FASP Reopening Plan & Safety Protocol
2020-21 Academic Year
In order to better prepare for the upcoming school year, please note that the first day of the 2020-21 school year has changed to Wednesday, September 9th. Upon the first day of school, families will have the following options to continue the academic year:
Distance Learning Through Live-Streaming
This option will be available at least until December 2020.
Live-streaming of classes are synchronous as they will be delivered on-site. We will be using cameras equipped with microphones which will allow at-home students to participate in all class discussions, ask questions, and engage with their class.
Please note that at-home students should attend most classes and be on time for class.
At-home students will be learning from home from September 9, 2020 to Mid-December 2020 (Winter break). The student will be able to come back to school in January 2021, after the break or to continue distance learning if offered for the rest of the school year.
Once the at-home option is chosen – no later than August 21 - the student won’t have the option to come back to school before January 2021. A student has the option to start the on-site learning, and later opt for distance learning. Once the decision is made, the student won’t have the option to come back to school until January 2021.
- Update 10/12/2020 - Distance learning families have the option to send their children back for in-person instruction starting on Monday, October 19th.
Should distance learning a better option for your family, please send us an email no later than August 21 at email@example.com.
Hopefully, things will be even better than today by September. If not, we will adapt accordingly and we will be taking into account the ever-evolving considerations and information about COVID-19.
As of today, we plan the following:
- Opening and closing hours will remain the same
- Afterschool program will be provided from 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm
- Afterschool activities won’t be offered at least until January 2021
- Both libraries will be closed for a few months
- Field trips, school socials and other gatherings are canceled until further notice.
- Activities such as exercising, cheering, singing, running and all contact sports will be temporarily prohibited. Forms of outdoor and indoor physical activity that students can participate in that will support social-emotional well-being will be implemented.
- Back-to-School information sessions as well as parent-teacher conferences will be online.
Pick-up and Drop-off Procedure
We will be using three different entry points during arrivals and departures while maintaining a secure perimeter. Parents will remain in their cars all the time. Upon arrival:
- Staff members will be taking care of your child.
- All students must wear a mask before entering the building and should keep it all day long except for snacks and lunch. If you cannot provide one, we will have some available. Please let us know if you need us to provide a mask so we can plan accordingly.
- Every morning, staff members will take the child’s temperature before she/he enters. If admitted, the child will go directly to the classroom.
- Access to our building will be strictly limited to essential staff members and visitors.
During the School Day
- Students will be kept in their classroom groups and groups will not mix during the school day.
- The school will be divided into three separate zones to reduce personal contact as much as possible.
- Students’ desks will be set apart as much as possible (6’ minimum).
- Children will be washing hands frequently and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
- Each class will have a separate recess zone and recess times will be staggered. Lunch will be held in the classroom.
- Students will wash hands before and after touching play structures and will maintain 6 feet of space from other children as much as possible.
- Cleaning high touch areas of the play structure between groups.
- We will no longer allow multiple classes to bathrooms at once.
- Water fountains will not be used. Please send a water bottle and make sure it goes home for cleaning each day.
- Classroom windows will be open as much as possible, weather permitting.
- Using visual aids to illustrate traffic flow and appropriate spacing to support social distancing signage and floor markings to indicate adequate physical distancing
- Installing plexiglass dividers on desks when necessary
- Reducing occupancy in classrooms and the number of desks and worktables
- Enlarging space for students by removing non-essential furniture components
- Turning desks to face the same direction
- Relocating materials and storage to clean rooms efficiently
- No sharing of writing utensils, classroom, and office supplies between students
- Rotating teachers rather than students between classrooms
- Establishing day-to-day cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout the school week.
- Regular sanitizing of all high-touch surfaces including hardware, furnishings including desks, and classroom tools.
A Safe Workplace for School Personnel
- Daily temperature checks and respiratory symptom screening for staff members
- All staff members will be wearing masks/face shields
- All staff meetings will be held virtually or in a large enough space to accommodate social distancing
- Faculty members will be using alternate spaces for preparation time
- Professional development will be held online
- Regular hands washing will be required
- Hygiene and disinfecting products will be available for staff throughout the building
- Teachers’ desks will be facing in the same direction rather than facing students
- No sharing of writing utensils, classroom, and office supplies between students and/or staff
- Rotating teachers rather than students between classrooms
- Hygiene supplies will be placed in close proximity to shared equipment (e.g., printer/copier)
- Any staff member feeling ill will stay home or return home if he/she becomes ill at school.
Enhanced Health Screening and Expectations
All team members, parents and children should continue wearing masks and social distancing when not at school!
- Children may not attend with any fever or symptoms of any kind (runny nose, coughing, fever, headache, stomach ache, etc.) For a complete, up-to-date list of symptoms, please visit the CDC’s website.
- If a child, or a family member of a child, comes in contact with someone with COVID-19, the student must quarantine for 14 days and test negative before returning to school. The same applies to faculty and staff. Please call the school by phone to inform our administrative team. Our administrative team will then contact the NJ Department of Health and all measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all school’s constituents.
- If a child becomes ill or displays symptoms at school, the student will be isolated and the family will be immediately contacted to come and pick up the child. The NJ health department will be contacted and all measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of all school’s constituents.
Important Notice: Please call the FASP Administrative Office and send an email immediately if your child or family member is diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please contact the administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.