School buildings to remain closed through end of academic year
On Friday, May 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that K-12 schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year and will continue to provide remote learning, meal programs and access to child care for essential workers.
General Brown Central School District students and staff will continue with their educational activities and routines, and the district’s food service department will continue offering meals so that students have access to nutritional foods each day school is closed.
Meals are provided to any children 18 years old or younger regardless of family income and whether they live within the district. There are also a number of regional sites offering free meals.
For those parents and guardians who are considered essential workers during this closure, there are several options for childcare.
Principals will be reaching out to students’ families about how and when they may pick up personal belongings currently in the schools.
Also, administrators are working on plans to still hold end-of-year celebrations, such as graduation, in a way that recognizes students but maintains social distancing practices. More information will be shared on these types of events when they are finalized.
The governor also announced Friday that a decision about in-person summer school will be made by the end of May and that schools will be asked to develop plans for reopening to in-person learning.
While he did not go into detail about the requirements for these plans, the governor did note that the plans should have protocols in place “that incorporate everything we are now doing in society, and everything we learned” to bring precautions into the classroom.
The governor asked schools to consider some of the following in developing plans for reopening to in-person learning:
- How can schools monitor the spread of COVID-19?
- How do we instill parent confidence and reinforce student safety?
- When, and how, will extra-curricular activities reopen?
- Do protocols for special student populations change?
- What steps need to be taken to ensure student mental health?
- Would any alternative calendars work?
The governor said that schools should start preparing their plans now, but the time frame for submitting the plans was not specified.