KINNELON SCHOOLS 2021-2022 IN-PERSON OPENING PLAN
1. Maintaining Health and Safety
For each mitigation strategy listed below (A–H), please describe how the LEA will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff and the extent to which it has adopted policies, and a description of any such policies, on each of the following safety recommendations established by the CDC.
A. Universal and correct wearing of masks:
Kinnelon Public Schools will follow the guidance in place for the 2021-2022 school year from the New Jersey Department of Health and the Office of the Governor with regard to face coverings.
B. Physical distancing (e.g., including use of cohorts/podding)
Kinnelon Schools has been open for full days of instruction since September 2020. In April 2021, Kinnelon Schools opened for all students at 3-feet of physical distance as outline by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention. We can open schools for all students in accordance with the CDC guidelines.
C. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
Kinnelon Schools will continue to reinforce proper handwashing and proper respiratory etiquette as we have done all year. We will continue to provide an increased number of hand sanitizing stations. This practice is not limited to COVID, students are taught frequent handwashing and respiratory etiquette every year to reduce the spread of other communicable pathogens such as Rotavirus (stomach virus), strep, colds, and Influenza.
D. Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities, including improving ventilation
Kinnelon Schools has been open for in-person instruction since September 2020 and will continue to follow enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces in our schools and on our buses. We have installed CASPR air and surface purification systems in some areas and will be installing UVC Automated Treatment systems in classrooms, offices, and common spaces.
E. Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the State, local, territorial, or Tribal health departments.
Kinnelon Public Schools will follow the guidance in place for the 2021-2022 school year from the New Jersey Department of Health/Local Health Department and Office of the Governor with regard to isolation and quarantine.
F. Diagnostic and screening testing
Kinnelon Schools will partner with a lab to provide COVID testing as determined by the KBOE.
G. Efforts to provide vaccinations to educators, other staff, and students, if eligible
Kinnelon staff has largely been vaccinated, if and when booster shots are required, we will arrange for access for staff that wishes to receive the booster inoculation. Student vaccination is a family decision made in concert with the family physician.
H. Appropriate accommodations for children with disabilities with respect to the health and safety policies
Child Study Teams will work with families and students to develop appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for students with disabilities to ensure that they are in a safe learning environment.
2. Ensuring Continuity of Services
A. Describe how the LEA will ensure continuity of services, including but not limited to services to address students’ academic needs and students’ and staff’s social, emotional, mental health, and other needs, which may include student health and food services. (1000 character limit)
· Kinnelon Schools is providing summer programs for students identified as needing summer support,
· 2021-22 will provide Guided Study/BSI at all grade spans.
· Supplemental Support programs will also continue in the 2021-2022 school year.
· Kinnelon Schools has increased the number of hours for the Extended School Year summer program for our qualifying students with disabilities.
· With regard to mental health, we are expanding our CarePlus NJ program for students and staff.
· Students will continue to receive free and reduced lunch.
· Students will continue to receive free health screening by our school nurses
3. Public Comment
A. Describe how the LEA sought public comment on its plan, and how it took those public comment into account in the development of its plan. Note, the ARP requires that LEAs seek public comment for each 60-day revision to the plan. (1000 character limit)
This information was presented via recording to Kinnelon families and staff. Comment was taken via a dedicated email account. We will also take public comment at the June Board of Education meeting. Updates to the plan will also be communicated in a similar fashion.
B. Describe how the LEA ensured that the plan is in an understandable and uniform format; is to the extent practicable written in a language that parents can understand or, if not practicable to provide written translations to a parent with limited English proficiency, will be orally translated for such a parent; and upon request by a parent who is an individual with a disability as defined by the ADA, will be provided in an alternative format accessible to that parent. (1000 character limit)
The Plan will be posted on the Kinnelon Schools District’s website. Our website provides readable content with a design and layout where individuals with low vision or color blindness can read the text. A responsive website displays large text on any device.
To assist those in the community who are English Language Learners our website easily translates text content from English to many languages utilizing the “Translate” icon located in the header of each webpage. We will of course make any accommodations requested with regard to any appropriate accommodation for any parent who falls under the ADA.
2020-2021 Reopening Schools Plans / Resources
School District and School HIB Grades Required by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act
Under the Commissioner’s Program for Determining Grades, the school grade is a raw score of data and the sum of the ratings for all indicators within each core element on the School Self-Assessment (e.g., 65 of 78 points). The maximum total score for a school is 78 points. The school district’s grade is an average of the total scores of all schools in the school district.
The NJDOE-issued grade is not represented as a letter grade; the NJDOE is not issuing any associated value or ranking for the raw and average scores. The raw and average scores reflect the school and school district’s degree of compliance with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), as determined primarily through each school’s self-assessment of its implementation of the ABR.
2018-2019 Student Performance Report
2018-2019 Student Performance Report
On March 11, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is made publically available the state's School Performance Reports for the 2017-18 school year, which include over a dozen new data elements and parent-friendly Summary Reports.
Enhancements to the 2018-19 School Performance Reports
The 2018-19 reports include changes that respond to stakeholder feedback collected through a feedback survey, parent round tables and workshops, and stakeholder engagement throughout the year. These changes include:
• Emphasis on progress with new pages showing progress on student growth, proficiency, and graduation rates over the last three years
• Expanded data that allows comparisons between additional student groups (e.g. gender, homeless students, students in foster care) for student growth, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, and career and technical education program participation
• Additional resources to help explain where the data in the reports comes from and how it’s calculated
• More information including participation in computer science and information technology courses and school-level per-pupil expenditures
One-Page Summary Reports
Along with the full reports, one-page school and district Summary Reports are available. The Summary Reports provide a high-level summary of how well a school or district is performing with data that address questions such as:
• How does our students’ growth compare to students’ growth in other districts?
• Are students at risk?
• Are students graduating?
• How did students perform on assessments?
• Are students college and career ready?
• Do they have access to high-level coursework?
A Summary Report Guide is also available on the School Performance Reports webpage to explain the different data points on the Summary Reports.
The NJDOE continues to seek public input on ways to improve future reports. Please complete the feedback survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/201819SPR or email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback and suggestions.