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KCSD Reopening Plan
The Kingston City School District Reopening Plan is now available on our website at https://www.kingstoncityschools.org/reopening
It is available in both HTML and PDF Format. We have also included an easy to read PowerPoint of Reopening Highlights.
KCSD will be hosting another community Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:00pm.
The New York State Education Department and Board of Regents released guidance today regarding the opening of schools in September. Public schools will be allowed to “reopen (with precautionary measures taken) if the region is in Phase 4 and the daily infection rate remains five percent or lower over a 14-day average,” said Governor Cuomo, who will make the final decision on whether schools can open at all.
The guidance released today includes information in the areas of Health & Safety, Student Nutrition, Social-Emotional Well Being, Facilities, Transportation, Attendance, Technology, Special Education, Bilingual Services and more. Full guidance will come later this week.
More information on today’s guidance can be found here: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/state-education-department-presents-framework-guidance-reopen-new-york-state-schools
-Masks will be required whenever students and teachers cannot maintain social distancing, including while on the school bus.
-Cleaning and disinfection procedures must be used per CDC and DOH guidance.
- Schools must provide all enrolled students with access to school meals each school day whether school is in-person or remote.
-Social emotional well-being must be schools’ and districts’ top priority in supporting school transitions.
-Districts and schools must have a plan for remote learning to ensure technology and internet access is available to all students and teachers in an equitable manner.
New York State school districts must develop three plans for review that include in-person instruction, remote instruction or a hybrid of both in-person and remote. KCSD must have these plans submitted and be available on our website by July 31st.
In his address on July 8, 2020 Governor Cuomo gave some important dates pertaining to the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year.
On Monday, July 13, 2020 guidance and recommendations from the New York State Education Department will be finalized and released to districts across the state.
School district reopening plans must be completed and submitted to the state no later than July 31, 2020. Committees within the district will meet to determine the best plans moving forward to ensure the health and safety of our students, families and teachers.
Governor Cuomo and the state commission will announce all decisions on what the reopening of schools will look like by August 7, 2020.
KCSD will make every attempt to consider all families and lifestyles as we make these complex decisions.
A Message About Reopening
The Kingston City School District is aware that there is unease over what the 2020-21 school year will look like for our students. We understand that concern and are working hard to come up with plans to make September the best experience it can be for our students, parents and teachers.
To date, there has been little guidance from the state regarding the reopening of schools next year. The Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department have created a school-reopening task force made up of educators from across New York State. Suggestions and recommendations from this committee will be used to come up with guidelines for making schools as safe, and yet as normal, as they can be.
KCSD is currently putting together scenarios that include full-time in-person school, a continuation of distance learning, and a combination of the two. Once we have direction from the state and this task force, we will know which of these plans best fits within the regulations.
The social-emotional and physical health of our students is at the forefront of our minds as we devise our plans.
We will keep you updated as guidance comes to us from New York State and the Department of Health.