Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how the Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School 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.
Last updated: December 28, 2020
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Ms. Diana Gonzalez:
718-370-6950 ext. 2020
100 Essex Dr, Staten Island, NY 10314
Blended Learning Schedule
Students in school 2-3 days a week (alternating Fridays)
|Week||*Monday||*Tuesday||Wednesday||Thursday||Friday - Shortened Day|
|1||Group A||Group B||Group A||Group B||Group A|
|2||Group A||Group B||Group A||Group B||Group B|
(Group D - remote all the time)
*Extended Day Remote Programming: Students will remain with their pods during remote learning; they will participate live with their teachers remotely from their classrooms or at home.
We have put safety procedures in place to keep our students and staff healthy.
- Health Screening: All students and staff must complete a health screening before entering the school building.
- Masks: Masks must be worn at all times by all adults and students in the building.
- 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.
- Social Distancing: Social distancing is required at all times. Please maintain social distancing between families during drop-off and pickup. Parents are not allowed to enter the building.
- Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 99.9°F must stay home and notify the school. 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 quarantine for a minimum of 14 days and notify the school.
- Directions for local COVID testing: Please visit the NYS Coronavirus Find a Test Site page to find a test site closest to you.
We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days.
- If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Device Request Form to reserve your device. Borrowing a device is free!
- If your children experience internet-connectivity issues with their iPads, they can request help through the Technical Support for Families form.
- Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days.
- If you are not able to get internet hooked up in your home, your child's teacher will work with you to provide alternative offline assignments.
Remote Learning Expectations
During hybrid or 100% remote learning, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility.
- Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.
- When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible.