Covid-19 Information

SAFETY INFORMATION

Our school has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.

Your Responsibilities While in the Building

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy. 

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and students while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.
  • Hand washing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.  
  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you. 
  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community members have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office. 
  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk where your temperature will be taken and hand sanitizer will be provided.During check-in, you will be given a name tag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.
  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 3 ft. distance between yourself and others.
  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.
  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test SiteOpens in a new browser tab page to find a test site closest to you.

Safety Precautions Taken By Our School

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • All Teachers are fully vaccinated
  • Changes in class sizes: All students are three feet apart.
  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and two air purifiers are in each room.
  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all high-touch zones will be cleaned multiple times throughout each day. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day. 
  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas. 
  • Overnight  our school building will be disinfected overnight, every night .
  • Electrostatic disinfectors will clean surfaces daily with zero physical contact.
  • Random Testing: Every school will randomly test weekly unvaccinated students, who have submitted consent for testing, at a threshold of ten percent of unvaccinated students per school population (Pre-K and Kindergarten are excluded).

How Hybrid Learning Works

Hybrid learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 
  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There may be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 
  • Teachers and intervention specialists will have limited virtual "office hours" (on Google Class) after school hours Wednesday's at 7:30am to 8;00am. S
  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided  virtually. 

Remote Learning Expectations

During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Attendance will be taken before 9:00am, Students must check in on the stream on their Google Classrooms.
  • Students and families should check their Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers. You can find a link to your teacher's Google Class in the Staff Directory
  • During 100% distance learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Google Meets. Check Google Class for your live class schedule.
  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn.  Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. 

UPDATES

To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser.

We'll also be sending out emails as well as Dojo messages to all families.

Sign up for updates through the Notify App using the school code: 2TX50X . Download the app using the Notify tab to the right.

MEETING SPECIAL NEEDS

 

  • Families wishing to continue to learn remotely: If your child or a family member is at high-risk for complications due to COVID-19 may opt to continue 100% remote learning. Contact  Ms.Alvarez to enroll your child in our remote learning program. 
  • Special needs students: Students with special needs will receive a separate email from your child's teacher with instructions. We are committed to fully complying with IEP and 504 accommodations for all students to the fullest extent possible during in-school, remote, and hybrid learning models

Self Screening is Mandatory for all Employees and Visitors

Self Screening is Required by all Employees and Visitors Who Enter Queens Explorers 

Do Not Enter If:

You have a fever, cough, shortness of breathe.

In the last 10 days you tested positive for Covid-19.

In the last 14 days you have been in close contact (within six feet or at least 10 minutes) with anyone while they had Covid-19.

You have traveled international or from a State with widespread community transmission of Covid-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 TESTING IN SCHOOLS Updated 2021