Roslyn district announces prospective plans for reopening

Rose Weldon
The Roslyn School District has announced a plan for reopening in the fall. (Photo courtesy of Roslyn School District)

The Roslyn School District has announced that it has developed several models for reopening in the fall which address the effects and potential spread of the coronavirus.

The district now awaits the decision of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on which model schools will follow.

“We are eager to elaborate on these models with you, in particular the hybrid model, so that you can be fully prepared and can plan accordingly,” Roslyn District Superintendent Allison Brown wrote in a letter issued to parents.

Hybrid learning typically means that students will spend half of their time in the school building and the other half remotely.

In all instances, students will be asked to bring two face masks, wearing one, and have parents check their temperature each day, with students who test over 100 degrees Fahrenheit asked to remain home.

In the proposed hybrid learning model for the Harbor Hills School, East Hills School and the Heights School, all students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 would be allowed to return to school and proceed with a “regularly scheduled” school day, according to the district.

“In the hybrid model, we do not anticipate needing to split the [elementary schools] in half, like the secondary schools, since we have sufficient student capacity in our buildings because of the way they have been reconfigured,” the district said in a statement.

In the proposed hybrid learning model for secondary schools, Roslyn Middle School (grades 6-8) and Roslyn High School (grades 9-12) will split each grade’s student roster in half by schedule of individual courses. This will create 2 distinct groups, referred to as Group 1 and Group 2. Any siblings attending the same school will be in the same group.

When on campus for in-person instruction, students will follow a period-by-period schedule for the entire day. While attending remotely, students will work on assignments and view teacher posted lessons and have Zoom access to a scheduled teacher for questions and clarifications throughout the day.

Group 1 will attend school in the building on days 1, 3 or 5, as denoted on the district calendar, with face-to-face instruction. This group’s remote learning will take place on days 2, 4, and 6.

Group 2 will have the reverse, attending classes in-person on days 2, 4 and 6 and learning remotely on days 1, 3 and 5.

In the proposed elementary remote learning model, Harbor Hills School, East Hills School and the Heights School will be divided into a morning period, a lunch period, and an afternoon period that students will access via Zoom.

In the proposed secondary remote learning model, students of Roslyn Middle School and Roslyn High School will follow a full-day schedule over Zoom, with cameras allowed to be off during lunch periods.

The district will announce its official plan once the state decides if schools will follow a hybrid or remote model.

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