Below is a summary of important information that should be reviewed with your child prior to returning to school in September. Please continue to visit https://sites.google.com/rutherfordschools.org/reopening-2020/home for daily updates.
Parents will provide face coverings for their children; however, the district will also have face coverings available if a child forgets his/hers.
- Faculty/staff are required to wear face coverings throughout the day.
- Students will be required to wear face coverings throughout the day. Students will be given breaks at teacher discretion during times when social distance is being maintained.
- Student’s face coverings will be properly stored when not in use.
- Neck gaiters are not permitted
- Accommodations for students who are unable to wear a face-covering will be addressed according to that student’s need and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Much more information regarding face coverings can be found here.
Each building has been equipped with hand sanitizing stations with alcohol-based hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol). Stations will be in each classroom (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), at entrances and exits of buildings, and near bathrooms.
Parents are required to follow a Daily Home Screening Checklist before sending their children to school. It outlines the symptoms that could indicate COVID-19, and directs parents not to send their children to school if any of those symptoms are present. In addition, staff will be utilizing a Teacher Screening Checklist.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) visitation will strongly be discouraged. In the event that a parent must attend school for an emergency, they will be screened upon entering any building. That process will include a temperature check and each visitor will be asked questions that could indicate exposure to infection.
In addition to the increased daily cleaning we performed for the 2019-20 school year in response to COVID-19, we will employ additional cleaning protocols for the 2020-21 school year. Custodians will routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, including playground equipment. A sanitizing disinfectant will be sprayed through the building when the school day has concluded by an atomizer, which turns the liquid into a fine spray that covers all surfaces. Each classroom will also be supplied with appropriate disinfecting materials so teachers and students can wipe down surfaces throughout the day. Students will wipe down the desk at the end of each block. https://sites.google.com/rutherfordschools.org/reopening-2020/safety-protocols
Students are required to wash hands for at least twenty seconds at regular intervals during the school day and always before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing their nose, coughing, and/or sneezing.
*If washing with soap and water is not possible, washing with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) should be used. Hand sanitizers have been placed in each room.
Handwashing and hand sanitizing will be permitted and encouraged throughout the school day.
Students who need to use the bathroom must wear their face covering at all times in the hallway, bathroom, and when returning to the classroom. Students must wash their hands in the bathroom and sanitize their hands upon the return to the classroom. The number of students in bathrooms at any time will be limited to two.
Water Fountains will not be utilized in the school. Water Fountains have been covered. Students can bring in their own water but will not be able to refill the bottle.
Where possible, we will provide physical markings (i.e. tape on floors/sidewalks, signs on walls) to help ensure that staff and students remain at least six feet apart in lines and at other times. In addition, we have created “one-way routes” in stairways.
Basic Etiquette for Online Video Learning
It is recommended that Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will assist in helping schools enforce basic etiquette for online video learning.
- All students are required to show up at the scheduled time
- Find a quiet place with the least distractions (siblings, pets, parents, television)
- Be respectful when speaking and writing
- Dress appropriately – remember your classmates and teachers can see you
- Stay on mute until you would like to contribute, need to speak or ask a question
- Refrain from chewing gum, eating or drinking in front of the camera
- Video must be on in order to be considered present for attendance
- Maintain eye-contact
- Limit movement to avoid causing a distraction to others
- Do not share screenshots of Zoom meetings where student or teacher images are displayed
- Chat should only be used to discuss or ask questions pertaining to the lesson
- Do not copy, alter, or redistribute conferencing videos.
Union/RHS: The school day for fully remote learners will take place from 7:55-12:18 Monday through Friday. Students will complete a daily attendance check-in at 7:55. Fully remote learners will be assigned to a homeroom and will follow their rotating block schedule daily. This will be very similar to what the students experienced at the end of the previous school year. They will complete the same work as their peers who are attending school in the hybrid model. Fully remote students will have the opportunity to participate in live instruction with their peers via platforms such as Zoom, Google Meets, etc. In addition, fully remote learners will log in for lessons that will consist of asynchronous learning: self-guided lessons, streaming video content, posted lectures and notes, online testing tools, and other assigned work. Live instruction and asynchronous learning will occur in back to back block days (A,A,etc.) throughout the school year. For example, a teacher in back to back block day (A, A,etc.) will have 80 minutes to blend live instruction with asynchronous learning. During this time, teachers will allow students to explore essential questions, big ideas, project-based learning, synthesize, apply concepts, etc. Teachers will continue to work in professional learning communities (PLCs) with their colleagues to ensure continuity and equity for all learners. Teachers will be available for “remote check-in/small group instruction” for a designated period of time for all students each afternoon. Students who receive services like speech, occupational therapy services, and physical therapy will have services delivered via Zoom or Meet. In addition, our Student Assistance Counselor will be meeting with those students who require services.
- Students should arrive at school no later than 7:55 AM.
- Students will be marked tardy after 8:00 AM.
- If your child is not attending school, parents should call the main office at (201) 438-7675 EXT 3257 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please provide a reason for the absence.
Complete Google Form attendance question by 8:00 AM.
Parents call or email the main office if the child will not be present for learning.
- Students will not change for physical education classes as locker rooms will be closed.
- Individualized activities to maximize distancing (i.e. exercise, meditation, yoga) will be stressed.
- Individual ball handling/equipment used must be pre- and post-disinfected and hand washing/sanitizing protocols will be implemented.
- PE will be held outdoors to the extent possible.
- Focus will be placed on personal health, fitness, and wellness to eliminate the need for contact sports.
- When meeting in the classrooms, activities focusing on music history, music appreciation, listening, analyzing, and critiquing will be stressed.
- When meeting remotely, students can film themselves putting singing/playing into action using apps such as FlipGrid.
- Individual and small group lessons will be conducted remotely.
- Singing and playing instruments will only be allowed outside with social distancing.
- Sharing of supplies will be limited or sanitized between use (i.e art materials, keyboards in computer labs).
- Gloves as an extra safety precaution will be used when feasible.
- Flipped classroom experiences for labs and hands-on activities will be used when feasible
- Within the first two weeks, club advisors will be posting information about virtual meeting times, sign-ups and club content activities. Please check Union School’s website within the first few weeks of school.
- All Co-curricular clubs will be held virtually at 3:00 PM.
Students in a self-contained special education class will attend school for a full day normal bell schedule, five days a week. This arrangement is in line with the programming needs of students. Additionally, these class sizes are smaller and can properly social distance. This will be identified on the parent portal.
- Families that do not have Internet access will be asked to contact the main office.
- The district will work in collaboration with the Rutherford Public Library to provide portable hotspots.
- The following networks are available for families, and families will be provided with the proper username and password: When they search for Wi-Fi available in their PC/MAC/Laptop/Chromebooks: If they find: Xfinity – connection credentials will be provided If they find AT&T Wi-Fi – connection credentials will be provided Otherwise: They can use their cell phones as hotspots with the following carriers for free or at reduced cost with higher speed for 60 days.
- Verizon: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/covid-19-faqs/#hotspot
- AT&T : https://www.att.com/support/article/wireless/KM1009376/
- T-Mobile: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/plans-features/smartphone-mobile-hots