NY school districts due to submit reopening plans today

Many schools have put together a hybrid plan for the coming school year, meaning students would be in school some days and learning from home on other days.

News 12 Staff

Jul 31, 2020, 10:30 AM

Updated 1,395 days ago

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School districts throughout the state are due to submit their reopening plans to the state today.
Many schools have put together a hybrid plan for the coming school year, meaning students would be in school some days and learning from home on other days.
The goal of the hybrid model is to rotate students in order to maximize safe social distancing.
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Staci Woodly, of Ossining, is the parent of a fifth grader and an administrator for the Peekskill School District.

She says, "There's an anxiousness that comes because you just want to be able to make solid plans as early as possible."

As schools all across New York submit their plans for the state deadline, they had to come up with several different proposals.

Ossining School District Superintendent Dr. Ray Sanchez says schools also have to be prepared to potentially switch course amid the school year.

"At any point one of those plans could be in play, we could start opening, but we may have to go totally virtual based on what is happening within our communities and what's happening in the state as it relates to the virus," he says.

Additionally, there are issues to take into consideration, such as busing, lunch time and parents who can't be home with their kids.

"We're looking at our spaces, we're looking at our technology and how is the technology going to help support, helping to address the social, emotional needs of our staff and students and others," says Sanchez.
Woodly says, "You got to keep the wheels turning, talk to other parents and see what they're doing, but this is just a new time that we have to try and figure out."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll make a decision about in person learning by Aug. 7.
He says if he allows it, the districts will have to be in regions that are in phase four and the daily infection rate must remain below 5% over a 14-day average.


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