CRSD HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (POSTED: 7/20/20)
Q: When will parents have to inform the District about their learning option selection?
On Friday, July 31st, CR will send each family a registration link; this link will remain active through Friday, August 7th for parents to register their child(ren) for either the hybrid option or the at-home learning option. The District delayed this window so that we can be sure that all parents have as much information as possible before we ask them to make this choice. (Updated 7/28/20)
Q: If parents choose "in person" can they change to "hybrid" or "at home" before school actually starts? For example: Should Bucks County become a hotspot in mid-August and we no longer felt comfortable with the in-person option.
Yes, the District would be able to accommodate this move in all likelihood as it will be easier to accommodate moves that reduce the number of students in a classroom as opposed to opposite moves that would increase the number of students in a classroom and thus reduce social distancing.
Q: Would parents be able to change from one learning option to another during the course of the school year?
Parents will be able to switch options at designated times in the school year. Designated times under consideration are the end of the marking period or at the end of the semester.
Q: What are the three instructional options currently under consideration?
Scenario 1: 100% In-Person or 100% At-Home
With this scenario, families would have the opportunity to select from two options: 100% in-person learning and 100% at-home learning. The in-person learning would follow the Council Rock Health and Safety Plan. Students would be required to wear face coverings and would be following social distancing procedures. Through the at-home learning option students would join each of their classes through interactive live streaming via their Chromebook with a secure link. The classroom would be brought directly to the home. Videoconferencing capabilities would also be enabled so at-home students may participate as fully as possible with their teacher and classmates. The students at home would be able to interact socially with their peers.
Scenario 2: Hybrid or 100% At-Home
With this scenario, families would have the opportunity to select from two options: Hybrid and 100% at-home learning. In the hybrid option students would attend school in-person 50% of the days, and learn from home on the opposite 50% of days. When students attend in-person, they would follow the Council Rock Health and Safety Plan. They would be required to wear face coverings and would be following social distancing procedures. The hybrid option also includes at-home learning. When they are learning at home, the students would join each of their classes through interactive livestreaming via their Chromebook with a secure link. Videoconferencing capabilities would also be enabled so at-home students may participate as fully as possible with their teacher and classmates. The students at home would be able to interact socially with their peers.
Scenario 3: 100% Virtual Learning
With this scenario, all students would learn virtually through both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. The students would participate in daily synchronous learning sessions for each of their classes/subjects. This synchronous learning would include activities such as direct teaching, class meetings and discussions, small group learning guided by the teacher, and individual teacher support. Asynchronous learning would include activities that students complete independently and submit as assignments for feedback or grades.
Q: What is the difference between at-home learning and virtual learning?
At-home learning will be used when some students are learning from home and some students are learning in school on any given day. With the at-home model, live, real-time instruction from the classroom would be streamed to students at home. Students at home would generally be able to see and hear what is happening in the classroom, and students at home would also be able to participate in class through interactive technological features that we would activate.
100% virtual learning, on the other hand, would occur when ALL students are learning from home. In this instance, no students are learning in school and CR teachers (no third-party teachers) deliver virtual instruction via Google Classroom (elementary) and Canvas (middle and high).
Q: How would fall remote learning be different from the remote learning delivered in the spring?
Our fall virtual experience would be an enhanced/improved version of the distance-learning program from this past spring. There would be greater live/synchronous instruction than what was provided in the spring, while still allowing for some asynchronous instruction so that students can access instruction at a time that best meets their needs.
Q: Will those opting for the virtual program be educated by staff from their home school
It is most likely that students who partake in the virtual learning program will be taught by teachers from their home school.
Q: Will the virtual curriculum follow the in-person classroom curriculum
Yes. The goal is for the virtual curriculum to mirror that of in-person learning.
Q: How many students will be in a classroom in the in-person model?
It depends on the physical size of the classroom and our ability to socially distance based on PDE’s six-foot guideline. While an average size classroom may be able to accommodate 12-15 students with social distancing in place, classroom sizes vary and some classes will have fewer students while others may have a greater number of students.
Q: For in-person learning, will small group instruction continue as regular?
No. Small-group collaborative work will largely not be possible and hands-on activities will be greatly curtailed because the sharing of supplies/manipulatives would be prohibited.
Q: Is the District going to use a third party cyber school to deliver remote instruction?
Council Rock is NOT currently considering contracting with a third-party cyber school. All virtual learning will be delivered by CR teachers and follow the CR curriculum.
Q: If live streaming is used, will it be a continuous feed, or will there be times when the camera is turned off?
There will be times during a class where independent practice and the like are occurring, and so those times will present an opportunity for the streaming to be stopped. Streaming obviously will also not occur during lunch and recess.
Q: How will IEPs and any other supports be addressed in all three scenarios? (At-home, at-school and the hybrid?
We know that our students with IEPs have specialized needs, and we are discussing potential alternative options for some or all of our special education population. We will be able to provide better clarity once the Board votes on a model on Thursday evening.
Q: If a student is sick at home, can they just jump right into learning online?
Yes. Students who are sick at home for multiple days may jump into at-home learning and then jump back to in-person learning when they are ready to return to school.
Q: If the hybrid model is used, will different children from the same family go to school on the same day?
If/when implementing a hybrid model, the District will do everything it can to ensure that different students from the same family are kept on the same schedule. Our first priority will be to balance social distancing from one classroom to the next, and while doing so we will do our best to keep families together.
Q: Will students be able to attend MBIT in person or virtually in the fall?
Since MBIT receives students from four different districts, there are significant logistics that still need to be worked out at this point. Council Rock is working directly with the Director of MBIT to develop a viable plan for those students who will attend MBIT in the fall.
Q: If a student decides to participate in virtual learning, are they still eligible to play sports?
Yes. We anticipate that students in the virtual program will be able to participate in sports as regular.
Q: Does the District have enough substitutes for the expected absences we may experience?
Staff availability is one of our foremost concerns with any in-person reopening scenario. Lack of staff availability can occur for a number of reasons related to this virus. We know that we’re going to see more absences for students and adults, and that our substitute teacher pool will also be diluted. This is a concern that the District is continuing to navigate.
Q: Will neighboring families be able to request to attend on the same days as another family at the school for transportation and home-learning childcare?
We will certainly prioritize keeping households together on the same days. Whether we can entertain requests along the lines of what you’re requesting is unknown at this point.
Q: For those students who reside in dual (households where the parents have different schooling intentions. Is each parent able to select their own option for their custodial days?
Because of the importance of maintaining consistent social distancing from one day to the next, we will need to have one plan for each individual student.
Q: What guidelines will the District utilize to determine social distancing for students?
The District will follow Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) six-feet social distancing guidelines, to the extent feasible, in all classrooms and other instructional areas.
Q: How will the District ensure that one-way hallway traffic and social distancing guidelines are maintained at all schools?
The District will use high visibility floor tape and decals to clearly identify hallway direction and social distancing space.
Q: Will students be allowed to purchase lunches, or will they be required to only bring lunches?
Yes. Students will be able to purchase lunch. Purchasing options, however, will most likely be limited to boxed lunches.
Q: Where will students eat their lunch?
The District is still exploring meal service options. Once we know the type of instructional programs we are offering we will be able to understand where lunch will be served and eaten?
Q: Will children attending in-person school choose a cafeteria table or get their seats assigned alphabetically or randomly?
Students will choose their seats as they have in the past. Once they have chosen seats, student seating will be recorded on paper for the purpose of contract tracing. Cohorts of students will be seated together to reinforce student social groups.
Q: How will the District ensure that high-touch areas remain hygienically safe?
High-touch areas (door handles, light switches,etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected once daily using Virex II-256, and as requested during the day.
Q: Will students be permitted to use school water fountains?
No. All school water fountains will be taped off to prohibit use. Students will be encouraged to bring personal water bottles with them to school.
Q: Is it possible for students to be organized by friend groups?
Unfortunately, the District cannot make any guarantees regarding friend groups as our ability to ensure this would be nearly impossible. Moreover, our first priority will be to ensure maximum social distancing from one classroom to the next, with a second priority to keep family members intact
Q: What measures are being put into place to protect student and staff health and safety?
The District will follow all social distancing and hygiene protocols spelled out in the CRSD Health and Safety Plan and work closely with Bucks County Health Department officials to ensure that appropriate contact tracing measures are followed. Face coverings will be provided to students as needed and the District will ensure all staff has the necessary equipment based on their role (ex: masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, etc).
Q: How will the District enforce the wearing of masks?
Our goal is to engage with parents, students, and staff to encourage the wearing of masks. Students who intentionally refuse to wear a mask will be sent home to partake in virtual learning.
Q: Will students be trained on how to properly wear and discard masks?
Faculty and staff will model and reinforce proper face mask and shield wearing procedures for students. Parents will receive literature on best practices for face mask and shield wear and care.
Q: How will the District ensure that substitutes are following the same health guidelines, especially those who travel from district to district?
Substitutes will be required to follow all health and safety protocols as detailed in the CRSD Health and Safety Plan.
Q: Is Council Rock collaborating with neighboring school districts to share ideas as we are all facing the same challenges?
Yes, Council Rock Administration is in regular communication with school leaders throughout the county.