Tier Two

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Tenth Grade Chemistry Teacher Makes COVID Safety Guidelines Work

High School sophomores usually know the drill. But attending high school in the age of COVID is new to everyone. 

Science teacher Carol Conti has been focusing on the ways to create the best learning environment for all of her students whether they are attending class in-person or remotely. 

During orientation for sophomores studying Regents Chemistry on Wednesday, Ms. Conti went out of her way to make the class comfortable, while still adhering to safety guidelines. 

Each student was instructed to take a textbook from an open cabinet, which eliminated opening and closing cabinet doors unnecessarily. Students also watched a video about safety guidelines. 

Next week, Ms. Conti said, the nine students in the in-person class will begin their first lab, which will be about measurements. Ms. Conti plans to put two students at each lab table, at opposite ends, and each student will have goggles and gloves, in addition to the cloth mask.

“We will begin with lab safety procedures. Typically I do demos for the students so we’ll see how it goes,” she said.

There are several students studying remotely and Ms. Conti has a plan to accommodate them as best as possible.

“I’m going to try to set up a laptop with Teams on it so while two students are doing a lab, the students at home can observe and get the data and be part of the lab, so it’s a true hybrid,” she said. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have a student at home videotape the lab which is better than a virtual lab online.”