Holy Spirit School Reopening Plan

LAST UPDATED: [September 21, 2020] at [11:30 am]

You can access our plan in three ways:

1. Click here to download a PDF of the full Reopening Plan.

2. Use the HTML text and links below to cycle through all sections of the plan. You can also hover your mouse over the tab above labeled "Reopening" at the top right of this page and a drop down menu will appear to cycle between the pages of the plan.

3. Email hssoffice@hsseg.com to request a paper copy (available for enrolled students and their families).

**NEW - School COVID Report Card

Each school in New York State is required to submit a daily health survey to the NYS Department of Health. You can view the results of our surveys at any time by visiting https://tinyurl.com/yyfxc6as

To view all school districts and schools, including Holy Spirit School, please visit https://schoolcovidreportcard.health.ny.gov/#/home and search for the school or district you are inquiring about. 

Overview

Holy Spirit School is committed to the safety and security of all of our school community members. We believe in the value of in-person learning, and the advantages a classroom can afford to students, not just in their learning but also in their growth and development as a child - socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This plan was designed with the best interests of our students in mind, and with a purpose for returning our students and teachers to the classrooms in a safe manner. We understand, however, that some families may be concerned about beginning the year with in-person instruction. Thus, families have the option to begin the year with remote learning.  This plan includes a plan for providing a hybrid model of instruction where teachers can instruct students both remotely and in the classroom.

This reopening plan was created in collaboration with all stakeholder groups. See the “Communication/Family and Community Engagement” section below for more detailed information on the involvement of stakeholders in the creation of this plan.

Introduction

On Monday, July 13, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York can follow plans to reopen for in-person schooling in September if COVID-19 infection rates stay at 5% or lower in a given region. 

Determinations will be made by regions about opening and closing schools as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. If a region is in Phase 4 and has a daily infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average, schools in that region could hold in-person instruction. If daily infection rates exceed 9% over a seven-day average, however, schools in that region would not reopen. Similarly, should a region see such an average after reopening, schools in that region would also be directed to close.

While schools have been instructed to prioritize efforts to return all students to in-person instruction, the school is also planning for remote/distance learning, as well as for a hybrid model that combines in-person instruction and remote learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model.

Families who wish to begin the year with a remote learning option for their children should email Principal Kosar at principal@hsseg.com. Families choosing the in-person option do not need to email the principal. It is assumed that all students will be participating in-person unless the school is otherwise notified.

The plan outlined here is for the reopening of Holy Spirit School for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to the school campus. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), New York State Reopening Guidance for Religious and Independent Schools, the Religious Services Guidelines on the New York Forward website and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our school.

Mr. Michael Kosar, Principal, will serve as the school’s Primary COVID-19 Coordinator. Mr. Antonio Morabito, Parish Manager, will serve as the Secondary COVID-19 Coordinator. Mrs. Alicia Fleischer and Mrs. Theresa Girvin, Administrative Assistants/Secretaries, will serve as the Coordinator’s Designees (henceforth referred to as Designees) as addressed in the plan and will act in his absence, with his approval and designation, as needed. Mr. Michael Kosar and his Secondary Coordinator and Designees will work closely with our local health department and will be responsible for overseeing the successful implementation of the Reopening Plan.  They will serve as a central contact for stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the school is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Primary Safety Coordinator: Mr. Michael Kosar, Principal

Office Phone Number: 518-477-5739

Principal’s Email: principal@hsseg.com (monitored by Mr. Kosar, Principal)

 

Secondary Safety Coordinator: Mr. Antonio Morabito, Parish Manager

Office Phone Number: 518-477-7925

Email: halo@hsceg.org

 

Designees: Mrs. Alicia Fleischer and Mrs. Theresa Girvin

Office Phone Number: 518-477-5739

Office Email: hssoffice@hsseg.com

PLAN SECTIONS (Please click on the links below to cycle through the pages of our plan)

Communication/Family and Community Engagement

Health and Safety (updated August 31, 2020 - see highlighted portions for new updates)

Facilities Guidance

Child Nutrition (updated August 31, 2020 - see highlighted portions for new updates)

Transportation Guidance (updated August 31, 2020 - see highlighted portions for new updates)

Social Emotional Well-Being

Religious and Independent School Schedules

Attendance

Teaching and Learning

Athletics and School Activities

Bilingual Education and World Languages

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