2020-21 School Reopening Plan Summary

The following is a summary of Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s reopening plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year. The district’s plan is a living document that can and will change as conditions change and as we receive updated guidance from state and federal agencies.

We welcome questions and feedback from our community on this plan. Click here to submit questions and comments to the district. We will use your feedback to refine our plans, and to prepare for the virtual presentations planned for Tuesday, Aug. 11. We will also post answers to frequently asked questions about B-P’s reopening plan on the district website.

It is essential that parents review the information summarized below and in the district’s complete plan, participate in the virtual presentations on Aug. 11, and ask questions. Broadalbin-Perth will be asking all parents to commit their children to one of the learning models for the start of the school year by Friday, Aug. 14, and we want parents to have the information they need to make the best choice for their family. Parents will have the opportunity to change the learning model their children are enrolled in at specific points throughout the school year or when the pandemic ends.

Key Dates

  • July 31 – Broadalbin-Perth’s reopening plan submitted to New York State
  • Aug. 7 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces statewide decision on school reopening
  • Aug. 11
    • Virtual Presentations on Reopening
      • 5:30 p.m. – Elementary
      • 7:15 p.m. – Secondary
    • Learning model commitment form sent to parents via ParentSquare
  • Aug. 14
    • Deadline for parents to commit to a learning model for the start of the 2020-21 school year

Learning Models

Broadalbin-Perth educators believe there is no substitute for direct, in-person instruction. While the district encourages all families to opt for in-person learning models, district leaders will especially encourage in-person learning for certain groups of students, including younger students, students with disabilities, English language learners, students with social emotional or mental health needs, students who did not engage in remote learning during spring 2020, and students with technology or connectivity needs.

If school needs to close temporarily or long-term at any point in the school year, all students will learn through the 100% remote model.

Elementary (Pre-K through grade 6)

100% In-Person

  • Students attend school for a full day, five days a week
  • Class sizes will be smaller to allow for adequate social distancing
  • Students will remain in their classroom for the majority of the day to limit the interaction between cohorts of students
  • Students will have special-area classes (art, music, physical education, Project Lead the Way), either in the regular classroom, the special-area classroom, or outside, weather permitting
  • Students will have recess
  • Before- and after-school child care will be available for those who need it

Half-Day Hybrid

This option will be available if there is sufficient interest to make it feasible. 

  • Students attend school for in-person instruction each morning, five days a week
  • Students engage in remote learning activities during the afternoon
  • Bus transportation and before-school child care will be available
  • Parents will be responsible for midday transportation
  • After-school child care will NOT be available
  • Broadalbin-Perth will loan devices to students who need them

100% Remote

  • Students engage in remote learning activities according to a schedule that mirrors the in-person learning schedule
  • Students can expect to complete up to six hours of learning activities (lessons, assignments, direct interaction with teachers) per day
  • Broadalbin-Perth will loan devices to students who need them

Secondary (Grades 7-12)

Hybrid

  • Students will be assigned to cohorts that share common core subject-area teachers (English, math, science, social studies)
  • Students will attend school in-person every other day and engage in remote learning activities on the other days
  • On in-person learning days, students will remain in one classroom for all four core subjects; teachers will push in to classrooms
  • On remote learning days, students will engage in a full day of remote learning activities (up to six hours)
  • Efforts will be made to ensure students who live in the same household are scheduled to come to school for in-person instruction on the same days
  • Certain courses will be taught 100% online, including college-level/AP, upper-level Spanish, health, economics, and Participation in Government
  • All juniors and seniors attending career and technical programs at HFM BOCES will take their B-P courses through remote learning
  • All seniors will be placed in the 100% remote learning model
  • Broadalbin-Perth will loan devices to students who need them

100% Remote

  • Students engage in remote learning activities according to a schedule that mirrors the in-person learning schedule
  • Students can expect to complete up to six hours of learning activities (lessons, assignments, direct interaction with teachers) per day
  • Broadalbin-Perth will loan devices to students who need them

Health & Safety

  • Student and staff temperatures will be checked daily using touch-free technology
    • Temperatures will be checked before students board the bus and as staff and students enter the school building
  • If a child shows any signs of illness, parents MUST keep them home from school
  • Social distancing will be enforced in school buildings, on school grounds, and on buses
  • Face coverings must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained, including on buses and when traveling around the school building
  • Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals and instruction, as well as for short breaks while maintaining social distancing
  • Students who cannot medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one
  • Hand and respiratory hygiene will be emphasized for all students and staff
  • B-P will continue to adhere to CDC and DOH guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting

Testing & Contact Tracing

  • Any student or staff member who has an elevated body temperature will be referred to their doctor, who will determine if COVID-19 testing is appropriate
    • The district will require a doctor’s note before that individual can return to school for in-person instruction
  • If an individual student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Broadalbin-Perth will comply with and participate in the state’s contact tracing program

Transportation

  • Parents of students in in-person or hybrid learning models will be required to commit to their children riding the bus every day or parents providing transportation to and from school every day
  • Children will be seated at a distance from each other in assigned seats, with the exception of children who live in the same household, who will be seated together
  • Children riding the bus must wear a face covering the entire time they are on the bus
  • Carpooling is strongly discouraged

School Meals

  • School breakfast and lunch will be available to all students, every day, regardless of learning model
  • Classes will have options of where they eat lunch each day, including in the classroom, in the cafeteria, and outside
  • All meals will be pre-packaged, NOT served buffet-style