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Reopening Plan

2022-23 (updated 8/1/22)

CECIL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS


Message from the Superintendent

Jeffrey A. Lawson, Ed.D.

Planning for the reopening of schools following an unprecedented national health crisis requires collaboration with all stakeholders. As we proceed, we will continue to follow guidance from national, state, and local agencies and officials. We will adjust the implementation of our plan as needed based on this guidance as well as recommendations from state and local health officials.

Equity is woven throughout the various sections of the plan. All students will have equitable access to educational rigor, resources, and support designed to maximize academic success and social/emotional well-being. Students with special learning needs will have access to appropriate supports, accommodations, and modifications in line with their documented learning needs. All students will have access to learning support through the classroom teacher or other resources.

This input was carefully reviewed and used to establish a reopening plan for our staff and students as we transition into the opening of school in September 2022. This reopening plan is aligned with the Cecil County Public Schools’ Strategic Plan Themes:

All public comment on this document can be sent to the Public Information Office at pio@ccps.org.


Glossary of Terms


Stakeholder Input

Since the 2020-2021 academic school year school, we have been meeting with workgroups focused on the following key areas which are addressed in this document including

Curriculum and Instruction

Scheduling and Summer School

Mental/Behavioral Health and Student Safety

Instructional and Administrative Technology

Special Student Populations

Human Resources and Operations

These workgroups consistently monitor the implementation of their goals and activities.  Additional workgroups have emerged to support student needs.  A diverse group of stakeholders served as active participants in these workgroups that have monitored and designed our reopening plan.  These workgroups provide ongoing feedback and recommendations during each scheduled meeting.  The feedback is reviewed with the Superintendent’s Cabinet at which time adjustments are made to the plan as necessary.  

Workgroups included:

Elementary and Secondary Student Success Task Force

Board of Education Member: 3

Building Leadership:  8

Counselors/Student Services Leadership: 2

Instructional Leadership: 10

Parents: 4

Students: 15 HS, 6 CCST, and 10 MS

Leadership Team/Cabinet: 4

Teachers: 13

Elementary and Secondary Grading and Reporting

Building Leadership: 4

Instructional Leadership: 14

Dates: August 16, 2021;August 16, 2022

Teachers:  21

Leadership Team/Cabinet: 4

Literacy Now

Board of Education Member:  1

Building Leadership: 9

Instructional Leadership: 7

Teachers:  12

Leadership Team/Cabinet: 3

Dates: September 23, 2021, August 2, 2022

MTSS

Building Leadership: 12

Instructional Leadership: 9

 Leadership Team/Cabinet: 3 

Teacher Evaluation Workgroup

Building Leadership: 4                                        Teachers:  14

Instructional Leadership: 4                                        Leadership Team/Cabinet: 4

Dates: August 9, 2021

Citizens Advisory Council

     Building Leadership/Support Staff Leadership:  3        Teachers :  5

     Board of Education Members:  4                                Leadership Team/Cabinet: 1

     Parents:  35                                                        Students :  1

Dates: January 18, 2022

School Administration and Division of Education Services

    Building Leadership:  66                                        Leadership Team/Cabinet:  7

    Instructional Leadership:  10

Dates: August 4, 2021; August 27, 2021; September 30, 2021; November 18, 2021; January 20, 2022

County Council of Student Councils

     Instructional Leadership:  1                                Student Leadership: 25-30

     Dates: January 21, 2022

Summer School Planning

Building Leadership: 8                                         Leadership Team/Cabinet: 3

Instructional Leadership: 10                        

 

The Board of Education is provided with COVID-related updates as needed at each business meeting of the board. These topics included local and state positivity data, staffing and attendance updates, athletics status, and any changes to safety protocols. The public is able to provide feedback during the Public Comment portion of the agenda at each meeting. The input was also collected through community forums and stakeholder surveys.

Board of Education Meeting Dates: July 8, 2021; August 11, 2021; September 8, 2021; October 13, 2021; November 10, 2021; December 8, 2021; January 12, 2022; February 9, 2022; March 9, 2022; April 13, 2022; May 11, 2022, June 8, 2022

This input was carefully reviewed and used to establish a recovery plan for our staff and students as we planned for the transition into the opening of school in September 2022. This recovery plan is aligned with the Cecil County Public Schools’ Strategic Plan Themes:


Instructional Readiness

Equity

All students will have access to high-quality instruction whether in person or virtually. Students with special learning needs will have access to appropriate supports, accommodations, and modifications in line with their documented learning needs. All students will have access to learning support through the classroom teacher or other resources.

Access to Academic Activities During Quarantine

In the case that a student is required to quarantine, there are multiple ways for them to participate in their learning.

School counselors are also available to support students with their needs.

Use of Technology Expectations, 21-22

Cecil County Public Schools understands that technology is a powerful tool that enhances the learning process.  It connects students, teachers, and families to instructional opportunities anywhere or at any time.  Although students benefit most from in-person, authentic learning opportunities and collaboration, technology should be integrated into instruction to support student learning and organization. As part of our MSDE Reopening Plan, we are required to ensure that students have access to equitable rigorous learning experiences, which technology provides. Likewise, as we have experienced, technology allows for a continuum of instruction when students are not in school or have to receive their instruction at home. We have established minimum expectations for the use of technology in our classrooms.  

These expectations include:  

In the event that students are absent for an extended time, teachers will use Schoology/Seesaw to provide learning opportunities/lesson materials for students to engage in the content that they are missing.  Extended time means students who are absent for three or more days due to quarantine or illness.  Access to their learning materials should begin starting on the first day of their absence.  Schoology/Seesaw classrooms must include core lesson materials that will promote student success on graded assignments for students who are on extended absence.


Technology Support

There are additional strategies and programs to consider to integrate technology into classrooms.  Below are some suggestions on how technology may be integrated in each domain when appropriate during instruction.

Planning and Preparation

Instructional Strategies

Managing the Classroom/Learning Environment

Specialized Observation Tools

The following technology tools can support the work of the employees below:

Identify Readiness and Assessing Learning Gaps

NWEA MAP Performance, Spring, 2021

For the 22-23 school year, CCPS will use the NWEA MAP Performance, Winter 2022 as the baseline data to measure growth. (See link below)


Instruction

CCPS will provide full access to the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards using a variety of models and technology.


IDEA, 504, and ADA Compliance


Attendance

Safety Protocols

Equity

All students and staff will practice universal safety precautions and will follow the protocols developed by CCPS which take into consideration recommendations from national, state, and local health officials.

These protocols are continually updated based upon input from the Cecil County Health Department and current operational practices.  The CCPS Safety Protocols can be accessed by members of the public from the CCPS homepage.

The following topics are covered in the Safety Protocols document.

Vaccinations

Cecil County Public Schools was one of the first Maryland counties to offer and coordinate vaccinations for all employees. In addition, CCPS held clinics during the school day at middle and high schools for students twelve and older (with parent consent). In addition, CCPS has held two evening clinics at school locations for students. CCPS continues to partner with Christiana Care: Union Hospital and Cecil County Health Department to provide this opportunity to students and staff.

Equity

As a school system, CCPS is aware that there are health and educational disparities that exist for various populations of our county. As such, we have worked with the Cecil County Health Department, Christiana Care: Union Hospital, and other community organizations to ensure that we are making available and communicating educational opportunities, testing availability, and vaccine availability. We know that in our county, specifically, transportation is an issue for many of our families. Therefore, we have provided both vaccination and testing at our school locations both during the school day and after school. In addition, we continue to provide families with information on the availability of vaccinations at other locations around the county as they become available. We continue to reference and monitor the CDC’s guidance on addressing and identifying these disparities here: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/disparities/action.htm.

Transportation

1.      Keep the seat immediately behind the driver empty unless absolutely necessary.  If the seat must be used, please load this seat last.  Bus assistants should never sit in the first row of seats behind the driver.  The assistant must sit no closer than the 2nd row of seats.  This will help maintain 6ft social distancing.

2.          To increase/improve airflow:

a.          To the maximum extent possible, a minimum of three (3) windows on both sides of the school bus should remain cracked (to the first notch) during student transport. Preferably, one to the front, one in the middle, and one to the rear of the school bus.

b.          Both roof hatches should always be partially opened to provide proper ventilation of the vehicle while students are on board.  If a bus is equipped with air conditioning and a student requires climate control, then the air conditioning must be used as required for that student.

c.           On moderate temperature days, windows and roof vents must be opened with heaters operating to maintain a comfortable climate for students.

d.          These requirements are weather permitting.

                                                                                

Bus Cleaning/Specialized Equipment/Training:

1.          Bus staff will spray the entire interior of the bus with a CCPS provided cleaner/disinfectant at least once per day.

2.  Bus staff are required to attend 9 hours of in-service training each year and the covid19 guidelines are a part of that training.

Alternatives for Transportation:

If possible, families are encouraged to drive their children to and from school to help reduce the number of students on the bus.  


Communication Plan

Cecil County Public Schools maintains a Communications Strategic Plan which is updated annually to reflect the updates from the previously completed school year and to implement anticipated needs for the coming year. The plan includes the numerous communication platforms, audiences, and processes that should be used for individual, school-based, and systemwide communication.