On July 31, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District submitted to New York state its plan on how it would reopen school in September.
District officials developed a plan that allows for high-quality instruction while following all state and federal health and safety guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo said schools can follow reopening plans for in-person education in September if the region in which the school district resides is in Phase 4 and has a daily COVID-19 infection rate of 5% or lower over a 14-day average. Reopening guidance was released by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Education Department (NYSED).
The state required all New York school districts to develop instructional models for remote and in-person instruction as well as a hybrid of both. The state is expected to review the plans Aug. 1-7 and a decision to reopen schools to students in the fall is expected by the state at that time.
The district’s plan includes three learning environments: in-person instruction, remote learning and a hybrid model that combines in-person and virtual schooling.
“This is a work in progress,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “We will be working closely with our staff in the coming days and weeks to delve deeper into the plan’s details and will share more information as it becomes available.”