Newburgh Enlarged City School District is committed to making the soundest decisions regarding our reopening, and we strongly believe in making those decisions based on science. Our approach is comprehensive in nature and it is informed by what we see happening internationally as well as by national guidance, state guidance, and local decisions.
NECSD strives to safely return students to the physical schoolhouse, but we recognize that doing so can only be done safely. This website is designed to inform parents and employees of the plans for reopening our school campuses. On this site, you can view the guiding documents that we considered in creating our reopening plan and familiarize yourself with the options for returning to school.
The safety of our school community is our top priority. During planning we have made sure to include all aspects of the school experience and what safety precautions would have to be taken for each. These include teaching and learning, social-emotional learning, exceptional learners, transportation, facilities, food service, health and wellness, ELLs, school security, and more.
The district's number one priority is a safe learning environment that protects both the student's social-emotional wellbeing as well as allowing them effectively learn. Below are some of the social distancing and safety equipment that is planned to be installed in our school buildings and offices.
Below is a sample of our current supply of health and safety items. We will continute to monitor best practices and recommendations and order additional or new equipment as necessary. Currently these items meet or exceed safety requirements.
Our teams know that no model will meet the needs of every student/family or staff member. We have worked hard to provide instructional models that allow for us to educate our students in a manner we believe will minimize health risks and provide a positive student experience. These models also allow for flexibility should we need to transition between different models.
Our planning teams began working based off these four scenarios. The teams are currently now narrowing these down to chose our best scenario for reopening school.
Since our school buildings closed in March 2020. Our district has been working non-stop to provide educational resources to students, families, and staff/faculty.
Our next steps were to setup Strategic Planning Teams which would help serve to drive our decision-making. These teams were essential to make sure all voices were heard, all district members were represented in the decision making process.
The Project Team meets 1-2 times a week to analyze the work that has been conducted and plan for future meeting agendas to keep the work moving forwardRoberto Padilla, Superintendent
Although the Strategic Planning Teams allowed for input from many groups and demographics we also wanted to allow every family and staff member to be able to provide input. We setup numerous surveys about reopening school buildings. We've gather that important feedback and also used that data to guide our decision making.
Two surveys were designed and deployed– one for families and one for faculty and staff – to learn more about their perceptions of COVID-19, as well as their preferences for school/work attendance, transportation needs, potential barriers to working in either a physical or virtual environment, and proficiency with various learning platforms. Two ThoughtExchange boards were launched – one for everyone and one for families only.