Maryvale to "accelerate" return of students to classroom

Students to return to classroom as early as November 2
Maryvale High School
Maryvale High School Photo credit WBEN/Mike Baggerman

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WBEN) – Maryvale Schools will “accelerate” their reopening and have students return to the classroom under hybrid learning as early as November 2, according to an email sent to parents on Tuesday morning by Superintendent Joseph D’Angelo.

Under the new plan, students between Pre-K and fifth grade will begin class on Monday, November 2. The remainder of students will return to hybrid learning two weeks later.

“As we all know, the conditions we are faced with in this pandemic are very fluid,” the district e-mail reads. “We started our school year fully remote and then evaluated the situation at the end of September when we decided to continue fully remote instruction until after Thanksgiving.”

The district cited public health conditions and data, availability of protective equipment, testing and contact tracing capabilities, staffing, and transportation as factors for their remote learning.

“As of today, the issues surrounding these factors have evolved to a point where we can look to accelerate our timeline to begin our hybrid model for the rest of our students,” the district said.

Maryvale officials emphasized they will still deal with issues related to coronavirus when they do arise at the school. They said in the email they will follow their outline and health department guidelines.

Parents will have an opportunity to virtually attend a town hall with the principal at their child’s school to learn specifics about the school’s preparations. Maryvale Primary’s town hall will be held on October 15 and Maryvale Intermediate’s town hall will be held October 16. Maryvale Middle School and High School’s town hall will be held October 26 and 27th, respectively.