Updated School Reopening
Special Edition Newsletter from Lakeshore
On behalf of the Lakeshore Staff, we wanted to share with you the results of the work we have been doing in order to prepare for the April 19th "Fully Reopening Date." We are both excited and nervous as that date approaches. Excited because we want more than anything to get all of our kiddos back into school as much as possible, and at the same time nervous knowing that we want to have a plan that will keep everyone as safe as possible. You will find in this newsletter all of the most up to date information in order to prepare your children for April 19th.
Please keep in mind that we have shifted the Social Distancing from 6ft to 3ft. This does not include the cafeteria which will remain 6 feet distancing. In addition, our in-person class sizes will now be between 18-24 students, as a result we know that mask breaks will look very different. We will still find ways to provide mask breaks in a safe way, however they may not occur as frequently or for as long of a duration as they do now.
While this newsletter will provide you with all that you need to know as of today, there will still be additional information that we will be sending out next week. Have a great weekend everyone, and Shine Bright Lakeshore!!!
In order to provide families with an idea of what the inside of the school will look like
as of April 19th, included are a few photos of classrooms
In person class sizes will range between 18-24 students based on the number
of students returning vs. the number of students remaining 100% virtual.
Classrooms with Desks
For classes with desks, you will find rooms to follow this format, with 3ft spacing between each desk:
Classrooms with Tables
All Classrooms and the Cafeteria Will Be Equipped With Desk Shields
We are at the finishing stages for routing Students who will be returning for the 4th quarter (April 19th). Bus information will be sent to schools this coming Friday (April 9th) to allow schools until April 16th to communicate the information to their students and families. Our changes always go into effect the following Wednesday, so the bus passes will say April 14th on them. However the changes will not go into effect until Monday, April 19th. (aka Please ignore the April 14th start date as the START DATE is April 19th).
Schools will be asked to communicate this information to students/families, including those students returning to in-person learning from 100% remote learning. Most students who already receive Transportation will have minimal or no changes to their bus schedule.
Our buses will have a target occupancy of 44 per bus beginning April 19th. This is in alignment with many other Districts in Monroe County. There may be a few buses with more than 44 (8 currently) which we will problem solve in an attempt to reduce the number. Students will still be required to wear a mask and buses will still be cleaned after each run.
Also starting April 19th, late buses will take attendance as students board the bus. Schools are welcome to keep students after school, as long as the total number of students on each bus does not go above 44.
Parent Loop Drop Off and Pick Up
Please review the following information. We are diligently trying to keep a staggered arrival and dismissal time to keep traffic flowing and not cause a backup on Latta Road.
Parent Drop Off and Pick Up
Arrival will be staggered to avoid traffic backing up to Latta Rd. We will start receiving students at 8:20 AM by the first letter of their last name. If your last name starts with ABCDEFG you will arrive at 8:20 AM, HIJKLMNO will arrive at 8:25 AM and PQRSTUVWXYZ will arrive at 8:30 AM. For your information, buses will start arriving around 8:25 AM.
Dismissal will be staggered to avoid traffic backing up to Latta Rd. Students will be released by the first letter of their last name. If your last name starts with ABCDEFG you will be dismissed at 2:50 PM, HIJKLMNO will be dismissed at 2:55 PM and PQRSTUVWXYZ will be dismissed at 3:00 PM. For your information, students riding buses will start dismissal at 3:00 PM.
Just a friendly reminder that the cutoff for calling the school, if you are picking your child up that day, is 2:30 pm, otherwise we will place them on the bus. Or you can send a note to the main office, thank you.
Please fill this form out and return to the school nurse if you have not done so already. This form is due by April 19th.
Important Message from the Superintendent for Elementary Only
Greece Central Families and Staff:
When I wrote to you before Spring Break, I asked for your help appealing to New York State (NYS) for updated school reopening guidance. Hundreds of you heeded that call and as a result, NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the state is finalizing new guidance for schools. This was welcome news, but they have been promising the release of updated guidance since February and we frankly cannot afford to wait any longer. Families need time to plan. Kids and staff need time to prepare.
That's why we have decided to move forward with our plan to offer four days of in-person learning beginning the week of April 19. Should new guidance be issued, we will abide by the requirements.
Please read the Reopening Reminders below and the attached document for more information on why we can and should reopen more broadly.
Thank you for your continued advocacy and support. I look forward to welcoming more students back on April 19!
Superintendent of Schools
Learning Model Change Notifications Have Begun
Schools have been working diligently to verify requests from families who asked for a learning model change as of April 19. You should receive a personal call from a school representative before April 16 confirming your decision.
Bus Transportation Information to Be Sent Next Week
The Office of Student Transportation Services recently finished bus routing for students who will be returning on April 19. Busing information will be communicated by your child's school next week. Most students who already receive Transportation will have minimal if any changes to their bus schedule. Buses will target two-thirds occupancy beginning April 19. Students, drivers and attendants will still be required to wear masks and buses will be cleaned after each run.
Remember to Perform Your Daily Health Screening
All parents of in-person learners need to fill out this form attesting that you will complete a daily health screening on your child each day before school. Anyone who has not already submitted the form to their child's school should do so by April 19. Employees are also required to complete a daily health assessment. The New York State Department of Health has created this document to help employees and students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms determine when it is safe to return to school.
Face Coverings Are Required For Students & Staff
Per Greece Central School District policy, all in-person learners and staff members are required to properly wear face coverings when in school and on the bus. Face coverings should fit snugly against the side of one's face and cover both the nose and mouth. Teachers will designate time for mask breaks throughout the day. Please read the CDC’s guide to masks for more information.
Daily attendance will be taken and students will be marked absent if they do not report via their chosen learning model. Please be advised that in-person learners cannot opt to learn from home whenever they choose. If they don't attend in person, they will be marked absent. If they are quarantined or sick, that is an excused absence. If not, the absence is unexcused.
Tips for Helping Students Transition
The past year has included a lot of transitions for students. April 19 will be like the start of a new school year for many so it's important to help students adjust. The district's Student Services team put together this list of hints for helping students make the adjustment.
Review For Health and Safety Of All
Fever or chills (100.0º F or greater);
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
Muscle or body aches;
New loss of taste or smell;
Congestion or runny nose;
Nausea or vomiting; and/or
Click here to view the Spring Reopening Update from our District.