COVID-19

Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how The Bronxwood Preparatory Academy is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe. Please check back regularly, as we will update the information here as conditions change.

The NYC DOE Return to School 2020 site section also has important information and resources for you. See the Update for Families letter.

Last updated: January 3, 2020

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact:

Brenda Batista, Parent Coordinator

Joy Gralnick, 9th/12th Grade Guidance Counselor

John Molina, 10th/11th Grade Guidance Counselor

Joe Depiro, Student Tech Support

Hybrid Learning Schedule

BPA will be utilizing the 3B Model as outlined by the Department of Education. This will consist of 3 in person groups with a 4th group fully remote. If you would like to opt your child in for full remote learning, please complete the Learning Preference Survey.

  MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
Week 1 Group A Group A Group B Group B Group C
Week 2 Group C Group A Group A Group B Group B
Week 3 Group C Group C Group A Group A Group B
Week 4 Group B Group C Group C Group A Group A
Week 5 Group B Group B Group C Group C Group A
Week 6 Group A Group B Group B Group C Group C

School Health & Safety Regulations

A. Our school health policy coincides with regulations set forth from CDC, NY Department of Health and NYC Department of Education.

  1. At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and their mouth while at school. *In the event a student refuses to comply with mask wearing and social distancing requirements, disciplinary action may follow and result in a full remote schedule.

  2. Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distancing throughout the school day, anywhere on school grounds and to and from school.

  3. Schools will be cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.

  4. Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be readily available throughout the school building school at various locations.

  5. A school-based team will be ready to respond in the event that there is a health concern in school.

  6. A designated isolation room will be established for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day.

  7. Floor and wall signs with social distancing markers, reminders and instructions will be visible throughout the building.

  8. Daily health screenings, including temperature checks, must be completed at home by families.

  9. Hybrid Students (Groups A, B & C) CANNOT report to school if:

    • Been knowingly in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

    • Tested positive through for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

    • experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days.

B. Student Who Shows Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School

Students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the nurse’s office or Isolation Room by a designated staff member wearing appropriate PPE.

The nurse or health professional will evaluate the student for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, lack of sense of taste or smell, and other symptoms.

A family member or guardian will be contacted by a staff member and asked to pick up the student.

Upon pick up, the nurse/health professional and school staff will strongly encourage the family to visit a doctor and get the student tested for COVID-19.

The student can only return to school when all the following are met:

  • Presents a negative COVID-19 test result AND

  • Presents clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND

  • The student has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

  • Additionally, the student should participate in remote learning if feeling well enough.

If the student does not get tested, then the student cannot return to school until:

  • 10 days have passed since the first symptom AND

  • The student has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

C. Random Temperature & Health Screenings

Every morning, prior to entering the school:

School staff will perform random samplings of temperatures for both students and school-based staff using non-touch thermometers. Additional guidance on random temperature screenings is forthcoming.

Any student exhibiting a fever from a random temperature check must be evaluated by the nurse or health professional. If a nurse or health professional is unavailable, students will be escorted to the building’s Isolation Room and await parent pickup.

D. Tracing

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school. All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.

Safety Precautions Taken by Our School

In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses.

  • Changes in class sizes: Average class size has been reduced to meet CDC guidelines for in-person instruction.

  • Movement of students: Movement of students will be limited as per CDC guidelines.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have added industrial fans to high-traffic areas.

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom have been outfitted with hand sanitizing stations.

  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas.

  • Random Temperature Screenings: Every morning, prior to entering the school, school staff will perform random samplings of temperatures for both students and school-based staff using non-touch thermometers. Additional guidance on random temperature screenings is forthcoming.

    • Any student exhibiting a fever from a random temperature check must be evaluated by the nurse or health professional.

    • If a nurse or health professional is unavailable, students will be escorted to the building’s Isolation Room and await parent pickup.

  • Tracing: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, NYC Test + Trace and NYC Health will investigate to determine close contacts within the school.

    • All students and teachers in the classroom with the confirmed case are assumed close contacts and will be instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days since their last exposure to that case. In older grades where students may travel between classes, this applies to all classes that the confirmed case was in.

Your Responsibilities While in the School Building

We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.

  • Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults (teachers, staff, and visitors) and by students while in the building. If your child is unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, they must have an excuse signed by a doctor on file in the office.

  • Hand-washing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, if exposed to body fluids (like saliva or a sneeze), and at other times necessary throughout the day.

  • Drop-off and pickup procedures: Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building with their child unless arrangements have been made in advance with the office. Please move through the drop-off and pickup line as quickly as possible to make room for families behind you.

  • Visiting our school: We are limiting visitors to the school during this time. Parent and community volunteer and in-person tutoring have been suspended until further notice. Most parent-teacher conferences and other meetings can be held virtually. All visits must be pre-approved and scheduled with the office.

  • While in the building: When you enter the building, please check in at the front desk. During check-in, you will be given a name-tag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.

  • Traffic flow in hallways and common areas: Hallways are marked with arrows. Please keep at least 6 ft. distance between yourself and others.

  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or shows symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing or fever), it is required that you stay home or at a designated care facility for a minimum of 14 days. Please contact us via phone or email as soon as possible.

  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

Student Who Shows Symptoms of COVID-19 While at School

  • Students showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be escorted to the nurse’s office or Isolation Room by a designated staff member wearing appropriate PPE.
  • The nurse or health professional will evaluate the student for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, lack of sense of taste or smell, and other symptoms.

  • A family member or guardian will be contacted by a staff member and asked to pick up the student.

  • Upon pick up, the nurse/health professional and school staff will strongly encourage the family to visit a doctor and get the student tested for COVID-19.

  • The student can only return to school when all the following are met:

    • Presents a negative COVID-19 test result AND

    • Presents clearance from a health care provider evaluation AND

    • The student has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

    • Additionally, the student should participate in remote learning if feeling well enough.

  • If the student does not get tested, then the student cannot return to school until:

    • 10 days have passed since the first symptom AND

    • The student has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

  • Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.

Family Support

We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help.

  • We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link to the left).

  • Our parent coordinator and guidance counselors are available for virtual meetings. They can also connect your family with community resources to help you.

    • Please contact Ms. Gralnick or Mr. Molina, our school counselors, if your child is experiencing trauma or mental health issues or needs to be evaluated for an IEP or 504 plan.

    • Please contact Ms. Batista, our Parent Coordinator, if your family has lost housing, is experiencing a crisis, or needs additional support during this time.

  • There are many community resources available for families who need help with housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services, and other supports during this time. Use the quick links to the right to connect with more community resources.

Meal Services

Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

No one will be turned away at any time

  • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time

  • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites