The CVES Special Education Division believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially despite challenges and obstacles.
As we plan to reopen school this fall, the health and safety of our students, employees, families, and communities are at the forefront of each decision made. In addition to the ongoing health risks of COVID-19 transmission, we recognize the toll that the abrupt transition to all-remote learning has had on our students, teachers, staff, and families. This plan is intended to articulate the adaptive design of our learning model in the coming year to accommodate changing conditions and evolving guidance from state and health officials.
Opening of School: September 2020
This opening schedule allows each building to be better prepared for the significant shift in routine that is required for in-person instruction to keep all students and staff members of our school community safe.
Face Covering Required by Students and Staff
Except for meals, and short breaks with appropriate social distancing.
Attendance of all school-age students of compulsory age and who attend a CVES program will have their attendance taken daily in accordance with established NYSED guidelines and CVES reporting procedures.
To prepare for multiple modes of learning, Microsoft Teams will be used in all classrooms as a part of the instructional design for the 2020-2021 school year. This instructional platform will go into effect at the start of the school year to establish and to build student confidence and to ease transitions between levels of our school continuum model.
Models for School Continuum
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
|Traditional Model 1
– Normal building use
|Traditional Model 2
– Staff & students in building
– WITH mitigation in place (face masks, social distancing)
– Restrictions in building use for public health safety
– Cohort Model
– Blend of in-person and remote learning (i.e. AA, BB)
– WITH mitigation in place (face masks, social distancing)
|Remote Model 1
– ALL students learning remotely from home.
– Staff instructing remotely from school
|Remote Model 2
– ALL staff & students learning/ teaching from home.
– NO one on campus
LEVELS 1-2: Traditional Models 1 & 2
Allows for normal building use with in-person instruction and ranges to the addition of mitigation in place along with restrictions for public building use.
LEVEL 3: Hybrid Model
This hybrid model allows students to receive in-person instruction, reduces student population in the building by 50% and allows for a deep cleaning between the two groups of students within each classroom. It also provides two consecutive days of in-person instruction, inclusive of related services.
Hybrid Model Schedule
|Groups A & B Remote Learning||Group B
LEVELS 4 & 5: Remote Models 1 & 2
During the school closure period, our remote learning model has been successful with high student engagement and strong parent communication. We will continue to build upon these successes throughout the 2020-21 school year. Our goal continues to be delivering quality programming, services, and supports to our students and families in an innovative way.
Teachers will create lessons to meet students at their instructional level and will bring them to grade level expectation through differentiated lessons, using video and small group or 1:1 follow-up via video, audio, or Teams meeting.
All instruction is aligned to the New York State learning standards and is provided by a NYS Certified Teacher in collaboration with the certified classroom teaching assistant. This includes:
Work Experience: students will continue to develop their Career Development and Occupational Studies using the Virtual Job Shadow online program with activities assigned by classroom teacher.
A weekly schedule will be created for each student and shared with their family by the classroom teacher. The goal is to organize instructional learning and related services, individualized for each student, and to clearly communicate expected learning opportunities.
|Sample Individualized Student Schedule|
|9 a.m. Morning Meeting via TEAMS Video (class)||9 a.m. Morning Meeting via TEAMS Video (class)||9 a.m. Morning Meeting via TEAMS Video (class)||9 a.m. Morning Meeting via TEAMS Video (class)||9 a.m. Morning Meeting via TEAMS Video (class)|
|10 a.m. ELA Activity via TEAMS Video (1:1)||10 a.m. Math Activity via TEAMS Video (1:1)||10 a.m. ELA Activity via TEAMS Video (1:1)||10 a.m. Math Activity via TEAMS Video (1:1)||10 a.m. Group Activity via TEAMS Video (1:1)|
|A.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Movement Break||A.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Movement Break||A.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Movement Break||A.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Movement Break||A.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Movement Break|
|11:30 PT Session via TEAMS Video||11:30 Art Instruction, TEAMS Video (class)||11:30 OT Session via TEAMS Video||11:30 PT Session via TEAMS Video||11:30 OT Session via TEAMS Video|
|P.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Independent Activity||1 p.m. ELA Activity via TEAMS Video (small group)||1 p.m. PE Instruction TEAMS Video (class)||1 p.m. ELA Activity via TEAMS Video (small group)||P.M. Classroom TEAMS Post – Independent Activity|
|1:30 p.m. Speech via TEAMS Video (1:1)||2 p.m. SEL Activity via TEAMS Video (class)||1:30 p.m. Speech via TEAMS Video (1:1)||2 p.m. SEL Activity via TEAMS Video (class)||1 p.m. – Parent Phone Call|
All student/family contact will continue to be documented within SchoolTool.
Related Service Providers (RSPs)
Students without access to technology or internet will be referred immediately to the building principal who will:
School Counselors will be available to support and meet with students who need added emotional support.
Curriculum materials will be differentiated according to student need and translated to ASL and/or different languages, as needed.
CVES will strengthen and maintain consistent communication with families, in addition to students and staff.