Our School's COVID Plan


Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you'll find all the critical information about how Benjamin Franklin Magnet 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 DOE will continue to provide additional updates.

Last updated: 8/8/2020


We are starting the school year with a hybrid learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school for some days and working from home for some days. If our county moves into a Level 4 Health Emergency, we will switch to 100% remote learning for all students. Check this page for updates.

  • Group A will be in school Tuesday and Wednesdays and working from home on Wednesday and Thursdays

  • Group B will be in school Thursday and Fridays and working from home on Tuesday and Wednesdays 

(Group A and B will rotate being in school on alternating Mondays)

  • Group C will work from home Monday through Friday.

  • The school day will run from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Students will be permitted to enter the building no earlier than 8:15 a.m. and must be picked up promptly at the end of the school day.

Key Contacts

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 plan, please contact Betsy Rivera, Parent Coordinator:




Or Contact any Staff or Administrator via:


Safety Information

Your Responsibilities While in the 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 all students. 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. Please contact us for further information.

  • Handwashing: Students and staff are expected to wash hands thoroughly before and after eating, after using the bathroom, entering a classroom, if exposed to body fluids, 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. Parents and community volunteers 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 security desk at the main entrance. During the check-in, you will be given a nametag and reminded to wear your mask at all times.

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

  • Illness: Students and staff exhibiting signs of illness or having a fever of greater than 100.0 F must stay home. If you or someone you know has COVID-19 (or show 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.

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: In school classes will on average have 10-12 students. Larger classes will still follow all social distancing guidelines. 

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible and have prioritized the use of air-conditioned classrooms.

  • Increase in cleaning frequency: Out custodial team is committed to cleaning all classrooms twice daily, once before the school day and once in the afternoon. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on as an as-needed basis throughout the school day.

  • 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.

How Hybrid Learning Works

Hybrid learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers.

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards.

  • While at home, students will receive a schedule for live instruction via Google Classroom in addition to activities to work on independently. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. It is important for students to join their Google Classrooms for live instruction with their teachers.

  • Teachers will post virtual "office hours" on Google Classroom to answer questions or provide additional support.

  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans, or who have been identified as at-risk for not meeting academic standards, may have additional one-on-one intervention provided either virtually or in school. Service providers may reach out to families to schedule services virtually.

Visit our Parent Page for technology support and further guidance on Google Classroom.

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 Class daily for important updates from their teachers.

  • Teachers will post the due dates for each assignment within the Google Classrooms.

  • Students are expected to sign into their Virtual Home Room (Google Classroom) daily.

  • During 100% distance learning, your teacher will conduct live classes via Google Hangouts. Students will be provided times for the live sessions in their Google Classroom.

  • Attendance, assignments, participation during live sessions, and independent work will be graded.