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2nd Month Plan - Oct. 5 & Beyond
To summarize--beginning October 5 students in:
  • Pre-K will extend to normal, full hours
  • Grades K-6 will attend full-day Monday-Thursday, Early Dismissal Friday
  • Grades 7-8 will maintain the hybrid but attend full-days on in-person days and attend in person every other Friday following the Early Dismissal Schedule
  • Grades 9-12 will maintain the hybrid but attend 5-hour days on in-person days and attend in person every other Friday following the Early Dismissal Schedule.

After School Care

We are currently working with YMCA and Spark to determine the feasibility of providing before and after school care in select schools. In addition, we are working with the YMCA regarding the possibility of providing off-site before and after school programming. Their protocols for safety and wellness will follow the Naugatuck Public Schools guidelines outlined in this plan.
Yes, we are working with our community partners to supervise the distance learning part of the day for the first month.

Behavior

The Naugatuck Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment that is physically, emotionally and intellectually safe and thus free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. In accordance with state law and the Board’s Safe School Climate Plan, the Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior on school grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program, whether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by Board of Education. The Board also prohibits any form of bullying behavior outside of the school setting if such bullying (i) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.  Discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying are likewise prohibited.

Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline up to and including expulsion in accordance with the Board’s policies on student discipline, suspension and expulsion and consistent with state and federal law.  For a full description of this Board policy (5700 Bullying Prevention and Intervention) visit the Naugatuck Public Schools website.

Bussing

We have 2 bus monitors available at each elementary school for an as-needed basis. The monitors were originally hired to assist with the process of loading and unloading the buses, address mask compliance, and because lunches were going home with the children. We cut back to 2 monitors because we no longer send the lunches home, the students have learned the process of unloading and loading the buses and they have been amazing with mask compliance.  

Passengers should load into the bus from the back row to the front (where the first passengers onto the bus sit in the back row). Students will sit in assigned seats based on the bus route. This will reduce the number of people passengers walk by as they get off the bus.

Busses will run at full capacity, minus those who opted for distance learning (about 30%) during a low level of risk for grades K-8 and at ½ half capacity for grades 9-12. If our risk status is upgraded to moderate, bus capacity for all grades will be lowered.

It is recommended that, when possible, students are transported to school by a family member and picked up by a family member each day. In the event that this is not possible, bus, van, and alternate transportation services will be available to all students.
Transportation will be available for students who qualify for bussing based on the BOE guidelines.
Cohorting is one of many mitigating efforts, which layered together reduce risk. One factor related to any potential exposure is the amount of time spent with any given individual or group of individuals.
Maximizing cohorting during the school day is still effective as one of many mitigating efforts, even if for shorter periods while on transportation the students are with individuals outside their cohort.

Cleaning

Yes. Even with before and after care or after school club, the same thing would occur. It means there may be wait time before getting into a room.

Suspected & Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

If there is a confirmed case of COVID 19 in school, the local Health Department, Nursing Supervisor, and Assistant Superintendent will be notified. There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for the sick person and a 14-day quarantine for close contacts including siblings.

Siblings will be in quarantine for a total of 24 days if they never develop symptoms.

In a low-level status, it is not recommended by the CDC to take students’ temperatures upon arrival, and students are not required to submit to a health screening, according to CDC guidelines. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all parents to complete a daily questionnaire prior to sending their child to school. Depending on the public health scenario at the time, the district is prepared to initiate a more rigorous health assessment survey that will ask if students have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, or have traveled out of state or out of the country. The district will adapt its survey to guidance from the state and the CDC. 
All faculty and staff members will submit a COVID-19 daily health screening via Google Form before reporting to work each day.

The student or staff will be excluded from school until one of these CDC clearance criteria are met:

  1. Keep the child out of school for at least 10 days after symptoms of COVID began.  Call your physician and discuss if testing is recommended. If your child gets tested (not a rapid test) and the test is positive, please notify the nurse. Your child must stay home at least 10 days, monitor symptoms, and contact tracing will begin. Symptoms must improve prior to returning to school. Your child must be fever-free for 48 hours without fever-reducing medications and other symptoms must be resolving.

    or
  1. Get your child tested for COVID. The acceptable type of testing to return to school prior to the 10-day self-isolation is a negative PCR-viral test or a NAAT-viral test (not a Rapid Test). If you get a negative COVID test, your child must be out for 48 hours and symptoms resolving. Your school nurse can provide locations where the correct viral tests are being performed. Please call your school nurse prior to going to get tested! 

**You must provide the results to the school nurse prior to sending your child back to school. 

or

  1. Get a doctor’s note for an excluded/sick child to return to school for any non-COVID illness, such as a bacterial infection or other illness with a medical diagnosis (not just symptoms) from your child’s physician. The medical diagnosis is required per Addendum #5.

 **You must provide the note to the school nurse prior to sending your child back to school.   

The confidentiality of student and employee records, including but not limited to HIPAA privacy rights, is a priority of the Naugatuck Public Schools. NPS will safeguard the privacy of all students and employees. The team who is responsible for safeguarding the safety of students and employees will maintain the confidentiality of all.

If a student and/or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, other students and staff will be informed of their possible exposure, while maintaining confidentiality required by HIPAA and ADA.

In a low level status, students are not required to submit to a health screening, according to CDC guidelines. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are asking all parents to complete a daily questionnaire prior to sending their  child to school.  Depending on the public health scenario at the time, the district is prepared to initiate a more rigorous health assessment survey.

Students who are attending school in-person will be responsible for missed work as usual. They can coordinate that with their classroom teachers. There is not a virtual learning option for students who are absent a day or a few days.

If a student is going to be absent for an extended period of time (over two weeks) and is capable of doing work from home, then a student may need to transition to distance learning. These situations can be addressed with the assistance of the building administrator.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Fever or chills are a symptom of COVID.  Your child must stay at home. You will have to follow the guidelines provided on your Parent Daily Screener. Please call your school nurse for further information and directions.

Curriculum

The curriculum will continue to be executed as written. The Scope and Sequence of each curricula will be examined and adjusted according to how best to sequence the learning and respond to any gaps that have occurred during distance learning. We remain steadfast in our commitment to equity, and in maintaining the highest quality of education for each and every student in our district. This means adhering to our guiding principles and never wavering in our efforts to provide opportunity and access for all, our commitment to eradicate the opportunity gap, and our belief that every child can achieve our high expectations, as expressed in our NPS Competencies, and Vision of the Graduate regardless of time and place. 

Students will be assessed regularly during learning, regardless of time or place. The district will follow its normal protocols and procedures for reporting out student performance (grading) using PowerSchool when appropriate. Report cards will be issued by trimester in grades K-8 and by quarter and semester for grades 9-12. Pass/fail grades will not be issued.  

They are not. NPS will supply individual student supplies.

Learning opportunities will be provided to families on various half-days at the beginning of the school year. These days will be planned using feedback from surveys. 

Food & Water

  • City Hill Middle School and Naugatuck High School students will be taking their lunches home.
  • The elementary and intermediate students will be eating at school.
Meals can be picked up between:
  • 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. or 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the High School auditorium
  • 8-9 am or 12-1 pm at City Hill cafeteria in the lower parking lot
Masks must be worn when picking up meals. 
 
These meals are available to all children 18 years of age and under, even if they are not registered in Naugatuck schools. There is no pre-registration required. Each child may receive 1 meal bag per day that contains breakfast and lunch. The child does not need to be present to get the meal, it can be picked up by a parent or guardian.
 
Yes. If there is a student in your child's classroom who has a life-threatening allergy, foods containing that allergen will not be allowed in that classroom. You will receive a letter from your school nurse if a specific food/foods are not allowed.
 
  • All of our dairy products are pasteurized – meaning they have been heat-treated to significantly reduce pathogenic bacteria in the milk.
  • Harmful bacteria takes time to grow to levels that could cause illness. The science and the supporting regulatory requirements allow food establishments to have potentially hazardous food out of temperature control for a maximum of 4 hours between 70F – 135F and up to 6 hours below 70F – 40F.  The food code now calls these “potentially hazardous foods” Time/Temperature control for safety foods because both time and temperature collectively are a factor in bacterial growth.
  • Sodexo food safety policies require our operations to control for the temperature of the food throughout the establishment from receiving, through preparation, to serving. Temperatures are taken and recorded to ensure our food is not temperature abused. Sodexo only purchases food from suppliers with verified food safety programs that meet our high standards of safety.
  • Sodexo food safety policies have written procedures on using time instead of temperature to control bacterial growth.
  • Food sent home with students will include safe handling procedures. The safe food handling procedures will include a statement to refrigerate or consume products within 2 hours (Regulatory allows up to 4 hours and we are reducing that time to take a more conservative approach). 
    • During Plan 2/Hybrid students will pick up breakfast on their way into the school building and eat it in their classrooms.
    • Students who opt into distance learning may pick up their breakfast & lunch in front of Naugatuck High School or City Hill Middle School.
Yes.
Yes, this is recommended.
We are looking into installing filling stations in our schools for filling water bottles. And yes, we will need to have kids bring water bottles and have water on hand for students. 
Yes. Students who are not in school will be able to pick up their lunch/breakfast in front of either City Hill Middle School or Naugatuck High School. At that time, they will also be able to pick up their breakfast for the next day.

They would have a hot and cold option, but maybe not as many options as if they were in school.

There is a waiver that only allows parents and guardians to pick up meals for a child. 

Heat & Ventilation

The district will actively monitor staff and student attendance in all status levels - low, moderate and high. Virtual or in-person attendance for students will be taken daily using Powerschool.  If a child is going to be absent, parents will follow the normal attendance protocols. 

Masks

Yes, all students will be required to wear a mask.

Yes, all adults will be wearing masks, with exceptions for medical reasons or while teaching so long as they are properly socially distancing or remaining static behind a physical barrier.

No. A face shield is not a sufficient alternative to the wearing of face masks, but rather both should be worn for additional protection. Face shields protect the eyes, nose, and mouth from contamination from respiratory droplets, along with masks or respirators.

Yes, for anyone who has a medical reason, making it unsafe to wear a face covering, masks should not be required.  Students and employees must submit documentation to the School Nurse and direct supervisor from a licensed MD/DO/NP attesting that the medical condition prevents them from having the ability to wear a mask safely.

All children will be required to wear masks while they are in school buildings.
Schools will be scheduling regular mask breaks throughout the day. 

A cloth or disposable face covering that covers the nose and mouth will be required.  Masks must follow Naugatuck Public School’s dress code, which prohibits Clothing which prints vulgarities, promotes illegal activity, displays pictures, words, or links to websites that advertise or imply drugs, alcohol or weapons, or displays discriminatory words or gestures. You can read more details about our mask guidelines here: Face Mask Guidelines for NPS students

Yes. All students, faculty, and staff will be provided with a cloth face mask at the start of the school year. Naugatuck Public Schools is prepared to provide a mask to any student or staff member who does not have one, or whose mask becomes unusable. The masks will be available in the school buildings, Central Office, and on the buses.

Plan 1b - Optional Distance Learning Option

Based on state guidelines, field trips are prohibited until further notice.  In addition, if there is a field day, it will be virtual for all students and not held in-person.

Please email your school secretary or principal to let them know about the change.

Students who opt to participate in distance learning may participate in extracurricular activities.  Students choosing to do so will need to follow all of the safety measures required for in-person attendance when required by the activity (face covering, hand washing, social distancing).

In order to run two concurrent models effectively, we ask that families who choose online learning from home commit to staying online for the trimester (K-8) or marking period (9-12).  

Plan 2 - Hybrid Option

This will depend on how many students enroll in distance learning and what teachers are available.
The district is currently exploring various approaches to virtual learning during the hybrid which may include cameras and microphones focused on the instructor in classrooms, completion of tasks, and assignments from in-person learning with virtual support from staff.
Yes. We are working to keep siblings attending school in-person district-wide.
We will do our best to accommodate these needs. If there are special concerns about which group your child ends up in, please contact your school directly and they will try to work with you.
The reason behind the Mon/Wed Tues/Thurs schedule is so that the students don't go as long without seeing their teachers in-person. In addition, The schools will be deep cleaned throughout the day and every night.
We will begin by splitting the classes alphabetically, but also take into account keeping siblings in the same group and other special considerations.

Plan 3: Distance Learning Plan

(100% virtual learning from home) During High Level of Risk
If we shut down and transition to a distance learning program for everyone, students should receive about 50% live instruction most days. There will be less live instruction on the virtual learning days when we are in the hybrid plan.

Yes, the district compiled “lessons learned” using staff reflection/feedback and survey data from multiple stakeholder groups.  This information was used to design this year’s distance learning plan. When the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Education alerts the district of a change in status to high, the district will initiate its online learning plan. Students will have Chromebooks at home and school-based teams will assist families with accessing the Internet. Students will continue to learn in the Google Classroom they have been using and accessing in an effort to provide for a more seamless transition. Central Office and principals will deploy staff in accordance with the district’s Distance Learning Plan.

Should the district move into the Distance Learning Plan, 100% of students learning virtually from home, Students will have Chromebooks at home and school-based teams will assist families with accessing the Internet. Students will continue to learn in the Google Classroom they have been using and accessing in an effort to provide for a more seamless transition.  Approximately 50% of all online learning will be live instruction. Teachers will schedule Google Meets and conduct small group and one-on-one learning. Per CSDE guidance, Addendum 1: Temporarily Opting into Voluntary Remote Learning Due to COVID-19, 

Parents in collaboration with the school district, who decide to opt into voluntary remote learning will also be expected to supervise and engage their children to fully and effectively access the remote learning programming that is offered through the public school district. 

Physical Distancing

Classes will have all of the desks and tables necessary for each child in the class, even during a hybrid.

The plexiglass dividers will be self-standing. Not every single student will have plexiglass. The dividers will be cleaned daily.

Students will not be allowed to share or bring in personal toys. Classroom and student materials such as Chromebooks, tablets, manipulatives, pencil boxes etc. will be disinfected daily by classroom staff using disinfectant wipes.

Protocols for Switching between Plans

The CSDE released Interim Guidance for Decision-Making Regarding the Use of In-Person, Hybrid (Blended), or Remote Learning Models in Connecticut Schools during COVID-19 on 7.28.20.  The determination of when districts will move from one level to another or from one plan to the next will come from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and State Department of Education. While local districts may have some input into the decision-making process, the decision to move between plans is not a local decision. Moving from one plan to the next (i.e. going from full-opening to a hybrid or full distance learning) will be based on the ongoing monitoring and assessment of transmission data throughout communities, regions, and the state. At this time, DPH and CSDE are still working to establish the metrics for moving from one plan to the next. Once established, the metrics and information will be shared with all stakeholders and will become a part of this plan.

This is a possibility.
Classrooms have been cleared of extraneous furniture and materials. Desks will be spaced as far apart as possible and all facing the same direction. Some desks will have plexiglass barriers around or between them for further protection.
That’s a school-level decision, but part of the plan is to identify traffic flow and traffic plans to mitigate exposure.
We will have stickers on the floors to mark places for students to wait for the bathroom, marking 6’ apart in the hallways, etc.
By classroom and organizing them on the way. Spacing them out in the hallway. All the individual schools will finalize their schedules and you’ll be able to see the specific aspect of each school. It might look a little different in different buildings. 
The determination of when districts will move from one level to another or from one plan to the next will come from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and State Department of Education.

Special Education

Guidance and policies related to school reopening plans apply to all students, including students with special needs who qualify for individual education programs under the IDEA and accommodation plans for eligible students under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Our reopening plan is designed for all students and accommodates the facilitation of individualized and alternative means of re-entry based upon student need.

If we are fully opened, the hours will be met similarly to how they typically are, with scheduling and staff considerations given to keep the same students and/or cohorts together.  

During a hybrid model, efforts will be made to provide special education and related services during in-person learning, unless a student’s team (in collaboration with the family) decides otherwise.

During virtual learning, efforts will be made to provide services during live meets and/or through videos. Staff will collaborate with families to customize schedules and report progress. 

The distance learning for students with special education services, will have a plan based on the state’s opportunity plan. Students will receive the same services, but the services might look different. This will be captured on the distance learning opportunity plans that we make with families. 

Currently, we will be holding PPT’s virtually unless a parent needs an accommodation.  We are bound by IDEA timelines and will comply with those timelines.  For students that are participating virtually, we will ask that they come in person to be tested.  If this is not possible, teams will work together with families to make an alternative plan.
We will continue to follow student’s IEP’s and provide special education services in the child’s least restrictive environment, per their IEP.  Scheduling will be thoughtful to reduce the mixture of cohorts to the extent possible.  Special education teams will communicate with families regarding individual students.
During a hybrid model, efforts will be made to provide special education and related services during in person learning, unless a student’s team (in collaboration with the family) decides otherwise.

Miscellaneous 

Physicals shall be accepted at the BoE during regular business hours until the first day of school. Once school starts, you should call your school nurse to make arrangements to drop it off if you prefer. No visitors are allowed in our buildings, but the nurses or a secretary can meet you outside the building if needed.
They may also be mailed directly to the School Nurse at the school where your child is attending.
Yes.
Please contact your child's school directly to find out if they need any supplies.
Trimester 1 ends Nov. 29 for grades K-8, assuming no changes to the calendar.  Quarter 1 ends Nov. 2 for high school students.
Yes.

Supply Lists 🎒

  • Elementary: Mask, backpack, snack, Chromebook and a water bottle
  • Hillside: Mask, two composition notebooks (although we bought back-ups) and headphones. In-person learning needs a backpack, water bottle, and snack recommended. We will give them school supplies.
  • Cross Street: Mask & pack an extra one, backpack, a water bottle, Chromebook (Fully charged), Earbuds/headphones, Chromebook Case (Case will be provided by Cross Street on the first day)
  • City Hill: Water bottle, earbuds if they have them, and a mask. These are additional suggested supplies for City Hill.
  • Naugatuck High School: Mask, Chromebook, pencil, pen, notebook, earbuds.
  • Distance Learning for Grades K-6: Notebooks, pencils, pens, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, scissors, Post-It Notes, index cards, glue sticks, and highlighters. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide more information. If you need assistance gathering school supplies, please contact your classroom teacher or your home school principal.