Hybrid Reopening Plan

INTRO

The Brockton Public Schools is preparing to phase students back into the classroom in a hybrid learning model. Please read this entire document so you have a clear understanding of our plans and when you can expect to receive your child’s hybrid schedule.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT bring your child to school prior to the start date that will be provided by his/her teacher or principal. Due to capacity restrictions, we will not be able to accommodate any child who shows up on the incorrect day and you will be required to pick them up.

What is a Hybrid Learning Model?

Students split their time between in-person and remote learning. Information relevant to daily routines in the Hybrid Learning format is included under the “Daily Routine” section.

COHORT BREAKDOWN

In order to ease into the transition, students will initially return to the classroom for one day each week so that about 25 percent of an entire class is in school at one time. This is to ensure that students have time to get comfortable in their new learning environments with less people in the building. Students will be assigned to Orange Group 1, Orange Group 2, Green Group 1, or Green Group 2. Additional cohorts as determined by the Special Education Department could be in school for additional days each week. Students in those cohorts will be contacted directly by the Special Education Department.

The table below explains which day each group will be in school. All students will learn remotely on Mondays.

COHORT

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

ORANGE GROUP 1

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

ORANGE GROUP 2

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

REMOTE

GREEN GROUP 1

REMOTE

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

REMOTE

REMOTE

GREEN GROUP 2

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

 

After a few weeks of successful implementation, we will scale up so that students are in school for two days each week. At that point, students in the green groups will combine into one group and go to school on the same two days and students in the orange groups will combine into one group and go to school on the same two days.

Each family will receive their child's cohort information via phone call and text message on Monday, February 8, at 6 p.m. Siblings will be kept in the same cohort. To ensure fairness in the process, we cannot accept any requests for children to be placed in specific groups.

Students at the Keith Center will receive separate instructions from Principal Burns.

COHORT BREAKDOWN FOR STUDENTS IN SUBSTANTIALLY SEPARATE CLASSROOMS

Students with Disabilities (SWD) in substantially separate programs will start in a hybrid model (which includes both in-person and remote learning) on February 23. The classroom teachers for those students will provide all the information to the parents prior to the start date. 

The Huntington Therapeutic Day School is the ONLY location where students will attend school four days a week starting February 23.

Preschool Programs at the Barrett Russell and Arnone

Students attending special education substantially separate preschool programs will be returning to in-person learning in a hybrid model beginning February 23.  This hybrid model will consist of two days of in-person learning  and three days of remote learning. Students who attend school for an AM session will go to school on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. They will be remote learners on the other days of the week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).  All students who attend school for a PM session will go to school on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.  They will be remote learners on the other days of the week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday).    

The table below explains which day each group will be in school. All students will learn remotely on Mondays.

COHORT

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

RED GROUP 1

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

REMOTE

BLACK GROUP 2

REMOTE

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

WHITE GROUP 3

REMOTE

IN SCHOOL

IN SCHOOL

IN SCHOOL

IN SCHOOL

BLUE GROUP 4

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE

TRANSPORTATION

The parents/guardians of students who are eligible to take the bus will receive their bus assignments a few days after receiving their cohort information. This information will be sent via email to your child's BPS email address.

Please see the “Daily Routine” section for detailed information about transportation safety.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

All students, staff and guests are required to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times while in our school buildings and on school grounds. Anyone believed to have a medical exemption must provide written documentation to the school nurse’s office from their doctor on or before their first day in the classroom. Please contact your child’s school if you’d like to discuss medical exemptions with the school nurse.

Mask breaks will be given throughout the day in a space where the students will be able to safely distance from others.

Screening Daily for Symptoms

Staff and students should remain home if they or anyone they live with exhibits one or more of these symptoms:

    •    A fever of 100.4° F or above
    •    Cough
    •    Chills or shaking chills
    •    Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    •    Sore throat
    •    Muscle aches or body aches
    •    Sudden loss of sense of smell or taste
    •    Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    •    Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies)
    •    Headaches when in combination with other symptoms
    •    Fatigue when in combination with other symptoms

Anyone who exhibits these symptoms while at school will be sent home. Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to take the bus and a parent/guardian will need to pick them up.

Below you will find procedures for quarantining. We understand this information can be confusing, which is why we would like to preface it by saying you should always call your child’s school at the start of the quarantine period so that their principal or school nurse can discuss the process with you. We will also provide a remote learning option at that time.

If your child…

Has been identified as a close contact of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

If your child is a close contact, he or she can be tested on the fifth day after exposure. If he or she tests negative on or after day five AND does not exhibit symptoms, then he or she may return to school on DAY 8. If he or she was tested PRIOR to day five or you chose not to get tested, then he or she may return to school on day 11. Remember, in this scenario the last date of exposure to the sick individual counts as day ZERO. 

Tests positive for COVID-19 but does not have any symptoms.

He/she must isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date the test was taken. If he/she begins to experience symptoms during quarantine, he/she may only resume public activities once they have gone 24 hours without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications), experienced improvement in other symptoms and received clearance from the Brockton Board of Health.  

Tests positive for COVID-19 and IS exhibiting symptoms.

He/she must isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date their symptoms began and may only resume public activities once they have gone 24 hours without a fever (and without taking fever-reducing medications), experienced improvement in their other symptoms and received clearance from the Brockton Board of Health. 

If you choose not to have your child tested, he/she must remain out for a minimum of 10 days from the date their symptoms began.

If your child’s healthcare provider has documentation of an alternative diagnosis, he/she may return to school based on the recommendation of his/her doctor after providing evidence of the alternative diagnosis (such as the flu or strep pharyngitis) to the school nurse.

Complete the Student Handbook Forms

It is critical that you complete the student handbook forms as soon as possible so that we have a detailed record of your child’s medical needs and a list of who to contact in the event of an emergency. If you haven’t already done so, please click here to complete the forms online.

DAILY ROUTINE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: IN-PERSON ROUTINE

We have compiled an explanation of the districtwide protocols that will be enforced at each school so that you are as informed as possible before your child returns to the classroom.

Detailed information regarding traffic patterns and pick-up/drop-off procedures will be disseminated to families by each individual school. Additional information specific to your child, including the days he/she will be in school, will also be disseminated at the school level.

Transportation Safety

In addition to screening your child each morning for COVID-19 symptoms (see “Screening Daily for Symptoms”), you must ensure your child has their mask prior to leaving home. No one will be allowed to board the bus without a mask.

Students picked up at the first bus stops must sit toward the back of the bus and load forward from there. Only one student will be allowed in each seat. The bus drivers have placed stickers on seats that are “off limits” to ensure students know where they can and cannot sit. Students living in the same household will be allowed to sit together.

Weather permitting, all windows will need to remain open for the entirety of the drive. All students regardless of age are required to wear a mask on the bus and they must be put on prior to boarding.

Upon arrival to school, students at the front will exit first. All smaller buses and vans will follow the same protocols. In accordance with guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), all high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly in between morning and afternoon runs.  

Adults who assist students with disabilities on the bus will be provided with special training and personal protective equipment.

Entering the School

Daily drop off will be done on a rolling basis so that we can control the number of students approaching the school at one time. Every student must have their mask on when they are exiting the vehicle.

Parents/guardians who drive their children to school will be asked to follow staff directions upon arrival. Each parent/guardian will be asked to pull up to a designated location to allow their child out of the vehicle. A staff member will signal for the student to exit the car when it is safe for them to do so. All parents/guardians must remain in the vehicle. The only exception would be parents/guardians who need to assist their child with exiting.

Walkers are asked to put their mask on as soon as they reach school grounds. It is strongly recommended that walkers wear their masks if they are walking to school with other students who do not live in the same household. If your child will be walking to school, please discuss this with them as soon as possible.

Exiting the School

Each classroom will be dismissed one by one to limit the number of students outside and in the hallways at one time. Parents/guardians and students must immediately leave school grounds upon dismissal. Parents/guardians who are picking up walkers must wear a mask when on school grounds and remain a minimum of six feet apart from all other parties. All students must wear their mask until they enter their parent/guardian’s vehicle or until they exit school grounds.

Parents/guardians driving to pick up their child should remain in their vehicle and pull up to the designated pickup location. Additional logistical details, including drop-off and pick-up locations, will be communicated directly to parents by their child’s principal.

Classroom/Office Setup

Every classroom and office space in all of our school buildings has been reconfigured to allow for a minimum of six feet between students and teachers. Over the summer, the Facilities Department replaced classroom tables with individual desks so that students are properly spaced out. Plexiglass partitions have been installed in each of our main offices and other office areas.

To ensure air is safely and properly circulating, the district installed air purifiers in every occupied space in all of our school buildings. Windows should remain open in exterior classrooms.

Custodial staff consistently clean and disinfect common areas and unoccupied classrooms throughout the day. Continuous deep cleaning is conducted every weekday and on the weekends when the building is not occupied. Custodial staff adhere to the most current state guidelines for building sanitization.

Safety in Common Areas

Enforcing strong safety measures in common areas is critical to not only ensuring the health and safety of our community, but also to maintaining confidence in our entire system. Common areas include but are not limited to hallways, stairways, restrooms, gymnasiums and cafeterias.

Each of these spaces is frequently sanitized throughout the school day. We pay particularly close attention to hard surfaces in the cafeteria and restrooms. We also frequently clean hand railings, door handles and light switches.

In high-traffic locations like Brockton High School, hallways and stairways will be open to one-way foot traffic. Signage will be clearly marked throughout the school and staff members will work with the students to ensure they know the traffic patterns.

Mask Breaks and Handwashing

Students will be given time throughout the day for masks breaks and handwashing. Mask breaks will be taken in an area that allows students to appropriately distance themselves from others.

Lunchtime Routine

Students will eat lunch in the school cafeterias. They will be required to remain six feet away from all other students while eating or whenever they have their masks off. All cafeterias will be sanitized in between each lunch period.

Students will be provided a lunch, however anyone who would like to bring their own lunch from home may do so.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: AT-HOME ROUTINE

The school district is still working out the specifics of your child’s at-home routine during hybrid learning, however rest assured that you can continue to expect a full day of high-quality learning. We will update this section on our website as soon as possible.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: THE BROCKTON VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMY

At the start of the school year, we asked parents to notify the district if they wished to keep their children at home even if we chose to phase students back into the classroom. Families who signed up for the Brockton Virtual Learning Academy will be contacted by their sending school prior to the start of hybrid learning to confirm that they’d like to move forward with participating in the virtual learning academy.

INFO SESSIONS

We will schedule info sessions prior to your child’s return date to proactively address any concerns you might have. Once those dates are scheduled, we will post them on our website and text them out to families. If you aren’t receiving our texts, please opt in now by texting “YES” TO 675-87.

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

A list of important contacts is available here.

Please do not reach out to your child’s school at this time to request their cohort information. The school will contact you directly via email or phone call to provide that information.