NBPS Emergency Virtual Instruction Plan

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    OVERVIEW

    AS OF OCTOBER 20, 2021

     

    In April 2020, Governor Murphy issued an executive order that became P.L.2020, c.27. This law provides for the continuity of instruction in the event of a public-health related district closure so that LEAs can utilize virtual or remote instruction to satisfy the 180-day requirement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-9. 

     

    New Brunswick Public Schools’ Emergency Virtual Instruction Plan (per Board Policy 2425) would be implemented during a district closure lasting more than three consecutive school days due to a declared state of emergency, declared public health emergency, or a directive by the appropriate health agency or officer to institute a public health-related closure. District closure would be declared by the superintendent of schools in consultation with the board of education, if practicable, prior to implementing the school district’s plan of virtual or remote instruction. A day of virtual or remote instruction, if instituted under a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education, is considered the equivalent of a full day of school attendance for the purposes of meeting State and local graduation requirements, awarding of course credit, and such other matters as determined by the Commissioner of Education. 


    Communications and Planning

    Communication



    Continuity of Student Learning and Operations

     

    The District has planned a proactive approach for the continuity of student learning and operations in the event of an extended school closure.  This plan includes the continuity of learning for students with (IEPs and 504s) disabilities to the greatest extent possible.  IEP and 504 teams will determine whether students would benefit best from homebound services such as online or virtual instruction, instructional telephone calls, and other curriculum-based instructional activities, to the extent available. In addition the plan includes  distribution of student devices and the preparation of teaching resources and eLearning tools.

     

    CONTINUITY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

    Demographic Overview:

    The New Brunswick Public Schools enrolls more than 9,500 students from preschool through grade 12. Reflecting the multicultural nature of the community, approximately two-thirds of the students speak one of 29 languages other than English at home. 

     

    District Demographic Profile:

     

    Demographic 

    Number of Students

    State Funded Preschool

    871

    Homeless Students

    154

    Low Socioeconomic (LSE)

    7,645

    Students with Disabilities

    1,559

    English Language Learners (ELLs)

    2,741

           Data as of 10/4/2021

     

    We are maintaining a proactive approach in the event of an extended school closure. Measures have been put in place to provide continuity of teaching and learning by taking the following steps:

    Students with Disabilities (IEP/504):

    • It will be determined if homebound instruction such as online or virtual instruction, telephone calls, and other curriculum-based instructional activities are appropriate.
    • Related services (e.g., Speech, OT, PT, Counseling) will be provided through online or virtual instruction, via the telephone or other curriculum instructional based activities to the extent possible.
    • If services  can not be provided via virtual instruction, instructional telephone calls or other curriculum-based instructional activities during a closure, the  CST team (or appropriate personnel under Section 504) will determine whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed, consistent with applicable requirements, including to make up for any skills that may have been lost.

    Grades Pre-K-12 - 1:1 District-Issued Device Models

    • Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 Student Devices 
      • Beginning in September 2021, all students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2 have been using a 1:1 cart model in the classroom.  
      • All devices have been prepped by the Technology Department, organized and separated by school/homeroom,  and delivered to schools for distribution at schools.
      • District issued devices are capable of connecting to WIFI including home networks, Optimum WIFI, and hotspots. Classroom teachers will have the flexibility to send students home with devices as needed. 
      • Students in grades Pre-K-2 will be contacted by the school to make arrangements to pick up the student’s device along with any additional materials needed for virtual instruction.

     

    • Students in grades 3-12 travel to and from school daily with their district issued device. In the case of an emergency school closure, grade 3-12 students will be able to resume instruction upon the first day of virtual instruction. Schools can make arrangements for families to pick up any additional materials needed for virtual instruction.

     

    • Student Device Breakage, Repair, and Replacement
      • Every school will have a repository of loaner devices that will be housed in the media center (or other location based on school). 
      • Building Media Specialists or other designated Point of Contact (POC) will assist IT Support Specialists in the tracking and exchange of broken/damaged devices and providing loaner devices by using the following form: NBPS Technology - Broken Student Device Tracking
      • The Technology Department will track devices and send out for repair, if possible, and manage device inventory. Devices deemed beyond repair are inventoried, deprovisioned in Google Admin Console, and once board approved sent out to an approved recycling company.

    Equitable Access for All Students

    • In order for all students to have access to curriculum during an extended absence, the actions below will be taken for those without access to a technology device and/or an internet connection. 
      • The locations and hours of operation will be announced by the school district via the district website, social media, TalkingPoints, and the SchoolMessenger communication system. 
      • A limited amount of hard copies (printed assignments with directions) will be available for students through grade 2. 
      • District issued devices are capable of connecting to WIFI including home networks, Optimum WIFI, and hotspots. Classroom teachers will have the flexibility to send students home with devices as needed.

     

    Teaching Resources/eLearning Tools

    Virtual Instructional Plan

    In order for students to continue receiving high-quality, standard-based instruction, NBPS will initiate the following full day virtual instructional plan in the case of an emergency school closure.  

    • A full day schedule:
      • K-5/K-8 Schools: 8:50 AM - 3:15 PM
      • Middle School: 8:10 AM - 2:35 PM
      • High Schools: 7:50 AM - 2:26 PM
      • ALC/CARES: M-Th 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM, Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • A combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning for students will take place where all students and staff members will continue class virtually when school is in session.
      • Synchronous learning - Google Meets will be used to provide virtual students with live instruction. Examples of synchronous work may be:
    • Context to review and digest;
    • Pose the problem/task and ask students to solve it on their own 
    • Opportunities to collaborate with each other in break out sessions
    • Feedback to clarify and address a misunderstanding
    • Individual conferences for small group instruction between teachers and students
    • Asynchronous learning - Independent work will be provided to virtual students.  Completion of asynchronous work will count as attendance.  Examples of independent work may be:
    • Google Classroom assignments 
    • Working on kits provided by the teacher
    • Teacher recordings of a lesson
    • Time to engage in an online district subscription (i.e., Scholastic Lit Pro, First in Math, Mystery Science, etc.)
    • Projects
    • Daily reading with log
    • Daily physical education activity with log

     

    • Virtual Instruction for Grades 1-12
    • For core content areas (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies), virtual students will engage in synchronous learning which will allow students to problem-solve collaboratively, make their thinking visible, and reflect metacognitively.  
    • For special content areas, virtual students will engage in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning dependent upon the curriculum for the elective courses.

     

    • Virtual Instruction for Grades Pre-K - Kindergarten
      • Virtual students will engage in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning which will allow students to problem-solve collaboratively, make their thinking visible, and reflect metacognitively.   
    • Links will be provided for whole and small group instruction.
    • Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten will be contacted by the school to make arrangements to pick up the student’s device along with any materials they may need to use at home. 
    • Sample schedule attached for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten.

     

     

    • Websites

     

    PreK & Kindergarten

    Grade 1

    Grade 2

    Grade 3

    Parent Resources Page

    Parent University

    NBPS Staff Corner

    Substitute Resource Page

     

    CONTINUITY OF NUTRITION

     

    Nutrition Plan

    • In the event of an extended school closure, the District will continue the current plan of Meal Distribution of Breakfast and Lunch meals for ALL students.  
    • Multiple school locations will be open for Meal Distribution to the public.  
    • Parents/Students are welcome to go to any location and should decide on either a Monday/Thursday Schedule or a Tuesday/Friday Schedule.  
    • Each parent/student will be entitled to 5 days worth of meals per week.  
    • Parents/Students must know their student ID number in order to receive meals. Staff will also be available to help parents look up their ID number.   

    COMMUNICATION 

     

    • All information is communicated with families through the school website, social media, and other communication tools including SchoolMessenger and TalkingPoints. The District website, which is translatable to Spanish as well as a variety of other languages,  includes a designated advisory page that will house all information for the community. 
    • In addition, as major updates are available, parent informational sessions are held both at the school and district level to provide our parents/guardians with opportunities to ask questions. The District makes every effort to provide communications to families in both English and Spanish to the greatest extent possible. 

    FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES AND GUIDANCE

     

    AGENCY

    GUIDANCE/RESOURCE(S)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    (CDC) 

    Considerations for Schools

    New Jersey Department of Health 

    (NJDOH)

    New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) published guidance for childcare facilities and K-12

    New Jersey Department of Education 

    (NJDOE)

    The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan For Education 

    Checklist for the Re-Opening of School 2020-2021

    New Brunswick Public Schools 

    Coronavirus Safety Information & Resources 

    NBPS Re-entry Plan 

     

    APPENDIX

     

    Reference articles used to develop instructional plan:

     

    Websites

    PreK & Kindergarten

    Grade 1

    Grade 2

    Grade 3

    Parent Resources Page

    Parent University

    NBPS Staff Corner

    Substitute Resource Page

    Virtual PD Summit 

    Newsletters

    Hour of Code

    Google Meets Updates

    Technology Learning Sessions

    NBPS October Technology Newsletter

    NBPS November Technology Newsletter

    NBPS January Technology Newsletter

    NBPS February Technology Newsletter

    NBPS March Technology Newsletter

    NBPS April Technology Newsletter

    NBPS April Google Meets Update

    NBPS June Technology Newsletter

    NBPS September Technology Newsletter