Your responses for input on reopening schools have been very helpful and appreciated. We are in the process of reviewing your feedback and taking all ideas into consideration.
New York State (NYS), NYS Department of Health (DOH), and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) have provided substantial guidance on requirements for schools to reopen. We have attached the guidance documents for you to review.
Below are key dates:
- July 13th: New York State guidance was received and analyzed. District leaders will be put in charge of different areas included in the plan.
- July 20-24th: The district leaders will work with stakeholder teams to review and draft plans. Regional conversations with other school districts will also be considered.
- July 27-31st: The district leaders will revise and edit plans for submission on July 31st.
- August 3-7th: The Governor will make a final decision on reopening schools, and plans will be communicated to the community.
- September 14th: First scheduled day of school for students.
The district is working on a draft of reopening plans with members of the board of education, district leaders, staff, faculty, parents, and students providing input and suggestions.
After submittal on July 31st, the district will have from August 1st to September 4th to ensure we can fully implement the plan as written.
The plan must address the following key areas:
- Reopening of school facilities for in-person, hybrid (combination of in-person and virtual), and virtual learning.
- Monitoring of health conditions.
- Containment of potential transmission of COVID 19.
- Closure of school facilities and in-person instruction (if widespread virus transmission occurs).
The reopening plans will be posted to our website for our school community on July 31st.
Regular weekly updates will be provided as well. Our goal is to provide parents and guardians with as much time as possible to plan for the school year knowing that arrangements will need to be made for September.
Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, families, faculty and staff members. The Governor’s decision is not in our control, but we are committed to following the rules and regulations of the State. Together, we will collaboratively develop a plan that meets the needs of our overall school community while restructuring the environment to best support students during this school year. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding of the circumstances and value your continued support during this situation.