• Green Island UFSD Reopening FAQ

    Please review the reopening FAQ and see if your questions have been answered. This FAQ will be updated as more information becomes available. If your questions have not been answered, please submit them via this Google Form or by emailing reopening@greenisland.org.

    Learning Options

    What options do families have for returning to school in the fall?
    The reopening plan calls for K-6 students to attend school in-person daily and 7-12 students will have a blend of in-person and remote learning. However, those who may not feel comfortable returning to an in-person educational environment have the option for full remote learning as well, as long as they notify the district by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 18. Once a family has made their decision to move to remote learning, students will be required to follow that plan for an entire marking period, which is approximately 10 weeks.

    What if a family decides to send their child for in-person learning and then later decides they would like to do remote only? Is it possible to switch?
    Yes, however once a student moves to remote learning, he/she will remain on remote learning until the end of the marking period.

    In-person (traditional) learning

    What will the schedules for in-person learning look like?
    Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade:

    • Daily in-person instruction.
    • Condensed schedule.
    • Breakfast begins at 7:40. Instruction will begin at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 1 p.m.
    • Students will be grouped in pods of approximately 12.
    • Students will learn primarily from their classroom teachers but may be supervised by other school personnel during times of live-streamed instruction to an adjacent room.
    • Students will rotate their pod to their assigned teacher.

    7-12th grade Hybrid Schedule:

    • All 7-8 Special Class Special Education students (self-contained) will attend in person every day
    • 7-12 students attend in-person two days a week and attend remotely two days per week.
    • Grades 7-9 are Cohort A and Grades 10-12 are Cohort B. Cohort A will attend in-person on Monday and Thursday while Cohort B will attend Tuesday and Friday.
    • Wednesdays will be full remote days for all 7-12 students.
    • Wednesdays will be designated for elective classes as well as support services. (PE, music, art, AIS etc)
    • Condensed schedule with five instructional blocks.
    • The instructional day will begin at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 12:45 p.m.
    • Breakfast will be delivered to students after the first block.
    • Students will be grouped in pods of approximately 12.
    • Students will learn primarily from their classroom teachers but may be supervised by other school personnel during times of live-streamed instruction to an adjacent room.
    • Teachers will rotate to their grade level. Students will remain in assigned area/classroom

    What does moving around the classroom look like?
    Once students are seated and safely 6 feet away from other students and staff, they may pull their mask down. If they need to ask a question or move around the room to approach another student or teacher, their mask must be in place over their mouth and nose. There will be certain classrooms that will be designated as masks on for the entire time a student is in the room. For these areas, students will be given “mask breaks.”

    If students are in-person, how big will class sizes be?
    Depending on the physical size of the classroom, most classrooms can accommodate 12-15 students and teachers.

    In an elementary classroom with class sizes, how do you socially distance? If there’s not enough room to do so, will students be moved?
    Any classroom that can not accommodate all students assigned, a second location will be established. This second location will have an assigned Teaching Assistant and the teacher of record will be broadcasting the lesson into the alternative area. Students will rotate the following day for the primary classroom location.

    Remote learning

    What would a typical remote learning class day look like for K-6 students?
    K-6: Monday through Friday

    • There will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning for students each day

    Will teachers be available online for remote learning through the entire class as per student schedule or is class time limited with teacher interaction?
    Elementary students who are participating in the full remote learning option will be assigned a teacher to provide direct instruction to the student. Secondary students who are participating in the Full Remote Learning option will be expected to follow their academic schedule as if they were enrolled in person from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their teachers will live stream their daily lesson for students via Google Classroom.

    For the remote learning days, will the lessons be live and interactive for students to ask questions?
    During the remote learning days, lessons will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous lessons. 

    How will remote learning participate in the arts? Physical education?
    Any student who participates in the full remote learning model will have limited access to elective courses such as art of music. Special area teachers, such as art and music will design multi-grade level weekly activities. Physical education will remain for elementary students who are participating in in-person instruction.

    Are remote learners able to watch the lessons back at a later time?
    Depending on the class and/or instructor, students will have some opportunities to view asynchronous lessons.

    Will students still still receive response to intervention/ academic intervention services if they are remote learning?
    Yes, students who qualify for AIS services will continue to receive these services regardless if remote or in-person.

    Special Education

    If we use a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, would self-contained students be able to attend in-person daily due to their particular needs?
    Yes, all students within special classes will attend daily K-12.

    If my students receive group services (ex: speech), how will they be implemented safely?
    We are currently working on setting up related service group services within cohorts.

    How are 504 plans and IEPs being handled remotely?
    The delivery of special education services to students who are participating in full remote learning will ensure that students have access to a free and appropriate public education. Special Education services will include both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. This will be achieved by using a variety of resources provided in collaboration with general education teachers to ensure educational materials are accessible, adapted, modified and appropriate in accordance with students’ IEPs. Lessons, tasks and activities will focus on student’s IEP goals and may include pre-recorded lessons, synchronous teaching and teacher-designed learning activities. Students will have access to daily contact with their Special Education case manager. Related services will be provided virtually as outlined on students’ IEPs.

    Health and Safety

    What if a student or staff member has a suspected or a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    The district has a single point of contact who communicates with the Albany County Department of Health to engage contact tracing protocols, which includes directly contacting potentially exposed parties. As far as district-wide communications, the district will follow the same process that it uses for all communicable diseases (MRSA, Meningitis, Pertussis, etc.). When a confirmed case is reported in the building, we send notification to the entire district (all parents and staff) to make everyone aware that the infection is present in a building so that they can take necessary precautions. Due to privacy laws, we will not disclose details about individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Any follow-up communication will be done if the situation warrants it.

    If a student in my child’s class has a confirmed case, does the entire class have to quarantine?
    That determination will be made by the NYS Department of Health in coordination with the Albany County Department of Health. A 14-day quarantine is the current practice.

    Will there be hand sanitizing stations throughout each location in the building or should students bring their own?
    The district has designated hand sanitizing stations located throughout the building.

    Will students be required to wear masks in their classrooms?
    Students will be permitted to remove their masks during instruction and lunch and at planned break times during the school day. Social distancing must be maintained during these times. The expectation will be that if any student or staff member is in “motion” they are required to wear a mask.

    Once students are seated and safely 6 feet away from other students and staff, they may pull their mask down. If they need to ask a question or move around the room to approach another student or teacher, their mask must be in place over their mouth and nose. There will be certain classrooms that will be designated as masks on for the entire time a student is in the room. For these areas, students will be given “mask breaks.”

    Will the district provide PPE for all students and staff?
    Per NYSED guidelines, the district is required to provide PPE for all staff. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide PPE (masks) for their child. The district has a surplus of masks for students if the parent is unable to provide a mask or if the student forgets their mask.

    Are face shields an option?
    Face shields can be worn, as long as students/staff are wearing a mask as well. Face shields cannot be worn as a replacement for masks.

    Will every child have their temperature checked before entering a school building? Will every teacher have their temperature checked before entering a school building?
    The NYSED and NYS Department of Health guidance calls for temperature taking prior to arrival to work or school. It is expected that parents will monitor to ensure a child doesn’t have a temperature that exceeds 100. The district will complete some random temperature checks or will take a temperature if a student isn’t feeling well in school.

    Will I be notified if a child in my child’s classroom gets the coronavirus? How soon will I know?
    That determination will be made by the NYS Department of Health in coordination with the Albany County Department of Health. A 14-day quarantine is the current practice.

    Are there any guidelines on improving the air quality and flow in the building?
    Outdoor air will be utilized as much as possible, through the use of exterior windows for classrooms, offices, and corridors. All exposed window areas will have screens to provide a safety barrier.

    In addition to outdoor air, the building's ventilation system will adhere to the highest rated filters that the system can handle.

    School Schedules

    What will recess look like?
    Every effort is being made to allow all elementary students to participate in recess.

    Will students be using lockers this year? What will they do with their stuff all day?
    At this time, students will not have access to lockers or cubbies. Students will have to store their belongings in their assigned classrooms.

    How will students change classes and use hallways?
    Students will not be changing classes while in session. Teachers will rotate to their students.

    Lunch/Meals

    How will students eat lunch in a manner that is safe for both students and staff?
    All lunches will be “grab and go” at dismissal.

    If students are eating in the classrooms, what will be done to keep the students who have food allergies safe?
    Students will be only eating breakfast in their classrooms. Any food allergies reported by the parent is communicated to the classroom teachers and cafeteria staff to ensure their safety.

    If we decided to keep our child home to learn remotely, can we still receive meals from the district?
    The district will resume the previous practice of providing meals to any student who is learning remotely.

    What about younger grades and snacks? Are we still able to send our children with their snack or will the school provide them?
    This is something that we are still working out. More information will be shared when it becomes available. 

    Staffing

    Will you have substitute teachers? If so, will they be from the same pool or could it be random through the sub system?
    The district is currently working towards the safest solution to meet the need for substitutes.

    Miscellaneous

    Will school banking be allowed this school year?
    This is something that we are still working out. More information will be shared when it becomes available.