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Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

Allen-Stevenson's Reopening Plan for Fall 2020



The Allen-Stevenson School has determined that a slow, measured approach to re-opening our school year is best implemented by beginning with a fully virtual learning program that provides an in-school option for supervision of students in a safe environment for those who are unable to participate from home. As we began to plan, we realized that our teachers can do their best teaching and our boys can do their best learning through A-S Bridge, our virtual learning platform, given the health and safety restrictions being required by the city and state, and health officials. We also feel this will help the boys establish protocols and routines early on in the likelihood that we would have to pivot to remote learning at home for everyone at times during the year.

We will be continually assessing the situation, which will include monitoring the COVID-19 cases in New York City and around the country, and listening to guidance from health and state and local officials, as we make our decision about whether to extend or modify our plan.

Our goal is to have all students back in the school building as soon as we believe that our program can best be delivered with in-person instruction.  



Guiding Principles

 
  • Create a joyful learning environment that is the most equitable for ALL community members, which protects their physical and mental health, and safety.
  • Ensure that we deliver the best A-S Education that allows boys to experience academics, athletics and the arts -- deeply.
  • Continue to follow the health and safety guidelines as set out by city and state officials and public health authorities in our decision-making.
  • Allow for flexibility as circumstances change.

Learning Options

Parents may choose from one of the following two learning options, which will run through October 30.

Option 1: A-S Bridge 2.0 at Home
an enhanced virtual learning program, with the student physically at home.
 
Option 2: A-S Bridge 2.0 at 78th St.
an enhanced virtual learning program, with the student in a facilitated community space 5 days a week.
 

General FAQs

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Why did Allen-Stevenson go with this plan?

    As we began to plan, we realized that our teachers can do their best teaching and our boys can do their best learning through A-S Bridge, our virtual learning platform, given the health and safety restrictions being required by the city and state, and health officials, the fact that COVID-19 cases are still rising across the country and New York City has continued concern about indoor activities.

    The option to be at home allows boys to be more physically comfortable. Boys will be free to move and take physical breaks more freely, and, importantly, masks will not be necessary at home.

    We also wanted to create a supervised space for families who need their sons at 78th St. because:

    • Their family needs childcare, because of their working situation
    • Internet is not available or connectivity is terrible at home
    • Their home environment is not conducive to online learning
    • Their MS or US son struggled to engage with online learning this spring.
  • Why have the boys only learn via A-S Bridge, the virtual learning program, during the opening phase of school?

    • Teachers will have more direct access to their students 
    • Emotional literacy will be even more important this fall. The skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions are not easily taught with masks on. Children need to be able to read facial expressions and hear clearly the tone in someone’s voice.
    • A-S Bridge offers students a wide range of ways to participate and engage that aren't possible if teachers are teaching on-site, rather than through our virtual learning program. Boys can respond through the chat to the teacher or the entire class, use the response buttons, speak, go into breakout rooms to communicate with other students, and tuse gestures to demonstrate understanding. In the building, teachers won't be able to move around the room, write on the board, have students go up to the board or collaborate on a project.
    • It will be much easier to engage each and every boy virtually than it would be trying to teach in the classroom. Zoom allows boys to share their screens and their work, and has a built in white board where teachers can ask boys to show their work. 
    • Zoom classes allow teachers to effortlessly change groups and ensure that students are interacting with multiple students throughout the grade, which would be impossible with students divided up into pods because of distancing guidelines. Some of the most successful and memorable lessons during the spring were the whole-grade collaborations, where teachers facilitated multiple breakout rooms on Zoom.
    • It is likely the whole school will have to pivot to remote learning at times throughout the year, so this allows everyone to become familiar and comfortable with A-S Bridge from the start.
    • With everyone learning through A-S Bridge, the teachers can focus all their efforts into creating one program.
  • How long will this initial reopening plan be in effect?

    The two options we shared during the Community Update on July 29 are currently planned to run through October 30, 2020. 

    We will be continually assessing the situation, which will include monitoring the COVID-19 cases in NYC and around the country, and listening to guidance from health and city and state government officials, as we make our decision about whether to extend or modify the plan. We will keep you informed on a regular basis about our phased reopening.

    Our desire is to have everyone back in the school building, but only when it is safe to do so. 
     
  • How is A-S Bridge 2.0 at 78th Street DIFFERENT from A-S Bridge 2.0?

    A-S Bridge 2.0 at 78th Street is not a separate program. The boys in the School and the boys at home will be taking the same courses with the only difference being that some boys are doing it from a supervised room in school and other boys are doing it from their homes. 

    • The boys will remain at their desk in their designated study hall-like space for the whole day, with the exception of movement/breaks. Boys will sit at desks spaced six feet apart.
    • There will be a facilitator in the room. The facilitator will be a teacher or other member of the faculty or staff, but will most likely not be the child’s regular teachers.
    • Everyone will be required to wear a mask all day.
    • Boys will work individually on their school-provided iPads in Grades K-3 or computers in Grades 4-8, on which they will access A-S Bridge 2.0.
    • Lunch will be delivered to the classroom in individual disposable serving containers.
    • Shared classroom equipment and supplies will be eliminated and individual supplies will be required.
    • Stairways will be designated as one direction only. Signage and barriers will assist in directing the flow of traffic, and strict physical distancing will be enforced throughout the building.
    • The number of students in the hallways and common areas will be limited, including restriction on restroom usage.
    • Boys will be expected to meet the new dress code for this year. 
  • What will A-S Bridge 2.0 include?

    Our remote learning plan, A-S Bridge 2.0, takes into account what is developmentally appropriate for children in terms of their relationship to the screen and its effects on their well-being. In addition, it accounts for the varying lengths of time different age-groups can maintain their focus on learning delivered this way.

    What will be new since A-S Bridge 1.0 in the spring?

    ● Increased synchronous “live” classes – including art, PE, and music

    ● Expanded opportunities for collaborative projects

    ● More frequent individual and private time with teachers

    ● New skills from summer professional development for online platforms (e.g., Canvas,
    Seesaw, Clever) and online tools

    ● 1:1 iPad program for K-3

    ● Systems to support increased independence of our youngest boys

    ● More frequent teacher > parent communication/feedback

    ● Continuation and expansion of online community activities

    • MS and US Online Lunch Chats and Affinity Groups
    • Weekly Activities that connect boys - Kahoots, Trivia
    • Monday Morning Meetings and LS Community Time 

    ● Parent Education Opportunities

    ● Increased Parent Connection Meetings
  • How many days a week are the boys in school with either option?

    Boys will be in school 5 days a week whether physically at 78th St. or at home. 

    If a family selects the at 78th St. option, we are expecting the boys to be physically in the building all 5 days of the week.
  • Will there be an after school program?

    We are working on the details of what we will be able to offer. We do expect to be able to offer Extended Day for boys who are enrolled in A-S Bridge at 78th Street.
     

Middle School FAQs

A-S Bridge 1.0 Highlights

    • A-S Bridge Highlights - Spring 2020

Hear from Our Community

    • A-S Bridge: Academics

    • A-S Bridge: Connecting Community

At 78th St. | Health and Safety

List of 8 items.

  • Daily Pre-Screening

    All individuals entering the school building must have their temperature checked before they enter the building each day – ideally, at home, prior to departing for school. Families and employees will be emailed a link each day from Ruvna, which the School currently uses for emergency drills. Questions will include a short list of symptoms that might indicate COVID-19 + status, and whether you have knowingly been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the past 14 days.
     
    If an individual does not get an all clear, they will be told not to come to school and to follow up with the School Nurse for further instructions.
     
    If someone does not complete the Ruvna remote screening, they will not be allowed into the school building.
     
  • Face Coverings

    Everyone who enters the school building must wear a face covering or mask that covers both the nose and mouth. These must be either 2 or 3-ply and can be disposable or cloth-based. NO gaiters or masks with valves or vents are permitted. If you choose to wear a face shield, it must be worn in conjunction with a mask.

    Students may remove their mask to eat in their classroom and will be given “mask breaks” for 10 minutes or less at the discretion of the teacher or facilitator, and if they can maintain an appropriate physical distance.

    Each student will be provided with two reusable and washable loop face masks.

    The School will have a supply of disposable surgical masks on hand for distribution in the case of loss or damage. 
  • Physical Distancing

    Allen-Stevenson will strive to maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between all individuals while in the school building. Directional signage will be used in the hallways and staircases.

    Children will be assigned to a classroom with a facilitator. Desks will be 6 feet apart and facing one direction. 

    Middle and Upper School boys will not be using lockers this year. 

    Twelve feet of space will be required for Physical Education if it is held indoors.
  • Hygiene Protocols

    Students, faculty and staff will be trained on proper hand and respiratory hygiene, including providing information to families and guardians on ways to reinforce this at home.
     
    Entrances, common areas or near shared workspaces will be equipped with hand sanitizing stations. No-touch dispensers for soap, sanitizer and paper towels will be provided.
     
    Extra time will be created in the schedule for handwashing, especially before and after snack, lunch, restroom breaks, movement /PE or times when people are traveling around the building.
     
  • Cleaning and Ventilation

    The School’s facilities team is primarily responsible for cleaning and disinfection. Classrooms, offices and common areas will be stocked with child-safe, CDC-approved disinfectant spray and wipes. High-touch areas, such as door handles railings and bathroom fixtures will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.
     
    Boys will each have their own personal classroom supplies (of pencils, crayons, paper, etc.), which will be labeled and stored separately from other individual’s materials.
     
    If someone is confirmed to have COVID-19 while at school, Allen-Stevenson will close off all areas used by the person and open outside windows to increase air circulation in the area, where possible. Other areas used by this person will also be cleaned and disinfected. 

    We installed MERV 13 air filters which will be changed frequently in all our HVAC equipment. The building management system will be adding more fresh air into the building and running more frequently. We also added a HALO-LED air purifier system to all our mixed air HVAC equipment. In addition, portable HEPA air purifiers and fans will be placed throughout the building. In the rooms without windows we have an exchange of fresh air from the rooftop ventilation system.
  • Managing Ill Persons at School

    A dedicated Health Annex, separate from the Nurse’s Office, will be set up for isolation of students, faculty or staff with symptoms of COVID-19 until they can go home or to a healthcare facility. The Nurse’s Office will continue to be available for non-COVID problems.
  • Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

    If a person IS diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider or has had symptoms, they should not be in school and should stay home until it has been 10 days since their first symptoms, it has been at least 24 hours since they had a fever, without using fever reducing medicine, and their symptoms have improved.
     
    Allen-Stevenson is responsible for notifying faculty and staff or families of students that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19. We will be using a high-tech tracking system in the case of an individual testing positive for COVID-19.
     
    Any student or staff member who had symptoms, but was NOT diagnosed with COVID-19, can return to school once there is no fever without the use of fever reducing medicines and they have felt well for 24 hours.
     
  • Travel Quarantines

    Students, faculty and staff are expected to follow all local government regulations about quarantining after travel to regional COVID-19 hotspots.New York has a mandatory quarantining policy for people traveling from a number of states. Please factor this into your plans, as these regulations change constantly.

    Starting August 6, New York City has implemented COVID-19 checkpoints at key entry points into the city. Travelers will be given the state contact forms to fill out. Failure to submit the form can result in mandatory quarantine and a $2,000 fine, while failure to comply with the overall order can incur up to a $10,000 civil penalty.

At 78th St. | School Modifications

List of 7 items.

  • Visitors

    For the safety of our students and faculty, we will be allowing only faculty, staff and students to go beyond the Reception Desk in the Lobby. Non-student family members, outside tutors, vendors or other individuals will not be permitted entry to the building without prior permission. 
     
  • Arrival and Departure

    There will be a slightly staggered arrival and pick up for each pod, in order to facilitate proper distancing. All arrival times will occur between 8-9AM, with pickup being between 2-4PM. Exceptions are Extended Day, which runs until 4:30PM. Entering and exiting the building will be through designated doorways specific to each age/grade level.
     
    If there is a line to enter the School outside the designated entryway, parents will wait in line with their sons outside the School. Parents/Guardians will be expected to wait with their child until they get cleared through a health screening, which includes verification that the School has received the Ruvna health submission. 

    Lower School children will be escorted to their classrooms by a specialist teacher. Middle and Upper School boys will proceed directly to their pod.

    Click here to see the arrivals and departures schedule.


  • Community Events

    Community is incredibly important at Allen-Stevenson. We are already busy making plans for how best to maintain community while we cannot all be together in one place.

    Our community events, such as Monday Morning Meetings, Lower School Community Time on Fridays, music concerts, recitals, and plays will be held virtually this year. Student affinity groups will meet during lunch.

    For parents, there will be parent chats to help provide support to parents and parent connection meetings for parents in a grade to come together to talk with the Division Head and the school psychologist. Curriculum Nights for each division will also be held virtually.

    Family gatherings will also be planned in conjunction with the Parents Association.
     
  • Social-Emotional Well-being

    Allen-Stevenson has a strong Social-Emotional Multi-System. The section teachers are responsible for the pastoral care of our students. In the Lower School, the boys have their homeroom teachers, and in the upper grades, boys have advisory groups where social emotional learning is supported. The Lower School uses Responsive Classroom as the core. 

    In addition to the section teacher, the School’s part-time consulting psychologist is available to teachers and administrators for consultation about student needs in the classroom.

    This coming year we will be introducing a K-8 racial literacy curriculum developed by Pollyanna. Lessons will be incorporated into our curriculum at appropriate points.
     
  • Music/Instruments/Athletics

    All music (chorus and orchestra) and instrumental lessons will continue to be held virtually, as was the case in the spring. 

    Interscholastic sports have been cancelled for the fall.
     
  • Lunch and Snacks

    The School will provide individually packaged boxed lunches and snacks for all students and employees working in the building. Families, older boys, faculty and staff will be provided with a form to be completed for the following week to make their menu selections. Boxed lunches and snacks will be delivered by the food service staff to the pods, including individually wrapped utensils and condiments. Students will eat their lunch while seated at their desks. All surfaces where food is consumed will be cleaned and disinfected at the conclusion of the period before school work resumes.
     
  • Transportation

    We encourage those of you who can walk, bike or scoot to school to do so. We have installed new bicycle and scooter racks outside the school building.

    The School uses the NYC School Bus Service for some students. There are 2 school buses for arrivals and 3 for dismissal. We are awaiting guidance from the NYC DOE regarding updated policies in conjunction with COVID-19.
     


Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.