As you may have noticed in today’s headlines, there is a lot of talk about how best to proceed with opening our schools in September. The only official guidance we have is a statement from the NYS Commissioner, Betty Rosa, indicating “CDC guidelines should be the basis of preparing for the 2021-22 school year until further information is issued.” (NYSED letter, July 29, 2021) In the meantime, we have been in contact with Broome County and the other local school districts, and we are committed to working as a team on issues of COVID.
What I can tell you is that students and staff will be returning to our buildings 5 days/week in September. However, in following the current CDC guidance as recommended by the Commissioner, it appears face coverings will very likely be required to some degree inside our schools and on buses, but most likely not outdoors.
I would also like to share that remote education will remain an option for some students as we begin the 2021-22 school year. This will not be a U-E remote option like last year, but instead, it will likely be a regional option with a one-year commitment for families with special circumstances. Please know, our priority is to have students in our buildings every day, much like we did in the later part of the last school year.
I will keep you informed throughout the summer, as guidance is ever-changing. While these continue to be uncertain times, I am certain we will work together for our students and have a wonderful school year.
Please feel free to join us for a Board Meeting on Tuesday, August 10 at 6:00 p.m. where we will be discussing the latest updates with the community.