Return to Five- Day In-Person Instruction

 

April 6-9, 2021


Asynchronous Day: April 6th for all Elementary Students (K-5)
Asynchronous Day: April 7th for all Secondary Students (6-12) 
Elementary Team 1 reports in-person, Wednesday, April 7th
PRINTABLE CHART of this week’s instruction-April 6th-9th

Return to In-Person Instruction

On the evening of April 9th, the NYS Dept. of Health released guidelines on the distancing of students relative to the level of transmission of COVID-19.  

On page 8 of the guidance document, the State outlines the requirement that must be followed for physical distancing in counties with a high risk of transmission: 

“In counties with high risk of transmission, elementary schools can maintain physical distancing of at least three feet between students in classrooms and cohorting is recommended when possible. However, in middle and high schools three feet between students in classrooms is recommended only when schools can use cohorting. When schools cannot maintain cohorting, middle and high schools must maintain physical distancing of at least six feet between students in classrooms.

The guidance also states that the CDC no longer recommends barriers as a mitigation strategy where physical distancing can not be maintained. 

Due to this revised guidance, six feet of distance must continue to be maintained at the Middle School and High School. Unfortunately, Middle School and High School students are not able to return to five days a week at this time. 

Therefore, on Monday, April 12th the following will be implemented:

  • Elementary students will come back five days a week as planned. Principals and custodial staff are working this weekend to determine how best to allow students to each lunch, as they must continue to be six feet apart while eating. 

  • ALC will remain at five days a week and those students that chose to come back five days a week may do so.

  • The Middle School and High School students will remain on the instructional model that they were on as of last week. No changes will be made until the community transmission level in our area is no longer high or there is further guidance issued by the CDC or State.

If you were contacted about a High School or Middle School bus change, please disregard, as there will be no bus changes at this time for the Middle School or the High School.

As we have said many times, the educational landscape shifts drastically from day to day due to COVID-19 and the guidance updates that are made by the CDC and the NYS DOH.   

Orange County Department of Health has yet to issue any guidance based on the State’s revisions late yesterday.  We have been told that may come some time tomorrow, however it is not possible for their guidance to be less restrictive than the State or CDC. We will update you if there are any further changes tomorrow.

April 12th:

All Kindergarten through 5th Graders return to 5-day In-Person Schedule for those who have chosen this model.  There will no longer be hybrid instruction for K-5.
6th Graders through 12th Graders will continue with the models they have been on. Secondary Team 2 reports in-person on Wednesday, April 14th  (at VCMS it will be a “B” Day)
ALC will remain at five days a week and those students that chose to come back five days a week may do so.

Printable Chart of Instruction by Grade Level April 12-16

April 19th:

All Kindergarten through 5th Graders continue on 5-day In-Person Schedule for those who have chosen this model.  There will no longer be hybrid instruction for K-5.
6th Graders through 12th Graders will continue with the models they have been on. Secondary Team 1 reports in-person on Wednesday, April 21st  (at VCMS it will be a “A” Day)
ALC will remain at five days a week. 

Our Reopening Task Force has been reviewing the updated guidance and we are working to determine a way in which we can safely bring back our 6-12 students five days a week. The secondary principals are working with their teams to determine if they can bring back all secondary students that have requested 5 days a week in-person instruction, while maintaining the six feet distance requirements.  You may be getting a call from your secondary administrators early next week in order to assist us in updating our plan. 

We would like your feedback and will have another Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. in order to answer any questions you may have on the most recent guidelines. You can access the Zoom meeting with this link: https://zoom.us/j/93498505233?pwd=dVJOWThZS3F4azFJMzVqWVRIU1Z3UT09

Please submit your questions ahead of time using this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1iR5oeSmPcpsC07-V5x7iNCr9ZtBL9Wp4-RyD6lFsAsk/edit

 

Wednesday Schedule 

Elementary students now report 5 days a week unless they have chosen the 100% online model.

Secondary students (6th through 12th grades) will continue with the Wednesday schedule until we are able to bring them back 5 days a week. 

Wednesday,   April 21st : Secondary Team 1 reports in-person (VCMS – A Day)
Wednesday, April 28th: Secondary Team 2 reports in-person (VCMS- A Day)

 

When A Student is Absent

In-person students who are subject to quarantine will be provided with online instruction.  In-person students who do not come to school will be marked absent. 

Transportation

If you are able to transport your children to and from school we continue to encourage you to do so. Returning online students that have requested transportation are being notified of pickup and drop-off times. Students of the same household must sit together while on the bus.

If you have previously indicated that you will self transport and now need busing, please contact transportation@vcsdny.org before boarding any bus. Students on buses that are over capacity will be subject to quarantine.