Long Elementary Return to School Information

By now many of you have heard that our community has met the health criteria set by our Board of Education and we can start our plan to bring students back to in-person learning through a phased in approach. Please see the timeline below that shows when your child’s grade level will be coming back.

We have worked very hard to develop a plan that will allow us to safely resume a hybrid model of face to face learning. When we start to bring students back, you will notice that we have added signage and other safety measures to our school, stockpiled PPE’s, and enhanced cleaning procedures. Also, by the time students start coming back for instruction, all staff members who have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will have had the opportunity to get at least their first dose.

The District plan is a phased in approach that will allow us to work through the process slowly and cautiously to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Of course, each school will face their own unique challenges and we will be working with our staff, students, and parents to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible. We will continue to provide additional information as we move ahead.

In order to maintain a social distance between students during entry and exit times, we have assigned specific doors to each class. These doors will also be used as we begin Learning Labs next week.

Newsted/Bartolomei – Kindergarten porch door #3
Denison/GSRP – Door #4
Nettlow/McShane – Door #5
Little – Door #1
Ankouny/Chesney – Door #11
Jones/Kaye – Door #10

Moving to this next phase is exciting news and we look forward to seeing your children in our classrooms. We also know that for some it may bring about uneasy feelings or even concern. Please know that all of us here at Long School are working to create the very best learning experience for your child while maintaining the safety of all students and staff.
Be safe and continue to Mask UP!
General Overview of the Safe Start To School Plan
Our plan will start with face-to-face learning labs for special education students who are part of the Act 18 program starting on Tuesday, February 16. Learning labs for other students will start later next week. Many staff members will report to their buildings starting February 16.
The second week after learning labs start, schools will start reopening to all students for blended learning. With blended learning, students will be in school two days a week – either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday – and will work from home the other days. Wednesdays will be live online classes for all students.

The reopening schedule will go as follows:
Thursday, February 11th
Async day all students. (Teachers may connect with students if they wish) (Teachers may come to the buildings if they want to prepare their rooms)
Staff appointments for vaccination (DMC and Wayne County)

Friday, Feb 12th
No School-Midwinter break
Staff appointments for vaccination (DMC and Wayne County)

Monday Feb 15
No School-Midwinter break

Tuesday, Feb 16th
Asynchronous AM only for students/Duty Day for teachers- PM
ACT 18 Learning Labs start face-to-face

Wednesday, Feb 17th
General Education Learning Labs are virtual

Thursday, Feb. 18th
General Education Learning Labs begin in-person

Monday, Feb 22
All learning labs continue this week.
Schools prepare for student hybrid return based on the schedule

Friday, Feb 26
Regular full day for General Education
ACT 18 Learning Labs in AM
½ Duty day for Act 18 staff in the PM

Monday, March 1: Hybrid schedule begins Pk-12
K-2, 6th, and 9th grade students start in-school hybrid schedule
All grades begin the new time schedule even if they are not face to face this week
All categorical classroom schedules begin (tentatively pending transportation)

Monday, March 8th
Grades preschool, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and 10th start in-school hybrid learning.

Monday, March 15th
Grades eighth, 11th and 12th start in-school hybrid learning.