In-School Summer Boost Program

Dear Senator Summer Boost Families,

We are excited that you have elected to have your child attend the Senator Summer Boost At-School option. The 3 week program meets Monday through Thursday beginning July 13 and ends on July 30. During this time we plan to work on goals and or related services specific to the student. We know that you may have some concerns with your child being in school in light of COVID-19. We have put a number of precautions in place including a dedicated nurse in each building, daily disinfection of high-touch surfaces, daily health screenings for staff and students, staff will wear masks, and students will be in small cohorts who remain together throughout the day and have limited contact with other student cohorts. Students will wear masks when medically and behaviorally appropriate.

We are hosting the Summer Boost in three locations: William Henry Middle School, Booker T. Washington and East Elementary Schools. In preparation for hosting the Summer Boost our custodial staff has been thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing our schools with prescribed alcohol based products. Staff will participate in daily health screenings and will wear masks. A school nurse will be onsite at every Summer Boost site. Before your child gets on the bus or arrives at school we request that parents/guardians conduct individual health screenings (temperature & other symptoms) before sending students to school. We wanted to communicate some of the health and safety changes to expect in hopes that you will discuss these with your child prior to beginning the Summer Boost.

The bus will be managed differently than students are used to starting with everyone wearing masks and sanitizing their hands as they get on the bus. Students will sit in a pattern that ensures space between seats, a support professional will be on the bus with the driver to conduct temperature checks that will be shared with the nurse on duty upon arrival to school. Students who arrive by car will also be temperature checked as they join their classmates. Students will be in groups with their teachers and will be moving together not mixing with other classes. Hallways will be marked with arrows to direct students and staff in ways that reduce contact with others as much as possible. Face coverings will be worn outside the classroom in all shared/public spaces (hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria, etc.). Students with specific exemptions from wearing face coverings will be encouraged to maintain social distancing in these areas.

In the classroom class sizes are dramatically reduced with no more than 10-15 students in any class. Basic health & hygiene packs will be provided for each classroom with gloves, extra adult and child masks, bandaids, and other basic first aid supplies for use as needed. Students and staff will use hand sanitizer routinely. Specific training and nursing protocols are provided to all staff in the event a child displays signs of illness upon arrival or during the school day. Face coverings will be worn in classrooms according to CDC guidelines. Masks for ages: 5-12 are strongly recommended and Ages: 13 and above they are required. Furniture has been arranged to accommodate physical distancing protocols with 3 ft of personal space per student and 6 ft between student areas. All desks will be facing the same direction toward the front of the classroom. Students staff will not travel between groups. Exciting hands-on special classes in art, music, physical education and science will be guided by teachers through distance learning with the paraprofessional in the classroom with children. Sharing of items or supplies including toys, art and science supplies, electronic devices, will not be allowed. During the day custodial Staff will disinfect high touch surfaces every 2 hours at a minimum to include restrooms, door handles, common areas, and handrails. We have posted and will teach and enforce guidelines and instructions on physical distancing and proper hygiene practices.

These are challenging times for all of us and know that this is quite an extensive list of precautions. We look forward to seeing your child at school and will do everything we can to keep them healthy and happy during the Senator Summer Boost! Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal with any questions.

Eugene F. Montano
Supervisor of Instruction

Special Message from our Nurses:

In order to keep all students and staff who are participating in the summer boost program safe and healthy, we will need your help. We ask that you as parents screen your child at home prior to sending them to school including temperature taking. Please do not send your child to school if he/she is sick or showing any of the below signs:

o Fever (100.4º or greater)
o Cough 
o Shortness of Breath
o New loss of taste or smell
o Aches or muscle pain
o Sore throat
o Chills or repeated shaking with chills
o Nausea or vomiting
o Diarrhea

Additionally, have you or your child been in close contact (e.g., within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection? If YES, the student will be required to stay home for 14 calendar days from the time they were exposed to COVID-19.

Additionally, we ask that if your child becomes sick or develops a fever during the school day that you pick up your student within 30 minutes of contact by the school. 

We look forward to the opportunity to teach and learn together this summer! Please do not hesitate to reach out to the school with any questions or concerns.

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