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PreSchool Webinar - Questions & Answers Summary - August 18, 2020

**PLEASE NOTE:  THIS INFORMATION IS CURRENT AS OF AUGUST 18, 2020 AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.**

Will preK kids be provided chromebooks? If not, what should families do if we don’t have an extra computer?

  • Currently, typical preschool students will not be provided a device as we do not believe that this is the best way for preschool students to be learning. A home computer, tablet, or device could be used to access synchronous learning sessions. Special education students will be provided with a device upon request in order to use for any remote special education services.

 

If the pre school kids are scheduled for a partial week in school are we able to choose the days they attend as it would allow parents with kids in different grades to have consistency in the days they are learning from school vs. home?

  • The days for in person learning will be determined by the district alphabetical distribution. MWF students will attend school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays during alternate weeks. Tuesday and Thursday students will attend in person learning on Thursday and Fridays during alternating weeks. Five day typical students will attend school either M/T or Th/F every week by district cohort.

 

Will the preschool start remote, in-person, or hybrid on 9/16?

  • All students are starting remote on Wednesday, September 16th

 

When the pandemic subsides, and the states guidance loosens will the district be adjusting their current plan towards the less stringent protocol to allow kids to be in school more?

  • Yes! Absolutely! Our ultimate goal is to strive for in-person learning as much as possible when it is safe to do so.

 

Will IEP students be in classes every week or are they going every other week also?

  • This will be determined by the special education department dependent upon each child's level of need.

 

What will happen to 5 days pre-school special needs students?

  • This will dependent upon the level of needs. Some will attend 4 days every week; some will attend alternating weeks and receive remote services on the alternating weeks.

 

Are you still planning to offer a fully remote option for pre-k even once the option of going back in-person has been offered?

  • This would always be a choice for parents. We are currently investigating the tuition adjustment for this option.

 

Would therapies for our child be able to be covered in person? (for example, if my child is five day a week), would she be able to have speech, PT, and OT on those in person days?

  • Yes! Absoutely! As much in-person therapies that can be done safely would be what we would hope for.

 

I know this is hard to answer right now without having signed contracts back but do we have an idea of the number of students per class in a the hybrid situation?

  • At maximum, there would be 9, however, we have already had families decide to un-enroll their students, so most likely, it will be less.

If enrollment is less, would you consider doing cohorts each week?

  • Yes

 

What about aftercare? Will they still offer it?

  • Preschool child care is available for students who are 4 or 5 on the days when students would attend school. There will not be additional child care available on the days when your child is not scheduled to attend school.

 

If in the middle of a hybrid model we decide to go remote due to the rates increasing within the state, do children have the option available to them to participate in the remote model?

  • Yes

 

If we chose to send our child to in-person learning but opt out of (or can't get the child to sit for) remote learning, will they be missing out on needed learning? ie: will they come back to in-person class and be lost because they missed out on remote day topics?

  • They will be missing instruction however, many of the activities are repeated mutliple times throughout the course of a week, month, year. The Fundations program follows a scripted scope and sequence which could be supplemented by instructional materials and the weekly learning plan.

 

My daughter is in the PALS class what is the plan on keeps kids in that class at least 6 feet apart as they don’t always stay put.

  • In this circumstance, the classrooms will be set up in a way that keeps student work areas separate by at least 6 feet of distance, if not more. Group activities will be limited to mostly individual and self-directed play. Students will not be seated at tables together or in groups during the days.

 

What is the level of physical contact from teacher to preschool student that is going to be practically implemented? (i.e. instruction related to writing, drawing, etc.)

  • There will be minimal contact within 6 feet distancing as much as possible. Some instruction will occur through the use of the document cameras, interactive white boards, and additional PPE for staff if they need to come in close contact with a student to assist.

What about ventilation and clean air protocols for the school? Social distancing is very important but breathing in recycled air seems to be a big way to transmit the virus indoors.

  • All ventilation systems have been inspected, air filters are changed on a regular basis, and individual high quality air purifiers have been purchased for every classroom and space in the district. With our brand new HVAC system, this is not as much a concern here at the ECEC.

 

What if your 3-4 year old child won’t keep on a mask?

  • Students are going to be responsive to all their peers and adults around them who will be wearing masks. This will become a regular part of teaching routines in the classroom.

 

When children return to onsite learning, will children be redirected to social distance when they get too close to one another?

  • Yes. We will use creative and developmentally appropriate ways to teach children this concept, including appropriate signage around the bathrooms and in classrooms. There will also be social stories and fun activities planned to keep this concept fun, but important.