School Schedules

Operationalize Academic/Instructional Parameters for Reopening – In-Person, Remoting Learning Hybrid

Schedule updates made by Board of Education on September 16, 2020

The Greater Amsterdam Board of Education approved the following  school opening schedule changes for the 2020-21 school year at a meeting on Sept. 16, 2020:

  • No change: Start of the Pre-Kindergarten program will continue to be delayed through Nov. 30. Further decisions to be made on when/if this will start due to financial reasons.
  • No change: The Kindergarten program’s in-person instruction model will not begin until Oct. 5. Remote instruction for now.
  • Change: Students in grades 1-5 and grades 9-12 will not begin in-person instruction (Purple and Gold groups) until Sept. 28. All students will continue remote instruction until that time. In-person instruction was originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 21.
  • Change: Students in grades 6-8 at Lynch Literacy Academy will not begin in-person instruction (Purple and Gold groups) until Oct. 13 due to construction issues related to the ongoing capital project improvements. In-person instruction was originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 21.

Original schedule in school reopening plan

Elementary School – Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5

  • Grades Pre-K-5 is planned for an alternate day model with half of the students coming to school for two consecutive days (Purple Group on Monday and Tuesday); Wednesday will be a deep cleaning day with online learning and the other cohort coming on the next two days (Gold Group on Thursday and Friday), allowing for social distancing in classrooms and hallways. In addition, the district will keep an open mindedness to other instruction models that could reduce the number of in-person students should conditions change and the need arise.
  • Kindergarten general students will remain in remote learning only until Oct. 5. Pre-K instruction has been suspended through Nov. 30.
  • Elementary students will start the school year on a shorten day schedule from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with hopes of extending it as the school year moves on, depending on state and local guidance.
  • The school will facilitate Remote Learning Only (ROL) instruction for any student who requires it due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, for those who are deemed medically vulnerable or for any family that chooses this option and commits to it for the entire first trimester of the 2020-21 school year. 
  • Due to social distancing requirements, all school spaces may be used as instructional spaces (e.g., classrooms, cafeteria, special area classrooms).
  • The traditional instructional program will be modified with students learning from classroom teachers and at other times through independent or remote/livestream instruction from within the school building.
  • Potential staggered student arrival is under consideration to accommodate for potential transportation seating limitations and increased traffic at schools due to parent drop-offs.
  • On virtual instruction days, students will be required to participate in classroom work remotely and/or complete assignments. Student expectations on virtual days will be determined by the teacher based on what will work best for the specific class and what is being learned.

Secondary School – Grades 6 – 12

  • Grades 6-12 is planned for an alternate day model with half of the students coming to school for two consecutive days, (Purple Group on Monday and Tuesday); Wednesday will be a deep cleaning day with online learning and the other cohort group coming on the next two days (Gold Group on Thursday and Friday), allowing for social distancing in classrooms and hallways. In addition, the district will keep an open mindedness to other instruction models that could reduce the number of in-person students should conditions change and the need arise.
  • The in-person school day will include nine, 32-minute periods with 6-minute passing time to change classes. The school in-person school day is planned for re-entry from 7:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is subject to change. Any school clubs will be held remotely at the end of the school day.
  • The schools will facilitate Remote Learning Only (ROL) instruction for any student who requires it due to COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, for those who are deemed medically vulnerable or for any family that chooses this option and commits to it for the entire first quarter of the 2020-21 school year. 
  • On virtual instruction days, students will be required to participate in classroom work remotely and/or complete assignments. Student expectations on virtual days will be determined by the teacher based on what will work best for the specific class and what is being learned. As an example, students in an English class may be assigned independent reading or writing, while students in a Math class may watch the day’s lesson live and from home.
  • Students registered for the BOCES CTE program will attend on their cohort days (Purple or Gold group). Accommodations are being made for remote learning on the other three school days. Students will also have the option of attending CTE in-person on their scheduled remote learning days if they provide their own transportation to the program.

Remote Learning Only Option

The Greater Amsterdam School District is also giving parents the option of choosing a Remote Only Learning (ROL) at home model for their child(ren) for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Parents/guardians were asked to complete an online form to choose the ROL option and meet all procedures and requirements posted below. 

Procedures and Requirements for enrolling in Remote Only Learning (ROL)

    • Students enrolling in ROL will be assigned to online only learning. This includes online only participation in any clubs and/or extracurricular activities, if so offered for in-person attendance. Students in the ROL program will not be eligible to participate in onsite interscholastic activities should they be offered, with the exception of interscholastic athletics as per Section II guidance.
    • Parents must notify the Greater Amsterdam School District of their intent to enroll their student in the Remote Only Learning (ROL) program.
    • Students enrolled in ROL will remain in the virtual classroom to which they are assigned, minimally for the entirety of the first trimester at the elementary level (through November 20, 2020) and the first quarter (through November 13, 2020) at the middle school and high school levels.
    • Parents of elementary students who would like to shift their child to the onsite/combined remote learning option for the start of the second trimester must notify the school district registrar of the intent to shift from ROL to the in-person/hybrid model no later than November 1, 2020. This will provide time for the district to reassign teachers between ROL and in-person instructional assignments as student enrollments shift.
    • Parents of middle school and high school students who would like to shift their child to the district’s onsite/combined remote instruction model for the start of the second quarter must notify the school district registrar of the intent to shift from ROL to the in-person/hybrid model no later than November 2, 2020. This will provide time for the district to reassign teachers between ROL and in-person instructional assignments as student enrollments shift. 
    • Instruction and instructional materials will be provided both through synchronous and asynchronous means.
    • Parents of younger students will need to be engaged in supporting instruction from home.
    • Student attendance will be taken. Student work must be returned to the teacher(s) completed. Students will receive grades and progress reports. 
      At the elementary level: instruction will be provided in ELA, math, science and social studies for each grade level. Students will also have access to weekly lessons for PE, art, and music. PE, art and music lessons will be designed for multiple grade levels (i.e., K-5, 6-8, 9-12), will not be grade level specific, and are likely to be asynchronous.
    • In the event onsite instruction is suspended and the students who had been participating in onsite instruction shift to an entirely virtual setting, students enrolled in the ROL model will remain in the ROL program unless the district needs to make a change due to staffing needs.
    • Due to social distancing requirements and the assignment of staff to in-person and virtual classrooms, students returning to the onsite/combined remote schooling may be assigned to schools other than their home-school if the home-school is at maximum capacity for social distancing requirements.
    • The ROL assignment will stay in effect for the 2020-21 school year unless COVID restrictions are lifted or families provide required notice of the intent to re-enroll their child in the onsite program. Return to onsite schooling will take effect at the start of the next trimester at the elementary and semester at the secondary level.

For information about how school schedule information will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan at https://www.gasd.org/greater-amsterdam-school-reopening-plan-for-2020-21/communication-family-and-community-engagement/