Our Approach

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.

OUR FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1
Ensure the safety and wellness of scholars, faculty and staff.
2
Deliver high-quality instruction to students, regardless of delivery model.
3
Be open to changing policies that don’t work
4
Plan for progress, not perfection
<

Guidance from NYSED




REOPENING

OUR SCHOOL

BUILDINGS

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.

Student and Staff Experience

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.

Card image cap
Single Direction Walking
Card image cap
Daily Health Screenings
Card image cap
Distance Workstations
Card image cap
Reduced Classroom Seating
Card image cap
Sanitation Stations
Card image cap
Avoid Sharing of Equipment
Card image cap
Virtual Meetings
Card image cap
PPE/Increased Sanitization

Current Health and Safety Supplies

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.

Card image cap
360,000
General masks on reserve (N95 & Gowns only for school nurses)
Card image cap
45,000
Pairs gloves on reserve
Card image cap
200
Sanitizer Dispensers 400+ Refills (more on order)
Card image cap
40
Disinfecting machines (Supply for 12 months)
Card image cap
18 Months
HEPA Filters for Air Filtration with 3-month changes
Card image cap
1000+
Tissue boxes (more on order)



PROPOSED

INSTRUCTIONAL

MODELS

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 CURRENT SCENARIOS

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.

HYBRID 1: AB/AB

Alternate Days (AB/AB) Schedule for In-Person Learning



HYBRID 2: AAAA/BBBB

Full Week Rotating (AAAA/BBBB)

HYBRID 3: AA/BB

2 Day Block (AA/BB) Schedule for In-Person Learning

VIRTUAL 100%

100% Virtual Learning for All Students

OUR RESPONSE

TO

COVID-19

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.

ENSURE STUDENTS WERE SAFE AND ABLE TO LEARN

The district's top priority when school buildings were closed in March 2020 was to make sure students were safe, healthy, and able to be educated. Our first priority was to make sure students and families had the essentials they needed.

The weekend Food Backpack Program distributed food to families in need at the old Sacred Heart school- 550 scholars per week from April- June. Volunteers from different departments and schools served the program each week.

March 26- Mass Food Distribution - This was a collaboration between the Homeless Liaison, Equity and Access, Health Services and various schools. 12,777 pounds of food were distributed to our families. 

Hygiene Products were distributed at Food Backpack Program between April and June, on average 300 scholars were served per week- This was a collaboration with Homeless Liaison, FACE, Registration, Health Services.

In addition, to these program the district distributed chromebooks and hotspots to make sure students could learn remotely. We also increased our professional development opportunities for our teachers to ensure they could teach effectively in the new environment.

STRATEGIC PLANNING TEAMS

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.

Project Team
4-8
people

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 forward

Roberto Padilla, Superintendent
Ed Forgit, Deputy Superintendent
Stacy Moran, Newburgh Teachers’ Association President
Scott Prokosch, Newburgh School Administrator Association President
Cassie Sklarz, Communication Strategist

Task Force
60-80
people

The Task Force began meeting in May 2020 and meets once a week. The Task Force is comprised of members who represent our NECSD community and include representation from:
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community Members
  • City Councilperson from the City of Newburgh
  • Latinos Unidos
  • Mount St. Mary College
  • NAACP
  • NECSD Educators
  • NECSD Teachers' Union
  • NECSD Administrators' Union
  • NECSD District Physician
  • Newburgh Armory Unity Center
  • Newburgh Free Library
  • Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
  • Parents from each grade band
  • Town Councilperson from the Town of Newburgh
Advisories
125+
people

The Advisory teams began meeting in June and meet bi-weekly. The Advisory teams are comprised of those who found interest or have expertise in this work and have volunteered to contribute to this planning. The Advisory teams research specific topic areas and bring that research to the Task Force to provide a feedback loop.
Advisory Teams:
ELLs
Exceptional Learners
Facilities
Food Service
Health and Wellness
SEL
Teaching & Learning Curriculum
Teaching & Learning Technology
Transportation
Safety & Security




GATHER FEEDBACK

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.



ThoughtExchange
Participants: 3,410
Thoughts: 4,508
Ratings: 122,283


General Surveys
Staff-Faculty: 1,528
Thoughts: 4,508
Ratings: 122,283

Timeline




UNKNOWNS & VARIABLES

Metrics that Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to use to determine whether school buildings may reopen as well as the regional conditions that will require students to stay at home. 

Average daily infection rate of the novel coronavirus is 5% or less, schools in that region can reopen

Average daily infection rate of the novel coronavirus is 9% or higher, schools in that region must close

(The opening calculation generally will be based on 14 days of data and the closure decision will be based on seven days of data.)