REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

Last updated February 26, 2021

Our current plan is to open all KIPP NYC school buildings (K-12) for in-person instruction on March 1 for staff and on March 8 for students.

School Leadership, School Operations Teams, Regional Leadership, and some Shared Services Team members will be on-site in advance of March 1. Please check with your school or program leader if you are unclear on your return date.

We recognize that we live in an ever-changing environment. We know that there is a possibility that we may need to delay our in-person instruction plans should important indicators change, for example, the state and city guidance on closures and micro-zones, or our ability to provide sufficient on-site COVID testing.

In addition to the videos below, we’ve produced a returning to in-person guide book (In English and Spanish) with more information about our protocols.


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FAQ

2020-21 School Year

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What is the structure for the 2020-21 school year?

We have divided the year into six “Learning Cycles” that are approximately six instructional weeks in length. Before each cycle, we will provide a survey in which you will choose for the upcoming cycle either Remote Learning or Hybrid Learning (a mixture of On-Campus instruction and Remote instruction), if the option exists.

 

Learning Cycle Dates

Learning Cycle Timeline

 

Learning Cycle #1

Monday, August 24 – Wednesday, September 30

 

100% Remote

All students are automatically enrolled into the KIPP NYC Remote Learning option. 

 

Learning Cycle #2

Thursday, October 1 – Friday, November 20

 

Remote for the majority of students. See FAQ below for information about in-person Learning Centers. 

 

Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 23 – Friday, November 27

 

N/A

 

Learning Cycle #3

Monday, November 30 – Friday, January 29

 

Remote for the majority of students. See FAQ below for information about in-person Learning Centers. 

 

Winter Break

Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 1

 

N/A

 

Learning Cycle #4

Monday, February 1-  Friday, March 26

 

Monday, December 7- Friday, December 11

 

Spring Break

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2

 

N/A

 

Learning Cycle #5

Monday, April 5 – Friday, May 14

 

Monday, March 15

 

Learning Cycle #6

Monday, May 17 – Thursday, June 24

 

Monday, March 15

What are the plans for Learning Cycle #4?

  • For Learning Cycle #4, we are planning to offer a K-12 Hybrid (in-person & remote) learning option and a 100% remote learning option. Please refer to the timeline at the top of this page.
  • As always, the safety of our students and staff is paramount; we will only offer in-person instruction if low community COVID rates, access to COVID testing, and progress with onsite preparations allow us to do so.

Hybrid (In-person & Remote) Learning

What is Hybrid Learning?

Hybrid learning, at KIPP NYC, is a learning model where students learn part of the time on campus (in-person) and part of the time online on our remote learning platform.

How do I sign-up for Hybrid Learning?

KIPP families received an email from SchoolMint, an online platform, for each student they have enrolled at KIPP. Each email includes instructions for logging in to SchoolMint and a unique link for each student so that families can elect to sign up for Hybrid Learning if that’s their preference.

Am I guaranteed a spot in a Hybrid Learning program?

While our goal is to meet as many student and family needs as possible, we cannot guarantee a seat at this time.

Who is staffing in-person instruction?

In-person instruction will be led by a mix of KIPP NYC teachers and staff.

Will teachers conduct live teaching to students while in-person?

Our hope is to provide as much live in-person teaching as we possibly can. That said, some schools may provide an in-person space at your school to help students access our remote learning platforms. In those instances, proctors who are in the classrooms with students will provide support.

How will you conduct recess?

  • Students must wash hands before returning to classrooms after recess.
  • Recess will be staggered to limit interactions between groups of students.
  • Students may not access playground equipment.
  • Recess equipment (e.g., cones, balls) will not be shared between groups and will be sanitized after usage.
  • We will offer families the option to opt out of outdoor recess.

Will you offer specials classes (e.g., music) and sports when students are in person?

  • During gym and other movement activities students must maintain a distance of at least 12 feet and continue to wear their masks.
  • We will minimize equipment sharing, and clean and disinfect shared equipment between use by different people to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • Students must wear masks while singing and be at least 12 feet apart from each other and ideally be outside or in a very large space (e.g. gym, cafeteria).
  • We understand singing can often be an early education instructional tool (e.g. singing the alphabet). In these instances, students can sing with their mask on, 6 feet apart, but must sing in low voices.
  • With the exception of students who play the flute, students who play a wind or brass instrument should be at least 12 feet apart from each other and ideally in a very large space (e.g. gym, cafeteria). Additionally, these instruments should be played with an instrument cover.

Social Distancing and PPE

How will you conduct arrival and dismissal?

Arrival procedures:

  • Will will stagger arrival times based on student groupings, making accommodations for siblings.
  • Students must line up maintaining 6 feet of distance prior to entering the school building, wearing their face mask. Students without a mask will be provided one by KIPP NYC.
  • Students will receive a temperature check upon entry to the school building. If a parent/guardian is uncomfortable with having their child screened by a school staff member, the parent may screen the child and give a verbal confirmation.
  • Families must remain present until a student is cleared by their temperature check. If a parent has left (or if the student has walked to school) and the temp comes back over 100 degrees, the student will be brought to the isolation room to await parent pick-up.

Dismissal procedures:

  • Families will be required to remain 6 feet apart in a designated area outside of the building.
  • We will stagger transitions to ensure one-way traffic in hallways, and the ability to maintain social distancing when handing off to families.
  • As much as possible, student dismissal will occur outside.

How will social distancing work in the school buildings?

  • While on campus, students, staff, and visitors are expected to maintain a social distance of six feet from others, whenever possible, indoors and outdoors.
  • Each classroom will have a small group of students that we call a pod. The exact number of students is determined by the size of the classroom and our ability to socially distance inside of it.
  • All student desks and chairs will be set up so that there is 6 ft (or more) of distance from the center of one desk to any others around it.
  • We will mark hallways and common spaces with stickers or floor tape that will denote appropriate distancing between students, and between students and staff.
  • In common adult spaces, e.g., offices and teacher work rooms, we will separate these areas into ‘zones’ using floor tape to give staff an appropriate amount of distance between them. We will train all staff and students on social distancing protocols upon arrival at the buildings.

Will you require students and staff to wear masks or face coverings in school buildings?

  • All staff, students & visitors must wear face masks at all times while in the school building, including during transitions throughout the building and common/shared spaces (hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, offices, gyms, cafeterias, libraries, auditoriums, building entrances/exits, etc). We understand that for some students a mask or face covering may be challenging. We will work with families in those cases to ensure a healthy and safe school environment for all students and staff.
  • Masks must fully cover an individual’s mouth and nose, and must be sealed at or below the chin (bandannas, neck gaiters, or other pieces of cloth tied with an opening at the bottom are not acceptable.)
  • Masks may not include ventilation holes – please note that a filter is different from a valve or vent and you must read the packaging – masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Please see visuals below of acceptable and unacceptable face coverings.
  • Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection or source control against COVID-19 and should not be used alone. A face shield may be worn in addition to a mask, but not in place of one.
  • Masks can be any color or design, as long as it is appropriate for school. The mask cannot have any profanity or other objectively offensive markings, words, symbols, etc. displayed or written on it.masks-acceptable

When may students remove their masks?

  • While students are eating or drinking. They must be at least six feet away from others, perform the necessary hand hygiene, and immediately replace the mask when they are done.
  • In situations involving a medical emergency (e.g. asthma attack).
  • For students that are medically or physically unable to wear a mask. This concern will need to be documented by a health professional prior to the student attending school.
  • If a student needs a mask break they must continue to be 6 feet away from others and any mask breaks amongst students should be staggered (e.g., one child at a time).

How will you support the youngest students to learn the importance of face coverings at school?

  • We strive in all of our schools to impart to students a love of learning through joyful lessons and routines. We will do the same when it comes to teaching our youngest students about the importance of wearing a mask or face covering in school during this time.
  • We know this will be challenging for some young children. We will make every effort to accommodate students who are unable to tolerate wearing a face mask.
  • Students who have such trouble should provide the school with a letter from a medical professional outlining the mask challenges and any accommodations that should be made. The Principal and Social Worker will meet and determine if the school would be able to accommodate the student.

Will you provide students and staff with masks or face coverings?

  • We ask that students, families, and staff arrive on each day of in-person instruction with their own mask or face covering.
  • We will provide all staff with a starter kit of five KN95 masks (one for every day of the week) and we will provide guidance on how to dry and clean them. Then after a few weeks, we will give everyone their next batch of KN95s.
  • We will have extra masks on hand if anyone forgets or needs another during the day.
  • We will encourage families and staff to keep additional masks at home to be used on their commute and in the school building.

How will you maintain social distancing during bathroom visits?

  • We will place markers on the floor inside and outside of the bathroom to indicate 6 feet apart.
  • We will monitor students prior to entering and exiting the bathrooms.
  • Students must wear masks while using the bathroom.

What is the visitor policy

  • We recognize it is inevitable that vendors, contractors, KIPP NYC regional staff, or other non-family visitors may come to the school periodically. Any visitor to campus must obtain prior permission from the Principal and/or Director of Operations. 
  • All approved visitors must comply with the school’s protocols when on campus. This includes wearing a mask or face covering, maintaining social distance, disinfecting hands prior to entering the building, and completing a health screening upon arrival, which includes completing a questionnaire and confirming a lack of symptoms or fever.
  • In order to reduce the population in the building and assist with social distancing parents/guardians, child care providers or other family members of students will not be permitted in the school building without prior approval or under an emergency.

Building Cleaning

How will you keep the buildings clean?
  • KIPP NYC will ensure that sanitizer is conveniently located throughout our school buildings. We also recommend that staff and students bring their own pocket-sized hand sanitizer as well.
  • For all KIPP NYC schools that are co-located in DOE spaces, the NYC DOE will provide a daily cleaning/sanitizing of all used spaces.
  • The KIPP NYC Facilities team is working in collaboration with all school custodial engineers to ensure that there is a nightly building cleaning using electrostatic machines.
    Custodial Engineers will implement nightly disinfecting of all exposed surfaces. All non-porous, frequently contacted surfaces will be wiped down and disinfected throughout the day.
  • Staff will sanitize frequently touched/used surfaces, including desks, tables, technology, doorknobs, etc at the following times.
    • Prior to student arrival
    • After whole class transitions
    • Anytime a surface is visibly soiled
    • Following student dismissal
How are you keeping the buildings well ventilated?
  • All building HVACs that require fixes are being worked on or have been upgraded.
  • All HVAC filters have been upgraded (using MERV 13).
    All window AC units are being cleaned and/or replaced to ensure proper functioning.
  • All windows are checked to ensure they can be opened, allowing for increased airflow.
  • All doors will remain open in classrooms to allow for increased airflow and reduced contact with door handles.
  • While we have been assured that the above actions are enough to ensure efficient air quality in our classrooms, we will also be ensuring that each room is equipped with portable HEPA filter air purifiers that can purify the air of spaces as large as 600 sq feet.

Physical Health

How will you monitor the physical health of students and staff before they arrive on campus?
  • Each morning before leaving home, everyone who is scheduled to come to campus completes an online daily health screening. Staff and parents of KIPP students answer a number of questions including whether the individual entering the building is:
    • Currently exhibiting symptoms,
    • Has a temperature over 100.4 degrees,
    • Has been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19,
    • Has traveled to a location with widespread community transmission.
  • If parents or staff answer YES to any of these questions, they will not be allowed in the building and we will ask them to participate in remote learning or, in some instances, to quarantine for a set amount of time. 
How will you monitor the physical health of students and staff while in the buildings?
  • Should a student or staff member exhibit COVID-19 symptoms during the day, we will place them in the dedicated isolation room. We will contact the student’s parent/guardian to pick up the student as soon as they become ill or develop COVID-19 symptoms. Every school has a nurse on site to support with medical issues.
  • If a student or staff member is isolated due to COVID-19 symptoms, the school will send home a letter the same day notifying parents of the situation and noting anonymously that the person in question is required to be symptom-free/pass a COVID-19 test before returning to the school building.
Will you require students or staff to be tested for COVID-19 before coming back in person?
  • We are requiring that all students provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test between Feb 21 – March 7 before coming to learn onsite on March 8. We are testing all staff before coming onsite as well. This is another way we are keeping our community safe, and we want to make this as easy as possible for you. 
  • Testing sites in your zip code (including Mobile testing sites) for children can be found here
  • Additionally, NYC Health and Hospitals offers walk in testing at a number of locations. Your local City MD offers rapid tests (15 min results) and PCR tests (3-5 day results). 
  • You will receive additional information to support you in getting your child tested (and answer key questions like where to send your test results by March 7).
Will you test students or staff for COVID-19 in the school buildings?
  • Testing is one of the key components of KIPP NYC’s strategy to keep staff and students safe within our schools.
  • Guardians will be asked to sign a COVID-19 testing consent form in order for their student to return to school. 
  • Students at all KIPP NYC schools will be tested at least once every four weeks, with 25% of students tested onsite per week at most of our schools. This is a much more significant testing frequency than other NYC CMOs and the NYC DOE, which plans to test 20% of students per month.
  • We have recently increased our testing frequency for staff to 100% of staff being tested weekly.  All staff will be required to consent to COVID-19 weekly testing using KIPP NYC’s on-site testing partner through a non-invasive saliva test.
How will I be informed of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community?
  • If a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19 or if your student is exposed to a potential COVID-19 case, your Principal and/or Director of Operations will immediately communicate with you by email, phone, or text.
  • In the event of a positive test, the affected student or staff member will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days and will need to be cleared by a doctor in order to return to the building.
  • Students or staff that have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to stay out of school for 10 days. Schools will consult with the Department of Health or NYC Trace to determine who is an “exposed” individual and must stay out of school.
What conditions will cause you to close a portion of the school or the entire school?
  • In alignment with the NYC DOE, there are various scenarios in which a school with two or more confirmed positive COVID-19 cases may need to close.
  • In collaboration with the health experts at NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, there are five possible conclusions that may lead to partial or full closure during an investigation and after an investigation:
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  • If we do close school for any number of students and staff, the affected individuals would move to KIPP NYC’s remote learning structure and schedule.
  • All schools will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before in-person instruction resumes.
Under what conditions may a student return to school if they have been symptomatic of COVID-19?

In alignment with the NYC DOE protocol, any individual showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:

  • Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
    Isolated for 10 days AND
  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
    The individual has been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

  • Received a negative COVID-19 test AND
  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
  • The individual has been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

OR

  • Never got a COVID-19 test AND
  • At least 10 days since symptoms started AND
  • Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
  • The individual has been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
How will KIPP NYC know if a staff member or student is at high-risk for COVID-19?
Staff have provided KIPP NYC information about health status and risk level via a survey. All students have the option to learn 100% remotely for any reason.

Mental Health & Other Resources

What other health resources are available to KIPP NYC families during this time?
  • Students and families will have access to KIPP NYC’s Social Work and Counseling team, who are available for individual and group remote counseling and continued support to address social-emotional needs as well as case management and access to resources.
  • KIPP NYC has partnerships with Northside and Interborough, providing on-site, school-based mental health services to KIPP schools located in Brooklyn, Harlem, and the South Bronx. All students connected to Northside and Interborough have continued access to their therapist as well as psychiatric services.
  • KIPP NYC families should contact their schools’ Social Workers to learn about our Family Assistance Fund, which has supported initiatives such as our food program and summer school. 
  • KIPP NYC has a professional partnership with Headway and Ayana Therapy, providing both in-person and teletherapy services. Headway and Ayana each offer accessible, diverse, and culturally competent therapy services for our students and families. We also have relationships with the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services, A Caring Hand, and Calvary Hospital for their Loss, Bereavement & Grief programs.
  • KIPP families and caretakers will continue to have access to workshops that address how to talk to students of all ages about the pandemic, how to cope as a family, and how to support students practically and emotionally during this time. 
What childcare resources are available to families?
  • We understand that childcare is a central concern for many working families whose children are participating in remote learning this fall. In addition to providing you with childcare resources, we encourage families to partner with each other to pool childcare arrangements and related costs. 
  • If you are interested in being matched with other KIPP families to discuss sharing care, please complete this form.
How will you support the mental health of students and staff in your schools?
  • We are prioritizing the emotional health needs of our students and staff with the same level of attention and concern with which we are prioritizing physical health.
  • We have trained staff members in developing a trauma-conscious lens to enable us to be more attuned to student and family needs as well as building opportunities for resiliency in students. We are committed to being a protective factor for students as well as our families whether we are working with them remotely or in person.
  • Our social workers and counselors have participated in additional professional development to enter the school year well prepared to respond to the needs of students and families given the challenges arising from the pandemic.
  • Social workers and counselors are now able to conduct teletherapy sessions via live Zoom calls for any students with whom they are working remotely.
  • Social workers and counselors will continue to work with families directly to support them in connecting with resources.

Food Service

Will students continue to receive free meals this year?
All KIPP NYC students receive free meals either as part of the New York City Department of Education’s School Foods program, or through KIPP’s own school food program. We anticipate all students, whether in-person or remote, will continue to receive free meals daily this year.
How will you provide meals when students are learning in person?
  • Student meals may only take place in the cafeteria if 6 feet of distancing can be maintained between students at all times. If not, all student meals must take place in the classroom.
  • Students may only remove face masks when they are seated, with their food in front of them, maintaining a 6-ft distance from others. 
  • Students must use hand sanitizer before and after eating meals.
  • If staff are serving/distributing meals to students, they must wear gloves.
  • Students may not share any portion of their meals with other students/staff.
  • Food should be individually packaged.
  • We will provide students with food allergies an alternate location to consume their meals as needed, such as an empty classroom or office.
How will you provide meals when students are not in the building?
  • Students who are remote can access meals through:
    • The NYC DOE Grab and Go Sites: The New York City Department of Education provides free breakfast and lunch to all NYC students. All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at once. DOE food sites will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm at locations across the city. Please use the DOE’s Free Meal Location Tool to find a site near you.
    • The KIPP NYC Food Pantry: KIPP NYC provides additional assistance to families via a weekly food pantry operating out of KIPP’s private high school building in the Bronx. We hope to continue to make this option available to families throughout this school year. 
  • Food service information is found on the KIPP NYC website.

Transportation

How will you maintain safety standards around transportation to and from school?
  • KIPP NYC will continue to collaborate with the NYC Department of Education to ensure that all eligible students who ride the bus abide by New York State public transit guidance and health protocols, including wearing a mask or face covering while riding the bus. We expect all bus riders to comply with social distancing measures when entering the building. Many KIPP NYC students, families, and staff use public transportation to travel to and from school each day. We expect those who take public transportation to wear a mask or face covering. Regardless of the means of transportation, we will require any staff member or student with any COVID-19 symptoms to remain home.
  • Upon arrival at school, we will provide students who ride the bus, and students or staff who take public transportation with hand sanitizer and/or the opportunity to wash their hands immediately upon entering the building.
  • KIPP NYC is planning to stagger arrival/dismissal times to reduce the number of students, staff, and families who use public transportation during peak times and to allow for social distancing practices during arrival and dismissal.
Will you offer transportation to and from school?

KIPP NYC will continue to collaborate with the NYC Department of Education to ensure that all eligible students who ride the bus/train have access to a MetroCard and/or busing services, if eligible. If you have transportation concerns please contact our regional operations team (sstoperations@kippnyc.org) for assistance.

Remote Learning

How does remote learning work this year?

  • During the course of an instructional day, students have the opportunity to engage in a combination of live Zoom sessions with their teachers, pre-recorded video lessons from veteran teachers, and self-guided lessons that allow for independent thinking and research.
  • We are increasing opportunities for remediation and feedback. We have built more time into schedules to check in with students individually to provide feedback and extra support. Remote learning allows us to reach students as they are learning and to make real-time suggestions.
  • We are using a new online learning management system, Canvas, which students, families, and staff visit every day while we are remote. Canvas allows students to access their assignments, receive announcements and feedback from their teachers, and see their grades. Canvas also houses other resources that students need for school, such as access to additional software or online programs. We also take attendance through Canvas.
  • We provided detailed information and instructions about Canvas, including how parents and guardians can access the platform for school-specific information and their students’ lessons, assignments, and teacher communications.

How will you make computers and tech support available to students?

  • We have shipped additional Chromebooks to homes for student use. Every student should have their own KIPP NYC Chromebook and use this for schoolwork; siblings will not need to share Chromebooks. 
  • KIPP NYC is committed to 100% connectivity at home. More information regarding Internet Access options in New York City can be found via this link. If your family needs assistance obtaining Internet access, please contact the Director of Operations at your student’s school for next steps.
  • Families can open a ticket for issues related to KIPP NYC Chromebooks or student software by completing this form

How will KIPP NYC deliver special education to students this school year?

  • KIPP NYC will continue to provide Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) services to all students who have these services on their IEPs whether we are fully remote or in hybrid learning.
  • KIPP NYC will ensure that all students with exceptionalities are identified at the beginning of the year and that the appropriate services are put in place.

How will you identify and support students who are English-language learners?

  • We begin the ELL identification process within the first week of remote learning.
  • Communication for families is provided in their home language. This includes information regarding progress monitoring, upcoming assessment, updates regarding our remote/hybrid learning plans, and any other relevant parent information.

How can families and staff provide input on the planning?

  • We want to partner with you to craft the best options for providing an excellent education while keeping students, families, and staff safe. We have done surveys and focus groups and we will be conducting more of these. Please be on the lookout through email and on our Instagram for more focus group opportunities.

How will KIPP NYC continue to communicate important updates?

  • We will communicate our plans to safely return to school via email and social media. Please follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.
  • If your contact information changes, please email your school to let us know.