Synopsis: Meeting of September 3, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Advisory Committee met the evening of September 3, 2020, to continue its discussion of reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Robert J. Nole, Superintendent of Schools, chaired the committee. Mr. Nole noted the recent decision by the Board of Education to reopen school through a fully remote phase for up to the first six weeks of school. John Banek, School Safety Coordinator explained aspects of the EZSCRN app, a health screening program the district will use to monitor the well-being of students and staff. Allen Hyde, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, provided an overview of the remote learning instructional plan during which he emphasized methods of instruction and social-emotional learning. Each of the elementary school principals illustrated a typical school day for elementary students as well as instructional expectations for teachers. District administrators fielded several questions regarding school reopening. Mr. Nole provided his deepest thanks to the School Reopening Advisory Committee, noting that its “efforts this summer were monumental.”
Synopsis: Meeting of August 13, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Advisory Committee convened the evening of August 13, 2020 and hosted the first of three parent forums scheduled this month. Such parent forums are being held in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s request to hold informational meetings for parents and teachers illustrating school reopening plans. Superintendent of Schools Robert J. Nole chaired the meeting. Superintendent Nole provided an overview of the school reopening plan and the many preparations made for school reopening thus far. He introduced the entire administrative team who relayed specific information regarding health and safety; health screening and contact tracing; school closure procedures; transportation plans; school schedules; and special education services. The administrative team also answered frequently asked questions submitted prior to the meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next parent forums will be held Tuesday, August 18 , during the Board of Education meeting, and Thursday, August 20, during the next School Reopening Advisory Committee meeting. Frequently Asked Questions in respect to school reopening can be found here.
Synopsis: Meeting of August 6, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Advisory Committee met the evening of August 6, 2020, to continue its discussion of reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Robert J. Nole, Superintendent of Schools, chaired the committee. School administrators relayed their collective plans to devise two cohort groups for students this fall. Cohort groups will be assigned to all students whether attending school in-person or remote only. Building principals will begin creating master schedules and ask families what instructional model and transportation plan they will choose once school reopens. Perry Junior High Principal Andre Paradis explained a proposed block scheduling plan for the junior high this upcoming fall. The block schedule plan concentrates on the instruction of core coursework and reduces learning management challenges. Director of Student Services Pamela Smoulcey detailed plans for special education programs that intend to provide services to the greatest extent possible. Superintendent Nole discussed aspects of a draft “Frequently Asked Questions” document that addresses inquiries from the school community. The committee also discussed additional questions it would like school stakeholders to investigate as more detailed plans are developed in the weeks to come.
Synopsis: Meeting of July 30, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Advisory Committee met the evening of July 30, 2020. Superintendent of Schools Robert J. Nole chaired the meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum and Instruction Allen Hyde reviewed the district’s proposal for its hybrid instructional learning model. The current proposal, a ‘3-2 model,’ divides students into two main groups, invites students for in-person instruction twice a week/every other Friday on a rotating basis, and in some cases four days a week if students are enrolled in special classes. Superintendent Nole provided an overview of the reopening plan draft, highlighting key aspects that include important guidelines for teaching and learning, school schedules, transportation, and health and safety. District officials are now awaiting a decision from New York State regarding New Hartford’s reopening plan and will begin to work to answer frequently asked questions that the school community has asked over the course of the last several weeks.
PROPOSAL for School Reopening: Slide Presentation
Synopsis: Meeting of July 23, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Advisory Committee met the evening of July 23, 2020, to continue its discussion of reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year and hear a proposal regarding school reopening for the fall. Robert J. Nole, Superintendent of Schools, chaired the committee. School Safety Coordinator John Banek reviewed the guidance document provided by New York State on July 16, noting its emphasis on social-emotional learning and particulars regarding social distancing. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Allen Hyde provided a slide presentation of scenarios for reopening schools in the fall that included a proposal for reopening schools. These scenarios were researched and considered by a subcommittee. The subcommittee proposed that schools reopen in a hybrid format this fall, whereas students grades K-12 would be divided into two groups and attend school in person on two different sets of days each week and engage in remote learning three days a week. Mr. Hyde also provided a report regarding the outcomes for a recent parent survey. Mr. Nole provided details regarding the creation of a Frequently Asked Question page on the school website to answer questions and concerns regarding school reopening. The committee will next meet on July 30, 2020.
Synopsis: Meeting of July 16, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Advisory Committee met the evening of July 16, 2020, to continue its discussion of reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Robert J. Nole, Superintendent of Schools, chaired the committee. School Safety Coordinator John Banek provided an overview of recent guidance documents provided by the New York State Departments of Health and Education. Mr. Banek notified the committee that all guidance documents would have to be considered in conjunction with the formal state reopening guidelines released two hours prior to the commencement of the committee meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Curriculum and Instruction Allen Hyde reviewed instructional scenarios for the upcoming school year and detailed the work of a subcommittee which will consider the benefits and consequences of each scenario. This subcommittee will later provide its findings to the full committee. Mr. Hyde also noted that parents will soon be surveyed to assess each family's technology and transportation needs for the upcoming school year. The committee will meet again next Thursday, as the district must submit reopening plans to New York State by July 31, 2020.
Synopsis: Meeting of July 9, 2020
The New Hartford Central School Reopening Committee convened the evening of July 9, 2020. Superintendent of Schools Robert J. Nole serves as chairperson.
Committee members oriented themselves with safety plans district officials have prepared for a safe school reopening.
Mary Mandel, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Business Affairs, along with Marc Elefante, Director of Facilities, illustrated school safety procedures (e.g., mandatory health procedures, hygiene, socially distanced classroom models, school signage) and initial investments made for personal protective equipment.
Transportation Director Scott Gaffney reviewed options the district may consider for bussing students that account for social distancing.
Assistant Superintendent Allen Hyde, with the assistance of Instructional Support Specialist Tina Klar, provided a detailed overview of potential instructional models for the fall (in-person, remote learning, and hybrid possibilities), as well as summer professional development opportunities teachers may avail themselves of in preparation for fall instruction.
The committee will meet again on July 16, 2020, during which it will review New York State guidance for school reopening, which should be forthcoming this Monday (July 13, 2020).