THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED

Please see letter from from Superintendent Dailey below regarding reopening.

Main points addressed:

  1. HFCS is looking at options for reopening as either fully virtual or a hybrid.
  2. Unless directed to do so by Governor Cuomo, we will not be returning full time in-person in the fall.
  3. Fall sports have also been delayed and scheduled to begin on Monday, September 21.
  4. HFCS will be hosting a public forum at 6:00pm this coming Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
    • Due to social distancing requirements, the forum will be held virtually through Zoom

Hoosick Falls Parents/Guardians,

Late last Wednesday evening, NYS released a 145-page guidance document on reopening schools for the fall. Districts across NYS are required to post their plans by July 31 to both the NYSED. Governor Cuomo will be releasing the final decision for reopening schools during the first week of August. His decision may allow us to open as we plan or require us to create a new plan. There is also the possibility Districts (in Regions) will open at different times across NYS based on COVID-19 testing and infection rates.

Fall sports have also been delayed and scheduled to begin on Monday, September 21.

New York State provided three options for planning a return to school in the fall:

1) A full in-person return to school with modifications per Reopening Guidance

2) Fully virtual (100% online)

3) A hybrid of online and in-person with modifications per Reopening Guidance

As a District, our goal was to create a plan that provided a safe and healthy environment equitable for all students. Using the NYSED reopening guidelines, we have narrowed down our options to either fully virtual or a hybrid. Unfortunately, we cannot bring all of the students back full time in a safe manner. Our building was not designed to handle the required safety protocols, we do not have enough staff or the funding to reduce class sizes, and we cannot handle the transportation requirements for all students to return every day. Unless directed to do so by Governor Cuomo, we will not be returning full time in-person in the fall.

To be equitable and safe for all, we are working on a hybrid plan for the District with a singular approach for all students UPK-12. As a parent, I understand the difficulties of school taking place partially online and partially in the building. All of us know that teaching virtually last spring was not ideal and practically impossible for students and families to balance successfully. There will be difficulties finding childcare, transportation, meals and other considerations for all families, but the only way for all students to be treated equitably in a safe and healthy manner is to have them work directly with their teachers on a part-time basis. In the event the Governor decides to keep schools closed or we need to close after the year has started, we also need to have a fully virtual plan in place.

To answer as many questions as possible concerning where things stand, we are hosting a public forum at 6:00pm this coming Wednesday, July 29. Due to social distancing requirements, the forum will be held virtually through Zoom. A link for the event will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter early next week.

Sincerely,

Patrick Dailey

Superintendent of Schools

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