Committees comprised of administrators, teachers, parents, and other staff from all buildings have been meeting to create a plan for the 2020-21 school year, using the guidance set forth by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and taking into consideration feedback collected from parents through the district’s online survey. The Board of Education will review the district’s plan during its regular meeting on July 29 at 7:30 p.m., which will be live streamed on the district’s YouTube channel. Per Governor Andrew Cuomo’s orders, the district will submit its reopening plan to the state by July 31 and await the Governor’s final determination on school reopening during the first week of August.
The plan will outline preparations for three scenarios:
- Face-to-face instruction with social distancing, face coverings, and enhanced cleaning procedures
- Universal remote learning
- A hybrid model with elements of remote learning and in-person instruction on a staggered schedule
“We understand that many district families are anxious to hear of plans for the next school year,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Evans said. “We appreciate your patience as our educational professionals work diligently within the extensive framework set forth by the DOH and NYSED to prepare for any number of scenarios. As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
“We are also, however, very attuned to the call for a return to in-person instruction. While learning can happen remotely, we know it might not be equitable for some, and that students benefit from direct interactions with certified educators and other learners.” Dr. Evans continued, “Our administrators and staff will utilize all available resources to design and provide these opportunities, and ensure the safeguards listed in the guidance provided by the DOH and NYSED.”
The district will continue to update the community via its communication channels as more information becomes available.
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Parents may contact their child’s principal with any questions or concerns.