Weekly Reopening Update: February 26, 2021

A thoughtful approach to the reopening of our school buildings for in-person learning and engagement of any kind is critical as we remain resolute in our commitment to the health and safety of our students, staff and families. Over the course of several months, multiple groups – including District leadership, staff, students, parents/guardians, and Association partners – have planned, reviewed data, and adjusted to the changing information we continue to receive during this pandemic.

Today, after conversations with our NSEA leadership and other valued education partners, I am sharing our plan for a safe and sustainable return to school buildings for our youngest learners. We will return certain student groups to classrooms for in-person instruction and bring other student groups to school campuses for transition and support activities. Remote learning will continue for students whose families choose to keep them home.

We understand how important opportunities for in-person connections are. As much as we want every student back in the school buildings, the very nature of middle and high school instruction – changing rooms for each class – makes it too difficult to safely plan for in-person instruction for middle and high school students at this time. With that said, a senior class committee and middle and high school staff are working to develop Hub activities that will help bring groups of students back to campus later this spring. More details will be shared as they come available.

Embedded in this plan are the considerations that are intended to support our commitment to health and safety, including available vaccinations for Northshore staff members who support in-person instruction, as well as regular COVID testing, contact tracing, and the guarantee of available appropriate PPE (e.g., masks, gowns, face shields, gloves). In addition, we will expect all students and staff to adhere to all safety protocols. The transition back to the buildings will include COVID-related health and safety lessons that are developed for teachers and taught to all students as part of their remote instruction. I also encourage you to review this video with your student to get an understanding of many of the safety protocols and how school will feel different for a while. I want to thank Wellington 3rd grader Jaelyn Lagasse for lending her voice to this instructional tool.

I am also excited to share that part of this reopening plan includes our partnership with the YMCA. Their Navigators will assist with childcare for Northshore staff and they will facilitate Bridge Week activities.

As you review the current details of this plan, please understand we will be adding new information and making necessary adjustments as we continue meeting with our partners and staff across our schools and various programs. Below the following list of dates and groups, you will find additional details and definitions.

March 22-26

Community-Building Days* for:

  • Adult Transition Program (ATP)
  • Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)
  • Head Start

Bridge Week Activities** for:

  • Kindergarten Group A – Monday
  • 1st Grade Group A – Monday
  • 2nd Grade Group A – Tuesday
  • 3rd Grade Group A – Tuesday
  • Kindergarten Group B – Thursday
  • 1st Grade Group B – Thursday
  • 2nd Grade Group B – Friday
  • 3rd Grade Group B – Friday

March 29-April 2

Community-Building Days for:

  • Early Childhood
  • Sensory (K-5)
  • Social-Emotional (K-5)
  • Functional Skills and Academics (FSA) (K-12)

Bridge Week Activities for:

  • Kindergarten Group A – Monday
  • 1st Grade Group A – Monday
  • 2nd Grade Group A – Tuesday
  • 3rd Grade Group A – Tuesday
  • Kindergarten Group B – Thursday
  • 1st Grade Group B – Thursday
  • 2nd Grade Group B – Friday
  • 3rd Grade Group B – Friday

Hybrid Instructional Schedule for:

  • ATP
  • ECEAP
  • Head Start 

April 5-9

Bridge Week Activities for:

  • K-3 Group A – Monday
  • K-3 Group B – Friday

Hybrid Instructional Schedule for:

  • ATP
  • ECEAP
  • Head Start
  • Early Childhood
  • Sensory (K-5)
  • Social-Emotional (K-5)
  • FSA (K-12)

April 19-23

Bridge Week Activities for:

  • 4th Grade Group A – Monday
  • 4th Grade Group B – Thursday

Hybrid Instructional Schedule for:

  • ATP
  • ECEAP
  • Head Start
  • Early Childhood
  • Sensory (K-5)
  • Social-Emotional (K-5)
  • FSA (K-12)
  • K-3

Hubs^ for:

  • Middle School in small groups
  • High School in small groups

April 26-30

Bridge Week Activities for:

  • 5th Grade Group A – Tuesday
  • 5th Grade Group B – Friday

Hybrid Instructional Schedule for:

  • ATP
  • ECEAP
  • Head Start
  • Early Childhood
  • Sensory (K-5)
  • Social-Emotional (K-5)
  • FSA (K-12)
  • K-4

Hubs for:

  • Middle School in small groups
  • High School in small groups

May 3-7

Hybrid Instructional Schedule for:

  • ATP
  • ECEAP
  • Head Start
  • Early Childhood
  • Sensory (K-5)
  • Social-Emotional (K-5)
  • FSA (K-12)
  • K-5

Hubs for:

  • Middle School in small groups
  • High School in small groups

*Community-Building Days
Community Building Days provide the parents of children and youth in the ATP, ECEAP, Head Start, Early Childhood, Sensory, Social Emotional and FSA programs with the opportunity to engage in transition activities. The intent is for families to gain an understanding of the program location, and the ways adult caregivers can support their students as they begin to return to in-person instruction. 

**Bridge Weeks
Bridge Weeks provide times for students to return in small groups for the purpose of engaging in activities that help them transition back into the school building.  Students with IEPs and who are placed in Mid-Level Blended, Sensory, Social-Emotional and Functional Skills and Academics (FSA) programs will be included in their general education peer groups. Bridge Weeks focus on supporting students’ social-emotional wellness, school-level Positive Behavior Interventions and Support systems, and helping them learn safety protocols. Bridge Weeks activities are planned by Northshore educators and will allow students to experience structured time with peers on the school campus. 

Hybrid Instructional Schedule
The hybrid instructional schedule will include two days a week on campus in-person learning and two days a week of online learning. Educators will work over the next days and weeks to finalize the details of our hybrid instructional schedule and ensuring the continuity of learning as we make the transition from 100% remote instruction to hybrid learning for the identified student groups.

^Hubs
Hubs will be established to support students in various groups. These groups may include, but are not limited to, students who receive English Learner, Learning Assistance Program, Learning Center, Title I, and/or Special Education services; students in 6th grade and 9th grade; seniors; and students who may need additional support.  Hub activities will be designed by Northshore educators.  Parameters will be established that will prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff that might participate in Hub activities.  We will be providing more details in the coming weeks.

 

We are committed to continue working with this amazing Northshore Community to create the best possible experience for our students – one that is safe, sustainable, thoughtful and inclusive of the many needs of all of our families. 

Warmest regards,

Michelle Reid, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

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