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MOTT Road Elementary School

FAQ: Reopening Plan Highlights for Families

(Note: This is a living document that will be updated and distributed as new

information or changes are available)

 

WHAT ARE THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL?

September 2, 3, 8, & 9: Staff Development Days (In the buildings but remote trainings)

September 10: First Day of Remote Learning for all students (Kindergarten students will visit)

September 11: First Day of In Person Learning for Cohort B and remote learning for Cohort A and C

September 14: First Day of In Person Learning for Cohort A and remote learning for Cohort B and C

 

WHAT ARE TIMES AND ROUTINES FOR ARRIVAL and DISMISSAL?

Arrival Times :

By car: Between 9:00am and 9:30am

By bus: Staggered arrival between 9:00am and 9:45am

Dismissal Times :

By car:

A Days- Student Last Name A-D: 2:45pm-3:00pm

Student Last Name E-K: 3:00pm- 3:15pm

B Days- Student Last Name L-R: 2:45pm- 3:00pm

Student Last Name S-Z: 3:00pm- 3:15pm

By bus: Staggered dismissal between 3:25pm and 3:45pm

Arrival:

Arrival by bus: Students will be released in a staggered fashion in the back circle. Students will wear a

mask and have their temperature taken before entering the building. Students will go directly to their

grade-level classroom.

Arrival by car: Students will be dropped off in the front circle as usual and will be instructed to exit their

vehicles and remain 6 feet apart. Students will wear a mask and have their temperature taken before

entering the building.

Dismissal:

Dismissal for pick-up students will take place this year at the front loop. Students will exit the building

through the front doors.

Dismissal by bus: Students will be released by bus number in a staggered fashion through the back

doors.

 

Dismissal by car/walkers: Students walking will be dismissed first at 2:45pm. Student dismissal will

follow alphabetical staggered times listed above. Student pick-up will be in the front loop similar to how

student pick-up of belongings took place in spring 2020.

Parents/guardians will not park to enter the building for pick-up at dismissal time. Each family will be

given a car sign with a QR code specific to each student. This sign should be posted in the passenger

side window. Cars will pull into the front bus loop and have the QR code scanned by a staff member to

communicate the specific student being picked up. The car will then follow the route to the front green

cone and wait in line for the student to be escorted to the car. If a family is late for pick-up, the car will

need to patiently wait.

 

HOW WILL LATE STUDENT ARRIVAL BE HANDLED?

Students arriving late to school will need to be signed in by a parent or guardian. After being buzzed into

the building, the parent/guardian and student will approach the office window. They will remain in the

front foyer until the student’s temperature is checked by a staff member. Parents/guardians will need to

sign students in on the sign-in sheet, but will not be granted access to the building.

 

HOW WILL EARLY STUDENT DISMISSAL BE HANDLED?

Students will need a note to leave school early. Parents/guardians will be required to come into the front

foyer to sign them out of school; parents will wait in the foyer doors for their student.

 

WILL THERE BE VISITORS TO THE BUILDING?

In an effort to reduce the risk of transmission, no visitors (other than those deemed to be essential) will

be allowed to enter the building. Parents/guardians coming to pick up an ill child will be provided access

to a designated area. Parent conferences and other meetings will be held via phone or video conference

until further notice.

 

HOW WILL TRANSPORTATION WORK?

Students will be required to wear masks and remain socially distant on buses. Buses will be cleaned and

disinfected twice daily. Disinfecting will be done after the morning bus routes and after the afternoon bus

routes. High-contact areas, such as hand railings and seats, will be wiped down between bus runs each

morning and afternoon.

 

WILL WE USE LOCKERS/CUBBIES?

Students will not be assigned hallway lockers or cubbies this year, As a result, students will store all of

their belongings, including coats in their classroom.

 

WILL THERE BE DAILY TEMPERATURE CHECKS?

Staff: A daily form will be sent to staff members asking them to verify that their temperature was normal

(less than 100 degrees) and that no one in their household presents with any signs/symptoms related to

COVID-19 (ie. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body

aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting,

diarrhea). Staff at school who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will communicate with a

supervisor and then leave school grounds.

 

Students: Students who have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher upon arrival will be escorted to the

isolation room. If it is determined that the student presents with signs/symptoms consistent with

COVID-19, a parent/guardian will be called and the student will need to be picked up immediately. The

local health department will oversee contract tracing regarding any reports of a positive case.

 

WHAT IS A COVID ISOLATION ROOM?

At Mott Road, the strings room has been converted into an isolation room. Any student suspected of

presenting with symptoms similar to COVID-19, will be immediately sent to the isolation room for

evaluation. Students will be distanced from others and will continue to wear a mask. Each student will

be evaluated by the school nurse or designee. If a student appears to present with signs similar to

COVID, the student will remain in the isolation room and be picked up immediately by a parent or

designee.

 

WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF THE HYBRID MODEL?

Students will attend with their designated cohorts on the established days of the week schedule (cohort

A/cohort B). Cohort A (Student last names’ A-K) will attend on Monday and Tuesday for in-school

instruction and have remote learning on Wednesday- Friday; while Cohort B (student last names’ L-Z)

will attend on Thursday and Friday for in-school instruction and have remote learning on Monday-

Wednesday. Students in households who have different last names and schedules do not coincide, the

first letter of the last name of the eldest student will determine the schedule. At this time, the district

cannot accommodate requests to change between cohorts A and B.

On Wednesdays, all students will participate in remote special area classes. Classroom teachers may

schedule additional remote support and will offer office hours for parents and students.

In general, students will remain in their classroom as a pod with the exception of some AIS and special

education services. Special area classes will take place in the classroom or outside; All special area

classes may take place in the classroom, outside or in the gym following appropriate safety guidelines.

By using the cohort and pod approach, contact with others will be limited, and if necessary, contact

tracing will be easier to conduct.

As per the visual of the hybrid schedule, when kindergarten, first and second grade students are learning

remotely on their scheduled days, they are expected to be available for synchronous learning between

9:45am and 11:30am; while on remote days, third and fourth grade students are expected to be available

for synchronous learning between 12:45pm and 2:45pm. Live portions will be recorded for those who

must view later.

 

WHAT IS COHORT C?

Those students who have opted for totally remote learning are in Cohort C and will receive both

synchronous and asynchronous instruction. While the Cohort C will be substantive, it is important to note

that even the highest quality remote learning experience cannot replicate the value of in-person

interactions with students in the classroom. Curricular expectations will be adjusted as needed to focus

on the essential learning standards and skills to be taught in the remote environment.

 

WILL STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN RECESS?

Yes. Students will be required to wear a mask and socially distance. Recess will take place by pod

outside when weather permits; there will be no mixing of class pods during recess. In this way, contact

with others will be limited, and if necessary, contact tracing will be easier to conduct. Teaching

assistants will supervise and will have some organized activities to provide recreation and fun. We will

not be using the playground equipment. Pods will be assigned specific locations outside on the field. If

the weather is poor, students will have recess in the classroom. During indoor recess a video will be

shown to the students.

 

WHAT IS THE LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?

Teachers will be utilizing Schoology to deliver online instruction. Each teacher will have a webpage on

Schoology where student assignments, videos and other class related information will be posted. There

is also a mainpage for Mott Road Elementary where building and calendar updates will be posted.

 

WILL AFTER-SCHOOL AND EVENING ACTIVITIES TAKE PLACE?

There will be no in-person, after-school or evening activities sponsored by HSA or the school until further

notice.

 

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR MASK WEARING AND BREAKS?

Students and staff are required to maintain six feet social distance and wear masks at all times except

when eating or during teacher-directed mask breaks. Students are encouraged to wear their own masks,

but one will be provided prior to entering the bus or school if a student does not have one. Some

students with special needs or medical needs may not be able to wear masks at all times. In these

cases, social distancing will be encouraged. Staff working with more high risk populations will be

provided with additional PPE.

 

WHAT IF A STUDENT (WHO DOES NOT HAVE SPECIAL OR MEDICAL NEEDS) REFUSES TO

WEAR A MASK?

 

Just as any other instance in which a student refuses to follow school rules, teachers and other staff will

work toward compliance with the student. Failure to wear a mask and or to observe social distancing

protocols will be handled by school staff in accordance with the District Code of Conduct’s provisions

regarding insubordination.

 

IS THERE 1:1 TECHNOLOGY?

Each student will be provided with a 1:1 device. Students in K-2nd grades will receive an Ipad while

students in 3rd and 4th grades will receive a Chromebook (11 ½ x 8 in.). A user agreement must be

signed by each student as well as a parent or guardian. Students are encouraged to bring their devices

to school for use in the classroom as well. Students should not share their device with anyone else. In

addition, students are responsible for any damage or loss incurred on the device. Parents will have the

option to purchase insurance (at their discretion) for the year, if they choose to do so.

 

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR FOOD SERVICE?

All school meals will be eaten in the classroom. School meals will continue to be available to all

students, including those attending school in-person and those learning remotely. Students may also

bring lunches from home. Meals will be pre-packaged if at all possible. While the menus may be more

limited, hot meal options will be available to the extent possible. Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom.

 

WILL THERE BE NUT-FREE CLASSROOMS?

There will be no nut-free classrooms this year since each student will have his/her own isolated, clean

eating area; and all students will wash hands before and after eating.

ARE MORNING ROUTINES DIFFERENT IN THE SCHOOL?

In order to safely limit student movement in the school, students will no longer deliver attendance, lunch

counts and dismissal notes to the office as a morning job. All staff mail and the above listed items will be

delivered to/from the office through mailboxes outside of each classroom. Additionally, there will not be a

morning walk. Instead, classroom teachers will try to find safe ways to implement movement breaks in

the classroom.

WHAT ARE PLANS FOR LIBRARY/BOOK CIRCULATION?

Our procedure for both library and classroom book circulation will align with the same process used in

the Manlius Public Library in that there will be a four day waiting period before books are released to be

signed out in between users. At the elementary level, students will not enter the space but rather an

on-line loaning system will be implemented.

WILL STUDENTS BE USING HALLWAY BATHROOMS?

Yes. There will be adult supervision by any hallway bathroom to ensure students are using the restroom

one at a time and maintaining social distancing if waiting in line.

SHOULD STAFF KEEP WINDOWS OPEN? IS IT SAFE TO USE A FAN IN A ROOM?

The current guidance encourages school staff to keep classroom windows open. Additionally, our HVAC

systems bring in outside air. Filters will all be upgraded to MERV 13 or MERV 11. Systems are also

being adjusted to maximize air filtration and increase air exchanges. Fans may not be used while

students are in the rooms.

WILL WE HAVE FIRE DRILLS AND LOCKDOWN DRILLS THIS YEAR?

Yes. All safety drills are required however we must maintain social distancing. We will not schedule full

school safety drills. All safety drills will be scheduled by clustering classes in order to maintain social

distancing. Teachers will provide a scripted explanation of the procedures to all students in their classes.

WHERE DO I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT CONTACT TRACING? TESTING?

https://www.fmschools.org/about-us/district-reopening-plan/contact-tracing/

https://www.fmschools.org/about-us/district-reopening-plan/covid-19-testing/

IS THERE A DISTRICT FAQ DOCUMENT?

Yes, you can find the district FAQ here:

https://www.fmschools.org/about-us/district-reopening-plan/reopening-schools-frequently-asked-question

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Karrie Catalino: Co-President

Maria Besaw: Vice President   

Elizabeth Calnon: Co-Treasurer  

Sean Redmond: Co-Treasurer

Cristina Tom: Secretary

Kelly Harris: Board Administrator

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