Instructional Model

    • NYSED’s position on remote instruction is as follows: “So long as allowed by public health officials, schools should be open for in-person teaching and learning, and students should be in school. • In case of school closures due to a declared public health emergency, schools must be prepared to provide remote instruction. • While the Department will not require schools that are open for full-time, in-person instruction to provide on-line or remote instruction, districts may work with students and families to offer remote options if it is deemed to be in the best educational interest of the student.”

School Closure

    • Should a complete school closure be warranted as determined by the local health department in consultation with the school superintendent and the district’s medical director, we will communicate the decision to the community as soon as possible. 
    • A transition to fully remote learning may create a lag where remote instruction may take a day or two to begin as we facilitate the transition.

Field Trips

    • So long as travel restrictions are not in place by government officials, the district may cautiously proceed with field trips as appropriate.
    • All masking and distancing protocols will be in place on field trips equivalent to what would be expected in school at the time of the field trip and in relation to the CDC transmission designation for the destination.
    • Special attention will be paid to not allocate monies to field trips which may be non-refundable should a trip be cancelled for COVID, health/safety reasons. 
    • The district will fully disclose to families the risks at hand specific to entertaining field trips (and strongly encourage trip insurance, etc.).
    • Field trip contracts will be scrutinized by district office/legal teams before signing.

Homeschooling (Home Instruction)

    • Homeschooling is governed by the regulations of the New York State Education Department. Parents wishing to homeschool a child must follow the published guidelines, including submission of an intent to homeschool and an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP).
    • The State Education Department has published a Q&A document to support parents in the homeschooling process.
Last Modified on October 13, 2021