Teaching & Learning
1. Each school and/or district reopening plan includes a continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Such plan must prepare for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.
It is our goal to return to full-time, in-person instruction as soon as possible. At this time, based on all relevant guidance and regulations, we will begin the school year using the following hybrid model as we cannot physically house all students with the required six feet of social distancing in our classrooms. When social distancing requirements are relaxed, we will welcome all students back to school each day.
- Schools will operate on an A/B cycle, where students will attend school in-person every other day during regular hours following a modified bell schedule. Students will be assigned to attend in-person on either day A or day B alphabetically by last name. Students in the same household will all attend on the same day. On the day when students are not assigned to attend in-person, remote learning will be required.
- During remote learning, teachers will provide ‘live’ instruction via Google Meet, recorded lessons, and/or project-based activities that are all directly related to daily instruction. All teachers, counselors, and clinicians will be available to meet with students via Google Meet every day.
- Students unable to attend school for reasons related to Covid-19 will fully participate in a daily, live remote learning program provided by district teachers.
- If the spread of Covid-19 should force the complete closure of schools, ‘live’ remote instruction via Google Meet will be provided daily by all teachers. Class materials, projects, etc. will be distributed and collected via Google Classroom, Schoology, and/or Apple Schoolwork.
All three models of instruction will provide for substantive student-teacher-parent interaction. While in hybrid or remote learning, teachers will be required to be available for ‘live’ interaction daily via Google Meet. We have also developed a complete social-emotional well-being plan as part of this interaction.
2. Each school and/or district reopening plan includes an educational program that is aligned to the New York State Learning Standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) regardless if instruction is delivered in-person, remotely or in a hybrid model.
The faculty of the Sewanhaka CHSD will be following the New York State Learning Standards, regardless of method of instruction. Teachers will follow curriculum guides to ensure the continuity of instruction.
3. Each school and/or district reopening plan provides for a program that includes regular substantive interaction between teachers and students whether delivered in-person, remotely or through a hybrid model of instruction.
The Sewanhaka CHSD has developed an instructional plan that will allow for hybrid instruction. Both in-person instruction as well as remote instruction will be in accordance with NYSED standards. All three models of instruction will provide for substantive student-teacher-parent interaction. While in hybrid or remote learning, teachers will be required to be available for ‘live’ interaction daily via Google Meet. We have also developed a complete social-emotional well-being plan as part of this interaction.
4. Equity must be at the heart of all school instructional decisions. All instruction should be developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model due to a local or state school closure, there are/clear/opportunities for instruction that/are/accessible to all students./Such opportunities must be/aligned with State standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) and include routine scheduled times for students to/interact and seek feedback and support/from their teachers.
Whether instruction is delivered in-person, remotely, or via a hybrid model of in-person and remote, all students will receive equal access and opportunity to teaching and learning that is completely aligned with NYSED standards. To break down any barriers:
- All students are provided with a district iPad with access to over 400 apps. This includes access to the GeoGebra graphing and scientific calculators to use in math and science classes. iBook and digital texts are also available as appropriate.
- Students who do not have access to high-speed internet and WiFi at home will be provided with a direct connection to a local, public hotspot or loaned a personal Kajeet hotspot to use at home.
- Faculty all have high speed internet and WiFi at home, and are provided with a district iPad and MacBook computer with which to provide instruction and support.
- All three models of instruction will provide for substantive student-teacher-parent interaction. While in hybrid or remote learning, teachers will be required to be available for ‘live’ interaction daily via Google Meet. We have also developed a complete social-emotional well-being plan as part of this interaction.
5. Schools must create a clear communication plan for how students and their families/caregivers can contact the school and teachers with questions about their instruction and/or technology. This information needs to be accessible to all, available in multiple languages based on district or charter school need, widely disseminated, and include clear and multiple ways for students and families to contact schools and teachers (e.g., email, online platform, and/or by phone).
The parents of students in our district will be offered workshops to assist them with understanding the technology their children will be accessing. All communication regarding this plan and all associated details will be sent via phone and e-mail. This information will also be posted on the district website where it can be translated to a variety of languages.
6. Districts that contract with eligible agencies, including CBOs, to provide Prekindergarten programs must attest that they have measures in place to ensure eligible agencies with whom they contract will follow health and safety guidelines outlined in NYSED guidance and required by the New York State Department of Health. The district must also ensure their eligible agencies have a Continuity of Learning plan that addresses in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.
The Sewanhaka CHSD is a District only serving grades 7-12, and does not contract with any agencies to provide Prekindergarten programs.
This page is provided pursuant to the New York State Department of Health Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.