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New Normal School Hours - Monday thru Friday Onsite Schedule
The K-8 campus school day runs from 8:00am – 3:00pm or 3:30pm, depending on the program (Lower School or Middle School).
The Preschool hours vary by the program selected (half-day or full-day).
The community will follow specific health precautions which will be in accordance with our local, state, and federal requirements and will include, at a minimum, the following:
WNS currently has a mask optional policy that is subject to change pending DOH and state regulations.
All Covid-19 vaccine-eligible students (ages five and above) are required to be FULLY VACCINATED and BOOSTED for the new September 2022 school year.
All students below age five are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Monday, October 17th, 2022.
Periodic health checks will occur. We purchased digital thermometers for each classroom and thermal cameras for each entrance.
We will slightly stagger arrival and dismissal times. There will be a siblings’ window for drop-off. Tardiness will not be permitted; students must arrive during their specified time.
UV light wands and UV toy boxes will be used to sanitize hard to clean items.
Staff, faculty, and Admin are 100% fully vaccinated.
Class sizes are limited and desks are spaced the recommended distance apart.
Teachers will rotate rather than students whenever possible.
Classrooms have been equipped with HEPA air purifiers.
Upgraded water fountains will accept water bottles.
Field trips will follow all safety precautions.
Maintenance staff will disinfect shared surfaces and equipment between uses.
90 day exemption policy
Children who have tested positive in the last 90 days may be exempt from maintenance testing for 90 days, where day 1 is the first day of isolation. Day 1 of isolation is defined as the day immediately following your child’s first day of symptoms, or if your child was asymptomatic, the day after their positive test result was collected. Only families that have provided proof of a positive COVID-19 test result or doctor’s note may qualify for this exemption. This document must be sent to both Amanda Dimeo at the preschool (WNP) and Nurse Anita at the K-8 campus (WNS). Children who are exposed or symptomatic may be asked to test.
K-8 Remote Learning Circumstances
Circumstances may arise where we need to implement remote learning at our K-8 campus. Our goal is to provide a seamless transition between these scenarios and make instruction available to all students during these periods.
Unique among schools, Northside has the capability to live stream our classes using the innovative Swivl technology which allows students off-campus to safely experience the in-person classroom environment from afar.
Blended learning, where some K-8 students are receiving instruction via our remote learning platform and some are receiving instruction on campus, does not change our mission or our commitment to providing a rich, engaging educational experience. Northside’s blended learning model combines synchronous (live) instruction with asynchronous (accessible anytime) instruction in a schedule intentionally designed to provide a healthy school/life balance.
Following the recommendations from local public health officials, we are prepared should there be an interruption to on-campus learning. In the event our local community experiences a spike in Covid-19 cases, and an interruption of physical operations occurs, the K-8 campus will promptly shift to remote learning. In response to parental feedback, students will be sent home with Go-Bags equipped with workbooks, manipulatives, readers, and other resources which will allow for a greater balance between screen time and more traditional modes of learning.
Learn more about our Health and Safety measures.
Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is at the center of our plans for a safe return to the Nest this fall. We have developed practices and protocols for health screening, social distancing, and a myriad of additional safety measures.
We have reconfigured our spaces for greater safety.
We are fortunate to have ample classroom spaces to accommodate all of our students on both of our campuses at the same time. Students will be placed in smaller cohorts based on social distance and the maximum number of students in each class.
Student COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
Beginning January 14th, 2022, all students ages five and above are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Having all members of our K-8 campus, students and adults, fully vaccinated will continue to keep our community healthy and safe and greatly advance our efforts to a return to more normal schooling. A fully vaccinated K-8 campus also allows our youngest students to move more freely and easily through our building.
Student COVID-19 Testing
All students must be tested on Wednesdays of each week. Results should be sent to the testing email Test Results. Students who fall within the 90 day exemption period are not required to submit to weekly maintenance testing. Prior notification with dates of positive tests should be relayed to Nurse Anita.
Other Safety Measures
Please note that students are not allowed to take medication independently while on campus. If your child requires medication throughout the day, we ask that you please notify Nurse Anita via email. Students who require prescription medication MUST have the “prescription medication form” filled out on Magnus before any medication can be administered. When providing medication, please ensure that your child’s name and prescription details are clearly legible on the label.
We use an infrared body temperature camera to screen all students and employees each day upon arrival.
We will monitor signs and symptoms throughout the day and have designated additional space in case community members need to quarantine during school hours.
Air Purifiers / UV To & /Equipment Box Sanitizers
Williamsburg Northside Preschool – 2s, 3s, and PK
After a safe and successful in-person 2021-2022 school years, Northside preschool is looking forward to another fruitful school year of learning and laughter. Taking into consideration the feedback we have collected from our families and staff regarding our COVID-related health and safety policies from the past school year, as well as the most up-to-date guidelines from the CDC and NYC Department of Health, we will be making a few strategic changes to our plan for the fall.
We believe that these changes will serve to further our efforts in keeping our community safe, while also falling in line with our commitment to providing our students a warm and nurturing learning environment rooted in collaborative community-based experiences. As always, we will be relying on our seasoned staff, faculty, and administrators to keep the growth and learning alive, while also prioritizing the health and safety of our children and greater community.
The first of these health and safety changes is a shift from the use of classroom ‘pods’ to cohorts based on age. Each age group (2s, 3s, and PK respectively) will be considered their own ‘cohort’, and therefore children will be allowed to interact with members of these other classes when safely facilitated by their classroom teachers. These cohorts will also be used during After School.
Rooftop Playground and Outdoor Classrooms
During this past school year, the preschool teachers made the most of our newly renovated rooftop by enjoying both free play and structured activities on our roof. Classroom teachers moved their assemblies and read-alouds to our open-air classrooms, and our enrichment teachers, Maggie and Julie, had our preschoolers dancing, singing and painting in the sun.
Moving forward, our rooftop will continue to be used as an open air alternative to our traditional indoor classrooms.
Staggered Arrival and Dismissal
In our effort to limit traceable contacts between our preschool cohorts during our busiest times of the day, at the preschool we will continue to stagger arrival and dismissal times, but shift the timing by just a few minutes. Each class will now have a specific 10-minute drop-off window beginning at 8:20am. Dismissals will correspond respectively.
Classroom Structure and Scheduling
By mixing both half and full-day children within our hybrid class system, we will continue to reduce class sizes at high contact points of the day, such as lunch and nap times. Class sizes will remain well within the Department of Health limit of 15 children, but will ultimately be determined by the class age, physical space, and mixing of half and full-day students.
When weather does not permit music classes to be held outside in one of our rooftop classrooms, our music teacher, Julie, will push into the classroom. Art classes with Maggie will be held both in small groups in the art studio, and when possible, in one of our outdoor classrooms. Materials used by both enrichment teachers will be thoroughly cleaned between classes using our UV sterilizing toy boxes.
At the preschool we will continue to provide a healthy morning and afternoon snack, as well as a snack for those staying for After School. Families always have the option to send their own snacks from home if preferred.
Lunch will continue to be eaten in the classroom, using plexi-glass sneeze guards to safely separate students. We ask that parents supply utensils that can be sent back home in order to reduce the need to sterilize our metal utensils at the end of each day. Although plastic utensils will be available on-site, we hope to reduce the use of plastic as much as possible. We also ask that families send a water bottle for their child each day. Teachers will clean and refill them as needed throughout the day.
In order to decrease the number of children eating lunch at school, decisions as to whether or not half-day children will be eating lunch at school will be made by individual classroom teachers.
Please note, we continue to be a nut-free school.
Northside has identified 24 make up days within our school calendar. The vast majority of these days backfill the second half of the academic school year in response to any state or NYC mandated delayed start or school closure.
- During any state regulated closure period, Northside teachers will not be working remotely, and there will be no offering of online instruction. Makeup days will count when campus is physically open.