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Hybrid Model Launching October 5, 2020

All students, Pre-K through 12th grade, will continue learning remotely through October 2. Starting Monday, October 5, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will begin following the hybrid models outlined in our Family Handbook. Detailed instructions regarding pods and schedules will be mailed home.

Class Schedule

To check your child’s class schedule, please log in to School Tool and reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns.

Grades PK - 5
In-Person 2 Days/ Week
Remote 3 Days/ Week 
The student population will be split into groups that will alternate between in-person instruction and remote instruction. Each group will have in-person instruction twice a week and remote instruction three days a week. 

Please visit your school's webpage for start and dismissal times. Whether it is an in-school or remote learning day for your child, they will follow the same schedule.
Grades 6 - 8
In-Person 2 Days/ Week 
Remote 3 Days/ Week 
The student population will be split into groups that will alternate between in-person instruction and remote instruction. Each group will have in-person instruction twice a week and remote instruction three days a week. All in-person instruction will only be in the morning.

Please visit your school's webpage for start and dismissal times. On in-person school days, your child's day will begin at school, they will travel home, and then the remainder of the day will be remote learning.
Grades 9 -12
In-Person 1 Day/ Week 
Remote 4 Days/ Week 
The student population will be split into groups that will allow for in-person instruction one day a week. Groups will have remote instruction on the remaining four days. All in-person instruction will only be in the morning.

Please visit your school's webpage for start and dismissal times. On in-person school days, your child's day will begin at school, they will travel home, and then the remainder of the day will be remote learning.

What Do Parents Need to Do?

Transportation

In anticipation of the hybrid education model starting on October 5, the Transportation Department will be sending home bussing information for all students who will receive transportation on the days they are physically in school. 

Click here to learn more about safe social distancing on the school bus.

 
Prepare for Remote Learning

Visit our Digital Tools & Resources page for help getting started with remote learning. Book virtual appointments for assistance, watch tutorials, read instructions, and more. 

SCSD will continue to provide computing devices to students in need and will be distributing hot spots to families without internet access to support 3 MB per month. Computing devices and hot spots will be made available for pickup from schools.

Do you need a device at home? Please contact your child's school to arrange a device pickup.

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Meal Service

Visit our Meal Pick-Up page for more information regarding meal service in school and Grab-&-Go options on remote days while following the hybrid model. 

Do you need meals delivered? Fill out this form to let us know.

 
Prepare for Going into Buildings
Mask / Face Coverings

Students in the Syracuse City School District are expected to wear a face covering. In the event that a student needs one, one will be provided from their teacher/school. Masks should always cover the nose and mouth. Masks should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove masks correctly by handling only the ear loops or ties and then folding outside corners together. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing, and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

All students who are physically able must wear a face covering or mask while on the school bus at all times as well.  

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Screening

All students, visitors (including parents/guardians) and staff must have their temperature taken and attest to a series of statements prior to entering a District building.

 
CoVideo Chats

The Office of Family Engagement hosts a live chat open to all families every Tuesday at 6 PM and Thursday at 12 PM noon. Topics have included things like SeeSaw & Canvas (5/19 &  5/21), grading (5/12 & 5/14), mental health (5/26 & 5/28), special education (5/5 & 5/7), reopening of schools (7/14, 7/16, 8/4, 8/6, 8/18 & 8/20), Pre-K, the Code of Conduct (7/28 & 7/30), registration (6/9 & 6/11), summer learning (7/7 & 7/9), and confronting racism (6/4). We hope you’ll join us! Look for topics and registration details on the SCSD Facebook page. 

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Health & Safety

Click here to learn about voluntary COVID-19 testing opportunities for students and staff.
Social Distancing
In School: Class sizes will be based on square footage of instructional rooms and ability to ensure social distancing. Students will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart in instructional rooms and in most cases have 10-12 desks per classroom.  All desks will have wellness guards to protect both the students and teachers.  Students should maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and others who do not live in their household and they should not congregate in locker rooms, hallways, bathrooms, cafeterias, libraries or other areas where people socialize.

On the Bus: Students will be seated with a distance of 6 feet apart except for siblings of the same household. Siblings will be allowed to sit 2 or 3 to a seat. Non-sibling students will be placed one student per seat directly against the bus window. Students with special needs or other disabilities will be accommodated with or without standard PPE. No student whether disabled, has a special need, or other will be denied.
Healthy Habits
Hand washing breaks for students and staff will be incorporated several times during the school day. Students should also wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing, going to the bathroom, and before eating food. Always avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Students should always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or use the inside of their elbow. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
The District follows guidelines by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for cleaning and disinfection and will be doing both daily. Custodians will provide spray bottles of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectant and paper towels to building staff members to clean up student spills and messes.  If warranted, buildings may be disinfected by custodial staff during non-occupied hours using electrostatic sprayers and/or fogging style applicators with an EPA approved disinfectant.

Custodial staff will be diligent about disinfecting high contact surfaces that could spread COVID-19. Buses will be disinfected after every AM & PM run ensuring high contact spots are wiped down completely. A highly disinfecting spray will be used to disinfect the buses once per month.
When Someone is Sick
If someone is identified by a building administrator or Human Resources as suspected of being ill or is confirmed to have COVID-19, the District will seek direction from the Onondaga County Health Department as well as the CDC’s reopening decision tool.  Custodians will disinfect in areas of the building where the person was present and sections of the building or the entire building may be closed for further disinfection or disinfected off hours depending on the circumstances.

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