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IN-PERSON PLAN SUPPLEMENT

PRIORITIES FOR REOPENING

Promote student and staff physical health and emotional well-being

Ensure equity and access for all students to high quality, rigorous learning

Create sustainability and capacity to respond to change

*updated 3/26/2021

Contents

1  HEALTH AND SAFETY

Preparing to Come to School

Mitigation Measures At School

Containment

2 REOPENING PROCEDURES

Arrival At School

Dismissal From School

Attendance

In-Building Protocols

Meals

3 TEACHING AND LEARNING

Daily Schedules

BHS Full In Person / Distance Learning Model

Temporary Option for Remote Learning

Return to District Model

4 ATHLETICS AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

BHS Athletics Link

Branford COVID 19 Athletics Re-Engagement Plan Link

5 ENGAGING WITH STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

Links to documents

Key dates for the remainder of the school year

Communication

6 STUDENT SERVICES AND RESOURCES

School Counseling

Student Support Services

SBHC

BHS Nurse’s Office

7 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

APPENDICES

Lunch Waves

BHS Traffic Flow Maps

BPS District Calendar

1  HEALTH AND SAFETY

Three of the most important mitigating measures we can take are:

  • wear face coverings
  • socially distance when possible
  • consistently wash our hands

All staff and students will be expected to wear a protective face covering or face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth when inside the school building and throughout the day.

Preparing to Come to School

  • Morning health check at home
  • Wear a face mask (bring extra masks from home in a plastic bag)
  • Bring a water bottle from home - school filling stations will be availible, school water fountains will not be available
  • Bring only what you need for the day in your backpack. There will be no lockers for storage.
  • Bring your school issued Chromebook each day
  • Make sure you are wearing your new school issued badge at all times (new requirement)

Mitigation Measures at School

  • Appropriate masks or cloth face coverings throughout the day
  • Frequent opportunities to wash hands
  • Social distancing whenever possible
  • Practice cough / respiratory etiquette (turn away from others, cough into elbow)
  • Structured arrival and dismissal
  • Hall traffic patterns BETWEEN PERIODS to assist social distancing efforts: signs and directional arrows will be displayed
  • Only bottle filling stations will be available for students.
  • Lockers will NOT be used
  • Materials will not be shared where possible
  • Visitors will be restricted: only necessary personnel will be allowed inside the building
  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting
  • Less transitions during the school day
  • No large gatherings of students will be allowed.

Containment

  • Protocols when students or staff show symptoms

BHS Symptomatic Student Protocol

2  REOPENING PROCEDURES

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

** Students will be permitted in the building no earlier than 7:25am**

Arriving for Class

  • All students should be wearing a mask as they enter the building.
  • Do not report to a locker or the Student Center.
  • If you are not eating breakfast you must go directly to your first period of the day. Class will not begin until 8:00am.
  • If you are grabbing free breakfast upon entering BHS, or if you’re bringing breakfast into the building, you must proceed directly to the following areas. There will be a grab and go kiosk at each entry point.
    • Sophomores -  Small Gym
    • Freshmen and Juniors - Student Center B
    • Seniors - Student Center A
  • Students will report to their first period class as soon as they have finished their breakfast. No extended socializing can be permitted.

Bus Students

  • Buses will arrive at the back of the building and unload at both the ramp. Only one bus will unload at a time.
  • Students should have their masks on as they exit the bus.

Parent Drop-Off

  • Parents may drop students off at the front entrance as in the past; students will enter through the Main Entrance.
  • Students should have their masks on as they leave their vehicle.

Students Who Drive to School

  • Students will park in A Lot
  • Students should have their masks on as they leave their vehicle.
  • Students will enter through the E-Wing entrance

Staff Supervision

  • We will work together to establish and maintain a culture of safety.
  • Students will move directly to their Period 1 class.
  • Teachers will monitor hallways and move students along who are wandering or attempting to mingle.

Additional Notes

  • All Juniors and Seniors will be eligible for the late arrival privilege. This would allow them to arrive at school at the beginning of a daily homeroom if they have a study hall Period 1.

Students who arrive in this manner should wait until the warning bell to enter

the building so they can go directly to their next class (9:15).

DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL

  • Students using the bus will be dismissed at 2:15 (bell will ring). All other students will be dismissed at 2:25 (second bell will ring).
  • All students must exit the building after being called. Please do not congregate in common areas waiting for other classmates to be dismissed.
  • All Juniors and Seniors will be eligible for an early dismissal privilege. They will be allowed to leave school Periods 4 and 8 if they have a study hall. Students leaving school early should leave immediately, exiting via the Main Office door.

Additional Notes:

  • Staff will be monitoring a staggered departure to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are being followed.

ATTENDANCE

  • In the virtual model for learning, students are expected to be present and engage live during each class period.
  • In both the virtual and the in-building models, attendance will be taken for each class period.
  • In a virtual model, if a student does not attend or engage in learning for that period, the teacher will mark the student absent.
  • Any change in a student status (legal absence(LAB), unverified absence(UNV), present) can only be changed by the BHS attendance secretary with a note from a parent/guardian.
  • A student that is scheduled to be in the building, and is not able to attend on their scheduled day but engages and interacts live in their class from home, can be marked as present, if the BHS attendance office receives a completed absenteeism form from a parent/guardian.
  • If a student who is participating in the district instructional model is not attending in person due to reasons other than school-related quarantine and a closed-book/notes quizzes and tests is scheduled , the teacher will work with the student to schedule a time for the test or quiz to be taken once the student returns to school.
  • All forms or questions regarding attendance taking procedure should be directed to the BHS Attendance office:

                    203 315 6744            BHSattendanceoffice@branfordschools.org  BHS Absentee Form

IN-BUILDING PROTOCOLS

Classroom Protocols

  • Teachers, co-teachers, and paraprofessionals will follow all mask, social distancing, and exposure guidelines when working with each other and students.
  • When possible, material/assignments will be shared via Google Classroom.
  • If a student is requesting to leave the classroom for any reason, other than to use the bathrooms, the teacher must call the specific location requested to determine next steps.
  • Behavioral/Discipline needs: If a staff member is having difficulty with a student, the staff member will call the appropriate grade-level assistant principal or student support staff member to go to the room and escort the student to the appropriate location. If a student leaves on their own, the staff member must call the office immediately to inform administration or their designee about the situation.

Bathroom Use  Bathroom Locations

All bathrooms in BHS will be open, with the following exceptions:

  • East Gym Lobby bathrooms will be closed during Periods 3 and 7.
  • Bathrooms will be locked and not available during passing time.
  • The nurse's bathroom will be available for emergency purposes.
  • Classrooms will be assigned use of a particular bathroom during the class period.

Restroom Assignments

  • Only one student will be allowed out of each class at a time to use the assigned bathroom.
  • Bathrooms will be monitored during class time to control the number of students in the bathroom.
  • Each restroom can only be occupied by no more than the maximum occupancy of the restroom (will be posted).
  • Bathroom will be checked and cleaned each hour.

Passing Time in Hallways

  • Hallways will be clearly marked with directional arrows and signs helping students proceed through the building properly.

MEALS

  • Free and reduced-price meals will be available to ALL students
  • No a la carte options will be available
  • Curbside meal pick-up will be available daily for VRO students

Breakfast

  • Grab ‘n go breakfast is available at each entry point in the morning.
  • If you are not eating breakfast you must go directly to your first period of the day. Class will not begin until 8:00am.
  • If you are eating breakfast upon entering BHS, you must proceed directly to the following areas:
    • Sophomores  - Small Gym
    • Freshmen and Juniors - Student Center B
    • Seniors - Student Center A
  • Students will report to their first period class as soon as they have finished their breakfast. No extended socializing can be permitted.
  • A maximum of 3 students can sit at each table, or there must be 4 seats between each person in the AUD
  • Cafeteria tables in each area will be safely distanced from each other.
  • Each eating area will be cleaned after breakfast.

Lunch         Second Semester Lunch Waves

  • Student Center A, Student Center B, and the Small Gym will be designated areas for lunch.
  • There will three lunch waves, 1, 2, and 3
  • Each wave will be assigned to an area for lunch
  • The maximum for each lunch wave will be 75 students.
  • A maximum of 3 students can sit at each table.
  • Cafeteria tables in each area will be safely distanced from each other.
  • Each cafeteria area will be cleaned after each wave.

1st Lunch Wave    Lunch:  11:05 - 11:35     Class:   11:40 - 12:55

2nd Lunch Wave   Class:   11:05 - 11:40     Lunch:  11:45 - 12:15     Class:  12:20 - 12:55

3rd Lunch Wave    Class:  11:05 - 12:20     Lunch:   12:25 - 12:55

Additional Notes

  • Staff will be monitoring student movement to ensure proper social distancing guidelines are being followed

3  TEACHING AND LEARNING

BHS FULL IN-PERSON / DISTANCE LEARNING SCHEDULE

Days rotate A1, A2, B1, B2        To see the full schedule from April through June, click here


TEMPORARY OPTION FOR VOLUNTARY REMOTE LEARNING

This option is temporary, per Connecticut State Department of Education directive. Complete information is available on the Branford Public Schools website.

To exercise this option, and also to return to in-person school, you must complete the Status Change Forms linked below. Both forms require 10 school days to process.

OPTION FOR VOLUNTARY REMOTE LEARNING

RETURN TO DISTRICT MODEL

4  ATHLETICS AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

BHS Athletics

BRANFORD ATHLETICS RE-ENGAGEMENT PLAN 2020-21

For more information contact BHS Athletic Office at 203 315-6735

5  ENGAGING WITH STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

BPS District Website  BHS Website

BPS Reopening FAQs #1

Option for Voluntary Remote Learning: Form

KEY DATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BHS SCHOOL YEAR

April 1          Early Dismissal

April 6          Quarter 3 ends

April 7          Quarter 4 begins

April 8          Early Dismissal

April 9          NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess begins

April 12-16   NO SCHOOL - Spring Recess

April 19        BHS Senior Scholarship Applications due

April 20        Freshman Orientation Class of 2025

April 21        [tentative] NGSS Assessments for Juniors

April 27       SAT Makeups

April 28       Early Release Day

May 8         Saturday SAT at BHS

May 26       Early Release Day

May 27       Achievement Awards Night

May 31       NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

June 10      Quarter 4 ends

June 11      Senior Scholarship Awards Night

June 18      Last Day of School and Class of 2021 Graduation

Communication

  • Infinite Campus: to update contact information, please email swallace@branfordschools.org
  • Traditional communication from BHS administrators

Parent Meetings

  • Conferences, “coffees” and town hall style forums will be scheduled virtually throughout the school year.

6  STUDENT SERVICES AND RESOURCES

School Counseling Department

Marian Montano, Department Leader     mmontano@branfordschools.org

Aimee Harkins      aharkins@branfordschools.org

Amy Olszewski      aolszewski@branfordschools.org

Michael Callan      mcallan@branfordschools.org

Counselors are assigned to students according to the first initial of the student’s last name:

Class of 2021 (Seniors)     Class of 2022 (Juniors)

Acevedo-Ali + I-MO OlszewskiA-F Harkins

Allen-Byers + SM-Z CallanG-LOlszewski

Cacace-Carvin + MP-SL MontanoM-PMontano

Casas-Czekaj + D-H HarkinsQ-ZCallan

Class of 2023 (Sophomores)     Class of 2024 (Freshmen)

A-DHarkinsA-CHarkins

E-LOlszewskiD-KOlszewski

M-PMontanoL-OMontano + Piscitelli, Robinson, Sachs

Q-ZCallanP-ZCallan + Kearney

Contact the School Counseling Department: 203-315-7837 or 203-315-7836

Visit our website: BHS School Counseling Website

Student Support Services

Diane Queen, BHS Social Worker 203 315 7827dqueen@branafordschools.org

Jennifer Miller, ATLAS Social Worker 203 315 7821 jmiller@branfordschools.org

Melissa Simone, Family and Student 203 315 5609msimone@branfordschools.org

Support Counselor

Nicholas Vecchiarelli, School Psychologist 203 315 7824nvecchiarelli@branfordschools.org

Jennifer Ryan, Speech and Language 203 315 6743jryan@branfordschools.org

Kelly Thompson, Speech and Language 203 315 6729kthompson@branfordschools.org

Pat Bogardus, BHS School Nurse 203 315 6733pbogardus@branfordschoos.org

SBHC School Based Health Care

Karen Reilley, APRN203 315 7976 kreilley@branfordschools.org

Sue Sacchetti, SBHC Social Worker 203 315 7977ssacchetti@branfordschools.org

Branford High School Nurse's Office203 315 6733pbogardus@branfordschools.org

7  EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

BHS Emergency Procedures

CSDE Addendum 8: Fire and School Safety During COVID 19

20-21 BHS Second Semester Lunch Waves

1st Lunch Wave Lunch: 11:05 - 11:35 Class: 11:40 - 12:55

2nd Lunch Wave Class: 11:05 - 11:40 Lunch: 11:45 - 12:15 Class: 12:20 - 12:55

3rd Lunch Wave Class: 11:05 - 12:20 Lunch: 12:25 - 12:55

First Lunch Wave:  Art, Science, Family and Consumer Science, Social Studies, Tech Ed

Student Center A  - Science

Student Center B  - Social Studies

Small Gym - Art, FCS, Tech Ed

Second Lunch Wave:  ATLAS, Freshman Seminar, English, 9th and 10th Grade Study Hall

Student Center A  - English

Student Center B - 9th and 10th Grade Study Halls

Small Gym - ATLAS and Freshman Seminar

Third Lunch Wave Health, PE, Math, World Language, Music, 11th and 12th Grade Study

Student Center A  - Math

Student Center B - PE, Health, Music

Small Gym - World Language, 11th and 12th Grade Study Halls