gowns, face shields, N95 masks, and/or eye protection. An adequate supply of PPE will be purchased by the school district in accordance with the recommended amounts documented in the NYSED guidelines. A redundancy of PPE products will be purchased by the district in the event that higher demand PPE cannot be acquired due to market conditions. For example, plastic face shields and surgical masks would be ordered in the event that N95 masks cannot be acquired in a timely manner. 

The district will look to purchase PPE and/or disposable face masks in bulk orders for at least 10 weeks of supply with state or local contracts (i.e. BOCES or OGS contracts), where feasible. The district will track and monitor it's supply of PPE to ensure that future orders are made in a manner that allows for the supply to be replenished in a timely manner so that disposable masks and other PPE are available at all times for staff and students.

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FACILITIES

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection in the district, facilities operations will be geared toward meeting social distancing requirements and cleaning frequently touched spaces regularly. In carrying out projects or tasks supporting infection control, requirements will be met for changes associated with building spaces. Plans for changes or additions to facilities that require review by the Office of Facilities Planning (OFP), will be submitted to comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code.

The function, position and operation of stairs and corridor doors, which have closers with automatic hold opens (and are automatically released by the fire alarm system), will remain unchanged. Additionally, lead in water sampling will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.”

Emergency Response Protocols & Drills 
In a hybrid learning model, Emergency response drills, including Shelter-In-Place, Hold-In-Place, Evacuation, Lockout and Lockdown drills, may take place for different student populations at different times as students will be in the district on a rotational/alternating schedule. 

Shelter-In-Place 
Areas will be identified in each school that will be used for the Shelter-in-Place along with areas that cannot be used due to certain types of environmental hazards (i.e.: high winds, tornado, etc.). Shelter-In-Place protocols will be the same with the following changes:

  • Provide 6 feet of space between students and staff during the Shelter-In-Place
  • Use of face coverings throughout the event as may be needed and if 6 feet between staff and students cannot be achieved, face coverings will be worn at all times during the event.
  • Plan to have extra face coverings on hand in the event that a person does not have one
  • Listen for updates and respond accordingly


Hold-In-Place 
Hold-In-Place protocols will be the same with the following changes:

  • Provide 6 feet of space between students and staff during the Hold-In-Place
  • Use of face coverings throughout the event if 6 feet of spacing between people cannot be achieved
  • Plan to have extra face coverings on hand in the event that a person does not have one
  • Listen for updates and respond accordingly

 

Evacuate
Evacuation protocols will be routinely the same with some minor adjustments:

  • Identify areas outside of the building in advance that will allow 6 feet of separation of students and staff. Verify that students and staff will not impede emergency responders.
  • In an effort to get all staff and students out of the building as quickly and efficiently as possible, face coverings should be worn at all times. To further support distancing during the drill, a building principal may utilize evacuating by sections (wings).
  • Plan to have extra face coverings on hand, in the event that a person does not have one or one becomes unusable.
  • Identify, in advance and assign a person who will be holding the door to get out of the building, therefore reducing the amount of people touching the door hardware when leaving the building. Personnel that will be conducting this task may be assigned to holding the door for one or more groups or until confirmation that everyone has vacated the building.
  • As written in the established protocols, bring all necessary items needed and consider adding extra face coverings.
  • If no extra face coverings are available, instruct anyone that does not have a face covering to use their shirt to cover their nose and mouth during the event.


Lockout
Lockout protocols will be the same, besides maintaining six (6) feet of space between students and staff in the area. Face covering will be worn where appropriate.

Lockdown
During a Lockdown, there will be a violation of the six (6) foot recommendation between people. In order to protect life safety, lockdown protocols will be mostly the same process as they have been conducted in the past. However, for drills the teachers/principals will conduct a tutorial presentation to the building occupants explaining the process and protocols to follow in a real emergency. 

  • Evaluate, in advance, if there is room to social distance without being in the line of sight
  • Face coverings should be worn during the event at all times
  • Plan to have extra face coverings on hand, in the event that a person does not have one.


Upon reopening, the following actions will be taken as needed:

  • Tents, both temporary and permanent are regulated by code and if used will be submitted to SED for a building permit.
  • Minimum number of toilet fixtures as per building code will be maintained.
  • Maintain sufficient fresh air exchange within each facility.
  • If other air cleaning equipment (e.g. new technology) is proposed, a submittal to OFP for review and approval will be made.

 

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CHILD NUTRITION

All communications regarding child nutrition will be provided through a variety of communication methods including website, social media, emails, robocalls, newsletters, and regular mail and translated into the languages spoken by families. Lindenhurst UFSD has identified Sheryl Hendler (Aramark- School Lunch Provider) and Michele Claud (Lindenhurst UFSD) as the individuals designated to receive and respond to communications from families and to school staff. Families will be reminded in food service communications during the summer and periodically that they can submit a new application for free and reduced-price meals any time during the school year. Applications are available in each school building, on our website and through email or regular mail as needed. Phone-in and in-person support to complete the application is available from our Principal Account Clerk Michele Claud, mclaud@lufsd.org.

The district requires/strongly recommends parents of elementary students being served meals in-district to complete a monthly meal form. By implementing this procedure, it will ensure a streamlined, safe and efficient process for the distribution of meals throughout the district. This form will be easily accessed on the district’s website and communication to the parent/student population will be completed through various channels.     

The Following Applies to the Full In-Person and Hybrid Reopening Plans:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Elementary Schools 
Breakfast

Students will be able to pick up breakfast meals in the cafeteria to take with them to class.  The delivery method in the cafeteria will be set up as a “grab and go” to ensure compliance with student spacing requirements and to avoid any accumulation of students in one particular area. In addition to the “grab and go” delivery method, building principals will stagger grades and assign a specific time period for each grade to pick up breakfast. This will limit the student population in the cafeteria at one particular time period.  Markers will be used in the cafeteria to guide students where to wait in line.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Lunch 
Meals will be delivered to the classroom for each grade during the applicable time period.  Teachers/Monitors will adhere to NYSED Reopening Guidelines and mandate student hand hygiene before and after eating breakfast. The sharing of food and beverages is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household.  Adequate space will be reserved for students to observe social distancing while eating meals.  Custodial staff will be responsible for removal of strategically placed garbage cans after lunch is complete.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Meals Off-Site 
Packaged breakfast and lunch meals for the following day(s) will be delivered to students in the classroom approx. 30 minutes prior to dismissal. This method will ensure students receive and take with them both breakfast and lunch meals for off-site learning. This method is the most safe and efficient manner in which the district can provide mandated meals for student’s offsite during remote learning. For students unable to attend in-person schooling, they will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at their respective schools daily at a designated time period chosen by the district. Meals being delivered by the district could also be for multiple days at a time and in totality, include all meals for the week. The district’s school lunch provider will set up a ‘grab and go’ distribution method. This method of meal distribution is similar to what was implemented during the commencement of the pandemic (March through June 2020).            
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secondary Schools                                                                                                                                                                  Breakfast 
Students will be able to pick up breakfast meals in the cafeteria to take with them to class.  The delivery method in the cafeteria will be set up as a “grab and go” to ensure compliance with student spacing requirements and to avoid any accumulation of students in one particular area. In addition to the “grab and go” delivery method, building principals will stagger grades and assign a specific time period for each grade to pick up breakfast.  This will limit the student population in the cafeteria at one particular time period.  Markers will be used in the cafeteria to guide students where to wait in line.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Lunch 
Students will be receiving and eating lunch meals in the cafeteria as they normally would pre-pandemic. Desks and tables will be strategically placed in the cafeteria to be in compliance with the student spacing requirements set forth in NYSED Reopening Guidelines. The daily student population in the building based on the cohort learning model will enable the district to do so in a safe and efficient manner. Markers will be used in the cafeteria to guide students where to wait on line and where to eat lunch. The sharing of food and beverages is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household. Adequate space will be reserved for students to observe social distancing while eating meals.  Custodial staff will be responsible for removal of strategically placed garbage cans after breakfast and lunch is complete and to return empty garbage cans for alternative use.  Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily and period basis where applicable to ensure compliance with mandatory requirements located in the NYSED Reopening Guidelines. The following group of students attending the next day(s) or period will enter into a classroom that has been thoroughly disinfected from the previous student population.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Meals Off-Site
Packaged breakfast and lunch meals for the following day(s) will be located in the school cafeteria.  Students will be able to pick up both breakfast and lunch meals to take home during dismissal. The delivery method in the cafeteria will be set up as a “grab and go” to ensure compliance with the student spacing requirements and avoid any accumulation of students in one particular area. Markers will be used in the cafeteria to guide students where to wait in line. This method is the most safe and efficient manner in which the district can provide mandated meals for students off-site during remote learning. For students unable to attend in-person schooling, they will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at their respective schools daily at a designated time period chosen by the district. Meals being delivered by the district could also be for multiple days at a time and in totality, include all meals for the week. The district’s school lunch provider will set up a ‘grab and go” distribution method. This method of meal distribution is similar to what was implemented during the commencement of the pandemic (March through June 2020).

Elementary and Secondary Schools                                                                                                                                      Teachers and Monitors will adhere to NYSED Reopening Guidelines and mandate student hand hygiene before and after eating breakfast and lunch. Classrooms will also have hand sanitizer available for students. The sharing of food and beverages is prohibited, unless individuals are members of the same household.  Adequate space will be reserved for students to observe social distancing while eating meals.  

Students with airborne food allergies will be separated into a designated area in the building not limited to the nurse’s office.  Students with contact based allergies will be eating in the classroom.  Important to note, the student spacing requirements already implemented in the classroom will ensure a safe breakfast  and lunch experience.  Any food allergies for students are already included into the districts system and the school lunch provider ensures complete compliance with requirements set forth prior to distribution of any meals to students.

Elementary Schools Breakfast and Lunch 
Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected to ensure compliance with mandatory requirements located in the NYSED Reopening Guidelines. The following group of students will enter into a classroom that has been thoroughly disinfected from the previous student population.  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Secondary Schools Breakfast 
Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected to ensure compliance with mandatory requirements located in the NYSED Reopening Guidelines. The following group of students will enter into a classroom that has been thoroughly disinfected from the previous student population.   

Secondary Schools Lunch 
The Cafeteria will be cleaned and disinfected on a period basis to ensure compliance with mandatory requirements located in the NYSED Reopening Guidelines. The next group of students to enter the cafeteria will enter one that has been thoroughly disinfected from the previous student population.

School meals will continue to be in compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements.  To be in compliance with NYS Reopening Guidelines, the School Lunch Provider was included on the reopening committee and laid out a plan to be in compliance with the latest CDC health requirements. The following are general procedures but are limited in nature to the overall scope of all procedures:

  • Mandatory handwashing every 20 minutes
  • Additional employee temperature monitoring
  • Procurement and implementation of required PPE
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Barriers in cafeteria between staff, students, and faculty
  • CDC-approved face coverings for all front-of-house employees along with any employee situated where six-feet social distancing is not required


The Following Applies to the Remote Reopening Plan:
Students will be able to receive breakfast and lunch at their designated pick up locations twice a week (Tuesday and Friday). Meals being distributed by the district will be for multiple days at a time and in totality, include all meals for the week. These locations are strategically chosen throughout the district and will include the High School, Middle School, William Rall Elementary and West Gates Elementary. The district’s school lunch provider will set up a ‘grab and go” distribution method for each strategically chosen location. This method of meal distribution is similar to what was implemented during the commencement of the pandemic (March through June 2020). The major differentiation is the addition of three additional locations for student meal pick up. 

School meals will continue to be in compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements.  To be in compliance with NYS Reopening Guidelines, the School Lunch Provider was included on the reopening committee and laid out a plan to be in compliance with the latest CDC health requirements. 

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TRANSPORTATION

The district recognizes that the school bus is an extension of the classroom, and in collaboration with our transportation contractor will continue to provide safe and effective transportation for all students of Lindenhurst. This includes transportation of students who are homeless, who are in foster care, who have disabilities, and students who are attending non-public schools or charter schools.

Bus Health and Safety Protocols
Safety protocols consistent with NYSED guidance are being implemented by the
District and Suffolk Transportation, the District’s transportation contractor, including:

  • Students will be required to wear masks on the bus. Students will not be denied transportation if they do not have their own mask, as a supply of masks will be given to all drivers should students arrive at the bus without one.
  • Large buses will transport a maximum of 42 students per bus with two children to each seat. Siblings will be asked to sit together. To the extent practicable, the middle portion of the seat will be left empty to create additional social distance.
  • School bus drivers, monitors and matrons are required to wear face masks; monitors and matrons that have direct physical contact with a child will wear gloves.
  • Bus ventilation will be improved by opening windows a safe amount (1 inch)
  • Upon arrival to work each morning and afternoon, all transportation employees are required to have been screened for symptoms of COVID-19. This screening includes verbal verification that the employee is not suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms, and a temperature check to ensure that the employee does not have a fever.
  • Transportation employees will receive training on the proper use of PPE and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wheelchair school buses will be reconfigured to ensure that wheelchair placement allows for 6 feet of social distancing. The seating layout on wheelchair school buses has been revised to allow a maximum of 4 seats, inclusive of the wheelchair seat.
  • Parents/guardians of students are required to ensure that their child/children are screened for signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and do not have a temperature greater than 100.0 degrees, prior to them boarding a school bus.



Bus Cleaning and Disinfecting
Buses will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis by the district transportation contractor, Suffolk Transportation, as follows:

  • High touch areas (i.e. handrails, seat corners, etc.) will be wiped down after each individual bus run.
  • Bus drivers will spray disinfect and sanitize the entire vehicle at the end of each day.
  • Buses will be deep cleaned on a monthly basis by Suffolk Transportation cleaning staff

 

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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

The district recognizes that all students, faculty, and staff will need social and emotional support as they reconnect and transition into the reopening of school. The district’s Coordinator of Guidance Andrea Judge, in conjunction with the school counselors, has developed a comprehensive guidance plan. This plan will be reviewed throughout the year and assessed. Additionally, the district’s mental health staff participate in monthly department meetings at which procedures, policies and counselling goals are addressed. This practice will continue to occur in-person and remotely under the hybrid model. Should the district be required to adopt a remote learning plan, department meetings will continue remotely via Google Meets and Zoom.  

A mental health committee was formed during the summer months, consisting of various stakeholders throughout the district. The committee established procedures and protocols for staff, students and families for identifying, assisting and educating students during the re-entry into school. That committee will continue to meet throughout the school year and assess the programs and resources implemented. Once more, should the district be required to adopt a remote learning plan, committee meetings will continue remotely via Google Meets and Zoom.  

At the building level, teams composed of mental health professionals, teachers, administrators and with input from parents, have been established to review the specific needs of their students and staff. Surveys will be distributed to parents throughout the district to identify their concerns about the mental health of their children as they return to school. Information from this survey will be disseminated to building social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors, etc. to implement tier 1 supports for the students. 
Teachers will incorporate into their Google Classrooms a quick and private check-in for students to share their feelings and mental health status. 

The guidance issued to the teachers addresses how to handle the reporting of this information and the various resources available in each building to assist the staff and students. Each building in the district is staffed with social worker(s), psychologist(s) and guidance counselors at the secondary. 

Under the hybrid model we will be able to provide push-in support into classrooms to introduce our mental health professionals to the students, provide lessons on coping with the changing times and offer additional support. Under the remote learning model the mental health staff will join Google classrooms to push-in and provide social emotional resources to our students. Teachers will continue to implement our SEL program from Sanford Harmony. In addition, mandated counseling will be conducted remotely through phone conversations, FlipGrid and Google Meets. 

School social workers will resume their counseling sessions. The district will also utilize virtual resources by posting a link on the district website to a shared drive of mental health resources for students and families to access. Mental health professionals will also make themselves available to families through parent support groups, Google Classroom and using office hours to meet with students virtually.

Professional Development will continue to be provided virtually through district affiliations with BOCES. In addition, PD will be provided during monthly department meetings involving all of the mental health staff. Throughout the year, various resources and PD opportunities will also be accessible in department shared drives and the district website.

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TEACHING, LEARNING AND SCHOOL SCHEDULES

Lindenhurst Union Free School District is committed to providing high-quality continuity of learning for all students. As such, plans are in place to accommodate any of the three learning models required by the state. All instruction is, and will continue to be, aligned with the NYSLS regardless of delivery format.

Equitable Instruction 
The district is dedicated to providing equitable instruction to all students at both the elementary and secondary levels. All reopening plans take into consideration the disproportionate impact that an extended interruption of school may have on the district’s most vulnerable student populations, such as its students with special needs, as well as, entering and emerging ENL students at the secondary level.(See Bilingual Education and World Languages section below for further information.) As such, some exceptions have been made for those student populations; for instance some students in the district’s special education program will report to their school buildings daily. (See Special Education section below for further information.) All other student groups would operate on a rotational basis. Should the district be required to adopt the remote learning plan, equitable instruction will continue universally.

Instruction 
Teachers are contractually required to teach five 40-minute periods a day at the secondary level. Within those 200 minutes total, a minimum of 100 daily minutes must be synchronous.
The elementary day is approximately 6 (six) hours in duration. Students will also have a 50 minute lunch/recess break and a 40 minute special within that time frame. Students who are on a remote schedule will also receive a minimum of 100 minutes of synchronous instruction.  

Email, Parent Square, Talking Points, Class DoJo, Propio, and XeroxTranslates.com, as well as robocalls, are all employed to maintain communication at the elementary and secondary level.

Schedules
The Following Applies to the Hybrid Reopening Plan:
At the elementary level, classes will be divided into two groups. Siblings will attend on the same day. Each cohort will attend school on alternating days throughout the week. Students will therefore be attending school in-person for three days one week and two days the following week. On days when students participate in remote learning, they will receive a minimum of 100 minutes of synchronous instruction.   


At the secondary level students will follow a rotational schedule based on alphabetical sorting to allow for 25% capacity in the school buildings. Each cohort of students will report in person every fifth day of their rotation. Additionally, students in special classes, as well as entering and emerging English Language Learners, will follow their standard schedule.


Students will follow their standard schedule when remote learning is engaged.


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ATTENDANCE FOR REPORTING PURPOSES

Teachers will be responsible for taking attendance in the typical fashion via our student management system and are responsible to enter all attendance into eschool on both in-person days as well as remote learning days.

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GRADING ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

In examining our grading system, assessment practices, and feedback mechanisms, we have considered how we can  make  these  plans  even  more  culturally  responsive  and  equitable  during this time.  
 
Assessments
Upon  returning  to  school,  students  will  engage  in  multiple  forms  of  authentic  assessments  to  help  teachers identify students’ areas of strength and need.   Diagnostic assessments will be administered three times per year in order to track student progress, help to identify those who require additional support, and assess program effectiveness.   

In  the  remote  learning  environment,  teachers will utilize formative assessments, exit tickets, and various software programs designed for quizzes in order to survey student learning.  

Feedback
Teachers will provide feedback to students in both the remote and in-person setting.  Feedback is essential in helping students reflect upon their own learning.  Self-reflection assists the student in identifying personal success and creating goals.

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ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES

AIS reading and AIS math will be provided as a push in service in most cases.  They may be provided as a pull out service when space allows and social distancing can be practiced. Students on remote learning will receive instruction in AIS on their remote days as well.

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BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE

The Lindenhurst Union Free School District will continue to have an agreement with the SCOPE Education Services Before and After School Program for school age child care. The program is offered from 7:00 AM until the start of school and from school dismissal to 6:30PM in all of the district elementary schools. All SCOPE child care programs are licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and are operated in public schools on Long Island. SCOPE child care programs provide a safe, fun, caring environment for the children of working parents. A variety of age-appropriate supervised games, sports, arts and crafts, and enrichment opportunities are offered, as well as healthy snacks, scheduled homework time and daily opportunities to socialize with peers. SCOPE child care programs are available to all elementary students residing in the district. Further information about the program can be reviewed at the SCOPE education services website: https://www.scopeonline.us/before-and-after-school-age-child-care-programs/

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

The following is a  summary of the recommended learning plan for the district’s special education students for the 2020-2021 school year.


1. Elementary School
   1. ABA Program (8:1:1/10:1:1) - Students in the Daniel Street ABA program will attend school daily for in-person instruction.  The small class sizes will permit social distancing compliance.  Specials will have to be reviewed and delivered in a push-in format. Related services will also be delivered in-person in a push-in or pull-out format as per the IEP. Adjustments to groups may need to be made. 
   2. Life Skills Program (10:1:1) - Students in the Harding Avenue Life Skills program will attend school daily for in-person instruction. There are approximately 11 students divided between two classes. This will ensure social distance compliance.  Specials will be delivered in a push-in format. Related services will also be delivered in-person in a push-in or pull-out format as per the IEP.  Adjustments to groups may need to be made. 
   3. Self-Contained (15:1) - Students in the Alleghany 15:1 program will also attend school daily for in-person instruction.  Specials will be delivered in a virtual or push-in format depending on building schedule. Related services can be delivered in-person and virtual based upon each building's schedule.
   4. ICT - All ICT classes at William Rall, Alleghany Avenue and West Gates will follow the same hybrid model as their general education peers.  Related services can be delivered in-person and virtual based upon each building's schedule.
   5. Resource Room - Students who receive resource room services will follow the same hybrid model as their general education peers.  The pull-out resource room service will also be a hybrid model as per the building’s schedule.  Related services can be delivered in-person and virtual based upon each building's schedule.


2. Middle School/High School
   1. Life Skills Program (10:1:1) - All students in the Life Skills program in grade 6 -12, including students who attend CEO, will be provided daily in-person instruction.  Electives and related services will have to be coordinated with the building schedule and may require a hybrid approach.
   2. All other special education programs will follow the same hybrid model as their general education peers.  Their related service delivery will be based upon building schedules and follow a hybrid model.  

IEPs, prior written notices and other communications with parents with regard to their child's education will continue to be provided in the parents’ preferred language. Translating services are utilized for meetings via Propio.

District CPSE and CSE chairpersons work collaboratively with the implementing of special education services on students' IEPs and also coordinating services with any providers. They frequently monitor the implementation of the IEP, communicate with parents, observe classrooms (virtual or in-person) and monitor the efficacy of the special education programs. 

Bi-weekly administrative meetings ensure compliance, review IEP protocols and address district needs. The administrative team also communicates regularly with outside providers, reviews district expectations and ensures that the educational format they are using is providing FAPE and meeting the needs of our special education students.

Under the hybrid learning model the students will be able to have access their assistive technology devices both in school and at home. Students’ testing accommodations, modifications to instruction and supplementary supports will be followed and provided both in-person and remotely. 

Teachers are aware of each of their students' needs and tailor their lessons to address these needs. Department coordinators for special education monitor instruction and practices throughout the year. They are able to ensure that best practices are being implemented and that the students’ IEP is being followed.

Under the hybrid model the teachers will progress monitor their students in-person and virtually, using the progress monitoring tools through IEP Direct and also the district created progress monitoring tools through Google. In addition, assignments, lessons and interventions are displayed within their Google Classrooms. Parent communication is recorded via archiving emails, IEP Direct phone log and also our phone journal in our student management system, eSchool.


The Following Applies to the Remote Reopening Plan:

Our special education staff have established Google classrooms, use Google Meet, FlipGrid and other technological tools to follow students’ IEPS, provide programs and related services ensuring that each student is provided a FAPE. Students will follow a schedule for each class and be held accountable for their participation in virtual learning.

Our CPSE and CSE chairpersons work collaboratively with the implementing of special education services on students' IEPs and also coordinating services with any providers. They frequently monitor the implementation of the IEP, communicate with parents, observe classrooms (virtual) and monitor the efficacy of the special education programs. Bi-weekly administrative meetings via Zoom and/or Google Meets, ensure compliance, review IEP protocols and address district needs. Our administrative team also communicates regularly with outside providers, reviews district expectations and ensures that the educational format they are using is providing FAPE and meeting the needs of our special education students.

Teachers will progress monitor students' IEP goals virtually using the progress monitoring tools through IEP Direct and also the district created progress monitoring tools through Google. In addition, assignments, lessons and interventions are recorded within their Google Classrooms. Parent communication is recorded via archiving emails, IEP Direct phone log and through the phone journal in our student management system, eSchool.

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BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND WORLD LANGUAGES

Lindenhurst Union Free School District is committed to comprehensive, high-quality, and culturally responsive instruction for ENL and dual language students, and will 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. 

Following the hybrid instruction reopening plan, the district 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. 

The ENL department will continue new entrant screenings and informal interviews both in person and virtually. The ENL department will set up appointments to administer the NYSITELL in person. Parents will continue to be contacted in their preferred language to screen and test in person following the district's safety protocols to ensure compliance with the Governor's Executive Orders and Center Disease Control (CDC) health and safety guidelines after commencement of regional reopening. 

Any new entrant enrolling, to the extent feasible, will be provisionally placed in an ENL or bilingual education program while awaiting NYSITELL results, as this is the default for districts which meet the enrollment threshold set forth under Section 154-2.3(d).

The district 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 and throughout the reopening process which includes telephone contact, text messages, social media, emails and regular mail in their preferred language. All communications for parents/guardians of ELLs will be provided in their preferred language and mode of communication to ensure that they have equitable access to critical information about their children’s education. To the greatest extent feasible, the district will provide support and instruction to parents/guardians of ELLs regarding the use of technology in their preferred language of communication.

The district is dedicated to providing equitable instruction to all students at both the elementary and secondary levels. All reopening plans take into consideration the disproportionate impact that an extended interruption of school may have on the district’s most vulnerable student populations, including entering and emerging ENL students at the secondary level. As such, some exceptions have been made for those student populations.  At the secondary level students will follow a rotational schedule based on alphabetical sorting to allow for 25% capacity in the school buildings. Each cohort of students will report in person every fifth day of their rotation. However, entering and emerging English Language Learners, will follow their daily standard schedule in-person. Should the district be required to adopt the remote learning plan, equitable instruction will continue universally.  Students will follow their standard schedule when remote learning is engaged.

The district utilizes the BOCES regional translation service to assist with translation services. This service can translate live conversations as well as documents. The district will continue to align our policies to the Blueprint for English language learner/Multilingual learner (ELL/MLL) Success; adopt progress monitoring tools to measure ELL proficiency; provide social-emotional learning supports to ELLs in their home language; continue utilizing technology in ELL instruction; support Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE) and other vulnerable populations; ensure the Emergent Multilingual Learners (EMLL) Profile supports early learning; and support completion of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy. The district will review the proficiency of students who are entering their third year as a Former ELL at the Commanding level of proficiency in 2020-21 (students who achieved Commanding on the 2018 administration of the NYSESLAT) and to provide these supplemental Former ELLs services as they deem appropriate.

In order to assure that students have opportunities to study world languages the district is prepared to teach Spanish, Italian, French, German, and American Sign Language (ASL) regardless of the learning model. 

With support from BOCES, the district will provide professional learning opportunities to our district and the region that supports best practices in all three formats of instruction and cover equitable instruction for our ELLs, SWDs, and general education students who are studying world languages such as Spanish, Italian, French, German, and American Sign Language (ASL) to help address learning gaps caused by the COVID-19 school closures.  Additionally, the district has access to the LIRBERN and the BOCES Professional Learning Catalog to support teachers to assure ENL, bilingual and world language instruction is personalized and research-based. 

The district will continue to support students as they work towards earning the New York State Seal of Biliteracy. Lindenhurst will collaborate with BOCES to provide Seal of Biliteracy professional learning. As well, BOCES will support assessment options and provide translators for NYS Seal of Biliteracy presentations.

Through using district and BOCES resources, the ENL department is well prepared to serve ELLs, MLLs, and students learning world languages as they expand their skills, knowledge, and proficiency with languages.

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ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Interscholastic Athletics
As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, districts have delayed the Fall sports start date until Monday, September 21.  With NYS approval for the opening of schools in September and with appropriate social distancing, PPE usage, and cleaning and disinfection of equipment, the following will be implemented:

  • Cancel NYS Fall Regional and State Championship events
  • Waive seven-day practice rule to enable greater opportunities for local participation
  • Maintain current practice requirements
  • Encourage geographic scheduling for games & contests
  • Schools would have the option, if permitted by state officials, to offer off-season conditioning workouts.


 
If the Fall sports season is interrupted or impacted by COVID-19 crisis (i.e. state official guidance, school closings, cancelation of high-risk sports, etc.) then a condensed seasons plan will be implemented. This plan takes into consideration the competitive and interactive aspects of each sport and would include the following, with the stipulated dates being tentative. 

 

  • Season I (Winter Sports)
    • *Note: tentative dates Sports: basketball (girls & boys), bowling (girls & boys), gymnastics, ice hockey (girls & boys), indoor track & field (girls & boys), skiing (girls & boys), swimming (boys), *wrestling, *competitive cheer.
    • *Because of the high-risk nature of wrestling and competitive cheer, sports may have to be moved to Season II or season III.
  • Season II (Fall Sports)
    • Dates: Mar. 1-May 8 (Week 35-44) 10 Weeks
    • *Note: tentative dates Sports: football, cross country (girls & boys), field hockey, soccer (girls & boys), swimming (girls), volleyball (girls & boys), Unified bowling.
    • *Note: Weather will have an impact upon outdoor sports in some parts of the state in March and potentially early April. Girls Tennis moved to Season III.
  • Season III (Spring Sports
    • Dates: Apr. 5-Jun. 12 (Week 40-49) 10 Weeks
    • *Note: tentative dates Sports: baseball, softball, golf (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), tennis (girls & boys), outdoor track & field (girls & boys), Unified basketball.

   
 
Extracurricular Activities
It is the intention of the district to comply with all required actions and recommendations set forth by New York State and Section XI with regard to athletics and extracurricular activities. All activities will be reviewed and assessed for safety, considering social distancing, PPE usage, required cleaning and disinfection and risk of COVID-19 transmission before receiving approval to be phased back into a school setting. 

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TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY

Access to technology is essential for the successful implementation of the district’s reopening plan. The district has developed a technology plan to continue to provide district students, staff and their families with access and equitable instruction regardless of the reopening model. In order to have a better understanding of the level of access to devices and high speed broadband all students and teachers have in their places of residence, the following actions will be taken:

  • Conduct a survey of parents to reassess the status of Internet access in the home. This survey will be conducted via email (Google Form/ParentSquare) and mail (or phone) in order to reach all parents regardless of whether or not they currently have Internet access.
  • Conduct a survey of teachers to reassess the status of Internet access in the home. This survey will be conducted via email (Google Form).
  • Utilize data from Chromebooks and hotspots borrowed from Chrome Depot during emergency remote learning.


To the extent practicable, the district will address the need to provide devices and internet access to students and teachers who currently do not have sufficient access; and will:

  • Continue to offer Kajeet hotspots to families who do not have Internet access in the home. Kajeet hotspots will be upgraded to support live stream and video conferencing.
  • Provide 1:1 Chromebooks for K-5 students.
  • Provide Chromebooks to teachers in need.
  • Continue the 1:1 Chromebook initiative in place for grades 6-12.
  • Upgrade bandwidth and filtering appliances to support live streaming and video conferencing from the classrooms.


In accordance with state guidelines the district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models, especially if all students do not yet have sufficient access to devices and/or high-speed internet. In preparation for this the district has/will/is:

  • Put in place an external WAP on each school building in the district. Students who may be experiencing Internet outages can travel to the building and view classroom streams and complete work from cars in the parking lots.
  • Working with Businesses of Lindy, create a community list/map of WiFi hotspots at local businesses that have agreed to allow students to use their Internet without requiring purchases. Include the public library on this map as well.
  • Expand parent/student technology help desk to include a second level of support manned by educational technology expert teachers/library media specialists who can address issues with educational apps and communicate directly with the parents/students. Expert teachers will be integrated into the current NOC ticketing system and become part of ticket routing when an issue is related to instructional technology.
  • Expand the website for parents and build a website for teachers offering technology support, tutorials and a knowledge base.

 

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STAFFING, CERTIFICATION, INCIDENTAL TEACHING, AND SUBSTITUTE TEACHING

 
The district will ensure that all teachers, school and district leaders and pupil personnel service professionals hold a valid and appropriate certificate for their assignment area. The district can continue to utilize incidental teaching when determining how to staff their classrooms;  The district can employ substitute teachers to address staffing needs for the allowable amount of days given their qualifications and teaching assignment.

The district will be following its standard APPR plan with priority given to observation of live instruction. If the district is required to adopt the remote learning plan, observations will take place remotely following the district’s  standard plan.

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September 28, 2020