On Monday, July 13, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that school districts in New York must develop plans to reopen schools in September and the plan must be submitted to the New York State Education Department by July 31.
The South Colonie Central School District has been working over the course of several weeks to formulate a reopening plan based on guidelines from federal and state agencies and incorporating feedback and recommendations from various stakeholder groups including the South Colonie Reopening Task Force Committee.
The South Colonie reopening plan includes models for in-person instruction for grades K-6, a hybrid model that combines in-person and remote instruction for grades 7-12, and a virtual learning option for parents who want to keep their children at home. Parents and guardians who are interested in opting out their child(ren) of in-person instruction will be able to do so via an online form that will be available on the district website on Aug. 10-21, 2020.
A full copy of the plan can be found here.
Please note that while this plan has been submitted to the state, a final determination on school opening in New York will be made by the Governor in the first week of August. It is also possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, as well as stay-at-home orders issued by the Governor.
The South Colonie Central School District will continue to provide updates and information related to reopening and plans for the 2020-21 school year. Visit the reopening and planning page for the most up-to-date information.