Liverpool Central School District  



District 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan 

Table of Contents

DISTRICT INFORMATION        3

Superintendent:  Dr. Mark F. Potter        3

Contact Information: 195 Blackberry Road        3

Liverpool, NY 13090        3

(315) 622-7125        3

REOPENING PLAN        4

Communication/Family & Community Engagement
Reopening Plan
        4

“Recovering, Rebuilding, Renewing”        4

Health & Safety        8

Daily Health & Temperature Screenings        9

Facilities        14

Child Nutrition        16

Transportation        18

Social Emotional Well-Being        21

School Schedules        22

Attendance & Chronic Absenteeism        23

Technology & Connectivity        23

Teaching & Learning        25

Special Education - Required Notices        27

Bilingual Education & World Languages - Required Notices        30

Teacher & Principal Evaluation System - Required Notices        31

Certification, Incidental Teaching, & Substitute Teaching - Required Notices        31


DISTRICT INFORMATION 

Superintendent:                Dr. Mark F. Potter

Contact Information:        195 Blackberry Road

                                Liverpool, NY 13090

                                (315) 622-7125

Letter to the Community

Dear Parents and Community Members:

As we embark on the design and development of a new school year, we need to be mindful of the likelihood of changes in our plans and the uncertainty of what school may look like during this unprecedented pandemic.

The intention of this District Reopening Plan is to communicate with parents, students, caregivers, staff members and the greater Liverpool community.  It’s vital that all of the district stakeholders fully understand that this document should be viewed as a living document and is expected to change as guidance and other resources become available to the planning team.

I want to thank everyone for your continued understanding and support for the district and our staff during this unprecedented time.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark F. Potter, 

Superintendent of Schools

REOPENING PLAN

Our Reopening Plans includes the elements outlined in the guidance released by NYS Department of Health (DOH) on July 13, 2020 as well the guidance released by the NYS Education Department (NYSED) on July 16, 2020.

Communication/Family & Community Engagement
Reopening Plan

“Recovering, Rebuilding, Renewing”

1. Plans for reopening should identify the groups of people involved and engaged throughout the planning process.

 

The Liverpool Central School Reopening Plan document has been designed and created with input from eleven (11) separate sub-committees.  Each of the individual stakeholders may be representing more than one or multiple sub-committee groups. The stakeholder sub-committees include:

For specific Stakeholder Group Members follow the link here: Reopening Committee Members

2. The school and/or district developed a communications plan for students, parents or legal guardians of students, staff, and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with information.

The Liverpool Central School District Reopening Plan provides consistent, constant and effective communication to all students, staff, parents, guardians, Board of Education members as well as the greater Liverpool community.

The plan includes areas vital to the safety and well being of all students, staff, and visitors.  The district’s effort is to provide a fully-transparent understanding of what the reopening expectations include for all stakeholders.

Public Communications:

To ensure regular and informational communications with the public, Liverpool Central School District will implement the following methods of communication:

Communication Method

Responsible Party

Local TV, radio, and newspapers

Administration/ Communications

District website - dedicated page for reopening

Administration/ Communications

Social media platforms

Administration/ Communications

Prominent signage in buildings to promote health & safety guidelines that follow NYSDOH and CDC guidance:

  • Printed signs
  • Digital signage
  • Vinyl decals on floors, as needed        

Administration/ Communications

Stakeholder Meetings, Videos, Webinars, and Live Stream

Administration/ Communications

Parents/Guardians and Students:

 

All public communications methods outlined above may be utilized by Liverpool Central School District, in addition to:

Communication Method

Responsible Party

SchoolMessenger

Building Principals

Emails to parents/guardians

Administration/ Teachers

SchoolMessenger, Letters sent home from Administration and Social Media (Reopening Handbook)

Administration/ Communications

All District Staff:

All communications methods outlined above may be utilized by Liverpool Central School District, in addition to:

Communication Method

Responsible Party

Frequency

Liverpool Central School District all-staff email list

Administrators/Support Staff

Weekly or as needed

Newsletters, print and digital (Reopening Handbook)

Communications/Administrators

Monthly

SchoolMessenger

Building Principals/ Communications

As needed

Building Leadership Team Meeting(s)

Building Principals/Communications/ District Administrators

As needed

Direct supervisor communications - phone calls and texts

Liverpool Central School District Supervising Staff

As needed

Letters home, if necessary

Liverpool Central School District  Administration Members

As needed

Staff meetings

Liverpool Central School District  Administration Members

As needed

3. The school and/or district will ensure all students are taught or trained how to follow new COVID-19 protocols safely and correctly, including but not limited to hand hygiene, proper face covering wearing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene.

As a function of the Liverpool Central School District’s Reopening Plan, students will be a primary focus for proper and appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols.  The district will utilize a variety of methods for assisting students with correct procedures for hand hygiene, face coverings/masks, social distancing and respiratory hygiene.  The following is a list of possible example videos that will be incorporated into the training program.

Training Videos examples include the following: 

The Liverpool Central School District will communicate required professional development and trainings, by email, to all staff. Here is a sample of some of the opportunities for staff, students, families, and visitors: Professional Development

4. The school and/or district will encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors through verbal and written communication (e.g., signage) to adhere to CDC and DOH guidance regarding the use of PPE, specifically acceptable face coverings, when a social distance cannot be maintained. 

The Liverpool Central School District Reopening Plan is committed to the safe return of students and staff members back into the school building learning environments.  In order to accomplish this, it’s important that the inhabitants of our school buildings understand the requirements for social distancing.  The district will utilize the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health to assist students, staff and visitors with the proper and appropriate use of personal protective equipment - specifically face coverings/masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.

CDC: K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs FAQs   

DOH: Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at PreK to 12 Schools

5. Additionally, Liverpool Central School District provides copies of this document in the language(s) spoken at home among families and throughout the school community.  Written plans are also accessible to those with visual and/or hearing impairments.

The Liverpool Central School District will provide copies of the reopening plan to community stakeholders (students, parents, community members) in home languages to the best of our ability.

Link to the ENL Communication Plan  

The following link will take you to a list of languages spoken by our ELLs and their families.

Link to Languages Spoken by ELLs in the Liverpool Central School District

The plan has also been provided to the Liverpool Central School District Communication Office and confirmed it meets the ‘Americans with Disabilities Act’ compliance.  The plan has been made accessible to those with visual and hearing impairments.

For access to this document in other languages, please contact:  Mr. Richard Chapman, Executive Director for Elementary Education (Telephone: 315-622-7176 or E-mail: rchapman@liverpool.k12.ny.us)

6. Additional Considerations for Effective Communications and Family Engagement

Liverpool Central School District provides regular updates about safety, scheduling, and all other information families should be aware of on the Liverpool Central School District website.  Families were provided access to a survey for inputting information regarding school program option(s) including virtual and in-person instruction (See survey link:  LCSD Family Survey).  Families will also be able to provide additional feedback to the Liverpool Central School District by completing a survey document that will specifically allow parents to select a school learning model (In-person, hybrid or Fully-Virtual). The LCSD survey can be found here: Back to School Survey.

Liverpool Central School District also has a COVID-19 hotline which you can access by calling (315) 453-1212 or you may call the District’s Safety Coordinator, Daniel Henner at (315) 622-7148.

Up to the minute information about COVID-19 can be found on our COVID-19 website here: LCSD COVID-19 Updates

All other concerns can be directed to our Liverpool Central School District School Safety Coordinator:

Contact:  Mr. Daniel G. Henner, Deputy Superintendent

Address:  195 Blackberry Road Liverpool, NY 13090

Office Telephone:  (315) 622-7148

E-mail:  dhenner@liverpool.k12.ny.us

Health & Safety

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must review and consider the number of students and staff allowed to return in person.

When considering the return of students and staff to in-person instruction, Liverpool Central School District considered and can implement the following:

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan must engage with school stakeholders and community members (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents/legal guardians of students, local health departments, local health care providers, and affiliated organizations, such as unions, alumni, and/or community-based groups)in developing their reopening plan and identify those that participated in the reopening plans.

In order to create the district reopening plan, the Liverpool Central School District engaged with school stakeholders and community members. A list of these members can be found here: Reopening Committee

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include a communications plan for students, parents/guardians, staff, and visitors that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide individuals with information.

Liverpool Central School District utilized the District’s communication plan that has been identified in the Communication/Family Engagement Section of this document.

4. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol developed in collaboration with the district or school’s director of school health services to instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff and requires symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel.

The Liverpool Central School District will instruct staff to observe for signs of illness in students and staff, and requires symptomatic persons to be sent to the school nurse or other designated personnel according to the CDC Guidelines: CDC Guidelines: Symptoms

Daily Health & Temperature Screenings

5. Liverpool Central School District has a protocol for daily temperature screenings of all students and staff, along with a daily screening questionnaire for faculty and staff and periodic use of the questionnaire for students.

The Liverpool Central School District has a protocol that outlines procedures for daily temperature screenings of all students and staff. A daily screening questionnaire for faculty and staff includes the DOH screening questions: COVID-19 Screening Questions. Schools will periodically question students utilizing the DOH screening questions.

6. Liverpool Central School District requires that ill students and staff be assessed by the school nurse and all ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider.

The Liverpool Central School District has protocols in place that requires ill students and staff to be assessed by the school nurse. Ill students and staff will be sent home for follow up with a healthcare provider. Liverpool Central School District requires that students and staff with symptoms of illness must be sent to the health office. The following nurses are available to assess individuals: Liverpool Central School District 2020-2021 Nursing Assignments. If a school nurse is not available, Liverpool Central School District will have to isolate and dismiss any student or staff member who has a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 that are not explained by a chronic health condition for follow-up with a health care provider.

7. Liverpool Central School District requires all students or staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the Liverpool Central School District questionnaire to be sent directly to a dedicated isolation area where students are supervised, prior to being picked up or otherwise sent home.

Each building in the Liverpool Central School District has a dedicated isolation room for all students and staff with a temperature, signs of illness, and/or a positive response to the Liverpool Central School District COVID-19 questionnaire. School nurses or other designated staff members will supervise students in the isolation room until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian. The Liverpool Central School District has cleaning protocols in place to clean and disinfect areas used by a sick student or staff member.

8. Liverpool Central School District requires all visitors, guests, contractors, and vendors entering the school to follow all Liverpool Central School District health screening guidelines.

The Liverpool Central School District will require all visitors, guests, and contractors, and vendors entering the school to follow all LCSD health screening guidelines. All visitors who enter school buildings will need to complete this form: LCSD Visitor COVID-19 Form

9. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol to instruct parents/guardians to observe for signs of illness in their child that require staying home from school.

Liverpool Central School District provides instructions for parents/guardians to observe for signs of illness in their child that require staying home from school.

Parents are asked to observe/screen children on a daily basis for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 as specified in the CDC Guidelines. Any children with symptoms are to stay home and seek guidance from their Primary Physician or other Healthcare Provider.

CDC Guidelines: Symptoms

10. Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol and appropriate signage to instruct staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene.

Liverpool Central School District provides signage and instructional videos to teach staff and students in correct hand and respiratory hygiene. An outline of these plans an be found here: Hygiene Plans

11. Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to ensure all persons in school buildings keep social distance of at least 6 feet whenever possible.

Liverpool Central School District defines social distancing as keeping a six foot space between yourself and others. The District also complies with the DOH guidelines, to distance 12 feet, for individuals participating in activities that require projecting the voice, playing a wind/brass instrument, or participating in aerobic activity.

Liverpool Central School District has ensured that student groupings are as static as possible by having the same group/cohort of students stay together when possible. The steps our district is taking are found here: LCSD Plans for Social Distance

12. Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol detailing how the district/school will provide accommodations to all students and staff who are at high risk or live with a person at high risk.

The Liverpool Central School District provides accommodations to students in the school community that are medically vulnerable or high-risk groups.  

13. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written protocol requiring all employees, adult visitors, and students to wear a cloth face covering whenever social distancing cannot be maintained.

Liverpool Central School District follows OSHA COVID-19 guidance for its employees along with the guidance put forth by the CDC in partnership with our local {Onondaga County} Health Department. The district will require all employees, visitors, and students to wear face coverings whenever social distance cannot be maintained following the DOH: Face Covering Guidance

The Liverpool Central School District’s protocols for Face Coverings can be found here: LCSD Face Cover

14. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a plan for obtaining and maintaining adequate supplies of cloth face coverings for school staff, students who forget their masks.

The District will maintain adequate quantities of PPE in compliance with the guidance issued by NYSED and NYS DOH.

Liverpool Central School District is ensuring we have adequate supplies of PPE by working through cooperative purchases with OCM  BOCES and other suppliers and collaborating with our local health department and the Office of Emergency Management.

15. Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol for actions to be taken if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school.

The Liverpool Central School District will follow the CDC Guidelines for schools if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19: CDC Guidelines for Schools

Liverpool Central School District requires that students and staff with symptoms of illness must be sent to the health office. The following nurses are available to assess individuals: Liverpool Central School District 2020-2021 Nursing Assignments

Additional protocols for a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the schools can be found here: LCSD Positive COVID-19 Protocols

17. Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to clean and disinfect schools following CDC guidance.

Liverpool Central School District follows the CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfection with specific guidance for schools along with the Cleaning and Disinfection Decision Tool to aid in determining what level of cleaning and/or disinfection is necessary.

Specific details about the Liverpool Central School District’s Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols can be found here: LCSD Cleaning & Disinfecting

18. Each school and/or district reopening plan has written protocol to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing between persons.

The Liverpool Central School District has written protocols to conduct required school safety drills with modifications ensuring social distancing guidelines. Details for the safety plans can be found here: LCSD Emergency Response Protocols & Drills

19. Each school and/or district reopening plan has a written plan for district/school run before and aftercare programs (or, for charter schools, as required by the school’s charter).

The Liverpool Central School District does not run before and after school care programs. The District leases space for child care in each elementary building to BASCOL (Before and After School Care On Location Inc.) to provide daycare services. BASCOL is required by NYS and local health departments to comply with all guidance set forth by said departments. The community-based organizations, vendors and other service-providers are required to maintain consistency with the district’s plan.

 

20. Each school and/or district reopening plan must designate a COVID-19 safety coordinator (administrator) whose responsibilities include continuous compliance with all aspects of the school’s reopening plan, as well as any phased-in reopening activities necessary to allow for operational issues to be resolved before activities return to normal or “new normal” levels. 

Contact information for the COVID-19 Safety Coordinator:

Daniel G. Henner - Deputy Superintendent

(315) 622-7148

dhenner@liverpool.k12.ny.us

Facilities

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan which include changes or additions to facilities must comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code and submit all changes to OFP.

The Liverpool Central School District will continue to comply with the requirements of the 2020 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (BC) and the State Energy Conservation Code and submit all changes to OFP. 

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure compliance with the 2020 Building Condition Survey and Visual Inspection, where applicable.

 

The Liverpool Central School District will continue with plans to complete Annual Visual Inspections by 12/31/2020 as per NYSED guidance: Annual Visual Inspections

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide provisions to conduct the Lead-In-Water Testing as required by NYS DOH regulation 67-4.

The Liverpool Central School District will continue with plan to complete Lead in Water testing by 12/31/2020 as per NYSED and NYSDOH Guidance: NYS Regulations: Lead Testing

4. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure all existing and new Alcohol-based Hand-Rub Dispensers which are installed in any locations are in accordance with FCNYS 2020 Section 5705.5.

The Liverpool Central School District will install hand sanitizer dispensers as per NYSED guidance: NYSED Guidance: Handwashing & Sanitizer

5. Each school and/or district reopening plan which includes the installation of dividers in classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, auditoriums, gymnasiums, doors, and other points of congregation will ensure the submission of detailed floor plans to OFP for review.

Any use of alternative spaces for instruction will be in full compliance with all NYSED guidelines.

6. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all new building construction and temporary quarter projects will be submitted to OFP for a full code review.

At this time, no temporary quarters or new construction is planned.

7. Each school and/or district reopening plan which includes new facilities for leasing must provide a plan to consult with OFP for a preliminary evaluation.

At this time, no leased spaces are planned.

8. Each school and/or district reopening plan which includes the temporary or permanent use of Tents must provide plans adhering to the BCNYS.

 

At this time, no tents are planned.

9. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that the existing or altered number of toilet and sink fixtures meet the minimum standards of the BCNYS.

At this time, no additional restroom facilities are planned.

10. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that each building provides one drinking fountain per one hundred occupants or provide a written plan for a reasonable alternate source of drinking water.

The current number of drinking fountains in each building meet or exceed this recommendation.

11. Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide written plans on how to maintain adequate, code required ventilation (natural or mechanical) as designed.

 

All District HVAC equipment will be adjusted to allow the maximum amount of outdoor air into the HVAC system without limiting the system capabilities. This amount may be greater than the minimum requirements established by NYSED.

12. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all project submissions only dedicated to “COVID-19 Reopening” will be labeled as such.

At this time, no renovation projects specific to “COVID-19 Reopening” are planned.

13. Each school and/or district reopening plan which includes the use of plastic separators must comply with the 2020 BCNYS Section 2606.

At this time, any plastic barriers used will be compliant with 2020 BCNYS Section 2606: Plastic Barriers.

Child Nutrition

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide all students enrolled in the SFA with access to school meals each school day. This must include students in attendance at school and students learning remotely.

Liverpool Central School District plan for child nutrition includes:

For more details for LCSD Procedures for Child Nutrition follow the link here: LCSD Child Nutrition Plan

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan must address all applicable health and safety guidelines.

 

Food Service follows the Department of Health Regulations for Food Safety which include, but is not limited to, proper hand washing and hygiene, controlled food temperatures and safety protocols, proper food handling and storage and proper sanitation of all equipment, serving units and utensils.

In addition, Food Service staff will now be required to wear masks and to socially distance as much as possible. They will also be provided with plastic aprons.  All food will be wrapped or be placed in covered containers.  Service line will be cleaned and sanitized after every class usage.  

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan includes measures to protect students with food allergies if providing meals in spaces outside the cafeteria. 

Staff has access to student allergy information when they come through the serviceline.  For meals that are packed to go, any meal for a child with allergies will be clearly labeled with that student’s name.

4. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include protocols and procedures for how students will perform hand hygiene before and after eating, how appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted, and how sharing of food and beverages will be discouraged.

All students prior to lunch periods will wash their hands in the classroom or use hand sanitizer located at the cafeteria entrances. Handwashing posters have been ordered and will be placed in each cafeteria line.  A link to the handwashing video will be included in the reopening letter sent to parents.  If possible, a monitor will be placed outside each cafeteria entrance that will play the handwashing, mask wearing and social distancing video. 

5. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include protocols and procedures that require cleaning and disinfection prior to the next group of students arriving for meals, if served in the same common area.

In between each class that enters the serving area, Food Service staff will spray tray slides with a mixture of bleach and water.  This is the current sanitation method already in use by Food Services for daily disinfection.  

6. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure compliance with Child Nutrition Program requirements (if the school is its own SFA – for charter schools that are part of a district’s SFA, the plan must ensure communication with the district regarding food serve requirements).

Food Service will request an extension of all existing waivers for flexibilities in meal service times, meal pattern requirements and parent/ guardian pick up for meal consumption at home.  The Food Service Department will continue to follow the rules and regulations as outlined by the NYS Child Nutrition Program and the USDA.

7. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include protocols that describe communication with families through multiple means in the languages spoken by families.

Every family through the US mail service will receive free/reduced application as well as an informational letter with new food service procedures. Peach Jar and the district website will also be utilized.  Information will be sent to the Star Review newspaper for publication. 

 

8. Each school and/or district reopening plan must require that students social distance (six feet separation) while consuming meals in school unless a physical barrier is provided.

        

Serving line floors will be marked in six foot intervals. Cafeteria tables will be spaced appropriate with every other seat being occupied.  

Transportation

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure all buses (conforming and non-conforming to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Standards, as well as type A, C or D) which are used every day by districts and contract carriers will be cleaned/disinfected once a day.

 

All school buses that are used every day will be cleaned/disinfected at least once per day according to an established cleaning schedule.

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures high contact spots must be wiped down after each a.m. and p.m. run depending upon the disinfection/cleaning schedule.

 

High contact spots, such as handrails, seats, seat belts and driver’s area, will be wiped down after each am and pm run.

 

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure school buses shall not be equipped with hand sanitizer due to its combustible composition and potential liability to the carrier or district.

School buses shall not be equipped with alcohol-based hand sanitizer because of its combustible composition and potential liability to the district.

4. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that school bus drivers, monitors and attendants do not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses.

School bus drivers, monitors and attendants will not carry personal bottles of hand sanitizer with them on school buses. Employees acknowledge their compliance when they swipe in for work. Transportation staff will acknowledge these questions when they swipe into work: LCSD Transportation Department.  

5. Each school and/or district reopening plan will require that school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics must wear a face covering along with optional face shield.

School bus drivers, monitors and attendants must wear a face covering while on school buses.   

6. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The District will provide training and periodic refreshers on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 through online resources, such as videos and links, in person training and printed material.  

7. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that transportation staff (drivers, monitors, attendants, mechanics and cleaners) will be trained and provided periodic refreshers on the proper use of social distancing.

As a function of the Liverpool Central School District’s Reopening Plan, all transportation personnel will be a primary focus for proper and appropriate COVID-19 safety protocols.  The district will utilize a variety of methods for assisting staff with correct procedures for hand hygiene, face coverings/masks, social distancing and respiratory hygiene.  The following is a list of possible example videos that will be incorporated into the training program.

Training Videos examples include the following:

The Liverpool Central School District will communicate required professional development and trainings, by email, to all staff. Here is a sample of some of the opportunities for staff, students, families, and visitors: Professional Development

8. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that transportation departments/carriers will need to provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants in buses.

The District will provide Personal Protective Equipment such as masks and gloves for drivers, monitors and attendants on school buses.

9. Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures hand sanitizer will be provided for all staff in their transportation locations such as dispatch offices, employee lunch/break rooms and/or bus garages.

Hand sanitizer will be available to all staff in multiple areas throughout the Transportation Center, including, but not limited to, the lobby, mechanics’ breakroom, employee lounge, bus garage, and office area.

10. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves.

Drivers, monitors and attendants who must have direct physical contact with a child must wear gloves. 

11. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that school bus drivers, monitors, attendants and mechanics shall perform a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to work.

Employees will acknowledge performing a self-health assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving to work when they swipe in or utilize their fob to enter the facility.  Transportation staff will acknowledge these questions when they swipe into work: LCSD Transportation Department.  

12. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that students must wear a mask on a school bus if they are physically able.

Students, who are physically able, must wear a mask on a school bus.

13. Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures that students who do not have a mask will NOT be denied transportation.

No student will be denied transportation who does not have a mask. The District will provide masks to students boarding the bus who do not have one.  

14. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that students who do not have masks must be provided one by the district.

The District will provide masks to students boarding the bus who do not have one.  

15. Each school and/or district reopening plan ensures that students with a disability which would prevent them from wearing a mask will not be forced to do so or denied transportation.

Students with a disability which would prevent them from wearing a mask will not be forced to do so nor denied transportation.  

16. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires students to be trained and provided periodic reminders on the proper use of personal protective equipment and the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The Liverpool Central School District will provide training for students and staff on the proper use of PPE and signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  Here is a sample of some of the opportunities for staff, students, families, and visitors: Professional Development

17. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that students will be trained and provided periodic reminders on the proper use of social distancing.

The Liverpool Central School District will provide training for students and staff on the proper use of social distancing. Here is a sample of some of the opportunities for staff, students, families, and visitors: Professional Development

18. Each school and/or district reopening plan requires that if the school district is in session remotely or otherwise, pupil transportation must be provided to nonpublic, parochial, private, charter schools or students whose Individualized Education Program have placed them out of district whose schools are meeting in conducting in-person session education when/if the district is not.

Transportation will be provided to students who attend nonpublic, parochial, private and charter schools as required under Ed. Law 3635. The deadline for requests for transportation to charter and nonpublic schools was extended to April 15, 2020 pursuant to the Executive Order issued  by Governor Cuomo for the COVID-19 crisis.

Social Emotional Well-Being 

The Liverpool Central School District recognizes the importance of the Social Emotional Well-Being of our students, families and all staff members. In planning for reopening, the district places a priority on a healthy mental, social, and emotional learning environment. A healthy learning environment must be in place in order for academic learning to occur.

1. Each school and district ensures that district-wide and building-level comprehensive developmental school counseling program plans, developed under the direction of certified school counselor(s), are reviewed and updated to meet current needs.

The Liverpool Central School District reviewed and updated the Comprehensive School Counseling Plan: LCSD Comprehensive School Counseling Plan

2. Each school and/or district establishes an advisory council, shared decision-making, school climate team, or other collaborative working group comprised of families, students, members of the board of education, or school’s board, school building and/or district/charter leaders, community-based service providers, teachers, certified school counselors, and other pupil personnel service providers including school social workers and/or school psychologists, to inform the comprehensive developmental school counseling program plan.

The Liverpool Central School District organized a Social-Emotional Learning Reopening Sub-Committee. Membership of the committee can be found here: Committee Members - SEL

 

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses how the school/district will provide resources and referrals to address mental health, behavioral, and emotional support services and programs.

The Liverpool Central School District utilizes the Behavior Intervention Monitoring and Assessment Scale II (BIMAS) to assess Social-Emotional concerns for students in grades K-6. Results of this assessment allows for buildings to proactively identify students in need of services and create intervention plans to address these needs. For 7-12, the district has two certified Mental-Health First Aid Trainers who provide training for teachers to proactively identify risk factors for Social-Emotional concerns and the process of referrals to mental health resources.

The Liverpool Central School District’s Social-Emotional Learning Reopening Sub-Committee created strategies to provide Social-Emotional assistance and referrals to students, families and staff.  These resources can be found here:

Supporting SEL Information

Tip & Tricks for Teachers

Community Agencies

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4. Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on how to talk with and support students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as provide supports for developing coping and resilience skills for students, faculty, and staff.

The Liverpool Central School District has plans for required professional development for all staff focused on Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning in the first week of September. Professional development will specifically align with the above resources that address supporting students during and after the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency and also provides support to develop coping and resilience skills for both students and staff members. Specific SEL training will be provided on trauma-responsive and restorative practices to help staff’s understanding of mental health and well-being. Here is a sample of some of the opportunities for staff, students, families, and visitors: Professional Development

School Schedules  

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan describes the school schedule planned for implementation at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year and to the extent practicable any contingent scheduling models it may consider if the situation warrants.

The Liverpool Central School District Return to School Plan can be found here: LCSD Return to School Plan. This plan includes opportunities for remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction for all students, at all grade levels. Because of social district requirements, the District is offering families the choice to attend school in a hybrid model (with a modified schedule, in-person and at-home) or families can choose a completely remote model. Additionally, this plan allows for us to phase more students to attend in-person on what is currently planned as a remote day (Wednesday). This plan also prioritizes and offers more in-person instructional opportunities for our students based on their educational needs.

At any time, the district is prepared to shift to a full in-person model or a full remote model according to Executive orders.

The Liverpool Central School District is collaborating with community-based organizations. The District is working with EPK Community-Based Organizations to provide pre-school to our 4 year old students. The District is also working with BASCOL(Before and Afterschool School Childcare On Location) to support families with their childcare needs. Additionally, the cohorts of students will be based on last-names and households, to keep a consistent schedule for families so that older siblings may take care of younger siblings on remote learning days.  

For more details on each instructional model for Elementary, Middle, and High School students, please refer to this link:  Continuity of Learning Plan

Attendance & Chronic Absenteeism

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must describe a mechanism to collect and report daily teacher student engagement or attendance while in a remote or hybrid schedule. 

The Liverpool Central School District will continue to utilize SchoolTool for daily attendance and student engagement in any of the models of instruction. Additionally, the district will be using a Google Classroom Attendance add-on feature to track activity for students who are learning in the remote model.

Technology & Connectivity

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school/district will have knowledge of the level of access to devices and high-speed internet all students and teachers have in their places of residence.

 

All students will be issued a district device. Kindergarten students will receive an iPad to be used both at home and in school. Students in grades one through 12 will have access to district-issued chromebooks to be used both at home and in school. In collaboration with Building Principals and Classroom Teachers, a survey will be sent to families to assess their needs for Internet access. Families in need of Internet access will be given a district-issued Hotspot with connection to AT&T Wireless Services. All instructional staff will be issued a district device and staff members also have access to district-issued Hotspots. The district, in collaboration with Building Principals, will survey staff for access to the Internet. The LCSD survey can be found here: Back to School Survey it can be completed by phone or in-person for families without Internet access.  The Technology & Connectivity Plan can be found here: Technology & Connectivity 

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district, to the extent practicable, will address the need to provide devices and internet access to students and teachers who currently do not have sufficient access.

All students and staff members in need of Internet access will be issued a district device and will have access to district-issued Hotspots. The Technology & Connectivity Plan can be found here: Technology & Connectivity 

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school or district will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models, especially if all students do not yet have sufficient access to devices and/or high-speed internet.

The Liverpool Central School District will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models through the use of Google Classroom (Grades 1-12) and Seesaw (Kindergarten). All students have take-home devices and those without internet access will be given district-issued Hotspots for connectivity. The buildings will have a protocol for instruction, distributing resources, and collecting/returning student work in the event a student does not have a district device or a district-issued Hotspot. The district will provide students in need of Internet access with a device or Hotspot within two working days, if necessary.

The Liverpool Central School District will provide professional development for staff to address needs, as identified by a survey sent in June 2020, to design effective remote/online learning experiences and best practices for instruction. Here is a sample of some of the opportunities for staff, students, families, and visitors: Professional Development

Teaching & Learning 

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan includes a continuity of learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Such a plan must prepare for in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.

The Liverpool Central School District has developed a plan to address in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction. In all models, students will engage in live daily instruction aligned to grade-level learning standards. For more specifics please refer to this link: Continuity of Learning Plan 

 

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan includes an educational program that is aligned to the New York State Learning Standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) regardless if instruction is delivered in-person, remotely or in a hybrid model.

 

The Liverpool Central School District’s educational program is aligned to New York State Learning Standards in all instructional models. As soon as possible, locally developed assessments or diagnostic assessments will be administered to students to determine learning gaps . The District will pay particular attention to assessing learning gaps for ELL and Special Education students. Teachers will create instructional plans that target extra support to ensure all academic needs are met. For more specifics please refer to this link: Continuity of Learning Plan 

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan provides for a program that includes regular substantive interaction between teachers and students whether delivered in-person, remotely or through a hybrid model of instruction.

The Liverpool Central School District has developed guidelines for synchronous and asynchronous interactions between students and staff members. Everyday students will engage in live daily instruction aligned to grade-level standards. Each building has procedures in place to identify students who are not engaged in in-person or remote learning so that they do not fall behind. Building-level Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, and Administrators will reach out to these students and their parents/guardians to re-engage them in the learning process. Practices will be in place to address lost academic time so that students do not fall behind. For more specifics please refer to this link: Continuity of Learning Plan 

4. Equity must be at the heart of all school instructional decisions. All instruction should be developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely, or through a hybrid model due to a local or state school closure, there are clear opportunities for instruction that are accessible to all students. Such opportunities must be aligned with State standards (or, for charter schools, the standards set forth in the school’s charter) and include routine scheduled times for students to interact and seek feedback and support from their teachers.

The Liverpool Central School District recognizes that equity is at the heart of all school instructional decisions. In our reopening plan, the district has prioritized considerations for students with unique learning needs including ELLs, special education, and students who fall under the McKinney Vento Act, regardless of the instructional model. In all models, all students will be placed in a homeroom class with a designated homeroom teacher. Students will be scheduled to meet with teachers at routine times for instruction, feedback and support. When students miss their assigned time for instruction, feedback, or support, the Teacher will follow up with the student to make plans to address the loss of instructional time. Teachers will also collaborate with Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, and Administrators to reach out to each student, as necessary. For more specifics please refer to this link: Continuity of Learning Plan 

 5. Schools must create a clear communication plan for how students and their families/caregivers can contact the school and teachers with questions about their instruction and/or technology. This information needs to be accessible to all, available in multiple languages based on district or charter school need, widely disseminated, and include clear and multiple ways for students and families to contact schools and teachers (e.g., email, online platform, and/or by phone).

The Liverpool Central School District has a communication plan for how students and their families/caregivers can contact the school and teachers with questions about their instruction. The District has a Technology Help Line for any technology issues, (315) 453-1234. For the Liverpool Central School District’s Teaching and Learning Plan, please refer to this link: Continuity of Learning Plan 

   

6. As districts and charter schools develop instructional models under the three delivery methods (in-person, remote and hybrid), attention must be paid to how students are assessed and further, how student progress will be communicated to parents and caregivers.

In all instructional models, teachers will be expected to assess student progress. Clear expectations will be outlined for students for assignments, projects and assessments. It will be an expectation that teachers provide timely, meaningful feedback on student assignments and provide instructional support from the teacher when necessary. The outcomes will be reported to parents during parent/teacher conferences (in-person or virtual) and via the parent portal in Schooltool biweekly and at the end of each grading period via electronic report cards. For the Liverpool Central School District’s Teaching and Learning Plan, please refer to this link: Continuity of Learning Plan 

7. Districts that contract with eligible agencies, including CBOs, to provide Prekindergarten programs must attest that they have measures in place to ensure eligible agencies with whom they contract will follow health and safety guidelines outlined in NYSED guidance and required by the New York State Department of Health. The district must also ensure their eligible agencies have a Continuity of Learning plan that addresses in-person, remote, and hybrid models of instruction.

The Liverpool Central School District contracts with CBOs.  Each of these CBOs is required to adhere to NYS regulations. The CBOs have measures in place to ensure these agencies will follow health and safety guidelines. The district’s Executive Director for Elementary Education is in communication with the CBOs.

 

Special Education - Required Notices 

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan, whether services are provided in-person, remote, and/or through a hybrid model, addresses the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those providing special education and services.

The Liverpool Central School District and its component schools will address the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) for students with disabilities by provisioning a framework that ensures that all students with disabilities continue to have available to them the special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment and independent living. Three reopening plans will be designed to enable transitioning between in-person, remote and hybrid learning to ensure that FAPE is consistent with changing health and safety conditions. The plans are designed in consideration of the health, safety and well-being of students, families and staff and include the ability to transition between in-person, remote and hybrid learning environments to ensure the provision of FAPE of students with disabilities to the same extent as general education students while adhering to New York State Department of Health and Education health and safety guidelines.  

Students with disabilities will have access to high quality programs that are designed, based on students’ individual needs and abilities, to enable them to achieve the desired learning results established for all students.  Schools will be creative in ensuring that students with disabilities have opportunities for instruction with students without disabilities to the greatest extent possible consistent with their IEPs.  If providing in-person instruction, schools will ensure that health and safety requirements do not result in the unnecessary separation of students with disabilities from their non-disabled peers.  

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses how it will document the programs and services offered and provided to students with disabilities as well as communications with parents.

During the 2020-21 school year, due to the health and safety requirements that must be in place when school resumes, schools may not be able to provide all services in the same mode and/or manner they are typically provided.  Schools will determine what methods of delivery of services will be utilized to deliver special education programs and services to meet the needs of students with disabilities as they plan for various types of instructional models including in-person and remote learning and will document the process through an online forum and prior written notices.

Teams must consider how students with disabilities will be educated in the least restrictive environment.  As LRE decisions are being made, the students’ special education teams will document the process in a consistent, district created electronic format, including who is involved in making LRE determinations. The parent voice will be considered and documented.  Until schools return to normal operating conditions, the same flexibility with respect to IEP implementation for delivery of services during school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to apply to the programs and services whether delivered in-person or remotely. Until schools return to normal operation, there will be some flexibility with IEP implementation with respect to mode, manner, group/individual sessions, group size, frequency, location, and special class size rations. Data on progress monitoring and formative assessments will be collected to assist in these determinations. Schools must also document the ongoing provision of compensatory services upon reopening of schools.

If school is conducted through a remote or hybrid model, the students’ special education teams including the students parents will determine what is reasonable and appropriate and will ensure that each student with a disability will be provided the special education and related services identified on the student’s IEP to the greatest extent possible consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing special education and related services to students.  The student’s team will collaborate creatively to continue to meet the needs of students with disabilities and will consider practices such as distance instruction, teletherapy, meetings on digital platforms, secure online options for data tracking and documentation.

Schools will  maintain Child Find requirements.  Referrals may not be necessary if the reason for the underperformance is due to school closure and a change in provision of services.

Initial and reevaluations will be conducted in-person or remotely within required timelines. Video or teleconferencing will  be used for conducting CPSE/CSE meetings. The District will continue to provide procedural safeguards and due process. Written prior notice is not needed if instruction or related services continue to be provided remotely or through a hybrid program as these are not considered a change in the student’s placement. Schools will review their instructional practices to plan for necessary accommodations and modifications (changes in what students are expected to learn).

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses meaningful parent engagement in the parent’s preferred language or mode of communication regarding the provision of services to his/her child to meet the requirements of the IDEA.

In addition to the communication efforts made for all students, parents of students with disabilities will be informed regarding the identification, evaluation, educational placement, and the provision of FAPE to their child.  Whether special education programs and services are provided in-person, remotely or through a hybrid model, effective communication between school personnel and parents will include working collaboratively and creatively to help ensure there is an understanding of the school’s efforts to provide services consistent with the recommendations on the IEP and to continue to monitor progress.  Communication with parents will be documented and occur in the parents’ preferred language or mode of communication.  

 4. Each school and/or district reopening plan addresses collaboration between the committees on preschool special education (CPSE) and committees on special education (CSE) and program providers representing the variety of settings where students are served to ensure there is an understanding of the provision of services consistent with the recommendations on individualized education programs (IEPs), plans for monitoring and communicating student progress, and commitment to sharing resources.

Collaboration between CPSE, CSE, and providers will  ensure that the provision of services is consistent with the IEP and include plans for monitoring and communicating student progress.

For those special education programs and services via a contract with a school district or county, the provision of instruction and related services will continue to be documented by the students' contracting school district program, BOCES program, nonpublic school with a special education program, Special Act school district, State-operated school, State supported school, preschool special class or preschool special class in an integrated setting program, preschool special education itinerant provider, or related service provider as applicable so that these activities will be communicated to the school district responsible for developing students’ IEPs.  This documentation will be considered when making individualized determinations as to whether changes to the IEP recommendation or compensatory services are needed, under applicable standards and requirements. Partnerships between program providers and school districts will reflect coordinated efforts to best respond to student needs. Progress monitoring will be conducted in person and remotely, and progress reports will be sent electronically to parents every marking period.

5. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure access to the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids and services, and technology (including assistive technology) to meet the unique disability related needs of students.

The District will ensure access to necessary accommodations to meet student needs and consider in-person services a high priority for high-needs students.  Students attending special classes (12:1:1+3, 12:1:2 and 6:1:3) and students who participate in the New York State Alternate Assessment and/or have a 1:1 teaching assistant will attend school four days per week for in-person instruction.

Schools will review their instructional practices to plan for necessary accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities to progress in the general education curriculum.  

Schools will ensure students with disabilities have access to supplementary aids and services to meet their unique instructional and social emotional needs.

Schools will be aware of the students with disabilities requiring assistive technology that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities.  Consideration will be given to ensure students have access to their working technology and any accompanying programs.  Protocols detailing availability of assistive services necessary and will assist a student in the selection, acquisition or use of assistive technology device.  Schools will provide parents and families with a list of individuals, including their contact information, available to respond to questions and concerns regarding the assistive technology device and/or service for their children.

Bilingual Education & World Languages - Required Notices

1. Each qualifying school and/or district reopening plan which reopens using in-person or hybrid instruction must complete the ELL identification process within 30 school days of the start of the school year for all students who enrolled during COVID-19 school closures in 2019-20, as well as all students who enroll during summer of 2020 and during the first 20 school days of the 2020-21 school year. After this 20 day flexibility period, identification of ELLs must resume for all students within required 10 school days of initial enrollment as required by Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154. 

The Liverpool Central School District follows a specific ELL identification protocol. In this protocol, students are identified within 30 school days.  The following link will provide additional details regarding LCSD’s Identification of ELLs  

2. Each school and/or district reopening plan must provide required instructional Units of Study (or, for charter schools, the applicable program outlined in the school’s charter) to all ELLs based on their most recently measured English language proficiency level during in-person or hybrid instruction. Units of Study and Staff Requirements: ENL (K-8)   Units of Study and Staffing Requirements: ENL (9-12)   Additional Units of Study and Staff Requirements for TBE   Former ELLs at the Commanding level of proficiency within two years of exiting ELL status are to continue receiving Former ELL services in the form of Integrated ENL or other Former ELL services approved by the Commissioner under Part 154-2.3(h) during in-person or hybrid learning.

The Liverpool Central School District meets the required instructional units of study for ELLs. The following link will provide details to Required Instructional Units of Study for ELLs followed by the LIverpool Central School District.

3. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure the maintenance of regular communication with parents/guardians of ELLs to ensure that they are engaged in their children’s education during the reopening process, and provide all communications for parents/guardians of ELLs in their preferred language and mode of communication (text, robocalls, Whats App, emails…). Link: Parent Engagement Resources from OBE WL 

In order for parents/guardians to be aware of information regarding ENL programs in our district, information is provided on the LCSD webpage, social media, along with individual ENL teacher webpages and School Messenger. Information is also distributed during the New ELL Family Orientation (in-person or virtual) and on Program Notification letters that are sent home. Parents/guardians are informed through notification letters, in home languages. Additionally, training will be held for all staff regarding Google Translate to give them another tool to use to communicate with the families of our ELLs. Link: Communication with ELLs and Families of ELLs

Teacher & Principal Evaluation System - Required Notices 

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all teachers and principals are evaluated pursuant to the LEA’s currently approved APPR plan (or, for charter schools, the school’s charter), including any variance applications approved by the Department. 

The Liverpool Central School District will ensure that all teachers and principals are evaluated by the currently approved APPR plan, including any variance applications approved by the Department, by continuing existing processes and procedures compliant with all Commissioner’s regulations. The District’s APPR plan can be found here: LCSD APPR Plan

Certification, Incidental Teaching, & Substitute Teaching - Required Notices

1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must ensure that all teachers hold valid and appropriate certificates for their teaching assignments except where otherwise allowable under the Commissioner’s regulations (e.g., incidental teaching) or Education Law.

 

The Liverpool CSD will ensure that all teachers hold a valid appropriate certification by continuing existing processes for hiring, employing, and utilization of all instructional personnel compliant with all Commissioner’s regulations.

The staff within Human Resources will assure that all teachers hold a valid certification by continuing existing procedures for validating and monitoring required certifications for assigned instruction.

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