September 2020 School Reopening

September School Reopening Plans
Posted on 07/27/2020

July 27, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope this note finds you enjoying this beautiful summer weather. While everyone has been away, our district leadership team with input from parents, teachers and our district-wide staff have been busy preparing a plan for a safe re-opening of schools. We want to thank our parent community for responding to the district Re-Opening Survey. Nearly 500 families, representing over 725 students, provided valuable feedback. Much of this input is represented in the plan.

Last week, the New York State Education Department released guidance which dictated much of our plan. In addition, frequent updates have followed that have further guided our decisions. We are told that we will not know definitively what schools will look like in September until the end of the first week of August. Based on guidance from NYSED, we have developed three different learning structures: Full In-Person, Hybrid (A/B day schedule), Full Remote.

If the direction from the governor’s office is that students may return to school, we will adopt a Full In-Person learning model for Grades K-8 and a 9-12 Hybrid model. Given the adjustments to create small class sizes and modifications to classroom design, we feel confident that with adherence to strict sanitizing and social-distancing protocols and procedures we can provide a safe environment for our staff and children. If the circumstances or NYSED guidance changes, we may need to adopt a Hybrid or Remote learning model for all or some grades district-wide. Specific details regarding these three learning structures, as well as the established protocols and procedures, are outlined in the plan that follows.

The plans created are a credit to the partnership we have with all stakeholders. It requires a continued commitment to supporting one another and honoring the efforts of our educators and facilities crew. They have and will need to adjust their practice to ensure that both in-person and hybrid learning can be as safe and effective under the circumstances.

The health and safety of our students and staff will require on-going communication, collaboration, and patience from all of us. While we know we still have challenges ahead and many unknowns, let’s continue to practice social distancing and adhering to the recommended health and safety protocols outlined by the CDC.

As always, we have put your children first and hope you recognize this in the plan that follows. We remain positive and dedicated to your children and your family. Please stay tuned as the summer progresses and continue to stay safe and healthy. We cannot wait to see you in September!

In partnership,

Jill M. Gierasch
Superintendent of Schools