Reopening our schools

  • After speaking with staff members and gathering feedback from parents/guardians through an online survey, the General Brown leadership team has created a plan for the reopening of schools in fall 2020 and submitted it to the New York State Education Department. This work is based on all available guidance from the state and public health agencies as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

    Governor Andrew Cuomo announced August 7 that schools statewide can reopen in the fall as long as the infection rate in the region meets a certain threshold.

    The plan, which is linked below, is for the reopening of all schools in the General Brown Central School District for the 2020-21 school year, following the building closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our reopening plan incorporates recommendations and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

    It is possible that we may need to alter our plans due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

    Superintendent Barbara Case will serve as the district’s COVID-19 Coordinator and will work closely with our local health department and will serve as a central contact for schools and stakeholders, families, staff and other school community members and will ensure the district is in compliance and following the best practices per state and federal guidelines. She can be reached at 315-779-2300 or through email at

    Read the district’s full reopening plan here.

    Please see the links on the left for information on specific topics related to the reopening of our schools.