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ESY Program Information – Summer 2020

Filed in Archive by on July 17, 2020

Dear Families:

As you are aware, on June 5, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts could provide on-site Extended School Year (ESY) programs beginning July 6, 2020. We have been looking at how best to provide ESY against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week we received guidance from our school physician as well as from the New York state Department of Health (DOH). 

In consultation with these public health partners, we have decided to offer a modified ESY program that will be a combination of on-site and remote learning.

The ESY program in Bethlehem:

  • Will be held from Monday, July 6 through August 14
  • ESY Programs (skills, intensive skills, LEAD,etc.) will be three hours daily M-F.  Specialized Instruction and Related Services Only will occur as per IEP recommendations.   
  • ESY elementary program and services will be located at Eagle Elementary School.
  • ESY middle school and high school programs and services will be located at the High School.

The safety of our students is a top priority. Therefore, we will be implementing several health and safety protocols to help promote a safe learning environment.  This will include daily health assessment screenings for students and staff, which may include a home self-monitoring assessment as well as on-site temperature checks upon arrival to school.

We will follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for cleaning and disinfecting areas where staff and students work.

 CDC/EPA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces and Schools

Class sizes will be small with no more than 10 students to a room. Students will be spread out in order to maintain the 6 ft. social distancing guidelines. We will not have students traveling throughout the building or mixing in groups. Each small cohort will stay together as much as possible.

Students will be encouraged to wear face coverings when social distancing is not possible. Staff will be required to wear face coverings in accordance with all DOH guidelines. All staff will be provided with face coverings and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Students will not be allowed to share any items (pens, crayons, etc.) We will ask that no food or beverages be brought to school by students or staff. Students and staff will be allowed to bring their own water bottles and water bottles will be available on site.

As in past years, transportation will be provided. Please note that all students and staff will be required to wear a face covering on the bus. Unlike in the classroom, the use of a face covering is not only encouraged, it will be required. The only exception will be in circumstances where a face covering interferes with the health of a student. Parents should be aware that if they send their child on the bus, there could be other students who are unable to use a face covering while traveling despite this requirement. All buses will be disinfected after each route is complete.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s ability to participate with these restrictions in place, we encourage you to consult with your family physician. School nurses may be reaching out to you to discuss your child’s health needs and about the possibility of obtaining “clearance” from your child’s medical provider so that they may safely attend the ESY program. This is important for the collective health and safety of students and staff.

There is much work to do in three weeks. We are working diligently to provide a safe, clean environment for our Extended School Year program, and look forward to getting to see all of our students again.

We need your assistance in helping us plan for this year’s ESY. Please complete this questionnaire by Thursday, June 18 at 12 noon.

Over the next few days you will be hearing from one of the ESY coordinators to answer any questions you may have, and to learn about your preference for your child’s summer program.

Thank you for your patience and assistance throughout this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Johnston

Director of Special Education and Student Services