Dear Maine-Endwell School
The COVID 19 Pandemic has
created unprecedented challenges to our public education system. Per guidance provided by New York State
Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), and the
New York State Education Department (NYSED)– in collaboration and cooperation
with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the District was tasked with
creating a reopening plan.
The plan has been developed to
address two particular areas: (1) resumption of instruction and (2) efforts to
control the spread of COVID 19. The timeline for submittal of this plan is
Friday, July 31st, 2020. Per
Governor Cuomo, a decision on the reopening of schools will be made between
August 1 through August 7. Once a final decision has been made, the reopening
plans will be amended for implementation.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE JULY 31ST REOPENING
The submittal of the reopening
plan to NYSED (State Education Department) is our initial plan to meet the
objectives above – plan for resumption of instruction and control the spread of
COVID 19. The plan has specific areas
that needed to be addressed (see plan for specifics). The plan is not a final draft. The implementation of the plan will be the
focus of the work between August 3rd through September 11th.
The first day of instruction for students is expected to be September 14th.
WHAT IS LEFT TO DO?
Once we have a final decision
from the Governor regarding the reopening of schools, the District will focus
efforts towards implementation of the plan.
For example, if the decision is to keep schools closed and begin the
school year with remote learning, our efforts will target training for faculty
on virtual learning, device and internet access (including a decision on one
software platform for consistency), and streamlining student schedules for
remote learning. However, if the
decision is that we can reopen in-person learning, we will focus on the
logistical needs of the reopening plan including the need for three instruction
models, in-person, hybrid, and all remote learning.
I want to assure you our
initial plan – submitted on July 31st – has all of these
considerations planned out.
Additionally, the purpose of our Reopening Committee is to identify
areas of consideration that will or may need to be addressed. This group has been tasked with helping with
the drafting of a reopening plan but also to help with providing input on the
implementation of the plan as well.
Regardless of the decision by Governor Cuomo, we will have an
implementation plan ready when school begins.
This is unchartered waters. The
situation is fluid and every changing as we receive guidance from local, state,
and federal leaders. Our goal remains the same; students are our first priority
and we will make decisions in their [students] best interest
Thank you again for your
patience and understanding.
Jason R. Van Fossen,
Superintendent of Schools
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