Clarkstown schools to open 100% remotely on Sept. 3; hybrid plan to begin Sept. 29.

School Superintendent Martin Cox says there are still challenges that may prevent them from keeping students and staff healthy in the classroom.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2020, 10:03 AM

Updated 1,379 days ago

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The Clarkstown Central School District has announced it will be going 100% remote learning on Sept. 3.
In a letter to parents of students grades K through 12, School Superintendent Martin Cox says there are still challenges that may prevent them from keeping students and staff healthy in the classroom.
For example;
    • The health concerns for the wearing of masks by students and staff, as required, during the month of September in classrooms that lack air conditioning and will be very hot.
    • The need to secure portable air handling equipment for some rooms and offices across the District.
    • The issue of sorting through employee workplace accommodations in order to best staff instruction and support for our students.
    • Creating the capacity to successfully disinfect 3,000 computer devices, K-12, after school every day.
    • Finalizing an automated lunch menu selection process for students, K-12.
    • Creating capacity and electronic systems to manage the health screening data daily for all students and employees.
School officials say their hybrid plan where students will be in the classroom is scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 29.
Stephanie Spagna says her 15-year-old daughter is preparing to start her sophomore year at Clarkstown North High School at home. She says she's hoping improvements have been made for the virtual learning model since last year. "If they have the interaction where the student has to sit at the table and the teacher sees them and they're going back and forth. Just having a Google classroom and getting an assignment is not going to work, these kids are really going to pay the price in the future."
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