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PRESCHOOL 2020 

Frequently Asked Questions

Kindergarten playground photo 2020 Will the on-campus preschool start date be September 8 as the rest of the district? No. Preschool teachers conduct in-person one-on-one assessment appointments, which will take place on September 4, 8, and 9 at the Early Learning Center.  Preschool students will begin on Wednesday, September 10th.  Families will be notified by the teacher and asked to sign up for an appointment time for the assessment dates.  Families that elected the online Virtual Learning Program will have virtual assessment appointments. 

What will hybrid look like in preschool?   Due to low ratios (number of students per classroom) in preschool classrooms; preschoolers will attend every scheduled school day.  Preschool students will not be on the hybrid schedule as grades K-12 in New Albany.  

Will all-day, in-person classes still have lunch and recess? Yes, full-day classrooms will still have lunch and recess. Lunch will be physically-distanced in the cafeteria or classroom; students may purchase a lunch or pack their own. Recess will occur in zones on the playground. (Each classroom will remain in assigned zones which will rotate.)  Teachers may use class time for additional recess as well. 

Do in-person, half-day classes also have recess? Yes.  Preschool will have access to the playground and the gym for recess.  Both all-day preschool and half-day preschool will have recess.  

Are preschool students mandated to wear masks and social distance?  The short answer is that preschool is not mandated for masks or required for social distance.  NAPLS is highly recommending masks for preschool students and staff will provide similar safety precautions as K-12 students (i.e social distancing, limited shared materials, hand sanitizing, etc.).   

What is the schedule for half-day, in-person students? Morning students will attend 8:50 am to 11:30 am.  Arrival time will be 8:40 am to 8:50 am.  Afternoon students will attend 12:40 pm to 3:20 pm. Arrival time will be 12:35 pm to 12:40 pm.  The shorter arrival time in the afternoon is due to fewer children arriving at school at that time.

Will in-person students participate in field trips and assemblies? For the time being, no field trips or assemblies will occur at NA ELC. 

How will distancing occur in classrooms? Students will regularly practice appropriate protocols and structures. 

Will families be able to volunteer during in-person classes? Unfortunately, not at this time. In order to layer appropriate safety protocols, we are not allowing volunteers at NA ELC. We look forward to the day this restriction is no longer needed. 

Will students be able to meet their teachers prior to their first day of school? Yes, at the assessment appointment.  

When will parents be able to hear about the teacher’s expectations, routines, etc.? All NA ELC  teachers will host a virtual curriculum night for parents at the beginning of the year to share information. This will be an opportunity for parents to learn about the learning expectations for the school year. 

Do fully online families in the Virtual Learning Program need to buy all the supplies on the supply list? Yes, purchasing supplies is recommended. Also, online teachers will help students to organize materials and will follow many of the same routines and protocols as in-person. Most supplies will be used regularly for in-person and online. Click here for the 2020-2021 Preschool Supply List.  You can also purchase a School Supply Tool Kit through the ELC PTO, click here.  

Are devices being provided for online students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Program (VLP)? Yes, based on parent request.  The NAPLS Technology department will provide additional information regarding how to request and pick up a device. 

Does the option of all or half-day preschool exist for the online Virtual Learning Program (VLP)? No, all online students will follow a half-day schedule. Students will be assigned AM (morning) or PM (afternoon) to maintain balanced classes. 

What will an online schedule be for preschool families enrolled in the Virtual Learning Program (VLP)? Teachers will create their class-specific schedules within time frames and will share this schedule with families.  On-line will be similar to the onsite schedule. 

Can a student move back and forth between online and in-person learning?  Families choosing online education are committing for the first semester. 

If my child is enrolled in all-day preschool and we choose online learning to start the year, and at some point NAPLS returns to all in-person, will we keep the full-day spot? Possibly, if space is available.  More than likely, a re-enrollment process will occur in November or December.  Information on how to choose VLP or on-site options will be shared at that time. 

Will tuition be charged for families that enroll in online? Yes, preschool is a tuition based program.  

If NAPLS is fully remote, will all-day classes remain all-day in the remote environment? Yes.  If NAPLS moves to fully remote for all students, then full tuition will be continue to be charged since students will be receiving more direct instruction than half-day counterparts.   All-Day Preschool teachers will create a schedule for full-day instruction that accommodates the needs of preschoolers.

What if a student is out for a long period of time due to illness, related to COVID-19 or not? Just like in any past year, we will work with families to provide the best option for continued education for that individual student. 

When will we go back to “normal”? When Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, and Franklin County Health Department allow us to return without face coverings, social distancing, increased hand-sanitizing, etc. We are preparing for these guidelines to stay in place for the entire 2020-21 school year. 

Will anything outlined in this document change? This is hard to forecast, but the reality is changes will be made in response to the pandemic.  As the research and science of COVID-19 shift and change public policy, we will have to shift as well.  

What if we have additional questions? Please contact the ELC office by calling 614-413-8700. 

Michelle Levero (Unger) unger.1@napls.us


 

Kindergarten 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Kindergarten classroom photo 2020 Will the on-campus kindergarten start date be September 8 as the rest of the district?  No. Kindergarten teachers conduct in-person one-on-one assessment appointments, which will take place on September 4, 8, and 9 at the Early Learning Center.  Kindergarten students in the Maroon Group will have their first school day on September 10.  Kindergarten students in the Gold Group will have their first school day on September 11.  Families will be notified by the teacher and asked to sign up for an appointment time for the assessment dates, and Maroon/Gold assignments will be released in late August.   Families that elected the online Virtual Learning Program will have virtual assessment appointments. 

Will all-day, in-person classes still have lunch and recess? Yes, full-day classrooms will still have lunch and recess. Lunch will be physically-distanced in the cafeteria or classroom; students may purchase a lunch or pack their own.  Recess will occur in zones on the playground. (Each classroom will remain in assigned zones which will rotate throughout the week.) 

Do in-person, half-day classes have recess? This will be at teacher discretion.  However, with limited instructional time, this may not be on a daily basis. 

Do students need to stay distanced on recess? Yes. NAPLS guidelines require students to be physically distant as much as possible even at recess.  Staff will monitor students on the playground. 

What is the schedule for half-day, in-person students? Morning students will attend 8:50 am to 11:30 am.  Arrival time will be 8:40 am to 8:50 am.  Afternoon students will attend 12:40 pm to 3:20 pm. Arrival time will be 12:35 pm to 12:40 pm.  The shorter arrival time in the afternoon is due to fewer children arriving at school at that time.

Will in-person students participate in field trips and assemblies? For the time being, no field trips or assemblies will occur at NA ELC. 

How will distancing occur in classrooms? Teachers and students will follow the guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County Health Department, and the NAPLS Board of Education. Students will regularly practice appropriate protocols and structures. 

When will half-day families know whether they are AM or PM? Your residency determines your  designation in either the morning or afternoon program. This information is shared at your appointment with the District Registrar when you complete the final paperwork for enrollment.  If you are unsure of your designation, please contact Ginger Collins, Administrative Secretary for the ELC at collins.1@napls.us.   

Will families be able to volunteer during in-person classes? Unfortunately, not at this time. In order to layer appropriate safety protocols, we are not allowing volunteers at NA ELC. We look forward to the day this restriction is no longer needed. 

Will students be able to meet their teachers prior to their first day of school? Yes, at the assessment appointment.  

When will parents be able to hear about the teacher’s expectations, routines, etc.? All NA ELC  teachers will host a virtual curriculum night for parents at the beginning of the year to share information. This will be an opportunity for parents to learn about the learning expectations for the school year. 

Do fully online families in the Virtual Learning Program need to buy all the supplies on the supply list? This is recommended. Also, online teachers will help students to organize materials and will follow many of the same routines and protocols as in-person. Most supplies will be used regularly for in-person and online.  Click here for the 2020-2021 Kindergarten Supply List.  You can also purchase a School Supply Tool Kit through the ELC PTO, click here.  

Are devices being provided for online students in the Virtual Learning Program? Yes, based on parent requests.  The NAPLS Technology department will provide additional information regarding how to request and pick up a device. 

Does the option of all or half-day kindergarten exist for the Virtual Learning Program? No, all online students will follow a half-day schedule. Students will be assigned AM (morning) or PM (afternoon) to maintain balanced classes for teacher assignment. 

What will an online schedule be for kindergarten? Teachers will create their class-specific schedules within time frames and will share this schedule with families.  On-line will be similar to the onsite schedule. 

Can a student move back and forth between online and in-person learning? No, families electing the Virtual Learning Program committed for at least the first semester of the 2020-21 school year to allow us to staff properly. 

If my child is enrolled for all-day kindergarten and we choose online learning to start the year, and at some point NAPLS returns to all in-person, will we keep the full-day spot? Possibly. If we are able to provide families on the waitlist an in-person spot, we are going to continue to do so while maintaining safety protocols. Even if NAPLS moves into fully in-person, the full-day classes will still be capped. 

Will tuition be charged for families that enroll in full day and choose online? No. Families who have chosen full day and online will not be charged. The online format for kindergarten will be consistent with half-day instruction for all online students.  By selecting the online, VLP option, you are moving to a half-day program spot. 

Will tuition be charged for families that enroll in full day and NAPLS is hybrid or fully remote? If NAPLS moves to a hybrid environment, those who are in-person will still pay tuition. If NAPLS moves to fully remote for all students, then full tuition will be charged since students will be receiving more direct instruction than half-day counterparts. 

If NAPLS is fully remote, will full-day classes remain full-day in the remote environment? Yes, teachers will create a schedule for full-day instruction that accommodates the needs of kindergarteners. 

What if a student is out for a long period of time due to illness, related to COVID-19 or not? Just like in any past year, we will work with families to provide the best option for continued education for that individual student. 

When will we go back to “normal”? We are preparing for the increased health and safety guidelines to remain in place for the entire 2020-21 school year.  Changes will occur based upon updated guidance from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Health, and Franklin County Public Health.

Will anything outlined in this document change? This is hard to forecast, but the reality is changes will be made in response to the pandemic.  As the research and science of COVID-19 shift and change public policy, we will have to shift as well.  

What if we have additional questions? Please contact the ELC office by calling 614-413-8700. 

Michelle Levero (Unger) unger.1@napls.us