|Q.||Where do we direct questions/concerns?|
|A.||Please email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Q.||What is the district’s current plan for reopening?|
|A.||As guided by DESE, the Danvers Public Schools has developed three learning plans – full in-person model, full remote model, and hybrid model with both in-person and remote learning. We have these plans in place so we can move fluidly from one plan to another based on health and safety guidance from the State.
At this time, the district plans to start the school year in the hybrid model: 2-days in-person learning and 3-days remote learning. If the health and safety metrics indicate that learning must take place remotely, your child will continue to be educated by our Danvers staff, who will be teaching remotely using Google Classroom for assignments and learning expectations, Google Meet for live lessons, recorded video lessons, online resources, and more. The District will continue to work towards the goal of returning to the hybrid or in-person model when the health and safety guidelines indicate it is appropriate.
The district is offering a full remote learning alternative model offered by the Danvers Public Schools taught by Danvers teachers and using Danvers Public Schools curriculum.
Please view the detailed information here: DPS Reopening Plan.
|Q.||Have you considered sending another survey to parents to determine if they still would like to send their children to school or if they are thinking of remote learning instead?|
|A.||Early next week (week of 8/17), we will be sending an additional survey to begin to collect specific family information around your intended model to return to school in the Fall. This information will allow us to schedule cohorts, transportation, after school care, etc.|
|Q.||Has the district changed their visitor policy?|
|A.||Yes, please view our Visitor Protocol – Draft Policy|
|Q.||Why have meetings been held remotely rather than socially distancing with an in-person meeting?|
|A.||We have been holding weekly in-person meetings with our school district administration. We social distance, wear masks, and clean before and after. The School Committee meetings where we present our latest updates to the School Committee and the public are remote on YouTube, thanks to Danvers Community Access Television who provide us with the live YouTube recordings. These meetings are remote to provide maximum participation from the community due to gathering limitations from the State.|
|Q.||Will there be an update to school supply lists?|
|A.||The most up to date school supply lists are on the school website. Please reach out to your principal if you have any questions.|
|Q.||When will the school year begin this year?|
|A.||The 2020-2021 Academic Year will begin on September 16, 2020. This is true whether we implement a remote, hybrid, or in-person learning model.|
|Q.||When is preschool’s first day?|
|A.||The first day of preschool will be September 21, 2020.|
|Q.||How will the later start date affect our required annual school day count?|
|A.||“Commissioner Riley is reducing the 180 day and student learning time requirements for the 2020-21 school year to 170 days and 850 hours (for elementary schools) and 935 hours (for secondary schools), so long as districts begin providing instruction to students no later than September 16, 2020.”(DESE Additional Staff Training Days this Fall)|
|Q.||What is the reason for the delay?|
|A.||There will be 10 teacher work days preceding the 2020-2021 school year. This will allow Danvers Public Schools to prepare its faculty and staff for the reopening of schools with training on our new safety precautions as well as provide additional planning time for instructional delivery in the various models.|
|Q.||When is kindergarten orientation?|
|A.||Kindergarten Orientation is not on September 1st. It is being rescheduled for a date closer to the beginning of school. The new date/time will be shared with all incoming families via email soon.|
Hybrid Learning Model: General
|Q.||How are students being divided into cohorts? Grade level or alphabetical with regard to siblings? Will siblings (whether at the same school in Danvers or different schools) be assigned the same cohort in order to make childcare needs more predictable?|
|A.||K-12 students will be assigned to a default cohort by dividing students alphabetically. Then, based on individual family needs (transportation, Danvers Recreation Fun Club, YMCA, child care needs), special education services, and scheduling, the final cohort assignments may change. This will allow us to meet as many individual family needs as possible.
Students from the same family across grade levels and schools will be kept in the same cohort unless there are extenuating circumstances. The District will have conversations with each family where this is the case.
If families have specific requests, based on extenuating circumstances, for which cohort their students need to attend, please reach out to your building administrator.
|Q.||When will we know which cohort our child is in?|
|A.||Families will be notified of their final cohort assignment by the end of August.|
|Q.||How will the hybrid schedule be divided?|
|A.||The hybrid schedule will be one cohort of students attending school in person Monday, Tuesday and learning remotely Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The other cohort of students will learn remotely Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and attend in person on Thursday and Friday.
Students in high needs groups (PreK, special education, ESL, etc.) may attend school on more days in person. Final development of these schedules and cohorts are currently under development.
|Q.||If a student attends in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays, what happens when there are Monday holidays? Are the In-person days made up on the Wednesday of that week?|
|A.||The revised 2020-2021 academic calendar accounts for the Monday holidays with adjustments to the schedule to provide equitable time for Cohort A and B.|
|Q.||Please describe in detail the schedule for an elementary student on an “in-person” learning day of the hybrid model from the parent and student perspective.|
|A.||When “in-person” in the hybrid model, students follow a familiar daily schedule that focuses on the core academic areas (reading, writing and mathematics), while incorporating time for art, music and physical education. The time on each subject is modified to allow for several mask breaks throughout the school day. From a family perspective, the “in-person” days in a hybrid model are similar to any school day during a typical school year.|
|Q.||Will elementary remote days be full days of learning, 8:20am-2:30pm? That seems like a long day for elementary students to be in front of a screen.|
|A.||No, the elementary model detailed on page 14 in our Return to School plan, has students working both synchronously (live lessons) and asynchronously throughout the day. While most instruction will be done through watching live or recorded lessons on a computer, students will also have independent work time in their math and word study books that students will receive before school starts. Here’s a description of the elementary remote model from our plan:
“Each homeroom class will be split into two cohorts. During half of the day, one cohort will engage in synchronous learning of the inner core curriculum. Simultaneously, the other cohort will engage in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning provided by their classroom teacher and specialists. The green portions of the schedules designate synchronous learning, while the yellow portions of the schedules designate asynchronous learning. By splitting each homeroom in half, we will be able to provide more effective instruction of the inner core curriculum for all students.”
|Q.||On in-person days, will students be allowed to interact with peers and classroom materials while social distancing?|
|A.||Yes, students will be able to interact with each other while maintaining social distancing. In general, we will work to ensure that all students have their own set of materials for learning. When this is not possible, materials will be disinfected between cohorts of students.|
|Q.||Will after school programs for the days kids are assigned to school be allowed to run?|
|A.||Yes, the Danvers Recreation Fun Club program and YMCA program will run on the days the students are in attendance for in-person learning. Please contact the programs directly for additional information.|
|Q.||Is it possible for the reopening models to differ between schools such as K-2 in school full time and the Middle School and High School as fully remote instruction to start?
I thought this was an interesting option, given the challenges the younger learners face with remote learning and the science that they are less likely to spread the virus.
|A.||At this time the District is exploring a unified model from PreK to 12. The plan remains fluid as we continue to evaluate the latest guidance from DESE and public health data.|
|Q.||Will the requirements be the same whether a kid is full remote or participating in hybrid? For example, will they have the same testing requirements, grading, pass/fail, etc?|
|A.||Yes, students in both full remote and hybrid will have the same testing requirements, attendance taken and grading / assessment. This year in all models, assessments will be given to have grades / standard based report cards completed.|
|Q.||If DPS opens with a hybrid model and our family selects the Danvers Remote Learning Alternative, can our child rejoin the DPS remote model and vice versa? Will we be able to change back?|
|A.||There will be opportunities to change your learning model at various times throughout the year. We are currently working with the administrative team and school committee to evaluate at which point these changes will be possible (i.e. before or after a scheduled break, at the end of a quarter or trimester). If you intend to stay remote for the full year, we would recommend the student remains enrolled in the Danvers Remote learning Alternative.|
|Q.||Will I be able to choose which cohort my child is in / which days my child works remotely?|
|A.||If families submit individual requests for which cohort their students would attend, the District will do our best to the extent possible to meet the needs of individual families.
Keep in mind:
Cohort A = in person Monday and Tuesday. Remote Wed. – Fri.
Cohort B = in person Thursday and Friday. Remote Mon. – Wed.
|Q.||Has DPS outlined exact statistics / virus metrics would be required in order for us to need to change our learning model from hybrid to remote if the situation worsens, or remote to hybrid / in person if the situation improves? Is there a percentage of kids who have to get it before school would shut down?|
|A.||The District will continue to work collaboratively with the local board of health in making these decisions. Additionally, the Governor recently released comprehensive community level data and an interactive map to support Districts in making informed decisions on what form of learning should be taking place in different districts.
The color coding represents what metrics would point towards a remote, hybrid, or in-person learning model.
|Q.||How can remote students be taught by Danvers teachers who are also teaching in person for the hybrid model?|
|A.||We decided to assign the teachers who must work remotely to work with students in the fully remote model. The teachers who are able to return to school will be responsible for teaching the hybrid students in-school as well as monitoring them when working remotely. Some of our remote teachers may also monitor hybrid students when working remotely.
The hybrid students will still have some interaction with a DPS teacher when they are working remotely. We will work out the staffing logistics once we close the family survey on Wednesday evening. Next week, we will have more information about the live interaction between teachers and hybrid students during their remote days.
|Q.||How will it be determined which teachers are responsible for teaching the remote students and which teachers are responsible for the hybrid students?|
|A.||Students returning to school in the hybrid model will have a teacher from their school. The students opting for the fully remote model will be assigned a Danvers grade-level teacher who will work with students across the district. We will assign the teachers who must work remotely work to the students in the fully remote model.
The details are being worked out this week as we are collecting survey data with the exact number of students who are opting for the fully remote model. We will assign the teachers who must work remotely work to the students in the fully remote model.
Hybrid Model Learning: In Person Days
|Q.||Will the time of school drop off and pickup be the same?|
|A.||Drop off will look different this year to ensure the safety of students and staff. Please note that students will be unable to enter the building prior to the times listed below. This is to ensure physical distancing upon students entering their school.
Danvers High: Dropoff in the morning will be from 7:20 am to 7:30 am for the hybrid and in-person models. We will provide families and students with further details on entrance and exit routines to improve traffic flow and maintain social distancing.
Holten Richmond Middle School: Dropoff in the morning will be from 7:20 am to 7:30 am. Students will enter the building at grade level designated doors. Dismissal will still be at 1:55 pm. We will provide families and students with further details on entrance and exit routines to improve traffic flow and maintain social distancing.
Elementary: The start time (8:20 am) and end time (2:30 pm) at all five elementary schools will remain the same for both the hybrid and in-person models. Given the need to keep cohorts of students separated, all schools will use multiple entrances for both arrival and dismissal. We will utilize social distance markers in hallways and outside in order to maintain safe physical distance. In addition, schools will develop a staggered plan for arrival and dismissal that will allow for all students to enter and leave the building in a socially distant manner. More specific information on these plans will be communicated closer to the start of the school year.
Additional details regarding our breakfast program will be shared closer to the school year.
|Q.||How will the flow of traffic, bathroom use and mask breaks be monitored.|
|A.||Danvers High: The flow of traffic, bathroom use and masks breaks will be monitored collectively by the Danvers High School faculty, staff, and administration. Administration will have a consistent presence in hallways, especially during transition times, to monitor traffic flow. We also have a Hallway Monitor on staff who will support monitoring these important aspects of student and staff well-being. In conjunction with the school custodians, all common areas and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule.
Holten Richmond Middle School:The flow of traffic, bathroom use and masks breaks will be monitored collectively by the Holten Richmond Middle School faculty and administration. Administration will have a consistent presence in hallways, especially during transition times, to monitor traffic flow. Procedures will be developed to monitor access to restrooms. In conjunction with the school custodian, all common areas and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule.
Elementary: Traffic flow in the hallways both during school hours and arrival/dismissal will be monitored by faculty and building principal to ensure proper social distancing. Mask breaks will be taken in designated areas and will be supervised by school staff. In conjunction with the school custodian, all common areas and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule.
|Q.||Will students be expected to sit at their desks and be there for an extended period of time? Throughout a “normal” school day, we take many movement breaks including many students utilizing visits to the sensory path.|
|A.||To the greatest extent possible, students will be given opportunities to get up and move from their desk as well as partake in mask breaks. The student day will look different from the past, where students will spend the majority of their day in their classroom at their desk.|
|Q.||Will kids still be allowed to do recess, playground time? (Elementary Level Only)|
|A.||Separate cohorts of students will participate in recess in designated outdoor spaces. Physical distancing protocols and disinfecting of high touch playground surfaces will be ensured by school staff.|
|Q.||How will staffing ratios in these classrooms be adjusted to ensure students are staying 6 feet apart?|
|A.||The District is currently proposing the use of a hybrid model where daily class capacities are reduced to ensure social distancing. Students will attend class in person two days a week and complete remote learning three days per week. Desk locations will be marked on the floor with dots to ensure the desks remain 6 feet apart.|
|Q.||Are there any plans in place to increase outdoor time and the use of outdoor learning space?|
|A.||Yes, additional time outdoors is part of our planning process. This includes mask breaks and also the use of outdoor learning spaces during the day.|
|Q.||Is there a way Danvers teachers can be given laptops to live stream their classes so the kids learning remotely can stay connected to the Danvers school system instead?|
|A.||The district is currently exploring what options are available for live streaming including privacy laws, different federal regulations and consent forms. We are in communication with our school attorney and various unions.|
Danvers Remote Learning Alternative
|Q.||What is the Danvers remote learning alternative?|
|A.||Although Danvers Public Schools is planning to start in a hybrid model, your family will still be given the option to select a Danvers remote learning alternative instead.
In our various surveys of families, we found that 12% – 30% of families wanted a full remote option where students would be taught by Danvers teachers using the Danvers curriculum.
The full remote students will have both synchronous (live) and asynchronous instruction 5 days a week. The DPS teachers needing to work remotely will be the teachers for the students in the fully remote program. The program will look a little different at the elementary level than at the secondary level given the ages of learners. The elementary students will have synchronous reading, word study, writing, and math instruction 4 days a week (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri) along with small group instruction on Wednesdays. The secondary students will have live instruction in their 7 classes across the 5 days of the week.
|Q.||Will there be google meets or whole class options that students will be able to take part in if we choose full time remote?|
|A.||If Danvers Public Schools chooses to implement a remote learning model this year for all students and staff, there will be live classroom lessons via Google Meet.
Hybrid Remote Days: With the hybrid model we currently are planned to implement, three days of the week are remote for each student. On these remote days, students will be meeting with their teacher and classmates for live lessons via Google Meet.
Danvers Remote Learning Alternative: We are currently exploring the feasibility of a full remote learning alternative model offered by the Danvers Public Schools taught by Danvers teachers and using Danvers Public Schools curriculum. This would be available for students if the District implements a hybrid model, but the family prefers to be remote.
|Q.||If my child participates in full remote learning for the school year, how will we receive the paperwork needed for elementary students.|
|A.||If your student is enrolled in the remote alternative or if we switch to all remote due to changing health data or other considerations, all learning information and paperwork will be provided through Google Classroom.|
|Q.||What legal guidance can be provided regarding remote learning?|
|A.||Please read our legal notice regarding remote learning.|
if Hybrid or Remote
|Q.||What kind of resources will be available to parents – via Danvers Rec and Fun Club for example- for additional childcare services given a hybrid return to school or full remote? If Fun Club is available, will they still have a waitlist?|
|A.||The District is currently working with the Danvers Recreation Department and the YMCA to evaluate different options for families for both models.
The Danvers Recreation Fun Club program and YMCA program will run on the days the students are in attendance for in-person learning. Please contact the programs directly for additional information on sign ups and waitlists.
The following information is current as of 8/24:
|Q.||Will a resource be available to parents for additional tutoring/services if needed for a student?|
|A.||Families should continue to check in with their building principal and the student services department if their child needs additional support.|
|Q.||Is school lunch available to purchase whether eating in class or another room?|
|A.||Yes, school lunch will be available for purchase while in school through our traditional menu. School lunch will also be provided for families in need on remote learning days.|
|Q.||If children return in hybrid cohorts and are to be restricted to their classroom the entire day including snack/lunch – how will you handle food allergies? Will all classrooms become nut free zones? Who will be managing this?|
|A.||The current plan is for school lunch and snack to take place in cafeterias and gymnasiums, while maintaining 6 feet of social distancing and disinfecting procedures between lunch groups. Allergy protocols will continue to be followed in all spaces.|
|Q.||Has bus registration opened?|
|A.||Yes, please read the registration details carefully before registering.|
|Q.||Has the District changed their transportation policy?|
|A||Yes, the policy has been changed to now prioritize students over 2 miles from the school. Please click here to view the policy updates for transportation.|
|Q.||Will there be transportation for those in PreK with an IEP?|
|A.||We will be asking parents/guardians to transport their children if at all possible to reduce contact with others and for health/safety. If parents/guardians are in circumstances where they absolutely cannot transport their child(ren), transportation can be provided.|
|Q.||How can the driver make sure each child is sitting diagonally across from the student in front of him, while keeping their masks on? Has there been discussion of hiring bus monitors?|
|A.||The District is currently evaluating the use of bus monitors for the fall. Students will be provided with guidance about where to sit through assigned seats. Drivers routinely monitor students while on the bus. All safety requirements from DESE will be followed including the reduced capacity on buses, mask requirements for all students, and air ventilation recommendations.|
|Q.||Will students be receiving chromebook laptops?|
|A.||Yes, students will be provided with a Chromebook to help support learning. The District has ordered additional Chromebooks to help support this need and are awaiting delivery. Chromebooks will be available for all students with a need, who do not have another device at home, for the first day of school. This is how we will prioritize distribution. Please reach out to your child’s principal for specific questions.|
|Q.||What is Google Meet? Why are we not using Zoom?|
|A.||Google Meet is a video conferencing application within the Google Suite for Education. Meet integrates seamlessly with our learning management system Google Classroom. Students will be able to participate in synchronous instruction with their class or meet in small groups for differentiated learning sessions. Google Meet will be the synchronous component of the remote learning. Our Technology department reviews all software and platforms for student data privacy. All Google products meet the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Zoom does not automatically meet this requirement, nor does it integrate easily with any of our learning management system.|
|Q.||In preparation for remote and hybrid learning, what is DPS doing to set up a customer service focused IT department to help students and parents overcome technology issues?|
|A.||Remote technology support will be provided to both staff and families with our on-line help desk and through school based computer paraprofessionals. The online help desk ticket system is currently in place for staff, and is being developed for families. The link will be provided here and on our website when available.|
|Q.||Will tutorials be provided for those parents/caregivers that are less technologically savvy?|
|A.||Yes, individual parent support will be provided for those parents and families in need. The district is also planning training for Google Classroom and other apps before the start of the school year.|
|Q.||What should families with no wi-fi do during remote learning days?|
|A.||If you do not have internet service, the district has worked with Comcast for eligible families to participate in their Internet Essentials program. New customers receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which then is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.|
Athletics / Extracurricular Activities
|Q.||Are there any organized school athletic, club, or activity events happening during the Fall?|
|A.||Additional guidance from DESE and EEA is forthcoming about what the extra-curricular landscape will look like for the fall. For athletics, the MIAA Board of Directors voted that Fall sports, those approved for participation by DESE, EEA and local school districts, will move the Fall season to Fall II timeframe (Feb 22- Apr 25)
DHS Athletics and other co/extra curricular activities to be determined.
Health and Safety Precautions
|Q.||Will all students be required to wear a mask?|
|A.||Yes, ALL students preschool through grade 12 will be required to wear a mask. The district is following the DESE guidance of grades 2-12 while ALSO following local requirements for a mask for all people over the age of 2 which includes Pre-K through Grade 1 as well.|
|Q.||Will there be any regulations on the types of masks worn? Can students or staff wear masks with a vent or a face shield instead?|
|A.||We require the use of cloth or medical masks. No gaitors or masks with a vent will be allowed. We will be following CDC guidelines and not allow masks with a vent or an exhalation valve. The CDC states they do not recommend using masks with an exhalation valve or vent for source control. (Source control is defined as the use of cloth face coverings or face masks to cover a person’s mouth and nose to prevent spread of respiratory secretions when they are talking, sneezing, or coughing.)
The CDC also does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks. But, face shields may be an option for those students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings. If face shields are utilized in this manner, they must be accompanied by neck drapings.
|Q.||If a child or adult has been exposed or tested positive, how will students and DPS staff members be notified?|
|A.||The District will utilize the quarantine guidelines provided by DESE along with recommendations and collaboration with the Danvers Department of Public Health.|
|Q.||What additional counseling will be in place should the need arise due to a COVID-19 related illness/death that may affect students/staff or Community.|
|A.||As with any tragedy, Danvers has always and will continue to provide counseling for students and staff affected by the tragedy.|
|Q.||Has the town researched those who are involved with the school system and also live in multigenerational housing?|
|A.||The District will continue to work with families with unique situations. Building administrators are available to have conversations with individual families about their concerns and needs to develop a plan that will work for your family.|
|Q.||What is the plan for students refusing to wear masks? Can you provide specific examples of how a staff member would handle mask discipline issues?|
|A.||The Danvers Public Schools has adopted a Mask Protocol. Masks will be required for all students in grades Pre-K-12 and for all staff. Students that refuse to wear masks cannot remain in the learning environment and will be supported to adhere to the policy and ultimately return to the learning environment.
The administration and nursing staff will work with students and families to ensure they understand why masks are required.
|Q.||Will there be standardized masks? All 3 layers?|
|A.||The District will follow the guidance from DESE and the CDC around the use of masks. Masks must be made of cloth and not a knitted or crocheted material, vents are not allowed. Face shields may be worn in conjunction with the use of a mask.|
|Q.||What is the policy on notifying parents of positive COVID tests results?|
|A.||If there is a positive case in the school building that results in contact tracing for your child and/or family, then you will be notified by the school nurse or building administrator. Additional contact tracing may take place through the local and state supports available to all residents of the Commonwealth. Please know that student privacy remains an important aspect of our community and will not disclose identifying information to the public regarding a positive test.|
|Q.||Even if the state says that the district is not obligated to tell all parents of a given school, will every parent still be informed that there was a case (or more) at their child’s school? I would prefer total transparency so that parents can make decisions that are best for their families.|
|A.||The District will work with the local Department of Public Health around informing families of positive cases. We will continue to strive to be as transparent as possible, while maintaining student and family confidentiality.|
|Q.||What have you considered when it comes to the potential long-term impact and trauma of socially distant schooling, particularly for our youngest learners.|
|A.||The District has established three committees focusing on reopening. These include the reopening committee, teaching and learning / social emotional learning subcommittee and the administrative team. The teaching and learning / social emotional learning subcommittee is developing supports to help students both in person and remotely.|
|Q.||What is the policy if a student or a teacher has a household member that becomes infected?|
|A.||The District will utilize the DESE requirements and guidance from the State of MA around testing and quarantining.|
|Q.||Will the school have a supply of masks for children who do not have one?|
|A.||Students are expected to arrive at school with a mask per the DESE regulations. For families in need, they should reach out to their building administrator for support.|
|Q.||Are classrooms allowed to use fans?|
|A.||The District, Danvers Department of Public Health and other involved parties continue to evaluate the most recent scientific research around the use of fans. A final decision on fan usage will be determined in the coming weeks.|
|Q.||Who is held liable if a student or teacher gets sick?|
|A.||While we cannot make “guarantees,” state and federal law generally provide public employees (including teachers) with broad protections from liability for acting reasonably and within the scope of their employment. For example, the Massachusetts Torts Claims Act (M.G.L. c. 258, sec. 1 et seq) (“MTCA”) shields teachers and other public employees from personal liability for negligent or wrongful acts or omissions they commit while acting within the scope of their employment. See M.G.L. c. 258, secs. 2, 10. The MTCA does not immunize teachers from liability for intentional torts. M.G.L. c. 258, sec. 10. Additionally, the doctrine of qualified immunity generally shields public officials from personal liability in Section 1983 civil rights actions, unless the public official’s conduct was unreasonable in light of clearly established law.|
|Q.||Will DPS provide COVID-19 testing?|
|A.||At this time, the District is not providing testing for students or staff. We continue to follow the guidance of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) around testing recommendations. DESE is also working collaborative with the Governor’s office around testing for schools.|
|Q.||How and when do you plan to schedule deep cleaning of classrooms?|
|A.||The District has developed a cleaning and sanitization process in conjunction with the Department of Public Works. Please see the attached.|
|Q.||What is being done to ensure the air quality is at a safe level and what are the procedures for cleaning the HVAC system?|
|A.||The HVAC system has filter changes and preventative maintenance completed on a quarterly basis. On a daily basis, the outside HVAC contractor monitors the system for any malfunctions and addresses the problems as soon as possible.|
|Q.||Would it help to change HEPA filters once a month, rather than quarterly?|
|A.||The Department of Public Works continues to evaluate the right balance of filter level with the number of air exchanges which can take place with each level of filter and what upgrades are possible. The system can not utilize HEPA filters while completing enough air exchanges. Additionally, the filters used are certified for a useful life of 3 months. Changing them more frequently would not catch more particles.|
|Q.||Many classrooms have no windows. What does ventilation look like in those rooms? Will air purifiers be added to these rooms?|
|A.||We are currently evaluating classrooms without windows and looking to move them to spaces with windows when possible. In situations where this is not possible, the District is exploring outside air purifiers, as well as exploring increasing the fresh air intake through the HVAC systems.|
|Q.||Will HVAC testing results be made public?|
|A.||Quarterly maintenance reports are available through our reopening plan|
|Q.||Please describe in detail the schedule for an elementary student on an in-person learning day of the hybrid model from the teacher’s perspective.|
|A.||From a teacher perspective, the in-person days in a hybrid model are similar to any school day during a typical school year, except that only half of the students in a classroom are present. The other half of the classroom is learning remotely in an asynchronous model. Half the students are there Monday and Tuesday and the other half are there Thursday and Friday.
When in-person in the hybrid model, students follow a familiar daily schedule that focuses on the core academic areas (reading, writing and mathematics), while incorporating time for art, music and physical education. The time on each subject is modified to allow for several mask breaks throughout the school day.
|Q.||How will the amount of substitutes be minimized?|
|A.||We are working collaboratively with Kelly Services to provide building based substitutes that will be in each school every day and become another member of the staff. Additionally, they will be manually scheduling and adjusting substitute assignments to keep substitutes in the same building throughout the week.|
|Q.||The proposed 5 day attendance pattern doesn’t mesh well with a 7 day instructional schedule. Minimizing the number of transitions per day (fewer, longer instructional blocks and longer breaks) might help. Have you addressed this?|
|A.||There will be 10 teacher work days preceding the 2020-2021 school year. This will allow Danvers Public Schools to prepare its faculty and staff for the reopening of schools with training on our new safety precautions as well as provide additional planning time for instructional delivery in the various models.
In both hybrid and remote instruction, the secondary schedule will be changing from a seven day cycle to a cycle based upon a five day week.
|Q.||Will there be any changes to contract language for aides?|
|A.||The District is currently in talks with all unions around impact bargaining due to changes to working conditions.|
|Q.||Will faculty and staff be provided with any PPE or supplies?|
|A.||All staff will be provided with PPE. You will be given cloth masks and a face shield. Gloves and disinfectant will be available. We can work with DPW to create plexiglass that will work in your given space.|
|Q.||How will staff and parent meetings be held?|
|A.||The goal is to utilize technology to have as many meetings as possible with parents held remotely. When meetings need to happen in person, they will be by appointment only and done in a socially distanced manner. Parents will be asked to complete a self screen they are symptom free and be required to wear masks. Where possible, the in person meetings will be held outdoors.|
|Note: The answers to the following are the most up to date as of now. Details and specifics are currently being worked on and may not be finalized until September. The School Committee has voted on a hybrid learning model which will provide learning for students in school two days and remote three days or in school four days for those students who have been identified as “high needs”. All students will be in remote learning on Wednesdays.|
|Q.||How will IEP testing/evaluations change based on a new return to school hybrid/remote structure?|
|A.||Evaluation to determine qualification for an IEP will take place. Until we know exactly how schools will reopen, we do not have the specifics on the logistics of evaluations.|
|Q.||Some students have frequent breaks or are pulled out for specific needs written into their IEPs, how will we handle those?|
|A.||IEP services will be delivered albeit differently than if schools were to open as usual. Teachers/liaisons will be in contact with parents/guardians to document and explain the service plans. Students will receive their accommodations while they are in-person learning and the special education provider/teacher will work with the student on accommodations that may be needed while learning remotely.|
|Q.||With regard to the full remote model or the hybrid model, what is the plan to provide younger students and students with special learning needs the attention, guidance and direction they require to achieve their educational objectives?|
|A.||IEP services will be delivered albeit differently than if schools were to open as usual. Teachers/liaisons will be in contact with parents/guardians to document and explain the service plans.|
|Q.||In a remote or hybrid model, Is there a plan to provide full education strategy, milestones and additional support for parents to help children meet their goals?|
|A.||Consultation to parents will be given based on student need. For instance, parents/guardians who need assistance in technology to help get their children connected will be given that assistance. In hybrid or remote, teachers and service providers will be delivering instruction to students.|
|Q.||For students with services, how will a modified schedule work for them to ensure they get the full in-person instruction plus their services?|
|A.||IEP services will be delivered albeit differently than if schools were to open as usual. Teachers/liaisons will be in contact with parents/guardians to document and explain the service plans.|
|Q.||What is the plan for staff [in special education rooms for students with high needs] that are being asked to be in person with students when it is not safe for any other students and staff to be in person?|
|A.||IEP services will be delivered albeit differently than if schools were to open as usual. Teachers/liaisons will be in contact with parents/guardians to document and explain the service plans. Staff will be provided the appropriate PPE to address the needs of the students that will be in person for services.|
|Q.||It is mentioned in the report that students identified as High Needs learners will be placed in a cohort that attends in person school 4 days a week. What will be done for the High Needs students whose parents are not comfortable sending them to school?|
|A.||The district will support our high needs students whether they are learning in-person or in a remote model. Students on IEPs will receive the services on their IEPs albeit differently. For students who are high needs who do not have an IEP, we will develop appropriate services to support them in the model they are learning in.|
|Q.||Will Special Education services occur if my child is fully remote?|
|A.||Yes. Please be assured that any student with a signed IEP will have those services delivered in a remote model or a hybrid model.|
|Q.||If we choose the Danvers Remote Learning Alternative, will students on IEPs have their services delivered by Danvers staff?|
|A.||Yes. IEP services will be delivered by Danvers’ Special Education providers.|
|Q.||Will IEP meetings be held remotely or in-person?|
|A.||IEP meetings can be held either remotely or in person. In the spring, remote IEP meetings worked quite well as scheduling appeared easier for most participants including parents/guardians.|
|Q.||In general, how will preschool work?|
|A.||Children who are enrolled in our integrated preschool program will likely be in person two days per week for approximately 4.5 hours each day. We are planning for children who are three year olds to come either Monday and Tuesdays and four year olds to come Thursdays and Fridays or the reverse. All children will be remote on Wednesdays. Children who are enrolled in the intensive preschool program will likely be in person four days per week for approximately 4.5 hours each day. To minimize the amount of contacts any child or staff has, we will need to determine which students in the intensive program would be best served in integrated.|
|Q.||How will it be handled if my child refuses to wear a mask?|
|A.||Staff will be helping our children to understand why we need to wear masks and to practice that skill. There will be some children who cannot wear masks due to their disability. If that is the case, we may need to practice with shields or other forms of PPE. We noted in our EYS program this summer that most students, even those who are high needs, have done quite well wearing masks. Mask breaks will be instituted throughout the day for in person learning.|
|Q.||Will a student on a 504 be considered for “in person instruction as much as possible”?|
|A.||A 504 plan is an accommodation plan, not a services plan. A student’s accommodations as written in the student’s 504 plan will be delivered while the student is in school. Generally, a student who has an accommodation plan would not be considered a “high needs” student.|
|Will services such as Title I tutoring continue for students not on an IEP?|
|Our Title I and Reading intervention services will continue in both the hybrid and remote learning models. These services are part of the small group, differentiated learning that is one of our goals for all our learning models.|
|Q.||What will preschool look like in the fall?|
|A.||At this time, the plan for integrated preschool is as follows:
Children will come to school two days per week, either Mon/Tues OR Thurs/Fri from approximately 8:30 – 1:00. This will give the children about the same number of hours as they would pre-COVID. We will be encouraging parents/guardians to pack a lunch for their children. All students in the district will be home on Wednesdays.
Those children currently enrolled in the Intensive Preschool will be invited to come all four days from 8:30 – 1:00 (M/T/Th/F).