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2021-22 SCHOOL REOPENING

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*

* Responses below are based on latest CDC, NYSDOH, NYSED and SCDHS guidance as of 9/1/2021.


1. How will student experiences during this school year compare to last school year?

The objective this year is to normalize our students’ school experiences to the greatest extent possible. Elementary students will have all specials (physical education, music, art, library) as provided in their schedule, and will have a combined one-hour lunch/recess period every day. In most cases, students will have lunch in the cafeteria and recess will be held outside, weather permitting. At the secondary level, students will utilize hallway lockers.

Daily temperature checks at school entrance points have been discontinued. Physical barriers have been removed from student desks. Field trips and assembly programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and we anticipate all athletics, clubs and co- and extracurricular activities will be held in person.

 

2. What data were considered in making the decision to return students to the adopted model?

 Recommendations by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health departments, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the New York State Education Department, among others, were considered when drafting the district’s reopening plan. Additionally, feedback from stakeholders, including parents, community members, students and staff, helped to guide practices that will be utilized in the school

 

3. Will there be an opportunity for full remote learning?

No. The district will not offer a remote learning option this year. Students who cannot attend in person due to a documented medical vulnerability – COVID-related or otherwise – will be offered homebound instruction.

 

4. My child tested positive for COVID-19 or is under a quarantine order. Can they attend class from home during quarantine?

Yes. Students under a health department-issued quarantine or isolation order may attend class via Google Classroom. The district requires a copy of the health department-issued quarantine or isolation order to be eligible to attend class from home. A copy of a quarantine or isolation order can be requested electronically from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services website here: https://health.suffolkcountyny.gov/CovidReleaseLetters/

 

5. Will the district provide masks for children if they prefer to wear a mask at school?

Children are encouraged to bring their own masks to school each day, as they tend to be more comfortable in those that they can choose themselves. However, if a child arrives without a mask, one will be provided if the student requests one.

 

6. What kind of mask is recommended?

When selecting a mask for your child, choose one that (1) has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, (2) completely covers the nose and mouth, (3) fits snugly against the sides of the face and does not have gaps, (4) has a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask (and fogging glasses). Single layer cloth masks have limited protection against the new variants of COVID-19.

 

7. How will the district meet the students’ social-emotional needs during school?

The pandemic has caused much worry, stress and grief for many students and their families. The district continues to prioritize the social and emotional well-being of our students. Building instructional support teams will continue to ensure that students at every level receive the intervention services that are necessary for them to be successful, happy scholars. If you believe your child may be in need of such support, contact the classroom teacher or school nurse at the elementary level, or the school counselor at the middle and high school levels.

 

8. How will the needs of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or 504 Accommodation Plans be met?

The district will provide special education and related services in accordance with each student’s Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan. The amount and frequency indicated on a student’s Individualized Education Program will determine how often services will occur.

 

9. How will the district conduct CSE/CPSE and 504 meetings for the 2021-2022 school year?

The district will conduct CSE/CPSE and 504 meetings in person this school year, unless a request for a virtual meeting is made.

 

10. If my child is exposed to a person infected with COVID-19, do they need to quarantine?

Fully vaccinated close contacts – both students and staff – will be referred for COVID testing three to five days after exposure. If asymptomatic, such close contacts do not need to quarantine following an exposure and can continue to attend school in person and participate in other activities.

Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine at home for 5 days and monitor symptoms through the 10th day. Students who are tested regularly while in quarantine, may continue to attend school under the latest health guidelines permitted they wear a well-fitted mask to school. Students must follow all other health department issued quarantine guidelines when outside of school.

 

11. What is the definition of a close contact?

According to the CDC and Suffolk County Department of Health Services health guidelines, a close contact is any individual who is within 6 feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 if that contact was within 48 hours of symptom onset (or if the positive individual is asymptomatic, their test date).

 

12. Are there any other exemptions to the quarantine requirements if my child is determined to be a close contact?

Yes, individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days are also exempt from the quarantine requirement. Further, within a classroom setting, students who are masked, and are within 3-6 feet of a positive student who is also masked, are exempt from the quarantine requirement. Students within 3 feet of the positive student would still be required to quarantine, irrespective of whether they were masked or not.

 

13. Does the daily health screening need to be completed each day?

Parents and staff no longer need to fill out the daily health-screening questionnaire or have a temperature check performed before entry to school buildings. While a temperature check will not be administered at our building entrances, we ask for the cooperation of all community members. Please do not send your child to, or enter a district building yourself, if you are feeling ill or have a fever.

 

14. If my child tests positive for COVID-19, what should I do?

Communicate your child’s illness to the district reporting form: https://forms.schoolsourcetech.com/lindenhurst/mnjj3pnggz/index.html and/or your school nurse or main office. To assist the district in determining eligibility for return to school, we ask that you also include the date the COVID-19 test was administered and the date that your child first started experiencing symptoms in your report.

 

15. Are students required to produce a negative COVID-19 test or a doctor’s note to return to school after isolation?

The student must produce a release from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to return to school after a COVID-19 illness.

 

16. What happens if a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day?

Any student with an oral temperature of 100.0°F degrees or above, or is exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, will be sent home. The student will be secluded in an isolation room that will be set up in each building and monitored by a health aide. The parents will be asked to contact their child’s physician and report any COVID-19 diagnosis to the Health Office as soon as possible. A negative COVID-19 test result is required to return to school or an alternate diagnosis from your child’s health care provider or a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms or a confirmed acute illness.

 

17. Is the Suffolk County Department of Health Services still sending letters home to positive cases?

Yes. The department is supposed to receive a report for any positive COVID-19 test result and issue an isolation order to the positive individual. If for some reason you have not heard from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, you can contact them at 311 or self-report your positive test result through their website.

 

18. How will parents be informed of cases of COVID-19 in their child’s school?

The building administration will send communication to parents directly impacted by a COVID-19 case in their child’s school. Further, at the district level, the Superintendent of Schools provides daily updates to the entire Lindenhurst Community on reported cases throughout the district. Please check your ParentSquare account periodically to view these communications.

 

19. If I choose to withdraw and homeschool my child, will they be able to re-enroll during the school year if circumstances change?

Yes. However, due to continuing enrollments, there are no guarantees that your child’s placement will be in their home building due to classroom capacity and contractual limits related to class sizes.

 

20. Will the district offer child care?

SCOPE Education Services provides before and after-school child care for children in grades K-5. Information can be found on the district website here: http://www.lindenhurstschools.org/Assets/District_Documents/082621_Bullet_1_Lindenhurst_21-22.pdf?t=637655967717100000

 

21. Can my child "test out" early from the mandatory 5 day quarantine period?

Yes, the NYS Department of Health regulations do allow for individuals placed in quarantine to attend school (i.e. test out of quarantine) with regular  COVID-19 testing. Students need to be tested at least two times over a five day quarantine period, and must wear a well-fitted mask while attending school for a full ten days.

 

29. What type of COVID-19 test is acceptable for my child to return to school after experiencing new or worsening symptoms?

Please be advised that effective immediately, according to the updated NYS Department of Health regulations, a negative PCR test OR a negative rapid antigen test result is acceptable for individuals experiencing new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms to return to school. This is an update from the previous regulations, which only allowed for a negative PCR test to return to school because of the high level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Suffolk County.