Valley Central School District is ready to reopen for hybrid learning and online learning this September. The District developed a learning plan in accordance with the Governor’s directive on July 13, 2020, according to guidelines provided by the State Education Department and NYS Department of Health. The District Reopening Task Force has been meeting weekly since late July to prepare for this historic return to school.
Reopening Plans were due to Albany on July 31, 2020. Valley Central submitted the plan and posted it on its website as required on July 31st; however Valley Central appeared on a list from the Governor’s office citing it as one of the districts out of compliance with submission. However, this appears to be an error. Valley Central immediately contacted the State to submit the proof of submission that they received from the State and it is reflected in the State Education Department submission portal. Valley Central has asked the Governor’s office to remove it from the list since the District has proof of on-time compliance.
Valley Central will reopen schools on September 1 with three staff conference days to help prepare staff for the hybrid learning and online learning model. Students’ first day of the 2020-21 school year will be online, on Friday, September 4, 2020, where they will meet all their teachers and classmates virtually. Students will begin to physically attend school (two days a week), if they have chosen that option, after the Labor Day holiday on September 8, 2020.
“We have offered a hybrid model as well as 100% online learning. Our parents were given the opportunity to choose, as per the Governor’s order. There is an exception for some of our Special Education and at-risk students who will have an opportunity to attend school in-person, 5 days a week. We hope that the tide of the pandemic will soon turn and we look forward to getting back to school as we remember it. Until then, Valley Central is committed to providing our students with the best education possible in these conditions.” said Assistant Superintendent Marianne Serratore.