2021-2022 School Year Opening Plan

  • SAYVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS - 2021-2022 School Year Opening Plan

    Mission Statement:

    The Sayville School District, together with the entire community, is committed to fostering a safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environment which provides all students with the attributes needed for lifelong learning, career readiness, and responsible citizenship.

    Introduction from Superintendent and BOE:

    We are excited that the opening plans for the 2021-2022 school year will ensure that all of our students will have access to full time, consistent, in-person instruction throughout the year.  The district’s goal for the opening of the 2021-2022 school year is get our students back to full time in-person instruction and to keep our schools open.  We believe that this plan provides the means to make this goal a reality. These plans are based on Public Health Law, requirements issued by the NYS Department of Health and directives provided by the CDC, NYS Department of Education, and Suffolk County Department of Health Services. These agencies prioritize school efforts to have all children safely return to in-person instruction with layered COVID prevention strategies in place.  We are striving to return to normal school activities as much as possible.

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

    • Multi-layered approach to protect students, staff, visitors (especially the most vulnerable)
    • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting procedures
    • Ventilation
    • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
    • Physical distancing will be observed to the extent possible to allow for in-person instruction
    • Incorporate CDC, DOH, NYSED requirements
    • Universal mask wearing will be required for all students, staff and visitors while indoors
    • Individuals should stay home when sick
    • Masks not required outdoors and may be removed during meals and mask breaks
    • Voluntary diagnostic services will be made available for the convenience of our staff and community
    • Health screener and temperature checks are no longer necessary
    • Requests for mask exemptions may be submitted to the building principal with medical documentation. All requests are subject to the approval of the District’s medical director. 

    INSTRUCTION 

    • All students will return to five days per week of in-person instruction
    • Elementary specials (music, art, library, and physical education) will take place in traditional settings
    • Students will follow typical, pre-pandemic schedules
    • Lockers will be available as they were prior to the pandemic
    • There will be no hybrid or remote options for instruction
    • Back-to-School Nights will be limited to one adult per child
    • School functions will resume on campus with precautions
    • Visitors to the schools will be limited. All visitors will be required to wear a mask

    CONTACT TRACING–Working with Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) 

    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date of symptoms onset or test date if asymptomatic
    • The schools will practice cohorting and the use of seating charts to the extent possible
    • The District will continue to contact trace for COVID-19 cases and report positive cases to the SCDHS
    • Parents or guardians will be notified if contact tracing of a positive case results in their child being deemed a close contact
    • Students in a classroom who are within 3-6 feet of a student who tests positive for COVID-19 are excluded from the definition of a close contact and not required to quarantine if both students were wearing masks
    • Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with a positive case unless they have symptoms
    • In the event of COVID-related school closure or classroom closure, remote instruction will be provided

    FOOD SERVICE 

    • The USDA has once again approved Free Meals for ALL students for the 2021-2022 School Year. This means that all Sayville students may receive one Breakfast and one Lunch at school every day for FREE. PLEASE NOTE that a’ la carte items (i.e. 2nd entrees, snacks, and beverages) are not considered “meals” and do not qualify as free, but are still available for purchase
    • The current plan for School Opening is to have students eat in the cafeterias. However, if a resurgence of pandemic infection rates reaches a critical level, according to DOHS/CDC data, and social distancing restrictions change, the District will revisit cafeteria use

     TRANSPORTATION 

    • Transportation will be provided for all eligible students
    • Buses will follow normal routes and stops
    • Masks will be required as per NYSED and NYSDOH
    • Bus windows will remain open, when possible, to increase fresh air and improve ventilation
    • Members of the same household are encouraged to sit together
    • Late buses will be available when events, clubs, and activities commence
    • Buses will be regularly sanitized

     EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

    • After-school programs and extra-curricular clubs will be in place in accordance with health-and-safety protocols
    • Athletics will continue in the fall. As of today, COVID-19 Testing of athletes will not be required
    • Concerts, plays, and ceremonies will return with consideration for capacity limits and activity
    • Field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis

     SUMMARY

    • This plan supports getting our students back to full time in-person instruction and offers the greatest likelihood of keeping them in school safely and without disruption
    • Governor Hochul has stated that she believes it's important to start with a statewide mandate but is willing to roll back restrictions on a regional basis depending on local data
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