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Reopening update: Cuomo says schools can reopen

Filed in District, District News by on August 7, 2020

The following is a message for families from Superintendent Jody Monroe:

Dear BC family:

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that schools across New York will be allowed to reopen in all regions of the state. The announcement was made as part of a phone call with reporters. 

Last Friday, the Bethlehem Central School District submitted its reopening plans to the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health in anticipation of this decision. These plans are intended to be fluid and flexible to meet the needs of families and to address vital health and safety precautions in the 2020-21 school year. 

The plan includes a hybrid schedule including in-person instruction and remote learning. In-person instruction will be prioritized for students in grades K-6, who are scheduled to be in school every day and students in grades 7-12, who will alternate between in-person and remote learning.

Earlier this week, we held three districtwide online Q & A sessions for families to discuss many of the details included in the plan. One of the most important aspects of the BCSD plan is providing students and families with a choice of remote learning from home. Families who want to request the remote learning option should complete this form on or before August 15, 2020.

There was some conflicting information that was communicated during the Governor’s phone call with reporters today regarding COVID testing and contact tracing for students or staff who present with symptoms. The district will be looking for clarification from the New York State Department of Health regarding these important aspects of the reopening plans. This information will be part of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that will be shared with families. We expect to have that document available for families early next week once we receive more information from state and local health officials regarding COVID testing and tracing practices.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school in September. We will continue to keep you updated as we refine these reopening plans. 

Sincerely,

Jody Monroe

Superintendent