Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's): Scheduling

  • Will school hours be different for the 2020-2021 school year?

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    We will continue to run the same schedule as in previous years.  Students learning on campys will arrive between 7:40 and 8:00 AM and will be dismissed at 2:30.  To begin the year, we will send all students home at 2:30.  Extra help and 9th period support will be remote.  There will be no 3:30 or 5:30 bus runs to start the year.  

    While students will attend school with their cohort two days a week; they will learn remotely and at their own pace on the other three days a week. Note that Wednesday is considered a remote instructional day for all students.

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  • When will BOCES CTE students attend classes in Mount Morris? DHS?

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    Students who are enrolled in CTE classes at BOCES will attend classes in Mount Morris on Thursday and Fridays (full day).  They will take courses here at DHS on Mondays and Tuesdays (partial days).

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  • How have cohorts been determined, and when will we know which cohort students will be a part of?

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    Cohorts will be determined by August 24th, and families will be notified shortly thereafter. In establishing cohorts, we need to take many things into consideration.  We are trying to preserve an alphabetical split, but much is dependent upon BOCES CTE student schedules, these students' younger siblings, students who receive special services, etc..  We will also need to take into consideration which families choose the 100% remote option.

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  • Will families have the ability to switch their child(ren)’s learning model if it is not working?

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    Parents may move to the 100% remote option at any time. However, if families start out in the remote learning option, they are asked to commit for the full marking period/ trimester which ends on December 4th for PK-6 and ends on November 13th for 7-12.  

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  • Will there still be orientations/ open houses at each building?

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    Primary - Orientations/Meet the Teacher will occur outside of the classrooms in the courtyards and school lawn.  

    EBH - Meet the Teacher opportunities will occur once cohorts have been established. These are still being worked out due to the unknown timeline of placing students in cohorts.


    DHS- 7th grade orientation will take place prior to the start of the school year, and it will be more personalized and allow for proper social distancing.  A letter with specific details regarding orientation has been mailed home to families of 7th graders. Chromebook distribution will occur on September 9th.

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FAQ's: Health & Safety

  • What is the District’s position on testing students and employees?

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    DCSD will comply with CDC guidance and not conduct COVID-19 testing of students or staff members. The decision of whether a test needs to be conducted should be determined by a healthcare provider or the local department of health. DCSD nurses will refer staff members or students and their parents to health care professionals when COVID symptoms are evident.  School nurses will also coordinate with the Livingston County Department of Health.

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  • What will daily health screenings look like?

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    Parents are expected to conduct a home health screening everyday before they leave for school and 7-days a week for each child.  It is very important to conduct the health check even on non-attendance days to assist with contact tracing in the event a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19.  This is a public health matter and parent participation is essential.

    The District has purchased an app that parents can download onto their smartphones, other personal devices or access from their child’s Chromebook or iPad.  Parents will use the app to report the screening results.  The District will make the app available before the start of school.

    The District will staff entrances with employees trained to conduct a health screening as students walk through our doors each day.  In addition, teachers and aides will be trained to conduct health screenings.  As per State guidance, children whose parents did not submit evidence of a screening will be screened by the school nurse or another trained employee. In addition, the District may conduct temperature checks at entrances and in classrooms. 

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  • Do temperature checks need to be recorded for students who are learning 100% remotely?

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    Yes, because some students may be involved in extracurricular activities. Students who are learning remotely at DHS and attending BOCES in person will be riding our busses and must record temperatures daily.

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  • What other precautions are being taken in the primary classrooms?

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    There will be many unfamiliar experiences: new routines, schedules, and guidelines. Especially for young students, it’s going to be challenging at best to adjust to wearing masks for extended periods.

    • Parents can help by getting their kids used to wearing masks for increasing intervals even before school begins.
    • Teachers will be purposeful about creating classroom routines to ease any embarrassment, discomfort, worry, or anxiety students may have about wearing masks. Many of our students will not walk in already accustomed to wearing masks, so routines and predictable structures can help them feel calm and ready to learn.
    • A letter to parents outlining class procedures and routines will ease their anxiety and that of their kids. Teachers can also use this letter to invite parents to share the celebrations and challenges their children have experienced over the past several months.
    • These are some questions teachers and parents can use in the first week or two as students get used to their masks and each other.
    • How does a mask protect us?
    • Do you know of any superheroes that wear masks?
    • Maybe we could all decorate our own paper masks? What colors, shapes, and designs do you want on your mask?
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  • What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

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    In the event that a student or an employee tests positive for COVID-19, the District will immediately work with the Livingston County Department of Health to conduct contact tracing, mitigate additional contacts and exposures, notify the parents of children who may have come into contact with the positive case and make decisions about quarantine of certain students and/or adults, a classroom, grade level or school closures.  Deep cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas will ensue.

    Contact tracing is a public health function performed by the Livingston County Department of Health.  DCSD will assist LCDOH in knowing who may have had contact at school with a confirmed case by:

    • keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members; 
    • ensuring student schedules are up to date;
    • keeping a log of any visitors which includes date, time and where in the school they visited; and 
    • assisting LCDOH in tracing all contacts of the individual at school. 

    DCSD recognizes that confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. DCSD staff will not try to determine who is to be excluded from school based on contact without guidance and direction from the LCDOH. 

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  • What happens if my child needs to see the nurse for something that is not COVID-19 related?

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    Students may still visit the nurse for non-COVID related needs.  Students with COVID-19 related symptoms will report to a separate area.  The nurse’s office, like other areas of the school, will also be sanitized frequently throughout the day.

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  • How will each building address students who appear to be symptomatic?

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    DCS nurses, administrators or other trained personnel will 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.  A parent whose child is symptomatic will be contacted and must immediately respond to the school to receive the child.  A medical clearance will be required prior to readmitting the child.

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  • Will the kids be allowed to play on the playground? Will masks be required then?

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    Primary - Playground use is permitted when proper safeguards are in place.  One class will be on the playground at any time. Students will wash their hands before and after accessing the playground.  Students will be reminded and monitored to remain 6-12 feet apart.  Masks will not be required on the playground.


    EBH - Playground use is permitted when proper safeguards are in place.  One class will be on the playground at any time. Students will wash their hands before and after accessing the playground.  Students will be reminded and monitored to remain 6-12 feet apart.  Masks will not be required on the playground.

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  • Are the classrooms being set up table style with dividers or spaced 6' apart in all directions?

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    Primary - 6’ apart in all directions with dividers being used in some settings, such as, reading tables and related service settings. 

    EBH - 6’ apart in all directions with dividers being used in some settings - i.e. AIS, related services groups


    DHS - 6’ apart in all directions

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  • Will students be able to keep their personal belongings in cubbyholes, lockers, etc?

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    Primary- Students have individual cubbies and access to these cubbies will be monitored to allow for social distancing and eliminate congregating in the area. 

    EBH - Students will use their desk and individual cubbies to store personal belongings. Access to these cubbies will be monitored to allow for social distancing and eliminate congregating in the area.  Students will not be changing for PE classes.

    DHS- Students will not be using lockers at DHS. Students are encouraged to maintain individual kits of “high touch” supplies such as scissors, markers, pencils, erasers, etc. to limit sharing of supplies between students. If classroom supplies must be shared, they will be sanitized between uses.

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  • If a student will not keep their mask on, what is the course of action for those situations?

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    Primary - There will be many unfamiliar experiences: new routines, schedules, and guidelines. Especially for young students, it’s going to be challenging at best to adjust to wearing masks for extended periods. Parents can help by getting their kids used to wearing masks for increasing intervals even before school begins. Teachers will be purposeful about creating classroom routines to ease any embarrassment, discomfort, worry, or anxiety that students may have about wearing masks. Many of our students will not walk in already accustomed to wearing masks, so routines and predictable structures can help them feel calm and ready to learn.

    EBH- The EBH code of conduct has been updated to include mask/face covering expectations. If a mask is not worn, they will be asked to put it on immediately.  Noncompliance will result in an office referral and appropriate consequences.  Refusal to wear the mask will result in being sent home. 

    Administration will contact parents/guardians whenever a student is refusing to wear a mask. When students are suspended from school, a parent/guardian will be required to immediately pick the student up from school. 

    DHS- In the high school, students will be educated on the importance of wearing masks. If a student is not wearing a mask, they will be reminded to put one on immediately. If they do not have a mask, one will be provided.  Refusal to wear a mask will be considered Gross Insubordination and the student will be suspended from school for the rest of the day.

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  • What will “mask breaks” look like?

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    Students will be required to wear masks at all times except when being provided a mask break. Mask breaks will be provided as needed and upon individual student requests. Mask breaks will occur within classrooms and attempts will be made to take students outside for mask breaks.

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  • Will students be required to wear masks while seated at their desks? What about during PE?

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    Students and staff will maintain 6 feet of social distance from others and, except where rare medical exclusions apply, wear face coverings at all times in school and on school buses. 

    During PE classes, students will be required to be at a minimum distance of 12ft apart from one another. During physical activity, masks can be removed but students must maintain at least 12ft of separation.

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  • Can a child opt to wear a face shield instead of a mask?

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    Students may opt to wear a face shield, but they must also wear a mask as a shield alone does not meet the guidelines provided to the district.

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FAQ's: Hybrid Learning Option

  • Will students being joining classes virtually as they are being taught live on campus?

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    In PK-6 no because we are required to protect the privacy of students in the class.  At DHS, teachers will be delivering similar lessons to each cohort, so students will not need to join classes live on their remote learning days. 

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  • Will students be required to meet virtually/ live on each day of their remote learning days?

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    Under the hybrid plan, students will participate in live, in-person learning on campus two days a week.  They will engage in remote, non-live, on-line paced learning activities on the other three days per week.  Teachers will host virtual office-hours daily and on Wednesdays in a continued effort to support all students.

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  • Will students be given set schedules to follow on the days they are learning at home?

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    If participating in the Hybrid Model, students will follow their normal, in-person schedule while on campus.  Students will be provided with suggested schedules to support their work on remote learning days, but at this point, they will not be expected to follow a specific class period schedule. Other than joining live virtual support sessions, students will have the freedom to complete assignments on a schedule that works for them.

     Related service providers may need to provide specific days/times during remote learning days if services cannot be provided solely during in-person days within the 8-3 timeframe.

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  • How will attendance be tracked on students’ remote learning days?

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    Students will be expected to check in each day through their teacher’s Google Classroom or other platform to be acknowledged for attendance.

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  • What is the best way for students and parents to stay up-to-date on assignments?

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    The District will send an email notification to all parents who have provided an email, to sign up and receive notifications from Google Classroom (daily/weekly summaries).

    Primary: Families will receive notification via phone calls, emails, Google Classroom, Seesaw and the Remind App.

    EBH: Families will receive weekly updates via one of the following communications applications: Remind, See Saw, Dojo, Blackboard Connect, email, text, phone call, Google Voice. These communications will explain assignments due and expectations. Parents will be notified if work is not being completed every 2 weeks. 

    DHS: High School Parents are encouraged to review Parent Portal (Schooltool) on a regular basis.

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  • Will students still take PE, art, chorus, and band in the hybrid plan? Extracurriculars?

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    We value the role of physical education and the arts in our students’ educational experience. As such, we are working to ensure that art, chorus, band and PE exist in as “normal” a fashion as usual. Some experiences may be shifted to virtual platforms in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  

    Extra-curricular activities are important and various avenues are being explored to be able to offer these opportunities.

    EBH - Band lessons will be conducted virtually and chorus will have opportunities for small ensemble/voice lessons in order to keep students engaged in these important opportunities.  Clubs and activities will not be occurring at this time.

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  • If a child is quarantined, what level of academic instruction/ support will be provided?

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    We will need to handle this on a case-by-case basis as it is dependent upon the length of quarantine, whether or not the student has a disability, if the student is symptomatic or not,etc.

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  • How will my student get the extra-help and support needed in the hybrid learning plan?

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    On days students are learning at home, they will have access to live, virtual office hours from 2:30-3:20.  Students are also encouraged to reach out via email with questions, but they should understand that teachers will be working with students on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:50-2:26. (8:00 - 2:25 at PS and EBH)  As a result, responses to emails may not be immediate.  Students with IEPs and 504s will continue to have access to the supports identified in their plans, and this will be addressed on an individual basis.

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FAQ's: Remote Learning Option

  • How will classes work for those students who are learning entirely remotely?

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    Primary School: There will be a set schedule for live remote instruction and a recommended schedule for asynchronous instruction.  Teachers will conduct live whole class, small group and individual meetings with students.  We understand that students will need help with asynchronous instruction from their parents so might need to complete their classwork at times that their parents are available.

     

    EBH: There will be a set schedule for live remote instruction and a recommended schedule for asynchronous instruction.  Teachers will conduct live whole class, small group and individual meetings with students.  We understand that students will need help with asynchronous instruction from their parents so might need to complete their classwork at times that their parents are available.


    DHS: Students opting for remote learning will still be assigned to a cohort and will participate in live, virtual lessons on two assigned days.  They will engage in remote, asynchronous learning on the remaining three days, just as the other students in their cohort will.  At this point, we are not able to determine whether or not students learning remotely will have the same teachers that they would have for in-person learning. This will all depend on the needs of families and the balancing of teacher course loads.  We hope to have this ironed out in the upcoming days.

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  • How will students participate in art, PE, music, etc. if they are learning remotely?

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    It will be different for each class. Special area teachers will have their own Google Classroom with a schedule for posting assignments each week. These classes are often what students look forward to and we want to keep these experiences going.  Assignments will be posted for those in 100% Remote Plan and for those to access during their remote days if in the Hybrid Plan.

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  • How will attendance be tracked for remote learning?

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    Primary School/EBH - Students will be expected to check in each day through their teacher’s Google Classroom or other platform to be acknowledged for attendance. Those in the 100% Remote Learning option will be expected to log in every day for live interaction with the teacher. 

    DHS- Those in the 100% Remote Learning option will be expected to log in every day for live interaction with the teacher. 

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  • Can a child who is learning remotely participate in school athletics?

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    Yes, students who opt for remote learning can participate in athletics. 

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  • Can my child do remote learning for DHS classes and in-person learning for BOCES classes?

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    Yes. Students who opt for remote instruction at DHS but who need bussing to BOCES will be transported from DHS to Mount Morris.  These students should go through the required screening process on all days.

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  • How will my child be able to participate in his CTE program at BOCES if he is learning remotely?

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    For students who may opt for a virtual high school experience, CTE teachers will use Google Classroom to connect, post assignments, and give traditional assessments (tests and quizzes). Webex or Zoom will be used to deliver real-time lessons.  All students, whether learning virtually or in-person will take part in the live lessons. Teachers will also provide recorded lessons for students to review as reinforcement, or if they have missed a lesson. After the live lesson, students working virtually will complete work assigned through Google Classroom.

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FAQ's: Technology

  • How can families learn more about the technology students will be using?

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    We developed a webpage in Spring 2020 that is linked on each building’s webpage under:  Resources for Parents in Distance Learning.  This page is still evolving and  has links to trainings for families (and some for students too) on apps, software and programs widely used in the district (i.e. Google Classroom, G-Guite, Google Meet, SeeSaw, Kami, Newsela, etc.). We are asking that each teacher link this resource on their own Google Classroom so parents and families can easily find it in the moment they need it.

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  • What if we don’t have a computer at home or reliable internet?

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    All students will be provided with a device to use during remote and in-person learning.  Our technology department will also continue to work with families that need access to wi-fi in their homes.  We recognize that ensuring access to devices and wifi is essential because all teachers in our district will use Google Classroom to organize their learning materials. In scenarios where it is essential for materials to be sent home, we will make such accommodations.

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FAQ's: Transportation

  • What are the expectations for students at the bus stop and on the bus (social distancing)?

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    A lot of patience ! The district can not control the bus stop but we expect masks and social distancing at the stop and while loading. A lot of patience especially because the Buses might (not might) will reach capacity quicker and will have to abandon the route to go to the school to unload students …. and return after dropping off the firstload. We will continually work towards refining the timing of pickup and drop off as we do on normal years.

    On the bus, rules are the same NO FOOD, HANDS TO YOURSELF, MASKS ON AT ALL TIMES,STAY IN YOUR SEATand to use their inside voice.

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  • How will transportation work for students participating in BOCES programs?

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    Transportation for students who attend classes at BOCES will work in the same fashion it always has. CTE students will have access to transportation from their residences to DHS and will then be transported to and from Mount Morris from our campus.  Students who have additional transportation accommodations based on their IEPs will continue to have access to that as well.

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  • How will students be loaded and unloaded from buses in the morning and at the end of the day?

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    Loading will be from the back to the front, one student per seat except family members, they are required to sit together. Unloading will be the opposite front to back In the loop 6 buses will unload at a time to eliminate congestion on the sidewalk and building entrances. Primary students will remain on the bus as in the past and be let out in front of the building. 

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  • How will the district handle sanitation in buildings and on buses?

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    Cleaning staff will continuously clean and sanitize bathrooms and high contact areas during the days while students are in session (hand railings,door handles, cabinet handles, crash bars etc.) The evening crew will do the typical maintenance cleaning and disinfect after all students and staff have left for the night. This will allow for the disinfectant to properly set on the surfaces to kill viruses.

    Bus drivers will clean and disinfect before and after each run. Before the next run if it's immediately following a previous run they will sanitize the “high contact areas. Buses will also weather permitting open roof vents and windows to allow fresh air circulation.

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FAQ's: Food Services

  • How will lunch work?

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    Primary- Students will eat in the cafeteria.  The cafeteria is being set up to adhere to social distance recommendations and guidelines from the DOH.  Students can remove their mask while eating and put their masks back on when they get out of their seats.  

    EBH- Students will eat in the cafeteria some weeks and in the classroom others - a rotating schedule has been established. The cafeteria will allow limited seating within the parameters established by the DOH.  Students can remove their mask while eating and put their mask back on when they get out of their seat. The serving line will be cleaned after each class goes through. 


    DHS- Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria, which has been reconfigured to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Students are permitted to take their masks off while eating/drinking.  When students get up from their seats, they will need to put their masks back on. Students will not need to place orders prior to entering the lunch room.

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  • Will my child(ren) still get breakfast and lunch on their remote learning days?

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    We are still working out a process to ensure that students who receive Free and Reduced Lunch will have meals 5-days a week. 

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