Reopening Our Schools

To find the latest information about school reopening, please use the links below. Berlin CSD's top priorities are the health and safety of our students and staff and the academic and social emotional needs of our students.

Reopening Plan | Resources | Reopening Task Force | NYSED Guidelines

Fiscal, Food & Transportation

Informational updates will be found here as they become available

Child Nutrition

  • Breakfast and lunch will be pre-packaged and served to ensure appropriate social distancing, including allowance for eating in classrooms.
  • The district will provide all enrolled students with school meals each school day whether in attendance at school or learning remotely. The process for food stations/delivery is being developed.
  • The district reopening will continue to follow all applicable health and safety guidelines.
  • Alternate locations will be provided for students with severe food allergies, as needed.
  • The district will provide training for how students will perform hand hygiene before and after eating, how appropriate hand hygiene will be promoted, and how sharing of food and beverages will be discouraged. Students will be supervised during meal times and prohibited from sharing food and beverages unless members of the same household.
  • Prior to the practice of utilizing common areas for mealtimes, protocols and procedures for cleaning and disinfection of these areas between groups of students will be developed in coordination with the Buildings and Grounds department.
  • The district will continue to ensure compliance with Child Nutrition Program
    requirements.
  • The district will communicate with families through multiple means in the languages spoken by families as coordinated by the School Guidance department.

Transportation

  • Buses will have no more than one student per seat with a maximum of 22 students on a 66 passenger bus, unless multiple students from the same household allows for greater capacity.
  • Students will be assigned seats for appropriate social distancing.
  • At this time, there will be no sports trips, field trips or late runs.
  • Parents/guardians must screen their child(ren) for fever/signs of COVID prior to getting on the bus; sick students must be kept home. Students will not be permitted to ride the bus if their screening is incomplete or their temperature is above 100 degrees.
  • Parents are encouraged to drive their children where feasible.
  • Staggered school arrival times and dismissal procedures will likely be necessary. This will be communicated to families prior to the start of school.
  • Buses will be fully disinfected at the end of everyday using an approved disinfectant, following all CDC and DOH guidelines, as well as disinfecting high touch areas between A.M. and P.M. runs.
  • Drivers, attendants, and students are required to wear face coverings while loading, riding, and unloading with the exception of those who cannot mentally or physically wear them. Students without face coverings will not be denied transportation. Face coverings and gloves will be provided for those who need them. Staff with direct physical contact with students must wear gloves. Hand sanitizer is not allowed on the bus in any capacity.
  • All staff and students will be trained on safe procedures for wearing and cleaning of face coverings, recognizing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, proper hand washing techniques, proper social distancing and the proper use and care of other personal protective equipment. All transportation staff will have periodic refreshers on these procedures to serve as important safety reminders, as well as to be informed of any updates or changes.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the transportation building and all employees are expected to use it upon entering the building, when handwashing with soap and water is not feasible, and anytime their hands are soiled.
  • Employees and students will be required to perform daily health screening at home and follow proper procedures set forth by CDC and DOH should they present a fever over 100 degrees or answer yes to any of the screening questions.
  • For out-of-district transportation, the district will follow its current procedure regarding transportation when the district is in session, in-person or remotely, only. Due to social distancing requirements, only those students who meet the 15 mile limitation will receive transportation. Those students who live further than 15 miles from their school, will not be offered transportation even if there is a scheduled run to that location.

Technology and Connectivity

  • The District will determine the level of access all students and teachers have in their place of residence through multiple means of communication.
  • The district will issue 1:1 devices for all staff who need them and to all students regardless of instructional model. Internet access will be discussed and means of accessibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • The District will provide multiple ways for students to participate in learning and demonstrate their mastery of the learning standards in remote and hybrid instructional models.

Budget and Fiscal Matters

    • The district will continue to meet existing state aid reporting requirements.
    • The district will ensure that the content of data submissions, such as attendance data, will remain consistent with past practice, except where modified by necessity, law, regulation or executive order.