On Friday, Aug. 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that in-person instruction is permitted in all regions of New York state for the start of the 2020-21 school year based on current COVID-19 infection rates, while also outlining new requirements related to school reopening plans.
These requirements include highlighting plans for remote learning, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, which are all parts of the district’s reopening plan that was recently submitted to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York State Department of Health (DOH).
Parents can access information about COVID-19 testing and contact tracing under the topic Health and Safety of the district’s Reopening Plan. Parents can access information about the district’s Remote Learning model under the topic Teaching and Learning of the district’s Reopening Plan. More information about the Remote Learning model will be shared with families.
The Governor is also requiring schools to hold at least three information sessions for parents and members of the community to ask questions and learn more about our reopening plan. These sessions will be held virtually at 6 p.m. on the following dates:
- August 13
- August 19
- August 20
Information about how to access these live sessions will be shared as soon as possible. Please submit your question(s) via the Community Forum Q&A Google form.
- Questions for the August 13 session must be submitted by noon August 12.
- Questions for the August 19 & 20 sessions must be submitted by noon August 18.
Over the course of the last several weeks, the district has been working to formulate a plan for reopening school in September. These plans were created based on guidelines from federal and state agencies, as well as feedback from community stakeholders including data gathered from our community and staff surveys as well as the members of the Reopening Planning Committee. A copy of our complete reopening plan can be found here: https://www.gcsny.org/goshen-reopening-plan/.
Anyone with questions or concerns about our reopening plan is encouraged to contact email@example.com.
We know that there is a lot of uncertainty and stress surrounding the reopening of our schools. We will continue to work hard to ensure that our plan is as safe and educationally sound as possible.
Thank you for your continued support.
Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent of Schools