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  • OVERVIEW

    AS OF JANUARY 14, 2021 

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    The New Brunswick Public Schools Re-entry Plan is an addendum to the District’s Emergency Operations Plan. The Plan is a follow-up to the District’s Pandemic Crisis Preparedness Plan (Public Health-Related School Closure Plan) and includes specific steps and standards provided in The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan For Education to reopen schools.

    The Plan presents guidance related to four key subject areas:

    1. Conditions for Learning (Operations/Facilities)

    2. Leadership and Planning (Operations/Governance/Health and Wellness)

    3. Policy and Funding (Governance)

    4. Continuity of Learning (Instruction/Technology)

     

    Planning, Coordination & Evaluation 

    • The District’s School Re-entry Plan is an addendum to the Emergency Operations Plan and follows the District’s implementation of the District’s Pandemic Crisis Preparedness Plan (Public Health-Related School Closure Plan).
    • Coordinated school re-entry planning must occur across the entire school system and in conjunction with community partners, including:
    • Local county public health agencies;
    • Local emergency management agencies;
    • Community hospitals;
    • Community healthcare providers;
    • Local & county government officials;
    • Local faith-based institutions;
    • Union representatives;
    • Health insurance companies; and
    • Local charities and other civic organizations.

     

    Communications and Planning

     Communication  

     

    Infection Control Policies and Procedures

    The District follows a Pandemic Early Prevention Detection Plan inclusive of Infection Control Procedures (ICP).  The Infection Control Procedures (ICP) provide six levels: planning, taking advanced precautions, keeping alert, preparing for possible school closures, implementing full activation of Pandemic Plan for school closure, and recovery.

     

     

     

    EMERGENCY RESPONSE TASK FORCE

    (732) 745-5300

            

     

    District

    Extension

    Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent

    5414

    Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services

    3501

    Dr. Marnie McKoy, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

    5329

    Virginia L. Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction

    5437

    Richard Jannarone, Business Administrator/Board Secretary

    5410

    Frank LoDolce, Director of Facility Design & Construction

    5389

    Harold Goodlow, Manager of Capital Projects

    5439

    John Soulias, Director of Security

    5470

    Marilyn Crawford, Head Nurse

    3504

    Andrew Levine, Director of Innovation and Technology

    5550

    Lee Tiru, Transportation Coordinator

    5370

    Sarah Bridges, General Manager of Food Services

    3605


      

    GOVERNANCE

     

    • The District’s Re-entry Steering Committee is responsible for leading the work of the Re-entry sub-committees whose focus is to examine the possibilities of what schooling may look like following the pandemic and develop and implement solutions to issues related to:
    • Governance
    • Operations
    • Instruction
    • Wellness
    • Technology
    • Facilities

     

    • The Re-entry subcommittees are made of district administrators from different areas of expertise and content including members of the District’s Pandemic Response Plan. The sub-committees are responsible for developing the District’s Re-entry Plan. The Re-entry Committees are listed below; committee chairs are in bold.


    NBPS 
    RE-ENTRY COMMITTEES

    GOVERNANCE  

    • Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent
    • Nicholas Bozza, Vice Principal, New Brunswick Middle School
    • Dr. Andrea Fontenez, Director of Bilingual & ESL
    • Lee Neamand, Director of Basic Skills & Compensatory Education
    • Juan Perez, Vice Principal, Redshaw Elementary School

     

    TECHNOLOGY 

    • Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent
    • Virginia L. Hill, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction 
    • Iris Castillo, Principal, A.C. Redshaw School
    • Norma Jackson, Vice Principal, Roosevelt School
    • Andrew Levine, Director of Technology
    • Jessica Pierre Louis, Data Center Manager
    • Carla Segarra, Supervisor of Instructional Technology

     

    INSTRUCTION 

    • Virginia L. Hill, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
    • Meegan Adames, Vice Principal, New Brunswick Middle School
    • Dr. Cesar Cabrera, Director of Special Education & Support Services
    • Erica Campbell, Vice Principal, Roosevelt School
    • Dr. Andrea Fontenez, Director of Bilingual & ESL
    • Kawanna Jenkins, Head School Counselor, New Brunswick High School
    • Danielle Mastrogiovanni, Supervisor of Humanities
    • Lee Neamand, Director of Basic Skills & Compensatory Education
    • Carla Segarra, Supervisor of Instructional Technology
    • Nadine Sanchez, Principal, Livingston School
    • Dr. Lennox Small, Supervisor of Humanities
    • Steven Suznovich, Vice Principal, New Brunswick High School

     

    OPERATIONS 

    • Dr. Marnie G. McKoy, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
    • Richard Jannarone, School Business Administrator
    • Meegan Adames, Vice Principal, New Brunswick Middle School
    • JoAnn Kocis, Principal, Lincoln School and President, New Brunswick Leadership Association
    • Jamie Gulotta, Supervisor of Mathematics
    • Thomas Stead, Director of Athletics
    • LeShaun Arrington, President, New Brunswick Education Association

     

    FACILITIES

    • Frank LoDolce, Director of Facility Design & Construction
    • Richard Jannarone, School Business Administrator
    • Dr. Carl Bampoe-Parry, Vice Principal, New Brunswick High School
    • Michael Chiodo, Principal, Lincoln Annex School
    • Mike Gluck, Manager of Operations
    • Melissa Parisi, Director of Early Childhood
    • Michael Fanelli, Principal, New Brunswick P-TECH
    • Dr. Vanessa Pellington, Director of Assessments, Planning & Program Evaluation
    • Harold Goodlow, Manager of Capital Projects
    • Javier Gómez Blanco, Assistant School Business Administrator

     

    WELLNESS 

    • Dr. Marnie G. McKoy, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
    • Alba Lugo, Vice Principal, New Brunswick High School
    • Christine Damasceno, Vice Principal, New Brunswick High School
    • Zuleima Perez, Supervisor of Professional Development
    • Dr. Shawn Stokes, Supervisor of Special Education
    • Ellen Treadway, Principal, Lord Stirling Community School
    • Marilyn B. Crawford, Head Nurse, District

     

    • School level “Return to School Committees” have also been developed. These committees consist of School Administrators, teachers, support staff, and parents.  The committee's primary role is to develop, communicate and assist in implementing procedures and processes related to school operations, instruction, wellness, facilities, and technology. Specific responsibilities include the following:

     

    1. Local Operations/Communication
    • Decide a plan/methods to communicate on an ongoing basis with parents/guardians and school stakeholders
    • Determine imperative transportation needs and examine solutions
    • Determine school schedule as more information is provided regarding school format
    • Review chain of command for complaints/refusal to participate in school
    • Establish accountability and expectations for distance learning/virtual instruction

     

    1. Local Instruction/Remediation
    • Determine students affected academically by the pandemic
    • Determine remediation methods suitable for distance learning/in person, consider currently available supports
    • Identify targeted areas and skills for teachers to focus on
    • Track failure rates
    • Determine best practices for distance learning/virtual instruction

     

    1. Local Wellness - Physical & Emotional
    • Identify support staff and their roles
    • Identify and create a digitally accessible resource base of mental health resources and partners
    • Review and reinforce any protocols to enter the building
    • Review protocols for school staff to evaluate physical and mental health status of staff and students.
    • Determine well-being of students by grade/classes
    • Review plans for use and sanitization of student and faculty restrooms
    • PPE plans for staff members and students

     

    1. Local Building Facility Functioning
    • Entry/exit points - review and clarify procedures to enter and exit the building
    • Examine building room usage - How can your building accommodate the most current restrictions
    • Plan for events that usually require larger gatherings, ie: lunch, gym classes, entry into the building
    • Consider any staff currently working in confined spaces
    • Review location of nursing office to ensure guidelines can be followed in the space

            

    1. Technology/Distance Learning
    • Device Dissemination
    • Tracking of student technology needs/repairs
    • Review  and refine procedures based on the success of current distance learning schedule and practice

     

    INSTRUCTION

    Demographic Overview

    New Brunswick Public Schools enrolls close to 10,000 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

    974

    Homeless Students

    81

    Low Socioeconomic (LSE)

    8,711

    Students with Disabilities

    1,593

    English Language Learners (ELLs)

    2,437

                          Data as of 1/13/2021

    Overview

    New Brunswick Public Schools re-entry committees have been working diligently to construct a learning plan that includes both in-person and virtual instruction (hybrid model) for all students and staff for this upcoming school year.  This plan ensures the health and safety of our students and staff as well as provides for a conducive teaching and learning environment for all teachers and students.

     

    Our preliminary decisions are grounded in the guidance provided by the New Jersey Department of Education, Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan For Education, survey results from our parents and teachers, and school configurations.  Our re-entry plan is flexible and subject to change pending the current health pandemic, state and city guidelines, and individual school decisions based on school-level surveys and needs.  

     

    The Road Back: New Jersey’s Restart and Recovery Plan for the NJ Department of Education requires districts to “focus on building staff capacity to deliver highly effective instruction in hybrid environments as well as preparing them to address any learning gaps that might prevent students from meeting grade-level New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).” As a result, high levels of academic rigor and implementation will continue when we reopen our school buildings and prepare for face-to-face instruction.

     

    Parents have been given the option for hybrid or full time virtual instruction. Preferences have been collected via a Parent Survey.   In addition, we have incorporated Policy 1648.02 Remote Learning Options for Families, aligned with the methods and considerations explicitly referenced in the NJDOE Guidance for scheduling students for in-person, remote, or hybrid learning, where families/guardians may submit, and school districts shall accommodate, requests for full-time remote learning or hybrid learning.  All students are eligible for full-time remote/virtual learning.  Remote instruction will align to the same quality and scope of instruction as in in-person hybrid instruction as well as adhere to the length of school day requirements and district attendance policy. All questions and concerns regarding the transition from in-person hybrid learning to remote virtual learning and vice versa noted below are to be directed to the Principal.

     

    For parents requesting for their child to transition from in-person hybrid learning to remote virtual learning, they must adhere to the following:

    • A parent submits a written request to their child’s principal at least 14 calendar days before student is eligible to begin full-time remote learning as noted below
    • Beginning of the year
    • Beginning of a marking period
    • Beginning of a semester
    • Written request must include:
    • Student Name, school, and grade
    • Technology needed
    • Request for additional services
    • Principal’s written approval of the request will be provided to the parent within 14 calendar days of receiving the parent request.
    • Include date learning program will begin for student

     

    For parents requesting for their child to transition from remote virtual  learning to in-person hybrid learning, they must adhere to the following:

    • A parent submits a written request to their child’s principal at least 14 calendar days before student is eligible to begin full-time remote learning as noted below:
    • Beginning of a marking period
    • Beginning of a semester
    • Written request must include:
    • Student Name, school, and grade
    • Principal’s written approval of the request will be provided to the parent within 14 calendar days of receiving the parent request.
    • Include date learning program will begin for student
    • Students must spend at least 1 marking period in remote learning before being eligible for the transition.

     

    Effective September 2020, the district will move forward with a virtual instructional model for marking periods one, two and three for all New Brunswick students. Beginning marking period four, the plan is to shift the entire district to a hybrid model. The hybrid/virtual models for the district provide for a smooth transition for all learners.  The models ensure that each student is provided at least four hours of instructional contact time per school day, or one continuous session of two and one-half hours for kindergarten students (such instructional time may be achieved through in-person, synchronous remote, or asynchronous remote activities).

    The district is scheduled to reopen for students in Pre-K-5 and Pre-K-8 schools on April 12, 2021 and for Middle School and High School on April 19, 2021 using a hybrid model. Our decision to postpone re-entry is due to the rise of coronavirus cases in Middlesex County, coupled with the delays in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines and potential staff shortages due to  leave requests. A delay will reduce the safety risk and allow for ample time for the number of COVID cases to decrease considerably before returning to in-person instruction. Our hope is that by April, the number of coronavirus cases will be lower throughout Middlesex, vaccine dissemination will be available for teachers and staff leave requests will be minimal.

     

    100% Virtual Instructional Model

    • Synchronous Remote:  Core academic subjects will be delivered via live instruction (Google Meet) everyday aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS).
    • Asynchronous Remote: Instruction will be delivered to the entire virtual class and/or in small groups inclusive of  pre-recorded lessons and independent work.
    • The students will be provided with a full day academic schedule. The goal  is to improve the quality of virtual instruction, establish teaching and learning routines, and raise the level of urgency for students and staff.
    • Attendance will be taken for each subject area.
    • District grading policies will be followed.
    • Virtual Instructional Model Expectations

     

    Hybrid/In-Person & Virtual Instructional Model

    • Core academic subjects will be delivered via live instruction (Google Meet) everyday during the morning.
    • Instruction will be delivered to the entire class (made up of in-person hybrid cohort, virtual hybrid cohort(s) and 100% virtual group students) simultaneously. Therefore, all hybrid cohort students must bring their devices each day.
    • Small group instruction will be delivered to selected groups of students while the remaining class will engage in asynchronous learning.
    • The students will be provided with a full day academic schedule. The goal  is to improve the quality of hybrid and virtual instruction, establish teaching and learning routines, and raise the level of urgency for students and staff.
    • Attendance will be taken for each subject area.
    • District grading policies will be followed.
    • Cohort A/B Hybrid Instructional Model
    • District Sample Hybrid Schedules

     

    In the New Brunswick Public Schools, we will continue to implement best practices in remote learning and refine pedagogy and instruction by implementing as follows:

     

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of remote learning
    • Determine needs for technology resources and professional development
    • Recommend changes to testing, grading, report cards, and promotion practices
    • Implement intentional curriculum planning and documentation
    • Assess options for teaching and learning outside of the school day
    • Collect resources and plan restorative supports and professional development

     

    Additionally, measures have been put in place in our schools to provide continuity of teaching and learning for ALL learners by taking the following steps:

     

    • Identifying vulnerable students
    • Assessing students’ learning loss and progress
    • Identifying intervention programs and services
    • Creating and implement individualized plans

    Identifying Vulnerable Students

    • Using elearning data and notes from 19-20 to identify focus students for additional supports and interventions using the district identification and tracking spreadsheet
    • Use the district identification and tracking spreadsheet to assess and plan according to students’ learning progress and loss while considering the following:
    • Encourage effective use of formative assessments by teachers
    • Promote short, quick teacher generated or teacher personalized assessments
    • Utilize parent feedback through conferences, phone calls, back to school night and other communication opportunities to develop and monitor plans with parents
    • Resources for data collection include: BSI progress monitoring, TS Gold filters, Google Classroom rubrics, Feedback through Google Classroom, Report Addendums, Weekly kindergarten surveys, District progress reports (SPED/BILINGUAL), Mid-year Data to Entry GAPs, Math pre-assessments, IXL data

     

    Creation and Implementation of Individualized Learning Plans

    • Conduct student surveys and interviews to determine strengths and needs of students to develop and refine instructional models
    • Individualized students plans will be uploaded into a designated folder in the portfolio tab of OnCourse (SIS)
    • Provide students with student-pacing plans that help the student track what they need to do to be successful in their coursework

    Develop and Identify Intervention Programs and Services

    • Programs for students in K-8 include remedial instruction offered remotely through a direct teaching model utilizing digitized resources from Leveled Literacy Intervention, American Reading Company, SOAR, Learning Ally and Raz Kids.
    • An interdisciplinary enrichment program, which includes STEM education for middle grade students 6-8, is being offered to address student interests and provide social and emotional support remotely.
    • The High School Counseling department analyzed data to assess credit loss and shortages. Students who required courses to graduate were immediately placed in an appropriate credit recovery program.  Students in grades 9-12 are participating in credit recovery opportunities provided by virtual instruction through the APEX online learning platform, our CARES High School and through Individualized Learning Opportunities.  
    • Implement Extended School Day opportunities for students beginning September 2020. Instruction will be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups of students, in small cycles that can be continued or updated as needed.
    • Leverage paraprofessionals and other underutilized staff to provide individualized support.
    • Paraprofessionals will be paired with identified students to meet together each week to support based on needs with getting started on work, understanding assignments, turning things in, and other identified learning supports.
    • Development of Social Emotional Learning Units to to re-engage students, rebuild relationships, and create a foundation for academic learning
    • This work will support the social and emotional well-being and learning needs of our students, acknowledge trauma students may have faced during school closure,prepare for the potential trauma of returning, and recognize and fortify educators’ and staff’s strengths.

    Recommended Changes to Testing, Grading, Report Cards, and Promotion Policies

    • Continue the development of competency-based report card addendums to provide teachers, students, and families better information about their students progress.
    • Implementation of Policy 1648.02 Remote Learning Options for Families provides that, in addition to the methods and considerations explicitly referenced in the NJDOE Guidance for scheduling students for in-person, remote, or hybrid learning, families/guardians may submit, and school districts shall accommodate, requests for full-time remote learning.

    Implement Intentional Curriculum Planning and Documentation

    • Intentionally select tasks and/or activities based on what students are ready to learn by planning purposefully with goals in mind for each student based on their specific needs.
    • Developing Project-based learning opportunities will allow students to explore interdisciplinary units and topics across the various content areas.
    • Teachers also have the ability to assess students in multiple forms and to provide opportunities for student choice. This approach will also address the diverse learning styles of all students.
    • Revise and implement updated testing procedures in accordance to remote learning guidelines for the following:
    • Child Study Team Evaluations
    • Bilingual Testing and Placement
    • State Testing
    • District Assessments

     

    Ensuring Equitable Practices in Instruction

    • Use cultural relevance rubric to evaluate our resources and guidance with respect to equity considerations
    • C&I and building administrators will evaluate the district instructional practices to ensure the work put in place is an equitable process for the New Brunswick Public Schools.

     

    TECHNOLOGY

     

    Technology Infrastructure

    • The District has launched several E-Rate projects for increased bandwidth:
    • Increased district bandwidth to two 10GB (Altice Router Lease). This is upgrading the current 1GB circuits  in the district at the High School and 268 Baldwin Street
    • Palo Alto firewall - The two firewalls will be installed in conjunction with the 10GB circuit installations at the High School and 268 Baldwin Street.
    • Meraki Wireless Access Points for designated locations
    • UPS Battery Backup

    Grades Pre-K-12 1:1 Chromebook Dissemination

    • Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 Student Devices
    • All Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will receive district issued Chromebooks for the 2020-2021 school year.  Devices will be capable of connecting to WIFI including home networks, Optimum WIFI, and hotspots.

     

    • Students in Pre-K will keep their devices at home throughout the school year. Classrooms will be provided a designated number of devices for in class instruction.  
    • This will minimize the transferring of devices to and from the classroom which will minimize possible device damage and loss.
    • Devices will be prepped by the Technology Department, organized and separated by school/homeroom,  and delivered to schools for distribution at schools.

     

    • Students in grades K-12 will be expected to bring devices to school fully charged while in session.

     

    • Grades 1 and 5 Newly Purchased Chromebooks - completed during the 2019-2020 school year
    • The building principal designated a room/location for device delivery.
    • Chromebooks contained labels that were preprinted with student information.
    • The building principal designated a room/location for device dissemination.
    • The technician organized the Chromebooks by homeroom to expedite the dissemination process.
    • Once the device was provided to the student, their names were confirmed on the spreadsheet, provided by the Technology Department, by checking the box next to the students’ names.
    • Spare Chromebooks were reissued to new students and the spreadsheet was updated.
    • Ensured each student had a working Chromebook and charger as they were dismissed.

     

    • Grades 2-4/High Schools/Adult Learning Center - completed during the 2019-2020 school year
    • Teachers assigned Chromebooks in classroom carts to students using their class roster and recorded the information.
    • Cleaning of devices was supported by custodians, administrators, and technicians using district-approved cleaning supplies. These were provided by the custodial staff in each building.
    • ALL Chromebooks were powered on to receive updates and configuration profiles by having the students log in.
    • The assigned technician unlocked each Chromebook cart and began the process of removing all Chromebook chargers from the carts to distribute to each student.
    • Students were given a Chromebook and charger to take home.
    • The staff member ensured each student had a working device and charger prior to leaving the premises. Any concerns were brought to the attention of the technician assigned to the school.

     

    • Grades 6-8 1:1 Devices - completed during the 2019-2020 school year
    • Teachers powered on ALL Chromebooks to receive updates by having the students log in.
    • The teacher ensured each student had a working device and charger prior to dismissal.
    • Building principal verified this task was completed by the end of the day.

     

    • 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 will assist IT Support Specialists in the tracking and swapping of broken/damaged devices and providing loaner devices.
    • The Technology Department will track devices and send out for repair, if possible, and manage device inventory.

    Device Documentation

    • In an effort to communicate policies associated with student and staff device usage, signature confirmation will be requested on the District Acceptable Use Agreement.

    AUA Staff Devices

    Student AUA English / Student AUA Spanish

    Device Inventory

    • Devices have been identified using a unique barcode tied to the device serial number. Barcodes have been affixed to the back of each device for tracking and inventory purposes.
    • Newly received devices, 1:1 Chromebooks, and the High School Chromebooks that were previously in carts are scanned by barcodes or by district asset tag to track which students are assigned devices. This information is recorded in a shared spreadsheet and all student and device information is updated in Google Admin Console  (completed during the 2019-2020 school year).
    • All remaining grades are assigned devices by homeroom carts that have been assigned by the number assigned by the homeroom teacher  (completed during the 2019-2020 school year).
    • Upon the issuing of a Chromebook, all students and staff are required to sign in to the device with their district username and passcode. The login records the user signed in to the device in Google Admin Console and allows for accurate tracking of both the user and Chromebook issued.
    • The district purchased GopherIT, which allows for enhanced reporting capabilities of all Chromebooks that are active and managed by the Google Admin Console.

     

    Instructional Technology & Professional Development

    • A technology resource page is available for parents and staff on the District’s website with core guidance and information on the following:
    • Professional development needs will be informed using the NBPS Staff Technology Survey July 2020
    • Technology Committee was created and meets monthly with members from each school  to support technology initiatives and subscriptions
    • Technology Ideas: Ideas curated to support remote or hybrid instruction
    • IT Support training on district apps and subscriptions happening monthly to support in class instruction.
    • Virtual PD Summit created to give staff choice in professional development sessions pertaining to technology, as well as provided with a variety of sessions focused on the comfort level of the staff member.
    • Technology Sessions led by staff members in the district that occur throughout the year, to provide staff different perspectives on how to utilize tools and subscriptions to enhance instruction.  
    • Paraprofessionals survey results were used to create technology sessions geared to enhance their roles in the classroom.
    • Professional development provided to substitute teachers monthly to help support instruction remotely and in hybrid situations.
    • New Teacher Orientation includes a segment on instructional technology to support teachers with the use of new subscriptions and how to find the resources needed to learn how to utilize the different tools.

     

    SCHOOL OPERATIONS

    Overview

    • Given the likelihood of returning to school in a hybrid environment, the School Operations Committee has begun reviewing attendance policies to ensure that they are appropriate. Recommendations to revise the policy will be made to the Board, if necessary. Should there be any policy changes, they will be communicated to school leaders and families.

     

    • To continue its recruitment efforts, the District participated in several online career fairs to build its applicant pool. District administrators utilized the Virtual Interview Process to interview candidates. Additionally, the Human Resources Department developed and implemented a remote onboarding process, which the Board approved through this Virtual Onboarding Policy.

     

    • As District staff continue to work virtually, staff will continue to utilize video conferencing technology

    to host meetings.

     

    • The District recognizes that in this environment, there are some staff who may not be utilized to the extent they typically are. As a result of this, the Business and Human Resources Departments will revisit the roles of non-instructional staff and re-allocate staff where needed and appropriate.

     

     

    Instructional Models

    • The Committee developed schedule models for PK-5, PK-8, Middle School and High School. Below is an overview of the models:
    • Multi-tiered instructional model that provides in-person and virtual instruction for all students. Models vary between grade levels and are based on student needs, school needs and configurations.
    • The phased-in model allows for continuity of instruction as we increase the percentage of children in school each day. This model also provides flexibility to toggle back to full virtual instruction, if needed.
    • Students will be separated into cohorts (Cohort 1, Cohort 2, etc.) in order to create groups of students that will attend school at the same time. Cohorts will be created to provide continuity across the district. Parents will be notified which Cohort their children fall into and which day(s) that group will have in person instruction, depending on the phase. Parents and students will also receive advanced notification of dates and times of online classes through Google Meets.
    • Every day is a hybrid learning day. Depending on the phase, a certain percentage of students will be in the building for in-person instruction (Phase 1: 25%, Phase 2: 50%, Phase 3: 75%, Phase 4: 100%).
    • The in-person portion of the school day will be a shortened day, with students resuming their instruction virtually once they return home. Lunches will be distributed to students as they leave the building. Students who remain in the building after dismissal for extra support will receive transportation; therefore, we are able to keep our current busing contracts.

     

     

    Extra Curricular Activities/Athletics

     

    • CDC  social distancing policies will continue for  student -athletes. New Brunswick athletics will not allow spectators for indoor sporting events. The NJSIAA has  updated specific guidelines and recommendations.  The number of  spectators  allowed in attendance will not exceed 200 people  by  capacity for sports events held outside during the winter season.
    • The High School athletic season has been reduced to half as many events/games. The timeline starts on January 18th for team practices, and the regular season will take place from January 26th to -March 5th. The sports for the Winter  season include: basketball, bowling, and track.
    • The number of bus trips will be reduced and the distance traveled/time on busses will be adjusted. No schools will travel more than 20 minutes each way. Additional busses will be required for away games for varsity teams.
    • NBHS will continue with sub-varsity athletics, However, middle school will be canceled during the winter  season.. Reductions in travel/schedule are in place for sub varsity.
    • There are currently many health updates to policies in place for athletes/coaches. This includes mandatory Covid testing ,COVID- 19 questionnaires, health history updates, waivers, and daily temperature checks. Additional sanitizing/PPE guidelines have been developed and are to continue daily by athletic trainers/nurses for athletic practices and games.
    • Face coverings/social distancing/indoor gathering rules  must be enforced at all times by everyone including staff.
    • There will be no Ticket handling procedures for sports events since we are not allowing spectators at winter sports events during the pandemic.
    • Play It Smart program will be mandatory for freshman athletes and at risk students only at this time. Virtual tutoring and conferencing will be provided by counselors,staff.
    • Facility use such as locker rooms / restrooms will need to be sanitized/disinfected after all events.
    • All policies for athletics being utilized are exact guidelines  in accordance with protocol issued by the NJSIAA.

    Student Attendance

    • The District continues to follow Student Attendance Policy 5200 and Regulation 5200. As per Regulation 5200, teachers will determine the credit to be awarded to the student. Daily attendance is based on student participation in synchronous and asynchronous learning.
    • Teachers continue to record student attendance as they have been in OnCourse Connect.
    • Grades Pre-K-5: Teachers take attendance during Google Meets, then the homeroom teacher updates students’ daily attendance to “ABSENT” if the student did not participate in at least one online core academic session for the day.
    • Grades 6-12: Teachers track student participation online and update student period attendance to “ABSENT” if the student did not log in to course Google Meet. Homeroom teachers in Grades 6 to 12 must take Daily Attendance.
    • Daily & Period Attendance:  Teachers have the ability to mark daily and/or period attendance for five days prior based on their students’ participation in elearning for that class period/day.
    • Grade 6-12 schools can use the Active Attendance feature in OnCourse to review and update student daily attendance.
    • Schools can also review a student’s daily and period attendance using the Period Attendance Matrix Report to ensure daily attendance was properly recorded.
    • Full-day present- a student must be present for at least one hour in the morning and at least one hour in the afternoon.
    • Half-day present- a student must be present for either one hour in the morning or one hour in the afternoon.
    • Tardy- a student was not present during homeroom but present in at least one hour in the  morning  and in at least one hour in the afternoon.
    • Absent- a student was not present in a morning session and not present in an afternoon session.
    • For technical assistance, teachers may continue to contact the Data Center Team via email at oncoursehelp@nbpsnj.net.
    • The Data Center will support schools in updating daily and period attendance as needed. Principals are to follow Student Attendance Change Log Procedure to update student attendance when needed. Upon receipt of a school’s completed log to update daily or period attendance, the Data Center Team will review the student attendance data for that school and make changes/updates accordingly.
    • Resource: NJDOE Chronic Absenteeism Guidance

    New Student Enrollment

    • New student registrations will continue to be processed remotely following the NBPS Remote Registration Process. 
    • Out of district transfers will continue to be processed remotely following the NBPS Remote Student Transfer Process.

    Staff Attendance

    • All staff are to continue to sign in and out during your assigned hours using the Frontline Time and Attendance Platform online. If you experience any issues you should email attendance@nbpsnj.net.

     

    Nutrition Plan

    • The District will continue the current plan of Meal Distribution of Breakfast and Lunch meals for ALL students.  Once we begin in district learning the schools open and times are going to change.  Nine schools will be open for Meal Distribution to the public.  The locations, days and hours scheduled are below.
    • We will continue to distribute 3 Breakfast’s and 3 Lunches on Mondays and Tuesdays.  We will be distributing 4 Breakfast’s and 4 Lunches on Thursdays and Fridays.  
    • 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 7 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.  
    • The locations are open On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for the following hours:
    • Paul Robeson Community School- Open from 12pm to 4pm
    • Woodrow Wilson- Open from 12pm to 4pm
    • McKinley School-Open from 12pm to 4pm
    • New Brunswick Middle School-Open from 12-6pm (Drive up service site)
    • Lincoln School-Open from 12pm to 4pm
    • Lord Stirling School-Open from 12pm to 4pm
    • Redshaw School-Open from 12pm-6pm
    • Roosevelt School-Open from 12pm-6pm
    • Adult Learning Center/Central Office-Open from 12pm-6pm

     

    Transportation

    • Providing transportation for students will certainly be a challenge, and extensive planning to serve all the students’ needs and adhering to CDC guidelines is a priority.  Under the current Phase of the plan of the Hybrid Model, the District will transport students scheduled for hybrid instruction who are eligible for transportation. The schedules of the busses have been configured to meet the needs of each school. When dividing the children to decide which day they will have in person instruction, the District has taken into consideration the bus schedules for all children who ride the bus.  In an effort to ensure the safety of all students during the period of the pandemic, New Brunswick Public School District will follow the Student Transportation Protocol.

    Communication

    • All information will be communicated with families through the school website, social media, and the School Messenger System. The District website has been updated with a designated advisory page that will house all information for the community.

     

    FACILITIES

     

    Cleaning

    • An audit has been completed and change of custody established for all materials and cleaning/disinfectant supplies. Monitoring of supply usage is in place to facilitate the District’s goal of maintaining a 6 month inventory of cleaning and disinfecting supplies.

     

    • Written multilevel cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been revised for cleaning and disinfecting all occupied spaces (offices, classrooms, halls, bathrooms, playgrounds, etc.) and are also available in Spanish. These procedures are aligned with the CDC guidelines and best practices.

     

    • Written cleaning and disinfecting procedures for re-entry have been put in place to notify school-based janitorial, and administrators of any changes in cleaning guidelines issued by the District or in response to OSHA and CDC revised guidance.  It is expected that this guidance will be updated in real-time based on circulating levels of the virus in local areas. In anticipation of this, we have established a “sign off” process for documenting that the new information has been read and understood by all custodial staff.

     

    Facility Modifications

    • Clear Acrylic Guards
    • Guards have been installed at Security Desks in all district facilities.
    • Guards have been installed at Main Office counters in all district facilities.
    • Additional portable desk guards have been distributed to school administrators for use as needed.
    • At least two Isolation rooms or areas have  been identified or modified/constructed at all district schools. Where possible, these rooms have direct access to outside entrances.

     

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    • Face Masks
    • Two, reusable washable face masks will be provided to all district staff. A sufficient supply of disposable masks are also available.
    • All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings/masks while in any District facilities unless doing so would inhibit the individual’s health, the individual is under two years of age, or other exceptions outlined in NJDOE’s guidance apply. Necessary accommodations will be provided for young students or students with disabilities.
    • Students and staff will be allowed to take face mask breaks following the established Mask Break Procedure.
    • Clear Face Shields & Gloves
    • Sufficient inventory of clear face shields and gloves are in the District's warehouse and are available for staff, as needed. A supply of disposable masks are also available.
    • Wall mounted hand sanitizers will be available in every classroom. Additionally touchless sanitizer stations will be at entrances and central locations.
    • Cleaner
    • Hand held spray bottles containing District approved disinfectant cleaner will be provided to every classroom as well as other District Departments such as Main Offices, Payroll, Human Resources & Superintendent’s Office. This is not to replace the need for daily cleaning and sanitizing by the custodial staff, but to provide district staff with a way to spot clean items if they wish.

    Signage

    • Working with a team composed of the District and School Administration, Security and the Facilities Department, a Signage plan was developed based on the individual requirements of every school. Taken into consideration was limiting access points and standard school safety procedures.  After the overall plan was developed, the installation of  Social Distancing and Safety Requirements signage was implemented. Anticipating the need to adapt with changing conditions, the District has outfitted itself with inhouse printing capabilities and associated consumables. Prior to re-entry, a  facility walkthrough with the same team will be scheduled to ensure that the classrooms, common spaces, and the exterior are ready for staff and students.

     

    Building Maintenance

    • Regular HVAC filter changes will continue. Where applicable, all HVAC units will be upgrading to the manufactures highest recommended MERV filters.
    • There will be heightened monitoring of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems for proper operation.
    • Prioritization of repairs will be given to requests related to hand washing locations.

     

    WELLNESS

     

    • In addition to this list of resiliency strategies, the Wellness Committee compiled a list of mental health resources for staff, including articles, applications and videos.

     

    • In anticipation of the increased need for mental health support, the District has added a Social Worker to the Middle School and is partnering with local organizations to provide additional support to students, families and staff.

     

    • The District has also created a list of Staff Mental Health Resources to encourage mental health. To support its work around mental health,  the District hosted virtual fitness and health cooking classes through the utilization of Staff Health and Wellness grants provided by Aetna and Cigna. Additionally, the District is sponsoring fitness challenges that staff can engage in virtually. They receive incentives for participating and prizes for reaching various milestones in the challenge.

     

    • At the onset of the pandemic, the District circulated a survey to gather information about staff’s current state. As the opening of school approaches, the District will survey staff to determine if their needs have changed.

     

    • The District is reviewing the current list of staff who have ADAs and the list of staff who have underlying health conditions. The District has also shared with staff their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (expired effective 12/31/20), and many have completed leave requests based on this. All of this data will assist with scheduling and staffing.

    Pandemic Early Prevention Detection Plan

    • Upon re-entry, the District will continue to follow the Pandemic Early Prevention Detection Plan inclusive of Infection Control Procedures (ICP).  The Infection Control Procedures (ICP) provide six levels: planning, taking advanced precautions, keeping alert, preparing for possible school closures, implementing full activation of Pandemic Plan for school closure, and recovery.

     

    Infection Control Procedures (ICP)

    Specific Action Items by School Pandemic Response Level

    Level 1 - Plan

     

    L1-1.     Review district emergency response and infectious disease policies and procedures for necessary    

                  revisions.

     

    L1-2.     Develop a plan for moving students from one area of the school to another (isolation of sick

    students until picked up) and moving well students from one school to another, if necessary.              

    Level 2 - Take advanced precautions

     

    L2-1.     Follow identified precautionary measures.

    L2-2      Educate parents about the importance of keeping children home when they are ill.

    L2-3.     Identify an isolation room in each school.

    Level 3 - Keep alert (initiate surveillance & heightened awareness)

     

    L3-1.       Implement prevention strategies to make the school environment conducive to good hygiene.

    Level 4 - Prepare for possible school(s) closure

     

    L4-1.      Institute procedures to identify staff and students showing influenza or COVID 19 symptoms.

    Level 5 - Implement full activation of Pandemic Plan - School Closure

     

    L5.1.       Close school(s) as directed by the Health Department or other authorized agencies.

    Level 6 - Recovery

     

    L6-1.      Be prepared for another wave of virus in a few weeks.

     

    L6-2.      Evaluate the success of The Pandemic Plan and adjust, as needed.

     

    Guiding principles for organizations working in coordination with local public health officials: “Recognize, Respond, and Report”

    Recognize Early

    • Established Infection Control Procedures are followed.
    • Daily universal symptom screening for employees
    • Parent/Guardian Student Health Screening Contract for students.
    • School nurses will report all COVID 19 cases, close contacts and presumed positive cases to the local department of health electronically.
    • School nurses will report all school COVID 19 incidents to the New Jersey Department of Education.
    • The school nurse will submit the weekly NJDOH Influenza-like Illness surveillance report electronically.
    • School nurses will communicate, collaborate, and coordinate surveillance, epidemiology, and containment activities with public health authorities.

    Surveillance and Epidemiology

    • Schools will track the number of  using the Daily Pandemic Virus Census Log to  specifically monitor students and staff reporting signs and symptoms of influenza or COVID-19. The timing, specifics and scope of surveillance activities will be conducted under the supervision and close coordination of the local health department.
    • The number of reported positive COVID 19  cases, close contacts and presumed positive cases (by school)  will be tracked daily by the school nurse.
    • Maintain a COVID 19 data dashboard to display the number of reported COVID 19 cases and close contacts.

    Transmission Containment

    • Measures to be undertaken to limit the spread of germs amongst students and staff. These include “social distancing” or “non-pharmaceutical interventions” and the following:
    • Increase separation between students;
    • Utilize hand, cough and sneeze hygiene;
    • Make daily announcements to remind students of the importance of hand washing and coughing/sneezing etiquette;
    • Display virus prevention signage throughout each building;
    • Disinfect containment surfaces;
    • Provide parental, employee and student communication about prevention, detection and management as needed;
    • Identify unvaccinated students, medically fragile students and staff; and
    • Utilize isolation areas as needed for suspected communicable illness/diseases.

    Case Isolation

    • Procedures developed for handling students and staff who have the signs and symptoms of influenza/COVID-19. These include:
    • Provide masks for the infected to wear;
    • School nurse will wear PPE;
    • Place potentially compromised students and staff in an isolated area with adequate ventilation;
    • Discharge sick students and staff as soon as possible; and
    • Refer to their medical provider for evaluation and clearance to return to school/work;
    • Activate contact tracing procedure in consultation with Middlesex County Health Department.
    • If there is a positive case, the School Nurse must notify the building administrator(s), Middlesex County Department of Health, Head Nurse and Head Custodian
    • The head nurse will notify the Superintendent, the Health Benefits Coordinator and the Director of Facilities.
    • The School Nurse completes Contact Tracing Form with the individual.
    • The Contact Tracing form shall be shared with the Middlesex County Department of Health when close contacts are identified.
    • The school nurse or head nurse will notify individuals via telephone if they are identified as “close contacts.”  A follow up notification will be sent to those identified as “close contacts”.  
    • A “positive COVID 19 case” notification will be sent to all individuals using the school or district facility.
    • The Middlesex County Department of Health will advise the District of building closure.
    • Director of Facilities notifies Head Custodian of the building, who initiates sanitizing.
    • Post building closure signs on authorized and predetermined entry and exit doors in English and Spanish.

    Quarantine

    • People who have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) are at risk for contracting and becoming sick themselves. Since people can be contagious up to 2 - 14 days before showing any signs and symptoms, it may be necessary to quarantine (separate them from other people) these individuals until they show symptoms or are proven to be germ free.
    • Employees testing positive will remain home as recommended by the NJDOH.
    • Typically, health department officials draft and enforce orders of quarantine. Because a pandemic outbreak is expected to be fairly widespread, official quarantine is unlikely. However, informal self-quarantine to prevent the widespread infection of contacts is likely to be encouraged. See risk exposure chart.

    Work Quarantine

    • Some people, by virtue of their home or work situation, are unable to stay home for an extended quarantine. They may provide essential services. It is also possible that so many people will be exposed that home quarantine will be entirely impractical. These individuals can continue to work provided certain precautions are taken.
    • Social distancing (see below);
    • Respiratory protection (face covering/mask);  
    • Gloves (optional);
    • Strict hand washing enforced;  
    • Facility disinfection procedures;
    • Temperature monitoring of employees and visitors prior to entering buildings; and
    • Maintain infection control procedures while on school property;
    • Maintain infection control procedure at food distribution sites.

    Mitigation Measures, Including Social Distancing

    • Implement prevention strategies to make the school environment conducive to good hygiene:
    • Remind students and staff to clean their hands and make sure they have the supplies to do so by making soap, alcohol based hand sanitizer, paper towels, and sinks accessible;
    • Remind students and staff to cover noses and mouths with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and have tissues readily available. Make sure tissues are available in all classrooms and common areas such as libraries and cafeterias and remind students and staff to dispose of used tissues in waste receptacles;
    • Conduct frequent sanitary, health & safety inspections of the schools. Encourage staff and the custodial team to wipe down any surfaces that may have been contaminated by saliva or other respiratory secretions.
    • Place hand sanitizer dispensers and stations throughout schools;
    • Have students and employees use hand sanitizer upon entry into schools and classrooms.
    • Physical guides or markings will be placed throughout buildings to remind students and employees that social distancing is required when entering, while inside and exiting buildings.
    • Posters reminding students and employees that face masks/face coverings are mandatory.
    • Specials accommodations will be made for young students and individuals with disabilities as needed.

     

    • Reduce the spread of the virus by identifying the schools’ responsibilities to the students and community:
    • Upon notification that a pandemic is occurring, set up prominent notices at all entry points to facilities, advising staff, students, and visitors not to enter if they have symptoms of influenza.
    • Educate employees, students, and visitors on how to stop the spread of the virus. Signage containing information regarding hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, and student spacing is placed around schools. Fact sheets with this information are also distributed.  
    • Enforce policies and procedures for implementing containment measures as per the most recent guidance (canceling sports events and other mass gatherings).
    • Ensure adequate supplies of tissues, hand sanitizer, soap and water and cleaning supplies are available to students and staff.

    Student Spacing

    • Student spacing (social distancing) is a non-medical measure intended to reduce the spread of disease from person-to-person by discouraging or preventing people from coming in close contact with each other. Education on student spacing shall be distributed to all staff, students and parents.

     

    • Student spacing strategies may include:
    • Spacing students’ desks at least six feet apart;
    • Discouraging prolonged congregation in hallways, lunch rooms, etc.;
    • Limiting group activities and interaction between classes;
    • Recess/physical education classes shall be held in well ventilated areas (ideally outside) where physical distancing (6 ft apart) can occur. Face covering can be removed if  requirements are met;
    • Stagger recess and other outside activities;
    • Designate a specific area for each cohort to remain in during recess and other outdoor activities;
    • Eliminate or limit the use of lockers rooms when the Regional Risk Matrix is orange or red;
    • Cleaning and disinfecting of locker rooms after each use;
    • Utilize cones, flags, tape, or other signage to maintain 6ft of space between student cohorts during recess and other outside activities;
    • Stagger the use of playground equipment to allow for cleaning and sanitizing;
    • Minimize sharing of equipment, when feasible;
    • Cancelling gym classes, or other school activities that place individuals in close proximity; and
    • Keeping students in classrooms, while teachers rotate.

    School Cleaning

    • Disinfecting shared work areas, counters, railings, door knobs, hard surfaces and stairwells shall be performed more frequently during the pandemic phase.
    • All custodians are assigned to  either the Day shift or Mid Day shifts. Priority is the disinfecting of high-touch areas following the multilevel cleaning and disinfecting procedures 
    • All staff must report to an onsite nurse for temperature check and screening before entering the building.
    • As detailed under the “Heightened Cleaning Procedures, all custodians have written instructions in both Spanish and English detailing where to show careful attention such as to doors and door handles, stair handrails, locker doors/handles, phones and phone handles, water fountains, sink faucet handles, door push bars, paper towel dispenser handles, hand soap dispensers and other high touch items. All custodians have signed off that they have read and understand the process.
    • Custodians are to focus on keeping restrooms clean and stocked with soap and paper towels.
    • All hand sanitizers are to be checked and filled throughout the day.
    • All occupied rooms will have cleaning logs posted to the side of the door documenting daily cleaning and follow up inspections from management.  
    • Preschool Cleaning, as detailed under the “Heightened Cleaning Procedures, will  ensure that shared objects will be disinfected daily. It is encouraged to limit the use of shared objects when possible.

    School Maintenance

    • All staff must report to an onsite temperature screening  checkpoint before entering the building.
    • Prioritization has been given to replacement of air filters and maintenance of HVAC equipment and ongoing preventive maintenance/repair of essential life support systems such as power, heat, sewer and water.
    • Construction/installation of plexiglass screens to address identified needs.
    • Maintenance staff has been instructed to travel individually to schools (one person per district vehicle)
    • Exterior grounds keeping continues as usual with adherence to social distancing.
    • Bi weekly Building & Grounds online meetings to review progress, maintenance issues and work orders.
    • Multilevel cleaning and disinfecting procedures policies and practices which include (but are not limited to) on a daily basis:
    • Filling of soap and hand sanitizer dispensers;
    • Ensuring all paper towel holders are filled and functioning at all times;
    • Sweeping and wet mopping all floors;
    • Vacuuming  rugs;
    • Cleaning and sanitizing hard surfaces including fountains, door knobs, work areas, computer keyboards, counter tops, railings, stairwells, and writing tools;
    • Cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms -toilets, sinks, walls, floors;
    • Cleaning and sanitizing cafeterias - tables, chairs, food lines; and
    • Cleaning vents.
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    Managing Illness in Staff, Students or Visitors

    • In collaboration with the local Health Department, the school nurse educates staff and students regarding symptoms of illness.
    • If a person becomes ill, or if someone observes that another person is exhibiting symptoms of influenza/COVID 19 at work/school, refer immediately to the school nurse.
    • Encourage sick students and staff to stay home until they have been without fever (100.0 F or >) for 72 hours or as recommended by the Department of Health.
    • Invoke Policy 8451 - Control of Communicable Disease about staying home and returning to school/work
    • Assist with community isolation and quarantine efforts as needed;
    • Arrange for meals to be delivered to families who have been affected by the virus;
    • Provide virtual access to school nurses during school closure via the “Virtual Nurses Office;”
    • Assist with community mass prophylaxis and vaccination efforts as needed; and
    • Maintain student learning. Place students on medical home instruction, as needed, and follow Home Instruction procedures.
    •  Basic first aid supplies( bandaids, gauze, tissue, antiseptic wipes) and algorithms will be available for each classroom to  treat minor scrapes.
    • The nurse shall  go to the classroom or meet students in a designated  first aid area for triaging before a student travels to the health office.
    • Student annual screenings will be done by classroom cohorts. Universal precautions will be practiced at all times.
    •  Aerosol generating procedures generate higher concentration of infectious respiratory aerosols than coughing, sneezing, talking or breathing.  Therefore, it is recommended physicians prescribe metered- dose inhalers with dedicated spacers in place of nebulizer treatments.  In emergency situations only, nebulizer treatments must be conducted in a separate room with an open window with outside/good ventilation; nurses must wear full PPE with gown, gloves, mask, goggles or face shield.  That room utilized for nebulizer treatment must be sealed and not used for 24 hours before the disinfection process is done.
    • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations are provided in each classroom, at entrances and exits of buildingsand near lunchrooms and bathrooms.
    • Ensure that existing handwashing stations have soap and running water.
    • Provisions have been made to  facilitate student handwashing at regular intervals including before eating and after using the bathroom. Signage to encourage this practice has been installed. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are provided where  soap and water is not possible.

    School Dismissal and School Closure

    • Selective dismissal shall be used when all or most students in the school are at higher risk for complications once exposed/infected with a highly contagious virus. This would include but not be limited to medically fragile students/staff, unvaccinated students, and pregnant students/staff.
    • Reactive dismissal shall be used when many students and staff are sick and are not attending school, or many students and staff are arriving at school sick and are being sent home.  In addition, if the building has been exposed to a highly contagious virus (COVID-19) or similar.
    • Presumptive dismissal shall be used based on information about the spread of a virus in the region.  This dismissal is most effective at decreasing the spread of highly contagious viruses.  According to this protocol, the Office of the County Superintendent will notify the school district of NJDOE’s decision to close one or all schools. In the event that the State and/or NJDOE has not made a decision on school closures,the chief school administration has the authority to close their prospective schools. It is expected, however, that the decision will be made in consultation with the County Superintendent of Schools, the local health department, and the Office of Emergency Management.
    • Parental and employee notification of why school dismissal and/or when school closure will occur.

     

    Recovery

    • Generally, an outbreak is considered to be over when two incubation periods have passed without a new case being identified.  An incubation period is defined as the time between exposure to an organism and when symptoms and signs are first apparent.  Waiting two incubation periods allows for recognition of potential secondary cases - individuals that are still asymptomatic but in whom the disease may be incubating.  All staff, students, and visitors shall continue to adhere to infection control precautions.  School nurses will continue to closely monitor students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness.
    • A disruption in one's daily routine due to effects of coronavirus, can cause post traumatic stress disorder.  Counseling services will be made available to staff and students as needed.  Families will be connected to community agencies to help address mental health challenges that resulted from the effects of coronavirus exposure.
    • Communicate with the local health department to review recommended control measures, surveillance procedures and new strategies for prevention of communicable disease outbreaks within schools.

     

    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:

     

    PRESENTATIONS

    Google Classroom Overview

    2020-2021 Grading Guidelines

    Re-entry & Virtual Instruction Presentation for Parents

    Re-Entry and Hybrid & Virtual Instruction Plan Presentation for Parents_Updated January 2021

     

    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