Suffern Central SD says students will begin the year learning remotely

Some districts are revising their reopening plans, including one in Rockland County that is going fully remote in September.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2020, 12:21 AM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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As the Hudson Valley approaches the start of the school year, some district officials are giving parents a choice of keeping their kids at home, in-classroom learning, or hybrid plan of the remote and in-classroom.
While some school district officials are still working on their opening day plans, the Suffern Central School District announced that all of its students will begin the year remotely. In a statement, the Acting Superintendent Lisa Weber said: "In consideration of the complexities involved and concerns regarding the current COVID-19 testing capacity in our community, the Suffern Central School District has made the difficult, but necessary decision to reopen in a fully remote format in September."
Weber also says at the end of September, if the reopening of other schools in the region is successful, Suffern will phase in its hybrid model.
Other school districts, such as Harrison and White Plains, just announced this week that they are offering an option for full remote learning.  However, school officials say they still don't have clear guidance from the State Education Department as to what districts can and can not offer.
Last Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all schools in New York can reopen with health and safety precautions in place. These include social distancing, wearing face coverings as well as COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
Some parents from Suffern have spoken to News 12 saying they're relieved with the district's decision. "That's exactly what I wanted, I was uncomfortable with sending him to school, I was really nervous the whole time sending him back and thinking about how the kids might fool around in the bathroom and not take the proper precautions so that's the best choice for me," says Sarah Laguerre, of Suffern. "I am still concerned about the coronavirus, I feel like it never really went away so it's good to know that the kids are going to be safe and at home," says Amanda Arroyo, of Suffern.
Several virtual meetings are planned for Suffern to explain more. The first one is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m.


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