COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response

HYBRID LEARNING SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2020

We are starting the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. If our county moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates. 

  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students may enter the building starting at 8:00 a.m.
  • Group C1 will be in school on Mondays and Wednesdays and working from home 
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • Group C2 will be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and working from home Mondays and Wednesdays. 
  • Group A students will be in school on Monday through Thursday.
  • If you would prefer a 100% online learning schedule for your child this year, we are offering that as an option. Contact our main office to discuss scheduling options. 

 

KEY CONTACTS

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Dr. Joel Heckethorn:

Email: joel.heckethorn@emmalazarus.org

Phone: 212-925-5017

Address: 100 Hester Street New York, NY - 10002

*You can also connect with your teachers directly using the Staff Directory.

 

SAFETY INFORMATION

Your Responsibilities While in the Building

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy. 

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students in grade 2 and up while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.
  • Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.  
  • Entering and exiting procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during entering and exiting the building. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. 
  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. 
  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.
  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between yourself and others.
  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site
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Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size to account for social distancing.
  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.
  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day. 
  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas. 

 

How Hybrid Learning Works

Hybrid learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 
  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on throughout the week. These activities will allow students to apply and expand on what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 
  • Teachers will hold virtual office hours after school hours Monday - Thursday and during the day on Fridays. Students who have questions or need extra support can check-in with their teachers during their office hours for help with at-home learning assignments.

 

Remote Learning Expectations

During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. Your teacher will email your Google Classroom join codes.
  • All students are expected to sign into their Period 1 classes at 8:30 AM.
  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. 

 

Technology: Getting a Device and Internet Access

We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days. 

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, see Mr. Subero or fill out the Device Request Form
  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days. 
  • If you are using your own device, make sure it meets the technology requirements for online learning
  • If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments. 
  • If you are having trouble connecting to Google Class, Google Hangouts, or any of our online learning resources, contact Mr. Subero for tech support

 

Tips for Successful At-Home Learning

At-home learning will look different than a typical school day. The amount of time your child should be expected to engage in learning activities will vary by age and grade level. The expectations below are guidelines. If your child is not able to complete at-home learning assignments within the time periods recommended below, contact your child's teacher to discuss a modified assignment load. 

  • Make sure your child has a quiet place to work (ideally a desk or table) and the school supplies they need. Try to remove distractions like the television or other technology not needed for learning. 
  • Expect your child to work on their full schedule of classes each day. 
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MEETING SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Children of essential workers: We are offering an option for 100% in-person instruction for children of essential workers. Contact our main office for information. 
  • Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19 may opt to continue 100% remote learning. Contact our main office for guidance on how to enroll your child in our remote learning program.