VCMS Reopening Procedures

Arrival 

Buses will line up in the bus lane starting at the HS stop sign all the way to the end of the MS.  

Parents will enter through the MS main entrance and will be directed to the left of the cones by a police officer. Parents will park their vehicles in the right lane starting from the HS stop sign (not directly in front of the MS).

Upon leaving the school grounds, parents will be directed by the police officer to exit only to the RIGHT onto State Route 17K.

Staff members will stand on the curb and take each student’s temperatures as they exit; students with no elevated temperature will be escorted to a designated entrance by another staff member.

Those students arriving in vehicles will stay in their vehicles and roll down their windows to have their temperature checked; if no elevated temperature they will be directed to use the walkways where another staff member will escort them to a designated entrance.

Any student who registered a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be escorted to the nurse’s office for further evaluation.

Student Drop-Off

Parents who drop students off must be prepared to have student’s temperature taken from within their vehicle. 

Staff will begin taking temperatures at 7:50am each morning within the parent drop-off lane. 

After a temperature check students will then exit the vehicle and then proceed to the entrance to the middle school. 

Students whose temperature is 100 degrees will not be allowed out of the vehicle.

 

Schedule

The beginning of the school day will remain the same as in the past. The warning bell is at 8:03AM and the first period begins at 8:06AM. Our virtual students will also be following the same schedule.

First Day – September 4, 2020

Teachers will reach out to students through email before the first day of virtual school on September 4, 2020. Teachers will use this day to go over online rules and expectations of students in both the hybrid and 100% online methods of learning

Parents are requested to plan family vacations, doctor appointments, and other dates so that children do not miss school unnecessarily.  Please find the school calendar here.

Student Schedules

have been carefully balanced to ensure safety in the number of people in our classrooms.  We will be stringent in staying with these schedules.  Concerns may be addressed to your child’s guidance counselor or Mrs. Alicia Gannello, alicia.gannello@vcsdny.org.

Custody Issues

Any legal documentation with regard to custody issues that involve your child should be reviewed and updated , if needed, at this time. Please contact the Guidance Office at extension x16601 or X16602 and/or the Registrars Office at x18130

Pick Up/Drop Off Procedures

It is recommended that students who are leaving early during the school day bring an early dismissal note stating the time the student will be picked up. This will eliminate the disruption and distractions of academic lessons to the entire classroom. Please be aware that parents and visitors will not be allowed into the building during the school day. 

Any student being picked up from the nurse will be directly escorted to the parent outside the main entrance. 

Access

No visitors will be allowed to enter the building. Parent meetings will be conducted virtually. Any personal items will be dropped off, properly labeled, and placed in the bins located in the vestibule. Such items will be delivered to the students.  We ask that parents/guardians refrain from dropping off items for students during the school day with the exception of food items that are needed.

Any matters that pertain to the nurse’s office (e.g. medication), someone from the nurse’s office will meet the parent/guardian at the vestibule door to ensure that all procedures and/or paperwork have been completed correctly.

Supplies

The District will be providing many school supplies this year. These supplies will be given to students on the first couple days of school. Specific supplies may need to be purchased that may be classspecific. Students will be notified of these needs once school starts.  Students utilizing the hybrid may take the materials back and forth during the week so they are available in school and at home. 

Students will not need a lock for their lockers this year. Students will be permitted to carry a backpack with their belongings. Please help us manage student belongings by cleaning out backpacks each night and notifying us if your student is having difficulty staying organized

Chromebook Issues

Any Chromebook issues should be addressed to Mr. Tom Balducci at thomas.balducci@vcsdny.org

Breakfast

Breakfast will be available for students in the “grab and go” fashion we have traditionally used. 

Social distancing and masks will be required when students are waiting in the lunch lines. 

Masks

Students and staff will be required to wear masks throughout the day but with frequent mask breaks. 

Students and staff will be required to wear ID’s which will be provided on the first day of school.

Classroom Set Up

Classroom desks/chairs have been arranged properly promoting social distancing.

Classroom area rugs, cloth seating or other objects that can not be disinfected have been removed.

Classrooms and hallway movement will reflect the importance of social distancing.

Each grade of students will be dismissed in a staggered format during period transition as well during dismissal. Dismissal from periods will be staggered based on team so that fewer students are in the hallways at any given time.

Directional arrows and dividing lines have been spray-painted in the hallways.

Stairways will become one way depending on the time of day. 

Student Desk Protectors

Students will be assigned a desk protector for the day which will be found in the student’s period 1 class.
Students will be provided with desk mats and will take them to each of their classes including the cafeteria.
Students will pick it up in period 1 and leave it in their period 9 class. 
Custodians will clean the protectors at the end of the day. 
Drop boxes will be located throughout for Desk Protectors that need cleaning (Located outside of the cafeteria and front entrance)
Those same locations will include clean Desk Protectors for student use.

Handwashing/Sanitizing

Hand washing stations are located throughout the middle school including those areas that are more commonly used. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout the hallways.

Staff and students will be trained in the proper technique and reminded frequently to hand wash throughout the day. 

In each classroom, a bottle of hand sanitizer and cleaning spray with reusable wipes have been placed.

Some urinals in the boy’s bathrooms have been clearly covered with garbage bags to promote social distancing.

Hallway water fountains have been properly covered. 

Hand Washing/Sanitizing Schedule

Recommended times for hand washing are as follows:

Arrival to classrooms in AM 
Before and after lunch
Before and after recess 
Before and after special area classes 
Before/After using shared objects (e.g. electronic devices, toys, tabletops) 
After using the bathroom 
After sneezing, wiping, or blowing nose, or coughing into hands 
Upon coming in from outdoors 
Anytime hands are visibly soiled 

Lunch

Social distancing and masks will be required when students are waiting in the lunch lines. 

The cafeteria is now split into 2 rooms. Assigned seating will be required for all students. 6th graders by their ELA periods and 7/8th graders by their team in alphabetical order. The remaining students will be assigned classrooms to eat their lunch.

One days with nice weather, students will be given the opportunity to go outside.

 

Dismissal

The middle school will follow a staggered dismissal procedure by grade and team which will allow for greater social distancing. 

Students will have received bus information via a postcard prior to the start of school. 

Parent pick up will mirror that of the morning drop off. Parents will park their vehicles in the right lane starting from the HS stop sign (not directly in front of the MS). Parents then will wait for their child(ren) in the pick-up lane.

Once buses are boarded, they will be given priority status to leave campus. After the first few days, buses will begin leaving the premises at 2:55 pm. 

Dismissal on the first few days of school will start at approximately 2:30 pm to provide enough time for students to find their buses.  Teachers will assist students in finding their buses.  The student bus lists are also  shared with teachers. 

Building Hours

The building will be open to students from 7:55 AM-3:00 PM. There is no in-person pre-session or post-session.

The building will be closed at 4:00 PM each day for cleaning purposes.

School Tool Update

In SchoolTool we are using a Custom Alert feature to identify the Team each student has been assigned to for the return to school in September.  This Custom Alert feature appears as a flag; hovering over the flag causes the Team name to display.

Parents and students can view their schedule, grades, and attendance using this platform. 

Team flag assignments can be viewed in the SchoolTool Parent Portal and Student Portal when logged in using:

A desktop or laptop computer

A mobile device to access the SchoolTool “View Full Site” mobile website
The SchoolTool app does not currently have the ability to display Team flag assignments.

For Help on Remote and Online Days

Consult the VC Parent Guide to Instruction

Parent  Resources

The VC Parent Resource Website contains Student Login Information, Tutorials, Tech Assistance, as well as WiFi/internet information for parents. You can find the VC Digital Parent Resources Website can be found here. 

Need More Information

If there is something related to you child directly or a general procedural question that we have not answered or that you need more information on, please call the VCMS Main Office at (845) 457-2400 ext. 16510 and we will have someone get back to you. 

Thank you once again in advance for your patience as we do our best to reopen schools during this pandemic.