Summary of the Reopening of Schools Plan September 2020

Summary of the Plan for Reopening of School (July 29, 2020)

  1. Four days fully remote (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) with Wednesdays in person for consultations, Office Hours, planning, one-to-one meetings, small group meetings and so on.  Because Newcomers is proposing Fridays as their in person day, students from the schools will not be in the building at the same time. 
  2. Once the plan for Wednesdays is fully established, students will be able to sign up for in-person or on-line appointments which staff will conduct from school.  The DOE would like students to have the opportunity to interact with their teachers in person.  This plan offers that option is a safe, socially distanced way.  Because of social distancing and space limitations of the school buildings, students most in need of support will be invited by their teachers to attend in-person support sessions.  For other students, Wednesday will be a study and work day.
  3. Classes will meet four times a week for 48 minutes a class, with three minutes between classes.  The school will be programmed on a nine period day, with each period corresponding to one of our nine blocks. While on remote learning, the schedule will be the same every day (except Wednesdays).  
  4. Each student will have a scheduled lunch period.
  5. Instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays will be remote (on-line) but will consist of live teaching, with a class of up to 34 (50 in PE) taught live by an Academy teacher. Remote instruction will be visual, with direct interaction among teachers and students, using Google Meets, Zoom, or whichever platform is approved by the DOE. Flexibility and creativity and compassion and empathy are still paramount, as the model is still evolving.   

  6. The plan will be revisited on a regular basis as the school year moves forward to make any adjustments as the teams (including all constituencies) feel are necessary and essential.