Preschool

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    Preschool Program

    Arrival and dismissal

    Preschoolers will no longer be walked to classrooms by a parent/adult.  School personnel may opt to increase the number of entrances used during arrival and dismissal and stagger arrival/dismissal times. These decisions will be made on a school-by-school basis, and principals will communicate these plans with families prior to the start of school in August.

    What will be the procedures for meals? 

    Meals will be eaten inside of the classrooms like we have always done.  However we will no longer eat our meals family style.  We want to put extra precautions in place and provide students with individual items. Cleaning procedures will be put in place. We hope we can loosen these guidelines as the year progresses.  We will monitor this and make changes as we can. 

    What will be the procedures for recess?

    We understand how important recess time is for all children.  There will still be many opportunities to be outside with peers. Classrooms will visit the playground on a schedule that limits interaction between different classrooms. Consequently, recess times will be spread out throughout the school day.  There will be protocols put in place during outside time.  These protocols will include cleaning processes and expectations.  Individual buildings will communicate changes to parents. 

    What will PE, Art, Music, etc look like for preschoolers?

    We will begin the year by keeping preschool students in their homeroom classes for specials classes.  In this model, teachers will visit classrooms to deliver instruction.  This will allow us to maintain stable grouping in a room and it will allow us to easily track who comes into contact with each classroom. If preschoolers have access to PE classes, these classes can be outside when possible.

    Will preschoolers be stuck in the classroom all day?

    This is not our intent.  It is our intent to keep them in a stable group as much as possible while at school.  Preschool teachers are very experienced at ensuring kids have ways to move, They will take kids outside for lessons, and they will be very mindful of ensuring our kids have the best experience in a not so traditional way to begin school.  There will be a plan for bathrooms, hallways, etc.  

    How will you track contacts in preschool rooms and in the building?

    There will be a clipboard outside of every room so that we can track who is in and out of rooms.  The same will be done with employees that enter the building.  We will know who comes in contact with whom should a positive COVID case be reported.  We will address further protocols in our school handbook which will be available in August. 

    Will preschool parents and visitors be allowed in the building? 

    At the beginning of the year, we will not allow parents and visitors into the building.  We want to be very proactive in ensuring a tight system of tracing as we re-open. We will continue to monitor and should the environment and/or recommendations from our health partners change, we will loosen restrictions. 

    Will preschool special education students be pulled out of the room for minutes?

    At this time, we plan to either pull kids out for instruction, or teachers will join classrooms to ensure students receive minutes for services.  This may adapt as we follow health guidelines, but we will ensure minutes are served. 

    Will social distancing happen in all preschool settings?

    We will do our best to maintain social distancing when students are not within their stable groups (i.e. walking in hallways, sitting in lines, etc).  Inside classrooms, we know it will be difficult to keep children 6 feet away from one another, just as it will be difficult for teachers to support students from 6 feet away.  We will do our very best to maintain as much distance as is possible in the building.  Parents must understand that sending children to learn in-person will mean a risk in terms of our ability to guarantee social distancing at all times. We will also have information for talking with students about social distancing in our back to school information. 

    Will preschoolers be required to wear a mask?

    At this time, students will not be mandated to wear masks.  If you prefer your child does wear a mask, we will do our best to honor and uphold this request. Teachers will be able to help students with their masks on an as needed basis. 

    Will teachers and staff be required to wear a mask?

    Protocols for this are currently being developed. 

    Will temperature checks be given to students?

    At this time, there is not a plan to give temperature checks on a regular basis or before entrance into the building.  If a child visits the nurse, temperature will be checked as needed.  The nursing department will have infra-red thermometers to use. If school-wide temperature checks become necessary, we will inform parents as soon as possible.

    What will be the protocol for a sick preschool student?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a child becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    What will be the protocol for a sick preschool teacher, staff member or school personnel?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a teacher becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    How will  preschool families be notified if their child is required to go home?

    Schools will be contacting all families before the start of school to gather multiple emergency contact numbers for this school year. It will be imperative that families pick up students immediately who are not feeling well. 

    What will be the protocol when a case is confirmed in the preschool?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a child becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    If the preschool is closed for cleaning, will students have an online day of learning?

    Yes.  If school needs to close due to a confirmed case for cleaning purposes, learning will continue.  In this case, students will move to the online platform with their classroom teacher and coursework will continue seamlessly.  In some cases with our youngest learners, work may be sent home, depending on when this closure occurs.  

    Will there be increased opportunities for handwashing and hand sanitizing around the preschool buildings?

    Building Services is currently in the process of installing additional hand sanitizing stations in each school building. Additionally, teachers will set a hand washing schedule for their individual classes.

     

    Early Childhood Special Education

    Arrival and dismissal

    Preschoolers will continue to be escorted to their classroom by ECSE staff.  Parents should wait in the lobby for staff.  School personnel may opt to increase the number of entrances used during arrival and dismissal and stagger arrival/dismissal times. These decisions will be made on a school-by-school basis, and principals will communicate these plans with families prior to the start of school in August.

    What will be the procedures for snack time?

    Snacks will be eaten inside of the classrooms like we have always done. We will continue  to use our cleaning protocol before and after snack.

    What will be the procedures for recess?

    We understand how important recess time is for all children. Classrooms will visit the playground on a schedule that limits interaction between different classrooms. Consequently, recess times will be spread out throughout the school day.  There will be protocols put in place during outside time.  These protocols will include cleaning processes and expectations.  Individual buildings will communicate changes to parents. 

    What will Adaptive PE (APE) look like for preschoolers?

    We will begin the year by keeping preschool students in their homeroom classes for special classes.  In this model, the APE teacher will visit classrooms to deliver instruction.  This will allow us to maintain stable grouping in a room and it will allow us to easily track who comes into contact with each classroom. 

    Will preschoolers be stuck in the classroom all day?

    It is our intent to keep them in a stable group as much as possible while at school.  There will be a plan for bathrooms, hallways, etc.  

    How will you track contacts in preschool rooms and in the building?

    There will be a clipboard outside of every room so that we can track who is in and out of rooms.  The same will be done with employees that enter the building.  We will know who comes in contact with whom should a positive COVID case be reported.  

    Will preschool parents and visitors be allowed in the building?

    At the beginning of the year, we will not allow parents and visitors into the building.  We want to be very proactive in ensuring a tight system of tracing as we re-open. We will continue to monitor and should the environment and/or recommendations from our health partners change, we will loosen restrictions.  We prefer to start with tight guidelines and slowly loosen as it becomes safe to do so. 

    Evaluations for ECSE eligibility will occur by appointment and will be allowed entry to the building only at their scheduled time.  To limit the number of people in the building we request that only one person accompany the child who is being evaluated.  We also request that only parents attend meetings in the building when possible.   

    Will preschool special education students be pulled out of the room for minutes?

    At this time, we plan to either pull kids out for instruction, or teachers will join classrooms to ensure students receive minutes for services.  This may adapt as we follow health guidelines, but we will ensure minutes are served.   ECSE will strive to maintain stable groups at all times.

    Will social distancing happen in all preschool settings?

    We will do our best to maintain social distancing when students are not within their stable groups (i.e. walking in hallways, sitting in lines, etc).  Inside classrooms, we know it will be difficult to keep children 6 feet away from one another, just as it will be difficult for teachers to support students from 6 feet away.  We will do our very best to maintain as much distance as is possible in the building.  Parents must understand that sending children to learn in-person will mean a risk in terms of our ability to guarantee social distancing at all times. We will also have information for talking with students about social distancing in our back to school information. 

    IEP teams will consider changes to services and/or placement on an individual basis.  District information, along with doctor recommendations, will be used to determine the most appropriate placement for services.  Placement may change during the school year due to individual needs. 

    Will preschoolers be required to wear a mask?

    At this time, students will not be mandated to wear masks.  Wearing a mask is a decision that is best made with families, teachers, and therapists as it may interfere with therapy.  IEP teams will consider all doctor and family requests to wear masks.

    Will teachers and staff be required to wear a mask?

    Protocols for this are currently being developed. 

    Will temperature checks be given to students?

    At this time, there is not a plan to give temperature checks on a regular basis or before entrance into the building.  If a child visits the nurse, temperature will be checked as needed.  The nursing department will have infra-red thermometers to use. If school-wide temperature checks become necessary, we will inform parents as soon as possible.

    What will be the protocol for a sick preschool student?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a child becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    What will be the protocol for a sick preschool teacher, staff member or school personnel?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a teacher becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    How will  preschool families be notified if their child is required to go home?

    Schools will be contacting all families before the start of school to gather multiple emergency contact numbers for this school year. It will be imperative that families pick up students immediately who are not feeling well.   We will need multiple WORKING numbers that will be used as emergency contacts.  Please make sure you update your child’s teacher when there is a change in either your contact or emergency contact numbers.

    What will be the protocol when a case is confirmed in the preschool?

    We are working closely with the health department to review what happens if a child becomes sick at school. We will update this as we are able.

    If the preschool is closed for cleaning, will students have an online day of learning?

    Yes.  If school needs to close due to a confirmed case for cleaning purposes, learning will continue.  In this case, students will move to the online platform with their classroom teacher and coursework will continue seamlessly.  In some cases with our youngest learners, work may be sent home, depending on when this closure occurs.  

    Will there be increased opportunities for handwashing and hand sanitizing around the preschool buildings?

    Building Services is currently in the process of installing additional hand sanitizing stations in each school building. Additionally, teachers will set a hand washing schedule for their individual classes.

    Will buses run as normal?

    ECSE will continue to transport students whose families are unable to provide transportation.  ECSE and Student Transportation of America will collaborate to maintain social distancing and appropriate length of bus rides.