Updates Regarding Reopening Schools
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As we work toward the reopening of schools, this page and its subpages will contain LINKS TO the most recent important updates and information for our school community. We will continue to update this page and email our families as we learn more.
We know that our students, families, faculty, and staff are wondering what September will look like and have many questions. As of right now, per the state’s guidance, we are looking at a variety of scenarios. As we plan, we have two specific goals in mind: provide a safe place to work and learn and transport, educate, and feed our children.
By July 31, Sayville School District is required to submit to the state a detailed outline of our reopening plans. Once those plans are submitted and accepted, the Sayville administration will work with all stakeholders to communicate these plans and how they impact each student as well as the faculty and staff, parents and larger community of Sayville.
It is also important to note that Sayville will continue to work closely with our regional partners in Suffolk County in developing reopening plans. Though specifics of reopening will vary from school to school, it’s clear that there will be common themes, including:
- Each school will actually have three plans: a plan for a full reopening; a plan for a “hybrid model,” in which students are in school part-time and learning from home at other times; a plan in which buildings remain closed and students receive online instruction only. The rate of COVID-19 infection in our region will determine which plan will be implemented. It’s entirely possible that the district will use more than one plan at different times during the 2020-21 school year.
- Although we believe it is important to have as many students receiving in-person instruction as possible, the health and safety of the community continues to be our top priority. At each step of this process, we will ask ourselves:
- Is this safe?
- Does this meet our students' academic and social-emotional needs?
- If the answer is "no" to either of these questions, we will stop and begin a collaborative problem-solving process.
- If Sayville is able to open for in-person instruction every effort will be made to have all students in grades K-5, as well as our highest-need students across all grade levels, in school five days a week. To accomplish this while meeting social-distancing regulations, elementary students may be divided into classes and then further subdivided into smaller groups that are together at all times, with limited contact with other groups. This will require significant logistical considerations to be made in the coming weeks.
Sayville School District conducted a Roundtable Discussion with important members within our school community who will serve in an advisory role as the District develops plans to reopen. The goal was to identify and prioritize some of the most significant concerns related to the reopening of schools.
Two essential documents are attached to facilitate the public's understanding of some of the challenges. The documents provide guidance from the NYS Department of Health and the Education Department.
In addition to identifying the concerns and issues raised by our District Stakeholders and reviewing State guidelines regarding reopening, the Roundtable provided an opportunity to share information concerning what actions, plans and resources the District currently is working on to protect all members of our school community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sayville School District's first priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors. It is ultimately the responsibility of the Board of Education working with the District to adopt policies and procedures for reopening that adhere to state guidelines while protecting our students, staff and visitors.