A classroom cohort will range in size from 12 to 18 students, not dissimilar to traditional class sizes in any other year. However, students will not intermix with other cohorts or grade levels throughout the day. Faculty members will be assigned to one grade-level cohort and will not work with students in other grade levels.
Substitute teachers will also stay at a specific grade-level unless two weeks passes between assignments.
Classroom layouts will be restructured to permit a minimum of six feet of distance between students. Classrooms will have fewer shared items, and when possible, each student will have their own individual set of supplies. In addition, student supplies and possessions will remain in their classrooms, as lockers will initially not be in use at the start of the year.
The ventilation of each classroom was assessed this summer and plans are being implemented to increase the flow of outside air in every classroom. Air purification units are being added as necessary throughout the campus.
Traffic flow in stairwells will substantially flow in one direction only, as indicated by new building signage. Additional signs will be placed throughout the school building reminding students to wear masks, wash hands and maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people whenever possible. Bathrooms will have new occupancy limits with select stalls and sinks closed off to promote social distancing, ventilation will be boosted and hand dryers will be temporarily out of order.
Bernard Zell’s cleaning crew will use EPA approved disinfectants to clean common spaces throughout the day, with extra attention paid to high-traffic areas. Additionally, a more thorough cleaning will take place overnight. Gloves and supplies will be provided to teachers to clean high-touch areas within classrooms as needed.