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School Reopening PlanThe Nelson Mandela /Dr. Hosea ZollicofferSchoolMOUNT VERNON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT’SSCHOOL REOPENING PLANJULY 31,2020

BOARD OF EDUCATIONPresident – Darcy MillerVice President – Adriane SaundersBrenda L. CrumpMicha J.B. McOwenWarren MitchellMelissa Munoz PattersonJeffrey ReddCynthia TurnquestWanda WhiteStudent Representative – Efua AmpomahADMINISTRATIONBUILDINGStudent Representative Mount VernonCity School District165 N. Columbus AvenueMount Vernon, New York, 10552(914) 665-5226https://www.mtvernoncsd.orgDr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, Superintendent of SchoolsDr. Jeff C. Gorman, Deputy SuperintendentKen Silver, Assistant Superintendent for BusinessDr. Waveline Bennett Conroy, Assistant Superintendent of School ImprovementMarci Tiggs, Associate Superintendent of Human ResourcesDr. Veronica Smith, Associate Superintendent of Student Services & GuidanceCliff Christophe, Esq., Counsel to the Board of EducationMichael Pelliccio, Director of Grounds & FacilitiesDr. Felicia Gaon, Director of Special EducationRachel DePaul, Assistant Director of Special Education

Cecil H. Parker School461 South 6th AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 665-5040 p (914) 665-5353 fPrincipal: Jacqueline GreenColumbus School455 North High StreetMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 358-2700 p (914) 665-0481 fPrincipal: Dr. Colleen Seivright-CrawfordEdward Williams School9 Union LaneMount Vernon, NY 10553(914) 665-5070 pPrincipal: Dr. Crystal WatermanGraham School421 East 5th StreetMount Vernon, NY 10553(914) 358-2800Principal: Dr. Natasha Hunter-McGregorGrimes School58 South 10th AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 665-5020Principal: Marc MolinaHamilton School20 Oak StreetMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 665-5050Principal: Jennifer WesolowskiLincoln School170 East Lincoln AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10552(914) 665-5030 p (914) 665-5387 fPrincipal: Rebecca Jones

The Nelson Mandela / Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School260 Gramatan AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10553(914) 665-5090 pPrincipal: Michael VicarioRebecca Turner Elementary School625 South 4th AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 665-5100 pPrincipal: Jamal DoggettPennington School20 Fair wayMount Vernon, NY 10552(914) 665-5105 pPrincipal: Alan GonzalezTraphagen School72 Lexington AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10552(914) 665-5060 p (914) 665-5062 fPrincipal: Carol Quinones-SmithHolmes School195 North Columbus AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10553(914) 665-5110 p (914) 665-5116 fPrincipal: Danielle MarrowMount Vernon STEAM Academy350 Gramatan AveMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 665-5120 pPrincipal: Sharon BradleyBenjamin Turner Middle School624 South 3rd AvenueMount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 665-5150Principal: Dr. Pauline Pearce

Mount Vernon High School100 California RoadMount Vernon, NY 10552(914) 665-5300 p (914) 665-5281 fPrincipal: Ronald GonzalezDenzel Washington School of the Arts at The Nellie ThorntonCampus121 South 6th Avenue (2nd Street)Mount Vernon, NY 10550(914) 358-2740Principal: Dr. Evelyn Collins

Table of ContentsCecil H. Parker School3Columbus School3Edward Williams School3Graham School3Grimes School3Hamilton School3Lincoln School3The Nelson Mandela / Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School4Rebecca Turner Elementary School4Pennington School4Traphagen School4Holmes School4Mount Vernon STEAM Academy4Benjamin Turner Middle School4Mount Vernon High School5Denzel Washington School of the Arts at The Nellie Thornton Campus51.0 Plan Overview21.01 Overview21.02 Phases (“Steps”) of Mitigation31.04 Site Safety Monitors41.05 Policy and Procedure Modifications61.06 Human Resources62.0 Health and Safety72.01 Persons at High Risk72.02 Screening and Monitoring72.03 Self-reporting Exposures and Infections82.04 Management of Sick Persons92.05 Contact Tracing102.06 Returning to School102.07 Healthy Hygiene Practices112.08 Face Coverings122.09 Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Signage12

2.10 Social Distancing122.11 Security133.0 Operations143.01 Transportation (All County Bus Co., First Mile Square)143.02 Arrival and Dismissal143.03 Visitor Management153.05 Classrooms163.06 Hallways and Stairways173.07 Restrooms173.08 Cafeteria173.09 Faculty Break Rooms183.10 Office Spaces183.11 Food Service193.12 Cleaning and Disinfecting203.14 Emergency Drills21234.0 Instruction4.01 Learning Models234.02 Identification of Instructional Gaps294.03 Technology305.0 Communications335.01 Overview335.02 Calendar of Communications335.03 Communication with Vendors35366.0 Extracurricular Activities6.01 Athletics367.0 Training388.0 Reentry Training Programs419.0 Mental Health & Social Emotional Learning431

1.0 Plan Overview1.01 OverviewThe purpose of this planning guide is to inform members of the Mount Vernon City School Districton the necessary steps and protocols that will be used when the district reopens its doors inSeptember 2020. Most of the recommendations are based upon guidance from the Centers forDisease Control (CDC) and the official New York State Department of Education guidancedocuments released on July 16, 2020. The Mount Vernon Plan will be applied in a way that is“feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs of our community.” We are alsoconsidering other forms of guidance and regulations from state and local health authorities as wellas the severity of the spread of infection in the area. Lastly, we have consulted with stakeholdersthroughout New York as well as various model state plans from other parts of the country. Thisplan encompasses best practices from a wide array of proven theoretical, scientific, practical, andresearch based information. Please note the CDC continues to update their guidance for schoolreopening including a checklist for parents and teachers (Checklist for Parents, Checklist forTeachers). As such, this plan is subject to change to embrace these updates.While this plan serves as a strong foundation for our reopening, we will keep this as a “WorkingDocument” and make revisions regularly. Schools should anticipate additional information overthe coming weeks and months based on new research, which should be carefully reconciled withour plan. The next step in the reopening process is for each of our schools to adopt a version ofthis plan to make their own within these guidelines. Building based implementation of this planshall be based on the unique circumstances of each school community within the Mount VernonCity School District.One of our guiding principles is to alignment of this reopening plan with the district ‘s vision andmission for our students:Vision: The Mount Vernon City School District will be recognized as a high-quality educationalsystem where all students receive a rigorous education, prepare to be college and career readyand develop the necessary skills to compete in a global society.Mission: It is the mission of the Mt. Vernon City School District (MVCSD) to create a sense ofurgency in partnership with members of its community in a journey to restore, rebuild andrebrand the district so that stakeholders are partners in providing all students with an exceptionaleducational experience.Our district strives for transparency and has engaged various stakeholders (e.g., staff, students,families, collective bargaining units, and community partners) throughout the planning process.2

This was accomplished through the Superintendent’s Reopening Task Force. To add furtheralignment, the Superintendent served on the NYSED Commissioner’s Reopening Task Force so thatinformation from the state’s plan could be accurately integrated into the district’s plan.Reimagining MVCSD in September is also based on these additional guiding principles forcoherence and congruency. These principles are deemed as high priorities as the foundation forplanning purposes. They are: The Health and Safety of staff and students is our top priority Mental & Social Emotional wellness drives this plan to action Maintaining continuity of instruction Ensuring access and equity for all students Communicating with stakeholders, such as staff, families, bargaining units and partners As this process unfolds, additional guidance from State Officials and Health Professionalswill dictate revisions to this plan1.02 Phases (“Steps”) of MitigationThe following phases for reopening will be implemented in the MVCSD and are consistent with therecommendations made by the CDC Guidance for Schools. Each phase is based on the currentspread of the virus and it may be necessary to move between phases based on current healthconditions and trends.The core objectives of this guidance include: Safety actions to: Promote healthy hygiene practices Intensify cleaning, disinfection, sanitization, and ventilation Ensure physical distancing Limit potential contamination Train all staff, students, and parents on Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs)and modified operational procedures Health monitoring and screening Check for signs and symptoms Plan for when a staff, child, or visitor becomes sick Maintain healthy operations to monitor and ensure that risk-reduction strategiesare in useStep 1 - Substantial Spread: Schools Closed (Remote Distance Learning Instruction)Schools and facilities that are currently closed remain closed. Digital learning or distance learningopportunities will be provided for all students as per our learning models. The district will supportthe provision for delivery of student services such as school meal programs as feasible. Daycarewill be provided to children of essential workers with appropriate discretion.In Step 1, the district will:3

Implement distance/remote learning and provide essential meal services (see FoodService) All district staff shall be deemed as essential for the purposes of this plan and shall berequired to report to in-person status to carry out their duties except as theSuperintendent shall determine Leverage virtual tools and platforms wherever possible to conduct essential businessfunctions and keep in-person reporting to an absolute minimum Coordinate with local and state Department of Health officials Participate in contact tracing efforts and specimen collection efforts as directed by localhealth officials (to the extent feasible) Close off affected areas of the school building and perform cleaning and disinfecting whenappropriateStep 2 - Schools Open: Minimal/Moderate Spread (Enhanced Distancing)In Step 2, the district will: Remain open with enhanced social distancing measures Reduce building occupancy and density to allow for adequate social distancing Use a Hybrid instruction Model (See Learning Models). Cancel most extracurricular activities (e.g., sports, assemblies, dances, etc.) Establish and maintain communication with local and state health officials Participate in contact tracing efforts to the extent feasible as directed by local healthofficials (See Contact Tracing) Isolate and disinfect impacted classrooms and spaces (See Cleaning and Disinfecting).Step 3 - Schools Open: Low/No Spread (Cohort Groups)In Step 3, the district will: Utilize normal class sizes but limit the interaction of classes with other groups (cohorts) Limit gatherings in shifts - recess, cafeteria, and hallway passing Assess group gatherings and events on an ongoing basis to determine if any events mightput students, staff, or their families in close proximity to others and should be canceled.The district will consult with local health officials to help determine the best approach Establish and maintain communication with local and state health officials Participate in contact tracing efforts to the extent feasible as directed by local healthofficials (See Contact Tracing).1.04 Site Safety MonitorsThe district will establish a District-wide Safety Manager(s) that will oversee continuouscompliance with all aspects of this plan. Each district building will designate a Site Safety Monitorwho will ensure compliance with this plan in their respective buildings and report directly to theDistrict-wide Safety Manager.4

School NameSite Monitor NamePhoneEmailDistrict ManagerJeff GormanMichael ncsd.orgmpelliccio@mtvernoncsd.orgCecil H. Parker SchoolJacqueline Green(914)665-5041jgreen@mtvernoncsd.orgColumbus SchoolDr. Colleen tvernoncsd.orgEdward Williams SchoolDr. Crystal am SchoolDr. Natasha ncsd.orgGrimes SchoolMarc Molina(914)358-2428MMOLINA@mtvernoncsd.orgJennifer Lincoln SchoolRebecca Jones(914)665-5031rjones@mtvernoncsd.orgRebecca TurnerElementary SchoolJamal gton ElementarySchoolAlan Gonzalez(914)358-2461agonzalez1@mtvernoncsd.orgThe Nelson Mandela /Dr. Hosea ZollicofferSchoolMichael Vicario(914)665-5090Jwalters@mtvernoncsd.orgCarol ncsd.orgHolmes SchoolDanielle Davis(914)358-2402ddavis1@mtvernoncsd.orgMount Vernon STEAMAcademySharon in TurnerMiddle SchoolPauline Pearce(914)665-5217ppearce@mtvernoncsd.orgMount Vernon HighSchoolRonald zel WashingtonSchool of the Arts atThe Nellie ThorntonCampusCharles Brown(914)358-2753CBrown@mtvernoncsd.orgHamilton SchoolTraphagen School5

1.05 Policy and Procedure ModificationsImplementation of recommended safety actions will require modification or addition of districtpolicies. The district will adopt a resolution suspending policies that conflict with the district’sReopening plan and /or statutory waivers or extensions granted by the Governor. The district isperforming a continuous review of district policies and procedures to identify those which requiresuspension or addition. Additional district policy references can be found throughout this plan.The district is working with the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and legalcounsel to look at and create policies that are specific to schools during the Pandemic. Thisincludes but is not limited to:o Technology, Online Learning, and Course Credito Student and Staff Attendanceo School Safety Plan and Teamso Pandemic Planning1.06 Human Resources Adopt Human Resources procedures and supports to meet the needs of our schoolcommunity as we reopen schools in the Fall Develop and support a plan for the identified vulnerable populationThe district will implement the following actions: COVID-19 federal leave information will be posted in all the buildings. (See the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Rights poster) See also Persons at High Risk for the procedure to identify this populationThe office of Human Resources will support the district in its reopening plan by moving forward inthe following areas: Evaluate staffing needs based on the Learning model Increase district substitutes to accommodate for COVID-19 documented cases Adjust onboarding procedures to include virtual interviews and processes Communicate return-to-work plan for employees that have contracted COVID-19 Provide information on the districts Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Work with Superintendent’s Advisory team on what remote work options are availablebased on the employees’ position Verify that current procedures to ensure information relating to employee illness aremaintained as confidential medical records6

2.0 Health and Safety2.01 Persons at High Risk Identify staff and students who may be at higher risk for severe illnessCurrently, information indicates that older adults and people of any age who have seriousunderlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those athigh risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are people aged 65 years and older and people who livein a nursing home or long-term care facility. Those at high risk include people of all ages withunderlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including: People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma People who have serious heart conditions People who are immunocompromised Many conditions can cause a person to beimmunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organtransplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use ofcorticosteroids and other immune weakening medications People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher) People with diabetes People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis People with liver diseaseThe district will be informed by staff and students that have medical conditions that meet theabove criteria through medical facilities and documentation. The district is currently developing aprocedure to be utilized by employees if an employee is identifying themselves as “at risk” and isseeking accommodations. Such accommodations shall be made at the discretion of theSuperintendent or designee.2.02 Screening and Monitoring If feasible, conduct daily health checks of staff and students safely, respectfully, as well asin accordance with any applicable privacy laws or regulations.ScreeningIn an effort to screen building occupants prior to their arrival at school, the district will implementthe following screening procedures: Staff will be encouraged to stay home if they are sick and parents to keep sick childrenhome.Parents will be encouraged to keep sick children home.7

All employees, parents, and regular contractors will be required to complete a mandatoryhealth screening assessment when they enter our facilities. Employees will be required tocertify “No” to all of the following in order to be permitted access to school buildings: If they have had any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days If they have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days If they have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in thepast 14 dayso If they have exhibited a temperature of over 100.0 F degrees in the past 14 dayso Has traveled internationally to or from a state with widespread communitytransmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14days. The district will also use software to encourage self-screenings and parental screenings forstudents before leaving their home. The software will be available via a website and willconduct the following functions: Contacts will be required to certify “No” to all of the above questions with one clickand then entering their name and email address. Specified school staff will be notified via email of all contacts that respond with yesto any of the questions. Contacts that reply “Yes” will be denied regular school access and students may bedirected to a holding room if they attempt to enter the building and are unable toimmediately return home. The nurse will follow up with the contact and appropriate actions will be taken.As of July 23, 2020, the CDC has updated their recommendations on the screening of studentsentering schools. (CDC Recommendations for student screening) These recommendations includebut are not limited to: CDC does not currently recommend universal symptom screenings (screening all studentsgrades K-12) be conducted by schools.Parents or caregivers should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for signs ofinfectious illness every day.Students who are sick should not attend school in-person.2.03 Self-reporting Exposures and Infections Create a communication system for staff and families for self-reporting of symptoms andnotification of exposures and closures.Inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stayhome and self-monitor for symptoms and to follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop. If aperson does not have symptoms, follow appropriate CDC guidance for home isolation.Prior to the opening of schools, employees and families will be advised of the requirement thatindivi

The Nelson Mandela / Dr. Hosea Zollicoffer School 4 Rebecca Turner Elementary School 4 Pennington School 4 Traphagen School 4 Holmes School 4 Mount Vernon STEAM Academy 4 Benjamin Turner Middle School 4 Mount Vernon High School 5 Denzel Washington School of the Arts at The Nellie Thornton Campus 5 1.0 Plan Overview 2 1.01 Overview 2

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