Buffalo, Williamsville among schools to unveil reopening plan

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By WBEN

Williamsville, NY (WBEN) On the deadline day for district to sumbit school reopening plans, Buffalo and Williamsville school districts are among the major districts that released their reopening plans.

In Williamsville, the district says the goal is to "Maximize health and safety of students and staff as they return to school in September 2020, and inform our stakeholders of steps we are taking to make a safer environment for students and staff." But it warns the community a return to school will not mean a return to normal. The district notes there are new responsibilities we have to accept to help maximize the health and safety of the school community.

The plan is to start school on September 8th.

The district says this will conduct the following protocols to promote health and safety: health screening with daily temperature check, assessment of ill students and staff with isolation, hand and respiratory hygiene protocols for staff and students, social distancing, face covering, PPE, and daily cleaning protocols.

The district plans on a hybrid schedule of in-person and distance learning.

 A, B, C, D schedule:

A Group students attend school Monday and Tuesday

B Group students attend school Thursday and Friday

C Group students attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

D Group students attend school Monday through Friday

The district says a community forum to present the District’s plan will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. through Zoom.

In Buffalo, the district released their extensive plan Friday, saying;

"As we plan for a safe and successful 2020-2021 school year in these unprecedented times, we have approached this work thoughtfully, collaboratively and with an enormous sense of responsibility for the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff. We are also planning in a sea of uncertainty. The coronavirus itself and guidelines and policies from health agencies continue to evolve. That means we must be flexible in our ability to plan for and adapt to changing circumstances as smoothly and quickly as needed to support uninterrupted learning for students.

In developing this plan, community input and engagement guided our decision making. To be clear, this current plan may change, maybe even many times before and after the new school year begins based on guidance we receive concerning the appropriate response to the virus. We will remain in daily contact with our health agency partners and elected officials to stay informed of the latest updates. We will continually receive and analyze data and feedback to make the most informed decisions and provide routine updates to our BPS community."