At East Meadow School District our primary commitment is to the students and families we serve. Our
priority must be keeping them safe. When the 2020-2021 school year begins, on-campus school will
look much different than previous years due to COVID-19 and the health and safety measures that
continue to evolve. This School Reopening Plan will define clear guidance for the reopening of our 9
schools and aligns with the regulations developed in collaboration with NYSDOH and the NYS
The areas outlined in this plan represent the myriad considerations the East Meadow School District will
address to reopen schools safely and to 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 learning loss.
An emphasis on the social-emotional needs of our students is a priority, therefore, we have addressed
this within our plan.
This plan includes procedures that will be followed in the following schools:
Barnum Woods Elementary School
Bowling Green Elementary School
McVey Elementary School
Meadowbrook Elementary School
Parkway Elementary School
Woodland Middle School
W.T. Clarke Middle School
East Meadow High School
W.T. Clarke High School
To be clear, the health and safety of our students, our staff, and their families is our top priority. We have
developed a plan that intends to ensure that students and employees feel comfortable and safe returning
to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates 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).
It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year
due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the
Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community
will be at the forefront of decision making as we move to open our schools.
Our Central Administrative team will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinators. They 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 and following the best practices per state and federal
guidelines. 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. We strongly believe the services described throughout this
plan are in the best interests of our students, families, staff, and community.
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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 wellbeing,
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
Since early March, the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools and central administration, along
with our building administrators, district directors and the East Meadow Teachers’ Association have
worked together to meet the needs of students, parents and staff throughout the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic. In early May, the district started planning discussions with key stakeholders regarding the
reopening of school. The District-wide School Safety Task Forces, as well as multiple Reopening
Planning Committees were formed to formulate a plan for school reopening. Figure 1 provides a
breakdown of committee membership.
Figure 1: Committee Membership
Committee meetings were conducted on the following dates:
District-wide School Safety Task Force
June 10, 2020
July 1, 2020
August 6, 2020
August, 2020 (TBD)
Reopening Planning Committee
Full Committee: June 8 & 23
Elementary: June 10, 28, &23
Secondary: June 16 & 23
Technology: May 15, 29; June 5, 11, &17
Special Education: June 12 & 17
ENL: June 12 & 18
SEL: June 11 &16
Meetings of both the task force and planning committees will be ongoing throughout the summer and
fall to ensure we continue to adjust our plan as further guidance is provided from the Center for
Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York
State Department of Education (NYSED). The District-wide School Safety Task Force and the
District-wide School Reopening Planning Committees were charged with the following:
Making recommendations for the reopening of schools.
Developing recommendations aligned with current guidance to ensure the health and safety
of students and staff upon return to school.
Reviewing guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the New York.
Department of Health and the New York State Department of Education (NYSED).
Feedback from the school community incorporated in the reopening plan.
Comprehensive planning efforts have been focused on the following areas:
Our reopening planning included a formal survey that was sent to parents in early June. Also, the
District-wide School Safety Task Force provided input regarding district operations, building
procedures and classroom procedures. The task force also provided input related to school reopening
The East Meadow School District has a total of 9 schools and one administrative office building. Each
school will have in place a COVID-19 contact person to ensure coordination and implementation of
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 our website and social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook,
Instagram) – 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
1. Ongoing communication will be provided to the school community by central administration,
building administrators and teachers through multiple platforms that may include any of the
Blackboard Connect ED – either voice message or email communication
Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)
Letters backpacked home at the elementary level
Video Conference (Zoom Meet, Google Hangout)
2. There will be a presentation to the Board of Education regarding changes for the 2020-2021
school year regarding health and safety; transportation; social & emotional learning; and
models for in-person learning that include a hybrid and remote learning.
3. Ongoing communications on the following topics will be shared with students, staff,
parents/guardians on a regular basis through daily and weekly communication:
a. Social Distancing – appropriate social distancing must be maintained between
individuals while in school facilities and on school grounds, inclusive of students,
faculty, and staff, unless safety or the core activity (e.g., instruction, moving equipment,
using an elevator, traveling in common areas) requires a shorter distance or individuals
are of the same household.
b. Face Covering Requirements – any time or place that individuals cannot maintain
appropriate social distancing, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings.
c. Social Distancing for Certain Activities – a distance of twelve feet in all directions must
be maintained between individuals while participating in activities that require
projecting the voice (e.g., singing), playing a wind instrument, or aerobic activity
resulting in heavy breathing (e.g., participating in gym classes).
d. Space Configurations to ensure social distancing – spaces will be modified or
reconfigured for instructional purposes where and when necessary. Restrictions will be
placed on spaces where students, faculty, and staff gather (e.g., lockers, cubbies,
entryways, hallways), so that individuals can be socially distanced (e.g., side-to-side)
and when facing one another), and are not sharing workstations, desks, tables, other
shared surfaces without cleaning and disinfection between use.
All staff will receive training via the Global Compliance Network online training platform. The
training will cover the following topics relative to COVID-19:
Planning, preparation and response
How to wear a mask?
Proper hand washing
Students will be taught and trained on 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. Training will be conducted during the first week of school by the school nurse
and/or the classroom teacher.
Signs will be posted throughout all school buildings in accordance with DOH COVID-19 signage
requirements regarding public health protections against COVID-19. Signage will remind individuals
Stay home if they feel sick.
Cover their nose and mouth with an acceptable face covering when unable to maintain
social distance from others.
Properly store and, when necessary, discard PPE.
Adhere to social distancing instructions.
Report symptoms of, or exposure to, COVID-19, and how they should do so.
Follow hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfection guidelines.
Follow respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors are REQUIRED to wear face coverings in common
areas or situations where social distancing may be difficult to maintain, such as riding in
elevators, entering/exiting classrooms or student centers, walking in hallways, and traveling
around the school building.
Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 will include, but are not limited to, cloth-based
face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut), and surgical masks that cover both the
mouth and nose.
Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection or
source control against COVID-19 and should NOT be used.
Students should bring their own face covering to school on a daily basis. Should a student
arrive to school without a face covering, one will be provided by the school.
Faculty and staff may use their own acceptable face coverings; however, staff are not
required to provide their own face coverings. The district will have an adequate supply of
face coverings, masks, and other required PPE on hand should faculty or staff be in need.
Exceptions include: Those who are medically unable to tolerate a face covering; and,
during meals, instruction, and short breaks just as long as they maintain appropriate social
Written communications will be provided to families in their native language based upon household
language information contained in our student management system.
The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students
and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan
incorporates 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).
According to NYS Department of Health guidelines, responsible parties should consider measures that
can be implemented to decrease density and congregation in school facilities and on school grounds,
when possible, such as:
Finding alternative spaces in the community to allow for more in-person instruction;
Adjusting class or work hours, where appropriate and possible;
Limiting in-person presence to only those staff who are necessary to be at the school during
normal school hours;
Maintaining or increasing remote workforce (e.g., administrative staff) to accommodate
social distancing guidelines;
Staggering schedules and allowing more time between classes to reduce congestion in
hallways, walkways, and buildings; and/or
Shifting design of class schedules to accommodate social distancing guidelines, including
cohorts (e.g., alternative classroom schedules, full-time-in-person learning for younger
students, and part-time distance learning for older students.
Student Drop-Off and Pick-up
The school will establish designated areas for student drop-off and pick-up, limiting contact
and entry of parents/legal guardians into the building, to the greatest extent possible.
Each school will have designated areas for pickups and deliveries, limiting contact to the
Faculty/Staff Entrances and Exits
To the extent feasible, the school will limit on-site interactions (e.g., designating separate
ingress or egress for faculty and staff, eliminating bidirectional flow of individuals to the
All schools will put in place plans or measures to limit the sharing of objects, such as
lockers, cubbies, laptops, notebooks, touchscreens, writing utensils, chalk and dry erase
boards, musical instruments, tools, as well as the touching of shared surfaces, such as
conference tables and desks; or require students, faculty, and staff to perform hand
hygiene before and after contact.
The district will require a mandatory health screening, including temperature checks, of students,
faculty, staff, and where applicable, contractors, vendors, and visitors to identify any individual who
may have COVID-19 or who may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
All individuals must have their temperature checked each day—ideally, at home, prior to
departing to school—before entering any school facility.
If an individual presents a temperature of greater than 100.0ºF, the individual must be
denied entry into the facility, or sent directly to a dedicated area prior to being picked up or
otherwise sent home.
Each building will have a designated location for quarantining individuals who exhibit
COVID-19 related symptoms.
The district will implement a daily screening questionnaire for students, faculty and staff
reporting to school.
Daily health screenings and temperature checks for students
Each day, every student should have his/her temperature checked at home prior to boarding a school
bus or entering a school building. The student (or parent/guardian) must answer screening questions on
a designated electronic application/form, as follows:
Does the student currently have a temperature of 100.0°F or higher?
Has the student experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of
100.0°F or higher, in the past 14 days?
Has the student tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Has the student been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has
tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has/had symptoms of
Has the student 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?
Instruction will be provided on use of the electronic application/form prior to the onset of the school
year. Yes/no responses will be maintained as part of daily records. A designated staff member will
review incoming reports. If a temperature of greater than 100.0º F for any student is recorded or if any
of the questions are answered in the affirmative on a given day, the student will not be permitted to
enter the school building, sent to the designated area prior to being picked up, or otherwise sent home.
The student/family must contact their primary health care provider for further assessment and, as
warranted, follow local health department guidelines for 14-day quarantine (or as otherwise directed).
Since it is possible that a form might not be completed, students will enter buildings through a
temperature scanner that will take a reading on a forehead or wrist. A monitor will record simply
whether or not individual students display a temperature of 100.0°F or higher. Those who display such
a temperature will be rechecked using a hand-held temperature scanner. The individual monitoring the
scanner will take all necessary health precautions in terms of physical barrier, PPE, hygiene, etc.
Those confirmed with the temperature will be directed to the designated isolation area for
parent/guardian-pick up. Parents/guardians will be provided with direction to contact a primary health
care provider and should follow designated return protocol before the student re-enters the school.
Daily health screenings and temperature checks for staff
Prior to reporting to their respective buildings each day, each staff member is required to complete a confidential electronic daily health screening form. Five questions will be presented on the form:
• Do you currently have a temperature of 100.0°F or higher?
• Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of 100.0°F or higher, in the past 14 days?
• Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
• Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has/had symptoms of COVID-19?
• 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?
Yes/no responses will be maintained as part of daily records. A designated staff member will review incoming reports. If a staff member has reported in the affirmative to any of the five items on the form, he/she must remain home and contact his/her principal or the Human Resources office for additional direction.
Health screenings and temperature checks for school visitors
Essential visitors (e.g., contracted service providers) will be required to answer the following five
questions on a health screening form prior to entering a school building.
Do you currently have a temperature of 100.0°F or higher?
Have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of 100.0°For
higher, in the past 14 days?
Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Have you knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone
who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has/had symptoms
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?
If the visitor responds in the affirmative to any of the five items, he/she will be denied entry.
Additionally, essential visitors will enter buildings each day through a temperature scanner that will
take a reading on a forehead or wrist. A monitor will record simply whether or not individuals display
a temperature of 100.0°F or higher. Those who display such a temperature will be rechecked using a
hand-held temperature scanner. Those confirmed will be denied entry into a school building.
Protocols in confirmed cases
If a staff member or student comes into DIRECT contact (within six feet) with a person with COVID-
19, they must report this information to the District:
The District will report this immediately to the Department of Health. The school nurse
will make the report and notify the building COVID-19 building contact person.
The COVID-19 building contact will then notify central administration, and the Assistant
Superintendent for Human Resources.
Students and staff will not be allowed to enter school property and will most likely be
quarantined by the Department of Health for 14 days.
If the student or staff member had entered a building, the building will be thoroughly
cleaned and disinfected before students and staff are permitted to return. The district may
call for the building to be closed for two to three days.
If a staff member or student with COVID-19 enters a school building:
This will be reported immediately to the Department of Health by the School Nurse and the
school will be closed until the DOH assesses the situation and makes the appropriate
recommendations regarding cleaning, disinfecting and possible self-quarantine of others
and/or the possible closing of the building.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocol
The East Meadow School District will meet cleanliness standards prior to reopening and maintain a
consistent level of cleanliness during the school year. Cleaning protocols will follow the NYSDOH
Interim Cleaning and Disinfection Guidance for Primary and Secondary Schools for COVID-19.
Only those disinfecting products that are approved for use against COVID-19 listed on the
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) list of products registered in New York
State and identified by the EPA as effective against COVID-19 will be used. All products
will be kept out of children’s reach and stored in a space with restricted access.
When cleaning, the space will be aired out before children arrive and a thorough cleaning will
be done when children are not present.
A schedule for cleaning will be developed and input will be sought from each school to
determine areas of special interest and need for additional cleaning.
o Regular cleaning and disinfection of the facilities and more frequent cleaning and
disinfection for high-risk areas used by many individuals and for frequently touched
surfaces, including desks and cafeteria tables which should be cleaned and disinfected
between each individual’s use, if shared.
o Where cohorts are used, cleaning and disinfection may take place between each
cohort’s use rather than each individual. Cleaning and disinfection must be rigorous
and ongoing and should occur at least daily, or more frequently as needed.
Disinfecting will be performed frequently, for high-touch surfaces, such as door handles,
handrails, light switches, sink handles and restroom surfaces.
Soft and porous materials such as rugs and chairs will be removed to the greatest extent
Limit sharing of personal items, objects, and electronic devices, toys, books, and other
games or learning aids as much as possible. Student’s belongings will be separated from
others’ and in individually labeled containers or areas and ensure they are taken home and
cleaned and disinfected regularly. Stuffed animals and any other toys that are difficult to
clean and sanitize will not be allowed unless in accordance with special accommodations.
o Where appropriate, schools are ordering supplies such as those used in art and PE
for each individual student
Employees will be encouraged to self-clean individual workstations and shared spaces
before and after use. Sanitization stations will be provided that will include disinfectant
spray, wipes, and hand sanitizer to encourage new cleaning guidelines.
Receptacles will be placed around the school for disposal of soiled items, including PPE.
Areas that were used by any sick person will be closed off and not used before cleaning and
disinfection. To reduce risk of exposure, we will wait 24 hours before cleaning and
disinfecting. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours, we will wait as long as possible.
If a facility has been unoccupied for seven days or more, it will only require normal routine
cleaning to reopen the area. This is based on the current CDC recommendations.
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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
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.
The East Meadow School District plans to meet the deadline for submission of Building Condition
Survey or Visual Inspections on time. In addition, lead in water sampling will be carried out upon the
reopening of school under conditions consistent with when the building is “normally occupied.”
Upon reopening, the district plans to increase ventilation, to the greatest extent possible. Water
systems will be flushed in buildings that have been unoccupied.
The following actions will be taken as needed:
Work with engineers to establish sufficient fresh air exchange.
Drinking Water Facilities: Reduce number of drinking fountains available, in order to
facilitate frequent cleaning. However, drinking fountains are a code required plumbing
Alterations to the configuration of existing classrooms or spaces or the introduction of
temporary and/or movable partitions, the change will be submitted to OFP, the local
municipality and/or code enforcement officials for review.
For offsite facilities, communication with the project manager at NYSED Office of
Facilities Planning (OFP) and a Temporary Quarters (TQ) Project submission.
Tents, both temporary and permanent are regulated by code and must be submitted for a
Minimum number of toilet fixtures that must be available for use in a building is
established in the building code.
Maintain adequate, Code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed.
If other air cleaning equipment (e.g. new technology) is proposed, submit to OFP for
review and approval.
Emergency Response Protocols & Drills
The 2020-2021 school year may include hybrid models of the traditional school day. Emergency
response drills, including evacuation and lockdown drills, may be spread across the different student
populations dependent on the day each population is present the day the drills are scheduled.
Emergency Response Protocols
Areas will be identified in each school that will be used for the Shelter-in-Place along with areas that
cannot be used for 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 six (6) feet of space between students and staff during the Shelter-In-Place
Use of face coverings throughout the event may be considered
If six (6) feet between staff and students cannot be achieved, face coverings should 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 protocols will remain the same, with the exception of the following changes:
Provide six (6) feet of space between students and staff during the Hold-In-Place
Use of face coverings throughout the event may be considered
If six (6) feet between people cannot be achieved, face coverings should 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
Evacuation protocols will remain 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 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.
Plan to have extra face coverings on hand in the event that a person does not have one.
Identify, in advance, 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 classrooms or until confirmation that everyone has vacated the building
As written in the established protocols, bring all necessary items needed and consider
adding the following items: extra face coverings, in the event a face covering becomes
unusable and hand sanitizer
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 protocols remain unchanged, however, six (6) feet of space between students and staff will be
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.
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
Instruct anyone that does not have a face covering to use their shirt to cover their nose and
mouth during the event.
Considerations for Reopening Plans
All schools in the East Meadow School District will follow SFA (School Food Administrator) policies
when communicating about school meal services, eligibility, options and changes in operations. All
meals provided during the public health emergency will be available at no cost to all children. All
communications 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
East Meadow School District has identified Dr. Patrick Pizzo, Assistant Superintendent for Business,
as the contact person 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 Assistant
Superintendent for Business and his staff.
School meals will continue to be available to all students, including those attending school in-person
and those learning remotely.
For students onsite, meals will be provided while maintaining appropriate social distancing between
students. Students do not need to wear face coverings when seated and eating so long as they are
appropriately socially distanced.
The district will ensure social distancing between individuals while eating in the school cafeteria. If not
feasible, meals may be served in alternate areas (e.g., classrooms) or in staggered meal periods to
ensure social distancing and proper cleaning and disinfection between students.
The sharing of food and beverages (e.g., buffet style meals, snacks) is prohibited, unless individuals
are members of the same household. Adequate space will be reserved for students, faculty, and staff to
observe social distancing while eating meals.
The district will serve individually packaged meals in classrooms/alternate meal consumption location
instead of the cafeteria, while ensuring the safety of children with food allergies by tracking meal
requirements as a component of our classroom/alternate meal consumption delivery. School district
vendor will prepare, package, and deliver meals to all locations identified in every school building;
food sharing will be prohibited. Hand washing facilities are available in most classrooms, at the
elementary level, and all classrooms will have adequate supplies of both hand sanitizer and sanitizing
wipes. Social distancing and/or physical barriers will be in place to mitigate potential
exposures. Physical barriers are constructed of approved materials, which will be installed to provide a
physical barrier on three sides of each student.
Pre-packaged meals will be delivered by district staff to homes of students working remotely. District
vehicles will be used by district staff who will receive pre-packaged meals from our vendor. District
staff is responsible to both load vehicle and deliver to each location.
The East Meadow School District utilizes contract transportation. In conjunction with our contractors,
the following procedures have been established. These procedures will be followed by bus drivers and
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) – Drivers and Bus Attendants must wear a mask when
passengers are on board the bus. Face shields will available for Bus Attendants upon request.
Training will include how to properly apply, remove and dispose of PPE.
Drivers will be issued a kit that will contain PPE and cleaning supplies.
Cleaning buses – training will include how and when to wipe down high contact areas on
buses. (To be completed daily by driver after each run during post–trip).
Cleaning crews will perform the task of disinfecting/sanitizing the buses initially on a weekly
basis. Changes to the frequency of this task will be made upon updated guidelines.
Spreading of transmittable disease prevention training – frequently washing hands, using hand
sanitizer, six (6) feet social distancing when practical, etc.
Self-assessing for exposure to COVID-19 – must be done prior to reporting for duty and
attested upon arrival to work by signing a COVID-19 self-assessment log.
Bus windows/hatches to remain open 1 inch for ventilation (non A/C buses only).
Bus/van passenger capacities are still being reviewed for regulatory and industry standards.
These procedures will be followed by students:
Students should wear a mask on the bus if they are physically able.
No student will be denied transportation for not wearing a mask.
For the morning runs, buses will be loaded from the rear to the front to limit contact between
Siblings will be seated together.
There is a comprehensive guidance document in place that has been reviewed by the social emotional
subcommittee. The plan has been updated to include support staff available for students in the building
for the first few weeks as well as additional resources for parents to help their children feel safe. If
students are brought back in a hybrid model, the support for students and families at home will be held
through Google Meet and counselors will have virtual office hours. The same will be done should we
transition to a fully remote environment.
The Guidance Advisory Council is already established, and periodic meetings virtually will be
coordinated by the Director of Guidance. Similarly, the social-emotional subcommittee will be
convened on an ad hoc basis.
Parent University workshops will be run virtually. Families may need reassurance that their child is
safe, supported and thriving. Weekly remind messages will be sent from the teachers/support staff
reassuring the process of learning, cleanliness of school, and safety. Parent training for those who need
the extra support will be provided. Universal food pantry for the district may be located in a central
location where families can access things that they may need (each school can collect goods and bring
to central location). In addition, a list of mental health and community resources will be made available
to parents. Lastly there will continue to be a variety of communications to parents utilizing various
platforms. (newsletters, connect ed, etc). Lastly, a survey to parents has been sent out to identify students
and families at risk as well the development of a student screener is being developed.
Faculty and staff will be provided with a variety of professional development opportunities that will be
supplied by outside vendors, BOCES, and coordinated professional development activities will also be
developed by both the Director of Special Education and the Director of Guidance. Support staff will
be provided with coping skills and strategies for teachers; PD for staff to understand the basics of stress,
grief and anxiety to support students and the referral process. A spreadsheet will be created with students
of heightening concern; outline a referral process for support staff; universal screeners to assess students
(triage); as well as webinars/videos for students and staff.
Three schedules have been created for reopening: In the event all students are brought back to the building in full, all DOH and NYSED guidelines will be followed including social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing. However, it has been determined that it will be impossible to bring all students back with these guidelines in place as we do not have the space or staff to accomplish this. It is possible that some grades (K - 2 as well as self-contained special education and entering and emerging ENL students) will be brought in every day. Student schedules will follow the traditional schedule. Secondary schools will follow a nine-period day and the elementary schools will follow the regular 5-day schedule.
A hybrid/blended schedule has been created to accommodate the guidance from NYSED and the DOH. This
model will be used starting in September with students separated by alphabet into groups A and B.
Group A will attend school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Group B will attend school in person on Thursdays and Fridays.
All students following a hybrid schedule will meet on Alternating Wednesdays.
When students are not in school, they will be learning remotely at home.
Self-contained Special Education students, K-2 students, and entering and emerging ENL students will
attend every day.
Secondary schools will follow a nine-period day and the elementary schools will follow the regular 5-day
In a fully remote learning schedule, all students will be learning remotely. Secondary schools will follow a nine period day and the elementary schools will follow the regular 5-day schedule. These schedules will be modified to allow for a reduction in screen time and longer breaks will be given throughout the day. Students will be sent these schedules at the beginning of the school year.
It is understood that the East Meadow School District may have to shift between each of these based on infection rates and cleaning protocols.
Continuity of Learning Plan 20-21
Students will report to school, in person, every day starting September 8.
Should we need to move to hybrid learning, students have been assigned to an A or B group.
Students in group A will come to school, in person, on Monday and Tuesday and the students
in B group will come to school, in person, on Thursday and Friday. On the day when students
do not come to school, in person, they will be at home for remote instruction. Students on
hybrid will alternate on Wednesdays by the group they are assigned. Students who are learning
remotely will be required to check in for attendance at some point during the day, online, with
Should we move to complete remote instruction, students will follow a schedule similar to the
one they follow while being present for in-person instruction. These schedules will be given to
students during the first week of in-person instruction
From September 8 - October 2, students will be assigned to an A or B group for hybrid learning.
Students in group A will come to school, in person, on Monday and Tuesday and the students
in B group will come to school, in person, on Thursday and Friday. On the day when students
do not come to school, in person, they will be at home for remote instruction. All students will
alternate on Wednesdays by the group they are assigned. Students who are learning remotely
will be required to check in for attendance at some point during the day, online, with their
It is anticipated that students will report to school every day, in-person starting October 5.
Should we move back to or remain in a hybrid learning environment, Students in group A will
come to school, in person, on Monday and Tuesday and students in the B group will come to
school, in person, on Thursday and Friday. On the day when students do not come to school, in
person, they will be at home for remote instruction. All students will alternate on Wednesdays
by the group they are assigned. Students who are learning remotely will be required to check in
for attendance at some point during the day, online, with their teacher.
Should we move to complete remote instruction, students will follow a schedule similar to the
one they follow while being present for in-person instruction. These schedules will be given to
students during the first week of in-person instruction.
All students in these grades will be assigned to an A or B group for hybrid learning. Students
in group A will come to school, in person, on Monday and Tuesday and the students in B group
will come to school, in person, on Thursday and Friday. On the day when students do not come
to school, in person, they will be at home for remote instruction. All students will have a half
day of remote learning on Wednesdays. Students who are learning remotely will be required to
check in for attendance at some point during the day, online, with their teacher.
If we move to complete remote instruction, students will follow a nine-period schedule.
Synchronous learning will take place for a maximum of 30 minutes to allow for time away
from the screen.
While in a remote or hybrid schedule, teachers will be asked to reach out to the students in their caseload
on a daily basis. This may include, but is not limited to phone, email, or text. Should a teacher not be
able to reach a student, the building administration will get involved and follow the usual administrative
procedures for ensuring parents understand their legal obligations for having their child attend school in
person or virtually. Attendance will be recorded in the student management system in a manner
consistent with the way in which attendance is taken when students attend school in person.
In the middle of June, a survey was sent to parents asking about whether they would allow a student to
bring a device to school, what device was available, if any, and their access to Wi-Fi connectivity. All
buildings will reach out to all parents who do not complete the survey to ascertain access and
connectivity. In response, the district is in the process of securing an additional 3300 Chromebooks and
an additional 200 iPads to supplement the existing 3040 Chromebooks and 812 existing iPads.
The district will be contracting with Nassau BOCES to secure internet connectivity through a third-party
vendor for those families who do not have internet connectivity.
In homes where there is no device and no connectivity, a device and/or connectivity will be supplied
before any devices are given to students in homes who do have a device and access. In this manner, all
students will be able to participate in blended or completely remote learning. Should a student request
an assignment on paper, these will be supplied to them should the buildings be allowed to remain open
for copying. Similarly, the district has implemented a Schoology for the submission of assignments and
the return of high-quality feedback from teachers to ensure mastery of the Learning Standards.
See the School Schedules section for the continuity of learning plan that has been developed for in
person, hybrid, and remote learning.
All learning will be conducted by district staff and will meet the NYS Learning Standards for all
Art and music instruction will be modified such that there are small groups to meet the
12-foot requirement. Supplies and/or instruments will not be shared. These courses
will continue during a hybrid and/or remote lesson and the teachers will modify
assignments for remote learning. Music and art teachers, during in-person instruction,
will be on a cart and will push into the classrooms at the elementary level.
Physical education will be held outdoors when possible. While in school, the teachers
will go into the classrooms with the teachers performing activities that do not require
“heavy breathing” to reduce droplet transmission.
Career and Technical Education courses will be held both in person and remotely. For
courses where there is specific software, the district will provide the students with a
virtual desktop experience. Similarly, these teachers will provide assignments that
students can do at home on district provided devices. Work-based learning is being
coordinated by the Secondary Chairs of Business and Technology as well as the
Secondary Chair for Special Education. Placements will be in-person unless there is no
availability. Should remote instruction happen, we will seek out virtual experiences for
students. The labor market will determine if we can meet these goals for all students in
the NAF and CDOS programs.
Grading schedules will be consistent with in person instruction for the 2020-2021
school year. Similarly, assessments will continue in a similar manner and modifications
to assessment techniques will be applied should the district move to a fully remote
During hybrid and remote instruction, elementary teachers will make contact with
students at the beginning of the day, and prior to dismissal at a minimum. At a
minimum, secondary classroom teacher will make contact with students at the
beginning of a class period.
Whether in person or remote, all students will have access to their teacher on a daily
basis. In the remote learning environment and on days when students are learning
remotely, teachers will check in with students at the beginning of class periods.
Students, parents, and families will be provided information in their home language,
where applicable, via ConnectEd, the district webpage, and district mailings.
The East Meadow School District does not have a universal Pre-K program and does
not contract with any agencies for universal Pre-K.
Reopening Guidance Special Education:
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Contingency, Collaboration, and Communication
In-Person services are a priority for high needs students (REACH, 8:1:1, 12:1:1 and 15:1:1)
Contingency plans to address students’ remote learning needs in the event of potential future
intermittent or extended school closures
Students will be identified for ELL services according to the following plan regardless if we are in
person, hybrid, or fully remote:
Instructional Units of Study will be covered regardless of how the instruction will be taking place and
will vary by grade level as outlined in the table below.
students to learn English
to enable them to
progress in their
communicate with their
class. It will be
necessary to assess what
each individual student
has access to at-home materials,
and support when
needed. They should be
expected to engage in
live instruction with an
abundance of tech tools
that target the needs of
ELLs and the varying
Teachers should help
students to familiarize
themselves with all
resources and establish
routines and protocols
similar to in-person.
Teachers and students
should make contact
the week for both
academic and social-emotional
text, email, calls
learning. Teachers will
Utilize the NYSED
to design appropriate
instruction and help
the content area learning
target, develop specific
language objectives and
level specific formative
ELL Parents will continue to be engaged with the school through regular communication regardless of
in person, hybrid, or remote learning.
The East Meadow School District will fully implement its currently approved APPR plans for the
2020-2021 school year. Considering the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis,
the District (in collaboration with the appropriate collective bargaining units) will review the current
APPR plan for principals and teachers to ensure the following:
Assessment(s) of student growth align with the District’s instructional plans for the coming
school year and do not result in any testing of students that is not necessary to support teaching
The process for setting growth targets and measuring student growth is aligned to instructional
The observations/school visits subcomponent for educators is adapted to meet local needs
depending on whether instruction happens in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid model.
The East Meadow School District will ensure that educators employed by the District hold a valid New
York State certificate and are appropriately certified for their assignment. Reopening plans will take
into consideration recent changes to Education Law, for the 2020/2021 school year, regarding
incidental teaching assignments and the employment of non-certified substitute teachers.
The East Meadow School District will continue to welcome student teachers into schools and
classrooms, whether in person or remote, during the 2020-2021 school year. The District will work
with the colleges and universities to identify appropriate ways in which student teachers can support
classroom instruction while ensuring that the student teacher is given the opportunity to develop
critical knowledge and skills.
School District Reopening for 2020-2021 FAQ
FAQ General Questions
East Meadow School District ReOpening for 2020-2021
Students in grades K-5 will have to wear a mask when behind their desk guard. Students in grades 6-12 will be required to wear a mask whenever they are in school during hybrid learning, except when eating lunch and during mask breaks. Mask breaks will be given throughout the day.
Gator masks, bandanas, and those with valves should not be used based on the newest guidance. Triple layer or cloth masks are recommended. Students can wear face shields, but must also have a mask on. These requirements may change based on advice and recommendations from the CDC and/or the DOH in the future.
Yes. We anticipate that some students may forget their mask and some may break during the day.
If students can maintain the 12 feet of social distance outside, they will not need to wear a mask during physical education. Dr. Zaso has indicated that while inside, students will need to wear the mask even when six feet of social distance is provided.
Dr. Zaso and the Nassau County Department of Health are recommending masks and social distancing at this time. However, when six feet cannot be maintained, the guidance is clear that students must wear masks.
There are many details that go into class placements. This question is best answered by the building administration.
All families will be required to take their child’s temperature each day and fill out an online survey. In addition, your child will pass through a temperature scanner each day before entering the building.
Yes. To avoid disruption to the classrooms, parents can request this change in five-week increments. October 2, November 6, December 18, January 29, March 5, April 6, and May 14.
No. If this is your decision, you would then have to apply to home school your child.
Yes. Students will not be allowed to share equipment or supplies during this time. Therefore, it is important that you contact the classroom teacher for a supply list so your child can have their own supplies. Families with financial hardships should reach out to the building principal.
In a hybrid learning environment, students will be assigned to an A or B group. Students in group A will come to school, in person, on Monday and Tuesday and the students in B group will come to school, in person, on Thursday and Friday. On the days when students do not come to school in person, they will be at home for remote learning. Wednesday’s will be in person instruction and the A and B group will attend in person every other Wednesday. Students who are learning remotely will be required to check in for attendance at some point during each day, online, with their teacher. In a hybrid learning environment, your child will have the same classroom teacher both in person and remotely. Instruction will vary from classroom to classroom and assignment to assignment. This may be either synchronous or asynchronous. The expectation is that a full year’s curriculum will be covered. The instruction will be different from last year in that all curriculum, grading, and assessments will be similar to in-person instruction.
Building principals are currently working on creating A/B groups and will inform you when this is completed. For the most part, students will be grouped by A-L and M-Z with some exceptions. If you have children in your home with different last names, they will be placed in the same group. Please let your youngest child’s building principal know if they are not placed in the same group as an older sibling. Also, if there are any other extenuating circumstances, please let your child’s building principal know.
All classrooms have been measured to ascertain the number of students who can fit in a classroom while maintaining six feet of social distance. This varies from classroom to classroom and from building to building.
Yes, but in smaller groups. As per NYSED guidance, students in these groups must be 12 feet apart. Music staff will be working with students in large spaces to accommodate appropriate social distancing. At the elementary level, they will continue to be pulled out of their class for lessons. At the secondary level, lessons will only happen on a student’s day of remote learning.
We are making plans for students whose parents indicated they have concerns about their child’s social and emotional well-being. Those students will have an interaction with our staff early in the year. In addition, we will be providing professional development for our staff to handle students’ social emotional needs. Lastly, we are working to incorporate social emotional learning into our curriculum at all grade levels. Parents who are concerned should reach out to their building principal, school psychologist, or school social worker.
A fully remote learning environment is when all students are receiving instruction at home and no one comes to the school buildings. The district would transition to a fully remote environment by order of appropriate authorities. Teachers will teach the entire class using the same schedule as if they were in school. At both the elementary and secondary levels, this will be modified slightly to ensure students have time away from their screens. The instruction will be different from last year in that all curriculum, grading, and assessments will be similar to in-person instruction.
Yes. At this time, we are uncertain if full day SCOPE will be available. However, AM and PM SCOPE will continue to operate as usual. SCOPE will have their reopening plans available at some time in the future.
On December 26, 2020, the New York State Department of Health (“DOH”) updated its
guidance on releasing individuals from quarantine to align with the December 2, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidance. Specifically, quarantine
for individuals exposed to COVID-19 may now end after ten (10) days without a testing
requirement if no symptoms h3ave been reported during the quarantine period.
The district will be in consultation with the Nassau County Department of Health as well as the District Physician to determine whether additional students and/or teachers will be required to quarantine.
If a child is out sick due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19, they will not need medical clearance from a health care provider to return to school. However, the student must be fever free, without fever reducing medication, and feeling well for 24 hours.
Close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time (ten minutes or more). The identification of close contacts should begin 48 hours before the student became symptomatic, or 48 hours before the student was tested for the COVID-19 virus if asymptomatic. Identified close contacts should also remain at home for 10 days of quarantine from the date of last exposure to the infected student. One would also be considered a close contact if someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 coughed or sneezed on you, or shared food.
Yes. All children within the family would be sent home until it has been determined whether the cause of the fever is related to COVID-19.
Students who are required to quarantine for 10 days should plan on login on for remote instruction during the quarantine unless they are too sick to participate.
If a child or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, communication will be sent to parents and/or guardians of students within the school where the COVID-19 positive case was reported.
Yes. All children in the home should stay home until it has been determined whether the cause of the fever is related to COVID-19.
This will depend on the student’s individual teachers. As East Meadow is new to 1:1 computing, some teachers may choose to utilize the chrome books every day and some may not. It will most likely vary from day to day, and teacher to teacher.
An opt into remote learning survey will be sent by your child’s school during the week of August 17. The deadline for a final decision will most likely be by August 21.
Children are expected to be in school similar to if we were in person every day. If there is still a concern with this, please reach out to your building administration.
While live streaming, the main person visible during online instruction will be the teacher. The teacher will see your child who is remote. At times, a teacher may choose to have the students who are in person see the students who are remote and participate in activities and discussions as a class. At no time will personally identifiable information or student records be shared as these are covered under FERPA and Education Law 2D.
Students in the class will not be seen on the livestream camera. Only the teacher will be seen.
The peanut/allergy protocols in each building will continue and the building administration will assess each child on a case by case basis working with the parents according to the needs of their student.
The daily questionnaire can be accessed via app or URL and should be completed prior to the student arriving to the building each day.
Yes. They will be enrolled in full time remote learning at that point and may return to in person instruction upon the end of quarantine.
In accordance with Executive Order 205.3 issued on December 30, 2020, the quarantine
period for travelers entering New York from a state which is not a contiguous state, or
from a country or territory subject to a CDC Level 2 or higher COVID-19 Risk Assessment Level, or for which the risk level is designated by CDC as Unknown, shall likewise align with the new DOH and CDC guidance for a shortened quarantine period of ten (10) days without testing. Exceptions to this quarantine period are travelers who have traveled less than twenty-four (24) hours, are deemed an essential worker (inapplicable to school personnel) or obtain two (2) negative COVID-19 tests – the first negative test within three (3) days prior to return to New York and a second negative test after three (3) days of quarantine in New York – in accordance with Executive Order 205.2. In the latter case, the traveler may be able to return to work as soon as the fourth (4th) day of his/her return to New York if a negative test result is obtained on that day and the traveler is asymptomatic. During the required quarantine period, your child(ren) will be eligible for fully remote instruction. After the required quarantine period, your child(ren) may return to in-person or hybrid learning.
Please see the attached for more information https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.
This will vary from building to building and in/out procedures should be asked of the building administration. However, bathroom utilization will be limited such that appropriate social distancing can be maintained. In addition, proper hand washing will be reinforced. At the secondary level, bathrooms will be cleaned twice a day.
Desk shields will not be shared and whether desks will be shared will vary from building to building. It is best to ask your building administrator about whether desks will be shared between group A and group B students.
Coats and backpacks will be carried from class to class and maintained at the students’ desk and/or area throughout the day.
Room/teacher assignments for Middle School and High School are posted on HAC. Elementary schools will be posted on HAC August 24th.
Teachers may wear a mask shield as long as they are also wearing a mask.
We are still looking into this, but at this time, all arrival and dismissal times will remain the same.
Each building is working on a plan so this can happen. Please contact your building administrators for further clarification.
Breakfast and Lunch will be free until December 31, 2020. We will keep you updated if and when this date is extended. The food options will most likely change and depending on the level, it may be delivered to the classroom. However, some students will eat lunch in the cafeteria while being socially distanced.
Students who are remote will receive the same materials that students who are attending in person will receive.
Parents should wear a mask and maintain social distancing while at the school.
Neither children nor staff will be required to get a COVID test prior to the start of school.
We are making plans for this, but there have been no definitive plans or process in place at this time.
Recess will take place however, students will have to socially distance and maintain their masks on.
Each building Principal/Administrator will determine based, on total building attendance, the best practice for their site which may include: (1) Due to reduced building occupancy following the usual evacuation process; (2) Conduct drills with each split schedule group; (3) For total in-building occupancy conduct drills in limited portions of the building until the entire building is complete and (4) Any alternate combination which will reduce the number of students evacuating the building at any given time. It will be imperative that all students and staff wear face coverings during drills. Evacuation locations outside the building will be supervised by each teacher to avoid congregation and maintain social distancing while maintaining security and control over the class they supervise. In the event of an actual evacuation social distancing will not be the priority.
At this time, the State has not indicated whether the NYS testing system will take place. When we learn more, we will share this information with all students and families.
Each building will be developing who will be responsible for monitoring the daily screenings.
At this time, there have been no changes to our ventilation systems. However, teachers will be keeping windows and classroom doors open whenever possible to increase classroom ventilation. In addition, when the heat is on, the HVAC units draw in outside air when they are running.
Schools will be closed based on discussions with the Nassau County Department of Health. In addition, the Governor has said he will close all schools in a region if the seven day, daily infection rate, rolling average reaches 5%, based on a 14-day average over a sustained period.
Once we are up and running with Schoology, an access code for parents will be sent out. They will then create a parent account in Schoology that can be accessed using a mobile device. Parent accounts will be separate from student accounts. Parents will be able to log in and see one dashboard with all of their children in one place. They can click on each student to see that particular child's calendar, work, and assessments. Here is a very brief video on what the process will look like: https://youtu.be/_X05RuDhiU0
A single positive case will not necessarily close a whole building. Quarantines will be in 10 day increments.
It is anticipated that this will be open in the next week once we are provided with further guidance.
It is our intent to have parent training. In the meantime, you can view this video to become acquainted with the platform: https://youtu.be/_X05RuDhiU0
We anticipate this will happen as it is a new procedure. You will be contacted by someone from the building should you forget to fill it out.
Students in group B will be sent their login information sometime during the week of August 31 – September 4.
You may select a fully remote option for your child or you can send them to school every day for in-person instruction. There is no hybrid model for grades K-2 at this time.
The district has purchased desk guards for each student in grades K-2. As per the Department of Health, these can be used in lieu of six feet social distancing. Students are not required to wear masks while behind the desk guards.
If a child is in a fully remote learning environment, they will be assigned to a class that is meeting in person and their teacher will be the same teacher as their peers. Should they choose to move from remote to in person learning, they will have the same teacher they had when they were remote and vice versa.
Yes. Hand sanitizer will be placed in areas that can be supervised by an adult.
Students will remain in their classrooms for the majority of the day. Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms. Weather permitting, students will go outdoors for recess and PE. Otherwise, all activities will happen in the classroom.
Yes. Each school is currently developing their plans for Kindergarten orientation. Information on this will be forthcoming in the near future.
Kindergarten screenings will take place during the first few weeks of school. The details for those students who are on remote instruction are still being worked out.
At this time, we need to make certain we can safely bring back all students in our elementary buildings. Therefore, we are starting with a smaller group of students.
Yes. We intend to bring back grades 3-5, fully in-person, on October 5th should we be able to do so safely.
Quest will be available, but may not begin immediately for grade 5. Students have not been tested for grade 4 Quest and that is currently being planned for sometime later in the school year.
Yes. Students in grades 3-5 will have desk guard similar to those students in grades K-2 when they return to full in person instruction.
Assemblies will be taking place but will most likely be virtual. There will not be large gatherings for assemblies. Class parties may happen, but mask wearing and social distancing will be maintained.
The NYS Athletics Association has released a modified schedule. We will be following their schedule. If you have further questions, please contact your building’s athletic director.
Yes. A student will follow the schedule for a nine-period day.
We received word last week that BOCES will be running their CTE programs in person every day. As such, students who are on remote or hybrid learning will be provided transportation to BOCES each day. Further information on transportation to BOCES CTE programs will be forthcoming.
Details on grad 6 and 9 orientation are being finalized and will be communicated by the building principals in the near future. They will most likely be virtual.
At this time, there are no plans to bring back grade 6-12 in person every day. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to cohort these students and the hallways at passing time would be extremely crowded and social distancing would not exist.
All 6th graders will be eating lunch in their classrooms. In 7th and 8th grade, most students will eat in the cafeteria. However, some will be assigned to classrooms. Tables are being removed from the cafeteria and a limited number of desks will be placed in the cafeteria with 6 feet of distance from one another.
The details of this are being finalized. However, the current plan is to utilize the large spaces such as the gyms, cafeterias, auditoriums, and little theaters in the high schools.
Lockers will not be assigned or used until we return to full capacity and social distancing restrictions are lifted completely. Students will need to carry their belongings with them to each of their classes each day they are present for in person instruction.
Class changes cannot be staggered as this will create a jam in the hallways and by doorways causing the hallways to get crowded and even less social distancing will occur. We have examined this in detail and we need to try to keep the hallways as wide as possible.
Yes. If sports were to come back, students who are remote or hybrid, can participate in athletics five days a week.
At this time, the intention is to bring clubs and extracurriculars back virtually for students. We cannot diminish the need for social emotional connections and we do this through our various clubs and activities. There may be times where social distanced activities may happen as well, but this would be on a case by case basis.
At this time, there is no plan to record lessons. All lessons will be held in person live or livestreamed.
Instruments will be stored in the lockers in the music rooms. Access to these will be limited.
Desks will not be cleaned between classes. However there will be a deep cleaning each night. Wipes will be provided, but students will not be asked to clean any property owned by the school.
Students will participate in rotational lessons during their virtual days only. The start date for instrumental lessons is scheduled for Monday, November 2nd
Lessons will be streamed live. The students will have the opportunity to participate when they are in person. Should we go to all remote instruction, teachers will develop alternative lessons.
There is no intention to order the desk shields for 6-12 as we are not anticipating bringing grades 6-12 back to full in person instruction until it is safe to do so. There is no room to safely distance all students in our buildings. The hallways and common spaces just cannot handle that capacity.
The room will be monitored, and social distancing will be maintained. Parents should pick up their child as quickly as possible if they are contacted.
Yes. However, this may not happen smoothly at the beginning of live streaming as teachers will need to develop a protocol for this and get used to this form of teaching.
You should contact the school ahead of time, call the school when you arrive and either meet your child at the outside door or have them meet you at your car. Each building will be communicating where this pick up will occur.
Each building is unique and as such, each building is developing their own entry and exit procedures. For further clarification, it is suggested you contact your building administration.
Yes. Ms. Gelfer and the building music teachers will be forwarding further information on this.
There are no assemblies planned at this time, but each building is cognizant of the social-emotional and mental health issues that will be forthcoming. School counselors, social workers, and psychologists have been preparing for this. In addition, there will be social emotional programs offered for students and parents throughout the year as well.
Students will not be utilizing lockers and therefore, they will not be required to change for physical education.
General music classes will be livestreamed. Large music ensembles will allow students to participate remotely. When physical education is held outdoors, the students who are remote will be given activities to do at home and they will need to fill out a log of those activities.
At this time, there will not be a driver’s education program offered. We are continuing to look at the updates and when it is safe to offer driver’s education again, we will.
Teachers will be developing alternative assessments for all students.
At this time, it is anticipated there will be four points of entrance in each building. More information will be forthcoming from each building’s administration.
We are currently looking at a disposable protective covering for keyboards in computer labs at the secondary level. In addition, students are encouraged to bring in gloves, but we will also have gloves available. Elementary computer labs will not be utilized this year.
Beginning Monday October 19, 2020, 11th and 12th grade high school students will be permitted to leave campus for lunch.
Dr. Smith and the school counselors are staying up to date with the PSAT and SAT. At this time, we do not have any information. However, the PSATs will not be administered in school, in October, as we have done for the past two years. We simply cannot accommodate this testing situation. Parents should look on the College Board website and look for information from the school on how to enroll in the administration of the PSAT.
During passing times, students will be wearing masks and will be instructed to socially distance.
Dr. Smith and the counselors are working on this. At this time, we do not have an answer, but it will most likely have to occur virtually as to eliminate visitors in the building.
As this is a transition year for us, the answer to this question is yes. We anticipate this being the case until at least February at this point.
This question should be asked of the middle school building administration.
Students in the REACH, 8:1:1, 12:1:1 and 15:1:1 classes will be coming back five days a week, in person. All other classified students will follow their grade level learning plan.
Yes. All mandated services will continue to be provided as per the child’s IEP.
Yes. All students are eligible to choose 5 day remote instruction. However, it is strongly encouraged that parents of children with IEPs speak with the special education department and teachers before committing to this decision.
Co-teach is a least restrictive environment and as such, these students will be handled the same was as their general education peers.
The child will receive all of their modifications as per the IEP. If there are concerns that this is not the appropriate placement, a parent may request the CSE be reconvened for a change.
The REACH program will be the same as it has been. In terms of job sites, we are currently evaluating each job site to determine if they can meet our safety protocols. Further information about this will be forthcoming from the teachers in the REACH program.
English Language Learners
Students who are at the entering and emerging level of instruction will be coming to school in person every day. All other ELL students will follow the same schedule as their grade level peers.
At this time, the district has placed an order for 3300 additional Chromebooks and they are expected to arrive some time in the late fall. Therefore, initially, we will not have enough devices for every student. However, families without access to a device should be certain to fill out the district device survey and contact their building principal.
The district is currently working with Nassau BOCES to secure a contract with different vendors to provide service for families in need. Kindly let your building principal know if you need internet access at your home.
We will be patient and understanding. If a family needs help with their difficulties, we will be providing a link for families to ask for help and we will provide assistance.
Chromebooks have been provisioned for all students in grades 3-12 at this time. They will be distributed at each building and in a manner to be decided by each individual building. iPads have been distributed to students in grade K.
Drivers and matrons will wear PPE. High contact areas will be wiped down after each run. Students should wear a mask. Buses will be loaded from the rear to the front to eliminate student contact.
Students will be sat at two per seat, with masks on.
Unfortunately, those requests will not be accommodated. Bus routes are made based on the capacity of the bus. Currently students can be assigned to sit two per seat.
All areas will be cleaned according to NYSDOH guidelines for NYS Primary and Secondary Schools: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/03/cleaning_guidance_schools.pdf. Additional details can be found in the district’s reopening plan.
New York State Education Department Reopening Plans and Guidelines:
A Message from the East Meadow School District About Personal Protective Measures:
Self-Screening Health Survey Information: