Elmwood Park Public Schools - UPDATED: January 2021 Reopening Plan Contingency Plan

 
Elmwood Park Public Schools - UPDATED: January 2021 Reopening Plan Contingency Plan
Elmwood Park Public Schools

        UPDATED: January 2021

   Reopening Plan Contingency Plan

              District Website:
     http://www.elmwoodparkschools.org/

 Board of Education Approval Date: January 26, 2021

          COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix
Elmwood Park Public Schools - UPDATED: January 2021 Reopening Plan Contingency Plan
Elmwood Park Administration

Mr. Anthony Iachetti, Superintendent of Schools                           Special Services
Ms. Jillian Torrento, Assistant Superintendent of Schools                 Mrs. Kathleen Gesumaria, Director of Special Services
Mr. John DiPaola, Business Administrator/ Board Secretary                 Mr. Steven Serra, Supervisor of Special Services

Central Office                                                            Elementary Administration
Mr. Vincent Benenati, Director of Facilities                              Mrs. Allison Jackter, Gantner Avenue Principal
Mr. Mohammed Saadeh, Director of Pupil Personnel Services &               Mrs. Karen Fasouletos, Gilbert Avenue Principal
Assessment                                                                Mr. Dominick Silla, Sixteenth Avenue Principal
Mr. Michael Wartel, Director of Public Safety and Operations
Mr. Moises Cordero, Director of Technology                                High School
                                                                          Mr. David Warner, Memorial High School Principal
Curriculum Department                                                     Mr. Leon Samuels, High School Assistant Principal
Mrs. Monica N. Brown, Director of Curriculum, Instruction &               Mr. Daniel Basile High School Assistant Principal/ Athletic Director
Evaluation
Ms. Lara Schmitt, Supervisor of Instruction                               Middle School
Mrs. Courtney Risoli, Supervisor of Instruction                           Mrs. Corinne DiMartino, Memorial Middle School Principal
                                                                          Mrs. Danielle Sharples, Middle School Assistant Principal

                                         Elmwood Park Board of Education
                                                           George Luke, President
                                                        Louise Gerardi, Vice President
                                                                Dorin Aspras
                                                               Keith Cannizzo
                                                              Doug DeMatteo
                                                           Elizabeth Mierzejewski
                                                                Carrie Paretti
                                                                 Karen Pena
                                                                Daniel Zoltek
Table of Contents
Amendment to the Reopening Plan                                                      Page 4
District Pandemic Response Team & Restart Committees                               Pages 5-6
Questions for Consideration                                                           Page 6
Timeline for Reentry Plan & Information Regarding the Spread of COVID-19           Pages 7-8
Conditions for Learning                                                             Pages 9-42
     General Health & Safety Concerns                                               Pages 9-15
     Classrooms, Testing and Therapy Room                                          Pages 16-19
     Transportation                                                                Pages 20-21
     Student Flow, Entry, Exit and Common Areas                                    Pages 22-26
     Screening, PPE, and Response to Students and Staff Presenting Symptoms        Pages 26-30
     Contact Tracing                                                               Pages 31-33
     Facilities and Cleaning Practices                                               Page 34
     Meals                                                                         Pages 35-37
     Recess and Physical Education                                                 Pages 37-41
     Extra-Curricular Activities, & Use of Facilities Outside of School Hours      Pages 41-42
Additional Areas of Concern                                                        Pages 42-60
     Social Emotional Learning (SEL)                                               Pages 42-52
     Support for Staff & Faculty                                                   Pages 53-54
     Wraparound Supports                                                           Pages 54-57
     Food Service & Distribution                                                   Pages 58-59
     Quality Childcare                                                               Page 60
Leadership &Planning                                                               Pages 61-79
     Pandemic Response Teams                                                         Page 61
     Scheduling                                                                    Pages 62-71
     Educator Roles                                                                Pages 72-73
     Mentoring, Evaluations and Certifications                                     Pages 73-74
     Student Teachers                                                              Pages 75-76
     Athletics                                                                     Pages 76-77
Policy & Funding                                                                   Pages 77-82
     CARES Funding/ Federal Emergency Management Agency                            Pages 79-80
     State School Aide, Purchasing, Reserve Accounts, Costs & Contracting          Pages 81-82
Continuity of Learning                                                              Pages 83-99
     Delivery of Special Education and Related Services                            Pages 83-86
     ESL/ ELL Learners                                                             Pages 87-89
     Technology and Connectivity                                                   Pages 90-91
     Learning Environment: Curriculum, Instruction & Assessments                    Pages 92-98
Additional COVID-19 Resources                                                        Page 99
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Amendment to the Reopening Plan

Health and Safety Concerns (UPDATED October 2020)
  As per EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 175, dated August 13, 2020, the Elmwood Park School District requested approval to delay in-person instruction
       until October 19, 2020. All students have begun the school year virtually as of September 8, 2020. To date, the district has addressed the
                  specific health and safety concerns outlined below, and plans to transition to hybrid learning on October 19, 2020.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The items that are mandatory to open schools safely and maintain CDC guidelines have been substantially
delivered. This includes the delivery of gloves, antiseptic wipes, masks for students and staff, PPE designated specially for the nursing staff.

Hand Sanitizer/ Hand Washing Stations: All hand sanitizing stations have been installed to each classroom, main office and lobby area.

Classroom Climate: Air units have been installed in the three elementary schools to ensure a climate that is conducive to learning in the warmer months.

Additional Safety Precautions: The district and school pandemic response teams have continued to meet during remote learning to review all of the
safety measures to be put into place to receive students in October. Student desk guards have been delivered and placed in each classroom. Additional
barriers have been installed (e.g., Plexiglass, etc.) in offices and other specific areas.

Professional Development (PD): The district utilized September 1- 4, 2020 to be used for staff professional development which addressed remote
learning, reviewed the newly implemented procedures in the COVID environment and to plan to assist students and their families on proper PPE, the
wearing of face coverings and other new safety procedures, and reviewed the new SEL program for PK-12 students.
In addition, the district has once again modified the school calendar to add in a fourth day of PD on October 16, 2020 to review quality remote
instruction, as well as preparing for a hybrid instructional model. Staff will be provided with rolling PD on video conferencing programs, new remote
learning programs, virtual assessments, expectations for remote and hybrid settings, supporting struggling learners be needed, and continued data
analysis to support student achievement.

High Risk Students and Staff
Staff medical leave submissions and requests for accommodations have continued to be received due to health concerns and other specific personal
situations. Each request has been, or will continue to be reviewed as it is received. The students identified as higher risk for severe illnesses from
COVID-19 will continue properly accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

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District Pandemic Awareness Team
     Name                       Role                     Name                          Role                  Name                    Role
 Anthony Iachetti           Superintendent          Mohammed Saadeh          Dir. of Pupil Personnel      Lara Schmitt          Supervisor of
                                                                             Services & Assessment                                Instruction
  John DiPaola         Business Admin/ Board         Monica Brown*             Dir. of Curriculum,      Courtney Risoli         Supervisor of
                              Secretary                                        Instruction & Eval.                                Instruction
 Jillian Torrento      Assistant Superintendent        Kathleen              Dir. of Special Services      Steve Serra       Supervisor of Special
                                                      Gesumaria                                                                    Services
Vincent Benenati        Director of Facilities       Moises Cordero          Dir. of Technology          Maria Kittaneh     EPEA Union President
 David Warner           High School Principal        Leon Samuels          High School Assistant          Kathy Arose            EPEA Union
                                                                                  Principal                                     Representative
Corinne DiMartino      Middle School Principal         Daniel Basile       High School Assistant         Dr. Bottiglieri       School Physician
                                                                         Principal/ Athletic Director
 Dominick Silla     Sixteenth Avenue Principal       Danielle Sharples    Middle School Assistant            Jasmine            School Nurse
                                                                                  Principal             Santillan-Jimenez
Karen Fasouletos       Gilbert Avenue Principal       Michael Wartel         Dir. of Security &             Danielle           Athletic Trainer
                                                                                 Operations                 LaBianco
 Allison Jackter       Gantner Avenue Principal                                                           George Luke       EPPS BOE President

                                                  Restart Committees *Committee Chair
      Scheduling                 Health/PPE                 Curriculum             Special Education     Transportation/         Technology
                                                                                                          Athletics/ECA
    David Warner*            Danielle Sharples*           Monica Brown*           Kathleen Gesumaria*     Daniel Basile*    Mohammed Saadeh*
   Corinne DiMartino         Jasmine Santillian-           Lara Schmitt                Steve Serra       Tommy Mulligan      Moises Cordero
                                   Jimenez
    Dominick Silla            Danielle LaBianco           Courtney Risoli          Stephanie Pontidis     Kevin Tuohey          James Stankus
   Karen Fasouletos            Marie Corrigan             Melissa Cutrali          Melissa Schweitzer     Matt Borchers         Leon Samuels
    Allison Jackter          Jennifer Schweigert         Michele Constanzo            Tara Kunkel         Kadian Nelson          Kathy Arose
  Mohammed Saadeh             Stefanie Berliner           Maria Kittaneh            Jennifer Surniak      Keith Cannizzo          Dan Zoltek
    Maria Kittaneh             Michelle Stark              Laura Livelli             Dorin Aspras
                              Michael Coughlin             Delores Gale              Carrie Parretti
                                Dorin Aspras              Louise Gerardi

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School Pandemic Committees *Committee Chair
      High School                   Middle School                   Gilbert Avenue                Gantner Avenue                      Sixteenth

 David Warner*, Principal     Corinne DiMartino*, Principal    Karen Fasouletos*, Principal    Allison Jackter*, Principal    Dominick Silla*, Principal
     Leon Samuels, AP             Danielle Sharples, AP        M. N. Brown, Dir. of Curric.    K. Gesumaria, Dir. of SS           Toni Clark, Teacher
   Daniel Basile, AP/AD        Courtney Risoli, Supervisor       Michael Calissi, Teacher       Maria Kittaneh, Teacher      V. Benenati, Dir. of Facilities
 Lara Schmitt, Supervisor       Mike Wartel, Dir of Safety       Melissa Cutrali, Teacher        Kathy Arose, Teacher            Jennifer Surniak, CST
    Joe Palandino, CST          Aneta Sutowska, Teacher           Lynn Kassai, Teacher          Stefanie Berliner, Nurse     Deanna Palmiere, Counselor
   Tim Aldrich, Teacher            Lisa Acinapura, CST          Orlando LaCap, Custodian             Jennifer Gjokaj           J. Drummond, Custodian
Kristin Lehansky, Teacher          Lisa Fierro, Teacher           Deanna Mileski, CST         Mike Sproviero, Custodian          Tara Kunkel, Teacher
  Leena Fadel, Counselor            Stephanie Ponditis          Jennifer Murphy, Teacher      Erminia Severini, Counselor      Daniela Buscio, Teacher
Mike Wartel, Dir. of Safety    J. Santillan- Jimenez, Nurse     Haneen Saleh, Counselor          Shannon Lucas, CST             J. Schweighardt, Nurse
Danielle LaBianco, Trainer      Mike Coughlin, Custodian      M. Schweitzer-Rivera, Teacher   Mike Wartel, Dir. of Safety     Mike Wartel, Dir. of Safety
J. Santillan-Jimenez, Nurse       Tanisha Dennis, Parent       Mike Wartel, Dir. of Safety      Jennifer Moody, Parent            Cher Pressler, Parent
   VJ Shridat, Custodian                                          Marie Corrigan, Nurse
   Kelly Spinosa, Parent                                         Tanisha Dennis, Parent

                                         Committee Questions for Consideration

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Timeline for Re-Evaluation of EPPS Reentry Plan
     Revised, due to a transition to a remote start in September 2020.
● Phase I                                                                    ● Items for Consideration
    ○ District Requested to start the school year
       remotely.                                                                  ○ Date for restart of in-person instruction
    ○ August 2020- Approval from County DOE and                                   ○ Increase or Decrease of Confirmed COVID
       NJDOE                                                                        Cases in Elmwood Park, Bergen County, and
    ○ August- Implementation of Plan                                                New Jersey.
    ○ September 1, 2020- Professional Development                                 ○ Process of Contact Tracing process
       and Training for Staff Members                                             ○ Status of Social Distancing Regulations
                                                                                  ○ Vaccinations
● Phase II- October 19, 2020                                                      ○ Student attendance
    ○ October 15, 2020 Re-Evaluation of Reentry Plan                              ○ Staff attendance
    ○ Modifications made to plan                                                  ○ Efficiency of current schedules
    ○ Reapproval by Board of Education at the                                     ○ Efficacy of current instructional model(s)
       October 27, 2020 BOE Meeting                                               ○ Academic progress of students
                                                                                  ○ SEL progress of students
    Revised, due to a transition remote learning in December 2020 and
                               January 2021.                                      ○ SEL progress of staff
● Phase III                                                                       ○ Professional Development Needs
    ○ December 2020 Re-evaluation of Reentry Plan                                 ○ Disinfecting schedule/ process modifications
    ○ Modifications made to plan                                                  ○ Evaluate policies and procedures
    ○ Reapproval by Board of Education at the                                     ○ Efficacy of Communication
       January 2021 BOE Meeting

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Transmission of COVID-19
Information regarding the Spread of Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/
 In all stages and phases of pandemic response and recovery, schools must comply with Center for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local
guidelines. The district will provide reasonable accommodations for staff and students at higher risk for severe illness and promote behaviors that
reduce spread, such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of face coverings. NJDOE Guidance (Pages 15-18)

NJDOH COVID Information
Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (January 2021)

                Contact with Others                                Contact with Surfaces                        Contact with Animals
The COVID-19 virus can spread from person-to-               The COVID-19 virus can spread by         Although low, there are cases world-wide
person by:                                                 touching the surface or object that has   where the COVID-19 virus has spread from
 ● Staying in close contact with another (less than 6      the virus on it and then touching their   person to animal and vice versa.
    ft).                                                  own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
 ● Through respiratory droplets produced when an           This is thought to be the main way the    CDC Guidelines:
    infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.                         virus spreads.                  ● COVID-19 and Pets
 ● When droplets land in the mouths or noses of                                                        ● If You Have Pets
    others and can be inhaled into the lungs.
 ● COVID-19 symptoms may spread by people who
    do not show symptoms

                Face Masks/ Coverings                           Hand Washing/ Sanitizer                         Recommended Signage
Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where                                                       •   How to Protect Yourself and Others
other social distancing measures are difficult to        CDC recommends using ABHR with                  •   CDC Printable Resources
maintain. Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of    greater than 60% ethanol or 70%                 •   Stop the Spread of Germs
the virus and help people who may have the virus and     isopropanol. Unless hands are visibly           •   How to Properly Wash Your Hands
do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth     soiled, an alcohol-based hand rub is            •   The Do's and Don’ts of Face
face Covering can be made from household items.          preferred over soap and water.                      Coverings
                                                                                                         •   COVID-19 Videos
                Face Coverings- CDC                                Hand Sanitizer-CDC                    •   Checklist for Visitors
                                                                                                         •   Warning Signs for Visitors

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Conditions for Learning
        The NJDOE has identified ten (10) Critical Areas of Operation that schools must address in their restart plans:
           1. General Health and Safety Guidelines
 In all stages and phases of pandemic response and recovery, schools must comply with Center for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local
guidelines. Schools must also provide reasonable accommodations for staff and students at higher risk for severe illness and promote behaviors
that reduce spread, such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of face coverings. NJDOE Guidance (Pages 15-18)
NJDOH COVID Information

Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (January 2021)

COVID- Instructions-Persons Who Test Positive
COVID-When to Get Tested
COVID-Cannot Test Out of Quarantine
COVID-How Long to Isolate-Quarantine
COVID-Instructions Persons Who Test Negative

Virtual/ Remote Instruction                      Hybrid/ Blended Learning                                   Traditional School Day

The school administration        •   Teach and reinforce good hygiene measures such as           ● Teach and reinforce good hygiene measures
will provide daily updates on        handwashing, covering coughs and face coverings.              such as handwashing, covering coughs and
the district/ school websites,   •   Provide hand soap and hand sanitizer in every                 face coverings (For early childhood care,
social media and through             bathroom, classrooms and large, congregated areas.            please see page 19-20 of NJDOE: The Road
Real Time to provide the         •   Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to        Back).
most up to date information          communicate how to stop the spread of COVID-19.             ● Provide hand soap and hand sanitizer in every
to parents, students, faculty    •   Materials will not be shared (i.e. writing utensils,          bathroom, classrooms and large, congregated
and other community                  handouts, computers/laptops, etc.)                            areas, and at each entrance and exits of
stakeholders about the impact    •   Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.            buildings and near bathrooms.
of COVID-19.                     •   Provide masks and other appropriate PPE to students         ● Post signage in classrooms, hallways, and
                                     and staff members                                             entrances to communicate how to stop the
The district will share              o All students will be provided face masks, face              spread of COVID-19. Other signage includes
information from the CDC,                shields, and a personal student divider. In the event     how to stop the spread of germs, how to

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NJ Department of Health and           accommodations are needed for special education              properly wear face coverings, visitors
the NJ Department of                  students, young students, or students with specific          entering the building.
Education about, but not              health restrictions, they will not be required to wear   ●   Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces
limited to: symptoms,                 a face mask pending approval from the school nurse,          daily.
preventative measures,                principal, and Superintendent of Schools.                ●   Provide masks and other appropriate PPE to
recommended hygiene, and      •   Allow students to bring in hand sanitizer and face masks         students and staff members
updated school/district           from home.                                                       ○ All students will be provided face masks,
specific protocols.           •   Schools will provide students with water, if needed.                 face shields, and a personal student
                                  Students and staff will only be allowed to bring water               divider. In the event accommodations are
                                  bottles from home.                                                   needed for special education students,
                              •   Allow for the circulation of outdoor air as much as                  young students, or students with specific
                                  possible, as long as it does not impose health risk to               health restrictions, they will not be
                                  students and staff. Windows and doors should be left                 required to wear a face mask pending
                                  open.                                                                approval from the school nurse, principal,
                              •   Dress code policy may be revisited to accommodate                    and Superintendent of Schools.
                                  students                                                     ●   Allow students to bring in hand sanitizer and
                              •   Allow instruction in outdoor areas to maximize social            face masks from home.
                                  distancing measures.                                         ●   Take proper measures to ensure that water
                              •   Conduct deep cleaning of schools prior to student/staff          fountains are safe.
                                  returning; schedule additional cleaning during weekends      ●   Allow for the circulation of outdoor air as
                                  and holidays/breaks.                                             much as possible, as long as it does not
                                                                                                   impose health risk to students and staff.
                              •   Students who do not comply with preventative practices
                                                                                                   Windows and doors should be left open.
                                  will be sent home.
                                                                                               ●   Allow instruction in outdoor areas to
                              •   Consider keeping classes together to include the same
                                                                                                   maximize social distancing measures.
                                  group of students each day (cohorts)
                                                                                               ●   Conduct deep cleaning of schools prior to
                              •   Add time to lunch and recess periods to ensure students
                                                                                                   student/staff returning; schedule additional
                                  have time to wash hands
                                                                                                   cleaning during weekends and
                              •   Practice hand washing throughout the day, especially for         holidays/breaks.
                                  younger children.                                            ●   Students who do not comply with
                                                                                                   preventative practices will be sent home.
                                                                                               ●   Consider keeping classes together to include
                                                                                                   the same group of students each day (cohorts)
                                                                                               ●   Allow minimal mixing between
                                                                                                   groups/cohorts
                                                                                               ●   Practice hand washing throughout the day,
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especially for younger children

• Protocol for High Risk Staff
The superintendent, medical professionals, and/or district administrators will be in contact with local and state authorities to learn current
mitigation levels within the district and surrounding areas. Reasonable accommodations that are ADA compliant will be provided for individuals
that the Centers for Disease Control identifies as having a higher risk for severe illness from COVID -19, including older adults (aged 65 years
and older) and individuals with disabilities or serious underlying medical conditions, which may include:
   ●   Chronic lung disease or asthma (moderate to severe)
   ●   Serious heart conditions
   ●   Immunocompromised
   ●   Severe obesity (body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher)
   ●   Diabetes
   ●   Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
   ●   Liver disease

All staff members must present medical documentation to the Superintendent if they require reasonable accommodations. Reasonable
accommodations may include but are not limited to specific PPE, plexiglass barriers, tables or other barriers.

• Protocol for High Risk Students
Reasonable accommodations that are ADA compliant, will be provided for individuals that the Centers for Disease Control identifies as having a
higher risk for severe illness from COVID -19, including individuals with disabilities or serious underlying medical conditions, which may
include:
   ●   Chronic lung disease or asthma (moderate to severe)
   ●   Serious heart conditions
   ●   Immunocompromised
   ●   Severe obesity (body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or higher)
   ●   Diabetes
   ●   Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
   ●   Liver disease
   ●   Medically fragile students with IEPs
   ●   Students with complex disabilities with IEPs
   ●   Students who require accommodations under a Plan in accordance with the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504 Plan)

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Parents or legal guardians must present medical documentation to the building principal if they require a reasonable accommodation for their
child or children. Documentation will be reviewed by the 504 team, CST, medical staff, and/or school physician. Reasonable accommodations
may include but are not limited to the wearing of masks and plexiglass barriers. All students will be provided face masks, face shields, and a
personal student divider. In the event accommodations are needed for special education students, young students, or students with specific health
restrictions, they will not be required to wear a face mask pending approval from the school nurse, principal, and Superintendent of Schools.

•    Protocol for Students, Staff and Community Members that do not comply with preventative measures
    • Staff will provide Human Resources with proper medical documentation. Staff will be working remotely until proper medical
       documentation can be provided. This can be attained through the school doctor upon request.
    • The district will continue to follow
    • guidelines of Policy 1649 Federal Families First Coronavirus (Covid-19) Response Act
    • Parents will provide school nurse with proper medical documentation, that includes clearance to return to school.
    • During time of quarantine and until medical documentation is provided, students will continue to work remotely. They will not be marked
       absent unless they do not log into the Remote Learning Platforms
    • During any quarantine, the staff and students will continue to perform duties via remote learning.
    • Should a staff member disregard the mandated travel restrictions as per the Governor’s Executive order, or does not comply with COVID
       restrictions, testing or guidance may have disciplinary/ remedial consequences.

•   Protocols for Symptomatic Students and Staff
                 NJDOH COVID Information
                 Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (January 2021)
                 COVID- Instructions-Persons Who Test Positive
                 COVID-When to Get Tested
                 COVID-Cannot Test Out of Quarantine
                 COVID-How Long to Isolate-Quarantine
                 COVID-Instructions Persons Who Test Negative
Individuals with symptoms related to COVID-19 will be safely and respectfully isolated from others. Each building nurse will work with the
building administrator to provide a safe area for isolation of individuals. Individuals in isolation will be supervised by the nurse or designee (staff
members including an aide can supervise) donning appropriate PPE and maintaining a safe distance of no less than 6 feet from the individual in
isolation. It is preferred that the individual is isolated in a room and that the person supervising is outside the door with a view of the individual.
The parent or guardian of the student will be contacted to pick up the child. If the parent or guardian cannot pick up the child in a timely manner,
the parent will be required to send an authorized adult to pick up the child. The child will be excluded from school until medical clearance from a

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physician is obtained as per Policy #8451 Control of Communicable Disease. Staff members will be excluded from school until medical
clearance from a physician is obtained as per Policy #8451 Control of Communicable Disease.

If the school district becomes aware that an individual who has spent time in a school district facility tests positive for COVID-19, district
officials (school nurse or administrator) will immediately notify local health officials, staff, and families of a confirmed case while maintaining
confidentiality. Staff, students and families may self-report symptoms and or suspected exposure. The individual will be excluded from returning
to school until medical clearance is obtained from a physician as described in Policy 8451- Control of Communicable Disease. A teacher or
principal has the ability to send a student to the nurse who appears to be ill or has been exposed to a communicable disease, as described in Policy
8451. A child presenting with COVID-19 symptoms that has already been admitted to school will be identified, asked to don a face covering as
tolerated and isolated. The nurse will be notified. The parent will be contacted immediately to pick up the child. The school will contact the
superintendent’s office who will contact the County Superintendent and Department of Health for further guidance.

Any pupil retained at home or excluded from school by reason of having or being suspected of having a communicable disease shall not be
readmitted to his/her classroom until he/she presents written evidence of being free of communicable disease. That evidence may be supplied by
the school medical inspector or another qualified physician who has examined the pupil.

Link to CDC: What is the role of schools in responding to COVID-19?
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html

In accordance with CDC guidelines a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be handled as follows:
 ● Local health officials’ recommendations for the scope (e.g., a single school, multiple schools, the full district) and duration of school
     dismissals will be made on a case-by-case basis using the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the specific cases in the
     community.
 ● During school dismissals, also cancel extracurricular group activities, school-based afterschool programs, and large events (e.g., assemblies,
     spirit nights, field trips, and sporting events).
 ● Discourage staff, students, and their families from gathering or socializing anywhere.

The school district will provide an adequate amount of personal protective equipment, (PPE) and have a supply available and accessible for
individuals that are in need. It is expected that each individual that enters the school will have their own face covering that fits appropriately so as
to cover the nose and mouth of the individual. The district will provide each staff member with one cloth face mask; however, the staff member is
permitted to wear their own face mask. If an individual does not have a face covering, the school will provide a disposable face covering that is to

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be used for one day. All face coverings should be appropriate for school, adhering to the standards that the NJDOH has in place and without
inappropriate language, symbols or characters. The district will work with students and staff to provide any other reasonable accommodations.
Each individual school will keep accurate records of attendance of staff and students including groups/cohorts to assist with contact tracing. The
Real Time system will be used to track student attendance. The AESOP system will be used to track staff attendance. Parents will be encouraged
to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Nurses, administrators and/or the Superintendent
will communicate with families about health-related issues on a regular basis.

Protocol for Symptomatic Students/ family members
      • Parents will contact school nurse explaining the issue
      • Parent will be notified to stay at home for 14 days
      • Student will be expected to perform classwork via remote learning platforms
      • Student will have to have a doctor’s note providing proper clearing to return to school.
      • Siblings of symptomatic student, especially those that reside in the same household, will follow the protocol according to the BDDOH,
           NJDOH, School Nurse or School Physician
      • All symptomatic students sent home from school are required to test negative prior to returning to district.

Temperature Checks with Touchless Thermometers:
At assigned entrances, staff members will be present to check the temperature. Temperature is not to exceed 100. Though COVID-19 temperature
is 100 the district feels it is in the best interest not to permit a student demonstrating any type of illness within the school buildings at this time.
Assigned staff will report to school 20-45 minutes before student arrival time to screen (and to supervise students). If the district implements the
above:
 ● The temperature will be taken of all employees and students each day of the week, or based on BCDOH, NJDOH, and CDC guidelines.
 ● Staff members will be trained and utilized to take temperatures of individuals using district purchased, no-contact thermometers.
 ● Each school building will designate areas for entrance, ensuring privacy, and no touch thermometers for temperature checks.
 ● Temperature checks will be administered to all visitors that plan to enter the school building.

Attestation Forms (Access to Form through the Parent Portal)
This form attests that the student and the family has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and of their travel. This will ensure students do not need
to be quarantined. All parents/guardians will be required to complete a DAILY COVID-19 Attestation Form through the Parent Portal
on Real Time. This also includes total remote learners who will not come to the school buildings for in-person instruction. (More
Information is found on the district website.)

If the attestation form is not complete by the time the child arrives to the building:

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•    A paper form may be collected upon entrance, if the parent is present.
•    The parent/guardian will be contacted to complete the form in Real Time.
•    Any students who do not have a completed form will be allowed into the building, but will not attend their regularly scheduled classes.
     Instead they will attend remote instruction until the form is signed.
 • The district may implement the following protocol if deemed appropriate or necessary:
         o Individual will submit to a temperature check and a visual screening by school nurse or designee
         o If one (1) COVID-19 symptom is identified by the school nurse, the student will be sent directly to the isolation area
Any individual that is coughing, has shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, will be referred to the nurse for further evaluation.
Random temperature checks and visual screening, may be implemented. Any individual with a temperature of 100 degrees F or above will be
sent home. Additionally, any individual that tests positive for COVID-19 or exhibits one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19,
based on CDC guidance, that is not otherwise explained, will be sent home.

Parents should not send students to school when they are feeling sick or demonstrating any of the following symptoms:
 ●   A Fever of 100 F or greater                                          ●   Sore throat
 ●   Cough                                                                ●   New loss of taste or smell
 ●   Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing                          ●   Fatigue
 ●   Repeated shaking with chills                                         ●   Congestion or runny nose
 ●   Muscle pain                                                          ●   Nausea or vomiting
 ●   Headache                                                             ●   Diarrhea

All screenings will be conducted with respect. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be given as needed and may include but not
limited to, providing extra time for screening, involving a familiar staff member to assist with the screening process such as an assigned aide or
teacher, or enlisting the assistance of a family member.

Travel Restrictions: Under the travel advisory announced by the Governor of New Jersey, any individuals traveling to or returning to New
Jersey from any location other than NY, DE, CT, or PA are to self-quarantine for 10 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any
other method of transportation.
https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey

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2. Classrooms, Testing, and Therapy Rooms
 Schools and districts must allow for social distancing to the maximum extent possible. When social distancing is difficult or impossible, face
coverings are required, and face coverings are always required for visitors and staff unless it will inhibit the individual’s health. School districts
must also minimize use of shared objects, ensure indoor facilities have adequate ventilation, prepare and maintain hand sanitizing stations, and
ensure students wash hands frequently. (NJDOE Guidance (Pages 18-21)

  Virtual/ Remote                         Hybrid/ Blended Learning                                           Traditional School Day
    Instruction
                         While attending school for in-person instruction, students        During a traditional school instruction, students will
Classrooms               will review specific social distancing and established safety     review specific social distancing and established safety
During an                measures (see above.)                                             measures (see above), Students will continue to follow
emergency school                                                                           specific CDC guidelines and school protocol in reference
closure, due to the      All students will sit six feet a part in all rooms, while         to PPE and social distancing regulations.
COVID-19                 wearing face masks. Face shields may be worn with face
Pandemic, all school     masks (unless approved by the district physician). A personal All buildings have proper ventilation that in compliance
buildings will be        student divider will be provided to all students.             with MERV-13 filtration.
closed and classes
will meet virtually.     Face masks, face shields will be made available for all           Classroom Arrangement
                         students in the event that one is needed. A personal student      • Larger rooms (i.e. auditorium, cafeteria, gym) can be
                         divider will be provided for each student. In the event              used as classrooms to allow for social distancing.
                         accommodations are needed for special education students,         • Turn desks to face in the same direction (rather than
Therapies                young students, or students with specific health restrictions,       facing each other) or have students sit on only one
During an                they will not be required to wear a face mask pending                side of tables, spaced apart.
emergency school         approval from the School Nurse, Principal, School                 • No literacy corners
closure, due to the      Physician, and Superintendent of Schools.                         • No small-group instruction
COVID-19                                                                                   • Partitions will be placed in appropriate locations
Pandemic, all school     Materials will be limited in sharing. Elementary students         • Each desk will be equipped with the divider
buildings will be        will keep their materials at/in their desk. All items will be     • Classes will be placed in cohorts or kept together to
closed and all related   disinfected (see “Facilities, Cleaning Practices” page 34.)          include the same group of children each day.
services will be
                                                                                           • Minimal mixing between groups/cohorts.
provided through         Classroom Arrangement
synchronous and          • Larger rooms (i.e. auditorium, cafeteria, gym) can be
asynchronous                used as classrooms to allow for social distancing.             Classroom Furniture (below artifacts)
instruction.
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•   Turn desks to face in the same direction (rather than         •   Student Desks
    facing each other) or have students sit on only one side of   •   High School/Middle School Classroom Exhibit B
    tables, spaced apart.                                         •   High School/Middle School Classroom Exhibit C
•   No literacy corners                                           •   Elementary School Classroom Exhibit D
•   No small-group instruction, until Superintendent              •   Elementary School Classroom Exhibit E
    authorizes the staff to do so.                                •   1 Teacher Desk
•   Partitions will be placed in appropriate locations            •   School provided teacher chair
•   Each student desk will be equipped with a student divider     •   Science lab classes will not be provided a desk.
•   Classes will be placed in cohorts or kept together to         •   1 File Cabinet
    include the same group of children each day.                  •   Due to limited space the following will not be
•   Minimal mixing between groups/cohorts.                            permitted:
                                                                          o Rugs
Classroom Furniture (below artifacts)                                     o Avoid close group learning activities like
• Cloth materials should be avoided: Eliminate the use of                     reading circles.
   rugs, pillows and/or cushions.                                         o Book shelves
                                                                          o Student Projects
Student Desks                                                             o Rainbow tables
• High School/Middle School Classroom Exhibit B                           o Couches
• High School/Middle School Classroom Exhibit C                           o Personal items
• Elementary School Classroom Exhibit D
• Elementary School Classroom Exhibit E                           Testing
• 1 Teacher Desk                                                  • Specific safety measures will be put into place
• School provided teacher chair                                      including:
• Science lab classes will be provided with desks.                       o Designated locations for all evaluations
• 1 File Cabinet                                                         o Staff will have professional development
• Due to limited space the following will not be permitted:                  regarding COVID-19, prior to testing.
       o   Rugs                                                          o Hand Sanitizer will be located at entrances and
       o   Avoid close group learning activities like reading                exits of buildings, near bathrooms and in all
           circles.                                                          classes for student use as they enter and exit
       o   Book shelves                                                      class
       o   Student Projects                                              o Individual student dividers will be provided to
       o   Rainbow tables                                                    each student.
       o   Couches                                                       o Staff will be provided with a proper PPE
       o   Personal items                                                    (masks, gloves, face shields).

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Testing                                                                  o Plexiglass dividers will be provided so that the
• Specific safety measures will be put into place including:                  staff member can see the child complete the
       o Designated locations for all evaluations                             test.
       o Staff will have professional development                 •   Testing protocol will also include:
           regarding COVID-19.                                           o Specific testing times will be arranged by the
       o Hand Sanitizer will be located at entrances and                      Director of Special Services and the CST team.
           exits of buildings, near bathrooms and in all                 o Students will be provided with a mask if they
           classes for student use as they enter and exit class               do not come with one.
       o Individual student dividers will be provided to          •   Proper disinfection will be arranged by the Director of
           each student.                                              Facilities after each test.
       o Staff will be provided with a proper PPE masks,
           gloves, face shields, and gowns if needed.             Therapy Rooms
       o Plexiglass/ Plastic dividers will be provided in         • Related services will be provided in-person and will
           appropriate locations so that the staff member can        require specific safety measures will be put into place
           see the child complete the test.                          including:
• Testing protocol will also include:                                    o Designated locations for all evaluations
       o Parent will drop off their child (they will not be              o Staff will have professional development
           allowed in a facility) and will wait in the parking               regarding COVID-19, prior to testing.
           lot until the child is walked out by a staff                  o Hand Sanitizer will be located at entrances and
           member.                                                           exits of buildings, near bathrooms and in all
       o Parents will be required to complete a contact                      classes for student use as they enter and exit
           tracing form prior to the evaluation                              class
       o Students will be provided with a mask if they do                o Individual student dividers will be provided to
           not come with one.                                                each student
• Proper disinfection will be arranged by the Director of                o Staff members will be provided with a proper
   Facilities after each test.                                               PPE (masks, gloves, face shields).
                                                                         o Plexiglass dividers will be provided so that the
                                                                             staff member can see the child complete the
Therapy Rooms                                                                test.
• With a hybrid model related services will be provided           • Proper disinfection will be arranged by the Head
   through in-person and virtual (synchronous and                    Custodian of each building through the Director of
   asynchronous) instruction.                                        Facilities after each test.
• In-person instruction will require specific safety
   measures will be put into place including:                     •   Parents will also be encouraged to provide students
       o Designated locations for all evaluations                     with the following:

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o Staff will have professional development                 o Hand Sanitizer for use at their desk
            regarding COVID-19, prior to testing.                 o Tissues
       o Hand Sanitizer will be located at entrances and          o Writing Utensils not to be shared
            exits of buildings, near bathrooms and in all      Crayons not to be shared
            classes for student use as they enter and exit
            class.
       o Individual student dividers will be provided to
            each student.
       o Staff members will be provided with a proper
            PPE (masks, gloves, face shields, and gowns, if
            needed).
       o Plexiglass or plastic dividers will be provided so
            that the staff member can see the child complete
            the test.
•   Proper disinfection will be arranged by the Head
    Custodian of each building through the Director of
    Facilities after each test.

•   Parents will also be encouraged to provide students with
    the following:
        o Hand Sanitizer for use at their desk
        o Tissues
        o Writing Utensils not to be shared
        o Crayons not to be shared

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3. Transportation
 School districts should maintain social distancing practices on buses to the maximum extent practicable and adopt best practices for cleaning and
disinfecting all vehicles used for transporting students. If maintaining social distancing is not possible, all students who are able must wear face
coverings while on busses. NJDOE Guidance (Pages 21-23)

    Virtual/ Remote                          Hybrid/ Blended Learning                                      Traditional School Day
      Instruction            ● The district has contracted with South Bergen Jointure         ● The district has contracted with South Bergen
                               Commission (SBJC), and will follow guidelines that are           Jointure Commission, and will follow guidelines
During an emergency            laid out by the Jointure.                                        that are laid out by the Jointure.
school closure, due to the
COVID-19 Pandemic,           ● Modified bus routes and schedules may be implemented           ● Bus routes and schedules will resume a normal
district school buses will     depending on the hybrid schedule.                                schedule and will implement specific safety
not be in use for any                                                                           measures for all individuals riding on a bus.
reason.                      ● The district will work with parents if they choose to waive
                                transportation for the school year. Accordingly, families  ● Hand sanitizer stations will be provided on the
The district will work          of eligible bus students would receive a payment to waive    bus for students, staff and bus drivers.
with the contracted bus         transportation services in accordance with 18A:39-1c.      ● Face coverings will be mandated for bus drivers
companies to ensure a                                                                        and staff.
thorough and deep clean      As per SBJC and CDC Guidelines:                               ● Plexiglass barriers will be installed around the
buses before reopening.      ● 54-passenger will have no more than 11 students/plus one      bus driver.
                                bus aide, when an aide is required                         ● Students must wear face covering, when social
                             ● 29-passenger (those available) will have no more than 6       distancing is impossible.
                                students/plus one bus aide, when an aide is required       ● Parents are to notify the district if a child is sick
                             ● 24-passenger will have no more than 5 students/plus one       and is not sending them to school (which
                                bus aide, when an aide is required                           includes siblings.)
                             ● 16-passenger will have no more than 4 students/plus one       ○ Siblings of symptomatic student, especially
                                bus aide, when an aide is required                               those that reside in the same household, will
                             ● 7-passenger no more than 1 student/plus one bus aide,             follow the protocol according to the BDDOH,
                                when required                                                    NJDOH, School Nurse or School Physician
                             ● SBJC Attestation Form is needed (SEPARATE FORM ● Spaced seating will be employed:
                                THE DISTRICT FORM)                                           ○ One (1) student per seat, alternating left and
                             ● Hand sanitizer stations will be provided on the bus for           right positions.
                                students, staff and bus drivers.                             ○ Siblings may sit together to maximize space.
                             ● Face coverings will be mandated for bus drivers and staff.    ○ Students filling the bus will bill the back row

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● Plexiglass barriers will be installed around the bus driver.               first and then progress forward.
                          ● Students must wear face covering, when social distancing               ○ Mark seats to show students where to sit.
                            is impossible.                                                     ●   Establish protocols for entering and exiting to
                          ● Parents are to notify the district if a child is sick and is not       avoid the congregation of
                            sending them to school (which includes siblings.)                  ●   Students must be lined up 6ft apart when
                            ○ Siblings of symptomatic student, especially those that               entering or exiting the bus.
                                reside in the same household, will follow the protocol         ●   Open windows, when possible.
                                according to the BDDOH, NJDOH, School Nurse or                 ●   All surfaces will be frequently cleaned and
                                School Physician                                                   disinfected after each use.
                          ● Spaced seating will be employed:
                            ○ One (1) student per seat, alternating left and right
                                positions.
                            ○ Siblings may sit together to maximize space.
                            ○ Students filling the bus will bill the back row first and
                                then progress forward.
                            ○ Mark seats to show students where to sit.
                          ● Establish protocols for entering and exiting to avoid the
                            congregation of
                          ● Students must be lined up 6ft apart when entering or
                            exiting the bus.
                          ● Open windows, when possible.
                          ● All surfaces will be frequently cleaned and disinfected
                            after each use.

CDC Guidance: Guidance on Bus Transit Operators

ED Week: Guidance for Social Distancing on Buses

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4. Student Flow, Entry, Exit, and Common Areas
School district reopening plans should establish the process and location for student and staff health screenings. This should include providing
physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to help ensure that staff and students remain at least six feet apart. When
it is not possible to maintain physical distancing, schools must require the use of face coverings. NJDOE Guidance (Pages 23-24)

Policy 1648: Restart and Recovery

 Virtual/ Remote Instruction                     Hybrid/ Blended Learning                                      Traditional School Day

During an emergency school          ● The temperature will be taken of all employees              ● The temperature will be taken of all employees
closure, due to the COVID-19           and students each day of the week, or based on               and students each day of the week, or based
Pandemic all school buildings          BCDOH, NJDOH and CDC guidelines.                             on BCDOH, NJDOH and CDC guidelines.
will be closed and total
                                    ● Parents will be required to complete a daily                ● Parents will be required to complete a daily
virtual/remote learning will be
employed.                              COVID-19 Attestation Form through Real                       COVID-19 Attestation Form through Real
                                       Time.                                                        Time.
Essential personnel,               Temperature Checks:                                           Temperature Checks:
designated by the                      ○ Consider all HIPAA and FERPA laws and                      ○ Consider all HIPAA and FERPA laws and
Superintendent of Schools, will            regulations                                                  regulations
be allowed to enter the school         ○ Students and staff that test negative will be              ○ Students and staff that test negative will be
building.                                  allowed to walk the school with a mask at all                allowed to walk the school with a mask at
                                           times.                                                       all times.
District leaders will use one-         ○ All students, staff and visitors are required to           ○ All students, staff and visitors are required
way and two-way                            wear face coverings unless doing so would                    to wear face coverings unless doing so would
communication platforms in                  inhibit the individual’s health, the individual is           inhibit the individual’s health, the individual is
order to operate and conduct                under two years of age, or other exceptions                  under two years of age, or other exceptions
essential business.                         outlined in NJDOE’s guidance apply pending                   outlined in NJDOE’s guidance apply pending
                                          approval from the school nurse, principal, and               approval from the school nurse, principal,
Virtual meetings will be                  Superintendent of Schools.                                   and Superintendent of Schools.
employed; in-person meetings            ○ All students, staff and visitors are required to           ○ All students, staff and visitors are required
will only be conducted when               wear face coverings unless doing so would                    to wear face coverings unless doing so would
necessary.                                  inhibit the individual’s health, the individual is           inhibit the individual’s health, the individual is
                                            under two years of age, or other exceptions                  under two years of age, or other exceptions
                                            outlined in NJDOE’s guidance apply pending                   outlined in NJDOE’s guidance apply pending

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approval from the school nurse, principal, and          approval from the school nurse, principal,
     Superintendent of Schools.                              and Superintendent of Schools.
   ○ Those who test positive will be asked to stay         ○ Those who test positive will be asked to
     home for 14 days.                                       stay home for 14 days.
      ■ This will include all siblings in district.           ■ This will include all siblings in district.
   ○ Siblings of symptomatic student, especially           ○ Siblings of symptomatic student, especially
     those that reside in the same household, will           those that reside in the same household, will
     follow the protocol according to the BDDOH,             follow the protocol according to the
     NJDOH, School Nurse or School Physician                 BDDOH, NJDOH, School Nurse or School
                                                             Physician
● The staff will be provided with training to review
  screening protocols.                                  ● The staff will be provided with professional
● Parents/ Guardians will also be provided with           development to review screening protocols.
  screening information prior to the start of school.   ● Parents/ Guardians will also be provided with
  They will also be informed of the protocol. This        screening information prior to the start of
  information will be share on the district website,      school. They will also be informed of the
  social media and through correspondence form            protocol. This information will be share on the
  the administration.                                     district website, social media and through
● Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at every       correspondence form the administration.
  entrance, exit, near bathrooms, in every              ● Hand sanitizer stations will be provided at
  classroom, lobby areas and all offices.                 entrance, exit, near bathrooms, in every
● All students will be provided face masks, face          classroom, lobby areas and all offices.
  shields, and a personal student divider. In the       ● All students will be provided face masks, face
  event accommodations are needed for special             shields, and a personal student divider. In the
  education students, young students, or students         event accommodations are needed for special
  with specific health restrictions, they will not be     education students, young students, or students
  required to wear a face mask pending approval           with specific health restrictions, they will not be
  from the school nurse, principal, and                   required to wear a face mask pending approval
  Superintendent of Schools.                              from the school nurse, principal, and
● Face masks and shields will be provided for all         Superintendent of Schools.
  staff members.                                        ● Face masks and shields will be provided for all
● Students and staff must wear face covering at all       staff members.
  times when social distancing is not permitted.        ● Students and staff must wear face covering at
                                                          all times when social distancing is not
Signage                                                   permitted.
● Signage will be posted in classrooms, hallways,
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and entrances to communicate how to stop the      Signage
     spread of COVID-19. Other signage includes how ● Signage will be posted in classrooms, hallways,
     to stop the spread of germs, how to properly wear     and entrances to communicate how to stop the
     face coverings, visitors entering the building,       spread of COVID-19. Other signage includes
     amongst others.                                       how to stop the spread of germs, how to
 ● Specific signage will be placed on the ground for       properly wear face coverings, visitors entering
     students to follow to avoid large crowds and          the building, amongst others.
     congregation.                                      ● Specific signage will be placed on the ground
                                                           for students to follow to avoid large crowds and
Special Accommodations                                     congregation.
 ● Additional signage, entrance and exiting
     procedures will be modified and accommodations Special Accommodations
     will be made for students with disabilities will   ● Additional signage, entrance and exiting
     made, if and when it is needed.                       procedures will be modified and
                                                           accommodations will be made for students with
 ● Protocols for students/staff who feel ill and/or        disabilities will made, if and when it is needed.
     experience symptoms when they come to school
     (see above #1 for more information)
     ○ Share this information with parents, students,   ● Protocols for students/staff who feel ill and/or
         and staff.                                        experience symptoms when they come to
     ○ Establish a room, separate from the nurse’s         school (see above #1 for more information)
         office, where students who have symptoms
         wait to be picked up by a parent and/or       Transitioning
         guardian.                                      ● Pk-5 Students will not transition throughout the
                                                           school day.
 ● Nonessential visitors and volunteers will not be        ○ Pk-5 students will be in session 8:45-11:15
     allowed in school buildings.                              and then released for lunch.
                                                           ○ Staff will be limited in their transitions
 ● Student pick up and drop off:                        ● 6-8/ 9-12 Students and staff will transition from
     ○ staggered entry and release (by grade, class)       class to class and will be required to follow the
     ○ marked spacing for pick up.                         below parameters:
     ○ Parents will not be permitted in the buildings      ○ Students and staff will wear face
         for early dismissal/pick up unless they have          coverings/masks while they are
         provided the administration with written              transitioning through the hallways
         correspondence 48 hours in advance, and           ○ The cleaning of hallways and high-touch
         approval has been granted by the principal.           surfaces will be conducted throughout the
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school day
Transitioning                                                ○ Additional time for transitions will be
 ● Pk-5 Students will not transition throughout the            provided (if needed.)
    school day.                                              ○ Flow paths will be identified through
    ○ Staff will be limited in their transitions               signage to keep students separated and to
 ● 6-8/ 9-12 Students and staff will transition from           minimize congregation of students. This
    class to class and will be required to follow the          may include:
    below parameters:                                           ■ Designate ‘one-way’ hallways.
    ○ Students and staff will wear face                         ■ Designate ‘up’ and ‘down’ stairwells
         coverings/masks while they are transitioning           ■ Plan staggered class (i.e. by hall,
         through the hallways                                      odd/even classroom numbers, grade,
    ○ The cleaning of hallways and high-touch                      discipline) changes to decrease the
         surfaces will be conducted throughout the                 number of students in the hallway at
         school day                                                one time.
    ○ Additional time for transitions will be                   ■ Have the same group of students stay
         provided (if needed.)                                     with the same staff (all day for
    ○ Flow paths will be identified through signage                elementary students and as much as
         to keep students separated and to minimize                possible for middle and high school
         congregation of students. This may include:               students).
          ■ Designate ‘one-way’ hallways.
          ■ Designate ‘up’ and ‘down’ stairwells         Common Areas/ Large Groups
          ■ Walking “lanes” may be identified            The district will continue to abide by the maximum
          ■ Plan staggered class (i.e. by hall,          number of people allowed to congregate as defined
              odd/even classroom numbers, grade,         by the Governor's current statewide Executive
              discipline) changes to decrease the        Order.
              number of students in the hallway at one    ● Assemblies will be suspended.
              time.                                       ● Field trips will be suspended.
          ■ Have the same group of students stay          ● Congregation of students in common areas will
              with the same staff (all day for                be monitored and discouraged.
              elementary students and as much as          ● Stagger the schedule for large group gatherings
              possible for middle and high school             (recess in the elementary and during school
              students).                                      meals- see below #8.)
                                                          ● Providing hand sanitizer for students and staff
Common Areas/ Large Groups                                    at every entrance, exit, near bathrooms, in every
The district will continue to abide by the maximum            classroom, lobby areas and all offices
number of people allowed to congregate as defined by      ● Post signage in hallways and cafeteria to
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the Governor's current statewide Executive Order.             communicate how to stop the spread of
                                    ● Assemblies will be suspended.                             COVID-19. Other signage includes how to stop
                                    ● Field trips will be suspended.                            the spread of germs, how to properly wear face
                                    ● Congregation of students in common areas will             coverings, visitors entering the building,
                                       be monitored and discouraged.                            amongst others
                                    ● Stagger the schedule for large group gatherings         ● Allowing students and staff to wear face
                                       (recess in the elementary and during school              masks/coverings while in large group
                                       meals- see below #8.)                                    gatherings
                                                                                              ● Limit unnecessary congregation of students and
                                                                                                staff.

           5. Screening, PPE, Response to Students & Staff Presenting Symptoms
School districts must adopt a policy for safely and respectfully screening students and employees for symptoms of and history of exposure to
COVID-19. Students and staff with symptoms related to COVID-19 must be safely and respectfully isolated from others. If a school district
becomes aware that an individual who has spent time in a district facility tests positive for COVID-19, district officials must immediately notify
local health officials, staff, and families of a confirmed case while maintaining confidentiality. NJDOE Guidance (Pages 24-27)
NJDOH COVID Information
Public Health Recommendations for Local Health Departments for K-12 Schools (January 2021)
COVID- Instructions-Persons Who Test Positive
COVID-When to Get Tested
COVID-Cannot Test Out of Quarantine
COVID-How Long to Isolate-Quarantine
COVID-Instructions Persons Who Test Negative

     Virtual/ Remote                        Hybrid/ Blended Learning                                     Traditional School Day
       Instruction
                                ● All persons entering the buildings must wear a         ● All persons entering the buildings must wear a face
During an emergency               face covering, unless it would inhibit an                covering, unless it would inhibit an individual’s
school closure, due to the        individual’s health (medical documentation               health (medical documentation needed.)
COVID-19 Pandemic, all            needed.)
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