Mary Snow School
Return to School: Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of common questions that parents may have about the return to school. If you have a questions that is not on the list, please email Mr. Bannen: firstname.lastname@example.org
When is the first day of school?
September 1, 2020
What are my return options for my Mary Snow student?
Three return options are available to families. Note that all three options have been made available and will run simultaneously:
Full-Time: The student will attend school in-person five days a week on the normal school schedule. This is the option that is closest to a normal school return.
Hybrid Part-Time: The student will attend school 2 days per week, rotate attending on Fridays, and work remotely from home on other days. In this option, students attend on alternating days (for example, attend Mary on Monday and Wednesday, work from home on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). Students are still required to meet the full expectations in their classes and will complete work at home on days they don’t attend in person.
Fully Remote: The student will not attend Mary Snow in person and will do all of his/her work from home through a combination of virtual contact with a teacher and completion of work as assigned through a learning management system, including Google Classroom.
The three options will run simultaneously, which means that students returning full-time (five days per week) will attend school with hybrid return students (one group on Monday & Wednesday and a second group on Tuesday & Thursday, rotating Fridays).
I have chosen the Hybrid option for my children who attend multiple Bangor schools. Can they go to school on the same days?
Yes. Mary Snow will work with families on coordinating with sibling schools to make sure students attend on the same days.
Will full-return students participate in school-based courses with hybrid-return students?
Our goal is schedule sections that are only full-return or only hybrid students for many reasons. We believe this will be possible for most courses and is our top priority. However, it may be possible to safely combine full-time and hybrid students in some sections of courses depending on the content area and course coverage needs. For example, hybrid students in Special Education or Gifted and Talented courses may attend instructional blocks with full-time students.
Can a student switch from one return type to another?
For many reasons, we are hoping that families will remain with the selected option, but we do recognize that some switching may be necessary for other very good reasons. We hope that families will choose the return option that best meets their needs and that students settle into a learning routine that works well for them through each quarter. Generally, however, it will be easier to make a change when a student moves from a higher level of school attendance to a lower level of school attendance, for example from Full-Time to Hybrid.
What will fully remote learning look like?
Students will not attend school in person, however, students will still have access to the curriculum components so they are engaged with the same learning as their peers. Remote students will be assigned a teacher who may not be a Mary Snow teacher. At this time, the plan for remote instruction is to synchronously teach and interact with students (via Zoom or Google Meets) for short periods of time. Students are expected to engage in the remote teaching as well as to complete assigned work independently. Learning will be most likely be managed by Google Classroom. Attendance will be taken and letter grades will be earned and issued on the semester level.
What safety and prevention steps are being taken at Mary Snow?
In order to make sure students are safe in their return to school, we have taken the following steps:
- All rooms have been deep cleaned
- All classrooms have been set up for distancing with 3-6 feet between students.
- Totes have been purchased to store individual items (pencils, markers, scissors, glue, etc.
- Water fountains have been changed to water filling stations
- Separate entries designated by class to allow for distancing.
- Hand-washing upon arrival and frequently throughout the school day.
- Requirement of masks for all students and staff upon arrival and throughout the school day.
- CDC distancing guidelines observed in all classroom spaces.
- A combination of single direction foot traffic, staggered releases, and between-class sanitation of spaces to reduce contact and contamination.
- Elimination of cafeteria use, including lunches brought to classrooms.
What will arriving and leaving school look like?
Students will arrive at school either by family-provided transportation (recommended by the CDC) or by bus (recommended to be limited by the CDC). Students will have a designated entry based on their homeroom teacher.
Masks must be worn upon arrival. Temperature and symptom checks are no longer recommended in schools as a screening measure. Students will sanitize their hands upon entry, and then proceed to their classroom with staff posted to ensure distancing / non-grouping. Students who eat breakfast at school will be provided a place to safely eat with distancing. Classrooms will be set up with proper distancing. Students will not access coat rooms, but may have backpacks for the school materials.
Dismissal will be staggered based on type of transportation. All foot travel throughout the day and including dismissal will be directed based on the area of the building and to maintain distancing.
Will my child be able to access Special Education or Gifted/Talented instruction in a hybrid or remote model?
Yes. Students engaged in hybrid learning will access specialized programming on the days they are present. Students in a remote setting will have the same option, however, it may not be with a Mary Snow teacher. For example, a fifth grade student who access G/T Math may instead access a 6th grade math class to receive their acceleration.
My child has an IEP/504 in place. Will this still apply regardless of selection? How will this fit in?
IEP and 504 plans are in place for all learning scenarios (in-person or remote). IEP Coordinators and Guidance Counselors will review plans and hold virtual meetings to ensure that accommodations are in place and adjusted as necessary to the learning environment chosen by families.
I am available to transport my children to Mary Snow in the mornings but am unable to provide it at the close of the school day. Is this a time where buses would be provided?
We are committed to providing busing as necessary, and we will be censusing each bus in the first days of school to ensure that they stay under the maximum number of riders. Please call the main office at 941-6290 if your child will need transportation.
Are you allowing kids to wear full face shields instead of a mask? Or what types of masks are considered okay?
The following requirements for face coverings was updated by the Maine Department of Education on July 31 (https://www.maine.gov/doe/framework/part-I/#risk)
Masks/Face Coverings – Adults, including educators and staff, are required to wear a mask/face covering. Students age five and above are required to wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth. (Updated 7/31/20) Masks are recommended for children ages two to four, when developmentally appropriate. (Updated 7/31/20). Masks/face coverings must be worn by all students on the bus. Face shields may be an alternative for those students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings. The same applies to staff with medical or other health reasons for being unable to wear face coverings. Face shields worn in place of a face covering must extend below the chin and back to the ears.
What happens if someone gets sick at school?
Students or staff displaying COVID symptoms would be brought to an isolated room for further examination. If a student or staff member were diagnosed with COVID, a message would be sent to all Bangor School Department families.
How is the school prepared to address students who refuse to wear a mask?
MDOE guidance is very clear that masks must be worn by staff and students. They have also clarified that non-compliance is a valid reason to excuse a person from in-person participation in school. We are taking this requirement very seriously, monitoring compliance very closely, and addressing non-compliance very responsively.
What if I have further questions?
Please contact our school at 941-6290 with any other questions you may have.