• Coronavirus Response

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -- Revised 3/30/20

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    Will this extended closure impact Spring Recess?

    No. Spring Recess is still scheduled for April 9-17.

    Given the fact that school is now closed until at least April 19, will the District shift its instructional approach?

    If the District’s schools remain closed after April 19, the District will set the following expectations for: Elementary Schools (FECC/HES/OES):

    • Regular Classroom Teachers will provide a daily lesson (subject will vary) that will be shared with their students. The teachers will create lessons using tools such as Nearpod, Seesaw, Screencastify, etc. The teacher will communicate the specifics of platform and time with you directly. This will allow students and parents to access these learning opportunities at times convenient to them.
    • Regular Classroom Teachers will provide a daily opportunity to meet with their students utilizing Face-to-Face technology such as Zoom or Google Meet. They will use this time to check in with their students, answer questions and provide extra help when possible.  A parent is encouraged to be present for these opportunities, but the interaction will be limited to the teacher and students.  The teacher will share the timing for these sessions.
    • Special Area Teachers (Music, Art, Physical Education) will post lessons once per week.

    Secondary Schools (WMS/HHS):

    • Teachers will provide two lessons in a six day cycle that will be shared with their students. The teachers will create lessons using tools such as Nearpod, Screencastify, etc. The teacher will communicate the specifics of platform and time with you directly. This will allow students and parents to access these learning opportunities at times convenient to them.
    • Teachers will provide an opportunity once in a six day cycle to meet with their students utilizing Face-to-Face technology such as Zoom or Google Meet. They will use this time to check in with their students, answer questions and provide extra help when possible.  The teacher will share the exact timing for these sessions, but they are expected to take place during the time the class would meet if school was open.

    With a shift to more Teacher-Student interaction via online platforms, will everyone know how to access and use these new tools?

    In the near future, we will send information to help you better understand the technological tools we will use to enable these opportunities.  We recognize that there is a learning curve associated with this shift and stand ready to assist all involved.

    The 3rd Quarter ends on April 3 at Woodmere Middle School and Hewlett High School. How will grades be computed?

    Teachers will provide a quarterly grade for students considering any exams, projects, presentations, or other work completed prior to our school closure on Friday, March 13, 2020.   If students completed work remotely during the last two weeks, teachers can utilize those grades, if and only if it benefits the student’s 3rd Quarter average.  The grade listed on the report card for the 3rd Quarter will be determined by using the higher of the following two scores: the traditionally calculated average for the 3rd Quarter or an average of scores for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Quarters. 

    How will 4th Quarter grades be computed?

    Dependent upon the ultimate length of the closure, the District is prepared to utilize either a traditional approach or move to a Pass/Fail system for 4th Quarter averages. 

    If my child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), will he/she receive special education services?

    In recognition of the difficulty facing students with disabilities during this time, the District plans to provide direct special education services to the greatest extent practicable starting on April 2.  District staff will be in contact with parents regarding the schedule and method of services to be provided (Google Classroom/Meet, Zoom, etc.).  These supports are to assist students in maintaining their skills, working on IEP goals, and providing differentiation as appropriate.

    Does the District provide emergency childcare for the children of first responders and medical personnel?

    Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools has contracted with SCOPE Education Services to provide emergency childcare for the children of first responders and medical personnel.  For information on how to register, please access this LINK.

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -- Revised 3/19/20

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    Will the District provide meals for its students?
    NYSED Guidance, updated on March 17th, allows the District to serve breakfast and lunch to all students. Meals will be distributed at Hewlett High School each weekday between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Please enter the parking lot via the East Rockaway Road entrance, where you will be directed by security. 

    What should I do if my child does not have access to a personal computing device and/or have difficulty accessing Wi-Fi?
    The District has a limited supply of devices it can loan on a first come, first serve basis.  If your child does not have access to a District or personal device, or if you need directions on how to access free Wi-Fi, please visit Hewlett High School, Monday-Friday, March 16-20th from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Please enter through the East Rockaway Road entrance, where security will provide you with instructions for pick up. If you have additional questions, please contact akavanagh@hewlett-woodmere.net

    Why isn’t the District utilizing or mandating an online teaching platform?
    Our current approach to providing a continuity of instruction was intentionally prepared to allow staff and students the flexibility to communicate, do meaningful work, and provide supports to the greatest extent possible.  We were very careful not to ask our staff, students, or parents to learn how to utilize new tools as we transitioned to this new, remote learning environment.  There was also significant concern about family dynamics and the rigid scheduling of students and staff.  Many of our teachers are home with their own children, with a level of responsibility for their instruction, in addition to their responsibilities they have for their Hewlett-Woodmere students.  We also have concerns about students having excessive screen time.  We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our plan, and will make adjustments as the current crisis evolves. 

    Will NYSED still administer Regents Exams and tests for students in Grades 3-8?

    We have been informed that the state is currently considering a number of options, including seeking a waiver to exempt New York from federally mandated assessments (i.e. 3-8 testing).  To stay current on state decision making, you can visit their webpage dedicated to the Coronavirus: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/schoolhealth/schoolhealthservices/coronavirus.html

    Will Advanced Placement (AP) students still be expected to take AP tests?

    The College Board has created a webpage that provides updates related to the AP Program for Schools impacted by the Coronavirus.  It can be found here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update

    How can I get updates about upcoming SAT/ACT Administrations?

    The College Board and ACT have created webpages that provide updates related to SAT/ACT Administrations for schools impacted by the Coronavirus.  They can be found here:

    SAT:    https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters

    ACT:    https://www.act.org/

    Will this extended closure impact Spring Recess?

    Spring Recess is still scheduled for April 9-17th, but subject to change with Gubernatorial and/or County Executive orders.

    If my child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), will he/she receive related services?

    While direct services will not be provided during this closure, your child’s service provider(s) will share materials with you to ensure your child is able to engage in meaningful work that will allow for reinforcement and maintenance of previously taught skills.  You are encouraged to work with your child to provide as much consistency and stability as possible. 

    Will CSE & 504 meetings take place during the extended school closure?

    Regarding the schedule of annual reviews, reevaluations, and initial eligibility determinations, the District will be rescheduling all meetings scheduled from Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18th and will proceed with remote meetings as scheduled starting on Thursday, March 19th.  The meeting chair and/or clerical staff will be in contact with you via phone and email to confirm your contact information and share the necessary meeting details with you.  If you prefer that your child’s meeting be postponed until school is reopened and can be conducted in person, please contact the Special Education office at 516.792.4804.

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

    What has the District done to prepare for the potential spread of the Coronavirus?
    Our District-Wide School Safety Plan includes a Pandemic Response Plan that addresses the four phases of emergency management (Prevention/Mitigation; Preparedness; Response; Recovery).  This plan has been operationalized, and we are following it with fidelity.

    Are schools required to close if any students or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19?
    When a school initially has a student or staff who tests positive, the entire school will close for 24 hours while the local department of health investigates and sets forth a plan for any further precautionary measures that the school must take to contain exposure, which may result in additional closure. During this time, the entire school building shall be disinfected in accordance with guidelines from NYS DOH with approved cleaners. Additional closure beyond the 24 hours is a decision that will be made on a case-by-case basis by the local department of health.

    How long may a school be closed if a staff member or student is diagnosed with COVID-19?

    If a student or staff member attended school prior to being confirmed as COVID-19 case, local health officials will require an immediate 24 hour closure to disinfect the entire school building, while local health officials begin an investigation to determine contacts the positive case had, and set forth a plan for the containment strategy, including appropriate length of closure for the school.

    If there is an extended school closure (longer than 3 days), and work is expected to be shared online, what should I do if I do not have access to a computing device or internet service at home?
    The District has Chromebooks available for loan.  We are also in the process of purchasing a number of filtered mobile hotspot devices to provide students with a safe, simple wireless connection to the Internet. Please call the Instructional Technology Department at 792-4892 or email akavanagh@hewlett-woodmere.net for more information.

    In the event of an extended school closure, will my child be expected to submit work online?
    This is very likely, but will be dependent on the grade level and teacher.  Expectations will be set by each teacher, and they will be conveyed to the parents of each student.  Students who experience difficulty submitting work electronically will not be penalized, and they will have the opportunity to return work once school reopens.

    If there is an announcement of an extended school closure, when can students expect to receive assignments?
    It is expected that all teachers will begin providing students with assignments and due dates by the end of the first day their school is closed.

    How will teachers share information about classwork and assignments?
    Elementary teachers (grades P-5) will communicate with parents via email, or their established communication platform (i.e. Seesaw, Google Classroom), in order to share instructional materials, assignments, and/or submittal directions.

    Secondary teachers (grades 6-12) will communicate via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal where teachers will outline the process for accessing instructional materials, completing assignments, and submitting work. 

    If a high school student is absent due to illness during this outbreak, will they be in danger of being denied credit due to the Attendance Policy?
    No. The policy affords protections to students via an appeals process where a request for an appeal shall be made in writing to the building principal and shall include a written statement describing the basis for the appeal.

    How will I be updated about the outbreak, and its impact on our schools?
    The District will continue to keep you informed via our website and email.  Here is the link to the information we are providing via our website:

    ·         https://www.hewlett-woodmere.net/Page/11406

     

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