LINK’S CURRENT PLAN FOR RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL
The First Day of School will be Tuesday, September 8th and Link will run
both an ALL VIRTUAL/REMOTE and A HYBRID Program.
Over the past several weeks, we have collected survey responses from you and from our staff. At the same time, we have been following the guidance and directives from the Governor, Commissioner of Education, and the CDC, and watching our local districts. There has been a lot to consider as we plan for the 2020-21 school year. The health and safety of our scholars, staff and everyone’s families are at the center of all our planning. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate communities around the country and there is so much we still don’t know.
The plan we have developed aims to maximize efforts to support the health and wellbeing of our school community by reducing (not eliminating the risk of transmission in an in-school program) and to maximize academic growth and social and emotional learning in a distance learning program. Please note that:
- As has been shared by the Governor on a number of occasions, we are presenting the hybrid program to support the families with essential workers and no other supervision/child care options; and families with students who receive specialized services and supports and would be significantly impacted through an in-person program.
- We may change to 100% remote for all our students if we cannot secure all the necessary health and safety supplies or an adequate number of teachers, and if the circumstances in our community or the state necessitate it.
- We must remain flexible in this extraordinary environment!
The same Link program that has yielded strong student performance and prepared scholars for success at competitive high schools will be delivered virtually this year by our strong faculty with some adjustments for the change in location - moving from in the school building to in the home - and with enhancements to support our young learners.
Here is our current plan for THE ALL VIRTUAL AND THE HYBRID PROGRAMS:
- EVERY scholar will receive a Chrome Book (to keep at home) and be required to use it for their academic program. Mobile Hotspots will be available to those who do not have internet.
- EVERY scholar will also receive school supplies and materials for at least the first academic quarter. This will all be packaged in a box, available for pick up on September 3rd and 4th. This system ensures that everyone will be ready for an ALL REMOTE program at all times.
- 5 days’ worth of meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available for pick up at school for as long as we have the virtual/remote program in place. We will send a questionnaire about this to your email soon.
- When online, Link students will wear the physical education uniform and have their cameras turned on.
- There will be an orientation for families and for students to share expectations for the use of technology and for virtual engagement. We will send the orientation dates and times for the week of September 8th via email.
Full Remote/Virtual Program
Students whose families selected ALL Virtual (about 60% of the students) will be working entirely remotely from home.
Students will be online from 8 am to 3:35 pm every day with their teachers for a combination of synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (videos, assignments, articles, etc.) learning.
Students whose families selected hybrid will need to provide a letter from an employer that the parents are essential workers or that parents work during the school hours and an explanation that the parents have no other child care.
Please note there will be no Irvington bus available. We are coordinating with East Orange on the bus and hope to have more information soon.
The Hybrid Program will be in-person at school 2 days per week and remotely from home 3 days per week, as follows:
- 5th and 7th graders in the school building on Mondays and Tuesdays
- 6th and 8th graders in the school building on Thursdays and Fridays
- NO ONE will be in the school building on Wednesdays so we can do deep cleaning.
Students in the Hybrid Program will be issued a personal Chromebook for use while in school so they will not bring the home-use Link Chromebook to school.
Safety Protocols In-School Attendance:
- Daily individual temperature checks and online completion of risk assessment.
- Masks must be work at all times in the school building by students and staff.
- Students will be social distanced with Plexiglas dividers and with little movement outside their desk/table area in the classroom.
- If a student presents as ill, the student will be removed from the classroom and school nurse will assess the situation and inform the parents of the situation.
- Visitors to the building will be allowed only on an emergency basis, and when approved by the Principal, Chief Operating Office, and Head of School.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE FOR MRS. PARADISO'S PRESENTATION AT THE AUGUST 24TH AND 25TH TOWN HALL MEETINGS.