• 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR PROCEDURES & RESOURCES

    Many district procedures and practices have been modified for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19. This page provides a guide to those changes.

  • Reopening Plan

    This plan will be reviewed regularly and may be revised at any time to best support the public health and educational needs of our school community. The district recognizes the many challenges associated with creating a facility reopening plan during a pandemic. This plan is offered as a possibility should the community health situation allow for a safe reopening of facilities.  Please refer to the links to the left for information on remote learning, contact tracting and testing, frequently asked questions and archived community forums. 

    Masks

    Students, staff and visitors are expected to wear face coverings inside and outside, including on the school bus, when six-foot physical distancing is not possible. Students will be allowed to remove face coverings during meals and for short breaks so long as they maintain appropriate social distance. Students who are unable to medically tolerate a face covering will not be required to wear one.

    Daily Health Screenings

    The safety of the staff, students and their families remain the White Plains City School District’s top priority.  To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure, we require your participation in a daily health screening. Your participation is important and will help us take precautionary measures to protect our school community.  We ask that you complete this screening every day on behalf of yourself or your child(ren).  Learn more about the district's Daily Health Screenings.

    Food Services Procedures 

    The latest news and updates from the Food Services Department is posted at this page.

    Remote Learning Resources

    Remote learning resources for teachers and students are available on this page

    Child Care Options

    The Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc. is eager to help parents find child care. View the Child Care Map and then contact the Council’s Referral Department at 914-761-3456 ext. 140 or referrals@cccwny.org for a personalized referral service based on your family’s needs. This service is free If you are looking for care outside Westchester County, we can link you to one of our partner agencies to help you in your child care search.

    COVID-19 Cases

    The district will notify the state and local health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff and visitors of the district. 

    In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the district will: 

    1. Immediately contact those who are at risk of exposure by phone; 
    1. Work closely with the Westchester County Department of Health to identify who is at risk for potential exposure; 
    1. participate fully in all contact tracing efforts so that they can contact and notify families and guide them through next steps, such as testing or quarantine;  
    1. notify all district staff; and  
    1. send a message through K12 Alerts to notify families of confirmed case of COVID-19 in their child’s school building. 

    Please note, privacy laws restrict us from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive, however; at the end of each school day, the district will report the number of confirmed cases to the New York State Department of Health. This information will be publicly available on the New York State COVID Report Card dashboard. 

    The process for closing school and/or classrooms will be dependent upon many variables such as the nature and size of the outbreak, as well as the number of positive cases. 

    If you have any questions about how the district plans to communicate a positive case of COVID-19, please contact the district’s COVID-19 and Nurse Coordinator, Maggie Racioppo at (914) 422-2011. 

    Open/Close Criteria 

    Over the summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in New York State would reopen and close by region based on the following criteria:

    • Open: Schools can open in a region in phase 4 where there is an infection rate at or below 5% (14-day average)
    • Close: Schools will close if the regional infection rate rises above 9% (7-day average)

    COVID-19 Resources

    Social Emotional Learning Resources 

     

    If you are unable to access any page(s), documents or slideshows on this site, please email lizatorres@wpcsd.us with detailed information on the location of the page or document you were attempting to access. Be sure to provide us with your name and contact information so that we may provide you with the information in another format.