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Reopening Communication #1
Reopening Communication #1
Branford Public Schools
Friday, July 17, 2020

Reopening Communication #1

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 The CSDE recently released their plan to reopen CT schools in the fall. That document can be accessed at the CSDE website or by clicking here.  School districts must develop reopening plans that address three scenarios: full in-person schooling due to minimal community spread of COVID-19, blended learning (hybrid) due to moderate community spread, or fully remote learning due to high community spread. These plans are due by July 24, 2020, with the understanding that the evolving public health picture in the weeks that follow may dictate further modifications. The BPS reopening plan is being developed by the district with input and advice from the District’s Ad Hoc Reopening Committee that includes representation from parents, health professionals, and food and transportation providers. The matrix below broadly outlines the District’s current plan for the three scenarios. Parents will also have the option to keep their children at home and to access learning remotely.

 

Full In-person

Hybrid

Remote

Busses

All students, wearing masks, following loading & unloading protocols.

Social distancing, wearing masks, following loading & unloading protocols.

N/A

BHS

Two daily sessions, one AM and one PM with ½ students in each

Full day sessions, students alternate by day or week (TBD) attending in-person or learning remotely

All online learning

WIS

Two daily sessions, one AM and one PM with ½ students in each

Full day sessions, students alternate by day (TBD) attending in-person or learning remotely

All online learning

ELEM

Two daily sessions, one AM and one PM with ½ students in each

Two daily sessions, one AM and one PM with ½ students in each

All online learning

 

The safety of our students and staff is the preeminent planning consideration. When students and staff are in school buildings they will be required to wear a face mask, adhere to social distancing, remain in a cohort, and participate in structured hand-washing & hand sanitizing.  These measures, along with other protocols, are intended to keep everyone safe and will be strictly enforced. In addition to the new procedures, we are working to maximize our use of space at all schools. For this reason, the District will not be able to provide Pre-K classes at three elementary schools this year. We will also be “looping” teachers for Kindergarten through grade 2, so that where possible, children entering grade 1 or 2 will be taught by the same teacher as last year.  By implementing this option, we build on the relationships developed last year between students, teachers and families.

Also, based on the recently passed legislation requiring students to attend school for 177 days rather than 180 days, it is likely students will start school after Labor Day. The Board will act on the school calendar in August. Although this information may be unsettling, thank you for recognizing that nothing at the moment is normal or comfortable.

 Lastly, you will soon receive a brief survey about school reopening. We are attempting to determine the number of students who plan to ride the bus to and from school if we return to a full in-person model or a blended (hybrid) model, as well as the number who will elect to learn remotely regardless of scenario. We understand it is difficult to answer questions with incomplete information but your input will enable us to better refine the three options we are required to prepare. Your cooperation is appreciated!  The survey data will help us determine how BPS can safely open and operate in the fall. 

Sincerely,

Hamlet M. Hernandez

Superintendent of Schools