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Superintendent of Schools


A Message from Yiendhy Farrelly……

 

July 31, 2020
 
Good morning West Babylon Families and Colleagues,
First and foremost, I hope you and your family are doing well.

The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is of utmost importance. In accordance with the Governor’s office, schools will OPEN if the region (Nassau/ Suffolk) is in Phase IV and daily COVID-19 infection rate remains below 5 percent or lower using a 14-day average.  Gov. Cuomo is anticipated to make a decision regarding the opening of school the week of August 7.Utilizing the guidance documents from the CDC, NYS Dept of Health and State Education Department and your input, we have been preparing to reopen our school buildings for the 2020-2021 school year. We recognize that through effective, regular and frequent two-way communication, we can help make the adjustment back to school an easier experience for our students and their families. Thank you for responding to surveys, participating in meetings and/or sending emails with your input.
 
Our reopening plans can be found on our website http://wbschools.org/resources/reopening_resources.  

Please know our reopening plan is a fluid document that may change in the next few weeks or throughout the school year due to state requirements/guidelines and/or needs that may arise during implementation.

Here are a few important points from our reopening plans…


Elementary Schools

  • Students in kindergarten through 5th grade will attend school in person Monday through Friday.
  • Students will be in a “cohort” (meaning limited groupings with other classes)
  • Lunch will be provided within the classroom. Plans for students with allergies will be in place.
  • Recess will be provided with specific directions to maintain cohorts together.

Junior High School and Senior High School:

  • Junior High School and Senior High School students will have a hybrid schedule.
  • Students will attend school in person on alternating days.
  • Specific student/faculty schedules and associated details are being developed and will be sent to families prior to the start of school.

Special Education and ENL Students:

  • Students in self-contained settings in all grade levels will attend school in person Monday through Friday.
    Specific schedules and related service plans will be provided to families of special needs students by the building principal and/or Student Services Office.
  • Correspondence relating all school matters will be sent to families in the home language.
  • CSE Meetings will be scheduled virtually.

ALL Schools:

  • If our schools are completely closed, there will be a daily live instruction schedule provided to families.
  • Special area plans for PE, Music, and Art are being developed and incorporated in student schedules.
  • Social Distancing - Student seats will be spaced 6 feet apart.
  • PPE/ Facial Coverings - All students and employees must wear PPE/ facial covering upon entry and throughout the day.
  • Facial covering breaks may be taken when at least 6 feet apart.

Full Remote Program:

  • A full remote learning program will be available for families who express significant concerns regarding in-person learning. School administrators will be communicating with those families who have previously expressed significant concerns regarding their child(ren) returning to school.

Transportation:

  • Please carefully read and respond to the transportation letter and survey from Mr. Velez. This is essential information needed for the reopening of schools. Transportation changes will be processed four times throughout this school year (August, November, January, and April).
  • Facial Covering is required on the school bus.
  • Based on the number of families requesting transportation, school start and dismissal times may need to be adjusted.

Temperature Checks:

  • Daily Temperature checks will be taken as students arrive at school.
  • Students, staff and faculty with a temperature above 100.0 will not be allowed to stay in school and will require medical clearance to return to school.
  • Weekly screening questionnaires will be sent to families via email.
  • Daily temperature and screening questionnaires are required for all employees.  

Health Concerns:

  • It is important for families to communicate health concerns that prevent students from wearing the various types of facial coverings with the school nurse/ principal so that appropriate plans can be developed based on student needs.
  • Employees should schedule an appointment with Human Resources.

Arrival/ Dismissal Procedures:

  • Entry points and drop off arrival times and procedures will be sent to you by your building principal.

Technology/ Wifi Access:

  • Families who were provided chromebooks / wifi access in the spring semester were allowed to hold on to the devices throughout the summer so that they can utilize the device to access the online educational resources we sent to families. Please hold onto those throughout the school year.
  • Within the first week of school we will address technology and wifi needs.

Meetings:

  • To the extent possible, parent and faculty meetings will occur via appointment and through the use of a virtual platform.

Visitors:

  • Most visitor matters will be addressed virtually and/or at the double door security vestibule - without school entry.
  • Temperature checks will be required upon entry.
  • PPE/ Facial Coverings will be required upon entry and throughout the visit.

Facilities Cleaning:

  • Daily cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been implemented
  • Cleaning information has been posted on our reopening page.
  • Highly touched areas will be cleaned throughout the day.

Communication:

  • In the next few weeks, parent and faculty meetings will be scheduled to review the details of our reopening plans and respond to questions.

 

A Question and Answer document will be developed and posted on our website.

The details associated with these topics and many others are outlined in our reopening document. If you have additional questions not addressed in our reopening plans, please reach out to your building principal, attend a future meeting, or send a question to ask@wbschools.org.

As a West Babylon family, I am confident we will soar and get through these challenging, unprecedented times. We are all working together to address countless reopening procedures. No solution we develop will meet the expectations or requests of all. If we miss an area or if the best laid plans do not provide desired outcomes, we will change direction as needed.

Rest assured, we will ensure that health, safety, teaching and learning, equity, and social-emotional well-being remain at the forefront of all decisions made for our school district.  

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly

Superintendent of Schools

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