Q & A

1. Instructional Overview

What instructional options is HF-L providing this fall?

  1. HF-L will offer in-school instruction every day for grades K-6 students;

  2. Students in grades 7-12 will learn every day using a hybrid model. Under the hybrid model, 50% of the students will attend school in person for one week and 50% will attend their classes remotely.The next week students will switch. Those students who were learning at home will attend school in-person and the other students will learn remotely.

  3. Parents may also choose to have their students learn remotely at all times and not come to the HF-L campus.

May students still be educated by Home Schooling?Yes, as in previous years, homeschooling continues to be an option for parents.However, this choice is governed by different regulations, students are not enrolled at HF-L, and parents are responsible for instruction.  https://www.hflcsd.org/parent_community_resources/home_schooling

2. Parent Choices and Decisions

  1. As parents, what decisions do we need to make? Parents will be asked in an upcoming survey what learning model they choose for their children. HF-L is asking parents to make their selection for the first 20 weeks of school.

  2. Do I need to make a decision about school busing?  Yes.  Parents whose students will be attending school in person are asked to decide if their children will need transportation or if parents plan to drive their children to school.

3. Cougar Care

  1. Will Cougar Care be available?Cougar Care will be available to students at Lima Primary for those attending Lima and at Manor Elementary for those who attend Manor.  Transportation will not be available from Manor to Lima Primary or from Lima Primary to Manor in order to reduce capacity on buses and to maintain cohorts

  2. How do I register for Cougar Care?  Registration for Cougar Care will be open soon. Register by this link: https://www.hflcsd.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=18408459&pageId=21341588

  3. Will the same safety protocols be in place? Cougar Care will be following the same safety protocols that are in place during the school day as well as the additional guidance directed by the NYSDOH for child care.

  4. Will enrichment classes be offered through Community Programs? Community Programs will limit person to person contact by offering remote learning options.  Currently, online classes continue to be offered.  Fall classes will begin the first week of October.  When facilities open to the public, in person enrichment opportunities will be offered by following the District’s health and safety guidelines.   To see what classes are available please check  https://www.hflcsd.org/parent_community_resources/community_programs

4. Health and Safety

  1. Are students and staff required to wear masks? Yes, all students are required to wear masks on the bus and when in school. However, if social distancing and/or barriers permit, a teacher will have discretion to allow masks to be removed in the classroom.

  2. Are daily health screenings part of HF-L’s re-opening? Yes, all employees and students will need to check their temperature and answer the basic health screening questions required by the Department of Health. Parents and employees will affirm that the screening has been completed using a software application or paper form.

  3. How will the school promote healthy hand hygiene?  The school is ensuring every sink has the supplies for safe hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations are being installed in every classroom, entrance, and common space. In addition, the air-hand-dryers are being disabled and paper towel dispensers installed in every restroom.

  4. Will surfaces be cleaned and disinfected? Yes, the HF-L Facilities department will use EPA approved disinfectants to clean every desk and classroom daily. High touch point surfaces will be cleaned continuously though out the day, as well.

  5. What happens to a class, grade level or building if a student/teacher tests positive? Is the entire class or building quarantined?  When a student or staff member has tested positive, we will immediately work with the Monroe County Department of Health and our medical director. Under its guidance, individuals and/or groups may be asked to quarantine. As we cohort students and closely monitor student/staff pathways throughout the building, we will work to notify the health department of who may have been in contact with that person(s) and follow its lead. HFL CSD will follow Monroe County DOH guidance in communicating details to staff/families.

  6. How many people in a building have to test positive before a building is shut down?  We will monitor illness and symptoms closely. In addition to monitoring symptoms and positive cases, we will seek guidance from the Monroe County DOH to determine if and when a building needs to be shut down.

  7. How many people have to test positive before the district shuts down?We will monitor illness and symptoms closely. In addition to monitoring symptoms and positive cases, we will seek guidance from the Monroe County DOH to determine if and when the district needs to be shut down.

  8. How will families be notified if a student/teacher tests positive?We will keep student and staff health information confidential. When there is a positive COVID-19 case of a student or staff member, we will follow state guidance and work collaboratively with the Monroe County DOH to notify those who may have come in contact. This will support contact tracing and notification of next steps for quarantining.

  9. Will you be able to tell us the class or building where someone has tested positive? No. We must keep health information private and confidential. Under the guidance of the Monroe County DOH and our medical director, we will notify our staff and families if someone has tested positive but will not share a person’s name and other confidential personal information.

  10. If a student or teacher’s family member tests positive, will that person be required by the district to report it and will they have to stay home? If there is a member in the household that has tested positive for COVID-19, HFL CSD requires student/staff members to stay home and contact their physician and the Monroe County DOH. The DOH will direct the person and district when it is safe for the person to return to school.

  11. Is there a contact tracing system in place?All visitors are required to sign in and be screened. By keeping track of where people are in the building, including knowing students’ schedules and the pathways they travel in buildings, we will be able to assist in contact tracing in conjunction with the Monroe County DOH.

  12. Will the buildings be increasing air ventilation? In the NYS Education Department Re-Opening Guidance, it was recommended: "Schools should also continue to meet or exceed ventilation requirements and may wish to consult with design professionals to increase ventilation and filtration". HF-L has consulted with our HVAC engineers (M&E Engineering) and HVAC control company (Day Automation) and will be following their recommendations by:

  • Ventilating each room at or above the designed minimum outdoor air requirement for each piece of mechanical equipment.

  • Increasing the number of hours the equipment runs in the occupied, ventilating state.

  • Deactivating energy conservation routines which reduce the amount of outdoor ventilation (also known as demand control ventilation strategies)

  • Filtering units with the highest level Merv rating filters available for each unit.In most cases that is at least a Merv-11 or greater filter.

New as of 8/12/20 regarding face masksAs per the recommendation of the District’s Medical Director, school staff will afford face-covering breaks to students who desire them at appropriate times and throughout the school day. Each break will last for a ten-minute interval and will occur as long as students are in their assigned cohorts/classes, and are separated from other people by either 6 feet or a physical barrier. Parents may direct their children to decline to take these breaks and notify the teacher(PK-5)/counselor(6-12) in advance of their wishes. Teachers will be instructed to use care not to single out any student who opts to leave a mask on during face-covering breaks.

5. Instructional Plans and Learning

Lima Primary School

  1. Will my child be required to wear a mask all day?The New York State Department of Health has mandated that all students and adults are required to wear a mask, unless they have a medical or mental health exemption, in which case we will make accommodations for them.Teachers will provide mask breaks throughout the day and students will remove masks for snack and lunch. Masks breaks are determined by the teacher and must follow social distancing protocols.

  2. How will arrival and dismissal work at Lima? Whether students ride the bus or are driven to school by a family member, a staggered system will be in place. Our school day begins at 8:30. Buses will be unloaded as they arrive between 8:30 and 8:45. We will communicate drop off windows for parents once we have final numbers of families driving students to school. Parent pick up at the end of the day will begin at 2:45. A pick up window will be communicated prior to the start of the year based on final numbers. Buses will be loaded in a staggered fashion as well with the goal of all students being dismissed by 3:10. More specific information on these procedures will be sent to Lima parents before the start of the school year. 

  3. What will a classroom at Lima look like? All of our classrooms will meet the safety guidelines required by the NY State Education Department. These guidelines include social distancing/barriers, and mask use. We have added additional teachers at the grade level to reduce class size. We have planned for every student returning for in-person (about 16 students in a class), but will not be able to determine final class size until we have final enrollment from families. Our classrooms at Lima have tables. We are installing barriers for each table and reducing the number of students that will sit at each table. For example, our flower shaped tables can seat up to 6-students, but we are reducing the number of students to 4, with dividers.

  4. What will a day look like for a student at Lima? Lima students will begin their day in the classroom and remain there for lunch, specials and instruction. Teachers are encouraged to use our outdoor space for walking breaks, recess, or when appropriate for instruction. Physical education will continue to occur three times per week either in the gym with proper social distancing, classroom, or outside. Art of music will be provided twice per week, for ten weeks, alternating every ten weeks so that students will have both specials two different times of the year. Library class will take place in students' classrooms once per week. Students will be dismissed by bus from their classroom.

  5. What will remote learning look like for elementary students? Grades K-5 will follow an established modified schedule during school hours for online learning at home. Learning will be synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous learning will include class meetings, direct instruction in either whole, small group, or 1:1. Asynchronous learning will include opportunities to independently practice skills. Teachers will communicate the schedule (synchronous vs. asynchronous sessions) to students and families prior to the start of each week. Seesaw will be used for student engagement and communication with students and families in grades K-2 and an iPad will be provided to each student. There is a sample schedule found on page 27 of the reopening plan posted on the District website.

  6. For remote learning, are students required to be online every day? Will there be packets sent home? Students and teachers are required to have contact every day according to the guidance. There will be a set schedule (found on page 27 of the reopening plan posed on the District website). Teachers will communicate with families the schedule for synchronous sessions prior tot he start of each week. It has not been determined yet, if he synchronous sessions will be recorded. There may be supplemental materials sent home,such as journals and workbooks that students would have access to in the classroom setting as well.

  7. If we choose to begin the school year in person, but realize it is not working for us, are we able to pull back to remote learning without waiting until the semester is complete? The District is asking for a commitment for the first semester (20-weeks). With that being said, if you begin in-person learning and then do not feel comfortable or the infection rate changes, you will be able to move to remote learning. However, we are not allowing students to go back and forth between in-person and remote. Once you are on remote learning, you will need to commit to that for the semester.

  8. Will there be teachers who are only providing instruction virtually, or will their class include students who are attending school in-person and students who are attending virtually? This will be determined based on final enrollment. Our goal is to have student placement decisions to you for in-person or remote learning by August 21.

  9. How much time will kindergarten students spend on devices in the classroom? Kindergarten students have always had access to iPads in the classroom. New this year, they will be issued their own device, similar to grades 1-12. This is mainly to support online learning, should we need to go fully remote at any point during the year. With that said, classroom teachers have used iPads in the classroom to reinforce skills taught. Students are able to read books using the RAZ-Kids app or practice math skills using various apps. Students will not be on an iPad all day long. It is a tool to complement classroom instruction.

  10. Will there be a meet and greet? Kindergarten meet and greet will occur September 8 & 9. This event will need to look different. More information will be provided when student placement is determined. We are trying to determine when and how to provide this opportunity for 1st grade, given the situation. If we do move forward with this event, it will need to look different. Our decision and plan will be available when student placement is determined.

 

Manor Elementary School

  1. How will arrival and dismissal work at Manor? Whether students ride the bus or are driven to school by a family member, a staggered system will be in place.  Our school day begins at 8:30.  Buses will be unloaded as they arrive between 8:30 and 8:45.  We ask parents of students with last names A-L to drop off children at 8:30 and those whose last names begin with M-Z to drop off at 8:38 to keep traffic fluid and efficient while promoting a safe arrival.  Classes end at 2:55 this year.  Therefore, we are asking parents to arrive no earlier than 2:55 to pick up their child.  Families A-L are asked to pick up between 2:55-3:03, and M-Z, 3:03-3:10.  Buses will be loaded in a staggered fashion as well with the goal of all students dismissed by 3:15. More specific information on these procedures will be sent to Manor parents directly and posted on our website.

  2. What will our student schedule look like?  Manor students will begin their day in the classroom and remain there for lunch, specials and instruction. Teachers are encouraged to use our outdoor space for walking breaks, traveling or when appropriate for instruction. Physical education will continue to occur three times a week either in the gym with proper distancing, or outside. Art or music will be provided twice per week, for ten weeks, alternating every ten weeks. so that students will have both specials two different times of the year. Library class will take place in students' home base classroom one per week. We will not be providing technology classes at this time. Both band and chorus have been postponed until NYS guidelines allow them to safely resume. Band lessons will continue, yet may be less frequent as they will be taught on a one to one bases, rather than small group.

  3. How will our classrooms be set up? All of our classrooms will meet  the safety guidelines set forth by the NY State Education Department. These guidelines include social distancing/barriers, and mask use.  We have added additional teachers at the grade level to reduce class size.  When planning for every student to return in person, classes will have approximately,  16-18 students, however, final class size until we have final enrollment from families. Our classrooms at Manor have tables.  We are installing barriers for each table and reducing the number of students that will sit at each table.  For example, our flower shaped tables can seat up to 6 students, but we are reducing the number of students to 4 with dividers.

  4. Will my child be required to wear a mask all day? The New York State Department of Health has mandated that all students and adults are required to wear a mask, unless they have a medical or mental health exemption, in which case we will make accommodations for them.  Teachers will provide mask breaks throughout the day and students will remove masks for snack and lunch.  Masks breaks are determined by the teacher and must follow social distancing protocols.

  5. What will remote learning look like for elementary students?  Grades K-5 will follow an established modified schedule during school hours for online learning at home.  Learning will be synchronous and asynchronous.  Synchronous learning will include class meetings, direct instruction in either whole, small group, or 1:1.  Asynchronous learning will include opportunities to practice skills independently.  Teachers will communicate the schedule (synchronous vs. asynchronous sessions) to students and families prior to the start of each week.  Seesaw will be used for student engagement and communication with students and families in grades K-2 and an iPad will be provided to each student.  Students in grades 3-5 will be issued a laptop and use Schoology as their learning management tool. There is a sample schedule found on page 27 of the reopening plan posted on the District website. 

  6. For remote learning, are students required to be online every day?  Will there be packets sent home?  Students and teachers are required to have contact every day according to the guidance.  There will be a set schedule (found on page 27 of the reopening plan posted on the District website) that is designed to provide consistency for K-5 students.  Teachers will communicate with families the schedule for synchronous sessions prior to the start of each week.  It has not been determined yet, if the synchronous sessions will be recorded.  There may be supplemental materials sent home, such as journals and workbooks that students would have access to in the classroom setting as well. 

  7. If we choose to begin the school year in-person, but realize it is not working for us, are we able to pull back to remote learning without waiting until the semester is complete?   The District is asking for a commitment for the first semester (20 weeks).  If you begin in-person learning and then do not feel comfortable or the infection rate changes, you will be able to move to remote learning.  However, we are not allowing students to go back and forth between in person and remote.  Once you are on remote learning, you will need to commit to that for the semester.

  8. Will there be teachers who are only providing instruction virtually, or will their class include students who are attending school in-person and students who are attending virtually?  This will be determined based on final enrollment.  Our goal is to have student placement decisions to you for in person or remote learning by August 21.

  9. Will there be a meet and greet?  At this time, we are trying to determine when and how to provide this opportunity given the situation.  If we do move forward with this event, it will need to look different.  Our decision and plan will be available when student placement is determined.

Middle School

  1. How will arrival and dismissal work at Middle School? Students who ride the bus will be dropped off in the front bus loop between 7:20 and 7:35 am.  Students will enter the school building by the main entrance or by the front entrance near the auditorium.  Students should not be dropped off prior to 7:20 am as they will not be allowed to enter the building until that time. Students who are being driven to school by parents should be dropped off in the South parking lot. 

    Please note:  Our district has changed the entrance and exit signs for this lot.  Parents will now enter the parking lot using the driveway closest to the bus garage. They will follow a path along the outside perimeter of the lot and will drop off students at Door #6 (by the gym).  They will exit the lot via the driveway closest to the school building.  This new flow will allow for less back up of cars on Quaker Meeting House Road waiting to enter the parking lot.

    All students entering the building must report directly to their assigned homeroom.  If a student wishes to purchase breakfast, they may do so in the cafeteria, but they must bring it to their homeroom. 

    At dismissal, (2:05-2:20 pm) students will remain in their last class of the day until dismissed by their bus number over the PA system.  Approximately 1/3 of the students will exit at a time.  This will reduce the likelihood that students will come in contact with one another as they exit the building. Students will not be allowed to congregate in large open areas of the building as they typically do during arrival or dismissal.

  2. What will our student schedule look like? In an effort to reduce the number of times per day that students will move from class to class and to reduce the number of times that students learning at home would need to log into Zoom sessions, the Middle School will be converting its traditional 8 set day into a block schedule. In a block schedule, students experience all classes assigned in a traditional 8 set day but they are now stretched out over two school days.  Instead of participating in 40-minute classes every day, they will now participate in 80-minute classes every other day.

    Students in grade 6 will attend school every day in smaller “pods” of approximately 13 students per room.  Students will spend most of their school day in that pod, including eating their lunch.  During some sets of the day, sixth graders will be escorted by teachers to different rooms to participate in specials.  In this model, students will participate in all classes, including specials, every other day.

    Students in grades 7 and 8 will attend classes in person every other week.  The students who remain home for their off weeks will still be expected to participate in classes via Zoom at the same time as their peers.  Instruction will be delivered simultaneously for students in school and at home.  Students will need to follow their assigned schedule (to be distributed during the last week of August.)  It will be critical for students to keep their school assigned laptops charged and in good working order to successfully access and participate in daily instruction.  In this model, core area classes will meet every other day and special area classes will meet every 4th day.  Lastly, students in grades 7 and 8 will eat in rotations that will limit the maximum capacity of the cafeteria to 50 students or less eating lunch at one time.  Barriers will be used on our octagon tables.  This will allow 4 students to sit at one table at a time when eating.

    The calendar that identifies the 4-day (A1, A2, B1, B2) rotation will be sent home to families with team placement letters on August 21st.  That calendar will indicate which weeks certain students in grade 7 and 8 are attending school in person and which weeks they will remain learning at home.  The alphabet will be divided to schedule approximately 50% of student in grades 7 and 8 for that weekly rotation.  The Middle School will split students into two groups based upon our school colors: black and gold.  To help families keep track of these weeks, we will coordinate with the high school so that siblings can attend school in person following the same rotation.

  3. How will our classrooms be set up?  All classrooms will meet the safety guidelines set forth by the NY State Education Department.  These guidelines include proper social distancing, use of barriers, and wearing of masks.   By spacing grade 6 students into smaller pods and by only allowing half of grade 7 and 8 to attend every other week, most classrooms will seat between 12-15 students.  Desks and tables will be arranged to keep students 6 feet apart from peers and 10 feet from teachers.  In some cases, barriers may be provided to provide additional protection.

  4. Will my child be required to wear a mask all day?   The New York State Department of Health has mandated that all students and adults are required to wear a mask, unless they have a medical or mental health exemption, in which case we will make accommodations for them.  Teachers will provide mask breaks throughout the day and students will remove masks for snack and lunch.  Masks breaks are determined by the teacher and must follow social distancing protocols.

  5. What will remote learning look like for Middle School students? 
    Students and teachers are required to have contact every day according to the guidance.  Students will be expected to “attend” school via Zoom and participate in lessons as they are being delivered live.  Our district has invested in technology that will allow students in classrooms and at home to hear and speak to one another as if all were in attendance.  Students at home should wear their earbuds and use their microphones to participate in classes.
    Some hard copies of materials will be distributed to students for to work on at home.

  6. If we choose to begin the school year in-person, but realize it is not working for us, are we able to pull back to remote learning without waiting until the semester is complete?   The District is asking for a commitment for the first semester (20 weeks).  With that being said, if you begin in-person learning and then do not feel comfortable or the infection rate changes, you will be able to move to remote learning.  However, we are not allowing students to go back and forth between in person and remote.  Once you are on remote learning, you will need to commit to that for the semester.

  7. Will there be a meet and greet for grade 6?   At this time, we are trying to determine when and how to provide this opportunity given the situation.  If we do move forward with this event, it will need to look different.  Our decision and plan will be available when student placement is determined.

 

High School

  1. What will the High School Schedule be? For the start of this academic school year, students will be participating in our hybrid model and they will follow their typical schedule, inclusive of elective offerings.  What hybrid means is, one week 50% of our students will be attending in person while the other half will be attending virtually, at home.

  2. How are the two High School Teams determined?These two groups will be identified as Black team (A-L) and the Gold team (M-Z).  However, some students, due to special circumstances, will attend daily.

  3. Will my child be required to wear a mask?In accordance to New York State safety guidelines, classrooms will be set up to maximize student health and safety with the use of barriers and implementation of socially distant desks.  It is expected that students and adults will wear masks whenever traveling from one location to another or when they are not able to be six feet apart.  In addition, to minimize students from congregating in the hallways, lockers will not be assigned.  Furthermore, narrow hallways and stairwells will be assigned one way traffic patterns to continue to maximize student safety.While in the classroom, teachers will provide mask breaks throughout the day.  Masks breaks are determined by the teacher and must follow social distancing protocols.

  4. What are the hours of operation for the High School?  The hours of operation will be every weekday from 7:15-2:15. Because there are no before or after school activities students are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 7:15 and to return home at the end of the school day to minimize social gathering.

  5. When does the first class start?  7:30 A.M.

  6. When does the last class end?  2:00 P.M.

  7. When is new student orientation?  The High School will continue with its Link Crew Program.  The purpose of which is to help new students feel more comfortable, as well as help them achieve success, in their first year of high school. This year, on September 1st, new students and Link Leaders will take part in their first day activities remotely.

  8. When is the first day of school?  Classes will begin on Tuesday, September 8th.  On that day, all students should report to their first period classes by 7:30 a.m., this includes students attending remotely and in person.  Students will follow their Monday schedules for the first day of school. The remainder of the week will follow Wednesday-Friday schedules. 

6. Special Education

  1. If my student has an IEP or 504 plan, does that mean they can attend school every day?  Not necessarily.  All students K-6 will be attending daily but for students in grades 7-12, a hybrid model will be utilized for all students.  There will be an exception for some of our most unique learners or for those who attend special programming but otherwise, all students will follow the same hybrid model 7-12.  Parents of students with special circumstances have already been notified.

  2. If I chose for my child to stay home for remote learning, or if my child is on the hybrid model, will they still be able to get their related services while learning at home?  Yes.  The district will follow your child’s IEP services to the best of our ability even through remote learning.  Video and teleconferencing will be the primary method for related service staff to provide services to children learning at home.  This will be supplemented with activities families can do at home to practices skills.

  3. If my child has an IEP or 504 plan and is on the hybrid model, will they be able to come in to meet with a teacher or support staff before or after school on weeks they are at home?  No.  In order to maintain student and staff safety and to allow for easy contact tracing should it be needed, students will not be allowed in the building before or after school hours.  Teachers and staff will continue to work with students regularly through remote methods during the weeks your child is learning from home.

  4. Will you still hold regular CSE meetings and follow federally mandated timelines?  Yes.  We are still responsible for following Federal and State guidelines for special education and will do so in various ways.   To reduce the number of visitors in the buildings, we may continue to hold CSE meetings through video or teleconferencing.  However, should we meet in person, social distancing protocols will be utilized to maintain safety. 

7. Student Services and Social Emotional Supports

  1. How will you be addressing my child’s social/emotional needs since school will be different?  HF-L recognizes and understands that students, staff and families will have differing feelings on how school will be re-opening.  Therefore, the social emotional well -being of students and staff is a top priority for us. The District has created a Social-Emotional re-opening plan that includes activities and strategies for the first few days of school to help students understand their feelings around things that may be different and to help foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all. The re-opening plan also includes ongoing strategies and activities that will continue throughout the school year to help maintain student and staff social and emotional health.

  2. How will my child remain connected to the school while learning from home in the hybrid model?  Even when learning from home, students will be expected to participate in their regularly scheduled classes. Teachers will be providing students a daily check- in to see how they are feeling about the changes in school and will be trained to recognize signs of emotional trouble and how to support students feeling distressed. Teachers will also be trained on how to successfully include students learning from home into the class.

  3. What happens if my child who is in 7-12 grade and is on a hybrid model, is not in class with any of their friends due to the alpha-split of classes?  We recognize it may be hard for students to not be in classes with some of their friends. To help with this, staff will be providing opportunities in each class for students to get to know each other better, to work with their friends who may be participating from home and to interact with each other during unstructured times such as lunch.

8. Transportation

  1. Are the bus drivers going to be tested? No. It is strongly recommended that schools comply with CDC guidance and not conduct COVID-19 testing or require testing or antibody testing, of students or staff members. The decision of whether a test needs to be conducted should be determined by a healthcare provider, or the local department of health.

  2. Will my child have to wear a face mask while on the bus? Yes. Students must wear a mask on a school bus if they are physically able. Students who do not have a mask cannot be denied transportation and will be provided a mask by the transportation department (bus driver). Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering, including students where such covering would impair their physical or mental health, are not subject to the required use of a face covering. In such a situation, the seating will have to be arranged so the student without a mask is socially distanced from other students.

  3. Will my child have an assigned seat on the bus? Yes. Seats will be assigned in a strategic fashion to ensure social distancing to every extent possible on the school bus. The seats will be assigned prior to the start of school, and the seat number will be entered on your child’s School Tool page under the “Transportation” tab. Seat assignments issues and concerns will be addressed and mitigated after school is underway.

  4. Will the bus be cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis? Yes. Cleaning is the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfection is a process that uses chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. Buses will have high contact spots wiped down between and after each am and pm run and disinfected at least daily.  The transportation staff will utilize the same products as used in the cleaning and disinfecting of our school buildings.

  5. Is there a way the enhance ventilation in a school bus? Yes. While the ventilation system in a school bus is not nearly as sophisticated as the ventilation system found in the school buildings, the movement of air through the vehicle can be manipulated somewhat. Weather permitting, buses will be operated with windows open, auxiliary fans on, and roof hatches open to promote increased ventilation. Rain, snow and temperatures below 50 degrees will impact our ability to deploy this enhanced ventilation, while maintaining a safety for the driver and a comfortable passenger compartment.

9. Meals and Food Service

  1. Will the District continue to provide breakfasts and lunches in accordance with the National School Lunch Program?Yes. Whether students are in session in the school buildings, or at home with distance learning, students will select meal choices with an online ordering system.

  2. How will students will receive their meals?

    1. Students in Grades K-6 will have their meals delivered to their classrooms.
    2. Students in Grades 7-12 will travel to the cafeteria, pick up their meals, and eat in the cafeteria using social distancing and/or barriers.
    3. Students who are learning at home will still order their meals using the online ordering system. 

    Meals will be available for pick-up at designated times and locations. However, if a family cannot pick up their meals due to a hardship, the district will deliver meals to a student’s home.

  3. My child has food allergies. How will the District address this? Students with food allergies will have their trays checked by the cafeteria staff as they go through the tray line to ensure that they do not take or receive a food product with an allergen in it. If a student orders their meal online, the cafeteria staff will ensure that no food with the allergen will be given to the student. When students eat in their classroom, teachers and staff will be trained in cleaning and allergy prevention procedures.

10. Extra-Curricular Activities

 

  1. Will athletics and sports be allowed?
    At this time, the governor has not given clearance for athletics and extra-curricular activities to begin. The priority remains to open schools for in person instruction first. We will continue to monitor the guidance from NYSED, the NYS Department of Health, and the NYSPHSAA to implement these programs as soon as allowed.

  2. Will HF-L offer any extra class actives or clubs?
    Principals will work with teachers and staff to determine which activities and clubs might be run in a virtual setting and still provide engagement and connection to our students.

11. Technology and Computers

  1. Will all student be assigned a school owned device?  Yes. All students, grades K-12 will have an assigned device to take to and from school.  (K-2 Apple iPad) (3-12 Lenovo Thinkpad)

  2. When will my student receive their device? The District is planning pick-up dates prior to the first day of school for Middle and High School.  These building principals will communicate specific dates very soon. Lima and Manor students will receive devices on the first days of school.

  3. Is there a cost associated with taking devised home?  The district will purchase devices and all required software. Families will be offered an opportunity to purchase a $10 device protection plan to offset unanticipated costs due to damage, loss or theft of the device.  For more information on the device protection plan please visit: https://www.hflcsd.org/departments/technology_services/11_device

  4. What if my student’s computer is not working?  Elementary students should notify their classroom teacher.  Middle and High School students may visit their building technology offices. If the student is at home: Families may contact the District Technology Office at technologyservices@hflcsd.org or call 585-624-7014.

  5. What happens if a device is damaged, lost or stolen? Students should report any damage or operating malfunction to their teacher or building tech representative. If a device is out of service for repair, the student will be issued a loaner device. Loss or theft of a device should also be reported to the Building Tech representative or Building Principal and the replacement/repair cost will be assessed by the Technology Department.

  6. What If I do not have internet access at home?  Please contact your building principal.

12. Other Questions

  1. Who is our school’s best point-person as we get closer to the school year? Families should contact their building principals.

  2. My children in Grades 7 -12 have different last names. It’d be easier if they attended school on the same days.  Is this possible?  Yes. We will work with families to make sure that all students in the same household attend in-person instruction following the same grouping structures. Some of our Students with Disabilities and those attending EMCC may attend in-person instruction with a slightly different schedule than other members of the family. Please work with your building principal regarding any unique needs. We cannot move unrelated students to be with friend groups, as we need to preserve section size in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. How will emergency-drills/security work with social distancing and mask wearing? The district will continue to follow NYS regulations on emergency drills but will do so following health and safety/social distance guidelines.

The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, employment, and admissions; and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: David Leahy, Compliance Officer/Coordinator, at: Email - David.Leahy@hflcsd.org, Telephone - (585) 624-7181, Address - 20 Church Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. Inquiries concerning the application of the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District non-discrimination policies may also be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), 32 Old Slip, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Telephone (646) 428-3800 (voice) or (800) 877-8339 (TTY).

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