Last Updated: September 4, 2020
Bay Ridge Prep looks forward to a safe reopening of school in September. Please visit bayridgeprep.org/info for important back to school dates and information such as reading lists, lunch program registration and supply lists. We have outlined on this page the most up to date information we have regarding our reopening, health and safety plans.
- Complete the health screening at home and have your barcode ready for scanning!
Before you arrive at school, make sure your at-home health screening is completed (look for a text and email each morning) and have your barcode ready for scanning at arrival. Parents of younger students can accompany children to the screening area and have the barcode displayed on the parent's phone. Parents of older students should use the links under the barcode to share it with the student via text or email so the student can display it on their phone during screening.
- Social Distancing Line Markers
If there are other people being screened when you arrive, get on line and stand on one of the social distancing markers surrounding the perimeter of the building. Siblings and members of the same household should line up together.
- Screening Area
At the screening area, your barcode will be scanned and temperature taken. If secondary assessments are needed, the school nurse will assist you. Otherwise, you're all set!
- Parents should wait until children are cleared
Parents who drop off students must wait until students clear the screening area before they leave.
- Masks required and sanitize hands!
Masks are required during screening and in school. Once you're inside the building lobby, please sanitize your hands!
- Lower School
- Middle School
- Upper School
- Physical Education
- Athletics, Arts, After School, Clubs and Events
- Food Consumption in School
- School Buses
Grades K-5 will offer in-person instruction each day with safety measures and distancing in place. The school has eliminated non-essential items from classrooms and is converting non-classroom space throughout the 81st Street Building to make this possible. Outdoor spaces may be used for some classes and low-risk, distanced, recreational activities.
The Lower School hours will also be modified beginning in September:
Grades K-2 school day begins at 8 a.m. and will end at 2:10 p.m., with a built in lunch period.
Grades 3-5 school day begins at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m., with a built in lunch period.
07/24/2020: September 2020 Update for Lower School
Grade 6 will start the school year with in-person instruction each day while Grades 7-8 will operate on a hybrid schedule with students split into cohorts that alternate between in-person instruction two to three days per week and remote learning the other days of the week. When Grades 7 & 8 students are are home, they can expect a full schedule of distance learning experiences that will complement their in-school learning. Grades 7 & 8 students may opt in to a fully remote program with the option to opt-in to hybrid learning at the end of each grading period. Since Grade 6 will start the year with full, in-person instruction, 6th grade teachers will not be as available for a full-time remote learning program.
Middle School arrival time is 8:15 a.m. and dismissal is 2:45 p.m. with a built in lunch period.
For the month of September, here at the days that Grades 7 & 8 will be in-person:
Week 1 (September 10):
Th - 8th Grade
F - 7th Grade
Week 2 (September 14):
M/W/F - 8th Grade
T/Th - 7th Grade
Week 3 (September 21):
M/W/F - 7th Grade
T/Th - 8th Grade
Week 4 (September 28):
W/F - 8th Grade, (school is closed Mon. 9/28)
T/Th - 7th Grade
Upper School students will begin the year with a comprehensive and fully remote educational program to all students in Grades 9-12 beginning on September 10. Students will have the ability to opt in to a hybrid program that begins with remote classes on September 10 and allows for an in-person school experience one designated day per week, based on their grade level, beginning week of September 21. Parents must notify the school by August 19 if students will begin the year fully remote (which will last for the entire first marking period) or if students will opt in to the hybrid program. More information is available in this August 13 communication to the Upper School community.
08/28/2020: 9th Grade Orientation & In-Person Days
08/28/2020: 10th Grade In-Person Days
08/28/2020: 11th Grade In-Person Days
08/13/2020: Important Upper School Community Update
07/28/2020: September 2020 Update for Upper School
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are keeping students and teachers in their pods and groups as often as possible. Using this strategy, if one person gets sick, only those in that person’s pod/group are exposed. By nature, many extra-curricular programs mix students and faculty who would be in different groups. To reduce the risk of exposure:
No after school care is planned in fall. The school may reevaluate this based on evolving data.
Per New York State, interscholastic athletics are postponed and not permitted until further notice.
Some low-risk, distanced, outdoor recreational activities may be offered for students.
Most other student activities and clubs will continue to meet virtually.
All events that would require visitors on campus and/or large gatherings will be transformed to virtual events or postponed.
Theater productions and Arts Department showcases will be streamed online or transformed into virtual events.
During periods where meals are consumed, students and employees will maintain six feet of distance and/or a physical barrier will be provided for each individual. The following policies will be implemented to maintain safety and reduce exposure:
Students must bring prepared food from home or use the Campus Cuisine local meal delivery service. Students will not be allowed to have any other food inside the school other than what they bring from home or what the Campus Cuisine local meal delivery service provides.
Campus Cuisine deliveries will be distributed by school personnel to individual classrooms or designated eating areas to decrease congregating.
Custodial team will coordinate cleaning and disinfection of eating areas before and after meals.
All persons must wash their hands before and after meal times.
School buses will be treated as an extension of the school facility and Bay Ridge Prep will adhere to all requirements mandated to ensure the health safety of both passengers and drivers. The school will enforce the following policies on school buses:
All passengers and drivers on school buses must wear a face covering/mask while onboard the bus.
Social distancing protocols must be followed when embarking and disembarking the bus.
All passengers will maintain appropriate social distancing on school buses.
Members of the same household will be encouraged to sit together.
Transportation personnel will be trained on the proper use of PPE and on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Windows on school buses will remain open when the outdoor temperature is 45°F or warmer.
School bus drivers, like all school employees, will perform a self-check health assessment prior to arriving at work.
No eating or drinking is permitted on school buses.
School buses will be cleaned and disinfected after each use, including after the AM and PM run.
- Entering the school buildings
- Mask Policy, PPE Procurement & Mask Breaks
- Health Screening & Temperature Checks
- Enhanced Hygiene Protocols
- Social Distancing During School
- Containment & Treatment of Sick Individuals
- Return to School After Sickness
- Protocol for COVOD-19 Detected in School
- Contact Tracing
- Travel Advisories & Quarantine Orders
Only students and employees will be permitted inside the school buildings. All other visitors, including parents/guardians and family members of students, will only be admitted via a pre-arranged appointment and/or approval from a school director, the facilities manager or Head of School.
Any persons entering the building must undergo a temperature and health screening.
Masks will be required for students and employees and all persons when entering the school building, traveling throughout the building, inside classrooms and at any time social distancing is not possible. Face shields are not permitted without use of a mask.
The use of the school buildings for activities involving anyone other than students and employees will be prohibited.
Masks will be required for anyone entering the school building, traveling throughout the building, inside classrooms, on school buses and at any time social distancing is not possible. Acceptable masks/face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings (e.g., homemade sewn, quick cut, bandana) and surgical masks that cover both the mouth and nose. Face shields worn without other face coverings are not considered adequate protection against COVID-19 and are not permitted without use of a mask. Individuals should have their masks with them at all times, as they must be prepared to put them on if they encounter someone else who is unmasked and/or is unable to socially distance.
Students and employees must bring their own masks to school with them. The school will keep an adequate supply of disposable masks if an individual forgets theirs or needs a midday replacement. The school will also keep an adequate supply of additional medical/PPE equipment should a student or employee need to engage in an activity that requires additional protection.
The school will provide training to all students and employees on proper mask and PPE usage. Employees will also receive a stipend to procure appropriate PPE of their choice.
There will be very few times when masks will not be required during the school day. These times will be when students are eating or drinking in socially-distanced areas designated for food consumption.
August 25, 2020: Updated Mask Policy and PPE Information
Masks must be cloth-based and must fit securely on an individual’s face, covering both their mouth and nose. Face shields are not considered a mask and may only be worn in addition to a cloth-based mask. Masks with vents and masks made of elastic materials are strongly discouraged. Read more.
All students and employees are required to utilize an online tool at home each morning to perform a health screening prior to arrival at school. Especially in the case of younger students, parents will be instructed to assist the student with screening. The tool will ask students and employees a series of questions to determine if they have symptoms of and/or are at risk for exposure to COVID-19. If either is determined, they will be instructed to stay home and the school will also receive a list of students and employees instructed to stay home by the screening tool.
During morning arrival, all students and employees will undergo temperature checks by designated screening personnel. The temperature screening will be the final stage of the health screening process. Arrival time for students will be staggered to avoid gatherings and lines during morning screening.
Visitors to the buildings will be limited, however, any visitor allowed inside the school buildings must undergo a health screening and temperature check prior to entering.
Any person who has a fever of 100°F or screens positive for COVID-19 exposure or symptoms will not be admitted inside the building.
Bay Ridge Prep will implement enhanced hygiene protocols as mandated and advised by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. These protocols include, but are not limited to:
Hiring addition cleaning and medical personnel
Educating students and employees on proper hand washing techniques and proper use of PPE
Building time into the school day for students and employees to practice appropriate hygiene protocols
Providing families with information to reinforce these practices at home
Signage to encourage proper hygiene and distancing
Frequent disinfection and cleaning of high-touch surfaces
Providing classrooms and offices with cleaning products
Installing touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout the school
Installing touchless faucets and touchless paper towel dispenser where feasible
Replacing water fountains with bottle filling stations when possible and modifying other water stations so only the bottle filling component is available for use and the drinking portion is locked.
Installing transparent polycarbonate barriers in certain areas
Reducing the use of shared items in classrooms and offices
Bay Ridge Prep will strive to maintain appropriate social distancing of six feet between all individuals while in school facilities and on school grounds, unless safety or the core activity (e.g., instruction, moving equipment, traveling in common areas) requires a shorter distance or individuals are of the same household. Mask-wearing and barriers (sneeze guards, e.g.) will also help address cases where six feet of distance cannot be maintained. Bay Ridge Prep will also promote distancing by erecting signage throughout the school building reminding community members to keep distance from one another.
If a student or employee falls ill during the day, they will be taken to the dedicated isolation area of the building, screened by medical personnel and then sent home with instructions to see a physician and return to school only after having received medical clearance to return.
Students who need to be picked up from school will be remain under the visual supervision of a socially-distanced employee until the student can be released to a parent, guardian or emergency contact. The employee will be provided with proper PPE during supervision.
Students and employees in need of medical services not related to COVID-19 (i.e. medication dispensing, tending to minor injuries, etc.) will be screened and treated in a dedicated area separate from the isolation area.
Students or employees who screen positive for COVID-19 symptoms may return to school if:
They test negative for COVID-19; there is no fever, without the use of fever reducing medicines for 24 hours; they have felt well for 24 hours; and they obtain a written note from a healthcare provider stating they are clear to return to school.
A return to school may also be possible if the student or employee is diagnosed with another condition and has a healthcare provider written note stating they are clear to return to school.
Students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 or are diagnosed with COVID-19 but do not get a COVID-19 test must stay home until:
It has been at least ten days since the individual first had symptoms;
It has been at least three days since the individual has had a fever (without using fever reducing medicine);
It has been at least three days since the individual’s symptoms improved, including cough and shortness of breath; and
They obtain a written note from healthcare provider stating they are clear to return to school.
In the event that a person develops COVID-19 symptoms during the school day, all spaces (classrooms, offices, etc.) they occupied will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. School operations may be modified to mitigate further exposure to and spread of symptoms.
In the event that a person in the school community tests positive for COVID-19, the school will immediately notify the Department of Health and defer to their guidance on additional cleaning protocols, isolation, and closing of spaces, facilities or the entire school building. The school will also follow New York State contact tracing protocols.
If the school building is closed due to widespread community infection, all students will be placed on a remote learning schedule until the Department of Health says it is safe for the school building to reopen.
The NYC Dept. of Education has released this protocol on how to determine if a school building will close due to a confirmed case of COVID-19.
In the case of an individual testing positive for COVID-19, Bay Ridge Prep is required by state law to support the Department of Health in tracing all contacts of the individual, in accordance with the protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program. Confidentiality will be maintained as required by federal and state law and regulations.
Bay Ridge Prep is also required by law to cooperate with state and local health department isolation and quarantine efforts. Whereas State and local health departments will implement monitoring and movement restrictions of COVID-19 infected or exposed persons, Bay Ridge Prep will be responsible for notifying faculty or families of students that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19.
Please note that medical privacy laws explicitly prohibit Bay Ridge Prep from revealing the name of the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. We may only reveal that the student or faculty member has come in close or proximate contact with an unnamed person, and how we came to know this information (school tracking systems, governmental contact tracing, or another mechanism).
New York State has issued travel advisories and mandatory quarantines via emergency health orders from the Governor. In compliance with these orders, all Bay Ridge Prep students and employees who may be traveling to and from high risk virus areas must quarantine for a full 14-day period PRIOR to entering the school building.
A quarantine timeline example would be:
- A student has vacationed in Florida for the summer and must be in school on September 10. The student (and their household family members) must return to New York no later than August 26 to ensure a full 14-day quarantine that begins on August 27.
The list of high-risk areas remains fluid. Read the New York State advisory and list of affected states.
For international travel, read the CDC travel map and restrictions.
Space usage throughout both school buildings will change for the duration of COVID-19 to maximize classroom space and distancing. Many common areas will be repurposed for class space or areas designated for specific activities. Common spaces such as hallways and staircases will be designated as one-way foot traffic only and will have directional signs. Classroom and common space management will include:
Desks will be placed at least six feet from each other.
Desks will face one direction so that students sit side-to-side rather than facing one another.
Sharing of objects will be reduced.
Shared surfaces or workstations will be disinfected frequently throughout the school day.
Hallway congestion will be reduced by limiting movement between classes and using one-way foot traffic protocols.
Classroom doors and windows will be left open to provide air circulation.
Bay Ridge Prep will deploy enhanced cleaning protocols to help mitigate the spread of virus and germs within the community. Facilities and custodial teams will follow cleaning protocols before, during and after the school day and will document daily cleaning and disinfection routines. Cleaning protocols include, but are not limited to:
Cleaning and disinfecting classrooms and education spaces throughout the day and in between each use of these spaces.
Cleaning and disinfecting all frequently touched public surfaces, including lockers and staircase railings on an hourly basis.
Cleaning and disinfecting all restrooms on an hourly basis.
Cleaning and disinfection of school buses after each use.
Routine disposal of garbage and used PPE.
Daily cleaning of all desks, chairs, floors, polycarbonate barriers (sneeze guards).
The custodial team will also model and encourage good hygiene and sanitary measures for students, staff and faculty by wearing proper PPE at all times, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 second and staying home when sick. All cleaning and disinfecting supplies obtained from suppliers will adhere to the green cleaning product standards outlined by New York State.
- New York State Criteria
- Bay Ridge Prep Plan Submitted to New York State
- What if NYC Public Schools Remain Closed?
According to the governor’s reopening plans, the New York City region must remain in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening stages and the daily COVID-19 infection rate must remain below 5% using a 14 day average. For New York City schools, the mayor has stated that the infection rate must remain below 3%. At this time, New York City meets both the mayor's and the governor's benchmarks.
You can click here to view our reopening plan submitted to New York State as of July 31, however, please keep in mind it is subject to change and the most up to date information will always be available on this webpage.
Barring any regulatory orders from New York City or New York State, Bay Ridge Prep will begin classes as scheduled on Thursday, September 10, following the in-person, hybrid and remote plans previously communicated by each school division. Please read this statement on the recent decision to delay the start of school for New York City public school students and why it does not affect Bay Ridge Prep.
09/04/2020: Morning Arrival Procedures
09/01/2020: Classes Begin September 10
08/25/2020: Updated Mask Policy and PPE Information
08/05/2020: A few updates on September
07/28/2020: September 2020 Update for Upper School
07/28/2020: September 2020 Update for Middle School
07/24/2020: September 2020 Update for Lower School
06/29/2020: Forward: The Path Toward Reopening