Most districts in Western New York are planning a hybrid model where children will attend school on alternate days instead of the traditional five-day week.
“It’s a model that would essentially de-densify your schools to about 50 percent of your students on any given day,” Hamburg Schools Superintendent Michael Cornell, who is also President of the Erie-Niagara School Superintendent Association, said. “We’ll notify our parents of that…I think most school districts will end up doing that, too.”
Two challenges districts face include testing and contact tracing. Governor Cuomo said Friday there needs to be some sort of plan in place to test per the department of health, though the education department “strongly recommended” that schools not conduct their own coronavirus testing of students or staff.
NEW YORK BOARD OF REGENTS CHANCELLOR BETTY A. ROSA AND INTERIM NYSED COMMISSIONER SHANNON TAHOE RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT: