Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Robert Schneider on School Reopening

FOR RELEASE: August 7, 2020

It is encouraging to hear that New York’s Covid-19 rates remain well within the threshold set for schools to be able to reopen with in-person instruction this fall. Districts will continue to strive toward that possibility.

But school boards also understand that it may be necessary to turn quickly to other options for remote or hybrid instruction if community sentiment or if staff and student safety considerations make that the prudent choice.

Our districts are working tirelessly to craft plans that will suit the individual, unique needs of each community. While the preliminary deadline for submitting plans is upon us, we know that August will be a month of continued intense work by our administrators, staff and others to prepare for whatever reality faces us when the time comes to start school in September.

We look forward to gaining more clarity regarding the extent and frequency of testing and contact tracing that is possible in our communities. We also welcome opportunities to continue our conversations with our parents and teachers, share our plans with them and gather local feedback.

But we must note that any plans we craft will be worth little if we lack the federal funding to carry out the plans we all are working so hard to put together.


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