Classroom Setup for Teachers and Staff

General Guidelines to Remember

  • Students will need visuals in the classroom marking 3 and 6 feet that will allow them to visualize what the required distancing looks like. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms daily will be important in the mitigation of Covid-19. There are some guidelines to follow that will make this an easier process for our custodians. 
    ○     Please remove any “soft” furniture that cannot be easily cleaned. If it is a personal item it must be taken home. Purchases made through the school budget will be stored here at school. 
    ○     Students must bring home allpersonal belongings every day to facilitate cleaning (and in order to have items at home in the event of a quick switch to remote learning).
    ○     Keep chairs DOWN at the end of the day for desk and chair disinfecting.
  • All teachers must use the FM microphone system to help amplify voices while wearing a mask.
  • Teachers will remain 6 feet away from students and other staff when possible. However, “elbow assistance” is allowable as staff and students will be wearing protective gear and this type of help is not considered prolonged exposure. 
  • Staff will create a consultation space in the classroom so students come to the teacher one at a time or in small groups for help/instruction if desired. These spaces will also have sneeze guard barriers for additional protection.

Seating

  • K/1 classrooms will continue using shared tables and individual student tri fold dividers will be used to distance students.  Sturdy, clear, plastic barriers were purchased for our K/1 classrooms, which have tables. 
  • Individual desks will be usedin the majority of classrooms in grades 2-5. Desks should face the same direction toward the front of the room. There are a few classrooms and specials rooms with tables. These rooms will be given trifold barriers or clear/plastic barriers.
  • Students should have assigned seating. 
  • We will start the year most restrictive, and then restrictions may be released as the year progresses. The expectation in the classroom is that students stay in their spots, with movement breaks in their areas. 
  • Movement around the classroom will be limited. Students should be taught to raise their hands for help or for needed supplies, instead of approaching the teacher or getting up to get the supplies. 
  • When thinking about furniture in the room, prioritize individual spaces for each student. Look at alternative seating onlywhen individual spots have been assigned and evaluated.

Classroom Libraries

Students will wash hands/sanitize before “browsing” books and putting selected books into book boxes. Once selected books put in the students' container or desk. When students are finished, books will be placed in a “quarantine” or “book vacation” area for 72 hours.

Outdoor Spaces

The Ray School has a plethora of beautiful outdoor spaces. We encourage the use of these spaces when possible for traveling around the building, snack/lunch, mask breaks, and teaching/learning.  

 

When we think of outdoor classrooms, there are two general definitions: 

  • One is moving traditional classroom instruction to an outdoor space.  These spaces would be located closer to the school and might include a tent with desks (distanced) and WiFi access for doing more traditional teaching and learning. 
  • The second type of space will be a more traditional outdoor classroom like the forest area near the Colonial House, the meadow, the stream, and the brook. In these spaces, students learn and explore nature around them in more student-initiated tasks in their outdoor space. 

We currently have 2 large tents and 2 smaller pop-up canopy tents ordered. Additionally, Storrs Pond has generously offered us the use of 3 of their areas throughout the school year. While we cannot guarantee 100% outdoor education, we will be making good use of time outside.