Liverpool Central School District
District 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan
Table of Contents
Health & Safety 4
COVID-19 Testing 4
COVID-19 Contact Tracing 4
Response to Community and Staff Questions 8
Governor’s Additional Assurances for Students and Staff
Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members:
As I previously suggested, with the start of a new school year at a time of many unknowns, we must be aware and mindful that the likelihood and expectations for changes specific to reopening is imminent.
On Friday, August 7, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo identified four items of assurance (specifically 4 additional assurance) that school reopening plans must address. Those items include: COVID-19 Testing, COVID-19 Tracing, Equity with the Hybrid Learning Model and outreach questions & answer sessions for parents and staff. The following serves an addendum to the District Reopening Plan posted July 31, 2020.
Again, I want to thank everyone for your continued understanding and support for the district and our staff during this unprecedented time.
Dr. Mark F. Potter,
Superintendent of Schools
The Governor’s Office in partnership with the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health required that each school and/or district in New York State create a reopening plan for safety bringing staff and students back to school in the Fall 2020. That plan included a variety of assurances indicating both compliance and acknowledgment of each of the 84 assurances. That plan was required to be posted prominently for the community on each building’s website and submitted to both NYSED and NYSDOH by July 31, 2020.
On Friday, August 7, 2020, the Governor included 4 additional assurances that must be included in the District/Building Reopening Plan:
The following is an addendum to the Reopening Plan submitted on July 31, 2020.
1. Liverpool Central School District has a protocol for COVID-19 Testing for students and staff, along with a protocol for Contact Tracing for any positive COVID-19 Tests.
Prior to the Opening of School in September 2020:
Once a lab-confirmed case has been reported to the Onondaga County Health Department:
The Contact Tracer will interview all contacts:
Guidance from the Health Department on School Closure related to Positive Cases:
COVID-19 Student and Staff Screening, Testing, Contact Monitoring Process:
In an effort to maintain consistent and constant communication and transparency with the parents, staff and community, the following are talking points from the Liverpool Central School District and the Onondaga County Executive’s Office regarding COVID-19 Testing and Tracing:
Cases Among School-Aged Children:
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
1. Each school and/or district reopening plan must include information on how the school/district will respond to questions and concerns being provided to the District. Each school and/or district reopening plan must identify 3 question and answer sessions for the community and 1 question and answer session for the school staff.
The Liverpool Central School District held Question and Answer Sessions for the community on the following dates:
The Community Question and Answer Sessions were recorded for accessibility purposes for community members, parents and students who were unable to attend any of the three sessions. Each of the three sessions focused on a variety of questions and each session was unique with regard to the specific areas of focus for the inquiries and responses.
The Q & A Session Links are provided here:
Wednesday, August 5, 2020: https://liverpool.ensemble.cnyric.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/qarecording/view
Wednesday, August 12, 2020: https://liverpool.ensemble.cnyric.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/qandarecording2/view
Wednesday, August 19, 2020:
The Staff Question and Answer Session was also recorded for accessibility purposes for staff members who were unable to attend the session. The staff session focused on a variety of questions with regard to the reopening of school in September.
The Q & A Session Link is provided here:
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