COVID-19 Information

During the 2020-21 school year, many district procedures and practices have been modified due to COVID-19. This page provides a guide to those changes.

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Masks

Wear a mask on the bus and in school. Mask breaks will be possible when social distance can be maintained

A COVID-19 directive issued by the superintendent’s office requires that “All people who enter school property, which also includes school vehicles, or attend school sponsored events are directed and required to follow the Herkimer Central School District Reopening Plan and written protocols.”

This includes wearing a suitable mask or other fabric face covering while at school unless or until the student is directed to remove their mask. If your child is unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, please contact your building principal. “Mask breaks” are possible once students are in the classroom and the teacher can determine it is safe for students to remove their masks.

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Health Checks

Check before school: Free from COVID-19 symptoms; no contact with COVID-19; not tested positive for COVID-19; not under quarantine or isolation

The district has always asked parents to keep students at home if they are not well enough to participate in school activities. By sending your child to school, you affirm that they are free of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

More detail about when students should stay home from school is provided in the New York State Department of Health PreK-Grade 12 Toolkit. (See Page 2, “Can My Child Go To School Today?”)

Anyone who misses school with COVID-19 symptoms must follow the COVID-19 Return to School Protocol before re-entering the school building.

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COVID-19 Cases

The district will report positive cases daily to the state Department of Health’s COVID Report Card dashboard.

Anyone who is suspected of COVID-19 will be directed to contact their health care provider for evaluation and possible testing. State local health departments will be notified immediately of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual in school facilities or on school grounds.

In addition, anyone who presents with COVID-19 symptoms may be reported as a “presumed positive” to the Department of Health if they are not able to obtain a test within 48 hours of becoming symptomatic, in accordance with state regulations.

Contact tracing and quarantine orders will be directed by the local health department in the event of a positive or presumed positive case. The district will participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that local health officials can contact and notify families of any possible exposure to COVID-19, and direct families of the necessary steps (testing, quarantine, etc.)

Read more about the district’s COVID-19 testing and contact tracing plans here.

Student Schedules

https://www.herkimercsd.org/about/reopening-plan/reopening-faq/

All Herkimer CSD students have the opportunity for in-person learning, in the classroom. The district’s expectation is that students will participate in-person instruction unless a student or their family is medically vulnerable, or has other needs that would prevent them from returning to school. Please contact your child’s building principal to request accommodation for remote learning.

The district has developed student schedules that minimize the amount of time students spent in the school building. This allows students to receive their “core” instruction while at school, and to continue learning outside of school for additional subjects. The details of these schedules are described below.

Student work is graded, and teachers monitor student attendance each day. Emergency drills will still be conducted, and bus transportation and student meals are still provided by the district. (Breakfast is served in the classroom, and lunches are served “to-go.”)

Read more about the reasons behind this plan.

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Herkimer Elementary

Prekindergarten

  • Remote learning
  • Flexible schedule
  • Home visits, independent learning and remote learning

Prekindergarten is conducted remotely. Teachers will visit students in their home, and provide students with opportunities for online instruction, and activities to do at home.

K-5

  • In-person learning 5 days/week
  • 5-hour school day with staggered start times
  • Students will complete some work outside of school

K-5 students attend school five days a week, with start and end times staggered depending on grade level. This is due to the need for multiple bus runs to transport students while maintaining social distance on the bus.

  • Grades K-2: 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (approximate)
  • Grades 3-5: 8:05 a.m.-1:05 p.m. (approximate)

Parents are asked to drop students off and pick them up outside the school building. Each grade level will have a specific time for pickup in the afternoon, with students brought out to the bus loop.

Students are asked to go straight to their classroom in the morning, and stay in their classroom for instruction. In the classroom, they eat breakfast and snack, and work on core subjects with their classroom teacher. Music, art instruction, and social-emotional lessons are streamed into the classroom once a week. Recess and center time are also be part of the school day. Some learning continues while students are at home, including physical education.

Students in K-2 are provided with district iPads. Grades 3-5 students receive a district Chromebook. Students are expected to log into their assigned Google Classroom to participate in small group instruction during the day.

Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School

Grade 6

  • In-person learning 5 days/week
  • 5-hour school day
  • Students will complete some work outside of school

Grades 7-12

  • In-person learning 2-3 days/week
  • 5-hour school day
  • Students will complete some work outside of school

Most Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School students alternate between in-person and remote learning days. Grade 6 students come in for in-person instruction five days a week. For Grades 7-12, each cohort comes for in-person instruction at least two days a week: Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday. Specialized instruction takes place in-person on Wednesday for some CTE and IEP students.

Students go straight to their classroom in the morning, and stay in one classroom for the duration of their time at school. Since lockers will not be in use, students are able to bring their belongings into the classroom.

The five-hour school day includes core classes that focus on grade-level and graduation requirements. On weekdays when students are not in the school building, students should plan on spending time on schoolwork. Specific expectations for checking in and turning in work during remote learning days are communicated by individual teachers.

The district continues to provide Chromebooks to all students. Any student who needs computer equipment should contact the school.

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