FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the current guidance for travelers?
The most current travel order, which went into place on November 17, 2020, allows for testing upon return to PA if you are not able to get tested in the 72 hours prior to your return to PA. Upon receipt of a negative test result, a student is permitted to return to school.
What is the current guidance for face coverings?
According to the most recently revised PA Department of Health's face-covering order put into effect on November 18, 2020, all staff and students must wear face coverings while on school district property or riding school buses. A plastic face shield may NOT be worn in place of a face-covering unless wearing a face covering is not possible. Families should contact their building principal if their child must wear a plastic face shield due to an inability to wear a face covering. Staff should contact their supervisor for the same circumstance.
From the Governer’s November 17, 2020, Face Covering Order
“Face covering” means covering of the nose and mouth with material that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is wrapped around the lower face. A “face covering” can be made of a variety of synthetic or natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. A “face covering” may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or be improvised from household items, including, but not limited to, scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels. While procedural and surgical masks intended for health care providers and first responders, such as N95 respirators, meet those requirements, these specialized masks should be reserved for appropriate occupational and health care personnel.
“Alternative to a face covering” may include a plastic face shield that covers the nose and mouth, extends below the chin and to the ears and leaves no exposed gap between the forehead and the shield’s headpiece. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised there is currently not enough evidence to determine how much protection a face shield provides to individuals around the person wearing the face shield, because of gaps where respiratory droplets may escape. The CDC does state, however, that face shields may still be an option in situations where wearing a cloth face covering is not otherwise feasible.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Where can I locate the District’s approved Health and Safety Plan?
The CRSD Health and Safety Plan, which was approved by the CR Board of School Directors on July 23, 2020, is currently posted to the CR website and can be easily accessed by clicking HERE.
What type of cleaning will occur on Wednesdays when buildings are empty?
All facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with Virex II-256 in the absence of staff and students on Wednesdays.
How will desks be sanitized and cleaned at the middle and high school levels in between classes?
The teachers will spray the desks with a Viking Pure disinfectant product (safe for students) and provide each student with a multifold paper towel to wipe their respective desks.
How will the District clean buildings, rooms, and surfaces to ensure a safe learning environment?
The District will implement enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols to help keep students, staff, and families safe while COVID-19 remains with us. Our custodial staff will significantly increase the wiping down and disinfecting of public spaces and high-touch surfaces throughout the school day. We will also provide greater access to cleaning materials for our teachers and staff so that they may clean and disinfect spaces, as needed.
How will classrooms without windows be ventilated?
All classrooms are mechanically ventilated. Classrooms without windows do not have the added advantage of opening windows for additional outside air when weather conditions are appropriate. Efforts will be made to increase the outside air intake in all spaces via the automated building system controls on days that weather conditions permit (humidity and outside air temperatures must be taken into consideration).
What is the maximum/minimum number of students in a given classroom? This will largely depend on our enrollment registration process, keeping in mind that social distancing measures will apply as outlined in the CRSD Health and Safety Plan.
How will the District enforce social distancing for students and staff?
Staff will be distanced from students by six feet where feasible. Students will likewise be distanced six feet where feasible.
- Students will be assigned seating in the classrooms, cafeteria, and on busses
- All desks will face the instructor
- Classroom furniture will primarily consist of student desks and a teacher desk.
- Alternate instructional spaces may be utilized when the class size exceeds the maximum number of desks.
How will the District limit crowding in school buildings and ensure social distancing in common spaces?
At both the elementary and secondary levels, one-way traffic patterns will be enforced within the hallways and stairwells to limit contact. Additionally, schools will be outfitted with floor decals that promote social distancing standards. Students will be encouraged not to congregate in clustered groups. Also, schools will use additional entry and exit points for school arrival and dismissal to reduce doorway crowding.
What is the policy/procedure regarding face coverings for staff and students?
All staff and students will be required to wear a face-covering throughout the school day and on school vehicles per the Governor’s July 1, 2020 order. Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition will be excluded from this requirement. A doctor’s exemption is required. The form for requesting an exemption may be HERE.
Will students be able to wear face shields instead of a mask?
No. A face shield can be worn with a mask. It can only be worn in lieu of a mask if wearing a mask is not possible.
Will students be required to wear a face-covering once they are seated in the classroom?
Students will be required to wear a face-covering while seated when there is any type of physical movement occurring in the classroom. Students will be permitted to take mask breaks at the direction of the teacher when the entire class is completing in-place independent work. Regularly-scheduled mask breaks will occur throughout the day at the direction of the teacher.
Will playground equipment be open for use?
Playground equipment at elementary schools will remain open during the green phase. If the County enters the yellow phase, playgrounds will once again be closed and posted. All playground equipment will be disinfected daily with Virex II-256.
How will buses be cleaned and disinfected?
School buses will be cleaned and disinfected when the buses return to the bus depot after all morning runs are completed and again after all afternoon runs are completed, in accordance with the District’s Health & Safety Plan.
How will school lunches and snacks be handled?
- Regular lunch/snack schedules will be followed.
- During lunch and snack, students will be at a minimum of 6’ apart, allowing for removal of face coverings.
- All elementary snack breaks will occur before and after scheduled lunches. Snack breaks will be scheduled and held in the cafeteria. This will ensure that we can adhere to the 6 feet of social distancing so students can remove their masks and eat their snacks. If classroom in-person enrollments allow for 6 feet between desks/students, students may have the opportunity to eat their snack in the classroom.
- Elementary students will eat lunch in their classroom and cafeteria (determined by 6’ distancing).
- Secondary students will eat lunch in the cafeteria and designated areas across the building to allow for the 6’ of social distancing (e.g. auditorium, auxiliary gymnasium).
- Chartwells will be providing pre-packaged meals only in lieu of traditional lunch service.
Will student materials be brought home from school?
The District will encourage teachers to reduce the number of materials transitioning between home and school. Students will bring their District-issued devices home nightly.
Will students be able to bring backpacks and utilize lockers or cubbies at their respective levels?
The physical layout of school lockers and cubbies do not allow for social distancing. As such, lockers, including gym lockers and cubbies, will not be used. Students are encouraged to bring backpacks to school in order to carry books and personal belongings.
Will students have access to water fountains?
Water fountains will not be in use for students and staff. Students will have access to water bottle filling stations, where available. We recommend students bring a water bottle to school daily.
Will the District allow indoor use of facilities?
The District will prohibit the use of indoor facilities by outside groups until further notice.
Will the District restrict visitors from entering the school?
Yes. Only essential visitors will be allowed in the school building. All essential visitors will be required to follow the same safety guidelines as all other school personnel. Parents may access the Main Office to drop off an item but will not be permitted to move beyond that area.
How will student and staff health be monitored?
Staff and parents will be given guidelines about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is expected that staff and parents will self-monitor prior to arrival at school based on the best practices provided by the Bucks County Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the CDC. The self-screening protocol will be provided as we get closer to the return of students so as to reflect the most current information available.
What procedure will be in place for students or staff who exhibit COVID-19 signs or symptoms?
Students or staff who exhibit signs or symptoms during the school day will report to the health office to be assessed by the school nurse. If the situation warrants, the nurse will isolate the patient and contact a parent/guardian to arrange for transportation off-site. The nurse will clean and sanitize the area between each student/staff member.
What conditions will staff or student confirmed to have COVID-19 need to meet to return safely to school?
Clearance from the Bucks County Department of Health will be required for returning to school after a confirmed case of COVID-19, a required quarantine, or direct exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. The student will need to report directly to the health office upon returning to school to be evaluated by the school nurse. Staff and students may return after 10 days out of school/work and being fever-free for 24 hours if they have COVID-19 like symptoms but no positive test or history of direct exposure.
How will the district ensure students are washing/sanitizing their hands regularly?
Students will be provided with opportunities to wash or sanitize hands before/after lunch, before/after recess, and before/after other transitional times. Signage promoting proper hygiene will be visible in locations such as classrooms, restrooms, and hallways. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in all classrooms. The district will ensure hand sanitizer and soap dispensers are full daily and disinfected multiple times daily.
Once schools reopen, what will the decision-making process look like for school closure or other significant change?
The decision-making process will be based on guidelines and recommendations set forth from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Bucks County Department of Health, and the CDC.
Will the district close schools if a certain number of students or staff report illnesses?
The district is preparing for situations in which a school or schools need to close due to a significant number of students or staff testing positive for COVID-19 or reporting other illnesses. We are also planning for the need to close buildings if there is a considerable increase in COVID-19 cases in our state or region.
If a child tests positive, will the siblings be required to quarantine, or will they be allowed to come back to school?
Staff or students who have been exposed to any individual who is COVID-19 positive or been ordered to quarantine for COVID-19 symptoms must seek medical advice from their doctor for direction. Documentation of clearance to return to school must be provided by the doctor.
COVID REPORTING DASHBOARD
What do the COVID reporting dashboard numbers represent?
The numbers in the dashboard represent positive cases in all staff and students associated with a building, including those who are all virtual.
How often is the dashboard updated?
The dashboard is updated shortly after the school principal sends the whole-school letter indicating the presence of a positive case. The numbers are the positive cases we learn about that day, but the symptom onset date and test date for each individual are likely to have occurred days earlier, as it takes several days for the results to arrive in most cases.
If a positive case is counted in one week but the individual remains ill the following week, will that individual be counted twice?
No. the dashboard reflects positive cases on the day we learn about them only. Even if they remain ill, they are not counted again.
When contact tracing, what are the criteria for being determined a close contact?
First, the timeline is examined. The contact tracers look at anyone who was within 6 feet of the positive individual for 15 minutes or more in the 48 hours prior to the positive individual’s symptom onset. For example, if an individual begins to feel symptomatic on a Wednesday and later tests positive, the contact tracers look at all contacts with that individual from the previous Monday forward.
If an individual is quarantined, what does that mean for their family members?
Only individuals who have had direct contact with a positive case are quarantined. Siblings, parents, and children of quarantined people do not need to quarantine unless they also had close contact with the positive individual.
What mental health resources will be made available to Council Rock students?
Counselors, Instructional Support Teachers, CARES Coordinators, Social Workers, and Psychologists will be available for all children and families. The District will be administering a survey to ascertain the mental health needs and has resources, lessons, parent information, and activities ready for utilization.
Will there be counselors to respond to COVID concerns from parents and children?
Yes. Our counselors are always available to respond to concerns from parents and children, and they are prepared to address the various needs related to the closing, COVID-19, and current events that have transpired.
Is there any intention to proactively address the sense of isolation students may have encountered?
Yes. One of the many needs that the District anticipates addressing is the students’ emotional reaction to social isolation, including depression and/or social anxiety. Relationship mapping and building a sense of virtual community within the classroom have been shown to be effective in addressing these areas of needs. Therefore, these are some of the resources that teachers will be using with students.
What are the district’s plans for transitioning back to remote learning if schools need to be closed again in the future?
If extended school closures become necessary during the school year, the District will be ready to quickly transition to remote learning. While we recognize that the transition last spring was not perfect, we learned a great deal about how to improve the process in the future. Our administrators, teachers, and staff continue to make great progress in planning for this scenario.
What are the learning options for the 2020-2021 school year?
Starting January 11, 2021 students in grades K-6 will have two learning options: 4 days in person or at-home learning (100% virtual). In the 4 day option, students will attend school in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. All elementary students will continue to attend school virtually on Wednesdays. Depending on the number of students registered for 4 days in each classroom, the district cannot guarantee 6 feet of social distancing. In the at-home option, students will use interactive livestreaming to join their classmates each day.
On February 1, 2021 students in grades 7-12 will have two learning options: 5 days in person or at-home learning (100% virtual). In the 5 day option, students will attend school in person five days a week. Depending on the number of students registered for 5 days in each classroom, the district cannot guarantee 6 feet of social distancing. In the at-home option, students will use interactive livestreaming to join their classmates each day. They will follow the same schedule as their peers in the classroom and join each class through a secure link.
In both options, teachers will use via interactive livestreaming to connect students at home with their peers in the classroom. Interactive livestreaming allows us to bring the classroom directly to each student’s home and use Council Rock teachers to teach our Council Rock curriculum. It brings the students at home together with their teacher and classmates attending school in person. While this experience cannot completely replicate the classroom experience, it gets us closest to replicating classroom learning for all students.
What will an in-person school day schedule look like?
Our goal is to resume a mostly normal school day schedule with enhanced cleaning protocols, physical distancing among students, adjustments to how students enter and exit buildings, and changes to transitions between classrooms throughout the day.
Will those opting for the 100% at-home program be educated by staff from their home school
Yes, students who partake in the at-home learning program will be taught by teachers from their home school.
Will the 100% at-home curriculum follow the hybrid classroom curriculum?
Yes, the curriculum will be the same as 5-day learning.
How will students use Chromebooks or personal devices when they attend school?
As students have done in the past, they will continue to use technology as a tool to support their learning when they are physically present in school. This may include independent practice with various supplemental applications, such as First in Math at the elementary level. Students may use the devices to write an essay for an English or Language Arts class. Students will also use their devices in school to access digital resources via Canvas, Google Classroom, or the library databases. When students are not using their devices, they will store them in a safe place on, in, or near their desks.
Will interactive livestreaming 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.
Will virtual classes be recorded so that students can complete them at alternate times then when their corresponding in-person class meets?
Interactive livestreaming and other synchronous classes may be recorded for teachers to share with students who are unable to attend a class session. However, those recordings will only be retained for approximately 3 days. Additionally, teachers may record lessons for students to view asynchronously as part of instruction.
If the District needs to shift to 100% virtual for all students, what does a virtual day look like from start to finish?
At each level, students will follow a daily schedule similar to the schedule we have followed in the past. At the elementary level, teachers will plan blocks of time for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Each subject will include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous time. Students will participate in class meetings to build community and support student wellness. Elementary students will also attend the special area classes of Art, Library, Music, and Physical Education as per their weekly schedule. At the middle and high school levels, students will follow the daily class period schedule. Each teacher will include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
What time will be allocated for the enrichment and extra assistance that the children usually obtain in school or after school?
Each school will continue to offer support through intervention at the elementary level and clinic at the secondary level. Additionally, students who received additional support or enrichment will receive those same supports during the school day. For example, elementary literacy specialists will work with classroom teachers to schedule a time to meet with students during the school day. Math specialists will work with classroom teachers to schedule math enrichment in conjunction with the daily math instructional block.
Will online instruction look the same as last spring?
No. When our school environment abruptly changed in March 2020, we provided continuity of education for students. The virtual instruction for students this year will be more rigorous and meet the high standards of education we value and expect in Council Rock. The virtual program includes more structure and consistency for students and families, as well as more accountability for students.
Learning Management System
Google Classroom K-6
Daily Synchronous Instruction
Variable amount of time
Elementary 2-3 hours daily synchronous
Middle and high school 2.5-3 hours daily synchronous
Once each day
Attendance taken in each class
Grading/Reporting of Progress
No progress reporting in 3rd and 4th quarter in K-8
Pass/Fail in 9-12
Follow regular quarterly grading and reporting of progress
Posting of Assignments
Weekly overview and daily posting located in different places
Consistent location in Google Classroom and CanvaIn the 100% virtual environment, students will follow a daily schedule very similar to the regular school day schedule. They will see each of their teachers daily for synchronous instruction.
Within the hybrid program, is there any time when children will have one-on-one time with a teacher or a paraeducator when learning virtually?
Yes, students will have an opportunity to work individually with their teacher(s) or instructional support staff. This support may occur during the regular class period as the rest of the class completes practice activities or during Clinic/Intervention time scheduled as part of the school day.
Is there any time when children learning through the virtual option will have one-on-one time with a teacher or a paraeducator when learning virtually?
Yes, students will have an opportunity to work individually with their teacher(s) or instructional support staff. This support may occur during the regular class period as the rest of the class completes practice activities or during Clinic/Intervention time scheduled as part of the school day.
Overall, on virtual days, how many hours will elementary and secondary students be on screens with live instruction?
On average, elementary students will receive synchronous or live instruction between 2 and 3 hours daily. On average, secondary students will receive synchronous instruction between 2.5 to 3 hours daily. This live instruction will be interspersed with independent practice, screen breaks, and movement breaks.
When can a program choice be changed?
Once families make a choice, they will be expected to stay in that program until the end of the first marking period. Deadlines to change registration decisions are as follows:
- For 2nd MP: October 28, 2020 (MP 2 Begins November 11, 2020)
- For 3rd MP: January 22, 2021 (MP 3 Begins February 1, 2021)
- For 4th MP: March 16, 2021 (MP 4 Begins April 6, 2021)
How will exams and tests be handled virtually?
All exams will be given through the district’s learning management systems, Google Classroom, and Canvas. In some cases based on student grade level, need, or the type of test, students may meet individually with a teacher or specialist to complete an assessment or submit a video or audio performance as an assessment.
Will elementary students still receive specials?
Yes. Specials will be held as part of the typical daily/weekly schedule. Students will travel from their homeroom to the location of the special while adhering to the one way flow of hallway traffic. Virtual students will join their classmates in specials, too. Special area classrooms will be disinfected between classes.
Will art, gym, and instrumental music courses be available for students?
Yes. We anticipate offering our full array of classes, including art, gym, and instrumental music. Classes will look and feel a bit different because of not sharing supplies, and social distancing, but we will still provide our students with these experiences to the maximum extent possible.
MBIT is still following the hybrid and virtual model. How will 5 day students attend MBIT on their assigned virtual days at MBIT?
Council Rock students will attend MBIT in person on the days their cohort attends MBIT. On the days their cohort is virtual at MBIT, the district will provide a space at both CR North and CR South for these students to virtually attend their MBIT classes.
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.
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.
Will there be physical education classes?
Yes, physical education classes will be offered at the start of the 2020-21 school year. All efforts will be made to ensure physical distancing takes place during these classes. Physical education instructors will engage students in no-contact sports and activities while avoiding activities in which students need to be close together.
How will GIEPs be handled?
GIEPs will still be implemented in the hybrid model both in school and in at-home learning. GIEPs will also be implemented virtually for students opting for 100% virtual instruction.
How is the District deciding which students with IEPs attend school 4 days a week?
Guided by the numbers of students we could have in buildings and classrooms, we looked at those students with highly unique programs that are not as easily implemented in a virtual environment and/or the degree to which their disability significantly impacts their ability to actively engage virtually and the amount of direct physical support needed to do so.
How will the District manage IEP implementation so that students’ disability-related needs are met?
Each IEP is/will be reviewed to ensure it is implemented. All members of the IEP team will be encouraged to communicate with the team regarding any issues in implementation.
Will assistance be provided to help families support their students in order to implement the IEP virtually?
Contact between IEP team members will be ongoing. The onset and frequency of communication will necessarily vary from student to student. However, any member of the IEP team should contact the case manager or special education supervisor as soon as they have a need to discuss the implementation of the IEP.
Can kindergarten parents formally request AM or PM scheduling for their child?
We understand that each family has unique circumstances. We cannot, however, offer individualized AM/PM scheduling requests at this time.
Will the District honor requests for special cohort grouping of hybrid students?
The District will place siblings in the same cohort but will be unable to honor special requests for friend or neighborhood cohort groupings due to the logistics and complexities of building our A (Monday/Tuesday) and B (Thursday/Friday) hybrid learning groups with social distancing guidelines in place.
Does every child receive a device this school year?
Yes. Council Rock is implementing a 1-to-1 initiative that will see 9-12 grade students receiving a Chromebook with touch screen capabilities and K-8 students receiving a traditional Chromebook. Devices will be issued to each student and will be theirs to use for the entire year - whether in-person or at-home. Chromebooks will be returned at the end of the school year. The timing for the initial handout for the 2020-2021 school year will be dependent on the availability of the devices. They have been ordered and are expected to arrive in late December to early January. Students who have a need and request a device for the start of the school year will be issued one as long as one is available to be issued. Chromebooks will be issued at collected at the student's individual school.
Will every child have a Chromebook on day one? If not, have they been ordered, and are devices due to be delivered?
No. We will be providing Chromebooks to students who have no technology available at home as noted through the registration process. Additional Chromebooks have been ordered and are expected to arrive in late December to early January so that eventually, all students will have a District issued Chromebook.
What do I need to know if I'm using my own technology and not a District issued Chromebook?
Your student will need to use the Google Chrome browser. Once they have loaded the browser, they will need to log in with their Council Rock credentials. This will download several extensions and install them into the Chrome browser. Several of these extensions interact with our programs, including GoGuardian (https://www.goguardian.com/). The GoGuardian extension allows a teacher to limit what activity can be performed in the browser, as well as report on all browser activity and history. Therefore, if the device will be used by someone other than the student, we encourage you to have the student log out of the browser when someone else is using the device.
Is it expected that students bring personal Chromebooks or laptops back and forth to school in the hybrid model?
Until we receive the additional Chromebooks that are on order, students will not be required to bring their personal devices to school. Once we have deployed the additional Chromebooks so that each student has one, we will begin to require that students bring their district-issued Chromebook to school every day.
Do students need to be “visible” on the Virtual Classroom (Canvas, Google Classroom and/or Zoom) to count as being in attendance and participating?
A webcam is not a requirement if a student is using a personal device. The teacher will take attendance daily. If the student has joined the live session, the teacher will be able to see the name on the screen and can also verbally ask him if he is present.
When all students have a district-issued device, students will be required to turn on their cameras during live instruction or meetings with teachers. Students will also be required to use a neutral background and will be taught how to select and set a neutral background. Parents will have the option to opt their students out of the camera requirement.
Do families have to pay for meals from the cafeteria?
Through a waiver program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, all CR students are eligible to receive a free lunch if they so desire.
Will the cafeterias be open for lunch service on hybrid instruction days?
Is all food purchased from the cafeteria free?
No. A la carte items (e.g., snacks, ice cream and certain drinks) are NOT included as part of the free meal, and must be paid for the student’s lunch account. A la carte purchases will be deducted from the account after purchased.
To add funds to your child’s account for a la carte purchases, check their account balance or sign up for low balance notifications and auto-replenishment, please visit https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome
Does the free meal program apply to all days when CRSD is in session, including hybrid and virtual days?
Yes. Students are eligible to receive a free meal whether they are a hybrid or 100% virtual student.
Does my student need to pre-order their food if they want to receive a meal from the cafeteria?
Yes. A pre-ordering process already exists at the elementary schools, and we will utilize a similar process so that students receive the requested meal. We intend to implement a similar system at the middle schools. At the elementary and middle schools, students that wish to purchase a la carte items (e.g., snacks, ice cream and certain drinks) will need to include their selections on their order form so that our kitchen staff can package it in time for its delivery.
High school students DO NOT need to pre-order their food.
What food will be available from the cafeteria on hybrid instruction days?
Many of the same foods you have come to know and love (and perhaps even some new offerings)! Our kitchen staff will be preparing a “boxed lunch” style meal if you choose to get your meal from the cafeteria. We can offer both hot and cold meal options, and will even be able to offer a la carte items to supplement their meal (at an additional cost).
How will meals be served during hybrid instruction days?
If a student is eating in the cafeteria, s/he will enter the cafeteria line and be provided with her/his boxed lunch of their choosing. If a student is eating in her/his classroom, their boxed lunch will be delivered to the classroom. Specific plans for each building may differ slightly, and will be communicated with your students by the principal and teacher once school commences.
Where will students eat their lunches?
Many elementary school students will still be able to eat in the cafeteria. The experience may be different, however, as the traditional cafeteria tables may be replaced by individual student desks spaced six feet apart to achieve social distancing. If tables are still need to be used in certain cafeterias, students will be seated six feet apart. If lunch capacity exceeds that which can be handled safely in the cafeteria, then some students will eat in their classroom.
Middle school students will all eat their lunches in the cafeteria at individual student desks or cafeteria tables spaced six feet apart, but will not be eating in classrooms.
Council Rock North and Council Rock South will be using “satellite serving” locations in the building in addition to the cafeteria to accommodate the lunch capacity. These locations will offer the same options as the main cafeteria (with some variation), and seating will also be provided at individual student desks or cafeteria tables spaced six feet apart.
Students at all levels will learn these new protocols, and any building-specific variations, when they return to school.
Will the individual desks and tables be cleaned in between lunch periods?
Yes. Either CR or Chartwells staff members will wipe down each desk to prepare for the next student’s arrival.
What if I have students at multiple buildings? Do I have to go to that student’s building to get her/his lunch?
No. You may pick up their lunches at the school of your choosing. Simply provide your student’s name(s) to Chartwells staff when you pick up. A la carte items (e.g., snacks, ice cream and certain drinks) will NOT be available for purchase at the Tuesday and Friday pick-ups.
What food will be available for pick-up for virtual instruction days? Will there be a menu of items to choose from?
There will not be a menu provided, but there will be a few choices from which your student can choose. The meals will be designed to keep until they are eaten at a later date, as long as they are stored in the refrigerator. There is no need to pre-order or reserve meals in advance.
If a family plans to drive their children to school in the beginning of the school year, can they change their minds later in the school year and have them ride the bus?
Yes. Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to opt into transportation at the start of a new marking period as long as they indicate as much prior to the deadlines for changing their academic selection.
Will mid-day transportation be available to and from approved daycares in the District?
Yes. Transportation will be provided to the approved daycares (see list of approved daycares by the school at this link) on the days that students are in school. Transportation will not be provided to daycares on days where your student is not scheduled to attend school.
When will bus pick/up and drop off location times be communicated to families?
Transportation information will be available for viewing on September 15th in HAC.
Is the District still planning to utilize the FirstView bus tracking app this year?
Yes. Council Rock is using FirstView beginning on September 29th when hybrid learning begins. Click HERE for information on how to install the FirstViewApp.
What is the busing and transportation plan?
The Administration is presenting a detailed update on this year’s transportation plan at the August 13th Joint Committee meeting.
Is the District actively seeking more bus drivers?
Yes, First Student has been actively recruiting drivers.
Many school parking lots are already too crowded. What will be done to make drop off and pick up smoother for children that are driven to school?
There will be building-specific plans to address the anticipated increase in traffic. These plans are being developed in consultation with local police. We are also investigating possible additional parking options at our two high schools. Specific plans will be communicated by the school as the start of hybrid instruction approaches.
Are bus drivers required to wear a face covering while the vehicle is in motion?
No. Drivers will be required to wear face coverings while students are entering or exiting the bus. Drivers may remove the face covering when the vehicle is in motion so that the face covering does not interfere with the driver's field of vision and result in a safety hazard. This is a standard transportation industry practice.
What PPE will be included on the school buses?
Drivers on the bus will be equipped with their own mask or face covering as well as a supply of disposable masks for students who forget theirs. Signage on the bus will also be prominently displayed reminding students to wear their masks at all times, face forward, and remain seated. As an additional precaution, the first row of seats behind the driver will remain empty. Drivers will also have a limited supply of disinfecting wipes and/or disinfectant products to apply to high touch surfaces between routes. Plexiglass shields also referred to as clear partitions or seat dividers, were considered but will not be implemented based on guidelines released by the PA State Police. The state police indicated that if employed, the vehicle would no longer comply with state laws that prohibit "curtains, blockades, or partitions" from being installed on school buses and that such an installation could become a safety hazard if the vehicle were involved in a collision. Driver visibility of students on the bus would also be hindered by adding many dividers to vehicles.
Where do I find the security code that is necessary when registering for the FirstView bus tracking app?
The First View security code can be found in HAC, in the transportation section under the heading "Shuttle Stop". You may have to scroll to the right in order to see the "Shuttle Stop" box.
Is the District actively seeking more teachers?
Yes, CR is actively seeking candidates for both current and anticipated openings. All anticipated openings have posted to over 20 area colleges and universities and career services offices. CR is also actively pursuing qualified internal candidates as well as retroactively evaluating recent applications to ensure candidates complete the process.
How does the decision from other school districts impact Council Rock?
64% of our teaching staff reside outside of Council Rock, thus potentially impacting their ability to return to work.
Will Champions offer a K–Enrichment Program?
Yes, the K- Enrichment program will be consistent with the programs offered in previous years. There will be three K-Enrichment programs at MMW, Goodnoe, and Rolling Hills. Students from any school across the district can register for the Champions K-Enrichment program.
Will Champions continue to offer before/aftercare programs?
Yes. Champions will continue to offer before/aftercare programs at each of our 10 elementary schools. In an effort to support the CRSD community, Champions will also offer a full-day care program on Wednesdays during the time that the CRSD is in the hybrid model. Families may choose to register for the Wednesday opportunity.
When can I enroll my student in a Champions program?
Students can enroll in the Champions K-Enrichment program and or the before and aftercare program anytime throughout the school year.
Will Champions be following a Health and Safety Plan?
Yes. Champions will follow and adhere to the CRSD Health and Safety Plan that was approved by the CRSD Board of School Directors.
Who should I contact with specific questions related to Champions?
Please contact Mrs. Jen Weisenbach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the District partnering with any other organizations that support childcare or educational enrichment for students of working parents?
Yes. The District has also partnered with the YMCA of Bucks County. The program will be available for Council Rock students in grades K-6 with full-day and half-day options. For details about the YMCA of the Bucks County Council Rock Student Success Program, click HERE.
Can residents expect a school tax refund since the schools are not opening until September 29 and not operating at full capacity?
No. The Department of Education requires that school districts educate its students for a minimum of 180 days in a school year, and there is no exception to the mandate at this time. Although the model will look significantly different than the traditional schooling, the financial picture of the District does not materially change. Professional staff will still be teaching five days per week in the virtual environment and will receive their contractual salary and benefits. The same is true for the majority of our support staff members who provide critical services supporting the classroom; support that, we will argue, is imperative during virtual instruction. Salaries and benefits account for 76 percent, or almost $188 million, of the total District expenditures. It is true that there will be some operational savings because of the virtual start, but these savings are more than likely going to be offset by the costs associated with personal protective equipment (PPE) and additional equipment to facilitate this year’s virtual instruction. At last estimate, those costs will be approximately $3.6 million. For context, the District budgeted to spend $1.7 million for utilities for all buildings for the entire year. So, even if the buildings were completely shut down for the entire year (which is not practical), the District will still need to come up with an additional $1.9 million to cover the additional PPE. State and federal funding for reopening costs has also been insufficient to date, totaling only $1.1 million. Furthermore, the above cost estimate does not include additional expenses incurred by the District if families elect to enroll their students in charter schools. The District must pay either $14,886 per regular education student or $43,037 per special education student to attend the charter school, and the costs of this mandate could become very significant if families choose this option. (And because there is no state reimbursement for this mandate, the costs are borne by the local community). More information on the District’s financial outlook and how the coronavirus has impacted the District’s finances can be found by viewing the April 16 and May 7 Finance Committee meetings, and the June 3 Budget Forum.