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Thank you for your cooperation in keeping remote learning safe and private for our students and teachers by not taking screenshots or recording learning sessions conducted on Google Meet and Zoom.

Regarding Additional In-Person Learning:
K-4 students will attend 5 days per week starting on Monday, April 12.
5-12 students will attend 4 days per week (M, T, Th, F) starting on Monday, April 19.
Students who receive special education services for 4 or 5 days per week will continue attending 4 or 5 days per week according to their program.
Students that have chosen to stay in a Remote Instruction Model will remain in the Remote Instruction Model.

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PPE and Face Coverings

  • Students will be provided with 3 washable cloth masks at the start of the school year.

  • We require students to use these masks or another similar type mask.

  • We discourage use of gaiters as there are concerns on whether or not they are effective.

  • Students are expected to wear masks throughout the day with the exception of mask breaks.

  • Parents are encouraged to have students wear a mask now to begin building stamina and tolerance prior to start of school.

FACE COVERINGS The North Syracuse Central School District will develop protocols for the use of face coverings, which will include the following:
  • Employees, adult visitors, and students will be required to wear an acceptable face covering throughout the day while in school, subject to the exceptions;
  • Students must wear a face covering while riding the school bus and while entering, exiting and seated, subject to the exceptions; and
  • Students will wear masks while seated at their desks in their classrooms and mask breaks will be scheduled as necessary.
The District will take the following steps to implement its face covering protocols:
  • Provide acceptable face coverings to faculty and staff who directly interact with students or members of the public while at work at no cost to faculty/staff; 
  • Provide acceptable face coverings to any student who does not have their own, at no cost to the student;
  • Allow faculty, staff and students to use their own acceptable face covering; and
  • Provide instructions on its website and signs throughout buildings relating to, among other things, proper use, care and disposal of face coverings, the importance of routine cleaning of reusable face coverings, and not sharing face coverings.
* The New York State Department of Health defines acceptable face coverings (to include but not limited to): cloth-based face coverings and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection or source control against COVID-19 and should not be used. However, students and staff may use alternate face coverings (e.g. transparent at or around the mouth) for instruction that requires visualization of the movement of the lips and/or mouths (e.g. speech therapy). Those coverings may also be used for certain students (e.g. hearing impaired) who benefit from seeing more of the face of faculty/staff.
  1. NY DOH guidance specifically says bandanas are OK; and
  2. The CDC guidance advises caution for gaiters because “Evaluation is on-going but effectiveness is unknown at this time.”  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
   

FACE COVERING EXCEPTIONS
  • Children younger than 2 years old will not be required to wear a face covering;
  • Students will not be required to wear a face covering where such covering would impair their health or mental health, or where such covering would present a challenge, distraction, or obstruction to education services and instruction;
  • Students, faculty or staff who are not medically able to tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear a face covering.  Student requests for accommodations related to the face covering requirement should be made in writing to the building principal.  Staff requests for accommodations related to the mask requirement should be made to Jason Nephew in Human Resources.

RESOURCES Click here for CDC Guidance on Face Coverings